Crime Fiction Links of the Week for January 27, 2018
Crime fiction in general:
- Laura Wilson offers a round-up of the best recent crime novels.
- Crime by the Book lists their essential nordic noir reads.
- Margot Kinberg takes a looks at crime novels set at or featuring airports.
- Billy J. Stratton points out that sexual violence in Hollywood has been a subject of crime fiction longer before it became a hotly debated topic in reality.
- Tim Adams profiles Daniel Mallory.
- Brad at Ah, Sweet Mystery Blog shares his favourite Agatha Christie mysteries.
- Jake Hinkson revisits the 1931 Inspector Maigret mystery The Grand Banks Café by Georges Simenon.
- Doctor Science shares the John Donne test, via which she evaluates mysteries.
Film and TV:
- Oline Cogdill shares her appreciation for Major Crimes and explains why she is sad that the series was cancelled.
- Alex McLevy calls Steven Soderbergh's crime series Mosaic one of the best mini-series of the year.
- Crime Fiction Lover shares their appreciation for the Swedish crime drama Rebecka Martinsson: Arctic Murders.
- David Stubbs shares his thoughts on the latest episode of McMafia.
- Francis Lawrence, director of the upcoming spy film Red Sparrow, responds to the Black Widow comparisons.
Comments on The Alienist:
- Genevieve Valentine declares that The Alienist suffers in comparison with Mindhunter which told a similar story.
- Jake Nevins declares that The Alienist is short on thrills and fails to excite in spite of good production values.
- Farid Ul Haq shares his thoughts on the first two episodes of The Alienist.
Comments on Altered Carbon:
- Gavia Baker-Whitelaw calls Altered Carbon part derivative noir detective story and part interested tale of doomed freedom fighters.
- Jahkotta Lewis calls Altered Carbon a mix of Ghost in the Shell and Blade Runner with many similar issues.
- Carina Nilma calls Altered Carbon a nuanced and detailed Blade Runner for the small screen.
- S.C. O'Donnell calls Altered Carbon the perfect series for Westworld fans.
- Andrew Liptak calls Altered Carbon Netflix's first big prestige SFF show.
Comments on Waco:
- Charles Bramesco calls Waco a shallow disappointment that doesn't offer anything new.
- Alex McLevy likes Waco somewhat better, because the mini-series matches his personal view of the events fairly closely.
- Ardi Alspach takes a look at the two true crime books on which Waco is based.
- The nominees for the 2018 Barry Awards have been announced.
- The nominees for the 90th Academy Awards have been announced
- Nomiations are open for the 2018 Ngaio Marsh Awards.
- The Staunch Literary Prize for thrillers that avoid sexual violence against women has been launched.
Writing, publishing and promotion:
- Chuck Wendig shares his thoughts on imposter syndrome.
- Oky Akhigbe shares thirteen ways to beat writer's block.
- Writer Emma Straub talks about her troubled relationship with her father, writer Peter Straub.
- Arielle Contreras shares some tips for writing a memoir.
- Jeff Tanyard shares some tips for writing stronger blurbs.
- The Puppet Show shares the writers A to Z of fears and phobias.
- Jacob Collins interviews C.J. Tudor.
- Victoria Goldman interviews Eva Dolan.
- Victoria Goldman interviews Kate Rhodes.
- Ardi Alspach reviews A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews Her Beautiful Monster by Adi Tantimedh.
- The Quiet Knitter reviews The Coroner's Daughter by Andrew Hughes.
- Vicki Weisfeld reviews Robicheaux: You Know My Name by James Lee Burke.
- Crime Fiction Lover reviews Scorched Earth by David Mark.
- Jacob Collins reviews Hell Bay by Kate Rhodes.
- Deborah Lacy reviews Hidden Depths by Ann Cleeves.
- Catherine Turnbull reviews If I Die Before I Wake by Emily Koch.
- Kristin Centorcelli reviews In a Cottage in a Wood by Cass Green.
- Richard Z. Santos reviews Into the Black Nowhere by Meg Gardiner.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews Now We Are Dead by Stuart MacBride.
- Hank Wagner reviews Heaven's Crooked Finger by Hank Early.
- Jean Gazis reviews A Season to Lie by Emily Littlejohn.
- Janet Webb reviews Need to Know by Karen Cleveland.
- Eileen Brady reviews Killing Pace by Douglas Schofield.
- Jen Lucas reviews The Photographer by Craig Robertson.
- A Life in Books reviews Sisters: A Tale of Obsession by Lily Tuck.
- Mal McEwan reviews Savages: The Wedding by Sabri Louatah, translated by Gavin Bowd.
- Vicki Weisfeld reviews Crazy Rhythm by T.W. Emory.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews Key Lime Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke and tries a recipe from the book.
- Victoria Goldman reviews This is How It Ends by Eva Dolan.
Con and event reports:
- Jamie Bernthal reports about a performance of The Comedy About a Bank Robbery by the Mischief Theatre in London, UK.
- The Puppet Show shares a guide to vulnerable witnesses.
- Alyssa Pereira reports that at least one of three men who escaped Alcatraz in 1962 may still be alive.
- John Ferguson reports that new forensic technology has helped to put a drug gang behind bars.
Free online fiction:
- "Freedom Bird" by Thomas Pluck at Criminal Element.
- "Cutting Corners" by Dick Carmel at Akashic Books.
- "Hehua" by Millie Ho in Fireside Fiction.
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