Archive for October, 2016

vintage-halloween-costume-5Happy Halloween, y’all. Nothing like some creepy-ass costumes from days gone by to get you in the mood.

Crime wave: Why are so many writers inspired by East Anglia?I stood on the windswept, desolate beach and then dipped my head below the blue and white police tape. As blue lights flashed, I watched the ambulance team at work. But there was no hope. The corpse lay motionless on the pebbles.

Classic novel The Moonstone returns to BBCBBC Television has a great reputation for turning classic literature into excellent television serials.

Anthony Horowitz’s Magpie Murders a compendium of dark delightsOne of the more notable trends in recent crime fiction has been the revival of interest in what might be called the traditional mystery.


Review: In Connelly’s compelling ‘Wrong Side of Goodbye,’ Bosch deciphers the pastHarry Bosch’s idea of retiring is getting two new jobs. The legions of fans of Michael Connelly’s bestselling 19-book series about the Los Angeles detective can be grateful for that. In Connelly’s new novel, The Wrong Side of Goodbye, Bosch has left the LAPD but can’t quit chasing the bad guys.

wild-at-heart_9Awful Titles Famous Authors Almost Gave Their NovelsA title has to do a lot of work. At the least, it should entice readers and encapsulate the spirit of the text. So it’s no surprise even the greatest authors have struggled to craft the perfect one.

Partners in crime: Lawbreakers and music, in a new short-story collectionCrime and music seem so deeply intertwined in American culture, such natural thematic counterparts, that it is surprising that no one has had the idea of publishing an anthology like “Crime Plus Music” before.

Why The Fall Is Unlike Any Other Crime Show on TelevisionThis weekend, the third season of the The Fall returns to Netflix. The Fall has flown relatively under the radar in North America, despite starring Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan (aka the guy from Fifty Shades of Grey).

Realtors by day (murder mystery writers by night) warn of dangerEver had a deal fall through because you stumbled across a body in the master bath’s Whirlpool?

Otto Penzler: By the BookThe mystery fiction editor and founder of the Mysterious Press says the last book that surprised him was “Gone Girl,” by Gillian Flynn: “I never saw it coming.”

Author Dennis Lehane on crime novels, race in America and researching history“Mystic River,” “Shutter Island,” and coming in December, “Live By Night” are just some of the major Hollywood films based on bulletstories by Dennis Lehane.

A Forensic Thousand-and-One Nights: Tana French’s sixth Dublin Murder Squad novel, The Trespasser, features the same two detectives as her previous book, The Secret Place, but with a reversal: this time Stephen Moran, one of two central characters and the narrator of half of the earlier book, steps off center stage, which is now occupied by Antoinette Conway, the irascible leader of the investigation in both books.

Jess Kidd: ‘You make a deal with the universe and keep writing’Her debut novel opens with the shocking scene of a teenage mother battered to death in front of her infant son, but Jess Kidd makes no apology for the seam of darkness running through her black comedy Himself.

nakalbi2Latino Noir: Private Eyes And Really Bad VatosThis week, Alt.Latino takes a literary turn as we explore the world of Latino noir. Good guys, bad guys and cops who are both; murder, intrigue and gallows humor; highly stylized writing — it’s all there, as with any noir fiction. But these books and stories are written by Latino authors.


Review: New crime fiction from Don Easton, Sarah Pekkanen and Michael Koryta: Now that Jack Reacher has turned into Tom Cruise, it’s time for a new tough guy in town.

bulletSix New Thrillers for FallIs there any excuse for a thriller to be well written? A good sentence and a good thriller exist at cross purposes — the sentence making us pause to think or notice, the thriller dissolving our awareness of anything but its narrative, the genre that most wants to make us forget we’re reading.

Norton’s fiction debut gets a big thumbs up from writers, critics: When a writer of the obvious talents of John Boyne says Graham Norton may very well be “wasted on TV” and that he “may just have discovered his true vocation” as a novelist, you have to sit up and take notice.

Crime fiction is finally getting the critical respect it deserves: The Man Booker Prize is always guaranteed to generate controversy. This is nothing new and a healthy state for any literary prize to be in.

