Abbott has written an excellent article in the Guardian about the success of
novels such as Gone Girl and Girl on the Train and the fact that
there is a desire amongst female readers to read stories that speak more of
their own experiences.The whole article
can be read here.
really brilliant piece in The Independent about The Silent Room Mari Hannah’s new book and new protagonist.The article can be read here.Also in The Independent a review
of A J Quinn’s latest novel Silence
by Barry Forshaw who states that it captures the spirit of Belfast.
you by any chance managed to miss the news of Peter Dickinson’s sad death then
his obituary in The Independent can be read here.Both a crime writer and a children’s writer
Dickinson’s debut novel Skin Deep
(aka The Glass-Sided Ant’s Nest (US))
won the CWA Gold Dagger.So did his
second novel A Pride of Heroes (The Old English Peep-Show (US)).More Obituaries can be found from the Bookseller,
Guardian and The
Bookshop is launching a series of live events in 2016.The whole list can be found here and there is of course a
number of “Deadly in Dulwich” crime fiction events taking place. The first
takes place on 21 January and features debut author Fiona Barton and Ann
Morgan.On 9th March Alex
Marwood will be joined by Erin Kelly, Jane Casey and Claire McGowan. An Irish
Crime Fiction special of Deadly in Dulwich will take place on 26th
April featuring Sinead Cowley, Jo Spain and Kate McQuaid.
to ABC Sunshine Coast news American crime writer James Patterson appears to be
expanding his stable of collaborations.This time round he will be collaborating with Australian crime writer
Candice Fox whose novels Hades and Eden have won Ned Kelly Awards.The full article can be read here.You can also listen to an interview with
Candice Fox done with ABC Sunshine Coast News (Via Soundcloud) as she talks
about collaborating with James Patterson.
Over on the lovely Declan Burke's blog Crime Always Pays there is a round up of crime fiction books by Irish crime writers that are due out in 2016. The list includes John Connolly, Steve Cavanagh, Tana French and Adrian McKinty to name a few.
Quite a number of books are being adapted for movies next year. The ones that crime fiction readers no doubt will be interested in include Girl on a Train by Paula Hawkins, Inferno by Dan Brown, The November Criminals by Sam Munson.
attendees at CSI Portsmouth will be pleased to know that the event will take
place in 2016 on Saturday 5th March as part of the Portsmouth
Book Festival. The event will take place at The Plaza, Pyramids
Portsmouth founder Pauline Rowson will be joined by crime writers Elly Griffiths,
Will Sutton, J S Law and Diana Bretherick as well crime expert Simon Mound, a
crime scene investigator with Hampshire Police’s Scientific Services Department
and Jonathan Smith a forensic scientist.
cost £15:00 for the day and can be bought from the Box Office, any Portsmouth
Library and on online via Eventbrite
with effect from 4 January 2016.
clung in skirts around the city’s buildings, and November’s sunlight was
reduced to a splutter, when I attended Reading Crime Festival in 2011. At the
time I was writing a humorous account of working in the fashion industry, comfortable
in my tongue-in-cheek style, I was there only as a keen reader of the darker
genre. My sister-in-law and I juggled our three-month-old niece between us, and
joked she was the youngest crime fan in attendance.
was attracted to a panel discussion between NJ Cooper, Denise Mina, Ronnie
Thompson, David Wilson and Dreda Say Mitchell, which posed the question: Crime and Society: How is crime, fact and
fiction, influenced by the society in which it occurs? I wanted to understand
why crime fiction, above other genres, is so readily cast as Hamlet’s players:
tasked with holding up a mirror to nature.
crime thrillers are revered for their ability to reflect society. Authors are praised
for unearthing truths about humanity. What is it about these tales of dark shadows,
of the grubby underbelly, of desperate acts, of criminality, of death, that we
so strongly and readily relate to? In writing about crime, authors show the
worst of us. Our grim urges and impulses laid bare when decency and law collapse.
