Crime Fiction Links of the Week for April 6, 2019
Crime fiction in general:
- Crime By The Book share their favourite crime fiction reads for March 2019.
- Crime Reads shares the best new crime fiction for April 2019.
- The Real Book Spy shares the top forty thrillers coming out this spring.
- Lisa Levy shares five new psychological thrillers for April.
- Olivia Kiernan shares seven modern classics of small town mysteries.
- Olivia Kiernan also talks about strong female protagonists in crime fiction.
- Edith Maxwell discusses aspects of police procedure in the late nineteenth century.
- Stephanie Jo Harris explains how the character of Inspector Javert from Victor Hugo's Les Miserables is an unlikely precursor to today's police procedurals.
- Craig Sisterson profiles Jason Pomare.
- Lois Beckett discusses the long fight against racism in romance fiction.
Film and TV:
- Mark Kermode calls Out of the Blue a visionary thriller.
- Peter Bradshaw calls the western crime drama The Sisters Brothers an all-American delight.
- Paul Levinson shares his thoughts on the British spy drama Mrs. Wilson.
- Lucy Mangan calls The Murder of Jill Dando a moving true crime documentary.
- Eric D. Synder shares thirteen infamous facts about the 1967 crime movie Bonnie and Clyde.
- Meredith B. Kile explains why Peggy Carter is the lynchpin of the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe.
- Germain Lussier interviews Ralph Macchio, star of Cobra Kai.
- Ruth Huntman interviews Diana Rigg, best known for playing Emma Peel in The Avengers and Lady Olenna Tyrell in Game of Thrones.
- Nellie Andreeva reports that Law & Order: SVU has been renewed for a record-breaking 21st season, beating both previous record holders, Gunsmoke and the original Law & Order.
- Actor Shane Rimmer, who appeared in Doctor Who, several James Bond movies and voiced Scott Tracy in Thunderbirds, has died aged 89.
- Actress and model Tania Mallet who played Tilly Masterson in Goldfinger has died aged 77.
Comments on series 5 of Line of Duty:
- Lucy Mangan shares her thoughts on the first episode of series 5 of Line of Duty.
- Sarah Hughes shares her thoughts on the first episode of series 5 of Line of Duty.
- Ash Percival shares seven non-spoilerish facts about the first episode of series 5 of Line of Duty.
- Ash Percival shares eight burning questions he has after watching the first episode of series 5 of Line of Duty.
- Ash Percival also recaps what happened in series 4 of Line of Duty.
Comments on season 2 of Barry:
- Jack Seale asks if Barry, a comedy about a hitman who takes up acting, is the new Breaking Bad.
- Vikram Murthi declares that season 2 of Barry is funnier and darker than ever before.
- Chris Harley shares his thoughts on the season 2 premiere of Barry.
Comments on Hanna:
- Sophie Gilbert discusses the subversive thrills of Hanna.
- Ani Bundel calls Hanna a solid spy thriller combined with a coming of age story.
- Paul Levinson calls the series version of Hanna top notch.
- Nick Schager calls Hanna a massively overhyped disappointment.
- John Orquiola traces the biggest differences between the series Hanna and the eponymous movie.
- Molli Mitchell asks whether there will be a second season of Hanna.
Comments on The Case Against Adnan Syed:
- Paul Levinson shares his thoughts on the true crime documentary The Case Against Adnan Syed.
- Emine Saner believes that The Case Against Adnan Syed should not have been televised.
- The finalists for the 2019 Derringer Awards have been announced.
- The winners of the 2019 Lefty Awards have been announced.
- The shortlist for the 2019 Albertine Prize has been announced with some love for crime fiction.
Writing, publishing and promotion:
- Eliot Pattison talks about writing about human rights violations in his crime fiction.
- Jane Stanton Hitchcock shares a crime writer's guide to poker obsession.
- Nicole Bianchi shares seven strategies famous writer use to overcome writers block and reawaken their creativity.
- Sarah McGuire shares five ways to create a memorable and distinguishable cast of characters.
- Janice Hardy shares some tips for showing a character's age.
- Parnell Hall explains how to write a fictional expert when you are at best an amateur.
- Cat Rambo explains why you should never submit to a writing contest that charges fees.
- Katy Guest discusses why e-book piracy is so rampant and why so few people feel guilty about it.
- John Valeri interviews Jane Stanton Hitchcock.
- The Real Book Spy interviews Glenn Dyer.
- Benjamin Samuel interviews Seth Fried.
- Mystery People interviews Joe R. Lansdale.
- Elise Cooper interviews Harlan Coben.
- Elise Cooper interviews Betty Webb.
