Crime Fiction Links of the Week for February 16, 2019
Crime fiction in general:
- The Mystery Tribune lists the 45 best cozy mystery series starters.
- Robert Lopresti shares his favourite crime and mystery short stories of 2018.
- Nick Kolakowski discusses how gentrification can mess up crime novels and their settings.
- Lee Goldberg shares his appreciation for the Hardman series by Ralph Dennis.
- Kevin Mims shares his appreciation for the works of Joyce Maynard whom he calls America's most overlooked crime fiction writer.
- Lucy Foley discusses the profoundly unsettling world of Agatha Christie where anybody can be a murderer.
- Lawrence Maddox points out that Sherlock Holmes practiced the principle of mindfulness long before it was fashionable.
- Ali Karim remembers Philip Kerr.
- Jeff Vorzimmer traces the tortured history of the 1950s and 1960s crime fiction magazine Manhunt.
- David Swinson shares the five crime books he always returns to.
- Alex Michaelides shares the five best plot twists in (crime) fiction (spoilers, obviously).
- Hester Young revisits some of her favourite childhood mysteries to see how they hold up today.
- Adele Parks shares eight crime novel featuring intense female friendships.
- Reneé Knight looks about psychological thriller featuring role reversals between employers and servants.
- Matthew Coleman Turbeville explains how to use crime fiction to recover from heartbreak.
- Molly Odintz takes a look at the biggest relationship red flags from classic psychological thrillers and gothic novels.
- Laura Benedict shares the best unreliable narrators from suspense novels.
- Jaime Green explains why you should be reading romance novels and shares five great recent romance novels for people who have never read one.
- Natalie Zutter explains how to tell if you are crushing on a book.
- George Mann looks back on ten years of his Newbury & Hobbes Steampunk mystery series.
- Eleanor Ainge Roy reports that newly resurfaced letters suggest that New Zealand poet James K. Baxter may have raped his then wife and fellow writer Jacquie Sturm.
- William E. Butterworth III a.k.a. W.E.B. Griffin has died aged 89.
Discussion of the Dan Mallory a.k.a. A.J. Finn scandal:
- Alexandra Alter reports that Dan Mallory may have plagiarized the 2016 novel Saving April by Sarah A. Denzil for his bestselling psychological thriller The Woman in the Window.
- Amy O'Connor weighs in on the scandal surrounding Dan Mallory a.k.a. A.J. Finn who made up plenty of dramatic stories about his own life.
- Ron Charles wonders if it's still possible to enjoy The Woman in the Window, knowing that its author is a serial liar.
- Inspired by the Dan Mallory case, Leo Benedictus looks at other cases of writers who were revealed to have lied about their prsonal lives.
Film and TV:
- Lissa Marie Redmond lists nine movies and TV shows that get police work right.
- Paul Hirons shares his thoughts on the first episode of series 5 of Shetland.
- Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya shares her thought on the latest episode of How to Get Away With Murder.
- Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya shares her thought on the latest episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
- Abe Friedtanzer shares his thoughts on the much derided thriller Serenity.
- Martin Edwards shares his thoughts on the psychological thriller Unsane.
- Martin Edwards also shares his thoughts on the TV adaptation of The Murder Room by P.D. James.
- Mike D'Angelo declares that the crime drama Donnybrook is both pretentious and gratuitous.
- Peter Bradshaw calls Piranhas a gangster drama that lacks bite.
- Peter Bradshaw calls the spy thriller The Operative an unexciting mess.
- Peter Bradshaw shares his thoughts on the German serial killer thriller The Golden Glove.
- Peter Bradshaw shares his thoughts on the Chinese crime drama The Shadow Play.
- Peter Bradshaw shares his thoughts on the Greek psychological thriller The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea.
- Mike D'Angelo shares his thoughts on the Columbian crime drama Birds of Passage.
- Joe Bendel shares his thoughts on the psychological thriller The Wolf Hour.
- Paul Levinson shares his thoughts on the Belgian TV crime drama The Break.
- Farid Ul-Haq shares his appreciation for the German streaming video crime drama Dogs of Berlin.
- Sophie Gilbert shares her thoughts on the true crime documentary Abducted in Plain Sight.
- Otto Penzler revisits the 1990 crime film The Grifters.
- K.A. Laity revisits Mike Hodges' 1972 film Pulp and his 1998 film Croupier, two crime movies about writers.
- Otto Penzler revisits Alfred Hitchcock's 1951 suspense movie Strangers on a Train.
- Peter Bradshaw revisits the 1941 romantic crime comedy The Lady Eve.
- Dwyer Murphy looks at some classic romantic comedies, which turn out to have noir undertones upon closer examination.
- The Columbophile reveals which Columbo episodes of Peter Falk's favourites.
- Paul Levinson shares his thoughts on the latest episode of Counterpart.
- Lesley Goldberg reports that the parallel world thriller Counterpart has been cancelled.
- Science Insanity reports that actor Keanu Reeves, best known for The Matrix trilogy, Point Break and Speed, has been quietly financing countless children's hospitals.
