Crime Fiction Links of the Week for January 30, 2021
Crime fiction in general:
- Crime Reads shares ten new crime novels coming out this week.
- Crime Reads shares the best reviewed crime novels of January.
- Crime Reads shares ten debut crime novels to read this January.
- Molly Odintz shares ten international crime novels to read this January.
- Elizabeth Wilkerson shares upcoming releases by crime writers of colour.
- Jochem Vandersteen shares his favourite private eye novels of 2020.
- Robert Lopresti shares his favourite crime stories of 2020.
- Crossexamining Crime shares their ten favourite new to them crime fiction authors they read in 2020.
- Kate Lansing shares cozy mysteries that younger readers will enjoy.
- Charlie Tyson wonders who killed nordic noir.
- Paul French takes a look at Polish crime fiction.
- Book Riot shares the fifteen best feminist mystery novels.
- Vernieda Vergara shares ten books about female assassins.
- Aya de León explains how she came to write spy fiction.
- Zoje Stage explains how difficult it is to write a thriller that depends on people being isolated in a world where everybody is connected all of the time.
- Joanna Schaffhausen explains how crime fiction reveals the nature of sociopaths.
- Eliza Jane Brazier shares ten novels that explore the true crime obsession.
- Julie Clarke remembers how she co-wrote the true crime book On the Trail of the Serpent.
- Noah Berlatsky muses about Daphne Du Maurier, Alfred Hitchcock and The Birds.
- Olivia Sudjic wonders how social media and the internet will change the novel.
- Paul Weimer explains how he got banned from Twitter as part of a troll attack.
- Alison Flood reports that Nora Roberts has spoken out against attacks on actress Alyssa Milano, after Milano has been cast in a TV adaptation of Nora Roberts' romantic suspense novel Brazen Virtue.
- Aaron Keller reports that one of the would-be insurrectionists who stormed the Capitol tries to cite Lord of the Rings as an argument in his defence.
- J. Oliver Conroy reviews the weirdest erotica of the Trump era.
- Historical fiction and mystery writer Sharon Kay Penman has died aged 75.
- Janet Rudolph remembers Sharon Kay Penman.
Film and TV:
- Rebecca Nicholson declares that the latest instalment of the British TV thriller Marcella does not shock as it used to.
- Dorian Lynskey declares that The Serpent is much more than just a serial killer thriller.
- Stephanie Zacharek calls The White Tiger a complex crime drama.
- Ellen E. Jones calls the Turkish caper movie 50M² macho fun.
- Alex McLevy finds that the Chinese disaster film Skyfire scratches his itch for big dumb action movies.
- Peter Bradshaw calls Assassins a gripping documentary about the killing of Kim Jong-nam.
- Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya shares her thoughts on the season 2 premiere of Snowpiercer.
- Roxana Hadadi shares her thoughts on the latest episode of Walker.
- Alasdair Stuart shares his thoughts on the latest episode of Batwoman.
- Garrick Webster looks aheads at the Danish crime drama Deliver Us.
- Michael Hogan shares his favourite corrupt cops on TV.
- Iman Amrani interviews Omar Sy, star of Lupin.
- Thomas H. Carry takes a look at crime films where characters face existential dilemmas.
- Gavia Baker-Whitelaw takes a look at the costume designs of the serial killer drama Hannibal.
- Mike D'Angelo revisits Fritz Lang's 1931 serial killer thriller M.
- Martin Edwards revisits the 1950 noir movie Quicksand.
- Craig D. Lindsey revisits the 1968 serial killer thriller The Boston Strangler.
- Jesse Hassenger revisits the 1989 serial killer thriller The January Man.
- A.A. Dowd revisits the 2003 Korean crime drama Memories of Murder.
- Andrew Pulver explains how sex scenes in film and TV and the way they're handled are changing.
- Ben Child hopes that we will eventually see Charlie Cox as Daredevil in the Marvel cinematic universe.