- Fiction Books interviews Max Allan Collins.
- Lesa's Book Critiques interviews Edith Maxwell.
- Robin Agnew interviews Tim O'Mara.
- Suspense Magazine interviews R.G. Belsky.
- Ron Fortier reviews Girl Most Likely by Max Allan Collins.
- John Valeri reviews I Am Watching by Emma Kavanagh.
- BOLO Books reviews The Night Visitors by Carol Goodman.
- Eleanor Kuhns reviews An Artless Demise by Anna Lee Huber.
- For Winter Nights reviews A Capitol Death by Lindsey Davis.
- Live and Deadly reviews Things in Jars by Jess Kidd.
- Angie Barry reviews Loch of the Dead by Oscar de Muriel.
- Mark Rose reviews The Poison Bed by Elizabeth Freemantle.
- The Real Book Spy reviews The Ghost Manuscript by Kris Frieswick.
- Adrian McKinty reviews Metropolis by Philip Kerr.
- Garrick Webster reviews Kin by Snorri Kristjansson.
- Louis Bravos reviews The Courier by Kjell Ola Dahl, translated by Don Bartlett.
- The Real Book Spy reviews Game of Snipers by Stephen Hunter.
- The Real Book Spy reviews Reaper: Threat Zero by Nicholas Irving and A.J. Tata.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews Stick Together by Sophie Hénaff.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews The Hidden Corpse by Debra Sennefelder and tries a recipe from the book.
- Kirkus reviews Bluff by Jane Stanton Hitchcock.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews Lights! Camera! Puzzles! by Parnell Hall.
- Kirkus reviews Lights! Camera! Puzzles! by Parnell Hall.
- Louise Fairbairn reviews Bloody Scotland, edited by James Crawford.
- Annalisa Quinn reviews Murder by the Book: The Crime That Shocked Dickens' London by Claire Harman.
- Larry Clow reviews Hollywood Godfather - My Life in the Movies and the Mob by Gianni Russo and Patrick Picciarelli.
- Bitter Tea and Mystery revisits the 1945 mystery Remembered Death by Agatha Christie.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1950 crime fiction collection Murder Twice Told by Donald Hamilton.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1954 mystery Meet Me at the Morgue a.k.a. Experience with Evil by John Ross MacDonald.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1954 crime novel Death Trap by John D. MacDonald.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews The King of the Rainy Country by Nicolas Freeling, winner of the 1967 Edgar Award.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1967 spy novel Missile Island by Gil Davis a.k.a. Don Gilmore.
- B.V. Lawson revisits the 1969 comedic mystery Picture Miss Seeton by Heron Carvic.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1974 crime novel Goldfish Have No Hiding Place by James Hadley Chase.
- Martin Edwards revisits the 1980 crime novel Dominoes by John Wainwright.
Con and event reports:
- Ali Karim reports about the launch event for Philip Kerr's final novel Metropolis at Daunt Books in London, UK, and shares several photos.
- Ayo Onatade shares the line-up for the 2019 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate, UK.
- Mike Glyer looks ahead at the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention in Lombard, Illinois.
- Angie Dahl reports about the Deadly Class panel at WonderCon in Anaheim, California.
- Mike Glyer reports about the latest, even stranger developments in the case of Ed Kramer, convicted child molester and co-founder of Dragon Con in Atlanta, Georgia.
- Sonia Purnell remembers Virginia Hall, a disabled woman who was a spy in World War II.
- Sarah Weinman talks about British reporter Sandy Fawkes and her brief relationship with US serial killer Paul John Knowles.
- Bob Mayer discusses the Son of Sam case and how it is linked to the rise of tabloid journalism.
- Scarlett Harris wonders why people keep romanticising serial killer Ted Bundy.
- JoeAnn Hart takes a look at an unsolved murder from 1976.
- Michelle Legro interviews courtroom artist Marilyn Church.
- Gyles Brandreth shares a new theory regarding the mystery of Jack the Ripper.
Free online fiction:
- "Egg Hunt" by Cora Buhlert.
- "The Amazing Quizmo" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.
- "The Daytripper" by Paul D. Brazill in Out of the Gutter.
- "Rebound" by Stanton McCaffery in Shotgun Honey.
- "Blood on Stacks" by Robert Ragan in Punk Noir Magazine.
- "The Timid Timmy Incident" by Ricky Sprague in Mysterical-E.
- "Lilith" by Laure van Rensburg in Spelk.
- "Jolly Dom and the Crossroads Inn" by F.R. di Brozolo in Crimson Streets.
- "Dying a Slow Death" by J.H. Johns in The Five-Two.
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