Crime Fiction Links of the Week for February 26, 2022
Crime fiction in general:
- Alison Flood shares a round-up of the best recent thrillers.
- Crime Reads shares ten new crime novels coming out this week.
- Crime by the Book recommends the best popcorn thrillers to enjoy.
- Molly Odintz shares the best international crime fiction for February.
- Valerie Wilson Wesley talks about pioneering women crime fiction writers of colour.
- Caroline Topdjian shares modern mysteries and thrillers set in hotels.
- Rio Youers shares five great thrillers set in and around Hollywood.
- Paul French talks about crime novels set in Moscow, Russia.
- Maddy Day shares culinary mysteries focussed on deep-fried foods.
- Molly Templeton talks about remembering and forgetting what we have read.
- C.C. Humphreys talks about the inspiration for his crime novel One London Day.
- Neil Armstrong (not that one) shares his appreciation for Len Deighton's Harry Palmer spy thrillers.
- A.J. Finn shares his appreciation for the Stewart Hoag mystery series by David Handler.
- Steve Vertlieb remembers Robert Bloch.
- Evan Lewis shares a Sherlock Holmes comic from approx. 1960.
Film and TV:
- Benjamin Lee calls Kimi a sleak and stylish tech thriller.
- Peter Bradshaw calls The Duke a warm-hearted 1960s set crime caper.
- Peter Bradshaw calls Gangubai Kathiawadi a Bollywood mafia movie based on a true story.
- Benjamin Lee calls the thriller No Exit an assemblage of reheated clichés.
- Benjamin Lee calls The Desperate Hour a school shooting thriller that falls flat.
- Lucy Mangan finds little of value and no new insights in the true crime documentary Moors Murders: The Witness.
- Martin Edwards shares his thoughts on the con artist movie The Good Liar.
- Leslie Felperin calls Death of a Telemarketer an insightful comedy drama.
- Stuart Jeffries calls Cat Burglar the perfect nostalgia trip for cartoon fans.
- Paul Levinson shares his thoughts on the latest episode of Suspicion.
- Lisa Weidenfeld shares her thoughts on the latest episode of The Afterparty.
- Joe George shares ten science fiction noir films with their own unique style.
- Peter Bradshaw revisits the 1972 mafia movie The Godfather for its fiftieth anniversary.
- Zach Vasquez revisits the 1997 noir movie Lost Highway for its twenty-fifth anniversary.
- Emine Saner interviews Bob Odenkirk, star of Better Call Saul.
- Zoe Williams interviews Charlie Brooker, creator and showrunner of Black Mirror.
- Alexi Duggins interviews the stars of the drug dealer drama Top Boy.
- Barbara Ellen wonders whether there is too much sex on British TV.
- Thomas Parker remembers the late actor William Smith, who appeared in many crime and action films in the 1970s and 1980s and played Conan's father in the 1982 Conan the Barbarian.
Comments on The Magpie Murders:
Comments on Uncharted:
- David Fear calls Uncharted a second rate adventure movie.
- David Sims calls Uncharted disappointingly derivative.
- Joe Morgenstern calls Uncharted a shambles of a movie.
- Richard Roeper declares that Uncharted tries to be everything, but succeeds at very little.
- Manohla Dargis calls Uncharted a nitwit treasure hunt movie.
- Bilge Ebiri reports that Uncharted offers lots of dimly lit secret passages, but little else.
Comments on season 21 of Law and Order:
Comments on Inventing Anna:
Comments on The Batman:
- The finalists for the 2022 L.A. Times Book Prizes have been announced.
- The recipients of the 2022 Barbara Neely Grants have been announced.
- Gavia Baker-Whitelaw reports that the telecast of the 2022 Oscars will exclude several categories deemed less interesting, which has led to a massive outcry and backlash.
- Linda Codega notes that the proposed changes to the Oscar telecast will disproportionately affect SFF films.
Writing, publishing and promotion:
- Stephen J. Golds shares some writing advice.
- Rio Youers talks about creating villains.
- Sarah Gailey talks about trauma-informed writing.
- Reavis Wortham talks about pacing.
- Rob Parker talks about research.
- Vivian Shaw explains how writing fanfiction can make your writing stronger.
- Jason Sanford shares the results of his survey of readers of SFF magazines.
- Kristine Kathryn Rusch talks about exclusivity.
- Elizabeth A. Harris demonstrates how a print book is made.
- Andrew Albanese reports that a US Federal Court has blocked Maryland's library e-book law.
- John A. Hoda interviews Alafair Burke.
- Anand Raj interviews David Baldacci.
- Robert Justice interviews Yasmin Angoe.
- Debbi Mack interviews Robert McCaw.
- Paul Burke interviews Tim Shipman and Paul Vidich.
- Crime Reads interviews Joseph Kanon and Paul Vidich.
- Gregg Hurwitz and Alex Finlay interview each other.
- Wrong Place, Write Crime interviews Kwei Quartery.
- Crime Reads interviews David Lagercrantz.
- Dr. Jacky Collins interviews Simon Mason.
- Lisa Haselton interviews Terry Korth Fischer.
- A Dark and Stormy Book Club interviews Colleen Cambridge.