- Sandra Mangan reports that Netflix is planning to adapt Michael Connelly's The Lincoln Lawyer as a crime series.
- Actor Gregory Sierra, best known for his role in Barney Miller as well as for his guest roles in many TV crime dramas of the 1960s and 1970s, had died aged 83.
- Actress Chloris Leachman, star of Kiss Med Deadly, Crazy Mama, Dillinger and many others, has died aged 95.
- Pioneering black actress Cicely Tyson has died aged 96.
- Bill Koenig remembers Cicely Tyson's appearances in several spy series in the 1960s.
- Actor Bruce Kirby, who appeared in Columbo among many others, has died aged 95.
Comments on Big Sky:
Comments on The Little Things:
Comments on Palmer:
Comments on the latest delay of the James Bond film No Time to Die:
- Rebecca Rubin reports that the release date for the upcoming James Bond film No Time To Die has been delayed yet again.
- Bill Koenig reports about the renewed delay of the James Bond movie No Time to Die.
- Gavia Baker-Whitelaw also reports about the renewed delays of several movies.
- Peter Bradshaw finds something hopeful about the renewed delay of the upcoming James Bond film.
Comments on Spiral:
Writing, publishing and promotion:
- Derek B. Miller talks about the slow burn of inspiration.
- K.T. Howard shares some writing exercises.
- Kate Weinberg shares a piece of writing advice she received from the late John Le Carré.
- Milan Terlunen talks about the art of the plot twist.
- S.M. Carriére talks about virtual writing group meetings and how they helped her during the pandemic.
- Clea Simon explains how her cat Thisbe helps her with her writing.
- Joanna Penn is running a survey on author income streams.
- Christian Hoffer reports that Dragonlance writers Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman have withdrawn their lawsuit against Wizards of the Coast.
- Meghan Roos reports that a literary agent was fired after it revealed that she was active on Gab and Parler.
- Alison Flood reports that book sales have risen in spite of the pandemic.
- Kristine Kathryn Rusch explains how the e-book market developed during the pandemic.
- Alison Flood interviews Abigail Dean.
- Rick Pullen interviews Randy Wayne White.
- Crime by the Book interviews Alice Feeney.
- Marshal Zeringue interviews Allie Reynolds.
- Nancie Clare interviews Cecilia Ekbäck.
- Debbi Mack interviews Cathi Stoler.
- Alan Petersen interviews David Rohlfing.
- Queer Writers of Crime interviews Timothy Jay Smith.
- Criminal Element interviews Scott Brick.
- Crime Reads interviews David Brawn.
- Sandra Mangan reviews The Burning Girls by C.J. Tudor.
- Sara Townsend reviews The Last Resort by Susi Holliday.
- Ayo Onatade reviews The Lightseekers by Femi Kayode.
- Crime by the Book reviews If I Disappear by Eliza Jane Brazier.
- No More Grumpy Bookseller reviews If I Disappear by Eliza Jane Brazier.
- BOLO Books reviews The Survivors by Jane Harper.
- Blue Book Balloon reviews The Survivors by Jane Harper.
- Raven Crime Reads reviews Crocodile Tears by Mercedes Rosende, translated by Tim Gutteridge.
- Lesa Holstine reviews Cruel As the Grave by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles.
- Barbara Saffer reviews Every Waking Hour by Joanna Schaffhausen.
- Publishers Weekly reviews Prodigal Son by Gregg Hurwitz.
- Toni V. Sweeney reviews Knock Knock by Anders Roslund.
- Gumshoe Reviews reviews Stranger at the Door by Jason Pinter.
- Ray Palen reviews Death of a Messenger by Robert McCaw.
- Craig Sisterson reviews Exit by Belinda Bauer.
- Publishers Weekly reviews The Art of Dying by David Cavignano.
- His Futile Preoccupations reviews People Like Her by Ellery Lloyd.
- For Winter Nights reviews Thirteen Storeys by Jonathan Sims.
- Garrick Webster reviews The Convent by Sarah Sheridan.
- Gary K. Wolfe reviews The Big Blind by Lavie Tidhar.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews The Hare by Melanie Finn.
- Angie Barry reviews Hadley and Grace by Suzanne Redfearn.
- For Winter Nights reviews A Prince and a Spy by Rory Clements.
- Stephen Thornley reviews Red Corona by Tim Glister.
- Michael Thomas Barry reviews Before the Ruins by Victoria Gosling.
- Whiskey With My Book reviews The Vanishing at Loxby Manor by Abigail Wilson.
- Books, Bones and Buffy reviews In the Graden of Spite by Camilla Bruce.
- Judith Reveal reviews Portrait of Peril by Laura Joh Rowland.
- Lesa Holstine reviews A Will to Kill by R.V. Raman.
- Gail Byrd reviews The Postscript Murders by Elly Griffith.
- Carol Westron reviews A Mirror Muirder by Helen Hollick.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews Irish Parade Murder by Leslie Meier.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews A Room with a Roux by Sarah Fox and tries a recipe from the book.
- Richard Marpole reviews The Angel of the Crows by Katherine Addison.
- Kathy Reichs reviews Blood, Powder and Residue: How Crime Labs Translate Evidence Into Proof by Beth A. Bechky.
- Crossexamining Crime revisits the 1926 mystery novel The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie.
- Martin Edwards revisits the 1930 mystery Murder at the Pageant by Victor L. Whitechurch.
- Crossexamining Crime revisits the 1934 mystery Death at the Broadcasting House by Val Gielgud and Holt Marvell a.k.a. Eric Maschwitz.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1948 nautical adventure novel Maddon's Rock a.k.a. Gale Warning by Ralph Hammond Innes.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1949 crime novella "Married to Murder" by Norman Daniels a.k.a. Norman Arthur Danberg.
- Alan Cranis revisits the 1953 crime novel Dead Man's Tide, the 1954 crime novel The Big Kiss Off and the 1955 crime novel The Dangling Carrot by Day Keene a.k.a. Gunnar Hjerstedt.
- Paperback Warrior revisits Overkill, a 1964 novel in the Man from A.P.E. spy fiction series by Norman Daniels a.k.a. Norman Danberg.
- B.V. Lawson revisits the 1968 mystery The House at Balnesmoor a.k.a. A Few Small Bones by Hugh C. Rae.
- Bitter Tea and Mystery revisits the 1999 police procedural Under the Midnight Sun by Keigo Higashino, translated by Alexander O. Smith and Joseph Reeder.
Con and event reports:
- Chad Reimer revisits an 1893 murder case in British Columbia, Canada, and explains what it tells us about frontier justice and the changes it was undergoing.
- Tori Telfer profiles Marie Dean Arrington, a motel robber who escaped from death row in Florida in 1956.
- Curtis Evans reports about George Emanuel, a hitchhiker who murdered a man for a loot of only one cent in Nevada in 1940.
- Paul Vidich writes about learning decades later that his father was a spy.
- Charlotte Bismuth recalls how a whistleblower helped to launch a landmark case against the opoid epidemic.
- Remco van Straten and Angeline B. Adams recount the history of the Oera Linda book, an 1870s forgery of a supposedly early Frisian manuscript.
Free online fiction:
- "Midsomer Murders: Series Finale" by Stuart H. Kenny in Mystery Tribune.
- "Spider" by Adrienne Unger in Mystery Tribune.
- "No Such Thing" by Stanton McCaffery in Mystery Tribune.
- "All Clear" by Sean Patrick Tuohy in Mystery Tribune.
- "Phobia of Knives" by Robert Ragan in Punk Noir Magazine.
- "Venus Envy" by Judge Santiago Burdon in Punk Noir Magazine.
- "The Word Thief" by A.C.F. Wilson in Punk Noir Magazine.
- "The Smartest Guy in the Room" by Albert Tucher in Shotgun Honey.
- "Taserman" by Robert Cooperman in The Five-Two.
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