Crime Fiction Links of the Week for September 7, 2019
Crime fiction in general:
- Crime Reads shares the best new crime novels, mysteries and thrillers for September.
- Lisa Levy shares five new psychological thrillers for September.
- Moira Macdonald shares the best recent crime novels.
- Holly Watt shares seven international thrillers starring powerful and ambitious women.
- Ashley Weaver shares her favourite prohibition era crime novels.
- J. Kingston Pierce talks about the rise of regional crime fiction in the 1970s.
- Paul French takes a look at crime fiction set in the so called Hamptons holiday region on Long Island.
- Paul French looks at the crime fiction of Madrid.
- Sherri Smith shares five crime novels about holidays from hell.
- Mary Widdicks asks why so many women read thrillers.
- Kathleen Keenan points out that women have always enjoyed reading thrillers, even back in Victorian times.
- Casey Barrett discusses crime fiction and addiction.
- Michael Laurence talks about conspiracy theories.
- John Marrs shares seven dystopian techno-thrillers to read.
- Reece Hirsch talks about cybercrime and the evolution of cyberthrillers.
- Kelley Armstrong discusses the relationship between YA and crime fiction.
- Halley Sutton shares five mystery series for people still upset about the ending of the most recent season of Veronica Mars.
- Matthew Tompkins talks about illusions that fooled Arthur Conan Doyle and memory and perceptions in general.
- Crime Reads shares the best crime and thriller book covers for August.
- Joshua Corin talks about crime comics and profiles the Italian series Diabolik and its creators Angela and Luciana Guissana.
- Cozy mystery writer Lea Wait has died aged 73.
Film and TV:
- Camille Leblanc shares the best crime TV for September 2019.
- Peter Bradshaw calls The Informer a gritty prison drama.
- Lucy Mangan calls A Confession a profoundly sad drama about suffering, strength and justice.
- Lucy Mangan isn't quite sure whether The Capture is a chillingly real thriller or utter nonsense.
- Mike D'Angelo declares that the thriller Official Secrets remembers a nearly forgotten chapter of the Iraq War.
- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky declares that the time travel aspect are the most convincing thing about the thriller Don't Let Go.
- Camestros Felapton shares his thoughts on The Boys.
- Caspar Salmon declares that Once Upon a Time in Hollywood proves that Quentin Tarantino's gruesome revenge fantasies and over-the-top violence are getting steadily more puerile and misogynistic.
- Catherine Shoard reports that gender and racial diversity in blockbuster films has increased.
- Emma Jones asks if mafia dramas are getting too close for comfort.
- Howard Michael Gould takes a look at 1970s neo noir movies.
- The Classic Film and TV Café revisits the 1973 gritty cop thriller The Seven-Ups and its iconic car chase.
- The Columbophile shares the top ten killers to appear in the Columbo mysteries.
- Paul MacInnes revisits the 1979 BBC adaptation of John Le Carrè's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and finds that it still holds up.
- Charles Bramesco revisits Oliver Stone's controversial crime film Natural Born Killers for its 25th anniversary.
- Stuart Heritage wonders what No Time to Die, the title of the upcoming 25th James Bond film, might mean.
- Siri Mitchell lists pop culture's most memorable Gulf War veterans.
- Stephanie van Schilt shares seven true crime podcasts that don't sacrifice ethics for storytelling.
Comments on series five of Peaky Blinders:
- Stuart Jeffries declares that series five of the historical crime drama Peaky Blinders is business as usual.
- Sarah Hughes offers an episode by episode review of series five of Peaky Blinders, starting with the first three episodes
- Mark Sweeney declares that the success of Peaky Blinders has caused a tourism boom in Birmingham, where the series is set.
- Mattha Busby reports that the success of Peaky Blinders has also influenced how people in the UK name their children.
Comments on season two of Mindhunter:
- Paul Levinson calls season 2 of Mindhunter riveting.
- Jack Seale declares that season two of Mindhunter is still the most classy guilty pleasure program on the small screen.
