Crime Fiction Links of the Week for March 16, 2019
Crime fiction in general:
- Crime Reads shares the best international crime fiction for March.
- Ryan Steck shares the best new thrillers for March.
- Brad Parks shares eight great books set in prisons.
- Elly Griffiths looks at the landscapes of gothic fiction through the ages.
- Fran Dorricott shares nine thriller with rich, atmospheric settings.
- Glen Eik Hamilton discusses why ghost towns and abandoned places make the perfect setting for crime fiction.
- Juliet Grames explains why Calabria makes a great setting for crime novel.
- J.M. Alvey talks about her love for historical mysteries.
- Janet Rudolph offers a list of St. Patrick's Day mysteries.
- K.L. Slater shares ten thriller featuring all consuming obsession.
- Charles Cumming discusses the long strange history of writers who became spies or vice versa.
- Brad Parks talks about the realities of modenr money laundering and how they inspired his novel The Last Act.
- T.J. Martinson discusses what unites superheroes and the protagonists of crime novels.
- Sheena Kamal explains why her latest crime novel is set in Detroit.
- Richy Narvaez recalls how a teacher introduced him to Hercule Poirot and Agatha Christie.
- Ian McDowell profiles Nicole Givens Kurtz.
- Anna Godbersen explains how The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton changed young adult fiction fifty-two years ago.
- Kelsey McKinney remembers Anne Moncure Crane Seemüller, a pioneering American woman writer, whose novel Emily Chester was a bestseller in its day, and whose work was suppressed and erased after her death, likely by Henry James.
- Graeme McMillan reports how DC is planning to celebrate Batman's eightieth anniversary.
- Michael Cavna reports about Senator Patrick Leahy from Vermont who is a lifelong Batman fan, had cameo appearances in five Batman films and has now penned the introduction to an eightieth anniversary collection of Batman.
- Myke Cole explains how the far right distorts antique history and why it matters.
Film and TV:
- Paul Levinson declares that you can't go wrong with Triple Frontier.
- Germain Lussier declares that the first two episodes of Cobra Kai gave him the Karate Kid nostalgia he craves.
- Graeme Virtue calls the Icelandic crime drama Trapped a chilliong saga of ice and fire.
- Lucy Mangan calls Cheat a chilling thriller to watch on a cold night.
- Peter Bradshaw calls Under the Silver Lake a ghastly noir.
- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky calls the hacker thriller The Hummingbird Project pedestrian in spite of its genius protagonists.
- Katie Rife calls Knife + Heart a colourful modern giallo movie.
- Abe Friedtanzer shares his thoughts on Villains.
- Allison Shoemaker calls the prison drama with horses The Mustang a lot less cliched than it appears on the surface.
- Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya shares her thought on the season premiere of The Good Fight.
- Allison Shoemaker shares her thoughts on the latest episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
- Nick Harley shares his thoughts on the latest episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
- Dave Richards revisits the 1987 action comedy Miami Connection.
- Gareme Ross lists the ten best no noir films of all time.
- Molly Odintz shares ten Irish crime films to watch this weekend.
- Eleanor Morgan wonders why true crime documentaries on TV give a pass to men accused of sex crimes.
- Lucy Mangan calls the true crime documentary The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann a complete failure that doesn't offer anything new.
- Inspired by the true crime documentary Lorena, Jonathan Freedland remembers the actual case, which he covered as a young reporter.
- Catherine Shoard reports that James Bond will drive an electric Aston Martin in the upcoming still untitled movie.
Comments an Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase:
- Joe Bendel calls Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase a nostalgic, family-friendly mystery.
- Bilge Ebiri declares that Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase has proven remarkably adaptable to modern times, though it does feel a little like a throwback.
- Rick Bentley calls Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase a fun mystery.
- Jesse Hassenger finds Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase a little dull.
- AMC Scene reports that Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase proves that Nancy Drew has stood the test of time.
Comments on I Am The Night:
- Farid Ul-Haq shares his thoughts on the season finale of I Am The Night.
- Kacie Lillejord lists everything that was accurate about I Am The Night and everything they took liberties with.
- Mya McBriar traces how I Am The Night melds fact and fiction.
Comments on The Case Against Adnan Syed:
- Paul Levinson shares his thoughts on the true crime documentary The Case Against Adnan Syed.
- Josh Modell shares his thoughts on The Case Against Adnan Syed.
- Andrew Liptak reports that a court of Maryland has overturned a ruling that would have granted Adnan Syed a new trial.
Writing, publishing and promotion:
- Lauren Harris explains why so many writers have problems getting started and what to do about it.
- Kristine Kathryn Rusch talks about writing with chronic illness and how comparing yourself to other writers doesn't help.
- Kathleen Valenti talks about the book that almost killed her.
- Zen Cho explains why writing your second book can be so difficult.
- Brian Kirk talks about the long and winding road between books.
- Charles Stross shares some tips for writing a long series.
- B. Morris Allen explains what music and writing have in common.
- Camestros Felapton finds some parallels between writing and gambling.
- Fraser Sherman explains that going full-time was not what qualified him as a professional writer.
