Friday, June 6, 2008

Ever resourseful

I see, thanks to Bookman Beattie's Blog, that the British CWA have announced the short list for their Dagger awards - always thought they were a perfect title for crime writing awards.
Oh, to make it onto that list...

Great to find that Mo Hayder is in there for Ritual and I should jolly well think so - it's a ripper book.

It got me to thinking (don't ask me how) about the crime writing related websites I frequent when I should really be writing. I see them as research, and a chance to keep up with what's happening in the world of crime fiction. There are plenty of writers with great sites, but I'll leave you to make use of Google to find your favourites.

There are a few blogs I regularly check out:

Detectives Beyond Borders has a great review of books and plenty of discussion about crime writing, but also general writing issues, such as translations. A huge list of links too. It calls itself a "forum for international crime fiction - because murder is more fun away from home."

Crime Down Under
This is a great one for keeping tabs on mystery and crime books from Australia. It has a recent post on the long list for the Australian Crime Writing Association Ned Kelly Awards
Oh to make that list too. I'm suprised by the huge amount of Australian crime writing produced.

The Rap Sheet is another good forum with plenty of discussion and links.

Clews - your home for historic true crime is a great little site with all manner if fascinating tidbits.

Often a crime writer needs to know some of the nastier aspects of life and death and The Australian Museum Online has a terrific section on Death and dying, so if you need to know the ins and outs of human decomposition, this is a great place to start.

The Tru TV Crime Library is a very commercial looking site, but contains some interesting information on individual cases and forensic methods.

This site is a little pearler if you're doing anything historical - Writer's Dream Tools which has a section on history by decades. It tells you events, who's in, who died, the bad guys, music and entertainment, new slang of the time and lots more.

Of course there is the monstrosity that is Wikipedia

That's all for now folks. I need to go write a novel...


Rachael King said...

Vanda, Roger Morris (one of the short listees) is an acquaintance of mine (I met him through Zoetrope initially, then in person at a Zoetrope gathering at a London pub a couple of years ago). I have a link to his blog on my blog.

So there you go, if he can do it, you can do!

Peter Rozovsky said...

Good gosh, thanks for the plug. I should have found it sooner.
Detectives Beyond Borders
"Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home"