Archive for December, 2016

I don’t know about you, but I’m glad to see this year fade away in the hopes that 2017 is better — and that bar is set pretty low.

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What will be the publishing industry’s Girl On A Train of 2017?Ready for the next Girl On The Train? Or perhaps you want to dip into a debut you’ll devour in one sitting? Next year is looking promising for both fiction and non-fiction fans, as both new and established authors come to the fore.

 

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Top 10 slangy crime novelsI’ve spent most of my adult life reading vintage crime novels. Often dismissed out of hand at the time they appeared, over the past century they have preserved a huge variety of slang.

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Gangster who wrote about dealings with Lee Duffy turns crime author : Gangster Stephen Sayers’ name once inspired fear across the Northeast.

Shut Eye Is a Standard Crime Drama with a Fun Twist: If you’ve watched anything at all on Hulu lately, you’ve seen the ad for their new original series, Shut Eye.

Review: Closed CasketContinuation novels, if that is the correct term, seem to be all the rage at the moment. Sebastian Faulks, Jeffrey Deaver and William Boyd have all had a go at James Bond; Anthony Horowitz did a pretty good pastiche of Sherlock Holmes; and now Sophie Hannah is back with a second run at Agatha Christie. All nice little earners, no doubt, both for the literary estates concerned and for the writers commissioned to imitate their masters.

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Ben Affleck gets serious about his pulp fiction in Live By NightBen Affleck’s first film as a director, 2007’s Gone Baby Gone, was adapted from a novel by Boston crime fiction scribe Dennis Lehane. A little less than a decade later, Affleck returns to Lehane with a drastically elevated status as a filmmaker, having subsequently made two hits for Warner Bros.—one of which, Argo, won the Best Picture Oscar a few years back.

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THE BEST CRIME SHOWS OF 2016: Yes, we review a lot of books here on Crime Fiction Lover. About 2000 of them so far, more or less. But when we’re resting our eyes from page and computer screen, we’re often caught enjoying our passion for crime fiction on television.

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Ellen Hart, Grand MasterEllen Hart is a lesbian favorite. The author of more than 30 mysteries, including the best-selling and award-winning Jane Lawless series, Hart is the doyenne of the lesbian mystery genre.

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Round-Up 2016: Crime Fiction With Mat Coward:WHEN I reviewed A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny (Sphere) earlier in the year, I suggested that it was “the sort of book you might want to save for Christmas” because this series, set largely in an isolated Quebecois village, is rich in snow, reunions, food and booze, neighbourly conviviality and other such seasonal themes.

Give the gift of a mystery this ChristmasHere’s an idea for a Christmas present whose lasting value far exceeds its price: Introduce a friend to the first in a series of good books.

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Buying presents on a budget this year? You’re not going to want to miss this, then. The good folks at Shotgun Honey/One-Eye Press have reduced the price of all their books to 99 cents from now until the end of the year. Can’t beat a deal like that.

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A Kind of Murder: Walter Stackhouse is a successful architect trapped in a marriage that’s crumbling in on him. His wife, Clara, suffers from nervous breakdowns, and refuses to seek help. She’s prone to jealous fits, imagining him tangled in affairs that just aren’t any part of reality, and has attempted suicide on more than one occasion.

The Best and Latest in Crime FictionIt sometimes seems as if there’s a support group for every lost soul on our planet. In KILL THE NEXT ONE (Mulholland/Little, Brown, $26), we’re even introduced to a source of reinforcement for would-be suicides.

 

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The offices of The Daily Mail get blown to bits, in this must-read, hilarious crime caper novel: A crime caper novel sets out to take down the right-wing press, by getting the central character to blow up the offices of The Daily Mail. And while it’s a work of fiction, the book poses some serious questions about the nature of 21st century life, and the mainstream media’s influence over it.

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A mystery tale with a canine heroThis is a delightful book and I am confident that it will be judged one of the best books of this year. All aspects of its release have been shrewdly designed to make it a seasonal favorite. It is a work of “popular fiction,” and its parts (plot, character, etc.) are skillfully woven to make it a best seller in the upcoming holidays.

Publishers Weekly Review: Little Girl GoneSchmitt, the author of three cozy series under her Laura Childs pseudonym, tries her hand at a thriller with mixed results. Marjorie Sorenson, a human trafficker who kidnaps babies, specializes in creating reborn dolls, constructed to eerily resemble real infants.