Crime Fiction Links of the Week for January 9, 2021
Crime fiction in general:
- Crime Reads shares ten new crime novels to read this January.
- Crime Reads shares ten new crime novels coming out this week.
- Lisa Levy shares five psychological thrillers to read this January.
- Paul French takes a look at crime fiction set in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
- Stacie Murphy shares ten historical crime novels that trace the history of New York City.
- Zach Vasquez shares nine crime novels which feature characters of colour passing as white.
- Crossexamining Crime shares a list of classic mysteries featuring cats.
- Laura Thompson celebrates the centennary of Hercule Poirot.
- Dwyer Murphy revisits a 1977 documentary about Ross Macdonald a.k.a. Kenneth Millar.
- Crossexamining Crime shares their appreciation for the works of the Australian mystery writer June Wright.
- Rachel Hawkins takes a look at the many retellings of Jane Eyre.
- Steele Curry shares a tribute to the late John Le Carré.
- Rachel Ayers talks about the magic of libraries.
- Olivia Rutigliano shares ten classic crime novels which have just entered the public domain.
- Urban fantasy writer and podcaster Anton Strout has died aged 50.
- Crime fiction, horror and western writer Guy N. Smith has died aged 81.
Best of 2020:
- Scott Montgomery shares his ten favourite crime novels of 2020.
- Steve Donaghue shares his favourite mysteries of 2020.
- Steve Donaghue shares his favourite thrillers of 2020.
- For Winter Nights shares their favourite crime novels and thrillers of 2020.
- Margie Bunting shares her favourite crime novels and others of 2020.
- The Killing Times shares their top twenty crime dramas of 2020 in a four part post.
A Look Ahead at 2021:
- Larry Gandle and George Easter look ahead at crime novels coming out in 2021.
- Jeff Popple looks ahead at crime novels coming out in 2021.
- Molly Odintz looks ahead at crime novels coming out in 2021.
- Paul Hirons looks ahead at the crime dramas coming out in 2021.
- Dead Good also looks ahead at crime series coming out in 2021.
Film and TV:
- Peter Bradshaw calls Deliver Us From Evil a frenzied hitman thriller from South Korea.
- Paul Levinson declares that the crime movie Rust Creek is neither rusty nor creeky.
- Peter Bradshaw calls Vanguard an amiable but silly action comedy.
- Scott Tobias declares that the much loathed gangster movie Only God Forgives actually isn't all that bad.
- Noel Murray calls The Dissident a nuanced documentary about murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
- Rebecca Nicholson shares her thoughts on the latest series of Death in Paradise.
- James Donaghy shares his thoughts on the first two episodes of the final season of the French crime drama Spiral.
- Paul Levinson shares his thoughts on the latest episode of Your Honor.
- Garrick Webster looks ahead at season 2 of the Swedish crime drama Rebecka Martinsson.
- Michael Sragow revisits the 1921 adventure movie The Mark of Zorro for its 100th anniversary and notes how much Zorro influenced the superhero genre.
- Sabina Stent revisits the 20016 neo-noir movie Hollywoodland.
- Paul Levinson shares his thoughts on the 2011 thriller Unknown.
- Keith Roysdon takes a look at the most unusual investigators in crime dramas of the 1960s and 1970s.
- The Columbophile remembers the Columbo co-stars (as well as producer William Link and voice actor Claus Biederstaedt) who died in 2020.
- Lanre Bakare reports that a record number of the highest grossing Hollywood films of 2020 were directed by women.
- Jazz musician and film composer Claude Bolling, who wrote the score for many gangster and horror movies, has died aged 90.
- British actress Barbara Shelley, best known for her appearances in various Hammer horror films as well as Doctor Who, The Saint and The Avengers, has died aged 88.
- American actress Tanya Roberts, best known for her appearances in A View to a Kill, Beastmaster, Sheena - Queen of the Jungle and Charlie's Angels, has died aged 65, a day after a premature death announcement was retracted.
Writing, publishing and promotion:
- David Rohlfing talks about writing his latest mystery novel Deliberate Duplicity.
- Edwin Hill talks about his writing process.
- Kate Elliott explains how she uses her bullet journal.
- Seanan McGuire explains how My Little Pony taught her how to write glittery and fluffy violence.
- Kristine Kathryn Rusch takes a look at the development of and prospects for audio books.
- Jim Milliot wonders whether attempts to make the publishing industry more diverse are showing signs of success.
- Rick Pullen interviews Lawrence Block.
- Alison Flood interviews Stuart MacBride.
- Nancie Clare interviews Nev March.
- Alan Petersen interviews Jon Land.
- Suspense Magazine interviews Rachelle Decker.
- Brad Shreve interviews Michelle Arnold.
- Craig Pittman interviews Carolina Garcia-Aguilera
- Marshal Zeringue interviews Monica Rodden.
- Deborah Kalb interviews Robert McCaw.
- The Guardian interviews William Gibson.
- Paul Burke interviews Brad Taylor.
- Ayo Onatade reviews The Last Thing to Burn by Will Dean.
- Lesa Holstine reviews Bloodline by Jess Lourey.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews City of Schemes by Victoria Thompson.
- Jeff Popple reviews Tell Me Lies by J.P. Pomare.
- Maureen Carlyle reviews Our Little Cruelties by Liz Nugent.
- Lesa Holstine reviews What Waits For You by Joseph Schneider.
- Suspense Magazine reviews The Boy from the Woods by Harlan Coben.
- Angie Barry reviews The Breaker by Nick Petrie.
- Lesa Holstine reviews Pickard County Atlas by Chris Harding Thornton.
- For Winter Nights reviews The Coffinmaker's Garden by Stuart MacBride.
- Vicki Weisfeld reviews Crocodile Tears by Mercedes Rosende, translated by Tim Gutteridge.
- Sandra Mangan reviews Blood Secret by Jaye Ford.
- Janet Webb reviews Wrong Alibi by Christina Dodd.
- Lesa Holstine reviews Fatal Divisions by Claire Booth.
- Sandra Mangan reviews When Darkness Falls by Emma Salisbury.
- Ayo Onatade reviews Slough House by Mick Herron.
- Angie Barry reviews The Push by Ashley Audrain.
- Ayo Onatade reviews Daughters of the Night by Laura Shepherd Robinson.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews Olive Bright, Pigeoneer by Stephanie Graves.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews To Fetch a Felon by Jennifer Hawkins.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews Fishing for Trouble by Elizabeth Logan and tries a recipe from the book.
- Suspense Magzine reviews From Beer to Eternity by Sherry Harris.
- Andrew Mather reviews The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton.
- Kat Hooper and Tadiana Jones review Catfishing on CatNet by Naomi Kritzer.
- Runalong the Shelves reviews Seven of Infinities by Aliette de Bodard.
- Crossexamining Crime reviews A Surprise For Christmas, edited by Martin Edwards.
- Vicki Weisfeld reviews Forgiving Stephen Redmond by A.J. Sidransky.
- Martin Edwards reviews Cover Me: The Vintage Art of Pan Books: 1950-1965 by Colin Larkin.
- David Masciotra revisits Ernest Hemingway's 1937 foray into crime fiction To Have and Have Not.
- Bitter Tea and Mystery revisits the 1946 Hercule Poirot mystery The Hollow by Agatha Christie.
- Crossexamining Crime revisits the 1951 mystery Nipped in the Bud by Stuart Palmer.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1955 crime novel A Touch of Death by Charles Williams.
- Crossexamining Crime revisits the 1956 Chief Inspector Littlejohn mystery Death Drops the Pilot by George Bellairs.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1961 spy novel Brute Madness by Ledru Baker Jr.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1968 war novel South Pacific Fury by James Macdonnell.
- Joe Kenney revisits the 1972 crime novel The Dynamite Freaks by Donald Ryan.
- Joe Kenney revisits operation Steelfish, a 1972 novel in The Aquanauts men's adventure series by Ken Stanton a.k.a. Manning Lee Stokes.
- Martin Edwards revisits the 1995 crime fiction collection Betrayals by Charles Palliser.
- Kim Green shares the best books, blogs and podcasts about and by real private investigators.
- Michael Cannell tells the story of Depression era gangster Irving "Gangi" Cohen, who escaped the mob and found a new career as a bit part actor in Hollywood.
- Tori Telfer takes a look at Mexican serial killer Juana Barraza.
- Dean Jobb remembers the 19th century Canadian thief, burglar, con man and escape artist Henry More Smith.
- Olivia Rutigliano reports how a feud between the actors Charles Macready and Edwin Forrest led to a massive riot in New York City in 1849 that left more than twenty people dead.
Free online fiction:
- "Rotten Little Town: A Oral History (Abridged)" by Adam-Troy Castro in Nightmare Magazine.
- "Uh-Oh, Love Comes to Town" by Jeff Esterholm in Beat to a Pulp.
- "Two in the Streets" by Bobby Mathews in Shotgun Honey.
- "Ground Beef" by Amanda Silverman Kosior in Shotgun Honey.
- "Philippine Farewell" by Devin Misko in Shotgun Honey.
- "The Myth of the Centaur" by E.A. Aymar in Tough.
- "The Roman Heir" by Zara Altair in Mysteryrat's Maze Podcast.
- "Manic" by Marc McConville in Punk Noir Magazine.
- "The Company I Keep" by Judge Santiago Burdon in Punk Noir Magazine.
- "Sob Sisters" by Kris Nelscott.
- "Driving Past the Olivier House" by Frederick Shiels in The Five-Two.
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