Crime Fiction Links of the Week for April 20, 2019
Crime fiction in general:
- Crime Reads shares the best debut crime novels and thrillers for April.
- Allen Morris Jones talks about the renaissance of Rocky Mountain crime fiction.
- Paul French talks about crime fiction set in Montreal.
- Sonja van der Westhuizen shares twelve South African crime fiction writers to watch.
- Jane Haseldine shares crime fiction's most unforgettable crime scenes.
- Alafair Burke talks about the intersection of legal thrillers and domestic suspense.
- Heather Gudenkauf shares ten great thrillers about psychology and creative thinking.
- Anna Merlan discusses how conspiracy theories have entered the mainstream.
- Dwyer Murphy shares twenty vintage crime novels that probably overstimated the dangers of marihuana.
- Author and TV screenwriter Allan Cole has died aged 75.
Film and TV:
- James Donaghy calls the medical thriller Bodies Jed Mercurio's masterwork and declares that it will leave you an emotional wreck.
- Leslie Felperin calls Once Upon a Time in London an unconvincing gangland saga.
- Peter Bradshaw declares that Red Joan squanders the talents of Judi Dench.
- Peter Bradshaw calls Dragged Across Concrete a horribly compelling thriller.
- Mike D'Angelo calls Under the Silver Lake the perfect demented detective yarn for our paranoid age.
- Lucy Mangan calls Chimerica a thrillingly real drama about fake news.
- Renaldo Matadeen feels that the series version of Hanna killed off an important character too early.
- Vikram Murthi shares his thoughts on the latest episode of Barry.
- Paul Levinson shares his thoughts on the latest episode of The Enemy Within.
- Peter Bradshaw revisits the 1985 children's adventure movie The Goonies.
- Jon Land shares pop culture's most jaw-dropping twist endings (spoilers, obviously).
- Nellie Andreeva reports that NCIS has been renewed for its seventeenth season.
- Nellie Andreeva also reports that Blue Bloods has been renewed for its tenth season.
- Denise Petski reports that Barry has been renewed for its third season.
- Sasha Ingber reports that the Writers Guild of America has advised Hollywood screenwriters to fire their agents.
- Actress Mya-Lecia Naylor, who appeared in Cloud Atlas as well as several BBC children's programs, has died aged only 16.
Comments on season 2 of Killing Eve:
- Lisa Weidenfeld shares her thoughts on the latest episode of Killing Eve.
- Erin of The Geekiary shares her thoughts on the latest episode of Killing Eve.
- Paul Levinson shares his thoughts on the latest episode of Killing Eve.
Comments on season 5 of Bosch:
- Kevin Yeoman declares that Bosch continues to be a reliably entertaining cop show in season 5.
- Chris Eggertsen calls Bosch a modern noir that showcases an unadorned Los Angeles.
- Alexis Gunderson explains how the makers of Bosch created Amazon's longest running original series.
Comments on High Life:
- Eric Eisenberg calls the science fiction prison movie High Life an impressive cinematic experience.
- Naleigh Foutch calls High Life a strange and sublime science fiction subversion.
- A.A. Dowd calls High Life a captivating and messily human space odyssey.
- Jeff Niesel declares that High Life stands apart from other science fiction movies, but is also not easy to sit through.
- Scott Tobias declares that High Life baffles audience expectations.
- Charles Pulliam-Moore interviews Claire Denis and Robert Pattinson, director and star of High Life.
- Katie Kilkenny interviews Claire Denis.
- A.A. Dowd interviews Claire Denis.
- The longlist for the 2019 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year has been announced.
- The finalists for the 2019 Arthur Ellis Awards have been announced.
- The longlist for the 2019 Best Translated Book Awards has been announced.
Writing, publishing and promotion:
- Peter May explains how he came to write his thriller The Man With No Face.
- Angie Kim explains how not to write courtroom scenes.
- Jan Newton discusses the challenges of being married to a crime fiction writer.
- S.L. Huang talks about not fitting into traditional gender stereotypes and writing a wide variety of woman characters.
- Janice Hardy talks about raising a story's stakes by narrowing the focus.
- Janice Hardy shares the five classic conflict types.
- Janice Hardy explains why conflict is so hard to create in romance.
- Jodi Turchin explains how to write realistic teenagers.
- Kristine Kathryn Rusch talks about critical voice.
- Vivian Shaw attempts to answer the question how much research you should do for your book.
- Shiloh Walker shares her letter to Jeff Bezos of Amazon about the practice of republishing old books as new ones without disclosing the publication history.
- Camille LeBlanc interviews Alexander McCall Smith.
- The Real Book Spy interviews Jason Sandford.
- The Real Book Spy interviews Isabella Maldonado.
- Sam Shephard interviews Vanda Symon.
- Christopher Hermelin and Drew Broussard interview Lauren Wilkinson.
- Thriller Magazine interviews Mike Houtz.
- Jacqueline Seewald interviews Keith Steinbaum.
- Deborah Kalb interviews Deborah Hopkinson.
- Sandra Ruttan interviews Dea Poirier.
- Ari Shapiro interviews Angue Kim.