- Actor Joseph Sirola, who appeared in dozens of TV series over the years such as The Man from U.N.C.L.E., the original Hawaii Five-O, Perry Mason, The Rockford Files, NYPD Blue, etc..., has died aged 89.
Comments about season 3 of True Detective:
- Emily L. Stephens shares her thoughts on the latest episode of True Detective.
- Paul Levinson shares his thoughts on the latest episode of True Detective.
- Lanre Bakare shares his thoughts on the latest episode of True Detective.
Comments on I Am The Night:
- Noel Murray shares his thoughts on the latest episode of I Am The Night.
- David Hookstead shares his thoughts on the latest episode of I Am The Night.
- Caitlin Gallagher reports that parts of I Am The Night were filmed at the Sowden House in Los Angeles, California, a architectural jewel and the home of the real life George Hodel.
Comments on series 6 of Endeavour:
- Graeme Virtue is quite taken with the historical crime drama Endeavour, which is not nearly as cosy as it seems at first sight.
- Andrew French explains what to expect from series 6 of Endeavour.
- Gem Wheeler shares her thoughts on the first episode of series 6 of Endeavour.
- Chris Sullivan shares his thoughts on the first episode of series 6 of Endeavour.
- Chris Jenkins shares his thoughts on the first episode of series 6 of Endeavour.
Comments on Detainment:
- Fintan O'Toole declares that calls to withdraw the true crime short Detainment from consideration for the Oscars are misguided, because the film is important.
- Donald Clarke talks to Vincent Lambe, director of Detainment, about the backlash against the film in the UK and how the reactions told Lambe he was doing something right.
Comments on Lorena:
- Kate Rife shares her thoughts on Lorena, a true crime documentary about the Lorena Bobbitt case, and declares that the documentary finally puts Lorena Bobbitt at the centre of her own story.
- Maggie Donahue declares that Lorena sheds light on the infuriating injustice of the Lorena Bobbitt story.
- Lucy Mangan is also pleased to finally hear Lorena Bobbitt's side of the story in Lorena.
Discussion of Liam Neeson's problematic comments regarding rape, revenge and racism:
- Matt Donnelly analyses what Liam Neeson's problematic remarks mean for his upcoming movies and overall job prospects.
- Donald Clarke points out that this is not the first time that Liam Neeson has said something problematic.
- Fintan O'Toole declares that Liam Neeson speaks the language of the lynch mob.
Vourlias reports that Hans Petter Moland, director of Liam Neeson's
latest film Cold Pursuit, has defended Liam Neeson's problematic remarks
and claims that Liam Neeson is not racist.
- The nominations for the International Film Music Critics Association Awards have been announced with some love for genre films.
Writing, publishing and promotion:
- Anthony DeCastro talks about ideas.
- Janice Hardy shares an easy tip for getting unstuck in a scene.
- Laurence MacNaughton revisits Lester Dent's pulp fiction master plot and explains how it can be adapted to novels.
- Lauren Sapala explains why so many writers have a fear of marketing and how to overcome it.
- Alythia Brown explains how publishing constantly will help you grow a thick skin.
- Robert Crawford interviews G.B. Williams.
- Amelia Lester interviews Jane Harper.
- Allen Pierleoni interviews Gregg Hurwitz.
- Adam Vitcavage interviews Lauren Wilkinson.
- Clare Rhoden interviews Nikki Crutchley.
- Garrick Webster interviews David Laws.
- Lily Meyer interviews Mariana Dimópulos.
- Mystery People interviews David Swinson.
- Elise Cooper interviews Ronald H. Balson.
- Smashwords interviews Richard Blakemore.
- Kristin Centorcelli reviews The Current by Tim Johnston.
- Kristin Centorcelli reviews Miraculum by Steph Post.
- Always With a Book reviews The Burning Island by Hester Young.
- Mystery Playground reviews The Wrong Boy by Cathy Ace.
- For Winter Nights reviews Marked For Death by Tony Kent.
- Janet Webb reviews One Fatal Mistake by Tom Hunt.
- BOLO Books reviews Stalker by Lars Kepler.
- BOLO Books reviews The Stranger Inside by Laura Benedict.
- Weston Ochse reviews Once A Liar by A.F. Brady.
- Janet Webb reviews Careless Lover by Peter Robinson.
- Suzy Michael reviews Without Condition by Sonora Taylor.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews A Deadly Divide by Ausma Zehanat Khan.
- The Civilian Reader reviews Trigger by David Swinson.
- The Real Book Spy reviews Open Carry by Marc Cameron.
- Kirkus reviews American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson.
- Lara Feigel reviews Adèle by Leila Slimani, translated by Sam Taylor.
- Dan Malmon reviews Skin Game by J.D. Allen.
- Janet Webb reviews The Havanna Game by John Lutz.
- Bitter Tea and Mystery revisits Murder in Mykonos by Jeffrey Siger.
- James Reasoner reviews A Time to Scatter Stones by Lawrence Block.
- Sandra Mangan reviews The Stone Circle by Elly Griffiths.
- Book Are Magic reviews The Black Ascot by Charles Todd.
- Mystery People reviews The Book Artist by Mark Pryor.
- Kingdom Books reviews The Murder Book by Lissa Marie Redmond.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews The Coronation by Boris Arkunin.
- Mike Parker reviews The Elegant Lie by Sam Eastland.
- Kingdom Books reviews The Murder Pit by Mick Finlay.
- Sandra Mangan reviews Murder in Park Lane by Karen Charlton.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews Seven Deadly Zins by Nancy J. Parra and tries a recipe from the book.
- Frances Wilson reviews The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold.
- Only Detect revisits Clouds of Witness, a 1926 Lord Peter Wimsey mystery by Dorothy Sayers.
- Beneath the Stains of Time revisits the 1931 detective novel Something Wrong At Chillery by R. Francis Foster.
- Only Detect revisits Hag's Nook, a 1933 Dr. Gideon Fell mystery by John Dickson Carr.
- J.F. Norris revisits the 1934 crime novel Death on the Outer Shoal by Anne Fuller and Marcus Allen.
- R.T. Raichev revisits the 1939 crime story "The Leopard Lady" by Dorothy L. Sayers.
- Only Detect revisits Do Not Disturb, a 1943 noir thriller by Helen McCloy.
- Only Detect revisits The Lady in the Lake, a 1943 Philip Marlowe mystery by Raymond Chandler.
- Aubrey Hamilton revisits the 1953 heist novel Blackshirt Passes By.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1953 romantic thriller Big Red's Daughter.
- Only Detect revisitis the 1953 Nero Wolfe mystery The Golden Spiders by Rex Stout.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1954 crime novel Sleep with the Devil by Day Keene a.k.a. Gunard Hjertstedt.
- George Kelley revisits the 1954 psychological thriller Go, Lovely Rose and the 1962 thriller The Evil Wish, both by Jean Potts.
- Matthew Paust revisits the 1958 legel thriller Anatomy of a Murder by Robert Traver a.k.a. John D. Voelker.
- Joe Brosnan revisits The Eighth Circle by Stanley Ellin, winner of the 1959 Edgar Award.
- Brian Busby revisits the 1959 suspense novel The Listening Walls by Margaret Millar.
- Crossexamining Crime revisits the 1959 crime fiction anthology The Lethal Sex, edited by John D. MacDonald.
- Kristen Lepionka revisits the psychological thriller The Hours Before Dawn by Celia Fremlin, winner of the 1960 Edgar Award for best novel.
- B.V. Lawson revisits the mystery The Spoilt Kill by Mary Kelly, winner of the 1961 Golden Dagger Award for best novel.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1961 crime novel You Can Call It Murder by Lawrence Block.
- Kevin Tipple revisits Zero Cool, a 1967 thriller by John Lange a.k.a. Michael Crichton.
- Ben Boulden revisits Easy Go, a 1968 action thriller by John Lange a.k.a. Michael Crichton.
- Paperback Warrior revisits Kill Deadline, a 1973 novel in the science fictional men's adventure series The Enforcer by Andrew Sugar.
- Joe Kenney revisits You're Hired, You're Dead, a 1975 novel in the Hitman men's adventure series by Kirby Carr a.k.a. Kin Platt.
- Martin Edwards revisits the 1975 psychological suspense novel The Client by Martin Russell.
- Levi Stahl revisits the 1975 comic crime novel Brothers Keepers by Donald E. Westlake.
- Kirkus also revisits the 1975 comic crime novel Brothers Keepers by Donald E. Westlake.
- J. Kingston Pierce revisits The Coyote Connection, a 1981 novel in the long running Nick Carter series by Bill Crider and Jack Davis.
Con and event reports:
- Paul Stratton-Stephens lists five events for writers and readers of crime fiction.
- Val McDermid and Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, will appear together at the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Fiction Festival in Harrogate, Yorkshire.
- Ayo Onatade announces an espionage thriller panel at Capital Crime in London, UK.
- Molly Odintz reports about a visit to the KGB Spy Museum in New York City and compares it to other Cold War and espionage museums around the world.
- Nick Kolakowski explains that real life serial killers are a lot stupider than their fictional counterpart.
- Greg Nichols shares the true story of Henry Hill, a mobster on the run, and his romance with a single mother.
- Robert W. Fieseler remembers the arson attack on the gay night club UpStairs Lounge in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1973, which killed 32 people.
- The FBI has published several sketches made by serial killer Sam Little hoping to identify his victims.
- David Gauvey Herbert reports about a fish egg poaching con.
- Benjamin Plackett explains how to dismantle a nuclear bomb.
Free online fiction:
- "Payday Friday" by Jeff Esterholm in Shotgun Honey.
- "Revenge Can Be Sweet" by Paul Matts in Punk Noir Magazine.
- "The El Segundo Saga" by Jenean McBrearty in Retreats from Oblivion.
- "A Favorable Favor" by Brendan Dubois in Strand Magazine.
- "A Man Whom Prosperity Harmed" by S. Craig Renfroe Jr. in Tough.
- "Coppers" by Bruce Harris in Crimson Streets.
- "Stegman's Basement" by Peter DiChellis in Spelk.
- "Tomcat" by Ben Szakovits in The Five-Two.
- "Homeless and Hungry" by Ian Copstick in Punk Noir Magazine.
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