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The best recent crime novels – review roundup

Sunburn by Laura Lippman, Righteous by Joe Ide, The Blinds by Adam Sternbergh, That Old Black Magic by Cathi Unsworth, Miss Blaine’s Prefect and the Golden Samovar by Olga Wojtas<p><b>Sunburn</b>(Faber, £14.99), Laura Lippman’s homage to the hardboiled, morally ambiguous novels of James M Cain, has the …

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Why Tommy and Tuppence were Agatha Christie's greatest creation

Ahead of a BBC adaptation, Ben Lawrence salutes the under-known pair of sleuths inspired by the writer's own marriage<p>We all think we know the ingredients of an Agatha Christie <b>novel</b>. There’s a murder (or more usually three murders); a large cast of suspects; and a contained setting, in which …

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Alfred Hitchcock remains an influence on crime writers

As he wrote what has become one of the top-selling novels so far in 2018, "The Woman in the Window," the author who calls himself A.J. Finn was …

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Altered Carbon's Showrunner Talks The Show's High Nudity Quotient

<i>Altered Carbon</i> is a show that is obsessed with nipples. There are nipples, and butts, and general displays of nudity, absolutely everywhere, from the …

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7 Books with Unusual and Unconventional Formats

When you crack open a book, you generally know what you’re getting yourself into, format wise. A story divided into chapters made of indented …

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Bullet Points: All That and More Edition

Please forgive the recent paucity of fresh posts on this page, but I’ve been busy finishing up a couple of large projects over the last two weeks, …

Mysterious Cases of People Who Teleported Out of Prison

Surely the dream of every prisoner is to somehow escape their confines and captivity to make it back out to the freedom they have lost. It must …

So You Want to Read English Gothic Literature: Here’s Where to Start

Horace Walpole’s 1764 book <i>The Castle of Otranto</i> is considered by many to be the ur-gothic novel: a genre-defining work that set the stage for …

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20 Women in Horror: Recommended Reading

<i>A selection of recommended books and stories to read in celebration of Women in Horror Month.</i><b>Column</b> by <b>Annie Neugebauer</b>There are lots of good posts …

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Walmart joins, well most of its competitors, in selling e-books | Ars Technica

Kobo e-books, audiobooks, and e-readers are coming to Walmart stores.<p>Most Walmart stores have modest book sections, but now the company plans to …

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Celebrating Dallas Mayr: The Wisdom of Jack Ketchum (1946–2018)

I learnt this morning that Dallas Mayr, known to readers around the world as Jack Ketchum, passed away after a long battle with cancer. I stared at …

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Ursula K. Le Guin, Acclaimed for Her Fantasy Fiction, Is Dead at 88

Ursula K. Le Guin, the immensely popular author who brought literary depth and a tough-minded feminist sensibility to science fiction and fantasy with books like “The Left Hand of Darkness” and the Earthsea series, died on Monday at her home in Portland, Ore. She was 88.<p>Her son, Theo Downes-Le …

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Stanley Kubrick's personal copy of Stephen King's novel The Shining, filled with his notes https://t.co/npY2N7ZQa3

The Power of Pulp Fiction: Girl Gangs, Biker Boys and More

It takes scholarly love and a fan’s enthusiasm to devote oneself to putting together a 300- plus page book dissecting obscure pulp fiction. But that …

Why Book Buying Bans Are a Bad Idea

This is a guest post from Tiffany Hall. Often to be found curled up on her couch in a blanket, regardless of the weather outside, Tiffany Hall is …

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Scientists Now Believe The Universe Itself May Be Conscious - Chaosmos

Physicist Gregory Matloff has published a paper that argues that the entire universe may be capable of consciousness. This concept, called …

Crime Fiction Hall of Fame: David Goodis

Although <b>David Goodis</b> (1917-67) led a fascinating life (fascinating to some of us, anyway), I’m not going to spend a lot of time here discussing his …

MWA Announces 2018 Edgar Award Nominations

January 19, 2018, New York, NY - <b>Mystery Writers of America</b> is proud to announce, as we celebrate the 209th anniversary of the birth of Edgar Allan …

FICTION REVIEW: THE LISTENER BY ROBERT MCCAMMON

The enigmatic <b>Robert McCammon</b> continues a literary path which remains almost impossible to categorise or pigeonhole with his latest novel “<b>The …

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Sadie Hartmann's review of The Listener

Sadie Hartmann's review<p>Jan 14, 2018<p>it was amazing<p>Read from January 07 to 14, 2018<p>Thank you Cemetery Dance for an advanced copy of this book in …

talesfromweirdland: The Kraken as seen by the eye of imagination. Illustration by Edward Etherington for Monsters of the Sea (1890).

<i>The Kraken as seen by the eye of imagination</i>.<p>Illustration by Edward Etherington for <i>Monsters of the Sea</i> (1890).

Mary Shelley wasn’t a one-hit wonder

Barbara Jane O’Sullivan on the Frankenstein author’s other literary output, and John Green on confusion caused by having authors of the same name<p>Fiona Sampson (The creation myth, Review, 13 January) provides an overview of possible sources for the central theme of Frankenstein, but fails to mention …

First look: Babylon Berlin the graphic novel

<b>Did you watch Babylon Berlin</b> on Sky last November? Or maybe, if you are in the US, you’ll catch it when it begins streaming on Netflix on 30 January. …

Saddened to hear of the passing of Sue Grafton. She will be greatly missed by her many readers and those that were lucky enough to know her. A huge loss for mystery fiction. “The alphabet now ends at Y”

Mystery writer Sue Grafton dies in California

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mystery writer Sue Grafton has died in Santa Barbara, California. She was 77.<p>Her daughter, Jamie Clark, posted news of her mother's death on Grafton's web page Friday.<p>She says her mother passed away Thursday night after a two-year battle with cancer and was surrounded by family, …

How Audre Lorde Helped Me Reclaim My Voice

<i>Novel Gazing</i> <i>is Electric Literature’s personal essay series about the way reading shapes our lives. This time, we</i> <i>asked</i><i>: What book was your feminist</i> …

Sue Grafton, Best-Selling Mystery Author, Dies at 77

Sue Grafton, a prolific author of detective novels known for an alphabetically titled series that began in 1982 with “A Is for Alibi,” has died. She was 77.<p>Her daughter Jamie, announcing the death on the author’s website and Facebook page, said Ms. Grafton had cancer.<p>In August her alphabetical …

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