Just before I dive into the latest stories however, I thought I'd note that despite my previous comments about the Weekend Herald rarely if ever putting the books features or reviews from the Canvas magazine online (one of the reasons they have allowed me to republish my stories for them here on Crime Watch), they have now in fact put both my recent James Lee Burke feature, "Philosopher of Crime", and my feature/review of Ben Sanders and his (now #1 bestselling) debut THE FALLEN, online on the official NZ Herald website.
I'm not sure if this will continue with my future features for them, but I will let you know. If you've read and liked the stories, it would be cool if you went to the Herald website (click on the links above) and hit the 'like' button and/or leave a comment - it might encourage them to put more crime fiction stories online.
Crime Watch Weekly Round-Up: In the News and on the 'Net
- In an excellent article, Mark Broatch of the Sunday Star-Times takes a closer look at the pleasing recent growth of New Zealand crime fiction, and what needs to be done to nurture this for an even brighter future;
- The California Chronicle publishes an interesting feature article by Michael Sragow of the Baltimore Sun, about award-winning crime writer Laura Lippman, which includes her comments on the camaraderie and sense of community amongst crime writers;
- Deepa Gupta of The Times of India interviews detective fiction writer Madhulika Liddle, who talks about the growth of English-language genre writing by Indian authors, and her hope to one day win the CWA Ellis Peters Dagger for historic crime fiction, since India has no crime writing awards;
- One the eve of the film release of The Girl Who Played with Fire in the UK, News Shopper takes an in-depth look at the Stieg Larsson phenomenon, including the books, the films, the controversies and conspiracies - the interesting article includes comments from the likes of Larsson biography Barry Forshaw and actress Noomi Rapace;
- The Baltimore Sun blog discusses Dennis Lehane's extreme good fortune when it comes to the film adaptations of his novels, in comparison to other crime writers, contemporary and historic (readers can post comments);
- Mike Nicol of Crime Beat at Book South Africa interviews Sarah Lotz, part of a growing wave of quality South African crime writers;
- The Sydney Morning Herald has a very good large feature on 2010 CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger Award winner Val McDermid, who will be appearing at the Melbourne Writers' Festival, starting next Friday.
- The Tennessean takes a look at this weekend's Killer Nashville convention, where authors in the mystery and thriller genres have gathered in the Nashville area to hone their craft and pitch their latest ideas to editors and publishing agents from around the United States;
- The Winnipeg Free Press takes a look at James Lee Burke's THE GLASS RAINBOW - "a new pinnacle for Burke", and John Connolly's THE WHISPERERS.