Crime Fiction Links of the Week for May 9, 2020
Crime fiction in general:
- Bill Ott shares his ten favourite recent crime novels.
- Bill Ott also shares his ten favourite debut crime novels.
- Crime Reads offeres personalised crime fiction recommendations for those who are self-isolating.
- Guy Fraser-Sampson celebrates Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, Margery Allingham and Josephine Tey, the four queens of Britain's golden age of crime fiction.
- Iain Maitland shares his five favourite detective duos.
- Jordan Farmer talks about the cornerstones of country noir.
- Lisa Regan shares ten riveting thrillers filled with shocking secrets and twists.
- Kimberly McCreight shares some happy marriages in crime fiction.
- Heather Gudenkauf shares crime novels starring fierce mothers-to-be.
- Casey Dunn shares her appreciation for the complex female characters of Gillian Flynn.
- Rick Pullen profiles Michael Connelly.
- Joshua Gillingham offers a defense of genre fiction.
- Wendy Lesser shares her appreciation for the Martin Beck crime fiction series by Per Wahlöö and Maj Sjöwall and discusses the origins of Scandinavian noir.
- Wendy Lesser talks about visiting Ystad, Sweden, where Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander mysteries are set.
- Scott Kenemore finds some unexpected parallels between the works of H.P. Lovecraft and crime fiction.
- Olivia Rutigliano recalls when the literary feud between Wallace Stevens and Ernest Hemingway turned physical.
- Mark Brown reports that Stanley Johnson, father of UK prime minister Boris Johnson, hoped to re-release his 1982 technothriller The Marburg Virus because of the corona virus pandemic.
- Mystery writer Angela Zeman died of the corona virus.
Film and TV:
- Rebecca Nicholson declares that season 2 of the crime comedy Brassic is lewd, crude and totally brilliant.
- Noel Murray declares that Arkansas is reminiscent of Quentin Tarantino and the Coen brothers, but does not have enough noir originality of its own.
- Paul Levinson shares his thoughts on series 3 of Babylon Berlin.
- James Donaghy shares his thoughts on the series finale of Homeland.
- Vikram Murthi shares his thoughts on the latest episode of Run.
- Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya shares her thoughs on the latest episode of How To Get Away With Murder.
- J.R. Moores wonders whether Ozark may have jumped the shark.
- Gavia Baker-Whitelaw reports that The Blacklist has circumvented the production shutdown due to the corona virus by making its season 7 finale animated.
- Graeme Virtue revisits the 1932 thriller The Most Dangerous Game.
- Otto Penzler revisits the 1958 noir movie Touch of Evil.
- Martin Pengelly revisits the 1974 thriller Gold, his and his friend Tom's favourite film age 12.
- Martin Edwards revisits the 1975 thriller The Passenger.
- Karen Stefano talks about Hollywood's portrayal of female lawyers.
- Adrian Horton shares his thoughts on the documentary Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind
- Actor Joseph Gilgun shares his love for true crime TV shows.
- Yomi Adegoke talks about cases where reality TV contestants turned out to be involved in criminal activities.
- Adrienne Jones reports that the police family drama Blue Bloods will have a highly emotional season 10 finale.
- Nellie Andreeva reports that all three NCIS shows have been renewed and that the various stars have extended their contracts.
- Denise Petski reports that the crime series Dare Me has been cancelled after one season.
- Christina Radish interviews Ben Barnes, star of Gold Digger and Shadow and Bone.
- Matt Patches profiles Josh Trank, director of Capone and the 2015 Fantastic Four movie.
- Phil Hoad discusses the difficulties the stars of the Romanian noir movie The Whistlers had to learn the whistling language el silbo gomero.
- Amanda Quick discusses how 1930s press photographers created the visual definition of noir.
- Actor Dimitri Diatchenko, who appeared in Sons of Anarchy, Bones and Alias, has died aged 52.
Comments on season 3 of Killing Eve:
- Lisa Weidenfeld shares her thoughts on the latest episode of Killing Eve.
