Crime Fiction Links of the Week for June 1, 2019
Crime fiction in general:
- J.S. Monroe recommendas seven literary thrillers.
- Jax Miller recommends his five favourite true crime books.
- Hannah Mary McKinnon hosts a roundtable about whether there are any subjects too dark for crime fiction.
- Ali Karim wonders about the line between thriller and horror.
- Tracey Clark explains why she chose Chicago as a setting for her crime novels.
- Mike Chomko takes a look at Sherlock Holmes and the pulps.
- Janet Rudolph takes a look at detectives and their drinks.
- James Davis Nicoll points out that just as many mainstream bestsellers are forgotten a few decades later, many SFF novels will be forgotten as well.
- Janet Hutchings compares the bestsellers of the 1970s to those of earlier and later decades.
- Robert Deis takes a look at the portrayal of war and combat in the pulps and the men's adventure magazines that followed.
- Several British authors, including some crime and thriller writers, have signed an open letter against Brexit.
- Sian Cain reports that James Bond is still a remarkably good recruiter for the MI6.
- Mark Brown reports that historian Hallie Rubenhold has faced a flood of harrassment from self-styled Jack the Ripper experts for her book about the Ripper's victims.
- Mark Chandler reports that Ian Rankin has donated his archive to the National Library of Scotland.
- Crime Reads shares the best book covers for May.
- Crime fiction writer and blogger Sandra Seamans has died aged 68.
- W Glenn Duncan, author of the Rafferty hardboiled mysteries, has died aged 78.
- Crime fiction writer Anthony Price has died aged 91.
Film and TV:
- Allison Shoemaker declares that The Hot Zone is a fine thriller and cautionary tale.
- Garrick Webster shares nine reasons to check out season 5 of Bosch.
- Peter Bradshaw calls Sunset an atmospheric mystery drama.
- Mike D'Angelo delcares that The Fall of the American Empire offers a crash course in money laundering.
- Cath Clarke shares her thoughts on The Vigilante.
- Paul Levinson declares that season 3 of Sneaky Pete is better than ever.
- Mark Lawson shares his thoughts on the true crime documentary Killer Ratings.
- Hannah J. Davies shares the five best episodes of the dystopian TV series Black Mirror so far.
- Alex McLevy shares his thoughts on the latest episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Alex McLevy is stunned that the 1991 firefighter thriller Backdraft actually has a sequel released 28 years later.
- Keith R.A. DeCandido revisits Robert Rodriguez' 2005 movie Sin City, based on the eponymous comic by Frank Miller.
- Keith R.A. DeCandido also revisits the 2014 sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.
- Otto Penzler revisits Alfred Hitchcock's 1956 suspense thriller The Man Who Knew Too Much.
- Peter Bradshaw revisits the 1930 movie The Blue Angel.
- Joe George discusses that there are many possible versions of Batman and any other comic hero.
- Darren Slade is worried that the rise of streaming services may fragment fandom, because many new shows are now accessible to only those fans who subscribe to the respective channel.
- Noah Berlatsky discusses how older actresses are finally getting cast in action roles.
- Kayleigh Donaldson ranks the beards of several actors.
- Emily Stein takes a look behind the scenes of the true crime podcasting boom.
- Beth Elderkin reports that Disney and Netflix may pull out of Georgia following the passing of a new abortion ban law.
- William Hughes reports that former showrunner Bryan Fuller is still trying to bring back Hannibal.
- Catherine Shoard reports that actress and screenwriter Phoebe Waller-Bridge has been hired to polish the script for the next James Bond movie and that she wants the script to treat women right, even if Bond himself doesn't.
- Catherine Shoard also reports that Robert Pattinson has been cast as Batman.
- Actor Carmine Caridi, best known for his part in The Godfather, has died aged 85.
Comments on the season 2 finale of Killing Eve:
- Paul Levinson shares his thoughts on the season 2 finale of Killing Eve.
- Lisa Weidenfeld shares her thoughts on the season 2 finale of Killing Eve.
- Jared Richards shares his thoughts on the season 2 finale of Killing Eve.
- Proma Khosla talks about Killing Eve and the tightrope os escalating conflict in TV series.
- Angelica Jade Bastién talks about the decadent visual pleasure of Killing Eve.
- Hanh Nguyen praises the performance of Jodie Comer as Villanelle in Killing Eve.
- Janice Breen Burns explains how Villanelle from Killing Eve became an unlikely style icon.
Comments on When They See Us:
- Sophie Gilbert calls When They See Us a different kind of true crime series.
- Lucy Mangan calls When They See Us a gut-wrenching tale.
- Joshua Alston calls When They See Us both furious and infuriating.
- Alissa Wilkinson calls When They See Us an enraging retelling of a real case.
- Oliver Laughland interviews the cast of the true crime drama When They See Us.
- Jake Nevins interviews Ava DuVernay, director of When They See Us.
- Taylor Maple reports how Trisha Meili, the victim in the true crime case upon which When They See Us is based, feels about the series.
Comments on Domino:
- Benjamin Lee calls Domino an atrocious thriller that's a new low for Brian de Palma.
- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky calls Domino one of Brian de Palma's clumsiest and most tedious thrillers.
- William Bibbiani calls Domino a half-hearted and dull terrorism thriller.
- Scott Tobias calls Domino a film that's only for Brian de Palma fans.
Comments on season 10 of Archer:
- William Hughes shares his thoughts on the latest episode of Archer.
- Cheryl Eddy shares eleven episodes that turned the animated spy show Archer into a cult hit.
Comments on Chernobyl:
- Rebecca Nicholson calls Chernobyl a horrifying and masterly series that sears your brain.
- Paul Levinson shares his thoughts on the latest episode of Chernobyl.
Comments on Detective Pikachu:
- James Whitbrook interviews Peter Dionne, visual effects supervisor on Detective Pikachu.
- James Whitbrook also shares some background information on the scene featuring the Lickitung Pokémon.
Whitbrook also shares some background information about the way that
the Mr. Mime and Mewtoo Pokémon were brought to life in Detective Pikachu.
Comments on Ma:
- Benjamin Lee calls Ma a creepy exploitation horror thriller and praises Octavia Spencer's performance.
- Katie Rife declares that Octavia Spencer brings unexpected depth to Ma.
- Alex Taylor profiles Octavia Spencer, star of Ma.
- Sisters in Crime Australia reports that a record-breaking 127 novels have been submitted for the 19th Davitt Award for the best crime and mystery novels by Australian women.
- The winners of the 2019 Cannes Film Festival have been announced with some love for crime movies.
Writing, publishing and promotion:
- Ian Fleming shares his advice on how to write a thriller (in 1963).
- Jem Tugwell talks about the inspiration for Proximity.
- Dylan H. Jones talks about using Wales as a setting for his mysteries.
- Kelly Link shares some advice for writers.
- Jennifer Blanchard shares three unexpected principles for optimal creativity.
- Janice Hardy shares five tips for when you're stuck in a scene.
- Sarah Dahl asks if short stories can work as mini trilogies.
- Mark Chandler reports that Malcolm Edwards, publisher of Gollancz and Orion, is stepping down after 43 years.
- The BBC reports that W.H. Smith has been named the worst retailer in the UK for the second year in a row.
- Lori Rader-Day interviews Sara Paretsky.
- Elise Cooper interviews Amanda Quick.
- John Valeri interviews R.G. Belsky.
- Lisa Levy interviews John Douglas.
- Phil Hewitt interviews Peter James.
- John Wisniewski interviews Robert Ragan.
- Ayo Onatade interviews Mary Paulson-Ellis.
- Mia P. Manansala interviews Bess Carnan.
- Adam Morgan interviews Casey Cep.
- Snazzy Books reviews Call Me Evie by J.P. Pomare.
- Mark Yon reviews The Colorado Kid by Stephen King.
- Stephen Poole reviews The Feral Detective by Jonathan Lethem.
- Danielle Antosz reviews Not Bad People by Brandy Scott.
- BOLO Books reviews We Were Killers Once by Becky Masterman.
