Sunday, November 7, 2010

Crime Fiction on the 'Net: Weekly Round-up

There have been some more great crime fiction stories on the Web this past week - from newspapers, magazines, and fellow bloggers. Hopefully you will all find an interesting article or two linked here, that you enjoy reading.

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 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
What do you think of this week's round-up? Have you heard of/read Roslund and Hellstrom? Is the standard of British crime writing notably superior to that from other countries? What are your thoughts on the historic roots of crime/detective fiction? Does (some) crime fiction do a good job at examining contemporary issues?


  1. Craig - Thanks for this round up. I'm eager to read that article about the origins of crime fiction, so thank you for sharing it (I hadn't seen it yet).

    And I agree with you 100% - crime fiction is as much a study of modern sociology and psychology as it is anything else.

  2. Craig-thanks for the roundup with so many interesting items. I read and reviewed Three Seconds; Roslund/Hellstrom on Crime Scraps, and at that moment in time rated it the best book I had read this year. While it does not have a character as memorable as Lisbeth Salander, or Liza Marklund's Annika Bengtzon it has more than enough detail and suspense to make up for that.

  3. Glad to see you noted my book on the mothers of crime fiction. Have any copies made it to NZ, I wonder? I was born in Christchurch, and remember earthquakes there, but never as bad as the recent events. Excellent to see an award named after Ngaio Marsh.

    Lucy Sussex