Crime Fiction Links of the Week for October 17, 2020
Crime fiction in general:
- Crime Reads shares ten new crime novels, mysteries and thrillers coming out this week.
- Crime Reads shares six true crime books to read this October.
- Christopher Chambers shares a brief history of non-traditional voices in crime fiction.
- Seraphina Nova Glass talks about her favourite red herrings in crime fiction.
- Carol Orange recommends seven great heist novels.
- Lisa Jewell declares that the fact that everybody can be a murderer is what she loves about crime fiction.
- Kristen Lepionka, Layne Fargo, and Wendy Heard discuss the problematic archetype of the vengeful woman.
- Chloe Laveal revisits the lesbian pulp fiction of the 1950s and 1960s.
- Stephanie Kane discusses how Edward Hopper's paintings became noir icons.
- Sarah Kozloff talks about the modern problem of spoilerphobia.
- Harriet Sherwood reports that Soviet spies targeted Eric Arthur Blair a.k.a. George Orwell and his wife Eileen during the Spanish Civil War.
- Jess Distill reports that Katrín Jakobsdóttir, prime minister of Iceland, is joining the ranks of nordic noir writers.
- Zack Budryk reports that US politician Stacey Abrams will publish a thriller about the US Supreme Court.
Film and TV:
- Peter Bradshaw calls Blood and Money a grizzled wilderness thriller.
- Leslie Felperin calls Mafia Inc. an old school gangster film.
- Katie Rife calls Honest Thief a thriller without thrills.
- Ellen E. Jones calls The Devil Has a Name a fire-breathing thriller.
- Ellen E. Jones calls Legacy of Lies a sappy action thriller.
- Noel Murray shares his thoughts on the thriller Cold Pursuit.
- Zack Handlen shares his thoughts on the latest episode of Fargo.
- Paul Levinson shares his thoughts on the Welsh crime drama Keeping Faith.
- William Hughes shares his thoughts on "The Double Date", the latest episode of Archer.
- Simon Hattenstone calls Ultraviolence a shocking and brutal documentary.
- Mariam Khan explains why the portrayal of Muslims on television is still highly problematic.
- Sandy Ferber revisits the 1962 thriller The Couch.
- Jesse Hassenger revisits the 2011 thriller Unknown.
- Zach Vasquez revisits the 2012 neo-noir movie Killing Them Softly.
- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky revisits the 2014 thriller Non-Stop.
- Alex McLevy revisits the 2014 thriller A Walk Among the Tombstones.
- Camestros Felapton revisits the 2015 action movie Furious 7.
- A.A. Dowd revisits the 2018 thriller The Commuter.
- Ellen E. Jones interviews Sidse Babett Knudsen, star of Borgen.
- The Guardian shares some behind the scenes photos from the sets of Ridley Scott's movies.
- Jacob Oller reports that Robert Downey Jr. is not just returning to the role of Sherlock Holmes but is also planning a Marvel style shared universe.
- Actress Margaret Nolan, who was in Goldfinger, A Hard Day's Night, Witchfinder General and many others, has died aged 76.
Comments on the latest version of Rebecca:
Comments on The Trial of the Chicago Seven:
- Steve Rose thinks that The Trial of the Chicago Seven is way too optimistic about the political and legal system in the US.
- A.A. Dowd calls The Trial of the Chicago Seven yet another Aaron Sorkin courtroom drama.
- Marah Eakin interviews Jeremy Strong, one of the stars of The Trial of the Chicago Seven.
- Marah Eakin interviews Aaron Sorkin, director and screenwriter of The Trial of the Chicago Seven.
- David Smith shares the true story behind The Trial of the Chicago Seven.
Comments on Lovecraft Country:
- Alex Brown shares her thoughts on "Rewind 1921", the latest episode of Lovecraft Country.
- Ellen E. Jones shares her thoughts on "Rewind 1921".
- Joelle Monique shares her thoughts on "Rewind 1921".
- Michael Washburn notes that Lovecraft Country is not very Lovecraftian.
- Ellen E. Jones interviews Jonathan Majors who plays Atticus Freeman in Lovecraft Country.
- Reggie Ugwu takes a look at how the special effects of Lovecraft Country came about.
Comments on Time:
Reactions to the trailer for The Watch:
Comments on the renewed delay of the James Bond film No Time to Die and other movies and its impact on the ailing movie theatre chains:
- Elias Visontay talks about the impact of the corona pandemic on Australian cinemas.
- The Guardian reports that the British cinema chain Vue will also shut a quarter of its theatres in the UK.
- Mark Sweeney reports that a quarter of Odeon cinemas in the UK will only open on weekends.
- Mark Sweeney reports that the ticket sales in UK cinemas in 2020 will be the lowest since records began in 1928.
- Readers of The Guardian share their thoughts on the woes of British cinemas.
- Marc Burrows wonders why the immerse film screening project Secret Cinema has received a bail-out from the UK government, when regular cinemas are dying.
- Ben Child declares that if cinemas still exist in 2021, they will be inundated with postponed blockbusters.
- Kristine Kathryn Rusch muses about the future of movie theatres and the entertainment industry in general.
- Andrew Pulver reports that cinemas are shocked that Disney will be releasing its upcoming animated film Soul on its streaming service as well.
- Naman Ramachandran also reports about the backlash against Disney's decision to release Soul on its streaming service.
Comments on the return of Dexter:
- The winners of the 2020 Macavity Awards have been announced.
- The winners of the 2020 Amazon Publishing Readers' Awards have been announced.
- The winners of the 2020 Ned Kelly Awards have been announced.
