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Silent night, terrifying night: Thrillers to get into - Irish Independent

Silent night, terrifying night: Thrillers to get into - Irish Independent | Crime fiction | Scoop.it
In another strong year for thrillers, Myles McWeeney reveals the best to come on the shelves in the last few weeks:
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Any list with James Lee Burke on it is a good list.

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Can a drone walk your dog for you ? - Unexplained Mysteries

Can a drone walk your dog for you ? - Unexplained Mysteries | Crime fiction | Scoop.it
A future in which automated drones can perform everyday tasks might not be as far away as you think. (Can a drone walk your dog for you?
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Linguistic Mysteries: The Origin of "Red Herring" Was A Red Herring

Linguistic Mysteries: The Origin of "Red Herring" Was A Red Herring | Crime fiction | Scoop.it
With the plethora of mysteries in genre, lately, we've seen a lot of red herrings on screen. Were you aware that, for a long time, the origin of the phrase "red herring" was itself a red herring? We'll tell you where the phrase really comes from.
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I think red herrings are a plot cheat. I can't think of one that really worked. Not to mention that Jeffrey Archer wrote an entire book of short stories in which each tale was woven around a red herring...

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Crime fiction roundup reviews – 'There will be blood' - The Guardian

Crime fiction roundup reviews – 'There will be blood' - The Guardian | Crime fiction | Scoop.it
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Crime fiction roundup reviews – 'There will be blood'
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Nowadays, it's generally accepted that crime fiction is a broad church, which is, in terms of the continuing evolution and vibrancy of the genre, a thoroughly good thing.
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Subverting the genre is weird. Not subverting the genre gets reviewed as having "requisite" elements. So which should a writer do (if they want The Guardian to get excited)?

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' Dashiell Hammett: Man of Mystery' b y Sally Cline - Washington Post

' Dashiell Hammett: Man of Mystery' b y Sally Cline - Washington Post | Crime fiction | Scoop.it
' Dashiell Hammett: Man of Mystery' b y Sally Cline Washington Post One of the most prolific and distinguished contributors to Black Mask Magazine, Hammett produced five novels between 1929 and 1934 — including “Red Harvest,” “The Maltese Falcon”...
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Thrillers reviewed - Chicago Tribune (blog)

Thrillers reviewed - Chicago Tribune (blog) | Crime fiction | Scoop.it
Thrillers reviewed
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Pandemic by Scott Sigler, Crown, 592 pages, $26. When George Romero popularized zombies in the '60s, they were straightforwardly a trope for Cold War anxieties.
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The Old Place: Murder on the Menu: 13 Food Mysteries

The Old Place: Murder on the Menu: 13 Food Mysteries | Crime fiction | Scoop.it
Murder on the Menu: 13 Food Mysteries incl Agatha Raisin http://t.co/s8HvzNejpH
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I'd add my novel The Samaritan's Secret which revolves in part around qanafa, the hot Arab dessert of cheese and syrup!

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Crime fiction can do anything, 'After I'm Gone' author Laura Lippman says - MiamiHerald.com

Crime fiction can do anything, 'After I'm Gone' author Laura Lippman says - MiamiHerald.com | Crime fiction | Scoop.it
Crime fiction can do anything, 'After I'm Gone' author Laura Lippman says
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To Laura Lippman, crime fiction can do anything.
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"The world of teenage girls seemed very noirish to me, shot through with danger and risk."

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After ScandiNoir, French are new crime fiction stars - GMA News

After ScandiNoir, French are new crime fiction stars - GMA News | Crime fiction | Scoop.it
After ScandiNoir, French are new crime fiction stars GMA News "I think there is a wide feeling that Scandinavian crime which was a byword until very recently for potentially best selling crime fiction has tailed off," the founder of the...
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Allez les polars!

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Add some mysteries to your life - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Add some mysteries to your life - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Crime fiction | Scoop.it
Add some mysteries to your life Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Set in San Francisco (a city, Allende writes, also "shrouded in fog"), "Ripper" is clichéd and clunky, making me think perhaps Allende discovered writing crime fiction was beyond her skill...
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"Shrouded in fog." Oh well... But Keith Thompson sounds interesting.

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Writer Nic Pizzolatto on Thomas Ligotti and the Weird Secrets of 'True Detective' - Speakeasy - WSJ

Writer Nic Pizzolatto on Thomas Ligotti and the Weird Secrets of 'True Detective' - Speakeasy - WSJ | Crime fiction | Scoop.it
"True Detective" executive producer and writer Nic Pizzolatto comments to Speakeasy about some of the more ominous literary and philosophical influences on the show and shares some of his favorite horror writers.
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Ontos: Unusual Respect for Detective Fiction from an Academic

Ontos: Unusual Respect for Detective Fiction from an Academic | Crime fiction | Scoop.it
Chapter XIV: "The Detective Story." Unlike many scholars of his time, Peck saw something worthwhile in the better detective fiction writers. Excerpts from Chapter XIV follow: SUPERCILIOUS persons who profess to have a ...
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In a week when crime fictioneers are acting defensive over Isabelle Allende's supposed scorn for the genre, here's some academic validation from the delightfully named Harry Thurston Peck.

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Crime Always Pays: “Ya Wanna Do It Here Or Down The Station ...

Crime Always Pays: “Ya Wanna Do It Here Or Down The Station ... | Crime fiction | Scoop.it
Writing 'The End' on CALL IT PRETENDING, the third D.I. Paolo Storey novel. I only ever intended to write one crime novel and was convinced I didn't have another one in me. SOMEDAY NEVER COMES, the second in the ...
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11 best mysteries and crime novels of 2014 - The Seattle Times

11 best mysteries and crime novels of 2014 - The Seattle Times | Crime fiction | Scoop.it
Adam Woog chooses 11 titles for his best crime fiction of 2014, including books by Nevada Barr, David Downing, Robert Harris, Laura Lippman and David Liss.
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Under the Channel | Crime Fiction Lover

Under the Channel | Crime Fiction Lover | Crime fiction | Scoop.it
Written by Gilles Pétel, translated by Emily Boyce and Jane Aitken – A dead body on a train is a mystery straight out of Agatha Christie and the Golden Age of crime fiction. When the murder was committed on the train's journey ...
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One Minute With: John Connolly, crime fiction writer

One Minute With: John Connolly, crime fiction writer | Crime fiction | Scoop.it
Where are you now and what can you see? (RT @ECLamb: Aw, @RealJoeLong! One Minute With: John Connolly, crime fiction writer http://t.co/33wgrdJv3N)
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Saw John read a few years ago. Very characterful man and chilling writer.

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A Story to Kill for: Writing Crime & Detective Fiction

A Story to Kill for: Writing Crime & Detective Fiction | Crime fiction | Scoop.it
By Victoria Salvas Are your Twitter and Facebook feeds filling up with True Detective and Sherlock predictions? These hit series are just the latest detective stories to overtake mainstream media, ...
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The Judas Window by Carter Dickson aka John Dickson Carr | In ...

The Judas Window by Carter Dickson aka John Dickson Carr | In ... | Crime fiction | Scoop.it
But this one – it is one of the most exceptional examples of Golden Age crime fiction there is and the second read is as rewarding as the first. The slow reveal of important plot points, while still making the truth a mystery, keeps ...
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Stieg Larsson...without the perverse sex. Hmm, perhaps that sounds discouraging. But it's a good read.

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CGS Library's curator insight, August 20, 2014 3:40 AM

James Answell is found unconscious in a locked room next to the bodyof a murdered man.

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The 2014 Petrona Award for the Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of ...

The 2014 Petrona Award for the Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of ... | Crime fiction | Scoop.it
The winning title will be announced at the annual international crime fiction event CrimeFest, held in Bristol 15-18 May 2014. The winning author's prize will include a full pass to and a guaranteed panel at the 2015 CrimeFest ...
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Iceland overrepresented?

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The Black art of channelling Raymond Chandler - Irish Times (blog)

The Black art of channelling Raymond Chandler - Irish Times (blog) | Crime fiction | Scoop.it
The Black art of channelling Raymond Chandler
Irish Times (blog)
He took up writing pulp stories because he wanted to learn to write, and he thought detective fiction was a way to do this and to get paid at the same time.
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Sacrilege, goddammit!

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Behind the story of the Downward Dog Mysteries with Tracy Weber - Examiner.com

Behind the story of the Downward Dog Mysteries with Tracy Weber - Examiner.com | Crime fiction | Scoop.it
Behind the story of the Downward Dog Mysteries with Tracy Weber
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Tracy Weber is a yoga instructor who calls her debut mystery, “Murder Strikes a Pose,” a happily-ever-after, human-animal love story.
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Between Here and the Yellow Sea

Between Here and the Yellow Sea | Crime fiction | Scoop.it
Coach and I are driving to Los Angeles to kidnap his daughter (A piece of short fiction from the writer of HBO's True Detective, @nicpizzolatto.
http://t.co/K8AZeAJMMp)...
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Short fiction? In a magazine? What is this -- 1952?

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Springsteen Anthology: It's Official | Joe Clifford.com

Springsteen Anthology: It's Official | Joe Clifford.com | Crime fiction | Scoop.it
RT @joeclifford23: Getting excited about new Springsteen crime fiction anthology I am editing.... http://t.co/RUe2SmRJ1w
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Writing crime fiction - Character drives plot | MATT REES

Writing crime fiction - Character drives plot | MATT REES | Crime fiction | Scoop.it
Crime fiction writers often focus on clever plots to the deteriment of their characterization. Characters are key to a good novel and should drive the plot.
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Africa's Literary Detectives: Cases from the South – A lunchtime ...

Africa's Literary Detectives: Cases from the South – A lunchtime ... | Crime fiction | Scoop.it
This Friday's seminar Africa's Literary Detectives: Cases from the South, a seminar on detective fiction from southern Africa, will be given by Dr Ranka Primorac University of Southampton lecturer and Associate of the ...
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