- Daneet Steffens interviews Rob Hart.
- Neil Lancaster interviews his character DS Max Craige.
- Ron Fortier reviews Quarry's Blood by Max Allan Collins.
- John Valeri reviews No Second Chances by Rio Youers.
- Judith Reveal reviews L.A. Burning by D.C. Taylor.
- Beth Kanell reviews Something to Hide by Elizabeth George.
- Lou Jacobs reviews The Sinister by David Putnam.
- Michael J. McCann reviews Dark Horse by Gregg Hurwitz.
- Beth Kanell reviews Blue Fire by John Gilstrap.
- Joy Kluver reviews Remember My Name by Sam Blake.
- Kirsty McLuckie reviews All That Lives by James Oswald.
- Mary Picken reviews Take Your Breath Away by Linwood Barclay.
- Crime by the Book reviews This Might Hurt by Stephanie Wrobel.
- James Walton reviews Whatever Gets You Through the Night by Charlie Higson.
- Runalong the Shelves reviews The Interview by C.M. Ewan.
- Shelf Awareness reviews Our American Friend by Anna Pitionak.
- Kevin Tipple reviews DUKE: Inspector Mislan and The Expressway Murders by Rozlan Mohd Noor.
- Tobias Carroll reviews The Paradox Murders by Rob Hart.
- Bethanne Patrick reviews The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb.
- H1 News reviews The Plant Hunter by T.L. Mogford.
- Carol Westron reviews Disappearance of a Scribe by Dana Stabenow.
- Publishers Weekly reviews The Book of Most Precious Substance by Sara Gran.
- Kirkus reviews The Secret in the Wall by Ann Parker.
- In Search of the Classic Mystery Novel reviews The Red Death Murders by Jim Noy.
- In Search of the Classic Mystery Novel reviews The Corfe Castle Murders by Rachel McLean.
- Janet Webb reviews A Counterfeit Suitor by Darcie Wilde.
- Sandie Herron reviews A Fiancée’s Guide to First Wives and Murder by Dianne Freeman.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews Homicide and Halo-Halo by Mia P. Manansala and tries a recipe from the book.
- Runalong the Shelves reviews Music of the Night, edited by Martin Edwards.
- Martin Edwards reviews M: Maxwell Knight, MI5's Greatest Spymaster by Henry Hemming.
- B.V. Lawson revisits the 1905 mystery The Crimson Blind by Frederick M. White.
- Crossexamining Crime revisits the 1933 mystery Jumping Jenny by Anthony Berkeley.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1949 detective novel The Body Beautiful by Bill S. Ballinger.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1950 juvenile delinquent novel Innocent Wanton a.k.a. Young Nurse Demond a.k.a. Student Nurse by Gail Jordan a.k.a. Peggy Gaddis.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1952 heist novel Woman Hunter by Laura Hale a.k.a. Lorenz Heller.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1953 sea adventure novel Barge Girl by Calvin Clements.
- Lesa Holstine revisits the 1970 Dave Brandstetter mystery Fadeout by Joseph Hansen.
- Paperback Warrior revisits the 1974 gothic novel Macabre Manor by Elizabeth Grayson.
- Joe Kenney revisits Jersey Guns, a 1974 novel in The Executioner men's adventure series by Don Pendleton.
- Happiness is a Book revisits the 1991 non-fiction book The Mysteries of Africa by Eugene Schleh.
Con and event reports:
- Alan Beresford reports that the Granite Noir festival in Aberdeen, Scotland, will also be livestreaming many panels and events.
- Joy Kluver reports about a crime writing workshop she will run at the Farnham Literary Festival in Farnham, UK.
- John King Tarpinian reports about an exhibition celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange in Glendale, California.
- Mary Kay Linge reports about Edgar Smith, who murdered 15-year-old Vickie Zielinski in 1957, was sentenced to death, wrote a memoir behind bars, was released after the intervention of friends in the publishing scene and promptly committed another violent crime.
- Sarah Weinman also reports about Edgar Smith and his affair with editor Sophie Wilkins who edited his memoir.
- Samantha Greene Woodruff discusses history's most evil and murderous doctors.
- Patrick Strickland shares a history of anti-immigrant xenophobia in the US.
- Jennifer Fawcett talks about the fascination with abandoned places.
- Diane Kelly explains what old houses can teach us.
Free online fiction:
- "Reveal the Character, Advance the Plot" by Mike McHone in Guilty.
- "Night Owls" by William Jensen in Mystery Tribune.
- "Devil Winds" by Abra Deering in Mystery Tribune.
- "The Hunting Season" by Gary McCallum in Mystery Tribune.
- "The Marigolds" by Ernesto Reyes in Mystery Tribune.
- "Her Lips, Cherry Red" by Terry John Malik in Mystery Tribune.
- "Simple" by Michael Caleb Tasker in Mystery Tribune.
- "Grab" by J. Agombar in Mystery Tribune.
- "The In-Between" by Anna Stolley Persky in Mystery Tribune.
- "Torn Asunder" by Amy Grech in Punk Noir Magazine.
- "The Dating Game" by Peter Mladinic in The Five-Two.
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