- Katie Rife offers episode by episode reviews of season two of Mindhunter.
Comments on Ready Or Not:
- Olivia Rutigliano calls Ready Or Not a marriage of traditional mystery tropes and feminist horror.
- Cameron Scheetz interviews Andie MacDowell, one of the stars of Ready Or Not.
- Cameron Scheetz interviews Samara Weaving, one of the stars of Ready Or Not.
Comments on the season one finale of City on a Hill:
- Scott von Doviak shares his thoughts on the season one finale of City on a Hill.
- Paul Levinson shares his thoughts on the season one finale of City on a Hill.
Comments on Angel Has Fallen:
- Stuart Heritage calls Angel Has Fallen inane, profane and wholly humourless.
- Mike McCahill declares that the pyrotechnics of the first two installments of the Fallen series fizzle out in Angel Has Fallen.
- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky declares that Angel Has Fallen is an improvement over the previous installment in the series, which only goes to show how bad the Fallen series really is.
- Marah Eakin interviews Gerard Butler, star of Angel Has Fallen.
- Marah Eakin interviews Piper Perabo, one of the stars of Angel Has Fallen.
- Marah Eakin interviews Jada Pinkett Smith, one of the stars of Angel Has Fallen.
- Alex McLevy reports that in spite of bad reviews, Angel Has Fallen sits at the top of the US box office for the second week in a row.
Comments on The Spy:
- Alex McLevy calls The Spy a wild drama based on a true story and a rare example of a straight performance by Sasha Baron Cohen.
- Stuart Jeffries calls The Spy a middling Mossad drama.
Comments on Carnival Row:
- Paul Levinson calls Carnival Row searingly relevant Steampunk.
- Tyler Dean calls Carnival Row a surprisingly complex take on Victorian fantasy tropes, race and politics.
- Ed Power calls Carnival Row a riotous Steampunk mash-up.
- Jill Pantozzi finds Carnival Row just dull.
- Danette Chavez declares that Carnival Row might have worked better, if it had gone completely off the rails.
- Hannah J. Davis interviews Cara Delevingne, one of the stars of Carnival Row.
Comments on Joker:
- Nicholas Barber calls Joker a dark, dingy drama about urban decay, alienation, and anti-capitalist protests.
- Stephanie Zacharek declares that Joker wants to criticise the emptiness of our culture, but instead becomes a prime example of it.
- Christina Newland declares that the violence in Joker is horrific, but that the film refuses to take sides.
- Germain Lussier calls Joker powerful, confused and provocative, just like the titular character.
- Xan Brooks calls Joker a daring reboot and praises Joaquin Phoenix's performance as the titular character.
- Owen Gleiberman is impressed by Joker and praises Joaquin Phoenix's performance.
- Jim Vejvoda calls Joker amazing and also praises Joaquin Phoenix's performance.
- Jenna Bush also praises Joaquin Phoenix's performance as the titular character in Joker.
- Richard Lawson calls Joker bracing and disturbing.
- Steve Weintraub calls Joker a comic book movie unlike any other.
- David Ehrlich calls Joker the boldest and most exciting superhero movie since Dark Knight.
Child wonders whether there is encounter between the Joker as played by
Joaquin Phoenix and Batman as played by Robert Pattinson in the works
and whether the resulting film could rival Marvel's box office.
The Third Man at seventy:
- Danny Leigh finds some surprising parallels between the postwar Vienna of The Third Man and a potential post-Brexit Britain.
- The Guardian offers a behind the scenes look at the 1949 noir classic The Third Man.
- The winners of the 2019 Davitt Awards have been announced.
- The winners of the 2019 Pinckley Prize for Crime Fiction have been announced.
- The finalists for the 2019 McIlvanney Prize have been announced.
- The finalists or the 2019 T. Jefferson Parker Mystery Award have been announced.
- The shortlist for the 2019 Danger Prize has been announced.
- The shortlist for the 2019 Booker Prize has been announced.
- The shortlist for the new CWA Dagger Award for Best Crime Publisher has been announced.
