Crime Fiction Links of the Week for February 13, 2021
Crime fiction in general:
- Sarah Weinman shares the best recent crime novels and thrillers.
- Crime Reads shares ten new crime books coming out this week.
- Lisa Levy shares five psychological thrillers to read this February.
- Marc Chacksfield shares his thirty favourite literary detectives of all time.
- Paul French talks about crime fiction set in Malta.
- Suzanne Redfearn shares six novel about women on the run.
- Thriller author Bryan Reardon reports how his neighbours thought they recognised themselves in his novels.
- Ben McPherson recounts how the 2011 terror attack on the island of Utøya, Norway, influenced his writing.
- Allison Epstein discusses how many famous writers were also criminals.
- Sylvain Neuvel talks about ambiguous characters and downright villains.
- Katie Lowe talks about the rise of the digital gothic.
- Rick Pullen profiles Walter Mosley.
- Valerie Stivers cook a Sicilian meal inspired by Andrea Camillieri's Inspector Montalbano novels.
- Steve Powell takes a look at the music that inspired James Ellroy.
- Deuce Richardson shares his appreciation for the works of cover artist Robert McGinnis.
- George Easter shares some great vintage "girl with gun" covers.
- Francis M. Nevins remembers the late John Lutz.
Film and TV:
- Dwyer Murphy shares the best international crime dramas and thrillers to watch.
- Olivia Rutigliano shares her favourite movies and TV shows about cool women solving mysteries.
- Zach Vasquez shares ten crime movies about destructive romances.
- Karen Han calls Lupin an early frontrunner as one of the best new shows of 2021.
- Rebecca Nicholson calls Deliver Us a pleasantly twisty Danish noir drama.
- Lucy Mangan calls ZeroZeroZero a bleak drug trafficking drama.
- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky declares that The Mauritanian transforms a memoir about unlawful detention into just another shouty courtroom drama.
- Phil Hoad calls Broil a stylish but overstuffed fantasy thriller.
- Rebecca Nicholson calls The Investigation a new kind of true crime drama.
- Brigid Delaney calls the documentary The Witch of King's Cross a portrait of a fascinating woman.
- Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya shares her thoughts on the latest episode of Snowpiercer.
- Paul Levinson shares his thoughts on the latest episode of Your Honor.
- Garrick Webster looks ahead at the Finnish crime drama Man in Room 301.
- David Walsh revisits the 1941 noir classic The Maltese Falcon.
- Dan Sheehan revisits the 1981 erotic thriller Body Heat.
- Milan Terlunnen revisits the 1985 mystery movie Clue.
- Olivia Rutigliano revisits the 1985 romantic mystery TV series Moonlighting.
- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky revisits the 1992 crime film Deep Cover.
- Martin Edwards revisits the 2001 crime drama Mind Games.
- Jenny Colgan and her kids revisits the 2007 TV show Lost.
- Lou Armagno celebrates the 92nd birthday of actor James Hong, who played Charlie Chan's No. 1 son among many others.
- Steve Vertlieb celebrates the 89th birthday of legendary film composer John Williams.
- Stuart Heritage remarks that since most movies come out on streaming services these days due to the pandemic, B-movies suddenly compete on the same playing field as A-list features.
- Scott Roxborough reports about the coming out of 185 German actors as LGBTQ.
- Ryan Schwartz reports that the cop sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine will end after season 8.
- Matt Webb Mitovich reports that NCIS killed off yet another female character to make a point that covid can be deadly.
- Actor Mike Henry, who appeared in Tarzan, Smokey and the Bandit and Soylent Green among others, has died aged 84.
- Producer and screenwriter Cy Chermak who worked on CHiPs, Ironside, Kolchak: The Night Stalker and Star Trek: The Next Generation among many others, has died aged 91.
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- Sisters in Crime has launched the Pride Award for Emerging LGBTQIA+ Crime Writers and applications are open now.
- The 2021 McIlvanney Prize is open for submissions.
- The nominations for the 26th Annual Critics' Choice Awards have been announced with some love for crime movies.
- The nominations for the 2020 International Film Music Critics Association Awards have been announced with some love for genre film and TV.
Writing, publishing and promotion:
- Lou J. Berger shares some writing advice.
- Kellie Doherty explains how to write flash fiction.
- Rebecca Sacks explains how she keeps track of her large cast of characters with index cards, string and clothes pins.
- Tiffany Yates Martin talks about point of view.
- Kristine Kathryn Rusch declares that writers should write about what moves them, including difficult topics.
- Kameron Hurley shares how to survive a decade in publishing.
- Katie Grant reports that dozens of new independent book shops opened in the UK during the pandemic.
- Alan Petersen interviews Walter Mosley.
- Publishers Weekly interviews Max Allan Collins.
- Suspense Magazine interviews Victoria Thompson.
- Robert Justice interviews E.A. Aymar a.k.a. E.A. Barres.
- Shayne Whaley interviews Mick Herron.
- Mystery Tribune interviews Paul Vidich.
- Oyinkan Braithwaite interviews Femi Kayode.
- Debbi Mack interviews James H. Roby.
- Nancie Clare interviews Daniel Pyne.
- Queer Writers of Crime interview Edwin Hill.
- Garrick Webster interviews Eloísa Díaz.
- Marshal Zeringue interviews Jeri Westerson.
- Marshal Zeringue interviews Carol Wyer.
- Lesa Holstine reviews A Simple Murder by Linda Castillo.
- Kirkus reviews Blood Grove by Walter Mosley.
- Publishers Weekly reviews A Stranger in Town by Kelley Armstrong.
- Adam Colclough reviews Breakout by Paul Herron.
- Crime by the Book reviews The Burning Girls by C.J. Tudor.
- Crime by the Book reviews Shiver by Allie Reynolds.
- Runalong the Shelves reviews The Last Snow by Stina Jackson.
- Murder by the Book reviews The Survivors by Jane Harper.
- Ray Palen reviews The Unwilling by John Hart.
- Ray Palen reviews Surrender the Dead by John Burley.
- Mike Parker reviews Slough House by Mick Herron.
- For Winter Nights reviews Savage Road by Chris Hauty.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews The Low Desert by Tod Goldberg.
- Ray Palen reviews The Paradise Affair by Bill Pronzini.
- Book Reviews & More by Kathy reviews Never Far Away by Michael Koryta.
- Mike Parker reviews The Foreign Girls by Sergio Olguín, translated by Miranda France.
- Jim Motavalli reviews Girl A by Abigail Dean.
- Alan Cranis reviews A Certain Man's Daughter by Timothy J. Lockhart.
- John Valeri reviews The Shadow Box by Luanne Rice.
- Book Reviews & More by Kathy reviews The Power Couple by Alex Berenson.
- No More Grumpy Bookseller reviews Danger by Robin Nye.
- Sonja van der Westhuizen reviews Sleep Well, My Lady by Kwei Quartey.
- BOLO Books reviews Murder My Past by Delia C. Pitts.
- Sandra Mangan reviews The Art of Death by David Fennell.
- No More Grumpy Bookseller reviews Death Deserved by Jørn Lier Horst and Thomas Enger
- Shelf Awareness reviews Before the Ruins by Victoria Gosling.
- No More Grumpy Bookseller reviews The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse.
- Gwen Moffat reviews The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward.
- Ray Palen reviews Spin by Patricia Cornwell.
- Crossexamining Crime reviews The Mystery of Henri Pick by David Foenkinos, translated by Sam Taylor.
- Martin Edwards reviews The Darkest Evening by Ann Cleeves.
- Rebecca Nesvet reviews A Glimmer of Death by Valerie Wilson Wesley.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews Killer Content by Olivia Blacke.