As economies go into recession, government cuts begin to bite, and life gets
that little bit harder for the many, UK sales of crime fiction hold strong and steady.
When even militant extremists release choreographed videos in carefully coordinated
PR campaigns, and our everyday life is reset through a more flattering filter
online, our cynical side knee-jerk reacts against the air-brushed, candy-floss rebrands
of our own hopes and dreams pitched at us by globalisation’s uber brands. We’re
savvy. We know there’s no pearl if there’s no grit in the oyster.
as so readily reflected in crime fiction, is often shaped by geography. Our
communities defined by location. You’re a Londoner. A Northerner. Urban.
Suburban. Provincial. We group together for support, understanding, growth, protection.
We carve ourselves up. Draw boundaries. Raise walls. Are you one of us? The
police utilise independent mediators (religious leaders, advocates, voluntary
sector workers), to reach those in specific communities. The dark morally
complex Scandinavian Noir, mirrors the twenty-four-hour darkness of their winter.
Morse has Oxford, Rebus has Edinburgh, the cities almost characters in their
own right. And we’re back to the spotlight crime fiction shines on our
the last decade we’ve seen the growth of new communities: those online. Beyond groupswhich have collected around shared interests
- Marvel comics, make up tutorials, fanaticism – huge swathes of the population
have joined social media platforms. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat,
Blogger, have become part of our daily lives. Part of our language. With fifteen
million users in the UK, Twitter must be the biggest single community to form
in the last decade. What dark corners lay hidden within this community?
years after I questioned why crime fiction does it best, I found myself writing
about a killer who tweets clues about their next victim. A killer whose tweets
are shared, replied to, liked, followed. I’m turning the mirror to face society,
I’m turning the mirror to face social media.
Follow Me (HarperCollins) by Angela Clarke is out in e-book on 3rd December
2015 and in print on 31st December 2015.
can find more information about Angela Clarke on her website.You can also follow her on Twitter @TheAngelaClarke and on Facebook.
Excellent interview with Sophie Hannah in the
Guardian.It can be read here.One of the most important points she makes and
something that has constantly annoyed me is the fact that many people think
that crime fiction can’t be literature.I often wonder what books they have been reading.
According to the Bookseller
Michael Fassbender is to star in the film adaptation of Jo Nesbø’s bestselling
novel The Snowman. Filming starts in
the middle of January 2016 and is currently set for release in the cinema in
Alison Flood in the Guardian
interviews author Paula Hawkins on becoming a literary sensation with her novel
Girl on the Train.
According to Cinemablend xXx: The Return of Xander
Cage will see the return of a major character.More information can be found here.
Sherlock fans might be interested in the short
trailer for BBC’s Christmas special The
Abominable Bride.It can be seen
Fans of Ann Cleeves Shetland series will be pleased to note that a six part series is
due to start on BBC One on 15 January 2016.More information can be found here.
Look out for Deutschland
83 which is an 8 part Cold War Spy thriller set amidst a divided
Germany.It is to be shown on Channel 4
starting on 3 January 2016.More
information can be found here.
Interested in knowing what are the world’s
greatest spy films? If so then in the run up to the launch of Deutschland 83 Channel 4 are counting
down the ten most thrilling spy movies as chosen by “real spies” and spy
masters.More information can be found here.The programme is due to be shown on 2nd
January 2016 on Channel 4 at 21:00.
Remember the Robert Rodriguez film From Dusk to Dawn? Well the series is due
to launch on Spike at 9:00pm on 4 January 2016.More information about the series can be found here.
Publishers Weekly have issued their list of best mysteries
of 2015.The full list can be found here
and includes The Cartel by Don
Winslow, James Lee Burke’s House of the
Rising Sun and Charles McCarry’s The
Mulberry Bush to name a few.
Whilst not strictly crime fiction – fans of actor
Idris Elba who plays Luther may be interested to know that he will be sharing
his favourite music on BBC Radio 6 on Sunday 27 December 2015 between 1:00pm