- Rhian Daly shares their thoughts on the latest episode of Killing Eve.
- Dan Snierson interviews Sally Woodward Gentle, producer of Killing Eve.
- Josh Weiss interviews Kim Bodnia who plays Konstantin in Killing Eve.
- Toyin Owoseja reports that many of the murders in Killing Eve are inspired by real crimes.
Comments on Dangerous Lies:
- Benjamin Lee calls Dangerous Lies a diverting but dopey thriller.
- Cameron Scheetz itnerviews Camila Mendes and Jessie T. Usher, the stars of Dangerous Lies.
Writing, publishing and promotion:
- The Guardian shares tips for writers struggling to write during the corona virus pandemic.
- Roger Wolfson muses how writers will respond to the corona virus pandemic in their writing.
- Cory Doctorow talks about writing, rules for writers and two writing books that greatly influenced him.
- Maggie Tokuda-Hall explains how to heist your novel.
- Elizabeth Zelvin talks about mixing crime fiction with magic and supernatural elements.
- B.M. Carroll talks about the inspiration for their book Who We Were.
- Cat Rambo shares several ideas for writers to socialise online.
- Shaun Duke explains why he does not like e-books.
- Rob Hart talks about book promotion in the age of the corona virus.
- Camestros Felapton and Sir Tim Cattenborough take a not entirely serious look at the life cycle of a novel.
- Nick Mamatas attempts to answer the question whether writers need to attend conventions or conferences.
- Alison Flood reports that more than half of Britain's small publishers fear that they may go bankrupt due to the corona virus.
- Kristine Kathryn Rusch talks about the general uncertainty of the future affecting many people right now.
reports about the copyright controversy surrounding the Internet
Archive's so-called "National Emergency Library" and also explains whom
authors can contact to have their works removed.
- The winners of the 2019 Agatha Awards have been announced.
- The winners of the 2020 Derringer Awards have been announced.
- The longlist for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year has been announced.
- The finalists for the 2020 Glass Key Award have been announced.
- The winners of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize have been announced.
- The 2020 Eleanor Taylor Bland Award is open for submissions.
- David Canfield interviews Tana French.
- Criminal Element interviews Tasha Alexander.
- John Valeri interviews R.G. Belsky.
- Adrian Horton interviews Lawrence Wright.
- On the Bookshelf interviews Hannah Mary McKinnon.
- Debra Purdy Kong interviews A.J. Devlin.
- Lisa O'Kelly interviews Kevin Maxwell.
- Terry Gross interviews Benjamin Dreyer.
- BOLO Books reviews Ash Mountain by Helen Fitzgerald.
- Christine Tran reviews Dead Land by Sara Paretsky.
- Lesa Holstine reviews A Full Cold Moon by Lissa Marie Redmond.
- Michael Carlson reviews Camino Winds by John Grisham.
- Sandra Mangan reviews Crime in the Heat by Catherine Moloney.
- Vicki Weisfeld reviews Throwing Off Sparks by Michael Pool.
- Catherine Turnbull reviews When We Fall by Caroline Kirby.
- Booksplainer reviews Face of My Assassin by Jan Huckins and Carolyn Weston.
- The Caffeinated Reviewer reviews Close Up by Amanda Quick.
- Kirkus reviews He Started It by Samatha Downing.
- Paperback Warrior reviews The First Quarry by Max Allan Collins.
- Vanessa Orr reviews High Five by Joe Ide.
- Laura Miller reviews The End of October by Lawrence Wright.
- Lizzie Hayes reviews Lockdown by Peter May.
- Kirkus reviews Roar Back by John Farrow.
- Ray Palen reviews The Last Hunt by Deon Meyer.
- Janet Webb reviews The Pinebox Vendetta by Jeff Bond.
- Paperback Warrior reviews Spy in the Box by Ralph Dennis.
- Robin Agnew reviews Code Name Hélène by Ariel Lawhon.
- Liz Bourke reviews Shadows of Annihilation by S.M. Stirling.
- Steve Powell reviews Mr. Campion's Séance by Mike Ripley.
- Andrew Fowlow reviews Ghoster by Jason Arnopp.
- Alan Cranis reviews Of Mice and Minnestrone by Joe R. Lansdale.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews Mousse and Murder by Elizabeth Logan and tries a recipe from the book.
- Publishers Weekly reviews Little Bookshop of Murder by Maggie Blackburn.
- Publishers Weekly reviews Antiques Fire Sale by Barbara Allan.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews A Fatal Finale by Kathleen Marple Kalb.
- Carolyn Cushman reviews The Last Smile in Sunder City by Luke Arnold and Potions Are For Pushovers by Tamara Berry.
- Ben Boulden reviews Die Once - Die Twice, edited by David Rachels.
- Publisher's Weekly reviews The Faking of the President: Nineteen Stories of White House Noir, edited by Peter Carlaftes.
- Joseph B. Hoyos reviews Deadly Anniversaries, edited by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini.
- Paperback Warrior reviews Cuba: Sugar, Sex, and Slaughter, edited by Robert Deis and Wyatt Doyle.
- Mark Rose reviews Scandinavian Noir: In Pursuit of a Mystery by Wendy Lesser.
- Angie Barry reviews Death by Shakespeare: Snakebites, Stabbings and Broken Hearts by Kathryn Harkup.
- Paperback Warrior revisits The Man of Bronze, the 1933 first ever Doc Savage novel by Kenneth Robeson a.k.a. Lester Dent.
- Crossexamining Crime revisits the 1940 mystery Black Corridors by Conryth Little a.k.a. Constance and Gwenyth Little.
- Crossexamining Crime revisits the 1943 mystery The Art School Murders by Moray Dalton.
- Crossexamining Crime revisits the 1957 crime novel Follow as the Night by Patricia McGerr.
- B.V. Lawson revisits the 1968 Martin Beck crime novel The Laughing Policeman by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö.
- Paperback Warrior revisits The Godwulf Manuscript, a 1973 Spenser private investigator novel by Robert B. Parker.
- Joe Kenney revisits Drug Run, a 1974 Stryker crime novel by William Crawford.
- Paperback Warrior revisits Atlanta Deathwatch, a 1974 novel in the Hardman crime series by Ralph Dennis.
- Joe Kenney revisits the 1975 crime novel Kingpin by Hugh Miller.
Con and event reports:
- Peter Florence reports what the online version of the Hay Festival, normally held in Hay-on-Wye, Wales, will look like.
- Catherine Shoard reports that the corona virus may have spread at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, as several attendants later experienced symptoms.
- Actor Andy Serkis, who played Gollum in the Lord of the Rings movies, will read The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien in its entirety to collect donations for two British corona virus charities.
- Chris Berg and James Paul Smith talk about avoidable errors in crime fiction from a police officer's point of view.
- R.G. Belsky discusses five notorious cold cases that he covered as a crime reporter that will probably never be solved.
- Kylie Logan talks about human remains detection dogs and how they are trained.
- Kylie Logan also reminisces about growing up as the daughter of a police officer.
- Eve Calder talks about five fascinating lost treasures.
- Locard's Lab reports that forensic scientists can determine from a saliva sample whether a person is a smoker or non-smoker.
Free online fiction:
- "Where You Belong" by C.J. Verburg in Shotgun Honey
- "Fragrant" by Rob D. Smith in Shotgun Honey.
- "Paper Boats" by Paul J. Garth in Tough.
- "Come Get Me" by Robert Ragan in Punk Noir Magazine.
- "London Bridge, Railway Station, Please Mate" by Stephen J. Golds in Punk Noir Magazine.
- "Kitchen Witch" by Cora Buhlert
- "Sweet Young Things" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.
- "When I Met Her in the Street" by Gabriel Hart in The Five-Two.
- "The Disappeared" by Kristin Garth in Punk Noir Magazine.
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