Interesting article in the Independent by John Rentoul on top 10 detective hobbies. Interesting to see what detectives such as Philip Marlowe, Max Carrados and Marcus Didus Falco to name a few liked to do in their spare time. The article can be read here.
All 4/ Walter Presents always have a wide range of brilliant crime dramas. A new one to look out for is Bullets which is a Finish thriller involving an undercover agent. More info and episodes can be found here.
In advance of him being seen in the forth coming Slough House series Gary Oldman can be seen in Crisis a film set against the backdrop of the opioid epidemic, where three stories collide in this dramatic thriller. More information can be found here.
In case you missed it Alison Flood's review of the Guardian's thrillers of the month can be found here.
With 2021 being the 100th anniversary of Patricia Highsmith Guy Lodge of the Guardian rounds up the best film adaptaion of her works. The article can be read here.
Friends of Mystery have these wonderful sessions called Bloody Thursday where by they interview authors and otthers in the mystery world. Normally this would be done in person but due to the pandemic it is now on line for the moment. Having just taken part in the most recent event where S A Cosby was interviewed I can certainly say that they are well worth taking part in. They only happen five times a year and are free. More information can be found here.
If you have missed the news then you will be pleased to hear that the programme for this year's Granite Noir has been released. As with most events it will be online. It will also be free. The dates are 19th to 21st February 2021. More information can be found here.
Also the dates for the brilliant St Hilda's crime fiction weekend have been announced. Clear your diaries! It will take place 13th to 15th August 2021. More information to follow.
Next week Sunday (7 February 2021) Radio 4 book club will be discussing Tana French's book The Wych Elm along with the author. More information can be found here.
On 8 February the Dallas Arts Museum will be hosting a vrtual event with Walter Mosley to celebrate the publication of his new Easy Rawlins novel Blood Grove. More information about the event and tickets can be found here.
Over on Book Riot ten of the best female assassin books have been proofiled. The list can be found here. An interesting list that is not solely crime.
Also Publishers Weekly have drawn up a list of the 10 most dynamic detective duos in crime fiction. The list cand be found here. Not totally surprised with the list but do think that others could have been included.
Over on the International Crime Fiction Research Group webpage they have taken the opportunity of it being 100 years since the publication of Agatha Christie's first mystery novel The Mysterious Affair at Styles which introduced readers to Hercule Poirot to have a closer look at the different dimensions of space in her 45 novels and how the places where homicides were committed have evolved over the course of Christie’s career.