Saturday, June 19, 2010

Crime on the 'Net: Weekly Round-up

In the past I've occasionally done some little round-ups of Kiwi crime fiction in the news - pointing Crime Watch readers to some good articles, reviews or interviews elsewhere on the Web, that they may otherwise be unaware of or overlook.

For a while I've been thinking I should make this a more regular thing, and also to include some of the other great crime, mystery, or thriller fiction articles and commentary out there (I have pointed out great articles etc in the past, but generally on a one-off basis where I've mused more deeply about a theme or idea inspired by such an article) - both in terms of magazine and newspaper article online, and some particularly interesting posts from my fellow book bloggers around the world (check out the sidebar for some great blogs worth visiting in general).

Some other fantastic blogs (e.g. The Rap Sheet, which is an absolute must-read blog and resource for crime fiction fans) regularly do this, but I will look to add something new and different by covering some other things, and perhaps including some media (e.g links to New Zealand and Australian newspaper articles online) that may otherwise be less noticed by crime fiction fans in the Northern Hemisphere. Hopefully you will all like finding an interesting article or two linked here, that you enjoy reading, now and then.

Crime Watch Weekly Round-Up: In the News and on the 'Net
  • Graeme Blundell takes a look at how crime is increasingly crossing over into conventions and fantasties of horror writing, in a comprehensive review of John Connolly's latest Charlie Parker novel THE WHISPERERS, in The Australian.

  • In an article for the New York Times, Julie Bosman takes a look at how American readers and publishers are looking for 'the next Larsson', and this is leading to more translation, publication and publicity in the US for authors like Camilla Lackberg, Henning Mankell, and Jo Nesbo.

  • Books Editor Linda Herrick interviews the winner of the inaugural NZSA Pindar Publishing Prize, unpublished Wellington-based crime writer Donna Malane, in a good article in the New Zealand Herald.

  • John Sullivan of the Winnipeg Free Press says Peter Temple is leading the charge for a wave of Australian writers "honing in on the action" in the popular crime fiction genre.

  • British author Neil White, who juggles crime writing with a career as a criminal barrister, is interviewed by the Lancashire Evening Post about his dual life, and his latest crime novel DEAD SILENT.

  • US film producer Scott Rudin talks to Entertainment Weekly for a cover story about the upcoming Hollywood adaptation of "The Hottest Book on the Planet", Stieg Larsson's THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, including comments about casting.

  • For those interested in the geography of crime fiction, and the real life settings which inspired some great murder mystery tales, a new crime fiction-related guidebook has been released this week, Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes and Devon: A Complete Tour Guide & Companion. You can read the press release here.

  • The Shepparton News interviews newbie crime writer Martin Cusworth, a 60-year old West Australian, and takes a look at his debut thriller ROAD KILL.
For this first week of the Crime Watch weekly round up of crime, mystery, and thriller fiction in the news and on the 'Net, I've concentrated on newspaper and magazine articles available online, but in future weeks I'll also include links to comprehensive blog posts and comment as well.

What do you think of the round-up? Which articles do you find interesting? What types of stories, articles, and reviews would you like me to focus on in future round-ups? Thoughts and comments welcome.


  1. Craig - What a terrific idea to have a regular round-up! I'm sure that's going to be quite helpful. I'll have to think about what kinds of resources might be included here; you seem to have quite a lot of them covered already : ).

  2. Craig - It sounds as a great idea to me. Obviously I'm much more interested in news about New Zealand and Australia, but it does't harm to bring additional information from other places as well. Its sounds very interesting also to highlight what other blog posts.