Crime Fiction Links of the Week for December 19, 2020
Crime fiction in general:
- Crime Reads shares five new crime novels and thrillers coming out this week.
- Gray Basnight compares some lists of the greatest crime and mystery novels of all time.
- Courtney Even Tate discusses some misconceptions about sexism in the thriller genre.
- J. Kingston Pierce discusses the practice of including "cast of characters" lists in midcentury crime novels.
- Heather Martin finds unexpected connections between William Shakespeare and Lee Child.
- Walter Mosley looks back on thirty years of writing Easy Rawlins novels.
- Paperback Warrior revisits Inspector Allhoff, one of the stranger pulp detectives, by D.L. Champion.
- Bethany Kayler shares her appreciation for the YA mystery series Nancy Drew.
- Leslie Brody discusses the hidden literary legacy of Harriet the Spy.
- Issue 53 of Journey Planet tackles the future of policing.
- Alison Flood reports that an unpublished story by Shirley Jackson will be published.
- Alison Flood reports that the character Tim Fox, who happens to be black, will take over the mantle of Batman.
- Mystery author John Daniel has died.
Best of 2020:
- Ayo Onatade shares her favourite crime novels and thrillers of 2020.
- Sonja van der Westhuizen shares her top five crime novels and thrillers of 2020.
- Catherine Turnbull shares her top five crime novels and thrillers of 2020.
- Tom Nolan shares his ten favourite mysteries and crime novels and 2020.
- Book Page share their favourite mystery and suspense novels of 2020.
- Joy Kluver shares her ten favourite crime novels and thrillers of 2020.
- The staff of Deadly Pleasures share their favourite crime novels and thrillers of 2020.
- Book Marks shares the best reviewed mysteries and thrillers of 2020.
- Sarah Lyall shares her favourite thrillers of 2020.
- Lisa Levy shares her favourite psychological thrillers of 2020.
- Crime Reads shares the best noir novels of 2020.
- Crime Reads shares the best gothic novels of 2020.
- Crime Reads shares the best debut crime novels of 2020.
- Crime Reads shares the best spy novels of 2020.
- Crime Reads shares the best true crime books of 2020.
- Ayo Onatade shares her favourite crime-related non-fiction books of 2020.
Tributes to John Le Carré:
- Spy fiction and thriller author John Le Carré has died aged 89.
- Eric Homberger shares an obituary for John Le Carré.
- Helen Sullivan shares tributes to John Le Carré.
- Fellow writers remember John Le Carrè.
- His agent Jonny Geller remembers John Le Carré.
- Peter Bradshaw remembers John Le Carré.
- Sarah Lyall remembers John Le Carré.
- J. Kingston Pierce remembers John Le Carré.
- Petra Mayer and Rachel Treisman remember John Le Carré.
- Martin Edwards remembers John Le Carré.
- William Boyd remembers John Le Carré.
Film and TV:
- Paul Levinson calls I'm Your Woman a superb crime drama.
- Paul Levinson calls Ava a believable assassin movie.
- Benjamin Lee calls Let Him Go a robust neo-western thriller.
- Randall Colburn calls Hunter Hunter a grim and grisly thriller with an unforgettable ending.
- Jesse Hasenger calls Fatale an entertainingly dumb noir movie.
- William Hughes declares that The Watch will disappoint fans of Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels as well as everybody else.
- Tom Breihan shares his thoughts on the action movie Extraction and wonders whether it would have been as successful in any other year.
- Peter Bradshaw calls Parasite the best movie of 2020.
- Paul Levinson shares his thoughts on The Lie.
- Paul Levinson shares his thoughts on the latest episode of Your Honor.
- Ryan Gilbey interviews Tahar Rahim, star of the serial killer thriller The Serpent.
- Michael Segalov interviews Ben Miller, one of the stars of Death in Paradise.
- Joe George ranks movies about murderous Santa Clauses.
- Olivia Rutigliano points out the many problematic aspects of the 1990 holiday action comedy Home Alone.
- Nicholas Barber explains how watching all the James Bond movie to date helped him through the corona pandemic.
- Mark Lawson explains how the 1979 BBC adaptation of John Le Carrè's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy changed television.
- Dwyer Murphy revisits the 2011 film adaptation of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
- The Columbophile reports that an uncredited actress who appeared in the 1971 Columbo episodes "Lady in Waiting" and "Suitable for Framing" has been identified after 49 years.
- Ruth E. Carter remembers the late Chadwick Boseman.
- Jackie Stewart remembers Sean Connery.
- Mark Gatiss remembers Diana Rigg.
- Actor Jeremy Bulloch, best known for his appearance in Star Wars, James Bond and Doctor Who, has died aged 75.
- Dave McNary remembers Jeremy Bulloch.
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.
- Peter White reports that NBC has ordered an additional six episodes of Big Sky.
- Denise Petski reports that actress Sharon Taylor has been cast in a recurring role in Big Sky.
Comments on The Red Shadows:
Comments on Tenet:
Writing, publishing and promotion:
- Katarina Betterton shares sixteen motivating reasons to get you out of a writing slump.
- Cat Rambo shares some principles for pantsers.
- Sunny Moraine explains why explicit sex scenes can be helpful for characterisation and worldbuilding.
- Libby Fisher Hellman shares some tips for writing historical fiction.
- Anne Elise Brinich talks about the device of the research montage.
- Crime fiction author Chris Whitaker explains how writing saved his life - twice.
Flood interviews authors of holiday novels about the difficulties of
writing Christmas novels, when one is not feeling festive.
- William Deresiewicz points out that artists and writers still need money to live.
- James Van Pelt talks about book marketing.
- Alison Flood reports how several British small presses survived 2020.
- B.V. Lawson reports that the mystery bookshop Clues Unlimited
in Tuscon, Arizona, is closing down because of the covid pandemic, one
of the many independent bookstores in the US to shut down because of the
- David Michaelis interviews Jo Nesbo.
- Nancie Clare interviews Anthony Horowitz.
- Nancie Clare interviews E.A. Barres.
- Andrew Sumner interviews Max Allan Collins.
- The Gay Mystery podcast interviews Kristen Lepionka.
- Alex Segura interviews Ed Brubaker.
- Alan Petersen interviews Jeff Lindsay.
- Scott Montgomery interviews Jeff Vorzimmer.
- Craig Sisterson reviews A Private Cathedral by James Lee Burke.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews Bloodline by Jess Lourey.
- Raven Crime Reads reviews Children of the Valley by Castle Freeman.
- Bitter Tea and Mystery reviews The Absent One by Jussi Adler-Olsen, translated by K.E. Semmel.
- Garrick Webster reviews Winterkill by Ragnar Jónasson, translated by David Warriner.
- Blue Book Balloon reviews Winterkill by Ragnar Jónasson, translated by David Warriner.
- No More Grumpy Bookseller reviews 1222 by Anne Holt.
- For Winter Nights reviews The Chalet by Catherine Cooper.
- Sandra Mangan reviews Deity by Matt Wesolowski.
- Vicki Weisfeld reviews The Art of Violence by S.J. Rozan.
- No More Grumpy Bookseller reviews The Third Sister by Sara Blaedel.
- Eileen Brady reviews The Last Story of Mina Lee by Nancy Jooyoun Kim.
- BOLO Books reviews Watch Her by Edwin Hill.
- Janet Webb reviews The Dead Season by Tessa Wegert.
- Janet Webb reviews Take It Back by Kia Abdullah.
- Dick Lochte reviews Masked Prey by John Sandford.
- Lesa Holstine reviews Spirit of Steamboat by Craig Johnson.
- Sandie Herron reviews Triggerfish Twist by Tim Dorsey.
- Sandie Herron reviews Cat Shout For Joy by Shirley Rousseau Murphy.
- Tadiana Jones reviews The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton.
- John L. Breen reviews Joseph T. Shaw: The Man Behind Black Mask by Milton Shaw.
- Crossexamining Crime revisits the 1936 holiday mystery Thou Shell of Death by Nicholas Blake a.k.a. Cecil Day-Lewis.
- Martin Edwards revisits the 1939 holiday mystery Catt Out Of the Bag by Clifford Whitting.
- Bitter Tea and Mystery revisits the 1949 holiday mystery Murder for Christmas by Francis Duncan.
- Crossexamining Crime revisits the 1954 suspense novel Beat Back the Tide by Dolores Hitchens.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1957 crime novel So I'm a Heel by Mike Heller a.k.a. Arnold Hano.
- Joe Kenney revisits the 1968 Mission Impossible novel Code Name Rapier by Max Walker.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1973 adventure novel The DaVinci Rose by Archie O'Neill a.k.a. Jim Henaghan.
- B.V. Lawson revisits the 1975 Dr. Patrick Grant mystery Cast for Death by Margaret Yorke.
- Joe Kenney revisits Hawaiian Trackdown, a 1980 novel in The Penetrator men's adventure series by Lionel Derrick a.k.a. Chet Cunningham.
Con and event reports:
- Watch a video of Heather Martin interviewing Lee Child at the virtual Hay Festival Winter Weekend.
- Martin Edwards shares his experiences at the virtual Pune International Literary Festival in Pune, India.
- The 2021 Windy City Pulp and Paperback Convention in Lombard, Illinois, has been rescheduled because of the corona pandemic.
- Jim Milliot bids farewell to Book Expo which has been permanently cancelled.
- Olivia Rutigliano discusses the famously bloody horror plays of the Theatre de Grand Guignol in Paris, France.
- Kevin Fagan reports that one of the ciphers sent by the so-called Zodiac Killer to the San Francisco Chronicle has been solved after 49 years.
- Mark Wilding reports about a heist in Feltham, UK, where rare books worth 2.5 million GBP were stolen.
- Michael Cannell remembers the John Jovino Gun Shop in New York City, which supplied generations of NYPD officers and appeared in several movies.
Free online fiction:
- "The Ballad of John Rider" by Jeff Esterholm in Tough.
- "Fore!" by Alan Orloff in Shotgun Honey.
- "Don't Laugh" by Aeryn Rudel in Mystery Tribune.
- "The Way of Our Now" by Kieran Shea in Beat to a Pulp.
- "The Executioner" by Jennifer Marie Brissett in Lightspeed.
- "War Words" by Travis Richardson in Punk Noir Magazine.
- "The Christmas Miracle" by Morgan Boyd in Punk Noir Magazine.
- "A Merry Christmas Anniversary" by Anna Celeste Burke in Mysteryrat's Maze Podcast.
- "Winter" by Nancy Scott in The Five-Two.
- "Nutball Season" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.
Trailers and videos: