Saturday, October 16, 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 like finding an interesting article or two linked here, that you enjoy reading.

Onto the round-up.

Crime Watch Weekly Round-Up: In the News and on the 'Net
  • The Portsmouth News takes a look at a a unique new event lined up for this month's Portsmouth BookFest, where forensic and crime scene experts from Hampshire Constabulary and the University of Portsmouth will team up with top crime writers to look at how much fact is behind the fiction of your favourite crime novel.
  • Margaret Cannon of the Globe and Mail reviews some of the latest crime fiction to hit booksellers' shelves, including FROM THE DEAD by Mark Billingham, EVIL IN RETURN by Elena Forbes, and SAINTS OF NEW YORK by RJ Ellory.
  • The Berkshire Eagle takes a look at a busy theatre company, and a new Egyptian mummy-themed murder mystery play they're showcasing, where audience members get a chance to 'guess the murderer'.
  • Luaine Lee of the McClatchy-Tribune News Service reports on how eight of the most prominent US mystery writers (including Harlan Coben, David Baldacci, Sandra Brown and Sarah Paretsky) will discuss how real-life cases inspired them to pen their best-selling books in the TV show "Hardcover Mysteries," which began this week and will air on Monday nights.
  • New York Times Bestseller Tess Gerritsen chats to Susan Fogwell of the Huffington Post about Camden, Maine, Ice Cold & the TNT series based on her books.
  • The Hollywood Reporter notes that legendary actor Robert De Niro and gritty crime writer Richard Price are teaming for a new police drama for CBS television, "Rookies," about a team of six freshman cops who are sent into high-crime trouble spots.
  • Children’s book publisher Albert Whitman & Co. has reached an agreement with Open Road Integrated Media to publish all 150 titles of Whitman’s Boxcar Children Mysteries series in e-book format, reports Publishers Weekly.
What do you think of the round-up? Which articles do you find interesting? Did have you read RJ Ellory or Mark Billingham's latest? What do you think of the 'reality' of crime writing? have you watched Rizzoli & Isles? What mystery books did you read as a child - Enid Blyton, Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, something else? Please share your thoughts. I'd love to read what you think.


  1. Craig - Terrific round-up, as always. It's so nice to be able to catch up on things I've missed.

  2. Craig,

    I don't remember reading mysteries as a child. I remember reading adventure or action-oriented stories--sports stories for example. I also remember reading westerns such as _Hopalong_ _Cassidy_ and _The Lone Ranger_. Another interest was biographies (I now no longer read biographies). I probably did read a "Hardy Boys" story but don't remember it. I think my first mysteries were the Sherlock Holmes stories or at least that's what I remember.

    My interest in mysteries is actually quite recent; I was far more interested in science fiction along with some fantasy. I discovered science fiction at the Golden Age of SF (a 12 year old male as one critic has commented).

    Now my interests are "the classics," SF, and mysteries, along with a variety of non-fiction topics. Perhaps some day I may venture a glance at westerns--perhaps.

  3. Thanks for the collection of great links.

    As a child, I read all the children mystery/adventure books I could find at the school and local library - Nancy Drew, Secret Seven, Famous Five, Trixie Belden, and those pick-a-path series. I think there was a series of books called Five Minute Mysteries or something. They were short stories where the investigation stopped just before the solution was revealed. The reader then tried to solve the mystery before turning the page to check the solution to see if they got it right.

    I hadn't heard of the Boxcar Children Mysteries before but the e-book format sounds like a great idea for today's young mystery lovers.

  4. As a child I really enjoyed the Famous Five and Enid Blyton's Adventure series, then progressed onto Trixie Belden. As a teenager I started reading Agatha Christie, as well as supernatural mysteries by Lois Duncan and Christopher Pike.

  5. I read all the Hardy Boys books I could get my hands on, several of the Secret Seven/Famous Five books, and then moved onto Sherlock Holmes and the Agatan Sax books, and Agatha Christie.