Crime Fiction Links of the Week for April 10, 2021
Crime fiction in general:
- Crime Reads shares ten new crime novels, mysteries and thrillers coming out this week.
- Lisa Levy shares five psychological thrillers to read this month.
- Paul French talks about crime fiction set in Brisbane, Australia.
- Jeffrey Siger shares nine international crime novels that let you travel without leaving your home.
- Erik Hoel finds some surprising parallels between murder mysteries and science.
- Adele Parks talks about unlikeable but great protagonists in thrillers.
- Kelly Heard talks about the psychological background of her thriller The Silent Girl.
- Michael R. Brown talks about women in the pulps, whether as editors, artists, writers or characters.
- William Lampkin talks about the death of the pulps in 1949.
- Alison Flood reports about a The Golden Treasure of the Entente Cordiale by Michael Becker, a puzzle book which contains clues to finding a real historical treasure.
Film and TV:
- Olivia Rutigliano ranks the 100 best, worst and strangest filmic portrayals of Sherlock Holmes.
- Lucy Mangan calls Intruder a thriller that quickly turns into farce.
- Phil Hoad calls Red Carpet a modern slavery and escape story that loses itself in grim detail.
- Peter Bradshaw calls A Common Crime a haunting political thriller with ghosts.
- Sarah Hughes shares her thoughts on the latest episode of Line of Duty.
- Danette Chavez shares her thoughts on Gangs of London.
- Paul Levinson shares his thoughts on Defending Jacob.
- Gwen Ihnat shares her thoughts on the series premiere of Rebel.
- Alex McLevy shares his thoughts on the latest episode of Clarice.
- Scott von Doviak shares his thoughts on the latest episode of City on a Hill.
- Lucy Mangan calls Queen Elizabeth and the Spy in the Palace a rather blunt documentary.
- Garrick Webster looks ahead at the Italian crime drama The Hunter.
- Danette Chavez interviews Edward James Olmos, star of Blade Runner, Miami Vice and the new Battlestar Galactica.
- Frederick Weisel interviews Ian Pearce, location manager for the UK crime dramas Lewis and Foyle's War.
- Susan Bordo explains how The Sopranos presented a new image of masculinity.
- Martin Edwards revisits the 1942 noir movie Street of Chance.
- Peter Bradshaw revisits the 1961 noir film The Frightened City.
- Scott Tobias revisits the 1981 heist thriller Thief, Michael Mann's debut movie, for its 40th anniversary.
- Tom Breihan revisits the 2008 Batman movie The Dark Knight.
- Chris Edwards revisits the 2017 cyberpunk thriller Ghost in the Shell and finds it better than its reputation.
Siegel chronicles the abuse that Hollywood and Broadway producer Scott
Rudin has meted out against his assistants over the years.
- Guardian TV critic Sarah Hughes has died aged 48.
- Kate Abbott remembers Sarah Hughes.
Comments on the various Law and Order series:
- Paul Levinson shares his thoughts on the premieres of Law and Order: SVU and Law and Order: Organized Crime.
- Bruce Haring reports that there might be more crossovers between Law and Order: SVU and Law and Order: Organized Crime.
- Denise Petski shares some casting news for Law and Order: Organized Crime.
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Comments on The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and the Marvel Cinematic Universe in general (spoilers):
- Andy Welch shares his thoughts on "Power Broker", the latest episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
- Sulagna Misra shares her thoughts on "Power Broker".
- Germain Lussier shares his thoughts on "Power Broker".
- Keith R.A. DeCandido shares his thoughts on "Power Broker".
- Gavia Baker-Whitelaw shares her thoughts on "Power Broker".
- Cora Buhlert shares her thoughts on "Power Broker".
- Camestros Felapton shares his thoughts on The Falcon and the Winter Soldier so far.
- Nick Romano explains how elements from the X-Men comics can now appear in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier due to Disney buying 20th Century Fox.
- Joe Jurado interviews Anthony Mackie who plays Sam Wilson a.k.a. the Falcon in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
Baker-Whitelaw explains why superhero costumes in the Marvel cinematic
universe are much less colourful than their comics counterparts.