Writing, publishing and promotion:
- Catherine Ryan Howard explains how crime fiction writers can use everyday technology to create suspense.
- Chris Winkle shares some tips for turning your fanfiction into original fiction.
- Maura Yzmore shares her experiences as a slush reader.
- Marie Bilodeau talks about her issues with her publisher.
- Kristine Kathryn Rusch talks about licensing in.
- Female First interviews Tami Hoag.
- John Parker interviews Sarah Pinborough.
- John Parker interviews Hanna Jameson.
- Deutsche Welle interviews David Lagercrantz.
- Ali Karim interviews Linwood Barclay.
- The Real Book Spy interviews Landon Beach.
- Lesa Holstine interviews Sara E. Johnson.
- E.B. Davis interviews Bernard Schaffer.
- John Wisniewski interviews Albert Tucher.
- Gabino Iglesias reviews Black Mountain by Laird Barron.
- Gabino Iglesias reviews The Bitterroots by C.J. Box.
- Janet Webb reviews The Long Call by Ann Cleeves.
- Sandra Mangan reviews The Long Call by Ann Cleeves.
- Eleanor Kuhns reviews The Cold Way Home by Julia Keller.
- Sandra Mangan reviews The Sleepover by Carol Wyer.
- Vicki Weisfeld reviews Because You're Mine by Rea Frey.
- Ray Palen reviews Someone We Know by Shari Lapena.
- Swirl and Thread reviews The Last Widow by Karin Slaughter.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews Mother Knows Best by Kira Peikoff.
- Kate Vane reviews Playboy by Joe Thomas.
- Ali Karim reviews Playboy by Joe Thomas.
- Weston Ochse reviews The Chestnut Man by Sören Sveinstrup.
- Sonja van der Westhuizen reviews Falling from the Floating World by Nick Hurst.
- Martin Edwards reviews Killing with Confetti by Peter Lovesey.
- Ali Karim reviews Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay.
- Vicki Weisfeld reviews This Is Gomorrah by Tom Chatfield.
- Michael Patrick Hicks reviews Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke.
- Angie Barry reviews The Vanished Bride by Bella Ellis.
- Colleen Mondor reviews An Affair of Poisons by Addie Thorley.
- James Davis Nicoll reviews The Affair of the Mysterious Letter by Alexis Hall.
- Lesa Holstine reviews Molten Mud Murder by Sara E. Johnson.
- John Valeri reviews Murder at the PTA by Lee Hollis.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews Flour in the Attic by Winnie Archer.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews Crypt Suzette by Maya Corrigan and tries a recipe from the book.
- Tobias Carroll reviews Cold Storage by David Koepp.
- Sarah Ditum reviews The Need by Helen Phillips.
- Bitter Tea and Mystery revisits the 1928 Charlie Chan mystery Behind That Curtain by Earl Derr Biggers.
- Bitter Tea and Mystery revisits the 1935 Kent Murdock mystery Murder with Pictures by George Harmon Coxe.
- A.B. Jewell revisits the 1937 noir novel Thieves Like Us by Edward Anderson.
- Crossexamining Crime revisits Cold Steal, a 1939 Leonidas Witherall mystery by Alice Tilton.
- Martin Edwards revisits the 1946 suspense novel The Innocent Mrs. Duff by Elisabeth Sanxay Holding.
- Crossexamining Crime revisits the 1948 mystery Murder Can Be Fun by Fredric Brown.
- Crossexamining Crime revisits the 1950 Christmas mystery Groaning Spinney a.k.a. Murder in the Snow by Gladys Mitchell.
- Craig Pittman revisits the 1952 crime novel Meet Me at the Morgue by John Ross Macdonald.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1952 crime novel Wake Up to Murder by Day Keene a.k.a. Gunard Hjertstedt.
- Crossexamining Crime revisits the 1957 mystery The Crimson in the Purple by Holly Roth.
