Thursday, January 04, 2018

Hit the Links

• The January 2018 edition of Mike Ripley’s “Getting Away with Murder” column is now available for your attention in Shots.

• Also look for this year’s first edition of Sarah Weinman’s newsletter, “The Crime Lady,” which includes her recommendations of forthcoming crime-fiction releases.

• Mystery Fanfare notes the passing, on Wednesday, of Fred Bass, “who transformed his father’s small used-book store, the Strand, into a mammoth Manhattan emporium with the slogan ‘18 Miles of Books…’ He was 89. The cause was congestive heart failure.” National Public Radio’s Lynn Neary also shares her memories of Bass.

Jake Hinkson picks his “Top 6 Maigret Mystery Novels.”

• MysteryPeople chooses itsTop 6 Debut Novels of 2017.”

• While we await this coming fall’s Season 2 debut of The Deuce, the David Simon/George Pelecanos-created HBO-TV drama about New York City’s porn industry of the 1970s and ’80s, Literary Hub’s Dwyer Murphy serves up a list of 10 crime novels—by Lawrence Block, Chester Himes, Judith Rossner, and others—that showcased the grittier side of that metropolis during the same era.

• The Killing Times provides a long round-up of crime dramas expected to debut in Great Britain this year—most of which, I hope, will eventually show up on U.S. screens.

Kate Beckinsale’s The Widow may not air until 2019.

The Strand Magazine has put together a brief biography of Sherlock Holmes’ older and less active sibling, Mycroft.

• In addition to the disappearance on December 31 of Hey, There’s a Dead Guy in the Living Room, a second group blog, The Lady Killers, has also decided to call it quits.

• And Andrew Grant (False Witness) is the latest guest on Nancie Clare’s Speaking of Murder podcast. Listen in here.

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