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Author @ 'Brexit & You' newsletter for The Local Europe. 


Alex has written more than 100 features for BBC Africa, The Africa Report, Independent, FourFourTwo magazine, The Ecologist, The Week & many more outlets: http://alexmacbeth.blogspot.cz/

His articles have covered European, Central Asian and African affairs – cultural, economic and political – since 2004.





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#crimefictionvibe 1: 15 images that say crime fiction

In all corners of society there are echoes of crime fiction. Grey, tempestuous skies; eerie cracks of light in a dark wood, a solitary street lamp in a deserted nocturnal landscape.
Most of these photos were not consciously taken with crime fiction in mind. With hindsight however they show me what I was thinking. Most had no obvious beauty when I first saw them as images but seen through the crime fiction lens, for me at least, they capture the spirit of some of my favourite crime fiction scenes.






Crime fiction world tour: 10-question quick quiz

First, second and third prize is a feeling of utter crime fiction satisfaction and smugness. 

1) Jo Nesbo is best known as the bestselling crime fiction author of The Snowman. But which award-winning band does the Norwegian crime author also sing lead vocals for?
2)  Maj Sjowall & Per Wahloo are remembered as one of the best couples to have ever written crime fiction. Their series of ten novels set in Stockholm in the 1960s arguably gave birth to Nordic Noir. What was the name of the main character and inspector in their books?
3) Wilkie Collins was one of the 19th century pioneers that helped shape crime fiction as it is today. Sergeant Cuff, the savvy detective in Collins' classic The Moonstone, had a soft spot for what?
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#crimefictionvibe 2: 15 (more) images that hint at crime fiction

Last month I published the first 15 in a series of images from around the world that reminded me of classic crime fiction scenes. The images were of "grey, tempestuous skies; eerie cracks of light in a dark wood, a solitary street lamp in a deserted nocturnal landscape."

Each image is designed to inspire fear, apprehension, solitude, vastness, and often, an eerier, darker emotion. 





The home of a Bond villain on the island in the distance? – Marsala, Italy. 

Looking down or up? The vastness of a forest is a favoured location for crime fiction writers – South Bohemia, CZ. 

Big Brother is watching you – Melbourne, AU.

Dartmoor, replete with all its legends of wild creatures on the Moors, has been immortalized in crime fiction by writers such as Conan Doyle. 

Tunnel chases are another crime fiction favourite, with detectives forced to pull up their trouser hems and chase bad guys in a sort of rat-infested, subterranean homesick blues – Perugia, Italy.

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