Crime Fiction Links of the Week for January 2, 2021
Crime fiction in general:
- Crime Reads shares ten new crime novels coming out this week.
- Garrick Webster looks ahead at crime novels coming out in 2021.
- Ayo Onatade shares some 2021 crime novels she is looking forward to.
- Will Gore shares the best crime novel to buy for the holidays.
- T.A. Willberg lists the best loved detective agencies in crime fiction.
- Kristi Bahrenburg Janzen shares five classic spy novels by and about women.
- Tara Moss explains why classic hardboiled crime fiction is so full of descriptions of clothing.
Best of 2020:
- Mike Parker shares his five favourite crime novels of 2020.
- Garrick Webster shares his five favourite crime novels of 2020.
- Declan Burke and Declan Hughes share their favourite crime novels of 2020.
- Adam Woog shares his ten favourite crime novels of 2020.
- Jon Coates shares his favourite crime novels of 2020.
- Natasha Cooper shares her favourite crime novels of 2020.
- Paul Burke shares his favourite crime novels of 2020.
- Sophie Roell shares her favourite crime novels of 2020.
- Jacob Collins shares his ten favourite crime novels of 2020.
- Lesa Holstine shares her favourite mysteries, crime novels and others of 2020.
- For Winter Nights shares their favourite crime novels, mysteries and others of 2020.
- Crime Time share their favourite crime novels of 2020.
- Book Page shares their favourite crime novels of 2020.
- Waterstones shares its favourite crime novels and thrillers of 2020.
- Murder by the Book shares their favourite mysteries and crime novels of 2020.
- Crime by the Book shares their favourite crime novels of 2020.
- Book Marks shares the best reviewed mysteries and crime novels of 2020.
- The New York Public Library shares its favourite crime novels of 2020.
- Rachael Pingel shares her seventeen favourite thrillers of 2020.
- She Reads shares their favourite thrillers of 2020.
- Jennifer Marie Lin shares her favourite mysteries and thrillers of 2020.
- Michael J. Seidlinger sheres his favourite mysteries and thrillers of 2020.
- Kellye Garrett shares her favourite crime novels and thrillers of 2020.
- Jamie Canavés shares their favourite mystery and suspense novels of 2020.
- Fifteen crime fiction writers share their favourite crime novels of 2020.
- Sarah Weinman shares her favourite works in the crime genre of 2020.
- Steven Charnock shares his favourite crime TV shows of 2020.
- Steven Charnock also shares his favourite crime movies of 2020.
- Olivia Rutigliano shares her fifteen favourite crime movies of 2020.
- George Easter offers a master list of the various "best crime novels of 2020" lists.
- Fraser Massey also offers a round-up of the various "best crime novels of 2020" lists and makes a top ten list of the most mentioned books.
Film and TV:
- Jack Seale calls the Danish crime drama Equinox a cross between The Da Vinci Code and Scandinavian noir.
- Alex McLevy calls season 3 of Cobra Kai broad, dumb fun and an improvement compared to season 2.
- Alex McLevy shares his thoughts on the martial arts science fiction film Jiu Jitsu.
- Paul Levinson shares his thoughts on the thriller Perfume, which is at least partly science fiction.
- Paul Levinson shares his thoughts on the latest episode of Your Honor.
- Dwyer Murphy shares the best crime TV shows of the 2010s.
- Dwyer Murphy shares several international thrillers to watch for New Year's Day.
- Vicki Lucas revisits the 1965 James Bond movie Thunderball.
- Nicholas Whyte revisits the 1989 adventure movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
- Scott Tobias revisits the 2000 drugs drama Traffic for its 20th anniversary.
- British actor Basil Moss, best known for his appearance in UFO, You Only Live Twice and First Among Equals, has died aged 85.
- French actor Robert Hossein, best known for playing Joffrey de Peyrac in the Angelique movies of the 1960s, has died aged 93.
Tributes to William Link:
Comments on The Serpent:
Comments on The Dry:
- The winners of the 2020 Nero and Black Orchid Awards have been announced.
- The winners of the 2020 Deutscher Krimipreis have been announced.
- The winner of the 2020 Reprint of the Year Award has been announced.
- The winner of the 2020 Darth Vader Parenthood Award for Outstandingly Horrible Fictional Parents has been announced.
- The winner of the 2020 Jonathan and Martha Kent Fictional Parent of the Year Award has been announced.
Writing, publishing and promotion:
- Ann Langley explains how the difficult year 2020 impacted her writing.
- Stephanie M. Wytovich talks about using bibliomancy as a drafting tool.
- Several online writing classes at the Rambo Academy for Wayward Writers are on sale right now.
- Elizabeth A. Harris reports that book sales have gone up in 2020, but that most sales happened online at Amazon and other large retailers, while indie bookstores are struggling.
- John Henley reports about the situation of the famous book stalls along the banks of the Seine in Paris, France
- Simon Mayo interviews Ian Rankin.
- Deborah Kalb interviews Edwin Hill.
- Marshal Zeringue interviews Edwin Hill.
- Keeley Ryan interviews Anthony J. Quinn.
- Novel Suspects interviews Taylor Adams.
- Alan Petersen interviews Robert McCaw.
- Robert Justice interviews Tori Eldridge.
- Mystery & Suspense interviews Cheryl Bradshaw.
- Jon Wisniewski interviews Dwight Holing.
- Murder by the Book reviews Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Crosby.
- Lesa Holstine reviews Cold Wind by Paige Shelton.
- Books Are My Cwtches reviews Winterkill by Ragnar Jónasson, translated by David Warriner.
- No More Grumpy Bookseller reviews The Arctic Fury by Greer Macallister.
- Jennifer Marie Lin reviews One by One by Ruth Ware.
- Publishers Weekly reviews The Silenced Women by Frederik Weisel.
- Publishers Weekly reviews Hard Times by Les Edgerton.
- Catherine Turnbull reviews The Diabolical Bones by Bella Ellis.
- Geza Tatrallyay reviews A Spy in the Struggle by Aya de Léon.
- Linda Regan reviews The Spy Who Inspired Me by Stephen Clarke.
- Kirkus reviews The Mystery of Mrs. Christie by Marie Benedict.
- Murder by the Book reviews The Glass Kingdom by Lawrence Osborne.
- Eric Ellis reviews The System by Ryan Gattis.
- Tricia Chappell reviews The Package by Sebastian Fitzek.
- For Winter Nights reviews The Stasi Game by David Young.
- Lesa Holstine reviews Closely Habored Secrets by Bree Baker.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews Murder at Veronica's Diner by J.D. Griffo and tries a recipe from the book.
- Lesa Holstine reviews Murder at an Irish Christmas by Carlene O'Connor.
- Beth Kanell reviews Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder by T.A. Willberg.
- James Tivendale reviews The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton.
- James Davis Nicoll reviews A Master of Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark.
- Martin Edwards revisits the 1934 mystery Big Ben Strikes Eleven by David Magarshack.
- Publishers Weekly revisits the 1944 mystery Checkmate to Murder by E.C.R. Lorac.
- Crossexamining Crime revisits the 1948 suspense novel The Chocolate Cobweb by Charlotte Armstrong.
- Bitter Tea and Mystery revisits the 1949 humorous crime novel Do Not Murder Before Christmas by Jack Iams.
- B.V. Lawson revisits the 1952 Charles Blessington mystery Ambush for Anatol by John Sherwood.
- Romell Brown, a US death row inmate who survived a botched execution attempt in 2009, has died of the corona virus aged 64.
- Jedidajah Otte reports that the execution of Lisa Montgomery, who murdered a pregnant woman and cut her baby out of her womb in 2004, has been rescheduled until after Joe Biden's inauguration.
- Maggie Milstein revisits the 1997 murder of Ennis Cosby in Los Angeles, California.
Free online fiction:
- "One Bad Spin" by April Snellings in Shotgun Honey.
- "Payback Is A Bitch" by Tom Barker in Mystery Tribune.
- "The Hustle" by J.B. Stevens in Mystery Tribune.
- "I Don't Want to Live with Monkeys" by K.A. Laity in Punk Noir Magazine.
- "Who Let The Dogs Out?" by Renato Bratkovič in Punk Noir Magazine.
- "Don't Be Cross, Mr. King, It's Christmas" by A.C.F. Wilson in Punk Noir Magazine.
- "Concourse, Of Course" by A.C.F. Wilson in Punk Noir Magazine.
- "Leadbetter's Last Letter" by Lincoln Jacques in Tough.
- "Everlasting High" by Neva Bryan in Tough.
- "Love and Death" by Jacqueline Seewald in Flash Bang Mysteries.
- "Last Day, 1966" by Diana Powell Lukoff in The Five-Two.
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