- Lesa Holstine reviews A Tourist's Guide to Murder by V.M. Burns.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews Crime of the Ancient Marinara by Stephanie Cole and tries a recipe from the book.
- Melissa Buehner reviews The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton.
- Lauren Elkin reviews Consent by Vanessa Springora.
- Benjamin Welton reviews American Serial Killers: The Epidemic Years 1950 - 2000 by Peter Vronsky.
- Crossexamining Crime reviews Agatha Christie’s Poirot: The Greatest Detective in the World by Mark Aldridge.
- Alistair Duncan reviews The Curious Book of Sherlock Holmes Characters by Mike Foy.
- Robert Weibezahl revisits the 1932 crime novel The Conjure Man Dies by Rudolph Fisher, the first known crime novel written by an African American writer.
- Martin Edwards revisits the 1932 mystery Sudden Death by Freeman Wills Crofts.
- Crossexamining Crime revisits the 1935 mystery The Red Widow Murders by Carter Dickson a.k.a. John Dickson Carr.
- L.J. Hurst revisits the 1943 WWII mystery Murder's a Swine a.k.a. The Grinning Pig by Nap Lombard a.k.a. Pamela Hansford Johnson and Neil Stewart.
- K.A. Laity revisits the 1950 noir novel The Candy Kid by Dorothy B. Hughes.
- Lesa Holstine revisits the 1952 police procedural Last Seen Wearing by Hillary Waugh.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1953 crime novel Warrant for a Wanton by Michael Gillian a.k.a. Leslie John Edgley.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1954 noir novel The Big Kiss-Off by Day Keene a.k.a. Gunnar Hjerstedt.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1955 crime novel They All Ran Away by Edward S. Aarons.
- Joe Kenney revisits San Diego Siege, a 1972 novel in The Executioner men's adventure series by Don Pendleton.
- B.V. Lawson revisits the 1975 mystery Let's Talk of Graves, of Worms and Epitaphs by Robert Player a.k.a. Robert Furneaux Jordan.
- Bitter Tea and Mystery revisits the 1994 historical mystery Murder in the Place of Anubis by Lynda S. Robinson.
- Nick Kolakowski revisits the 1999 thriller Hannibal by Thomas Harris and wonders whether the controversial ending wasn't a secret masterpiece.
Con and event reports:
- Patricia Pearson talks about serial killers in the healthcare industry and why they are so rarely caught.
- Peter Vronsky explains how the Great Depression and WWII gave birth to the modern serial killer.
- Donis Casey talks about organised crime in Hollywood in the 1920s to 1950s and beyond.
- Emilya Naymark talks about the brutality and absurdity of the Russian mafia.
- Sonia Faleiro reports about an epidemic of children going missing in Uttar Pradesh, India.
- Jack Morse reports that data from a smartphone health tracker app was used as evidence in a murder trial in Alabama.
- Susanna Calkins discusses how cryptography was used to encode everyday communications in 17th century London.
- C.J. Tudor reports about the burnings of Protestants at the stake in Sussex during the reign of Mary I a.k.a. Bloody Mary.
Free online fiction:
- "Fission" by Timothy Owen Davis in Shotgun Honey.
- "Remittences" by Pamela Ebel in Shotgun Honey.
- "Beneath the Black Water" by John Rector in Tough.
- "Judge Dee and the Three Deaths of Count Werdenfels" by Lavie Tidhar in Tor.com.
- "The Man Who Drowned in Champagne" by Edward D. Hoch in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine Fiction Podcast.
- "Pretty Deadly" by Albert Kanach in Mystery Tribune
- "For the Russians" by J.B. Stevens in Mystery Tribune.
- "Hands" by Jess Chua in Mystery Tribune.
- "Sparkles" by Mark McConville in Punk Noir Magazine.
- "Suicide with a Gun" by Dan Holt in Punk Noir Magazine.
- "Teen Turf War" by Scott Cumming in Punk Noir Magazine.
- "Anything Goes" by Tom Barlow in The Five-Two.
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