Crime Fiction Links of the Week for February 28, 2020
Crime fiction in general:
- Alison Flood shares the best recent thrillers.
- Ryan Steck shares the year's best action thrillers so far.
- Nancy Coco takes a look at cozy mysteries set in the Pacific Northwest.
- James Davis Nicoll shares his appreciation for the Dortmunder novels by Donald E. Westlake.
- Kevin Mims remembers Mary Higgins Clark and points out that she was but one of several middle-aged woman debut novelists who debuted in the 1970s and 1980s and often went on to have lengthy and successful careers.
- Crossexamining Crime ranks the suspense novels by Ethel Lina White.
- Peter Swanson talks about the use and misuse of mental health disorders in crime fiction.
- Joseph Finder shares his five favourite novels about dysfunctional rich families.
- Jane Ciabattari shares five great books about con artists.
- Kathleen Barber shares eight thrillers that will make you want to switch off your smartphone.
- Darcy Coates wonders why people in horror movies and thrillers do stupid things and whether we wouldn't do the same.
- Catherine Cavendish shares her favourite gothic novels
- John Anderer reports that according to a new study, Edgar Allan Poe likely did not commit suicide, but may well have been murdered.
- M.J. Moore chronicles Norman Mailer's tumultous relationship with his second wife Adele Morales, including the night he stabbed her.
- Mystery author Walter Satterthwait has died aged 73.
Tributes to Clive Cussler:
- Clive Cussler, prolific writer of adventure novels, has died aged 88.
- Robert D. McFadden remembers Clive Cussler.
- The Hollywood Reporter remembers Clive Cussler.
Film and TV:
- Luke Buckmaster calls Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears a hokey, lustreless film version of the popular TV series, but praises the performance of Essie Davis.
- Peter Bradshaw calls True History of the Kelly Gang a brutal portrait of an outlaw.
- Ashley Ray-Harris calls Queen Sono a bingeworthy spy thriller.
- Lucy Mangan calls Flesh and Blood a deliciously dread-filled thriller.
- Leslie Felperin calls Villain a tough crime thriller with a bit of class.
- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky calls The Whistlers a fine deadpan noir movie.
- Peter Bradshaw calls Dark Waters a gripping real-life thriller.
- Gwen Ihnat shares her thoughts on the first episode of Dispatches from Elsewhere.
- Garrick Webster looks ahead at season 2 of the Swedish crime drama Before We Die.
- Director Rian Johnson breaks down a scene from Knives Out.
- Meher Mirza reports that same-sex love stories are slowly becoming more common in Bollywood.
- Tom Brook interviews Shah Rukh Khan.
- Emine Saner interviews Ioan Gruffud, star of Liar.
- Ashawnta Jackson talks about the importance of music in Blaxploitation cinema.
- Stephen Dowling shares the proposed James Bond themes that never made it to screen.
- Elana Levine reports about the soap opera boom of the 1980s and how it changed television.
- Ryan Faughnder reports that Bob Iger is stepping down as CEO of Disney. His replacement is Bob Chapek.
- Adam B. Vary reports that Steven Spielberg is handing over the directing duties for Indiana Jones 5 to James Mangold.
- Ed Pilkington reports that film producer Harvey Weinstein has been found guilty of rape.
Comments on season 8 of Homeland:
- Paul Levinson shares his thoughts on the latest episode of Homeland.
- Scott von Doviak shares his thoughts on the latest episode of Homeland.
Comments on season 3 of The Sinner:
- Paul Levinson shares his thoughts on the latest episode of The Sinner.
- Alex McLevy shares his thoughts on the latest episode of The Sinner.
Comments on season 5 of Better Call Saul:
- Stuart Heritage reports that the legal drama Better Call Saul is back and better than ever.
- Donna Bowman shares her thoughts on the season 5 premiere and episode 2 of Better Call Saul.
Comments on season 2 of Altered Carbon:
- Gavia Baker-Whitelaw declares that season 2 of Altered Carbon still isn't the cyberpunk noir series she had hoped for.
- Joelle Monique shares her thoughts on the first episode of season 2 of Altered Carbon.
Comments on The Outsider:
- Allison Shoemaker shares her thoughts on the latest episode of The Outsider.
- Paul Levinson shares his thoughts on the latest episode of The Outsider.
Comments on the latest version of The Invisible Man:
- Jesse Hassenger calls the latest version of The Invisible Man an extremely effective thriller.
- Todd McCarthy calls The Invisible Man a fine update of a classic horror movie.
- Benjamin Lee calls The Invisible Man a murky thriller, but praises the performance of Elsabeth Moss.
- Alison Wilmore declares that Elisabeth Moss makes The Invisible Man worth seeing.
- Michael Hogan interviews Elisabeth Moss, star of The Handmaid's Tale, The Invisible Man and Mad Men.
- Cameron Scheetz also interviews Elisabeth Moss.
- Cameron Scheetz interviews Leigh Whannell, director of The Invisible Man.
- Martin Edwards has been announced as the winner of the 2020 CWA Diamond Dagger.
- Martin Edwards shares his reaction to winning the 2020 CWA Diamond Dagger.
- The longlist for the 2020 International Booker Prize has been announced.
Writing, publishing and promotion:
- Peter Swanson explains the story behind his crime novel eight perfect murders.
- Jane Shemilt talks about the inspiration behind her crime novel Little Friends.
- Margaret Mizushima explains how she researched her Timber Creek K-9 mystery series.
- Gary Phillips explains how the real life Arctic explorer Matthew Henson inspired his latest book.
- Graham Wynd shares his sweary writing philosophy.
- Kristine Kathryn Rusch talks about getting out of your comfort zone.
- Bonnie Randall tells writers not to listen to writing advice that tells them that they can't write the prologue/dream sequence/flashback, etc... they want to write, but the listen to their hearts.
- Janice Hardy shares some tips for strengthening character goals.
- Bonnie Hearn Hill shares lesson she learned from other writers about writing suspense.
- Christy J. Breedlove talks about different editing processes.
- Benjamin C. Kinney shares a warning about an unethical magazine.
- Lynn Steger Strong talks about the difficulties of being a writer, if you don't have another source of income, particularly if you write literary fiction.
- Richard Lea shares Waterstones CEO James Daunt's reasoning for paying his staff only the minimum wage in spite of record profits.
- Camestros Felapton takes a look at some BookBub numbers and stats in a two part post.
- John Crowley interviews Elizabeth Hand.
- Gabino Iglesias interviews Wendy Heard.
- Criminal Element interviews Olen Steinhauer.
- Jacqueline Alnes interviews Emma Copley Eisenberg.
- Scott Montgomery interviews Don Bentley.
- Scott Butki interviews Kathleen Barber.
- E.B. Davis interviews Annette Dashofy.
- Kristin Centorcelli reviews The Lucky One by Lori Rader-Day.
- Lisa Fernandes reviews The Lucky One by Lori Rader-Day.
- John Valeri reviews Pretty As a Picture by Elizabeth Little.
- Mystery People reviews The Burn by Kathleen Kent.
- Lesa Holstine reviews Firewatching by Russ Thomas.
- Michael Patrick Hicks reviews Watch the whole goddamned thing burn by Doungjai Gam.
- No More Grumpy Bookseller reviews Dead To Her by Sarah Pinborough..
- Grab This Book reviews Bury Them Deep by James Oswald.
- Corrina Lawson reviews Don't Look Down by Hilary Davidson.
- Kirkus reviws The Old Religion by Martyn Waites.
- C.C. Harrison reviews Saint X by Alexis Schaitkin
- Ray Palen reviews The Good Killer by Harry Dolan.
- Joe Hartlaub reviews The Good Killer by Harry Dolan.
- Publishers Weekly reviews The Holdout by Graham Moore.
- John Valeri reviews Hide Away by Jason Pinter
- Mark Rose reviews Are Snakes Necessary? by Brian De Palma and Susan Lehman.
- M.A. Orthofer reviews Blues for Outlaw Hearts and Old Whores by Massimo Carlotto.
- Ray Palen reviews Winter Grave by Helene Tursten.
- Michael Patrick Hicks reviews Dragonfly Summer by J.H. Moncrieff
- No More Grumpy Bookseller reviews The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James.
- Lesa Holstine reviews Murder in an Irish Cottage by Carlene O'Connor.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews Murder Makes Scents by Christin Brecher and tries a recipe from the book.
- Lesa Holstine reviews Brewed Awakening by Cleo Coyle.
- Kat Hooper reviews Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu.
- L.J. Roberts reviews The Last Passenger by Charles Finch.
- Blue Book Balloon reviews False Value by Ben Aaronovitch
- Rachael McKenzie reviews False Value by Ben Aaronovitch.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews False Value by Ben Aaronovitch.
- Crossexamining Crime reviews Death by Shakespeare: Snakebites, Stabbings and Broken Hearts by Kathryn Harkup.
- Barbara Spindel reviews American Sherlock: Murder, Forensics, and the Birth of American CSI by Kate Winkler Dawson.
- Ryan Britt reviews Nobody Does It Better: The Complete Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of James Bond by Mark A. Altman and Edward Gross.
- Crossexamining Crime revisits the 1938 suspense novel Step in the Dark by Ethel Lina White.
- Crossexamining Crime revisits the 1952 crime novel Deadlock by Ruth Fenisong.
- James Reasoner revisits the 1952 crime novel Tears Are For Angels by Paul Connolly a.k.a. Tom Wicker.
- Joe Kenney revisits Hand of the Mafia, a 1958 Morocco Jones thriller by Jack Baynes.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1968 Travis McGee mystery Pale Gray for Guilt by John D. MacDonald.
- Paperback Warrior revisits Killing Machine, a 1973 novel in The Sharpshooter men's adventure series by Peter McCurtin.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1974 Larry Kent novel Hello Dolly... Goodbye by Don Haring.
- Gabino Iglesias revisits the 1977 crime fiction collection Double Feature a.k.a. Enough! by Donald E. Westlake.
- Bitter Tea and Mystery revisits the 1988 mystery collection English Country House Murders, edited by Thomas Godfrey.
Con and event reports:
- Yrsa Sigurdardottir declares that bullying has always been a problem, but that social media makes it worse.
- Laura James talks about historical cases of women who got away with murder because they were attractive.
- S.L. McInnis reports about a sensational 1906 murder trial and it lengthy afterlife in popular culture.
- Olivia Rutigliano reports that Elizabethan playwright Ben Jonson was nearly hanged for murder.
- K.J. Yossman traces the case of the Hollywood con queen.
- Terry Williams delves into the history of after-hour clubs and drug use.
- The BBC reports that a human brain in a jar was found in a mail truck at the US-Canadian border.
Free online fiction:
- "The Split" by Mark Cotton in Shotgun Honey.
- "The Prenup Murders" by Kenton K. Yee at Akashic Books.
- "Dick and Jane, Together Again" by Marcy Dilworth in Yellow Mama.
- "Stolen Moments" by Erin Lanter in Flash Bang Mysteries.
- "Lay Down Sally" by Jack Coay in Yellow Mama.
- "And the Woman Who Once Was Naboth's" by Kieran Shea in Beat To a Pulp.
- "Scarlet flies on white" by Duana Spurlock in The Five-Two.
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