- J. Kingston Pierce interviews Tom Nolan.
- Rebecca Bradley interviews Karen Sullivan.
- Gerald So interviews the 2019 Derringer Award finalists.
- Susan Amper reviews Confessions of an Innocent Man by David R. Dow.
- Sandra Mangan reviews Call Me Star Girl by Louise Beach.
- Gabino Iglesias reviews Girl Most Likely by Max Allan Collins.
- Mystery Playground reviews The Eighth Sister by Robert Dugoni.
- Vicki Weisfeld reviews Paid in Spades by Richard Helms.
- BOLO Books reviews They All Fall Down by Rachel Howzell Hall.
- Live and Deadly reviews Twisted by Steve Cavanagh.
- For Winter Nights reviews No Way Out by Cara Hunter.
- For Winter Nights reviews Cruel Acts by Jane Casey.
- Jen Lucas reviews The Ringmaster by Vanda Symon.
- Richard Fernandez reviews The Ringmaster by Vanda Symon.
- Bucks, Books & Beyond reviews The Ringmaster by Vanda Symon.
- Bitter Tea and Mystery reviews Entry Island by Peter May.
- Mike Parker reviews A Book of Bones by John Connolly.
- Janet Webb reviews Triple Jeopardy by Anne Perry.
- Janet Webb reviews Who Slays the Wicked by C.S. Harris.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews Charity's Burden by Edith Maxwell.
- Hermione Eyre reviews Things in Jars by Jess Kidd.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews The Department of Sensitive Crimes by Alexander McCall Smith.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews Murder in Tranquility Park by J.D Griffo and tries a recipe from the book.
- Kirkus reviews Oscar Wilde and the Return of Jack the Ripper by Gyles Brandreth.
- The Real Book Spy reviews Delta-V by Daniel Suarez.
- Michael Patrick Hicks reviews Inside the Asylum by Mary SanGiovanni.
- Jamie Bernthal revisits the 1932 mystery Footsteps in the Dark by Georgette Heyer.
- Only Detect reviews the 1942 mystery Murder Among Friends by Lange Lewis.
- Scott Adlerberg revisits the 1942 Sherlockian mystery A Taste for Honey by H.F. Heard.
- Nathan Ward revisits the 1946 noir novel The Big Clock by Kenneth Fearing.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1952 crime novel Flight to Darkness by Gil Brewer.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1954 noir novel Black Friday by David Goodis.
- B.V. Lawson revisits the 1956 mystery Death on Remand by John Michael Evelyn.
- Martin Edwards revisits the 1964 domestic suspense novel The Strange Blue Yawl by Lucille Fletcher.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1964 crime novelette For Money Received by Fletcher Flora.
- Rich Horton revisits Sabre-Tooth, a 1966 Modesty Blaise novel by Peter O'Donnell.
- Pritpaul Bains revisits the medical thriller A Case of Need by Jeffery Hudson a.k.a. Michael Crichton, winner of the 1969 Edgar Award for Best Novel.
- Joe Kenney revisits Beat a Distant Drum, a 1982 novel in the American Avenger men's adventure series by Robert Emmett.
- Bitter Tea and Mystery revisits the 1985 mystery The Shortest Way to Hades by Sarah Cauldwell.
- Jamie Bernthal revisits the 1987 crime novel Report for Murder by Val McDermid.
- London Books is looking for funding for a new paperback edition of the 1938 noir classic Night and the City by Gerald Kersh.
Con and event reports:
- Cathy Ace shares her experiences at Left Coast Crime 2019 in Vancouver, Canada.
- Martin Edwards reports about the 2018 CWA Annual Conference in Bowness-on-Windermere, UK, and shares some photos.
- Alis Hawkins reports about her book tour of various independent bookshops in Wales for her latest novel In Two Minds.
- Charles Lane traces the development of professional police forces and undercover work in the US and Europe.
- Mariah Fredericks takes a look at the crimes of the so-called Gilded Age and finds some parallels to the present day.
- Mariah Fredericks also talks about her fascination with historical kidnapping cases.
- Alisa Smith discusses the female spies of World War II.
- Justin Rowlatt reports that the Gatwick drone attacks are a possible inside job according to the police.
- Dickens Olewe explains how Facebook is being used to profile alleged gangsters in Kenya, who are subsequently killed by death squads.
Free online fiction:
- "Windows to the Soul" by C.W. Blackwell in Shotgun Honey.
- "N.Y. State of Mind" by Michael A. Gonzalez in Punk Noir Magazine.
- "A Gift of Death" by Kenneth James Crist in Yellow Mama.
- "Darker than Dark" by Mark Joseph Kevlock in Yellow Mama.
- "Coming Out in the Wash" by Tia Ja'nae in Tough.
- "The Knife Angel" by J.B. Stevens in Punk Noir Magazine.
- "A'Khe'Na" by D.J. Tyrer in Crimson Streets.
- "Dear Bully" by Erin Bryant in The Five-Two.
- "Mr. Alibi" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.
- "Poorly Researched Men's Fiction" by Evan Allgood in McSweeney's Internet Tendency.
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