The ‘Killer Women’ Writers Collective Is Turning the Page on Sexist Crime Novels: I’m sat at the back of a room in Shoreditch Town Hall in London. Around me are more than 50 women—mainly in their 40s and 50s, with soccer mom hair and Bloomingdale’s wardrobes—frantically jotting down notes. “If there’s no blood and guts, I’m not going to convinced there’s been a murder,” a speaker advises. “You need at least one dead body… preferably multiple.”


bulletBook review- A masterful exploration of guilt: The Living and the Dead in Winsford by Hakan NesserRevenge is a dish best served cold, goes a well known proverb. Swedish writer Hakan Nesser’s The Living and the Dead in Winsford (2015) is a tale of revenge and a masterful exploration of guilt set in the haunting ambience of the English moors.

Alex Kava’s Reckless Creed reviewed (via Crimespree): Reckless Creed by Alex Kava combines an intense mystery with characters that are relatable and likeable. The added bonus of these stories is that readers get a glimpse into the responsibilities and duties of search dogs and their handlers.

Bad things happen on beautiful days: Introducing Sunshine Noir – crime writing from hot countries: This Fiction Friday, read a new short story by award-winning crime-writing duo Michael Stanley from the anthology Sunshine Noir.


lsIf you’re from the Deep South, male and of a certain age, you probably already remember that nearly 40 years ago, the Lynyrd Skynyrd we knew ended and the one that became the mythic Southern rock band was about to begin.

Ronnie Van Zant, Cassie Gaines and Steve Gaines all died in a Mississippi plane crash 39 years ago today. The rest of the band was seriously injured, but those survivors kept Lynyrd Skynyrd alive.




Today’s links: Why Australia’s Outback is a perfect setting for horror and crime stories: A new wave of crime fiction, including Janet Harper’s The Dry, is joining a long list of horror novels that use the Australian bush as backdrop.

Five reasons why the Jack Reacher novels are brilliantLee Child’s Jack Reacher is everywhere at the moment with the second Tom Cruise-led film, Never Go Back, released on Friday, swiftly followed by the publication of a new novel, Night School.


Separate and unequal: History and crime clash in Thomas Mullen’s DarktownOn a hot summer night in Atlanta – is there any other kind? – a pair of beat cops comes upon a minor car accident. The driver is clearly drunk, won’t show ID and the woman sitting beside him looks bruised. But the officers can’t arrest or even stop him because he is white and they are black – and the year is 1948. All they’re allowed to do is call for help. And what arrives proves far more dangerous than the man at the wheel could be.

The Real Versace Isn’t Crazy About ‘American Crime Story’ Season 3Half the fun of FX’s The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story lay in catching up with the real-life figures depicted in the series, a majority of which had positive feedback. That may not be the case for the announced third season, as the Versace organization dismisses Ryan Murphy’s take on the assassination of its founder as “a work of fiction.”

Novelist Lee Child on adapting Jack Reacher for the big screenThe mass-market bestseller list is no place for wimps.


Double play: “Billy & Ray” and “The Stand-In”: What are the odds? A pair of plays may have theatergoers and film buffs seeing doubldouble_indemnitye. Within a week, by sheer coincidence, two different shows about writer/director Billy Wilder have opened on SoCal stages. At the heart of both is the 1944 film noir classic Double Indemnity, which Wilder helmed and co-wrote with maestro of mysteries and crime fiction, Raymond Chandler.

HALLOWEEN BONUS — 7 creepy clown novels that will freak you out: The creepy clown craze has officially taken over as scary clown sightings pop up all over the United State. Instead of devouring the bizarre news stories, check out these seven tales of freaky clowns that have wreaked havoc in literature for decades.

‘Crime Plus Music’“Crime Plus Music” edited by Jim Fusilli is a collection of 20 darkly intense music related noir stories. Best-selling authors such as Peter Robinson, Craig Johnson, Alison Gaylin, and Reed Coleman along with many others combine their mystery skills with their music interests.


Trouble is Our Business: why Irish crime writers are a law unto themselves: What is most interesting about the boom in Irish crime writing is that the very absence of a domestic tradition has given Irish writers carte blanche to play with the genre.

nakalbi2Step Aside, Bogie: It’s Another S.F. NoirHugh Laurie and Gretchen Mol may headline the new Hulu series Chance (Oct. 19), based on Kem Nunn’s San Francisco crime thriller, but the real scene stealers here are the fog-shrouded Bay Bridge and dimly lit Tenderloin back alleys.

August Bookstore Sales Rose 2.0 percent: Bookstore sales rose 2.0% in August over August 2015, according to preliminary estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau.