Crime Fiction Links of the Week for February 15, 2020
Crime fiction in general:
- Lisa Levy shares five psychological thrillers to read this February.
- CrimeReads shares the best international crime fiction for February.
- CrimeReads shares the best non-fiction crime books for February.
- Participants of the Granite Noir festival in Aberdeen, Scotland, share their favourite woman sleuths.
- Teresa Sorkin shares nine thrillers with non-stop twists.
- Molly Odintz shares some crime novels that serve as an antidote to Valentine's Day.
- Kathleen Donahue shares unsettling thrillers and true crime books about missing persons.
- Kathleen Kent talks about true crime books set in Dallas, Texas.
- Kelly Braffet explains how worldbuilding in speculative fiction and crime fiction has more in common than you think.
- Simone St. James shares six supernatural suspense novels not for the faint of heart.
- Susan Cook finds an unlikely precursor to today's true crime podcasts in Charles Dickens' 1841 mystery novel Barnaby Rudge.
- Paul Davis shares his appreciation for Dashiell Hammett and his famous detective characters.
- Sophia Rosenbaum shares her experience binge-reading all fifty In Death books by J.D. Robb.
- Sarah Weinman attempts to trace the mysterious death of spy fiction writer Holly Roth in 1963.
- Erica Frank takes a look at some LGBTQ magazines from 1965.
- Alison Flood reports about death threats in the wake of the controversy surrounding American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins.
- John Le Carré shares his thoughts on Brexit.
Comments on the implosion of the Romance Writers of America:
- Mike Glyer reports that the entire RWA board has resigned en masse and called for a special election.
- Sarah Wendell interviews Courtney Milan whose suspension set off the current crisis inside the RWA.
- Sue Carter interviews Farah Heron, former president of the Toronto chapter of the RWA.
Film and TV:
- Paul Levinson calls the Harlan Coben adaptation The Stranger tight as a drum and full of surprises.
- Ellen E. Jones calls series 2 of The Split a steamy legal drama.
- Katie Rife calls VFW an action throwback that hits all the right notes.
- Peter Bradshaw calls First Love a bizarre and ultra-violent yakuza film.
- Katie Rife discusses the portrayal of male violence in The Irishman and Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood.
- Germain Lussier talks about the controversy surrounding the horror thriller The Hunt and why its release was delayed by several months.
- A.A. Dowd shares his thoughts on the horror thriller The Lodge.
- LaToya Ferguson shares her thoughts on the season 7 premiere of Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
- Hannah J. Davies reports that the true crime documentary Who Killed Malcolm X? has caused the Manhattan police to reopen the case.
- Peter Bradshaw calls When Lambs Become Lions an even-handed documentary about ivory poaching in Kenya.
- Cath Clarke calls Jihad Jane a powerful documentary.
- Lucy Mangan shares her thoughts on the true crime documentary Barrymore: The Body in the Pool.
- Rachel Shabi shares her thoughts on the documentary Advocate.
- Sam Wolfson interviews Waleed Zuaiter, star of Baghdad Central.
- Tim Jonze interviews Christopher Eccleston best known for his appearances in Doctor Who, Shallow Grave and Our Friends from the North.
- Xan Brooks interviews John Boorman, director of Point Blank, Deliverance, Excalibur and Zardoz.
- ZachVasquez shares seven savage film versions of Romeo and Juliet.
- Olivia Rutigliano shares seven crime movies with unexpected love stories.
- Nick Kolakowski shares seven noir films with central romances.
- Otto Penzler revisits the 1944 noir film Murder, My Sweet.
- Otto Penzler revisits the 1946 noir film The Postman Always Rings Twice.
- Otto Penzler revisits the 1949 noir film Criss Cross.
- Martin Edwards revisits the 1952 crime film Venetian Bird a.k.a. The Assassin.
- Martin Edwards revisits the 1965 suspense movie The Nanny.
- Otto Penzler revisits the 1991 thriller The Silence of the Lambs.
- Radha Vatsal remembers Pearl White, the world's first female action star.
- Actress Amy Irving remembers working with the late Kirk Douglas on the science fiction thriller The Fury in 1978.
- Actress, singer and dancer Paula Kelly, best known for her appearances in Night Court, The Andromeda Strain and Sweet Charity, has died aged 77.
- Prolific audiobook narrator and actor Ron McLarty, best known for his appearances in Spenser for Hire, Law and Order and Cop Rock, has died aged 77.
- Actor Robert Conrad, star of Hawaiian Eye and The Wild, Wild West has died aged 84.
- Terrence Towles Canote remembers Robert Conrad.
- J. Kingston Pierce remembers Robert Conrad.
Comments on season 8 of Homeland:
- Paul Levinson shares his thoughts on the season 8 premiere of Homeland.
