Crime Fiction Links of the Week for June 27, 2020
Crime fiction in general:
- Amazon shares the best mysteries and thrillers of the year so far.
- Crime Reads shares the best crime novels of the yera so far.
- Laura Wilson shares the best recent crime novels and thrillers.
- Crime Reads shares six international crime novels to read this June.
- Shelley Blanton-Stround discusses how women writers are transforming hardboiled noir.
- Nicola Maye Goldberg talks about literary visions of the female sociopath.
- Lisa Levy continues her project of listing all the crime novels and thrillers with "girl" in the title.
- Kate McLaughlin talks about characters in crime fiction who are bent but not broken.
- Julie Clark shares six crime novels for people in need of a new start.
- Sarah Stewart Taylor talks about sisters in crime fiction.
- Robyn Harding discusses how modern thrillers are pushing sexual boundaries.
- Megan Miranda shares five suspense novels about sleepwalking, insomnia and other sleep disturbances.
- Nina Laurin shares five great thrillers set in isolated places.
- Richard Farrell discusses the uncanny appeal of sole survivor stories.
- Nick Kolakowski takes a look at the noir novels of Stephen King.
- Sarah Hilary discusses why the novels of Patricia Highsmith resonate so deeply in troubled times.
- James Wallace Harris talks about the drawbacks of collecting paperbacks.
Comments on J.K. Rowling's remarks about transpeople:
- Margaret Lockyer declares that fans should not cancel J.K. Rowling about the recent transphobia controversy, but that they should confront her.
- Aisling Walsh points out that J.K. Rowling's transphobia should be no surprise to Harry Potter fans.
- Jim Waterson reports that several writers have left J.K. Rowling's agency over her transphobic remarks.
Comments about sexual harrassment allegations in the crime fiction community:
- Hillel Italie reports that eight of ten members of the board of the International Thriller Writers association have resigned following criticism of the organisation's statement in support of Black Lives Matter as well as allegations of sexual harrassment that were ignored.
- The Mystery Writers of America report that they have expelled an unnamed member over repeated allegations of sexual harrassment.
Film and TV:
- Anya Stanley calls the thriller Force of Nature ill-timed, dull and wet.
- Mark Kermode calls 7500 an claustrophobic hijack movie.
- Ellen E. Jones calls The Spy a rousing historical thriller.
- Jesse Hassenger calls the long delayed My Spy a flimsy and cliched action comedy.
- Laura Bogart declares that Hanna becomes stronger and stranger in its second season.
- Vanessa Maki declares that the third season of Killing Eve deserves more praise than it got.
- Paul Levinson shares his thoughts on the second season of the Welsh crime drama Hidden.
- Paul Levinson shares his thoughts on the latest episode of Hightown.
- Danette Chavez shares her thoughts on the season 3 premiere of Search Party.
- Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya shares her thoughts on the latest episode of Snowpiercer.
- Ashley Ray-Harris shares her thoughts on the latest episode of I May Destroy You.
- Katie Rife shares her thoughts on the true crime series I'll Be Gone in the Dark.
- Peter Bradshaw calls Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo a punchy documentary.
- Dwyer Murphy shares the greatest and strangest dance scenes from crime movies.
- Brian Greene takes a look at the career of Bruce Lee and shares his most notable roles.
- Otto Penzler revisits the 1944 noir movie Double Indemnity.
- Scott Tobias revisits the 1980 crime comedy The Blues Brothers for its fortieth anniversary.
- Olivia Rutigliano revisits the 1980 movie The Great Muppet Caper for its fortieth anniversary and calls it the loveliest crime movie of all time.
- David Smith interviews Richard Dreyfuss, star of Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and many others.
- Sonaiya Kelley interviews Nicole Beharie, who is best known for playing Abbie Mills in Sleepy Hollow.
- Candice Frederick also interviews Nicole Beharie.
- Britt Hyes reports that all screenplays for the next season of Brooklyn Nine Nine will be rewritten in response to the Black Lives Matter.
- The Killing Times reports that David Chase, showrunner of The Sopranos, has finally revealed the meaning of the infamous final scene after thirteen years.
- Andrew Pulver reports that Jurassic Park and Jaws currently sit at the top of the US box office, in spite of being decades old.
- Adi Robertson reports that the estate of Arthur Conan Doyle has sued Netflix over the poirtrayal of Sherlock Holmes in its upcoming series Enola Holmes.
Comments on the new Perry Mason:
- Noel Murray shares everything you need to know about Perry Mason before the new series.
- Rebecca Nicholson calls the new Perry Mason intense, stunning and gruesome.
- Rachel Leishman declares that the new sexier Perry Mason is exactly what she needed.
- Jen Chaney notes that the new Perry Mason is not very much like the old version.
- Allison Shoemaker shares her thoughts on the first episode of the new Perry Mason.
- Paul Levinson shares his thoughts on the first episode of the new Perry Mason.
- The Killing Times share their thoughts on the new Perry Mason.
- Marah Eakin interviews Matthew Rhys, who plays Perry Mason in the eponymous series.
- Marah Eakin interviews Shea Whigham, Chris Chalk and Gayle Rankin, three of the stars of Perry Mason.
- Marah Eakin interviews Susan Downey and Tim Van Patten, producers of Perry Mason.
Comments on The Luminaries:
- Lucy Mangan calls the historical crime drama The Luminaries addictive TV.
- Paul Hirons shares his thoughts on The Luminaries.
Comments on You Should Have Left:
- A.A. Dowd calls You Should Have Left a ponderous horror thriller.
- Cynthia Vinney interviews David Koepp, writer and director of the thriller You Should Have Left.
- Brian Davids also interviews David Koepp.
Comments on Michael Keaton's return to the Batman role and Batman in general:
- Tom Breihan revisits Tim Burton's 1989 take on Batman.
- Ethan Alter discusses some trouble behind the scenes of Batman Forever for that film's twenty-fifth anniversary.
- Umberto Gonzalez reports that Michael Keaton may reprise his role as Bruce Wayne a.k.a. Batman for the upcoming The Flash movie.
- Ben Child wonders whether Michael Keaton should return to the role of Batman.
- Scoot Allan wonders whether Michael Keaton appearing as Batman in The Flash means that the Tim Burton Batman films are part of the DC cinematic universe.
- Joel Schumacher, director of The Lost Boys, Batman Forever, Batman and Robin, Flatliners, Falling Down, The Client and A Time to Kill, has died aged 80.
- Peter Bradshaw remembers Joel Schumacher.
- Ryan Gilbey shares an obituary for Joel Schumacher.
- The shortlist for the McIlvanney Prize for the Scottish Crime Book of the Year and the Bloody Scotland Debut Crime Book of the Year award has been announced,
- The winners of the 2020 Shamus Awards have been announced.
- The finalists and winners of the 2019 Bisexual Book Awards have been announced.
- Alison Flood reports that Booker Prize vice president Emma Nicholson has been removed for her homophobic views after protests.
Writing, publishing and promotion:
- Charlie Jane Anders shares the secret to storytelling.
- Lydia Kang talks about the evolution of a book idea.
- Martha Wells looks back at the up and downs of her writing career.
- Amy Poeppel wonders why some readers are so upset by swearing.
- Priya Chand declares that writing people of colour is not enough and that "people of colour" are not a monolith.
- Cat Rambo explains how to ask for things.
- Catherine Lundoff talks about running a small press.
- Alison Flood reports that booksales are rising in the UK after bookstores reopen.
- Mark Brown reports that book designers are annoyed that several bookstores in the UK are displaying books back to front to allow browsers to read the blurb without picking up the book.
- Mike Glyer offers an update on the fate of the Uncle Hugo's and Uncle Edgar's bookstores, which burned down during the recent riots in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
- Shelf Awareness reports that several Barnes & Noble buyers have lost their jobs.
- Take a tour of the Bodleian Library's storage facility in Swindon, UK.
- Sean O'Hagan interviews Colson Whitehead.
- The Venetian Vase interviews Shelley Blanton-Stroud.
- Rich Ehisen interviews Timothy Jay-Smith.
- Michael Seidlinger interviews Ottessa Moshfegh.
