Hollywood & Crime

Inspiration can come from funny places. It can be from reading a newspaper article, or hearing a song on the radio, or simply seeing the way people act with each other on the train in the morning. If you’re attuned to it, inspiration can strike from anywhere. Or alternatively, you can just seek out things…

Die A Little by Megan Abbott

It’s a hell of a debut for Megan Abbott: a female led mystery in 1940's Hollywood with a distinctly unreliable narrator. There’s murder, a femme-fatale and a too trusting dope of a man. But it feels like Abbott is referencing women’s films of the 1940s, as much as she is standard noir. As if she…

Angel of the Abyss by Ed Kurtz

Undoubtedly, it’s because I read too much Raymond Chandler when I was young, before moving on to read too much James Ellroy, but the sub-genre I love most is probably the Hollywood-set murder mystery/thriller. What I find so fascinating is the mixture of that impossible Technicolor glamour, with tawdry and brutal crime. It’s the tearing…

You Must Remember This – Carole Landis

If you're a fan of old Hollywood movies but have never heard the podcast, You Must Remember This, then you should really, really check it out. Karina Longworth takes us through forgotten stories of the Hollywood star system with a sympathetic eye and a commendable reluctance to take the salacious details – which normally make the…