- For Winter Nights reviews Dead at First Sight by Peter James.
- For Winter Nights reviews Stolen by Paul Finch.
- Paul Diggett reviews Stolen by Paul Finch.
- Crime by the Book reviews The Island by Ragnar Jonasson.
- Adrian McKinty reviews This Storm by James Ellroy.
- Kirkus reviews Deception Cove by Owen Laukkanen.
- Sandra Mangan reviews The Never Game by Jeffery Deaver.
- Ali Karim reviews Secret Service by Tom Bradby.
- Emmet James Driver reviews The Scholar by Dervla McTiernan.
- Vicki Weisfeld reviews The Divinities by Parker Bilal.
- Paul Burke reviews Black Souls by Giacchino Criacco.
- Silvia Moreno-Garcia reviews Summer of Ellen by Agnete Friis.
- Angie Barry reviews Stay Sexy and Don't Get Murdered by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark.
- Mark Rose reviews Cold for the Bastards of Pizzofalcone by Maurizio de Giovanni.
- Grab This Book reviews The Warehouse by Rob Hart.
- Blue Book Balloon reviews The Games House by Claire North.
- Michael Patrick Hicks reviews Recursion by Blake Crouch.
- Sonja van der Westhuizen reviews Council by Snorri Kristjansson.
- Janet Webb reviews Murder at Morrington Hall by Clara McKenna.
- In Search of the Classic Mystery Novel reviews The Killer in the Choir by Simon Brett.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews Southern Sass and Killer Cravings by Kate Young and tries a recipe from the book.
- Gabino Iglesias reviews The Killer Across the Table by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker.
- Bitter Tea and Mystery revisits the 1938 mystery Death Sends a Cable by Margaret Tayler Yates.
- In Search of the Classic Mystery Novel revisits the 1948 Ludovic Travers mystery The Case of the Housekeeper's Hair by Christopher Bush.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1952 crime novel The Day I Died by Lawrence Lariar.
- B.V. Lawson revisits the 1955 mystery The Yellow Turban by Charlotte Jay.
- Joe Kenney revisits Room at the Bottom, a 1962 novel in the Jeff Tyler hardboiled mystery series.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1966 heist novel Four for the Money by Dan J. Marlowe.
- Joe Kenney revisits the 1973 crime novel Mafia Women by Joseph Cenni.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1973 crime novel Last Contract by Clark Howard.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1974 detective novel Wake Up Dead by William Wall.
- Jeremy Finlay revisits Peter's Pence by Jon Cleary, winner of the 1975 Edgar Award for Best Novel.
Con and event reports:
- Martin Edwards shares his experiences at the "The Art of the Whodunit" lecture series aboard the Queen Mary II and in Oxford, UK.
- J. Drew Brumbaugh reports about a book signing in Quincy, Illinois.
- Heather Knight traces the journey of a drug addict from the streets of San Francisco to California State Prison.
- Sian Cain reports that according to forensic specialist Angela Gallop miscarriages of justice in the UK will increase due to cuts to police and forensics labs.
- Tori Telfer talks about the Japanese fugitive murderess Kazuko Fukuda.
- Jake Woodhouse talks about mental health and the war on drugs.
- J.S. Monroe talks about amnesia and why it's so terrifying.
- Amy Lloyd wonders why people are so obsessed with what criminals look like and whether they look the part.
Free online fiction:
- "Wedding Shot Over the Wire" by Paul Matts in Punk Noir Magazine.
- "Portrait of a Hotel Photographer" by Jack Bates in Shotgun Honey.
- "A Wretch Like Me" by Jeanette Cheezum in Punk Noir Magazine.
- "Burning Down My Father's House" by Michael Gills in Tough.
- "Home in the Snow, 1971" by William J. Jackson at Akashic Books.
- "No Serious Crimes" by Ian Copestick in Punk Noir Magazine.
- "Norman" by J.Z. Simms at Akashic Books.
- "The Japanese Sword" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.
- "Strangle Hold" by Rena K. Worley at The Five-Two.
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