Crime Fiction Links of the Week for April 17, 2021
Crime fiction in general:
- Laura Wilson offers a round-up of the best recent crime novels and thrillers.
- Crime Reads shares ten new crime novels, mysteries and thrillers coming out this week.
- Crime Reads also shares the best true fiction crime books for April.
- Danielle Trussoni talks about the allure of Alpine mysteries.
- Jonas Jonasson shares his ten favourite books about revenge.
- Bridget Foley talks about cowardice and crime fiction.
- Sally Hepworth shares six psychological thrillers featuring sisters.
- R.J. Hoffman shares six crime novel featuring adoptions gone awry.
- A.E. Osworth talks about suspense fiction in the age of digital surveillance.
- M.E. Hilliard explains why librarians are natural born detectives.
- Bryan Christy declares that crime fiction needs to address the issues of today and should try to change the world.
- Tom Deignan profiles John Banville and his crime writing alter-ego Benjamin Black.
- Tor.com share their favourite SFF spins on Jack the Ripper.
- Lauren Jackson shares five SFF subgenres fans of true crime will enjoy.
- Eileen Gonzales shares five Sherlock Holmes comics to enjoy.
- Olivia Rutigliano reports that Arthur Conan Doyle's The Sign of the Four and Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray were commissioned at the same dinner party.
- Alan J. and Gillian J. Porter explain how The James Bond Lexicon: - The Unofficial Guide to the World of 007 in Movies, Novels, and Comics came together.
Film and TV:
- Lucy Mangan calls Too Close a compelling and convincing psychological thriller.
- Leslie Felperin calls Be Good or Be Gone an Irish crime thriller with deadpan charm.
- Phuong Lee calls Ride or Die a shocking Japanese thriller.
- Peter Bradshaw calls I Blame Society an uneven serial killer black comedy.
- Phil Hoad calls For the Sake of Vicious an ugly home invasion thriller whose title says it all.
- Phil Hoad calls the science fiction thriller Sensation a bargain bin Matrix knock-off.
- Leslie Felperin calls IP Man: Kung Fu Master a stylish martial arts potboiler with inventive fight scenes.
- Saloni Gajjar calls Confronting a Serial Killer a disturbing must-watch for true crime fans.
- Toby Moses and readers of The Guardian share their thoughts on the latest episode of Line of Duty.
- Roxana Hadadi shares her thoughts on the latest episode of Walker.
- Gwen Ihnat shares her thoughts on the latest episode of Rebel.
- Kris Calvin shares ten international thriller series to enjoy.
- Martin Edwards revisits the 1951 noir movie The Man with My Face.
- Edward White revisits Alfred Hitchcock's 1954 suspense movie Rear Window.
- Matthew John Phillips revisits the 2001 thriller The Deep End.
- Anthony D'Alessandro reports that the famous Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, California, will be closing permanently along with the rest of the Arclight and Pacific Theaters chain.
- Kelly Burke reports that actress Shareena Clanton experienced racist abuse on the set of the Australian soap opera Neighbours.
- Kelly Burke reports that actress Sharon Johal also experienced racist abuse on the set of Neighbours and left the show because of it.
- Molloy Woodcraft remembers Sarah Hughes.
- Actor Joseph Siravo, best known for his role in The Sopranos, has died aged 66.
- Richard Rush, director of The Stunt Man, Hells Angels on Wheels and many others, has died aged 91.
- Actress Helen McCrory, best known for her roles in Peaky Blinders, the James Bond movie Skyfall and the Harry Potter films, has died only 52.
- Mark Lawson remembers Helen McCrory.
The Debate about Luther:
- Matthew Moore reports that according to BBC diversity Mrianda Wayland, DCI John Luther, protagonist of the crime drama Luther, isn't "black enough", in spite of being played by Idris Elba.
- Ellen E. Jones declares that instead of debating about Luther, British television needs more diversity in general.
