Crime Fiction Links of the Week for January 29, 2022
Crime fiction in general:
- Alison Flood offers a round-up of the best recent thrillers.
- Crime Reads shares ten new crime novels coming out this week.
- Janice Hallett celebrates the revival of fair play mysteries.
- Heather Gudenkauf shares great thrillers set during blizzards.
- Traci Hall explains why Scotland is the perfect cozy mystery setting.
- Kristi DeMeester talks about Southern Gothic and how growing up in the US South has influenced her writing.
- Paul Vidich shares his love for New York City.
- Erin Young explains why she set her novel The Fields in Iowa.
- Eliza Jane Brazier shares nine crime novels that pit the haves against the have-nots.
- Rick Mofina talks about crime novels based on real cases and crimes inspired by fiction.
- Sally J. Morgan recalls that a brush with serial killers Fred and Rosemary West inspired her novel Toto Among the Murderers.
- Molly Templeton explains how she tracks her reading.
- Bradley K. McDevitt profiles Edgar Allan Poe.
- Curtis Evans profiles John Rhode a.k.a. John Street.
- David Masciotra shares his appreciation for the works of Japanese noir author Fuminori Nakamura.
- Keith A. Gordon shares a tribute to Andrew Vacchs.
Best of 2021:
Film and TV:
- Lucy Mangan calls The Responder a tour de force police drama and praises the performance of Martin Freeman.
- Garrick Webster shares his thoughts on Reacher.
- Fraser Sherman shares his thoughts on the James Bond film No Time To Die.
- Benjamin Lee calls Emily the Criminal a taut thriller.
- A.A. Dowd calls 892 a 1990s style hostage thriller.
- Edward Tew calls Calibre a tense thriller from Scotland.
- Cheryl Eddy calls Watcher an uneasy thriller and exploration of female paranoia.
- Peter Bradshaw praises Sean Penn's performance in the con artist film Flag Day.
- Peter Bradshaw calls Black Medusa a vengeance noir thriller from Tunisia.
- Benjamin Lee calls Resurrection a misfiring thriller.
- Leslie Felperin calls One Shot a schlocky but mesmerising thriller.
- Phil Hoad calls Confession a talky church thriller.
- Jason Shawhan calls Clean a visually elegant but verbally clunky action thriller.
- Benjamin Lee calls Fresh a sly and gory dating thriller.
- Lisa Wong Macabasco calls Nanny a promising but jumbled thriller about immigrant domestic workers.
- Peter Bradshaw calls Mass an impeccably acted school shooting drama.
- Charles Bramesco calls The Fallout a surprisingly restrained drama about a school shooting.
- Adrian Horton calls Navalny a shocking documentary about the poisoning of the Russian opposition politician.
- Martin Edwards shares his thoughts on the suspense drama Dangerous Lies.
- Dean E.S. Richards shares his thoughts on The Unforgiveable.
- Tim Lewis interviews Caitríona Balfe, star of Outlander and Belfast.
- Tim Baysinger reports that the legal drama Bull will end after six seasons.
Comments on Nightmare Alley:
- Peter Bradshaw calls Nightmare Alley a class act.
- Ryan Gilbey interviews Guillermo Del Toro, director of Nightmare Alley.
- Ryan Gilbey interviews David Strathairn, one of the stars of Nightmare Alley.
- Watch director Guillermo Del Toro and star Bradley Cooper break down a scene from Nightmare Alley.
- Christian Zilko reports that Guillermo Del Toro, director of Nightmare Alley, hasn't used a real gun on set since 2007.
Comments on Ozark:
Comments on Trigger Point:
- Joel Golby declares that Trigger Point may not be a great thriller, but at least the bomb defusing scenes are so detailed that viewers could do it themselves after watching.
- Lucy Mangan calls Trigger Point utterly preposterous but a blast.
- Paul Hirons shares his thoughts on the first episode of Trigger Point.
- Inspired by Trigger Point, Michael Hogan wonders why shocking early deaths of seemingly important characters became popular on TV.
Comments on The Afterparty:
- Saloni Gajja calls The Woman In The House Across The Street From The Girl In The Window a contrived parody of psychological thrillers.
- Chitra Ramaswamy calls The Woman In The House Across The Street From The Girl In The Window a bewilderingly bad spoof.
- Audra Schroeder declares that there really is no reason to parody The Woman in the Window.
Comments on The Batman:
Comments on the Chinese edit of Fight Club:
- The 2022 Margery Allingham Short Mystery Prize is open for submissions.
