Saturday, February 25, 2012

Crime Fiction News (Feb 25): Free Batman, J.K. Rowling, Sara Paretsky, Jewish Mystery Authors

Judging from the explosion of blog visits this week, the two most powerful words in SEO (search engine optimization) are "Free" and "Batman." Apparently, I'll have to find more excuses to work those two words into my blog entries in the future. Meanwhile, there was other news in crime fiction this week—including bits about Sara Paretsky, a celebration of Jewish mystery writers, Elmore Leonard, and the late Donald Westlake.

Recent crime, suspense and mystery fiction news, reviews, and interviews
01 Will J.K. Rowling net wizard profits from switch to crime? (CNN)
02 Malice Nominees, Dagger Winner (Mystery Scene)
03 What is Too Political for Fun? (Sara Paretsky)
04 Celebration of Jewish Mystery Authors: March 4 (Mystery Fanfare)
05 Donald Westlake's posthumous crime novel The Comedy Is Finished (PW)
06 JLE Legal Fiction Contest (Southwestern Law School)
07 Behind the Scenes of Justified (Elmore Leonard)
08 First ever detective novel back in print after 150 years (The Guardian)
09 Crime Beat: Is crime fiction redundant? (Books Live)
10 White-collar crime novel drawn straight from author’s reality (Taipei Times)
11 Eliminating Unnecessary Plot Complications (Mystery Writing is Murder)
12 New in crime fiction: The latest mysteries and thrillers (Globe and Mail)
13 Newlywed Detectives Dredge Up The Thames' Secrets (NPR)
14 Era of pulp fiction will be back: Ved Prakash Sharma, Meerut publisher (Economic Times - India)

THRILL OF IT ALL'S TOP 20 (new entries in bold)
01 Read the origin of BATMAN free online!
02 All Aboard For Murder: 10 Mysteries and Thrillers On Trains
03 Top 5 Fight Scenes on TV
04 Amateur sleuth RUTH BUDGE (Finny's Nose Mysteries) by Dana Mentink
05 The Complete PARKER by Richard Stark
06 Spyglass Lane Mysteries under a dollar!
07 Countdown to Chris Well's Thrill of it All podcast: Two Weeks!
08 Complete TRACY EATON by Kris Neri
09 Scents of Murder Mysteries by Lynette Sowell
10 Free eBook! First Shot: Ten Stories
11 Complete MEG LANGSLOW by Donna Andrews
12 Complete PETER DECKER and RINA LAZARUS by Faye Kellerman
13 Crime Fiction News (Feb 18): Agatha Awards, Jennifer Aniston, Father Dowling
14 Complete BERNIE RHODENBARR (Burglar) by Lawrence Block
15 Crime Fiction News (Feb 11): Janet Evanovich, J.A. Jance, Eric Wilson
16 Complete U.S. MARSHAL KAREN SISCO (Out of Sight) by Elmore Leonard
17 Complete GOLDY SCHULZ by Diane Mott Davidson
18 Complete CHIEF INSPECTOR WEXFORD by Ruth Rendell
19 Complete HAMISH MACBETH by M.C. Beaton
20 150+ Mystery Series: 1841-2010
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Die Laughing: Funny Crime and Mystery Fiction


A woman with a complicated past returns home to become the small town's new sheriff. Best Mann For The Job is by the writer/artist team of Chris and Erica Well. Read it from the beginning at Watch the trailer on YouTube.