- B.V. Lawson revisits A Dram of Poison, winner of the 1957 Edgar Award for best novel.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1960 crime novel Inquest by Milton K. Ozaki.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1960 crime novel Murder Me For Nickels by Peter Rabe a.k.a. Peter Rabinowitch.
- Bitter Tea and Mystery revisits the 1962 Van Der Valk mystery Love in Amsterdam a.k.a. Death in Amsterdam by Nicholas Freeling.
- Martin Edwards revisits the 1966 spy thriller The Double Agent by John Bingham.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1967 spy novel Private I a.k.a. The Spy Killer by Jimmy Sangster and its 1968 sequel Foreign Exchange.
- B.V. Lawson revisits the 1968 mystery Wycliffe and the Three-Toed Pussy by W.J. Burley.
- Joe Kenney revisits California Hit, a 1972 novel in The Executioner men's adventure series by Don Pendleton.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1973 men's adventure novel Stryker by William Crawford, first in the eponymous series.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1974 crime novel Not Comin' Home to You by Paul Kavanagh a.k.a. Lawrence Block.
- Joe Kenney revisits Detroit: Dead End Delivery, a 1976 novel in The Vigilante men's adventure series by V.J. Santiago.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1977 police procedural Code Seven by Lou Cameron.
- Joe Kenney revisits the 1978 crime novel To Kill a Snowman by Charles Miron.
- Doreen Sheridan revisits The Suspect by L.R. Wright, winner of the 1986 Edgar Award for best novel.
- Gabino Iglesias revisits Old Bones by Aaron Elkins, winner of the 1988 Edgar Award for best novel.
- Martin Quinn revisits A Cold, Red Sunrise, winner of the 1989 Edgar Award for best novel.
Con and event reports:
- William Lampkin shares some photos of Pulpfest in Pittsbrugh, Pennsylvania.
- Ayo Onatade shares the line-up of the Celtic Noir Crime Writing Festival in Dunedin, New Zealand.
- Ayo Onatade reports about a collaborative novel written by Christopher Brookmyre, Val McDermid, Ian Rankin and Louise Welsh for the Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Festival in Stirling, Scotland.
- Ayo Onatade shares a call for papers on mystery and crime fiction for the 2020 Popular Culture Association National Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- Nile Capello reports about the case of the serial killing Bender family in 19th century Kansas.
- Courtney Subramanian reports about an epidemic of suicides among US police officers.
- The BBC reports about the case of a woman who gave birth alone in a prison cell in Denver, Colorado.
- Aimee Knight talks about dark tourism and Adelaide, the serial killer capital of Australia.
- Dominique Kalifa talks about dark tourism in the 19th century and how the wealthy toured poor neighbourhoods for a taste of "the underworld".
- Stayton Bonner profiles Joe Ford, a detective searching for stolen rare cars.
- Jamie Mason wonders why artworks become more valuable, if they have been stolen before.
- R.D. Rosen traces the family history of NFL player Sid Luckman whose father was a member of Murder Incorporated.
- Stephanie Kane reports about the 1973 cold case murder of her mother-in-law and how a novel she wrote based on the case caused it to be reopened.
Free online fiction:
- "Consequences" by Mark Cotton in Shotgun Honey.
- "Let's Not Think About It" by Lynne Bronstein at Akashic Books.
- "Scow" by Garnett Elliott in Beat to a Pulp.
- "Positive Role Model" by Robert Ragan in Punk Noir Magazine.
- "Trust" by Don Stoll in Punk Noir Magazine.
- "Spade, Rose and Blood" by Paul Matts in Punk Noir Magazine.
- "The Broken Queen of Hearts, Part 2" by Hamilton Kohl in Crimson Streets.
- "Brigid Was Hung By Her Hair from the Second Story Window" by Gillian Daniels in The Dark.
- "On the Morning of Jeffrey Epstein's Death" by Kristin Garth in Punk Noir Magazine.
- "Thread Bare" by Rena J. Worley in The Five-Two.
- "Oblivion" by Lauren Reynolds in The Five-Two.
- "Crunchers Inc." by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.
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