REVIEW: Beck (S7 E3/4)

After last week’s underwhelming episode, in which Beck’s detective work was sidelined by various romantic relationships, will the old warhorse get the bit between his teeth now? When a young girl finds her mother Manuela dead at the foot of the stairs, the obvious question is, did she fall, or was she pushed? Her history…

The Killing Times Podcast: Episode 7, Lilja Sigurðardóttir & Quentin Bates

In this Iceland Noir special, we’re joined by Lilja Sigurðardóttir and Quentin Bates. Lilja Sigurðardóttir was born in Iceland in 1972, and has written six books, two of which – Snare and Trap – have been translated into English by Quentin Bates and have been released in the UK by Orenda books. Lilja is also an award-winning…

Iceland Noir dispatches: Day two

It’s day two here at Iceland Noir. It’s bucketing down outside and the wind is blowing a gale. So it’s a small mercy that we’re inside enjoying more back-to-back panels at the Iðnó theatre. This morning, we saw Danielle Ramsay, Laura Castoro (DD Ayres), Valentina Giambanco, William Burton McCormick on one panel; Felicia Yap, Jeffrey Siger, Louise Voss…

The Bone Collector TV series in the works

Jeffrey Deaver’s The Bone Collector – a 1999 movie starring Denzil Washington and Angelina Jolie – looks like it’s coming to television. US network, NBC, is developing a new adaptation, according to Deadline. The story follows Lincoln Rhyme, a retired genius forensic criminologist left paralyzed after an accident on the job. When a harrowing case…

Sofia Helin names next project

No, it’s not crime, before you ask. But Sofia Helin has been such an integral part of our lives during the past decade, there’s a lot of goodwill towards her. Before Saga and The Bridge she was, of course, a fine and established actress in her native Sweden and across the Nordic region. The Bridge…

Iceland Noir dispatches: Day one

As regular readers will know, we like to get out and about and attend as many crime fiction festivals as possible. Not only are they fun, but they’re also inspirational and you never know what kind of gossip you’re going to pick up along the way – we’ve found out some exclusive television option news…

Fox developing David Baldacci series

David Baldacci is one of the world’s biggest selling crime writers, and news reaches us a new TV series based on his John Puller series. US network, Fox, is developing the series. Puller is described as an action-forward procedural thriller about John Puller, an investigator with the Army’s Criminal Investigation Division. Puller, a decorated former Army…

John Marrs The One optioned for Netflix

British author John Marrs recently gave him his day job as an entertainment journalist to concentrate on his writing, and it seems to be paying off. His debut novel, an intriguing, Black Mirror-style thriller called The One, has been picked up by Netflix for a 10-episode series. One simple mouth swab is all it takes….

Channel 4 names transmission date for Farang

We have a new (well, for the UK) Swedish thriller to look forward to. Farang: Dead Man Running is an eight-part tells the story of former criminal Rickard has vanished. Fleeing Sweden and the old friends he has testified against, he abandons his name, his life, and his family to start over in Thailand. Ten years…

Bosch renewed by Amazon for a sixth series

Michael Connelly’s long-running LA noir character, Harry Bosch, has been a hugely successful example of a novel(s) that has transferred onto the small screen. We’ve had four series of the titular character, with a fifth coming next year, and now Amazon has confirmed that a sixth series has been commissioned. “I’m on the set where we…