The 2017 Petrona Award for the Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year announced the shortlist of outstanding crime novels from Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. The winning title will be announced at the Gala Dinner on May 20 during the annual international CrimeFest held in Bristol.
The Short Mystery Fiction Society posted the finalists for this year's best in short crime fiction, from flash length all the way to novelette. For all the lists, head on over to the official SMFS website.
The Daily Mail First Novel competition is launching its second annual event which offers the prize of a £20,000 publishing deal with Penguin Random House. Last year's contest attracted 5,000 entries, with the winner being Amy Lloyd for her thriller Red River. Since most of the best entries last year (according to the judges) were crime and thrillers, this year organizers are asking for entries in that genre only, from detective crime to spy thrillers to psychological chillers. Interested first-time authors who have never been published can send in the first 5,000 words and a short synopsis.
Today is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Robert Bloch (1917-1994), best known for his book Psycho which became an even more famous film by Alfred Hitchcock. Although he wrote primarily in horror and sci-fi, Bloch also penned crime fiction works, and served a term as president of the Mystery Writers of America (1970). Todd Mason has been including retrospectives on his blog this week in honor of the occasion as well as a partial bibliography.
The Writers Who Kill blog hosted interviews with the finalists for the Agatha Award for Best Short Crime Story and also has links to the stories so you can read them for yourself.
Agatha Christie's books and stories have been translated into over 100 languages, but writer Ragnar Jónasson recounted for The Guardian how he came to be a primary translator of the Queen of Crime's books into Icelandic and why one clue took ten years to translate.
In Mike Ripley's latest Getting Away with Murder column for Shots Magazine, he tells us that his long-simmering project Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, a "reader’s history" of the boom in British thriller writing 1953-1975, has been given a home by HarperCollins in their famous Crime Club imprint; plus he has a profile of Cuban crime-writing superstar Leonardo Padura; a look at new re-releases from Ostara Crime, reviews of two new debut thrillers, and plenty more reviews of note.
The escape-room event, in which groups of players are locked into a room and have to solve puzzles and complete a mission to escape, may have started in Kyoto in 2007, but they have since spread around the globe with such features as Escape The Room in New York City. Apparently, the film and TV business has also embraced the trend as a marketing tool to stand out in a crowded marketplace and give fans an immersive experience - shows such as Game of Thrones, Prison Break: Resurrection, and Murdoch Mysteries have all offered their take on an escape room.
Do you love the television spy series The Americans on FX? If so, here are "10 Books to Read If You Love Watching The Americans."
Rabeea, a Karachi-based book critic presently writing for Chicago Review of Books, Wales Art Review, Brooklyn Mag, and elsewhere, was getting a little tired of "the girl who" crime novel trend, prompting this subjective list of "5 Psychological Thrillers That Aren’t Formulaic."
Looking for the perfect place to stage the perfect crime? You might want to consider taking a little cruise.
Speaking of all things criminal, it appears that hair strands could reveal lifestyle secrets of criminals.
This week's featured crime poem at the 5-2 is "Sins to Forgive" by J.H. Johns
In the Q&A roundup, Henry Brock (Vicious Dogs) is the latest author to take Paul D. Brazill's Short Sharp Interview challenge; the Mysteristas welcomed Marilyn Larew, author of Aftermath; Sarah Pinborough stopped by Anne Bonny Book Reviews about her bestselling thrillers; Needham Local spoke with Dave Zeltserman about the upcoming movie adapted from his book, Small Crimes; and Crime Readers chatted with Seven Womack to discuss his series featuring Nashville PI, Harry James Denton.