Comments on true crime podcasts:
Comments on Big Sky:
Comments on City on a Hill:
Comments on The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and the Marvel Cinematic Universe in general (spoilers):
- Andrew Welch shares his thoughts on "The Whole World Is Watching", the latest episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
- Sulagna Misra shares her thoughts on "The Whole World Is Watching".
- Germain Lussier shares his thoughts on "The Whole World Is Watching".
- Keith R.A. DeCandido shares his thoughts on "The Whole World Is Watching".
- Cora Buhlert shares her thoughts on "The Whole World Is Watching".
- Camestros Felapton shares his thoughts on "The Whole World Is Watching".
- Gavia Baker-Whitelaw shares her thoughts on "The Whole World Is Watching".
- Meghan O'Keefe explains the significance of Turkish delight in "The Whole World Is Watching".
Baker-Whitelaw reports that Winter Soldier co-creator Ed Brubaker says
that he is not getting paid for the appearance of the character in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and other Marvel movies.
- The longlist for the 2021 Dagger Awards has been announced.
- The winners of the 2021 Lefty Awards have been announced.
- The finalists for the 2021 Bony Blithe Award have been announced.
- The finalists for the 2021 Colorado Book Awards have been announced.
- The PEN America Literary Awards finalists have been announced.
- The finalists for the 2021 Hugo Awards have been announced.
- The finalists for the 2021 Vivian Awards, replacements for the Rita Awards, have been announced.
- The winners of the 2021 Bafta Film Awards have been announced.
- The winners of the 2021 DGA Awards have been announced.
Writing, publishing and promotion:
- Amanda Bridgeman talks about the freedom of embracing your voice.
- Charlie Jane Anders shares six tips for creating a truly scary villain.
- Will Thomas explains how his dayjob as a librarian intersects with his crime writing.
- Jessica Barry talks about the inspiration for her thriller Don't Turn Around.
- Jacqui Lipton talks about bad agency agreements and bad agents.
- Kristine Kathryn Rusch shares some tips for negotiating with movie and TV studios.
- Calvin Reid reports that Amazon has launched the new Kindle Vella format for serialised short fiction.
- The Guardian reports that Turkish writer and journalist Ahmet Altan has been released from prison after four years.
- A new anthology of crime fiction by women writers from Wales is looking for submissions.
- Nancie Clare interviews Jacqueline Winspear.
- Suspense Magazine interviews Mark Greaney.
- Eli Cranor interviews William Boyle.
- Craig Sisterson interviews Anna Mazzola.
- Lesa Holstine interviews M.E. Hilliard.
- Alan Petersen interviews Michael Kaufman.
- Paul Burke interviews Edward Wilson.
- Robert Justice interviews Alexia Gordon.
- Marshal Zeringue interviews Karla Holloway.
- Hopeton Hay interviews Lawrence Jackson.
- Luca Veste interviews C.L. Taylor.
- Queer Writers of Crime interview Michael Nava.
- Marshal Zeringue interviews Adam Mitzner.
- Debbi Mack interviews Kathryn Goldman.
- Runalong the Shelves reviews The Khan by Saima Mir.
- BOLO Books reviews Bitterroot Lake by Alicia Beckman a.k.a. Leslie Budewitz.
- Lesa Holstine reviews Random Road by Thomas Kies.
- Jim Napier reviews Slough House by Mick Herron.
- Ray Palen reviews House Standoff by Mike Lawson.
- Craig Sisterson reviews Dead of Winter by Stephen Mack Jones.
- No More Grumpy Bookseller reviews The Distant Dead by Heather Young.
- Ray Palen reviews Lies We Bury by Elle Marr.
- Craig Sisterson reviews The Perfect Lie by Jo Spain.
- Runalong the Shelves reviews Whisper Down the Lane by Clay McLeod Chapman.
- No More Grumpy Bookseller reviews Whisper Down the Lane by Clay McLeod Chapman.
- Joy Kluver reviews When I Was Ten by Fiona Cummins.
- For Winter Nights reviews When I Was Ten by Fiona Cummins.
- For Winter Nights reviews The Consequences of Fear by Jacqueline Winspear.
