Swift Vengeance by T. Jefferson Parker: New Excerpt

A Voice Unheard: Why It's Important to Remember the Victims of True Crime Stories

Introducing Case Closed: Your Next True Crime Podcast Binge

Netflix’s Latest True Crime Documentary, I Am a Killer, Focuses on the Stories of Convicted Killers on Death Row

So often, true crime documentaries focus on cases where the truth is unknown. New evidence either puts into question the conviction or reopens an investigation, and often times, the ambiguous ending can be frustrating. Netflix’s new true crime documentary, I Am a Killer, takes a different approach to true crime, interviewing… Read more

A Flick of the Switch: What Drew Me to Reading and Ultimately Writing Dark, Gritty Stories

“I have a meanness inside me, real as an organ.” That’s the opening line of Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places (a favorite read of mine), and I think about it often when considering the next gritty and unpleasant story I want to write. I’m guided by that meanness, fascinated by the… Read more

Cozy Bookshelf Shopping List: September 2018

Criminal Element’s September 2018 Cozy Bookshelf Shopping List! Week of September 1 through September 7 Title Author Series Date The Cats Came Back Sofie Kelly Magical Cats Mystery #10 9/4 Wuthering Kites Clover Tate Kite Shop Mystery #3 9/4 Mrs. Jeffries and the Three Wise Women Emily Brightwell Victorian Mystery… Read more

Review: Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear

Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear is a gripping debut procedural where a young London policewoman must probe dark secrets buried deep in her own family’s past to solve a murder and a long-ago disappearance. I have a love/hate relationship with debut novels. On one hand, there’s the chance I’ll discover… Read more