- The shortlist for the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize has been announced with some love for crime fiction.
- B.V. Lawson revisits past winners of the Anthony Awards.
Writing, publishing and promotion:
- Charlie Jane Anders asks writers to find their voice and make it loud.
- Dwyer Murphy shares crime fiction writer James Crumley's rules for writing.
- Heather Young shares five tips for writing a dual narrative mystery.
- Anthony Anaxagorou shares his ten favourite creative writing books.
- Criminal Element interviews cover designer David Rotsein.
- Jeffrey Meitrodt reports that a dispute over parking places delays the rebuilding of the Uncle Edgar's and Uncle Hugo's bookstores, which were burned down during the riots in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
- Runalong the Shelves interviews Sharon Doering.
- Layne Fargo and Wendy Heard interview each other.
- Robin Agnew interviews Erica Ruth Neubauer.
- Theresa Talbot interviews Susi Holliday.
- Paul Weimer interviews Ausma Zehanat Khan.
- Debbi Mack interviews Wendy Hewlett.
- The Real Book Spy interviews J.J. Hensley.
- Alison Flood interviews Bernard Cornwell.
- Marshal Zeringue interviews Avery Bishop.
- Lisa Haselton interviews Margi Preus.
- Garrick Webster reviews The Kingdom by Jo Nesbo, translated by Robert Ferguson.
- No More Grumpy Bookseller reviews The Island by Ragnar Jónasson.
- No More Grumpy Bookseller reviews The Mist by Ragnas Jónasson
- Benjamin Boulden reviews Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden.
- Ray Palen reviews The Nightworkers by Brian Selfon.
- Hank Wagner reviews The Darkness We Hide by Debra Webb.
- Thomas Pluck reviews The Night Will Find Us by Matthew Lyons.
- Mike Parker reviews Rattlesnake Rodeo by Nick Kolakowski.
- Crime by the Book reviews Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell.
- No More Grumpy Bookseller reviews Confessions on the 7:45 by Lisa Unger.
- Runalong the Shelves reviews Someone's Listening by Seraphina Nova Glass.
- Sam Jordison reviews A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James.
- Vicki Weisfeld reviews The Mathematical Murder of Innocence by Michael Carter.
- Lesa Holstine reviews Hiding the Past by Nathan Dylan Goodwin.
- Sandie Herron reviews Fated For Felony by Victoria Laurie.
- Lesa Holstine reviews Cat Me If You Can by Mirando James.
- Lesa Holstine reviews Mr. Morris and the Witch by Traci Wilton.
- Joseph Scarpato Jr. reviews Murder at Hotel 1911 by Audrey Keown.
- Lesa Holstine reviews Sherlock Holmes and the Beast of the Stapletons by James Lovegrove.
- For Winter Nights reviews V2 by Robert Harris.
- SciFi and Scary reviews South of Here by Edward Lorn.
- J. Kingston Pierce revisits the 1920 Hercule Poirot mystery The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie for its 100th anniversary.
- Crossexamining Crime revisits the 1930 Miss Marple mystery Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie.
- Crossexamining Crime revisits the 1943 thriller Too Many Bones by Ruth Sawtell Wallis.
- Cullen Gallagher revisits the 1953 crime novel Strange Witness by Day Keene.
- Cullen Gallagher revisits the 1954 crime novel Sleep With the Devil by Day Keene.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1957 crime novel The Big Caper by Lionel White.
- Martin Edwards revisits the 1971 historical mystery Deadly Hall by John Dickson Carr.
- Olivia Rutigliano revisits the 1978 children's supernatural mystery The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin.
- Judith Tarr revisits the 1979 romantic suspense novel Snow Shadow by Andre Norton.
- Bitter Tea and Mystery revisits the 1989 Inspector Banks mystery A Necessary End by Peter Robinson.
- Simon Stephenson revisits the 1991 mystery thriller The Crow Road by Iain Banks.
- Watch the Dresden Files twentieth anniversary panel at the virtual New York Comic Con featuring Jim Butcher, James Marsters and Jim Butcher's cat.
- The program for the virtual MWA Norcal Mystery Week is online.
- The program for the Bad Sydney Crime Writers Festival, which will actually take place in person in Sydney, Australia, has been announced.
- The schedule for the virtual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is online.
- Martin Puchner reports about Rotwelsch, the European thieves' and beggars' cant.
- Brian Selfon talks about the life and work of a criminal data analyst.
- Mark A. Bradley reports about the 1969 murder of union leader Joseph Yablonski.
- Daniel Tunnard reports about the Argentinian scrabble mafia
Tedone reports about the Poison Book project aimed at identifying toxic
pigments used in vintage book bindings at the Winterthur Museum and
Library in Winterthur, Delaware.
Free online fiction:
- "Killer at the Door" by Loretta Jackson and Vickie Britton in Mysteryrat's Maze Podcast.
- "Two Sharp Cracks" by John Nicosia in Shotgun Honey.
- "Mayonnaise, the Batsard" by Andrew Davie in Shotgun Honey.
- "Fire in the Hole" by Beau Johnson in Punk Noir Magazine.
- "The Only Thing That Fits" by Beau Johnson in Punk Noir Magazine.
- "A Different Kind of Hate" by Beau Johnson in Punk Noir Magazine.
- "Like Minded Individuals" by Beau Johnson in Punk Noir Magazine.
- "Ruin and Pain" by Beau Johnson in Punk Noir Magazine.
- "The Shadow Prisoner's Dilemma" by Caroline M. Yoachim in Lightspeed.
- "Unanswered Unasked Questions" by Charles Rammelkamp in The Five-Two.
Trailers and videos: