Crime Fiction Links of the Week for January 16, 2021
Crime fiction in general:
- Crime Reads shares ten new crime novels coming out this week.
- Crime Reads shares the best new crime novels available in paperback this January.
- Lisa Levy hosts a roundtable about the state of crime fiction in California in two parts.
- Crossexamining Crime asks several mystery writers about the legacy of golden age crime fiction.
- Christopher Fowler explains why humour is an integral part of crime fiction.
- Amy Stewart points out that all epistolary novels are mysteries.
- Emma Rous shares the ten best dinner parties in modern crime fiction.
- Victoria Gosling points out that diamonds often are the ultimate Macguffin in crime fiction.
- Sulari Gentill talks about the most unbreakable rule of crime fiction, that you can't kill the dog.
- Una Mannion talks about crime novels featuring children who are left to raise themselves.
- Frederick Weisel takes a look at crime fiction writers, characters and actors who suffered from dementia.
- Tim Glister talks about the challenges of writing crime fiction set in the 1960s.
- Nick Petrie shares nine great science fiction thrillers.
- Jeff Noon explains how he came from writing science fiction to writing crime fiction.
- Val McDermid talks about her literary influences.
- Joanne Hichens talks about growing up in apartheid South Africa and shares her experiences with white supremacy.
- Carmen Maria Machado talks about the twisted brilliance of Patricia Highsmith for her 100th birthday.
- Mark Brown wonders why Mills & Boon romance novels are so popular and interviews some of their authors.
- Kristie Lim reports that a rare second edition of the classic gothic novel The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe has been discovered in a library in Perth, Australia.
- Christi Carras reports that Stacey Abrams, US political activist and romantic suspense writer, will publish a new thriller in May.
- Urban crime fiction author Eric Jerome Dickey has died aged 59.
- Crime fiction writer John Lutz has died aged 81.
- J. Kingston Pierce remembers John Lutz.
Best of 2020:
- Crime by the Book shares their favourite crime novels of 2020.
- Raven Crime Reads shares their favourite crime novels of 2020.
- Joy Kluver shares her ten favourite crime novels of 2020.
- Glen Davis shares his favourite crime novels of 2020.
- Olivia Rutigliano shares the fifteen best crime and mystery TV series of 2020.
A Look Ahead at 2021:
Film and TV:
- Gavia Baker-Whitelaw calls Lupin France's answer to Sherlock.
- Leslie Felperin finds the heist thriller The Doorman quite silly, but was impressed by Ruby Rose's performance.
- Ellen E. Jones declares that the drug-smuggling thriller Imperial Blue is remarkably eurocentric in spite of being set in Uganda.
- Ellen E. Jones calls Recon a flat adaptation of a celebrated war novel.
- Peter Bradshaw calls The Mauretanian a Guantanamo drama that provides few answers.
- Leslie Felperin calls Daniel a terrifying true tale about an ISIS captive.
- James Donaghy shares his thoughts about the latest episodes of the French crime drama Spiral.
- Paul Levinson shares his thoughts on the latest episode of Your Honor.
- Sarah Hughes wonders why the programming of the UK TV channel ITV is so heavy on crime dramas.
- Sandra Mangan looks ahead at two new documentaries about Agatha Christie.
- Martin Edwards compares filmic depictions of Dorothy Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey.
- Kimberley Truhler takes a look at the iconic outfits worn by Gene Tierney in the 1944 noir thriller Laura.
- Charles Bramesco revisits the 2007 thriller I Know Who Killed Me and points out that it is not a bad movie.
- George Bass interviews Franka Potente and Moritz Bleibtreu, the stars of the 1998 alternate reality crime movie Run, Lola, Run.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger has a message for Donald Trump and all Americans and brandishes Conan's sword to reinforce it.
- Actor Macaulay Culkin has joined calls to digitally remove Donald Trump's cameo from Home Alone 2.
- Steven Morris reports that the Paignton Picture House, a historical cinema in Paignton, Devon, UK, which once was patronised by Agatha Christie, will be restored to its former glory.
- Country singer and actor Ed Bruce, who's best known for his role on Maverick, has died aged 81.
- Horror and action movie actress Julie Strain has died aged 58.
Comments on series 10 of Death in Paradise:
Comments on The Pembrokeshire Murders:
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Comments on The Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer:
- Adrian Horton calls The Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer a distrubing true crime series.
- Stuart Jeffries declares that The Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer offers a peek into the abyss.
- Katie Rife declares that The Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer is really about family.
Comments on Outside the Wire:
Writing, publishing and promotion:
- Andrea Hull declares that the new year is the perfect time to start writing.
- Beverley D'Silva explains why being creative is good for you.
- Sarah Gailey launches the Building Beyond project.
- David C. Smith explains why he writes.
- P.J. Tracy explains why people watching is a useful activity for writers.
- Lee Goldberg talks about the thrills of researching your fiction.
- The Emperor's Notepad shares some tips for writing dense description.
- Carlyn Robertson offers a look at BookBub's best performing ads.of 2020.
- Alison Flood reports that independent bookshops in the UK report the highest numbers since 2013, in spite of the pandemic.
- Mike Glyer shares an update about the status of Uncle Hugo's and Uncle Edgar's, the science fiction and mystery specialty bookshops burned down during the riots in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
- Mina Blyly-Strauss, daughter of Uncle Hugo's and Uncle Edgar's owner
Don Blyly, has started the Uncles Stories project to collect stories
from customers, authors and staff about the two beloved bookstores.
- Jennifer Karr shares her thoughts on Little Free Libraries.
- Lee Child and Paraic O'Donnell interview each other.
- Nancie Clare interviews Lee Goldberg.
- Suspense Magazine interviews John Connolly.
- Charlotte Higgins interviews Mick Herron.
- John Hoda interviews Andy Maslen.
- Marshal Zeringue interviews Monica Rodden.
- Marshal Zeringue interviews Molly MacRae.
- E.B. Davis interviews Jane Willan.
- John Wisniewski interviews Indy Perro.
- Crime Spree Magazine interviews Nick Mamatas.
- Joy Kluver reviews The Last Thing to Burn by Will Dean.
- Allison Brennan reviews Deep Into the Dark by P.J. Tracy.
- Lesa Holstine reviews Deep Into the Dark by P.J. Tracy.
- Vicki Weisfeld reviews Waiting for the Night Song by Julie Carrick Dalton.
- Crime by the Book reviews Bloodline by Jess Lourey.
- No More Grumpy Bookseller reviews Unspeakable Things by Jess Lourey.
- Sandra Mangan review Trust by Chris Hammer.
- Catherine Turnbull reviews The Captive by Deborah O'Connor.
- Raven Crime Reads reviews Black Irish Blues by Andrew Cotto.
- Crime by the Book reviews The Butterfly House by Katrine Engberg.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews The Butterfly House by Katrine Engberg.
- No More Grumpy Bookseller reviews The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins.
- No More Grumpy Bookseller reviews The Perfect Guests by Emma Rous.
- For Winter Nights reviews Shiver by Allie Reynolds.
- Sandra Mangan reviews Take Me Apart by Sara Sligar.
- Raven Crime Reads reviews Without a Trace by Mari Hannah.
- Lesa Holstine reviews A Deadly Edition by Victoria Gilbert.
- Lesa Holstine reviews A Curious Incident by Vicki Delany.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews Bait and Witch by Angela M. Sanders.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews A Catered Book Club Murder by Isis Crawford and tries a recipe from the book.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews Robert B. Parker's Someone to Watch Over Me by Ace Atkins.
- James Reasoner revisits the 1927 horror thriller Seven Footprints to Satan by A. Merritt.
- Martin Edwards revisits the 1934 Sir Henry Merrivale mystery The Plague Court Murders by Carter Dickson a.k.a. John Dickson Carr.
- Crossexamining Crime revisits the 1945 suspense novel The Red Right Hand by Joel Townsley Rogers.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1945 horror thriller novella "Bones Will Tell" by Bruno Fisher.
- Lesa Holstine revisits the 1950 Miss Marple mystery A Murder Is Announced by Agatha Christie.
- Crossexamining Crime revisits the 1957 Jane and Dagobert Brown mystery She Wouldn't Say Who by Delano Ames.
- Paperback Warrior revisits Nympho Lodge, a 1959 Tokey Wedge detective novel by Jack Lynn a.k.a. Max Van DerVeer.
- B.V. Lawson revisits the 1966 suspense novel I Start Counting by Audrey Erskine Lindop.
- Howling Frog Books revisits the 1966 science fiction detective novel Watchers of the Dark by Lloyd Biggle Jr.
- Joe Kenney revisits The Glass Cipher, a 1967 novel in The Adjusters spy fiction series by Peter Winston.
- Izzy Reads revisits the 1968 science fiction noir novel Do Androids Dream of Electronic Sheep? by Philip K. Dick.
- Paperback Warrior revisits Hunting Lure, a 1989 novel in the Decoy police thriller series by Stephen Robertson a.k.a. Robert W. Walker.
Con and event reports:
- Katherine Cowdrey reports that Publishers Weekly is launching the virtual US Book Show, a new book fair to replace the permanently cancelled Book Expo America.
- Molly Odintz reports that the house in Falls River, Massachussets, where Lizzie Borden may or may not have murdered her father and stepmother, now a museum, is for sale.
- Jessica Lussenhop reports about the case of mentally ill abuse victim Lisa Montgomery who murdered a pregnant woman to cut the baby out of her womb and was executed by Donald Trump during his last few days in office.
- Tori Telfer also discusses the sad life, the crime and death of Lisa Montgomery.
- Ben Machell reports about Stephen Jackley, bank robber and modern day Robin Hood.
- Olivia Rutigliano talks about the 1911 theft of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre.
Free online fiction:
- "The Noble Bachelor" by Terence Faherty in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine.
- "The World's Champion Ball-Bouncer" by Patricia Highsmith in The Guardian.
- "Denied" by Karen Harrington in Shotgun Honey.
- "In the Frame" by Linda McMullen in Shotgun Honey.
- "A Long Night" by John Wolf in Tough.
- "The Graveyard Shift" by Matthew Wilson in Mystery Tribune.
- "Left Unspoken" by Nicholas Tomsko in Mystery Tribune.
- "Mask Rebels" by Robert Petyo in Flash Bang Mysteries.
- "Free Delivery" by Max Thrax in The Five-Two.
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