Crime Fiction Links of the Week for December 5, 2020
Crime fiction in general:
- Alison Flood shares the best recent thrillers.
- Alice Blanchard shares ten chilling thrillers to read this winter.
- Crime Reads shares ten crime novels to read this December.
- Crime Reads shares ten new crime novels, mysteries and thrillers coming out this week.
- Maddie Day shares her favourite recent Christmas cozy mysteries.
- Caz Frear shares the five greatest ambiguous endings in crime fiction.
- Crime by the Book shares on overview of crime fiction from Finland.
- Paul French talks about crime fiction set in Jakarta, Indonesia.
- Nana-Ama Danquah explains why Accra, Ghana, is the perfect noir setting.
- Tessa Wegert lists six mysteries about troubled homecomings.
- Chelsea G. Summers explains why serial killer novels are feminist fiction.
- Andrew Shaffer offers a primer to the 21st century slasher novel.
- Harriet Tyce explains why exclusive schools and children under pressure are great subjects for thrillers.
- Marthe Jocelyn shares six reasons to get your children hooked on mysteries.
- Clare Mackintosh declares that it isn't the genre that matters, it's the story
- James Sallis remembers Todd Downing, author of several mysteries set in Mexico in the 1930s and 1940s.
- J. Kingston Pierce shares his appreciation for the private detective novels of Stanley Ellin.
- Donald Nicholson-Smith shares his appreciation for the works of French noir author Jean-Patrick Manchette.
- Tamara Kaminsky remembers adventure fiction, thriller and screenwriter Arthur Calder-Marshall.
- Vanessa Thorpe shares a photo of Arthur Conan Doyle cosplaying as Professor Challenger.
- Mystery writer Sue Henry has died aged 80.
Best of 2020:
- Laura Wilson shares her favourite crime novels and thrillers of 2020.
- Stephen Miller shares his favourite crime novels and thrillers of 2020.
- Jake Kerridge shares his favourite crime novels and thrillers of 2020.
- Jim Napier shares his favourite crime novels and thrillers of 2020.
- Book Page share their favourite mysteries and thrillers of 2020.
- Oline H. Cogdill shares her favourite mysteries and crime novels of 2020.
- Ali Karim shares his favourite crime novels of 2020.
- Kevin Burton Smith shares his favourite crime novels of 2020.
- Patricia Abbott shares her favourite crime novels of 2020.
- Mike Ripley shares his favourite crime novels of 2020.
- Barry Forshaw shares his favourite crime novels of 2020.
- Jim Thomsen shares his favourite crime novels of 2020.
- Adam Woog shares his ten favourite crime novels of 2020.
- Adam LeBor shares his favourite thrillers of 2020.
- Booklist Queen shares her seventeen favourite thrillers of 2020.
Film and TV:
- Craig D. Lindsey calls Lucky Grandma an unsung gem and praises the performance of Tsai Chin.
- Katie Rife calls I'm Your Woman a refreshingly feminine gangster movie.
- Gwen Ihnat calls the new Hardy Boys a welcome reboot.
- Cath Clarke declares that the crime thriller My Day bursts with energy and adrenaline
- Ellen E. Jones calls The Glass Man a chilling psychological horror film.
- Peter Bradshaw calls County Lines an affecting drama about teenaged drug mules.
- Phil Hoad calls Murder Me, Monster a grisly mystery that remains unsolvable.
- Cath Clarke calls One Way to Moscow a lighthearted spy comedy from Switzerland.
- Peter Bradshaw calls The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone, a recut version of the 1990 gangster drama The Godfather Part III, worth a watch.
- Alasdair Stuart shares his thoughts on the boxing movie Knuckledust.
- Shannon Miller shares her thoughts on the police racism drama Red, White and Blue.
- Zack Handlen shares his thoughts on the latest episode of Fargo.
- Gwen Ihnat shares her thoughts on the latest episode of Next.
- Garrick Webster shares his thoughts on the German crime series Der Usedom Krimi a.k.a. The Nordic Murders.
- Garrick Webster shares his thoughts on the French crime drama The Red Shadows.
- Rebecca Nicholson shares her thoughts on the documentary Defending Digga D.
- Ellen E. Jones interviews Kerry Washington, star of Scandal.