- Scott Von Doviak shares his thoughts on the season 8 premiere of Homeland.
Comments on season 3 of The Sinner:
- Paul Levinson shares his thoughts on the season 3 premiere of The Sinner.
- Alex McLevy shares his thoughts on the season 3 premiere of The Sinner.
- Alex McLevy also shares his thoughts on the second episode of season 3 of The Sinner.
Comments on The Pale Horse:
- Lucy Mangan calls the Agatha Christie adaptation The Pale Horse murderously good.
- Martin Edwards shares his thoughts on The Pale Horse.
- Stuart Jeffries interviews Rita Tushingham, one of the stars of The Pale Horse.
Comments on Parasite:
- Mark Kermode calls Parasite a gasp-inducing masterpiece.
- Peter Bradshaw calls Parasite a searing satire.
- Siobhan Lawless discusses the use of smell in Parasite.
- Alex Hess declares that the real star of Parasite is the house of the wealthy Park family.
- Olivia Rutigliano wonders whether Bong Joon-Ho's groundbreaking quadruple Oscar win for Parasite means that the Academy is changing.
- Peter Bradshaw also hopes that the win for Parasite means that the Academy is changing.
- Ben Quinn declares that the Oscar success of Parasite highlights the increasing global reach of South Korean cinema.
- Rachel Leishman shares some reactions of disgruntled Joker fans to Parasite's Oscar win.
- Andrew Pulver reports that Parasite's box office figures are booming following its unexpected Oscar win.
Comments on Birds of Prey:
- John DeFore calls Birds of Prey action-packed, but quite tame, considering its crazed protagonist.
- Brian Truitt praises the performance of Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn in Birds of Prey.
- Alex Abad-Santos likes the action scenes in Birds of Prey, but could have done with less post-Joker-breakup moping.
- James Whitbrook calls Birds of Prey a colourful, explosive comic book extravaganza.
- Leonard Maltin calls Birds of Prey loud, garish and overlong.
- Ian Freer calls Birds of Prey muddled, but mostly entertaining.
- Caroline Perny enjoyed Birds of Prey a lot more than she thought she would.
- Matt Singer declares that Bird of Prey unsuccessfully tries to distance itself from Suicide Squad and other Batman related DC movies.
- Leah Schnelbach declares that Birds of Prey is the Batman sequel we need.
- A.A. Dowd and Katie Rife discuss Birds of Prey.
- Shannon Miller discusses Birds of Prey and its complex relationship with LGBTQ identity.
- Gavia Baker-Whitelaw declares that thanks to Birds of Prey, Harley Quinn is now canonically bisexual in the DC cinematic universe.
- Jessica Mason reports that Birds of Prey is marketed as Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey and that this title change is part of a bigger problem.
- Inspired by Birds of Prey and the upcoming Wonder Woman 1984, Steve Rose notes that DC's superhero movies have ditched the muted palette and become a lot more colourful.
- Rachel Leishman praises the fashion sense of Ewan McGregor who plays Roman Sionis a.k.a. Black Mask in Birds of Prey.
- Gabe Cohn reports that Birds of Prey stumbled at the box office.
- Rebecca Rubin explains why Birds of Prey disappointed at the box office.
Comments on The Outsider:
- Olivia Rutigliano calls The Outsider a classic monster story disguised as a detective show.
- Allison Shoemaker shares her thoughts on the latest episode of The Outsider.
- Randall Colburn shares his thoughts on the latest episode of The Outsider.
- Paul Levinson shares his thoughts on the latest episode of The Outsider.
- The winners of the 2020 Oscars have been announced with some love for genre films.
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Writing, publishing and promotion:
- Peter Carey explains what inspired him to write The True History of the Kelly Gang.
- Alan Orloff talks about researching his crime novels.
- Tor.com shares some writing advice by C.L. Polk.
- Laurence McNaughton shares three rules to raising story stakes.
- Sherry Howard explains what novelists can learn from studying picture books for children.
- Kristine Kathryn Rusch compares the old and new publishing systems.
- Victoria Strauss reports about a new scam where scammers impersonate reputable agents and publishers to approach writers.
critic Danny Caine wonders whether Amazon is deliberately throttling
the sales of his anti-Amazon magazine, which is on sale at Amazon.
- Richard Lea and Claire Armitstead interview Sophie Hannah.
- Sandra Mangan interviews Elly Griffith.
- Steph Post and Alex Segura interview each other.
- E.B. Davies interviews Rhys Bowen.
- Mystery People interview Nick Petrie.
- Mystery People interview Kathleen Kent.
- Scott Butki interviews Katrine Engberg.
- Paul Burke interviews Will Shindler.
- Tom Leins interviews Daniel Vlasaty.
- Madi Mullen interviews Liz Moore.
- Edward Helmore interviews Liz Moore.
- John Wisniewski interviews Mark Slade.
- Fiona Sturges interviews Julia Ebner.
- Corrina Lawson reviews Golden in Death by J.D. Robb.
- Lis Carey reviews Golden in Death by J.D. Robb.
- Michelle Carpenter reviews Untamed Shore by Silvia Moreno-Garcia.
- Janet Webb reviews Death in the Family by Tessa Wegert.
- Sandra Mangan reviews The Home by Sarah Stovell.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews The Only Child by Mi-Ae Seo.
- Angie Barry reviews The Chill by Scott Carson.
- Sara Garland reviews The Other People by C.J. Tudor.
- For Winter Nights reviews Haven't They Grown by Sophie Hannah.
- Garrick Webster reviews Trap Door by Dreda Say Mitchell.
- Paul Burke reviews A Deadly Divide by Ausma Zehanat Khan.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews Foul Is Fair by Hannah Capin.
- The Real Book Spy reviews The Warsaw Protocol by Steve Berry.
- J.B. Stevens reviews Slow Bear by Anthony Neil Smith.
- Tom Leins reviews Tommy Shakes by Rob Pierce.
- Bitter Tea and Mystery reviews The Thief by Fuminori Nakamura, translated by Satoko Izuma and Stephen Coates.
- Lesa Holstine reviews Murder at the Capital by C.M. Gleason.
- Janet Webb reviews Felicity Carrol and the Murderous Menace by Patricia Marcantonio.
- Lesa Holstine reviews Buried to the Brim by Jenn McKinley.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews Dying for Strawberries by Sharon Farrow and tries a recipe from the book.
- Gary K. Wolfe and Russell Letson review Agency by William Gibson.
- Michael Patrick Hicks reviews The Girl in the Video by Michael David Wilson.
- Michael Patrick Hicks reviews Rage by Jonathan Maberry.
- Crossexamining Crime revisits the 1928 Anthony Bathurst mystery The Case of the Black Twenty-Two by Brian Flynn.
- Martin Edwards revisits the 1942 mystery Murder is a Kill-Joy by Elisabeth Sanxay Holding.
- Crossexamining Crime revisits the 1944 mystery Death in White Pyjamas by John Bude.
- Sam Jordison revisits the 1948 crime novel The Snow Was Dirty by Georges Simenon.
- Bitter Tea and Mystery revisits the 1960 John Coffin mystery Death Lives Next Door by Gwendoline Butler.
- Joe Kenney revisits the 1961 hardboiled crime novel Vice Town by Ennis Willie.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1963 crime novel The Chase by Richard Unekis, which was filmed in 1974 as Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry.
- B.V. Lawson revisits the 1965 police procedural Is Skin Deep, Is Fatal by H.R.F. Keating.
- Paperback Warrior revisits Curves Can Kill, a 1965 Larry Kent mystery by Don Haring.
- Paperback Warrior revisits The Moneta Papers, a 1973 novel in the Handyman men's adventure series by Jon Messmann.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1976 adventure thriller Croc by David James a.k.a. David Hagenberg.
Con and event reports:
- Joy Kluver reports about the latest crime fiction event at the West Barnes Library in London, UK.
- Ayo Onatade shares the program of the Killer Women Festival of Crime Writing and Drama in London, UK.
- Alison Flood reports that writer Hallie Rubenhold is planning to commemorate Jack the Ripper's victims with a mural in the Whitechapel neighbourhood of London, UK.
- Sinclair McKay traces the history of Scotland Yard.
- Varlam Shalamov reports about the role orally retold literature played in Soviet gulags.
- Kate Winkler Dawson explains how crime scene investigators in the early 20th century identified murder victims.
- Joanna Schaffhausen discusses four criminal cases where DNA evidence led to unexpected results.
- Joanna Schaffhausen also tackles some myths about serial killers.
- Cory Doctorow discusses the issues that make machine learning and predictive policing algorithms so toxic.
- Alyssa Palumbo discusses the still unsolved murder of Juan Borgia.
- Karen R. Jones talks about the life and legend of Calamity Jane.
Free online fiction:
- "The Small Matter of Murder" by Martin Mulligan in Punk Noir Magazine.
- "The Book By Its Cover" by John Patrick Robbins in Punk Noir Magazine.
- "Cries" by Mark McConville in Punk Noir Magazine.
- "The Care and Training of Wild and Captive Hawks" by M. Bennardo in Shotgun Honey.
- "Is a Goodboy" by Zandra Renwick in Flash Bang Mysteries.
- "Generation Gap" by Herschel Cozine in Flash Bang Mysteries.
- "Scheduling Conflict" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.
- "Marks" by Peter M. Gordon in The Five-Two.
- "True Crimes" by Ian Lewis Copestick in Punk Noir Magazine.
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