Crime Fiction Links of the Week for November 16, 2019
Crime fiction in general:
- Kirkus shares the best mysteries and thrillers of 2019.
- Crime Reads shares five international crime novels to read this November.
- Nicola Upson shares her top ten golden age detective novels.
- Denzil Meyrick shares the best Scottish crime writers you've never read.
- M.L. Longworth explains why small towns make the perfect mystery settings.
- Catherine Turnbull shares ten books featuring real writers as sleuths.
- Will Thomas shares Victorian mystery novels set somewhere else than in Britain.
- Gabino Iglesias discusses the new wave of Latin crime fiction.
- Sean Rea shares six classic mafia books.
- Lisa Levy celebrates some new crime fiction writers who have only just published their second book.
- Nick Kolakowski takes a look at femme fatales and the shattering of the capitalist dream.
- Michael Seidlinger takes a look at the most terrifying home invasions in fiction.
- Cicely Lewis shares children's and YA books aimed at kids who have a parent in prison or in danger of going there.
- Bob Byrne takes a look at the villains of pulp fiction.
- Vanessa Thrope reports about Westwind, a 1990 novel by Ian Rankin that failed upon first publication and will be relaunched now.
- Mark Brown reports that a stack of letters between Ian Fleming and his (future) wife Ann Fleming neé Charteris will be auctioned off at Sotheby's.
- David Dudley reports about the new central library in Helsinki, Finland.
- Editor and critic Tom Johnson has died.
Film and TV:
- Leslie Felperin calls The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil a pulpy Korean thriller that packs a punch.
- Lucy Mangan calls Gold Digger a twisty toy boy thriller that will get audiences talking.
- Jesse Hassenger calls The Good Liar deceptively dull, in spite of starring Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen.
- Cath Clarke calls Gabriel a cliched boxing movie.
- Leslie Felperin calls Red Devil a profoundly unfunny comedy crime thriller.
- Paul Levinson shares his thoughts on the latest episode of Prodigal Son.
- Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya shares her thoughts on the latest episode of How To Get Away With Murder.
- Lucy Mangan calls Britain's Child Drug Runners a devastating documentary.
- Cath Clarke explains how Agatha Christie suddenly became popular at the cinema again.
- Nile Cappello revisits the 1994 true crime movie Heavenly Creatures and its fall-out for a bestselling author of crime fiction.
- Martin Edwards revisits the 1970 John Le Carré adaptation The Looking Glass War.
- Anita Bennett and Nellie Andreeva report that an original castmember has made a shocking exit from NCIS: New Orleans after six seasons (spoilers).
Comments on Motherless Brooklyn:
- The Bowery Boys share ten things to know before watching Motherless Brooklyn.
- Marissa Martinelli shares all the ways that the Motherless Brooklyn movie deviates from Jonathan Lethem's novel.
Comments on The Irishman:
- Mark Kermode calls The Irishman a sweeping tale of crime and politics.
- Caryn James calls The Irishman an inverted Goodfellas.
- Christina Newland wonders whether The Irishman is the end of the gangster film as we know it.
Comments on the latest version of Charlie's Angels:
- Keith Phipps calls the new Charlie's Angels a new take on a 1970s concept.
- Beandrea July calls the new Charlie's Angels a feminist spin on a cherished concept.
- Perri Nemiroff calls the new Charlie's Angels one of the most enjoyable reboots of 2019.
- Benjamin Lee calls the new Charlie's Angels a ramshackle action reboot.
- Scott Mendelson declares that the new Charlie's Angels trades high camp for hard action.
- Richard Lawson declares that the new Charlie's Angels is a good enough reboot, but doesn't do enough that's new with the concept.
- Katie Rife shares her thoughts on the latest version of Charlie's Angels.
- Olivia Rutigliano discusses the strange cultural legacy of Charlie's Angels.
- Constance Grady praises the performance of Kristen Stewart in the new Charlie's Angels.
- Martha Hayes interviews Elizabeth Banks, director of Charlie's Angels.
- Christina Radish also interviews Elizabeth Banks.
Comments on the latest version of Watchmen:
- Chris M. Barkley shares his thoughts on Watchmen.
- Leah Schnelbach shares her thoughts on the latest episode of Watchmen.
- Joelle Monique shares her thoughts on the latest episode of Watchmen.