- Scott Montgomery interviews Steve Weddle and Nick Kolakowski.
- Aaron Robertson interviews Leslie Klinger.
- E.B. Davis interviews Nicole Leiren.
- Publishers Weekly reviews Shadows in Death by J.D. Robb.
- Michael Patrick Hicks reviews Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Crosby.
- J.B. Stevens reviews Lost River by J. Todd Scott.
- Lesa Holstine reviews The Mountains Wild by Sarah Stewart Taylor.
- Janet Webb reviews The Mountains Wild by Sarah Stewart Taylor.
- BOLO Books reviews The Mist by Ragnar Jónasson.
- John Valeri reviews Spring Girls by Karen Katchur.
- Thomas Pluck reviews Dead Girl Blues by Lawrence Block.
- Garrick Webster reviews Rolling Thunder by A.J. Devlin.
- Michael Patrick Hicks reviews More Better Deals by Joe R. Lansdale.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews Seven Lies by Elizabeth Kay.
- Publishers Weekly reviews Sweet Dreams by Peter Leonard.
- Lesa Holstine reviews Seeing Darkness by Heather Graham.
- Bitter Tea and Mystery reviews An Air That Kills by Christine Poulson
- Crossexamining Crime also reviews An Air That Kills by Christine Poulson.
- Publishers Weekly reviews Meet Your Maker by Matthew Mather.
- Lesa Holstine reviews Nothing Can Hurt You by Nicola Maye Goldberg.
- Publishers Weekly reviews And Now She's Gone by Rachel Howzell Hall.
- Vicki Weisfeld reviews The End of October by Lawrence Wright.
- The Real Book Spy reviews False Assurances by Christopher Rosow.
- Publishers Weekly reviews Sins of the Bees by Annie Lampman.
- Publishers Weekly reviews The Invitation by Rachel Abbott.
- Publishers Weekly reviews Execution by S.J. Parris.
- Publishers Weekly reviews The Eyes of the Queen by Oliver Clements.
- Sandra Mangan reviews Copy Boy by Shelley Blanton-Stroud.
- Angie Barry reviews Arrowood and the Thames Corpses by Mick Finlay.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews Marshmallow Malice by Amanda Flower and tries a recipe from the book.
- Publishers Weekly reviews Furmidable Foes by Rita Mae and Sneaky Pie Brown.
- Bill Capossere and Tadiana Jones review The Angel of the Crows by Katherine Addison.
- Em Nordling reviews The Angel of the Crow by Katherine Addison.
- Crossexamining Crime reviews True Crime Parallels to the Mysteries of Agatha Christie by Anne Powers.
- Curtis Evans revisits the 1934 mystery The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1951 crime novel High Red for Dead a.k.a. Murder on the Line by William L. Rohde.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1956 crime novel Killer in White by Tedd Thomey.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1957 noir novel Death Must Wait by Don Kingery.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1959 Steve Bentley thriller End of a Stripper by Robert Dietrich a.k.a. E. Howard Hunt.
- Only Detect revisits the 1966 Hercule Poirot mystery Third Girl by Agatha Christie.
- Martin Edward revisits the 1968 suspense novel The Little Lie by Jean Potts.
- Joe Kenney revisits Night Raider, a 1973 novel in The Lone Wolf men's adventure series by Mike Barry.
- B.V. Lawson revisits the 1975 LGBTQ detective novel Troublemaker by Joseph Hansen.
Con and event reports:
Free online fiction:
- "Church of War" by Gabriel Hart in Shotgun Honey.
- "Donutland Blairs Ferry Road, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 1996" by Joshua Wetjen in Shotgun Honey.
- "The 4th Amendment" by John Bowers in Flash Bang Mysteries.
- "Axel's Lament" by C. J. Box, Ellison Cooper, Gregg Hurwitz, Michele Campbell, and Allison Brennan in Criminal Element.
- "Over Before It Started" by Robert Mangeot at Akashic Books.
- "The Bridge Is Over" by Tim Frank in Yellow Mama.
- "Baked in the Cake" by Hillary Lyon in Yellow Mama.
- "Can a Virus Be a Criminal?" by J.H. Johns in The Five-Two.
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