- Blue Book Balloon reviews Rites of Spring by Anders de la Motte.
- Craig Sisterson reviews Dance Prone by David Coventry.
- Lesa Holstine reviews Ocean Prey by John Sandford.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews Ocean Prey by John Sandford.
- Blue Book Balloon reviews The Cottingley Cuckoo by A.L. Elwood a.k.a. Alison Littlewood.
- Lesa Holstine reviews The Unkindness of Ravens by M.E. Hilliard.
- Blue Book Balloon reviews Hyde by Craig Russell.
- Vicki Weisfeld reviews Murder on the Island by Daisy White.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews Murder at the Beacon Bake Shop and tries a recipe from the book.
- Janet Webb reviews Fresh Brewed Murder by Emmeline Duncan.
- Lesa Holstine reviews The Sign of Death by Callie Hutton.
- Crossexamining Crime reviews Two-Way Murder by E.C.R. Lorac.
- Ayo Onatade reviews We Own This City by Justin Fenton.
- Crossexamining Crime revisits the 1930 mystery The Creeping Jenny Mystery by Brian Flynn.
- Bitter Tea and Mystery revisits the 1936 mystery Murder in Picadilly by Charles Kingston.
- Bitter Tea and Mystery revisits the 1936 Sergeant Beef mystery Case for Three Detectives by Leo Bruce.
- Crossexamining Crime revisits the 1958 Perry Mason mystery The Case of the Grinning Gorilla by Erle Stanley Gardner.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1961 legal thriller Let Him Go Hang by Bud Clifton a.k.a. David Stacton.
- K.A. Laity revisits the 1964 collection The Snail Watcher and Other Stories by Patricia Highsmith.
- Martin Edwards revisits the 1964 crime novel The Crime of Colin Wise by Michael Underwood.
- B.V. Lawson revisits the 1965 Tibbett mystery Johnny Under Ground by Patricia Moyes.
- Crossexamining Crime revisits the 1965 thriller The Bank with the Bamboo Door by Dolores Hitchens.
- Paperback Warrior revisits The Fanatics of Al Asad, a 1976 novel in the Nick Carter: Killmaster men's adventure series by Saul Wernick.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1977 near future thriller The Last Great Death Stunt by Clark Howard.
- Joe Kenney revisits Chinese Roulette, a 1979 novel in the Butler men's adventure series by Philip Kirk a.k.a. Len Levinson.
- Debbie Burke talks about Eugene Francois Vidocq and the Origins of Criminology
- Glenn Stout discusses the 1920s gangster couple Margaret and Richard Whittemore a.k.a. Tiger Girl and the Candy Kid.
- Mariah Fredericks wonders what became of the actors who performed on stage when Abraham Lincoln was shot.
- Corey Mead shares the story of Ruth Finley who was harrassed by a stalker in Wichita, Kansas, for three years.
- Ferdison Cayetano reports about the still unsolved 1984 kidnapping of Katsuhisa Ezaki in Osaka, Japan.
- Erica Frank takes a look at some big legal and social uproars that rocked 1966.
- R.G. Belsky shares five celebrity crime stories that are stranger than fiction.
- Angelique Chrisafis reports about a stash of gold coins and bars found inside an old house in Morez, France.
- Kim Willsher reports about an international gang of thieves that specialises in stealing rare Lego sets.
- Sian Cain reports that scammers are posing as the winners of literary awards to scam off the prize money.
Free online fiction:
- "The Whisper of Shadows" by D.V. Bennett in Over My Dead Body.
- "Contraband" by Susan K. Maciolek in Over My Dead Body.
- "All Shook Down" by Libby Cudmore in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine Podcast.
- "Phantom Pain" by Phillip Thompson in Yellow Mama.
- "Waiting for the Butcher" by T.W. Garland in Shotgun Honey.
- "Progression With Sharps and Flats" by David Calogero Centorbi in Punk Noir Magazine.
- "Power Murder Ballad" by Scott Cumming in The Five-Two.
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