- Paul Levinson shares his thoughts on the latest episode of Watchmen.
- Phoebe Wagner shares her thoughts on the latest episode of Watchmen.
- Gavia Baker-Whitelaw the character of Lady Trieu and her costuming choices in Watchmen.
Comments on Joker:
- Arley Sorg and Josh Pearce share their thoughts on Joker.
- Nicholas Barber discusses how the Joker has changed over time and what he says about the world he terrorises.
- Caspar Salmon reports that directors of gross out comedies, including Todd Phillips, director of Hangover and Joker, have suddenly recast themselves as arthouse directors.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar declares that the protests against Joker's glorification of violence were misguided.
- The BBC reports that Joker is now the most profitable comic book movie of all time.
- Watch an ad for the UK general election featuring the Joker schooling Batman on tax issues.
- The semi-finalists for the 2019 Goodreads Choice Awards have been announced.
- The winner of the 2019 Al Blanchard Award has been announced.
- The winners of the 2019 E! People's Choice Awards have been announced.
- The shortlist for the 2019 Barnes & Noble Book of the Year Award has been announced with some love for gene fiction.
- The Peter Lovesey First Crime Novel Contest is open for submissions.
- Victoria Strauss cautions about problematic terms for the The Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award.
Writing, publishing and promotion:
- Lila Shapiro asks ten authors about writing characters who are very different from them.
- Lydia Davis shares ten recommendations for good writing habits.
- Kaila Hale-Sterne reports that Alan Moore has urged every new writer out there to self-publish, because publishing is broken.
- Patty Jansen discusses the state of indie publishing in 2019.
- Ruth Harris explains how to rejuvenate your backlist.
- Patty Jansen explains how to restore a hacked Wordpress website.
- Jason Sanford discusses the issues with ChiZine Publications and declares that the main problem here is the wall of silence, which allows bad publishers to continue unabated.
- Michael Matheson discusses the financial mismanagement at ChiZine Publications.
- Bob Boyczuk weighs in on the ChiZine Publications situation.
- Mike Glyer reports about further developments regarding the ChiZine Publications situation.
- Mike Glyer reports that ChiZine Publications now has a new interim publisher.
- Victoria Strauss explains how to request a rights reversion from your publisher.
- Mark Lawrence explains what it means when your book is optioned for a film or TV series.
- Steph Coelho discusses the current state and future of Goodreads.
- Jackie McGlone interviews Abir Mukherjee.
- Teddy Jamieson interviews Abir Mukherjee.
- Ayo Onatade interviews Attica Locke.
- Molly Odintz interviews Martha Grimes.
- Scott Montgomery interviews James Sallis.
- Ivy Pochoda interviews Alex Segura.
- Jane Sullivan interviews Garry Disher.
- Max Booth III interviews Paul Tremblay.
- Stephen Griffin interviews Barry Forshaw.
- Locus interviews Robert McCammon.
- Grace Topping interviews Lena Gregory.
- Fine Books & Collections interviews Sara Gran.
- Book Chase reviews Galway Girl by Ken Bruen.
- Runalong the Shelves revews Safe House by Jo Jakeman.
- Elena Hartwell reviews The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell.
- Crossexamining Crime reviews A Rising Man by Abir Mukherjee.
- Mal McEwan reviews Death in the East by Abir Mukherjee.
- Sandra Mangan reviews The Conviction of Cora Burns by Carolyn Kirby.
- Mystery Playground reviews A Step So Grave by Catriona McPherson.
- Sonja van der Westhuizen reviews The Boy in the Headlights by Samuel Bjork, translated by Charlotte Barslund.
- Garrick Webster reviews The Siberian Dilemma by Martin Cruz Smith.
- Kirkus reviews The Siberian Dilemma by Martin Cruz Smith.
- Bill Ott reviews Secret Service by Tom Bradby.
- Alan Cranis reviews Killing Quarry by Max Allan Collins.
- Runalong the Shelves reviews Gone by Leona Deakin
- John Valeri reviews Blind Search by Paula Munier.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews Queen of Bones by Teresa Dovalpage.
- Malcolm Forbes reviews The Accomplice by Joseph Kanon.
- Kristin Centorcelli reviews Anything for You by Saul Black.
- Sandra Mangan reviews Watch What You Say by George Weinstein.
- Angie Barry reviews Lethal Pursuit by Will Thomas.
- For Winter Nights reviews House of War by Scott Mariani.
- Lesa Holstine reviews Nothing More Dangerous by Allan Askens.
- Michael Patrick Hicks reviews A Wind of Knives by Ed Kurtz.
- Kirkus reviews Ash by James Rayburn.
- Adri Joy reviews Catfishing on CatNet by Naomi Kritzer.
- Stephen Thornley reviews Bryant & May: England's Finest by Christopher Fowler.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews The Chocolate Shark Shenangigans by JoAnna Carl and tries a recipe from the book.
- Lesa Holstine reviews Home of the Braised by Julie Hyzy.
- Lesa Holstine reviews The October Man by Ben Aaronovitch.
- Toni V. Sweeney reviews Sherlock Holmes and the Christmas Demon by James Lovegrove.
- Bitter Tea and Mystery revisits the 1859 gothic thriller The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins.
- Michael J. McCann revisits the 1927 legel thriller The Bellamy Trial by Frances Noyes Hart.
- Classic Mysteries revisits the 1934 Ellery Queen mystery The Chinese Orange Mystery by Frederick Dannay and Manfred Lee.
- Crossexamining Crime revisits the 1946 mystery Left-Handed Death by Richard Hull.
- Martin Edwards revisits the 1948 thriller They Never Looked Inside a.k.a. He Didn't Mind Danger by Michael Gilbert.
- Crossexamining Crime revisits the 1948 mystery The Case of the Haven Hotel by Christopher Bush.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1957 western crime novel Running Target by Steve Frazee.
- Paperback Warrior revisits Midnight Never Comes, a 1966 Paul Chavasse spy novel by Henry Patterson a.k.a. Martin Fallon a.k.a. Jack Higgins.
- Paperback Warrior revisits Traitor's Exit, a 1970 Boysie Oakes spy novel by John Gardner.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1976 men's adventure novel Prison at Obregon by Bill Adkins.
- Alison Flood revisits the 1979 gothic suspense thriller Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1979 war novel Sgt. Hawk by Patrick Clay.
- B.V. Lawson revisits the 1985 anthology The Ethnic Detectives: Masterpieces of Mystery Fiction, edited by Bill Pronzini and Martin Greenberg.
- Joe Kenney revisits Shark Bait, a 1992 novel in the cyberpunky men's adventure series Cybernarc by Robert Cain a.k.a. William H. Keith.
Con and event reports:
- Martin Edwards reports about the 50th Bouchercon in Dallas, Texas, and shares several photos.
- Ayo Onatade shares a call for papers for the conference The Golden Age of Crime: A Re-Evaluation at the University of Chester in Chester, UK.
- Craig Martelle and Michael Anderle share several videos of panels at the 2019 20Booksto50K Vegas conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.
- Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs reports about a prisoner in Iowa who claims that he served his life sentence after dying and being reanimated and now demands to be freed.
- Jan Mohnhaupt reports about the daring escape of an East German zookeeper to the West inside transport crate for a moose.
- Michael Gonzales recalls the night he was shot in front of his home in Brooklyn, New York.
- Susanna Cahalan reports about Nellie Bly, a nineteenth century journalist who went undercover into the Blackwell Island Insane Asylum in New York City.
- Curtis Evans recounts the true case of Willoughby Sharp, wealthy playboy turned crime fiction writer, and the murder of his publisher Claude Kendall.
- Kent Alexander and Kevin Salwen discuss the bombing at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.
Free online fiction:
- "The Town Where Money Grew on Trees" by Michael Bracken in Tough.
- "Boomer in the Sky with Toxics" by Jeff Esterholm in Tough.
- "Too Many Cigarettes Can Cause a Revolution" by R.M. Engelhardt in Punk Noir Magazine.
- "Things That Are Mass-Bloody-Produced in Bloody Leeds by Don Stoll in Punk Noir Magazine.
- "Smaller Fries" by Beau Johnson in Shotgun Honey.
- "Hobo Nickels" by Bruce Harris in Crimson Streets.
- "Jackie-O" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.
- "Sometimes I Think About Murder" by Terry Dawley in The Five-Two.
- "Behind the Shops" by Ian Lewis Copestick in Punk Noir Magazine.
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