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Casting Choices

True Detective Imagery
True Detective Illustration created by Ben McLeod

HBO confirmed that Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn are officially apart of the second season of True Detective. Honestly, after casting Hollywood actors, Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, it wasn’t going to get any better than that.  I’m not exactly thrilled at the casting choices but the only thing that is keeping me a bit optimistic about the thing is recalling that Colin Farrell was really good in Ken Bruen’s London Boulevard film adaptation. Farrell can portray angst and conflict well and with Nic Pizzolatto returning to continue to write his nihilist philosophy, that should give Farrell something to work with. Continue reading Casting Choices

Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie ranks third in bestelling books after Shakespeare and the Bible
Agatha Christie is the most translated author ever 


Today is Agatha Christie’s birthday! according to my RSS feed at least. I’ve only read one book by her – 4:50 to Paddington (Miss Marple) and enjoyed it! I want to read more so I propose a question to Agatha Christie fans: which three books should readers not miss? She has a huge backlist so narrow it down for us newbies.

Books With Some Staying Power

Do any of the books you’re reading today have any staying power? What I mean by today is books published within the last decade. Would anybody read them again in 50 years? What makes a book good enough to be read by a different generation of readers? Who are the writers in crime fiction today making their mark and will be remembered 50 to 100 years from now? Will we still be reading books by then? Continue reading Books With Some Staying Power

My August Reads of the The Classics

Everyone in the community is doing their monthly wrap-ups. I rarely do them but I wanted to highlight the classic titles I read in August. They were some of the best reads I’ve had in quite sometime. My foray into reading the classics is always a lot of fun. For the month of August, that’s all I did was read about the pioneers of the genre and posted about the books that are apart of that era. Continue reading My August Reads of the The Classics

Ranking The Books: Åsa Larsson

Crime writer Åsa Larsson writes police procedurals set in the North of Sweden
Crime writer Åsa Larsson writes police procedurals set in the North of Sweden

Åsa Larsson is a Swedish crime writer who sets most of her stories in the small mining town of Kiruna. She writes the Rebecka Martinsson series. She’s a tax attorney who often helps the police in their investigation(s). Her character continues to evolve and it’s the one thing I like about this series. The author has put her through the wringer emotionally and in harm’s way so many times that the author has to address her recovery in the series itself. I may not like all the plots in her books but she gets top marks for characterization and setting. I’ve read them all and so this is how I would rank her work from strongest to weakest in the series now. The only book to dip below average for me was her latest book, The Second Deadly Sin. It wasn’t bad but it certainly wasn’t great which is why it sits at the bottom of this list.

Until Thy Wrath Be Past (2011)
Sun Storm (2006) aka The Savage Altar
The Blood Split (2007)
The Black Path (2008)
The Second Deadly Sin (2014)

I did a similar ranking for Jo Nesbo in 2013 and have since updated it.

Violence in Crime Fiction: The Redux Edition

It seems like the Bristol CrimeFest Convention some weeks ago in London started the debate again about the increase in violence in books and TV. Especially towards women, or so it seems. There are accusations being flung about women writing brutal crime scenes that are just as bad as the men. And yes, there is a double standard against women writers who write graphic violence, but that goes beyond the scope of this article. Continue reading Violence in Crime Fiction: The Redux Edition