- Vicky Who Reads shares the results of a survey of book bloggers about interactions with authors and publishers.
- Shiloh Walker has an idea about how to fight the rampant scamming in the Amazon Kindle store.
- The New York Times interviews Donna Leon.
- Molly Odintz interviews Harlan Coben.
- Sam Schube interviews Don Winslow.
- The Belfast Telegraph interviews Ann Cleeves.
- David Roy interviews Anthony Horowitz.
- Camille LeBlanc interviews C.J. Box.
- The Real Book Spy interviews C.J. Box.
- Dwyer Murphy interviews Michael Connelly.
- John Valeri interviews Stephanie Jo Harris.
- Mike Parker interviews Fran Dorricott.
- The Real Book Spy interviews Joel C. Rosenberg.
- The Real Book Spy reviews Confessions of an Innocent Man by David R. Dow.
- Larry Clow reviews Smoke and Ashes by Abir Mukherjee.
- Sarah Prindle reviews She Lies in Wait by Gytha Lodge.
- Janet Webb reviews While You Sleep by Stephanie Merritt.
- The Real Book Spy reviews Neon Prey by John Sandford.
- Angie Barry reviews After the Eclipse by Fran Dorricott.
- Joe Hartlaub reviews Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson.
- Jay Roberts reviews The Moroccan Girl by Charles Cummings.
- Sue Turnbull reviews Call Me Evie by J.P. Pomare.
- Ray Palen reviews Unto Us a Son Is Given by Donna Leon.
- Philip Rafferty reviews A Friend is a Gift You Give Yourself by William Boyle.
- Sandra Mangan reviews A Gift for Dying by M.J. Arlidge.
- Cathy Downs reviews The Club by Takis Würger, translated by Charlotte Collins.
- Garrick Webster reviews Inborn by Thomas Enger, translated by Kari Dickson.
- BOLO Books reviews The Unrepentant by E.A. Aymar.
- Jamie Bernthal reviews Second Life by S.J. Watson.
- For Winter Nights reviews One False Move by Robert Goddard.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews Black and Blue by Davis Rosenfelt.
- Beth Kanell reviews Black Souls by Gioacchino Criaco.
- Jamie Bernthal reviews Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce.
- Sandra Mangan reviews Thunder Bay by Douglas Skelton.
- Paperback Warrior reviews A Time to Scatter Stones by Lawrence Block.
- The Irresponsible Reader reviews Slow Horses by Mick Herron.
- Hank Wagner reviews Hope Never Dies by Andrew Shaffer.
- Amber Keller reviews Murder in an Irish Pub by Carlene O'Connor.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews Murder with Fried Chicken and Waffles by A.L. Herbert and tries a recipe from the book.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews Chocolate á la Murder by Kirsten Weiss.
- Jon L. Breen reviews Curtain Up: Agatha Christie - A Life in Theatre by Julius Green.
- Only Detect reviews Dashiell Hammett - Man of Mystery by Sally Cline.
- Simon Callow reviews I Will Never See the World Again by Ahmed Altan.
- B.V. Lawson revisits the 1938 mystery The Port of London Murders by Josephine Bell.
- Kirkus revisits the 1942 Perry Mason mystery The Case of the Careless Kitten by Erle Stanley Gardner.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1943 noir novel Death House Doll by Day Keene a.k.a. Gunard Hjertstedt.
- Curtis Evans revisits the 1949 mystery Swing, Brother, Swing by Ngaio Marsh.
- Gabino Iglesias revisits The Light of Day, a heist thriller by Eric Ambler that won the 1964 Edgar Award for Best Novel.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1970 crime thriller Like a Hole in the Head by James Hadley Chase.
- Curtis Evans revisits the 1974 mystery Black As He's Painted by Ngaio Marsh.
- Paperback Warrior revisits Dirty War, a 1985 novel in the Super Mack Bolan men's adventure series.
Con and event reports:
- Brian O'Neill reports about the Noireland crime fiction festival in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
- Donna Deeney reports about the Noireland festival.
- Ayo Onatade reports about a "behind the scenes" event for the fans of Grantchester at the London Book and Screen Week in London, UK.
- Mike Glyer looks ahead at the Vintage Paperback Collectors Show in Glendale, California, and shares the signing schedule.
- Tori Telfer wonders whether Jack the Ripper might have been a woman.
- Tim Clayton remembers how the British tried to assassinate Napoleon in 1800.
- Cecilia D'Anastasio reports about a fight over the legacy of Dungeons & Dragons co-creator Gary Gygax and attacks on his widow Gail.
- Gastro Obscura reports that chocolate tea cakes tend to explode at high altitudes, as discovered by Royal Navy pilots in the 1960s.
Free online fiction:
- "Crook's Landing, by Scaffold" by G.V. Anderson in Nightmare Magazine.
- "O, Swear Not By the Moon" by Jill D. Block in Crime Fiction Lover.
- "The Heat" by Shannon Hollinger in Tough.
- "The Journal" by A. Toren in Crimson Streets.
- "The Good, the Kind, the Peaceful" by David Cranmer in The Five-Two.
- "Practically Family" by David Powell in Shotgun Honey.