Sunday Smatterings, Pre-Fast Edition

And so, the final completed volume of the Millenium series, THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST, has been published in the UK. The Times of London profiles Stieg Larsson anew, Marcel Berlins reviews the book (along with Ruth Rendell’s new Inspector Wexford installment), as does Joan Smith in the Sunday Times.

Oline Cogdill reviews Deborah Crombie’s latest crime novel NECESSARY AS BLOOD for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Hallie Ephron analyzes recent mysteries and thrillers by Sara Paretsky, James R. Benn and Lisa Black for the Boston Globe.

Paula Woods looks at Stephanie Barron’s THE WHITE GARDEN, her newest blending of history and mystery (and Virginia Woolf!)

Also in the LA Times, Jonathan Shapiro finds the Dexter novels by Jeff Lindsay to be “prurient and lacking in all redeeming social value.” Ouch. Or a good pullquote, depending on one’s standpoint…

Martin Levin at the G&M, however, has a more list-oriented take on Lindsay’s new series entry.

Declan Burke chats with Alan Glynn about his new novel WINTERLAND, about which I’m hearing many good things about.

Craig Russell fills in the Aberdeen Press & Journal about his Germany-set detective series, with one of them being filmed for television over there.

Sara Paretsky talks with the St. Louis Dispatch about how V.I. Warshawski has changed over the course of nearly 30 years, and also talks about the newest book, HARDBALL, with Julia Keller at the Chicago Tribune

The Melbourne Age’s Jason Steger holds court with Peter Temple about his new thriller, TRUTH, introducing another flawed and appealing protagonist to readers.

PD James goes the non-fiction route with TALKING ABOUT DETECTIVE FICTION, which she talks about to the Times and the Telegraph.

At the Denver Post, Tom & Enid Schantz have their say on new crime fiction by Olive Etchells, Tracy Kiely and Timothy Hallinan.

Dead authors are really hot right now, as the Wall Street Journal discovers and examines.

Finally, an easy fast for those observing Yom Kippur tonight and tomorrow.