Crime Fiction Links of the Week for November 25, 2017
Crime fiction in general:
- Matt Philips explains what noir fiction is and why it is popular during certain times.
- The Puppet Show shares thrity books about unusual deaths.
- Crime Fiction Lover shares ten upcoming crime novels by indie and small press authors.
- From First Page to Last shares a list of upcoming mystery, crime and thriller releases in 2018.
- Marina Sofia shares five women crime writers to watch in 2018.
- Tirzah Price shares three mysteries featuring lesbian and bisexual woman protagonists.
- Alexander Chee shares his appreciation for the late science fiction, horror and mystery writer Kit Reed.
- Murray Scougall profiles Denise Mina.
- Jen Sherman explains that crime novels make excellent travel guides.
- Con Lehane explains why he decided to set his mystery series at the famous 42nd Street Library in New York City.
- Charles Manson, cult leader and murderer, has died aged 83.
Film and TV:
- Ginette Vincendeau explains how French filmmakers created film noir.
- Peter Bradshaw revisits Fritz Lang's 1953 crime thriller The Big Heat.
- Adam Forst and Melanie Patrick share an infographic about what makes a film noir.
- The Puppet Show reviews the 1993 crime movie True Romance.
- Michael Hogan shares his thoughts on the latest episode of the BBC's historical crime drama Peaky Blinders.
- Joanna Schaffhausen talks about the enduring popularity of The X-Files and the volumes of fanfiction the show inspired.
- Nellie Andreeva reports that Attica Locke's crime novel Bluebird, Bluebird will be adapted for television as Highway 59.
Comments on Murder on the Orient Express:
- Mystery Scene reviews Murder on the Orient Express.
- Borys Kit reports that Agatha Christie's Death on the Nile will be adapted as a sequel to Murder on the Orient Express.
Comments on The Punisher:
- Charles Pullim-Moore calls The Punisher a brutal humanisation of Frank Castle, who can't face his own demons.
- Ed Power calls The Punisher a great grisly man-hug of a comic adaptation.
- Camestros Felapton calls The Punisher an artfully crafted moral vacuum.
- Keith DeCandido declares that The Punisher is running away from his roots.
- Keith DeCandido also shares his impressions of the first three episodes of The Punisher.
- Dave Richards shares his thoughts on the first four episodes of The Punisher.
- James Hunt shares his thoughts on episode 1 of The Punisher.
- James Hunt shares his thoughts on episode 2 of The Punisher.
- Eammon Jacobs shares eight things he liked about season 1 of The Punisher and seven things he did not like.
- Adam Fitch wonders whether the character of Micro survives season 1 of The Punisher.
- Charles Pulliam-Moore takes a look at the books Frank Castle reads during season 1 of The Punisher.
Comments on Blade Runner 2049:
- Evan Narcisse calls Blade Runner 2049 science fiction film noir at its finest, just like the original.
- Beth Elderkin reports that Denis Villeneuve, director of Blade Runner 2019, is still trying to understand why the movie underperformed.
- The Mystery Writers of America has announced the recipients of the 2018 Grand Master, Raven and Ellery Queen Awards.
Writing, publishing and promotion:
- Nikki Chapman talks about writers' block and the creatives' curse.
- Jessica Cote talks about writing what you love.
- Jessica Cote also talks about the importance of creating great characters.
- Corrina Lawson and Myke Cole talk about creating characters and writing realistic fight scenes.
- Ryan Holiday shares the only real strategy for successful authors.
- The Puppet Show shares a list of random setting generators.
- Douglas Schofield talks about the research he did for Killing Pace.
- Crime Fiction Lover interviews C.J. Tudor.
- Col Colman interviews Chris Whitaker.
- Compulsive Readers also interviews Chris Whitaker.
- Criminal Element interviews Catherine Richards.
- B.J. Bourke interviews Frank Zafiro.
- Raven Crime Reads reviews Sweet William by Iain Maitland.
- Portobello Book Blog also reviews Sweet William by Iain Maitland.
- Catherine Turnbull reviews The Girl in the Fog by Donato Carrisi, translated by Howard Curtis.
- Crime Fiction Lover reviews The Death Messenger by Mari Hannah.
- Avid Book Reader reviews The Ghosts of Galway by Ken Bruen.
- Alyson Baker reviews Know Me Now by C.J. Carver.
- Margot Kinberg reviews Dead Lemons by Finn Bell.
- Doreen Sheriden reviews Assault and Buttery by Kristi Abbott and tries a recipe from the novel.
- Michelle Carpenter reviews Murder in the Manuscript Room by Con Lehane.
- Kristin Centorcelli reviews Killing Pace by Douglas Schofield.
- Philip Rafferty reviews Infinite Ground by Martin MacInnes.
- Compulsive Readers review The Sister by Louise Jensen.
- Mal McEwan reviews Choose Your Parents Wisely by Tom Trott.
- David Cranmer reviews The Best American Mystery Stories 2017, edited by John Sandford
- Alexander Nazarayan reviews The Grim Sleeper by Christine Pelisek.
- Catherine Turnbull reports about the Hull Noir crime fiction festival in Hull, UK, and shares some photos.
- Victoria Prest reports that one of the many events of the Hull Noir crime writing festival will take place not in Hull, but in York, UK.
- Roy Beers reports about the event Bloody Scotland Authors in Conversation in Stirling, Scotland.
- Philip Jett explains why violent crime spikes on Thanksgiving.
- Hannah Devlin and Vikram Dodd report that ten thousand criminal cases have to be reviewed following an alleged manipulation at a forensics lab in Manchester, UK.
- Seth Augenstein reports that blowfly feces can contain traces of human DNA for up to two years, making them potentially vital evidence.
- Locard's Lab reports about using skin secretions for authentication.
Free online fiction:
- "Desperado" by Michael Loniewski at Akashic Books.
- "Four Aces in the Deck" by Gary Priest in Crimson Streets.
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