Of course down this way the big crime fiction news of the week is that a new date has at last been set for the presentation of the first-ever Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel, after the Canterbury earthquake (which happened a few days before the Christchurch Writers' Festival was due to start) put the kibosh on the original plans. The Award will now be presented on Tuesday 30 November, following an author panel discussion. I heartily recommend anyone in the Canterbury region or nearby to head along for what should be a great night. You can read more about the evening here. Contact Ruth Todd on 03 384 4721 or firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets ($10, includes a glass of wine and nibbles).
Onto the round-up.
Crime Watch Weekly Round-Up: In the News and on the 'Net
- In The Independent, crime fiction afficianado Barry Forshaw takes a look at the latest Swedish thriller to be getting wider international attention, THREE SECONDS by Roslund and Hellström, an "ill-assorted" writing partnership that includes both sides of the real crime world.
- The Sydney Morning Herald examines a new work of scholarship that might be of interest to crime fiction fans - Women Writers and Detectives in 19th-Century Crime Fiction by Lucy Sussex, which reportedly upends some of the conventional thinking about the development of the genre over the past two hundred years.
- In a review of Elena Forbes's EVIL IN RETURN for the London Free Press, reviewer Joan Barfoot makes the interesting claim that the standard of crime fiction in Britain is "unusually high", and that British crime novels that are merely above average would be considered "stellar" in some other countries.
- While reviewing some recent mysteries and thrillers in the New York Times, Marilyn Stasio notes that the troubles caused by the economic recession are starting to come through in crime fiction - a comment that reiterates Crime Watch's long-held belief that crime fiction has, at times, become the modern social or sociological novel, dealing with contemporary realities, issues, and places (through the prism of a page-turning story) as well, if not better, than many other types of writing.
- Andrew Shaw of the Melbourne Community Voice interviews Australian crime writer Lindy Cameron (the Melbourne-set Kit O'Malley series), who has also recently started her own publishing company, Clan Destine Press, to better promote genre writing in Australia.
- The Examiner.com previews Sarah Paretsky's appearance on TV show Hardcover Mysteries on this coming Monday night (the series features some of America's most popular writers of thrillers and whodunits, exploring the crossover from fact to fiction), where Paretsky will talk about homicide of a faculty wife that made headlines near her childhood hometown of Lawrence, Kansas.
- Sue Freeman Culverhouse of Clarksville Online takes a look at the writing of Dame Ngaio Marsh for the "Writers You Should Know" series.