- The finalists for the 2022 BBC Audio Drama Awards have been announced.
- The nominations for the 2022 Directors Guild of America Awards have been announced.
- The nominations for the 2022 Producers Guild of America have been announced.
Writing, publishing and promotion:
- Mikaella Clemets interviews various authors about their writing process and whether they see scenes or images in their mind.
- Lincoln Michel explains why you need to read fiction to write fiction.
- William L. Hahn talks about writer's block.
- Joanna Schaffhausen talks about writing series that will have readers coming back for more.
- Juneau Black explains how to create non-human characters with plenty of personality.
- Kristine Kathryn Rusch shares an overview over new and old tools to help indie publishers.
- Jim Milliot shares some statistics on the state of the book trade in the US.
- Christian Fuller interviews Peter James.
- The Red Hot Chilli Writers interview Graig Robertson and Amy McCulloch.
- House of Mystery Radio interviews Judy Penz Sheluk.
- Richie Narvaez interviews Gabriel Valjan.
- Nancie Clare interviews P.J. Tracy.
- Alan Petersen interviews Nick Petrie.
- House of Mystery Radio interviews Ron Katz.
- House of Mystery Radio interviews Glen Erik Hamilton.
- Wrong Place, Write Crime interviews Rhonda Armbrust.
- Janet Emson interviews Sarah Bonner.
- John A. Hoda interviews Judy Murray.
- Paul Burke interviews Adam Lebor.
- Dwyer Murphy interviews John Darnielle.
- Mary Picken reviews The Heretic by Liam McIlvanney.
- Tod Goldberg reviews Notes on an Execution by Danya Kukafka.
- In Search of the Classic Mystery Novel reviews Black Run by D.L. Marshall.
- Raven Crime Reads reviews Dead End Street by Trevor Wood.
- Mishka Rao reviews The Pine Barrens Strategem by Ken Harris.
- Blue Book Balloon reviews All the White Spaces by Ally Wilkes.
- Runalong the Shelves reviews Hour of the Assassin by Matthew Quirk.
- Grab This Book reviews Dead Souls by Angela Marsons
- The Unseen Library reviews Unforgiven by Sarah Barrie.
- Coot's Reviews reviews A Thousand Steps by T. Jefferson Parker.
- BOLO Books reviews The Overnight Guest by Heather Gudenkauf.
- Nancy Carty Lepri reviews The Overnight Guest by Heather Gudenkauf.
- Sandra Mangan reviews The Long Weekend by Gilly Macmillan.
- Adam Colclough reviews Our Friends in Beijing by John Simpson.
- Michelle Carpenter reviews Good Rich People by Eliza Jane Brazier.
- Punk Noir Magazine reviews Parochial Pigs by James Jenkins.
- Kirkus reviews Chloe Cates Is Missing by Mandy McHugh.
- Runalong the Shelves reviews The Replacement Wife by Darby Kane.
- John Valeri reviews The Other Family by Wendy Corsi Staub.
- Sonja van der Westhuizen reviews The Village by Caroline Mitchell.
- Coot's Reviews reviews The Fields by Erin Young.
- Angie Barry reviews The Runaway by Nick Petrie.
- BOLO Books reviews The Accomplice by Lisa Lutz.
- Erica Wagner reviews The Sentence by Louise Erdrich.
- Paul Burke reviews Quicksilver by Dean Koontz.
- Mike Parker reviews Real Easy by Marie Rutkoski.
- Becky LeJeune reviews Demon by Matt Wesolowski.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews Devil House by John Darnielle.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews The Torqued Man by Peter Mann.
- Men Reading Books reviews Targeted by Stephen Hunter.
- The Real Book Spy reviews End of Days by Brad Taylor.
- Mary Picken reviews Anatomy of a Heretic by David Mark.
- Janet Webb reviews A Valiant Deceit by Stephanie Graves.
- Gail Byrd reviews Where There's a Will by Sulari Gentill.
- Grab This Book reviews The Key in the Lock by Beth Underdown.
- Beth Kanell reviews The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections by Eva Jurczyk.
- Lesa Holstine reviews The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections by Eva Jurczyk.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections by Eva Jurczyk.
- Kirkus reviews The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections by Eva Jurczyk.
- For Winter Nights reviews The Twyford Code by Janice Hallett.
- In Search of the Classic Mystery Novel reviews The Twyford Code by Janice Hallett.
- Lesa Holstine reviews The Appeal by Janice Hallett.
