Saturday, March 03, 2012

Top 10: Crime Fiction News (Mar 3): Godfather prequel, George Smiley, Crime eBooks

Some interesting bits of news this week in the world of thrillers, crime, mystery, and suspense fiction—including a dispute over whether Mario Puzo's estate has the right to publish posthumous "Godfather" novels.

We're making a change this week with our charts—we've split the Thrill of it All's Top 20 into two different sets:  The top 10 for the week, and a top 10 of all time. It was the only way to clear off some of those chestnuts that just lingered in the weekly top twenty week after week.

And what did we say last week about the words "free" and "Batman"? As you can see below, our initial blog featuring free Batman comics jumped in a matter of days from #1 post of the week to one of the TOP TEN POSTS OF ALL TIME. I'm sure you won't miss the fact that I quickly followed up with a second "free Batman" blog entry...which is this week's #1 post. (We'll see how quickly it makes the "All Time" list!)

Recent crime, suspense and mystery fiction news, reviews, and interviews
01 Godfather prequel shown no respect by Paramount Pictures (Guardian UK)
02 I Spy: John le Carré and the rise of George Smiley (New Yorker)
03 F+W Launches Hard-Boiled Crime E-Book Imprint (
04 F+W Launches Prologue Books for Out-of-Print Digital Novels‎ (Publishers Weekly)
05 Haverford cop pens update to crime novel (Main Line)
06 Hot literature from cool climes: Scandinavian crime fiction (Sydney Morning Herald)
07 Women in jeopardy – crime fiction panel AWP live blog (fanTABZulous)
08 If you like good detective fiction, read Fred Vargas (Curious Presbyterian)
09 The First Ever Detective Fiction. Really? | Mystery Tribune
10 Friday's "Forgotten" Book - Detective Fiction: Crime and Compromise (In Reference to Murder)

THRILL OF IT ALL'S TOP 10 OF THE WEEK(new entries in bold)
01 Free comics: Batman: Shadow of Sin Tzu
02 Top 5 Fight Scenes on TV (Five for Friday)
03 RIP Davy Jones (1945-2012) of The Monkees
04 Now on Kindle for a buck: "Don't Fall For That Trick"
05 Crime Fiction News: Batman, J.K. Rowling, Sara Paretsky, Jewish Mystery Authors
06 Don Coldsmith on Nero Wolfe: DEATH OF A DUDE
07 Nashville's own Mysteries & More: Books to Die For!
08 Complete LEE MCKINNEY (Chocoholic Mysteries) by JoAnna Carl
09 Complete PSYCH by William Rabkin
10 Complete MATTHEW SCUDDER by Lawrence Block

01 What's next for Richard Stark's PARKER
02 All Aboard For Murder: 10 Mysteries and Thrillers on Trains
03 Read the origin of BATMAN free online!
04 Complete GOLDY SCHULZ by Diane Mott Davidson
05 Complete HAMISH MACBETH by M.C. Beaton
06 The Mysterious Disappearance of Edgar Allan Poe's Admirer
07 How to write a cozy mystery
08 Complete PETER DECKER and RINA LAZARUS by Fay Kellerman
09 Modern day SHERLOCK on PBS Masterpiece Mystery
10 150+ Mystery Series: 1841-2010

Crime Fiction News (Feb 25): Free Batman, J.K. Rowling, Sara Paretsky, Jewish Mystery Authors
Crime Fiction News (Feb 18): Agatha Awards, Jennifer Aniston, Father Dowling
Crime Fiction News (Feb 11): Janet Evanovich, J.A. Jance, Eric Wilson
Crime Fiction News (Feb 4): Libraries, J.A. Konrath, Val McDermid, Elmore Leonard
Crime Fiction News (Jan 28): Steven James, Edgar Allan Poe

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Die Laughing: Funny Crime and Mystery Fiction


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