- Rich Pelley interviews Diane Lane, star of Streets on Fire.
- Zach Vasquez shares his appreciationn for the noir movies of David Fincher.
- Brogan Morris revisits the 1958 Egyptian neorealist thriller Cairo Station.
- Kris Vyas-Myall revisits the 1965 dystopian noir movie Alphaville .
- Martin Edwards revisits the 1965 mystery movie A Study in Terror.
- Keith Roysdon revisits the original 1980s Magnum P.I.
- Beatrice Loayaza revisits the 1990 horror thriller Misery for its 30th anniversary.
- Peter Bradshaw revisits the 1990 science fiction thriller Total Recall for its 30th anniversary.
- Cheryl Eddy revisits the 1995 science fiction thriller The Net.
- Christina Lane profiles Joan Harrison, Hollywood producer and screenwriter for Alfred Hitchcock.
- Catherine Shoard reports that actor Elliot Page, best known for his pre-transition performances in Juno, the X-Men movies and The Umbrella Academy, has come out as trans.
- Mark Sweeney reports that cinemas are reopening in the UK, but that they are still under threat by streaming services.
Comments on Big Sky:
- LaToya Ferguson shares her thoughts on the latest episode of Big Sky.
- Paul Levinson shares his thoughts on the latest episode of Big Sky.
- Lynn Elber reports that indigenous groups are criticising Big Sky for focussing on the vanishing of two white teenagers in Montana, even though a huge number of the women going missing in Montana are indigenous.
- Maureen Lee Lenker shares the response of the producers of Big Sky to the criticism by indigenous groups.
Comments on The Undoing:
- Lisa Weidenfeld shares her thoughts on the season finale of The Undoing.
- Paul Levinson shares his thoughts on the season finale of The Undoing.
- Lucy Mangan shares her thoughts on the season finale of The Undoing.
- Martin Edward shares his thoughts on the season finale of The Undoing.
- Olivia Rutigliano wonders who gets to be a sympathetic character in The Undoing.
- Inspired by Hugh Grant's role in The Undoing, Alex Hess discusses how actors who became famous in romantic comedies have switched genres and are now making thrillers.
- The winner of the 2020 Petrona Award for Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year has been announced.
- The winner of the Little, Brown UEA Crime Fiction Award has been announced.
- The shortlist and the winner of the 2020 Staunch Prize have been announced.
- The winner of the 2020 Prix Goncourt has been announced and it is a science fiction thriller.
Writing, publishing and promotion:
- Tracy Townsend gives some tips for post-NaNoWriMo revisisions.
- Monsters and Manuals points out that formulaic doesn't necessarily mean bad.
- Jane K. Cleland talks about writing cozy mysteries featuring antiques.
- Eric Del Carlo recounts how he came to write a mystery with Robert Asprin.
VanderMeer recounts how a fictional animal and an equally fictional
festival he created for a story accidentally took on a life of its own.
- Derek Murphy shares some social media marketing tips for authors.
- David Gaughran explains that authors are having their Facebook ads rejected and sometimes their and ad accounts closed.
- Kristine Kathryn Rusch shares some tips what writers can do during the corona pandemic.
- Shaun Bythell asks what's the worst kind of book thief.
- Alison Flood reports that UK bookshops are hoping for the holiday business after being forced into lockdown yet again.
- Lulu Garcia-Navarro reports about reactions from the writing and publishing community to Bertelsmann planning to buy Simon & Schuster after already owning Penguin Random House.
- Blue Book Balloon reviews The Last Resort by Susi Holliday.
- Crime by the Book reviews The Witch Hunter by Max Seeck.
- BOLO Books reviews Blind Vigil by Matt Coyle.
- Garrick Webster reviews Predator by Zoe Caldwell.
- Blue Book Balloon reviews The Fox by Sólveig Pálsdóttir, translated by Quentin Bates.
- Sonja van der Westhuizen reviews The Lost and the Damned by Olivier Norek, translated Nick Caistor.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews The Art of Violence by S.J. Rozan.
- Tony R. Cox reviews The Roots of Evil by Quintine Jardine.
- Vicki Weisfeld reviews Primary Obsessions by Charles Demers.
- Michelle Carpenter reviews Shed No Tears by Caz Frear.
- Nancie Clare reviews They're Gone by E.A. Barres.
- Joy Kluver reviews Body Language by A.K. Turner.
- For Winter Night reviews The Silver Collar by Antonia Hodgson
- Janet Webb reviews The Forgotten Sister by Nicola Cornick.
- Angie Barry reviews Poppy Redfern and the Fatal Flyers by Tessa Arlen.
- James Davis Nicoll reviews The Paper Bark Tree Mystery by Ovidia Yu.
- Bitter Tea and Mystery reviews Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz.
- Lesa Holstine reviews Death at a Country Mansion by Louise R. Innes.
- Lesa Holstine reviews Courting Can Be Killer by Amanda Flower.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews Christmas Card Murder by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis and Peggy Ehrhart
- Lesa Holstine reviews Murder at Veronica's Diner by J.D. Griffo.
- Lesa Holstine reviews A Big Fat Greek Murder by Kate Collins.
- Lesa Holstine reviews Finished Off in Fondant by Rosemarie Ross.
- A.A. Freeman reviews The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton.
- Alasdair Stuart reviews Thirteen Storeys by Jonathan Sims.
- Cullen Gallagher reviews Killer, Come Back To Me: The Crime Stories of Ray Bradbury by Ray Bradbury.
- Blake Morrison reviews Russian Roulette: The Life and Times of Graham Greene by Richard Greene.
- Joe Kenney revisits Overlord of the Damned, a 1935 Spider novel by Grant Stockbridge a.k.a. Norvell Page.
- James Malizewski revisits the 1935 Jules de Grandin occult detective story "The Horror on the Links" by Seabury Quinn.
- Crossexamining Crime revisits the 1938 mystery The Port of London Murders by Josephine Bell.
- Martin Edwards revisits the 1940 mystery Tidy Death by Nap Lombard a.k.a. Neil Stewart and Pamela Hansford Johnson.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1955 Gil Vine mystery Alibi Baby by Stuart Sterling a.k.a. Prentice Winchell.
- Book Marks revisits the 1955 thriller The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1973 police procedural The Girl in the Trunk by Bruce Cassiday.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1978 war novel Escape from Mindanao by Lawrence Cortesi a.k.a. Lawrence Cerri.
- Joe Kenney revisits the 1979 true crime novel The Zodiac Killer by Jerry Weissman.
- Paperback Warrior revisits Argentine Deadline, a 1982 novels in the Phoenix Force men's adventure series by Don Pendleton and Gar Wilson.
- B.V. Lawson revisits the 1987 Anthony Maitland legal mystery Naked Villainy by Sara Woods a.k.a. Lana Hutton Bowen-Judd.
- Lynda Catling reports that an 83-year-old man in the UK has died in prison after repeatedly lisening to classical music so loud that his neighbours complained.
- TMZ reports that Darth Vader's helmet as well as several other original Star Wars props were almost stolen during a burglary in Santa Monica, California.
- John Douglas and Mark Olshaker report about a 1977 anti-semitic sniper attack on a synagogue in St. Louis, Missouri.
- Laura Holliday reports that bloody crime scene clean-up videos posted to TikTok under the guise of educational programming are going viral.
- The Atascadero News reports that yet another mystery obelisk has appeared in California.
- The Guardian reports that the California mystery monolith has been destroyed by Christian vandals and replaced with a cross.
Free online fiction:
- "From Lombard to Lebkuchen (circa 1998)" by Kieran Shea in Shotgun Honey.
- "Getting Your Money's Worth" by A.D. Schweiss in Shotgun Honey.
- "No More Excuses" by Guy Belleranti in Mysteryrat's Maze Podcast.
- "Too Hip to Update" by Brooks Mendell in Mystery Tribune.
- "Good Intentions" by Dylan H. Jones in Punk Noir Magazine.
- "Guided By My Own Troubled Heart..." by Mark McConville in Punk Noir Magazine.
- "Caper" by A.C.F. Wilson in Punk Noir Magazine.
- "The Two Jasons" by David Nemeth in Punk Noir Magazine.
- "Homestead" by Mike Zone in Punk Noir Magazine.
- "Oh God, Not Again" by Angelina Mitescu in The Five-Two.
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