Sunday Smatterings

Hallie Ephron has her say on new mysteries by Spencer Quinn, Jedediah Berry and Val McDermid.

Oline Cogdill looks at Tim Dorsey’s new comic crime novel for the Sun-Sentinel.

The NYT’s Marilyn Stasio opines on new crime fiction releases by Tim Dorsey, Frank Tallis Andrea Camilleri, Alfred Alcorn and Val McDermid.

Les Roberts reviews recent crime fiction by Ray Banks, Sean Doolittle and Dianne Emley at the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Laura Wilson looks at crime and thriller titles by Alafair Burke, Fred Vargas and Martyn Waites.

Is 2009 the year of David Peace? With his upcoming novel TOKYO OCCUPIED CITY, TV adaptation of the Red Riding Quartet and movie version of THE DAMNED UTD, it just may be. As a result he’s making the interview rounds, talking to the Observer’s Tim Adams about why he might be moving back to England and to the Sunday Herald about why he may give up novels after completing number 12.

The Irish Times uses Tana French’s critical and commercial success as a jumping off point to talk about the boom in crime fiction over there. (And in light of recent news, that explosion will only keep on, I reckon.)

The National Post’s Nathalie Atkinson engages Joe Gores in a Q&A about SPADE AND ARCHER.

More on Stieg Larsson-mania from the AP’s Malin Rising.

Ed Park rides along with Benjamin Parzybok’s debut novel COUCH in his new Astral Weeks column.

The Jane Austen & Zombies trend will not go away anytime soon. After all, we have PRIDE AND PREDATOR to look forward to!

If you think Hollywood adaptation of novels will run smoothly, see D.M. Thomas as a case study in how it is anything but.

And finally, I’ve got the music in me.