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Book Review: The Pomeranian Always Barks Twice by Alex Erickson

Alex Erickson’s The Pomeranian Always Barks Twice is the first of the new Furever Pets Mystery series where helping animals is a family business for the Dentons—but after a shocking murder, it’s Liz Denton’s son who might end up in a cage… Alex Erickson—real name: Eric S. Moore—is the author of the popular six-book… Read more

Celebrating Boekenweek with Kristien Hemmerechts, Author of The Woman Who Fed the Dogs

To help celebrate, Criminal Element has partnered with World Editions to bring you an exclusive interview with Kristien Hemmerechts, author of The Woman Who Fed the Dogs. Comment for a chance to win a copy! In the Netherlands and Belgium, Boekenweek (Book Week) is an annual celebration of literature, happening… Read more

Nobody Puts Baby Behind Bars

A car chase earlier this week in the San Fernando Valley, California culminated in a shocking, albeit, wildly entertaining end. According to ABC7, a reckless driver refused to pull over when police cruisers attempted to apprehend him. Evading police from Calabasas to Laurel Canyon Boulevard, the driver was eventually stopped… Read more

Book Review: Save Me From Dangerous Men by S.A. Lelchuk

Debut author S.A. Lelchuk’s Save Me From Dangerous Men is the first book in a series featuring Nikki Griffin, who uses her detective skills to take the law into her own hands to defend and protect women against toxic masculine predators. I waited until he was halfway out of the… Read more

The Edgar Awards Revisited: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John Le Carré (Best Novel; 1965)

The Cold War had grown hot. Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev considered the young U.S. president John F. Kennedy to be weak and fearful of war. Consequently, the Eastern Bloc constructed an 87-mile wall of concrete and barbed wire that divided Berlin, Germany, into eastern and western sections in 1961. The… Read more

United Flight 629: America’s First Mass Murder in the Sky

It was 1955. McDonald’s franchised its hamburger joints, Disneyland opened its doors to a magical world, and Elvis Presley commenced gyrating to screaming crowds. Times were changing. And United Air Lines Flight 629 exploded in the air killing everyone onboard to become the first bombing of a domestic aircraft and… Read more

Book Review: Dannemora by Charles A. Gardner

Charles A. Gardner’s Dannemora is a gripping account of the notorious escape of two vicious convicted murderers from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, in New York’s North Country, which lead to one of the country’s most extensive manhunts and culminated in a dramatic, bloody standoff. Great nonfiction shares some key features… Read more

Book Review: Murder Once Removed by S.C. Perkins

S.C. Perkins’ Murder Once Removed is the first mystery in the Ancestry Detective series, in which Texas genealogist Lucy Lancaster uses her skills to solve murders in both the past and present. Murder Once Removed, S.C. Perkins’ debut cozy mystery, is the perfect first in a new series and I’m eager to… Read more

SXSW: Body at Brighton Rock (2019)

One of the best ways to achieve terror is to put a character in a place where they should inherently feel safe and make it abundantly clear that they’re not. A lazy park ranger who trades her shift with a friend shouldn’t run into any trouble stapling flyers to trees… Read more

Cooking the Books: Murder with Macaroni and Cheese by A. L. Herbert

The second in the Mahalia Watkins mystery series sees us back in Prince George’s County, Maryland, as our heroine faces down one of the worst milestones in anyone’s life: the high school reunion. Halia isn’t even interested in going, as she’s only stayed in touch with one person from her… Read more