- The finalists for the 2021 Crimefest Awards have been announced.
- The finalists for the 2021 Derringer Awards have been announced.
- The winner of the 2021 Spotted Owl Award has been announced.
- The winners of the 2021 Pulp Factory Awards have been announced.
- The PEN America Literary Awards finalists have been announced.
Cain reports about a controversy because a transwoman was nominated for
the Women's Prize for Fiction, which upsets the TERFs.
- The winners of the 2021 Screen Actors Guild Awards have been announced.
Writing, publishing and promotion:
- Rebecca Rosenberg and Selim Algar explain how they balance family life and true crime writing.
- Anna Bailey talks about writing her latest crime novel Tall Bones.
- Linda L. Richards shares the story behind her crime novel Endings.
- Sheryl Browne talks about the inspiration for her latest crime novel My Husband's Girlfriend.
- Ty Johnston talks about writing different characters.
- Dan Stout shares some tips for balancing action and worldbuilding.
- Michael Sears talks about the importance of food in fiction.
- K.J. Maitland explains how she uses weather and natural disasters in her works.
- Jessica Hamilton talks about the challenge of having a dead narrator tell a story from beyond the grave.
- Tim Major explains how he came to write a science fictional locked room mystery.
- Michael Kaufman talks about researching his dystopian mystery The Last Exit.
- Danika Ellis talks about watching videos of other people's bullet journals.
- Tor offers a series of virtual workshops aimed at people who want to work in publishing.
- Kristine Kathryn Rusch talks about writing screenplays and why it's often not a good idea.
- File 770 reports about an uproar involving print ARCs with multiple covers for YA author Jay Kristoff, while less known authors only get e-ARCs.
- Andrew Albanese reports about a bill in Maryland that would make it easier for libraries to license and lend out e-books.
- Vicki Lucas shares her love for the City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco, California.
- John A. Hoda interviews Karen Dionne.
- Alan Petersen interviews Peter May.
- Peter Handel interviews Alan Parks.
- Elizabeth Egan interviews Paula McLain.
- Debbi Mack interviews Daniella Barnett.
- Wrong Place, Write Crime interviews Michael Pool.
- Queer Writers of Crime interview Marco Carocari.
- Ali Karim interviews Claire McGowan.
- Marshal Zeringue interviews Adam Mitzner.
- The Qwillery interviews Erik Hoel.
- Erica Wright interviews Marilyn Stasio.
- Vicki Weisfeld reviews A Galway Epiphany by Ken Bruen.
- Blue Book Balloon reviews Bound by Vanda Symon.
- Paul Burke reviews The Dirty South by John Connolly.
- Adam Colclough reviews Lost Souls by Jonathan Kellerman.
- Garrick Webster reviews Silenced by Sólveig Pálsdóttir, translated by Quentin Bates.
- For Winter Nights reviews What Will Burn by James Oswald.
- Ali Karim reviews Those Who Disappeared by Kevin Wignall.
- Rob Bedford reviews Whisper Down the Lane by Clay McLeod Chapman.
- John Valeri reviews You Love Me by Caroline Kepnes.
- Crime by the Book reviews Every Vow You Break by Peter Swanson.
- Mike Parker reviews How to Betray Your Country by James Wolff.
- Beth Kanell reviews Northern Spy by Flynn Berry.
- Publishers Weekly reviews Northern Heist by Richard O'Rawe.
- Sonja van der Westhuizen reviews Bullet Train by Kotaro Isaka, translated by Sam Malissa.
- The Unseen Library reviews Bullet Train by Kotaro Isaka, translated by Sam Malissa.
- Scott Adlerberg reviews Tower of Babel by Michael Sears.
- Mark Stevens reviews Crimson Phoenix by John Gilstrap.
- Barbara Fister reviews Becoming Inspector Chen by Qiu Xiaolong
- Ruth Castleberry reviews Fatal Scores by Mark de Castrique.
- Lesa Holstine reviews The Drummers by Tricia Fields.
- Blue Book Balloon reviews Hot Stew by Fiona Mozley.
- Carole Tyrell reviews Geiger by Gustaf Skördeman.
- Mike Parker reviews Later by Stephen King.
- Runalong the Shelves reviews Universal Language - The Airlocked Room Mystery by Tim Major
- Kate Vane reviews The Drowned City by K.J. Maitland.
- For Winter Nights reviews The Drowned City by K.J. Maitland.
- Craig Sisterson reviews City of Vengeance by D.V. Bishop.
- For Winter Nights reviews A Comedy of Terrors by Lindsey Davis.
- Lesa Holstine reviews A Deadly Twist by Jeffrey Siger.
- In Search of the Classic Mystery Novel reviews Two-Way Murder by E.C.R. Lorac.
- Gail Byrd reviews Mr. Campion's Coven by Mike Ripley.
- Dr. Wesley Britton reviews The Strange Case of Eliza Doolittle by Timothy Miller.
- BOLO Books reviews Murder at Wedgefield Manor by Erica Ruth Neubauer.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews Long Island Iced Tina by Maria DiRico.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1924 Race Williams hardboiled detective story Them That Live By Their Guns by Carroll John Daley.
- Crossexamining Crime revisits the 1929 mystery Invisible Death by Brian Flynn.
- Lesa Holstine revisits the 1931 mystery The Lost Gallows by John Dixon Carr.
- Crossexamining Crime revisits the 1935 mystery The Great Hotel Murder by Vincent Starrett.
- In Search of the Classic Mystery Novel revisits the 1936 mystery No Fury a.k.a. Murdered One by One by Francis Beeding.
- Martin Edwards revisits the 1936 mystery Death Goes to School by Q. Patrick a.k.a. Richard Wilson Webb.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1938 hardboiled novella Bodyguard by Roger Torrey.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1948 hardboiled mystery The Straw Donkey Case by A.S. Fleischman.
- B.V. Lawson revisits the 1953 suspense novel Death and the Shy Above by Andrew Garve a.k.a. Paul Winterton.
- Alan Cranis revisits the 1958 Al Wheeler mystery The Lover and the 1959 Al Wheeler mysteries The Mistress and The Passionate by Carter Brown.
- Crossexamining Crime revisits the 1961 suspense novel The Abductor by Dolores Hitchens.
- Adventures Fantastic revisits the 1974 thriller American Gothic by Robert Bloch.
- Joe Kenney revisits Reunion for Death, a 1976 novel in the Hardy men's adventure series by Martin Meyers.
- Paperback Warrior revisits The Petrova Twist, a 1987 novel in The Protectors men's adventure series by Zachary Blue a.k.a. R.L. Stine.
- Joe Kenney revisits Death's Running Mate, a 1985 novel in the Justin Perry: The Assassin men's adventure series by John D. Revere a.k.a. Hal Bennett.
Con and event reports:
- Marc Wortman reports about the investigation into a daring heist to steal rare books in London, UK.
- Richard O'Rawe talks about his life in the IRA as well as a still unsolved 2004 bank robbery in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
- Flynn Berry discusses the hidden history of women in the IRA.
- Dario Diofebi talks about the rise of online poker.
- Edward Brooke-Hitching reports about the mysterious Voynich manuscript.
Free online fiction:
- "Big Truck in the Garden" by Brian Beatty in Shotgun Honey.
- "Basketball Night" by Michael Long in Shotgun Honey.
- "Sweet Tea and Deviled Eggs" by Sandra Murphy in Mysteryrat's Maze Podcast.
- "Sugar" by S.A. Cosby in Tough.
- "Shadows" by Rob Pierce in Beat to a Pulp.
- "The One T" by K.A. Liedel in Mystery Tribune.
- "The Man From the North" by B.L. Conradis in Mystery Tribune.
- "The Company Man" by Paul D. Brazill in Punk Noir Magazine.
- "That Fight" by B.F. Jones in Punk Noir Magazine.
- "The Thief Came In" by Michael A. Arnzen in The Five-Two.
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