- Angela Gualteri reviews Comeuppance Served Cold by Marion Deeds.
- Randy Money revisits The Angel of the Crows by Katherine Addison.
- Lesa Holstine reviews Mermaid Confidential by Tim Dorsey.
- Stephen Dankner reviews Cloudy With a Chance of Murder by Gerald Elias.
- Beth Kanell reviews Reader, I Buried Them and Other Stories by Peter Lovesey.
- The Quick and the Read reviews After Agatha: Women Write Crime by Sally Cline.
- Publishers Weekly revisits the 1929 mystery Murder on B Deck by Vincent Starrett.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1932 Vee Brown hardboiled crime story "The Crime Machine" and the 1933 Vee Brown hardboiled novella "The Price of Silence" by Carroll John Daly.
- Glen Usher revisits the 1936 supernatural thriller "Black Wind Blowing" by Robert E. Howard.
- Happiness is a Book revisits the 1937 Adelaide Adams mystery Murder a la Richelieu a.k.a. The Hotel Richilieu Murders by Anita Blackmon.
- Vintage Pop Fictions revisits the 1943 crime novella Once Is Enough by David Wright O'Brien.
- Martin Edwards revisits the 1950 suspense novel Cat and Mouse by Christianna Brand.
- Vintage Pop Fictions revisits the 1952 noir novel Tears Are For Angels by Paul Connolly a.k.a. Thomas Wicker.
- Vintage Pop Fictions revisits the 1959 noir novel The Widow by Orrie Hitt.
- Vintage Pop Fictions revisits the 1962 Mike Hammer detective novel The Girl Hunters by Mickey Spillane.
- Vintage Pop Fictions revisits the 1966 Nick Carter: Killmaster novel The Mind Poisoners by Lionel White.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1975 Arrow heist novel Wine, Women... and Death by Walter Deptula Jr.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1976 Steve Savage spy novel The Omega Assignment by David Lewis a.k.a. Patton D. Lewis.
- Joe Kenney revisits Mercenary Kill, a 1982 novel in The Terminator men's adventure series by John Quinn a.k.a. Dennis Rodriguez.
- In Search of the Classic Mystery Novel revisits the 1992 historical mystery The Plymouth Cloak by Kate Sedley.
- B.V. Lawson revisits the 1995 non-fiction book Science and the Detective: Selected Reading in Forensic Science by Brian D. Kaye.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 2004 John Blake detective novel Little Girl Lost by Richard Aleas a.k.a. Charles Adai.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 2005 thriller Company Man a.k.a. No Hiding Place by Joseph Finder.
Con and event reports:
- Michael Dirda reports about the exhibition Sherlock Holmes in 221 Objects at the Grolier Club in New York City.
- Mark Lawson reports about Whodunnit (Unrehearsed) 2, an improvised charity play where various famous actors will be solving a murder mystery on stage in London without a script or rehearsals.
- Ryan Gilbey calls the stage version of the 1987 thriller Fatal Attraction, which is currently playing in Brighton, UK, forgettable.
- Chris Wiegand reports that a musical called Peaky Blinders: The Redemption of Tommy Shelby will open this fall in Birmingham, UK.
- Cathy Packard explains how the FBI's Art Crime Team operates.
- David S. Rudolf talks about abuse of power in the US legal system.
- Stephanie Graves chronicles how the MI9 used prisoners of war to gather intelligence in WWII.
- Minami Funakoshi discusses how languages handle gender and especially non-binary gender.
- Associated Press reports that a truck carrying one hundred monkey to a lab has crashed near Danville, Pennsylvania, and that several of the monkeys have gone missing.
Free online fiction:
- "Shore Leave" by Adam Leeder in Mystery Tribune.
- "The Walk in the Forest" by Alzo David-West in Mystery Tribune.
- "Gunshot" by Robert Bates in Mystery Tribune.
- "Abrasions and Lacerations" by Lissa Marie Redmond in Mystery Tribune.
- "Essence" by Ruth Rouff in Mystery Tribune.
- "A Matter of Business" by Ted Flanagan in Mystery Tribune.
- "Random Bad Man" by Brian Beatty in Mystery Tribune.
- "Rules of Gardening" by Bern Sy Moss in Mystery Tribune.
- "The Whispered Word" by Ellery Adams in Mysteryrat's Maze Podcast.
- "Midnight Special" by Mark Atley in Punk Noir Magazine.
- "Delicacy" by Peter Mladinic in The Five-Two.
Trailers and videos: