Crime Fiction Links of the Week for August 26, 2017
Crime fiction in general:
- Jo Furniss shares recommendations for five twisty thrillers to be released this fall.
- Margot Kinberg discusses some examples of crime novels where old beliefs and superstitions play an important role.
- Katy Guest profiles Val McDermid.
- Kate Young shares her love for Agatha Christie's mysteries and cooks a recipe inspired by Agatha Christie's novel Crooked House.
- Adam Christopher shares his love for pulp fiction and talks about writing the retrofuturistic Ray Electromatic Mysteries.
Film and TV:
- Margot Kinberg shares her love for classic film noir.
- Peter Bradshaw reviews the thriller movie American Made.
- Mike McCahill reviews the action film The Hitman's Bodyguard.
- Angie Barry revisits the 1994 movie adaptation of The Shadow.
- Matthew Sweet revisits The Prisoner on the event of its 50th anniversary.
- Graeme Virtue revisits 1980s action show MacGuyver and explains when it jumped the shark for him.
- Crime Fiction Lover reviews the retro crime drama Comrade Detective.
- Rebecca Nicholson discusses the latest episode of Top of the Lake: China Girl.
- Leslie Gilbert Elman reviews the first episode of the fourth season of the crime drama Endeavour.
- Oline H. Cogdill praises Brenda Blethyn's performance as DCI Vera Stanhope in Vera.
Comments on The Defenders:
- Katharine Trendacosta calls The Defenders an excellent show that is greater than the sum of its parts.
- Charles Pulliam Moore declares that the greatest strength of The Defenders is that they are all strong, but broken people.
- Dave Richards calls The Defenders binge-worthy.
- Stuart Heritage calls The Defenders Avengers lite, but praises Sigourney Weaver's performance.
- Keith DeCandido praises the characters of The Defenders, but finds the plot lacking.
- Adam Gabbatt praises the high voltage fight scenes of The Defenders.
- Camestros Felapton calls The Defenders "Inside Out for grown-ups".
- Graeme Virtue calls The Defenders supremely daft.
- Keith DeCandido shares his thoughts on the first few episodes of The Defenders.
- David Bianculli shares his thoughts on The Defenders.
- Kevin Melrose explains how The Defenders brings the character of Misty Knight in line with her comic counterpart.
- Kevin Melrose also explains just what the Hand wants with Iron Fist in The Defenders.
- After The Defenders, Ian Cardona would really like to see a Heroes For Hire miniseries, featuring Luke Cage and Iron Fist.
- Dave Richards shares a primer to The Defenders and its individual characters.
- Neda Ulaby points out that Hell's Kitchen no longer looks like it does in The Defenders.
Writing, publishing and promotion:
- Sarah Joy Shockey offers a pep talk for creative people and those who want to be.
- Gene Doucette talks about not writing to market.
- Julie Zhuo talks about the importance of side projects.
- Chris Winkle shares five essentials of omniscient narration.
- The Puppet Show revisits Raymond Chandler's ten commandments for writing a detective novel.
- Crime Fiction Lover interviews Lynda La Plante.
- Female First interviews Emma Viscic.
- The Real Book Spy interviews Paul Cleave.
- B.J. Bourke interviews Sandra Bretting.
- The Puppet Show interviews Kevin N. Robinson.
- Crime Fiction Lover reviews Insidious Intent by Val McDermid.
- Claire Knight reviews Two Nights by Kathy Reichs.
- Katherine Tomlinson reviews The Lost Girls by Allison Brennan.
- Terrie Farley Moran reviews Telling Tales by Ann Cleeves.
- Crime Fiction Lover reviews If I Die Tonight by A.L. Gaylin.
- Betty Webb reviews Water Signs by Janet Dawson.
- Liz Barnsley reviews Western Fringes by Amer Anwar.
- Hannah Beckerman reviews Safe by Ryan Gattis.
- Kristin Centorcelli reviews The Room of White Fire by T. Jefferson Parker.
- Rather Too Fond of Books reviews The Room by the Lake by Emma Dibdin.
- Craig Sisterson reviews The Long Drop by Denise Mina.
- John Valeri reviews Snap Judgment by Marcia Clark.
- Gabino Iglesias reviews A Thousand Cuts by Thomas Mogford.
- Always Trust In Books reviews Last Stop Tokyo by James Buckler.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews Orphan Agent Prima Pawn by Elizabeth Kiem.
- Doreen Sheridan also reviews Treble at the Jam Fest by Leslie Budewitz and tries out a recipe from the novel.
- Jeff Somers reviews Fifth Ward: First Watch by Dale Lucas.
- The Black Prince, a historical novel by Adam Roberts based on an unfinished manuscript by Anthony Burgess, is looking for funding.
- Cora Buhlert shares her experiences and photos of WorldCon 75.
- Marion Deeds shares her experiences at WorldCon 75 as well as several photos.
Free online fiction:
- "The Fire Club" by Nathan Ward at Akashic Books.
- "I Love a Sunburnt Country" by Kieran Shea in Beat to a Pulp.
- "Cold Turkey" by Patricia Dusenbury in Flash Bang Mysteries.
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