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Oct 21 2016 2:30pm

A Cozy Competition: Minotaur Books & Malice Domestic Best First Novel

Previous winners of the Minotaur Books/Malice Domestic Best First Novel competition.

Do you love cozy mysteries? Have you ever wanted to get your own cozy published? Well, now's your chance! Minotaur Books invites you to submit your cozy to the Minotaur Books/Malice Domestic Best First competition. As long as you have never had a mystery published, you're free to enter. Past winners include Donna Andrews and Julia Spencer-Fleming; this is your chance to see your name on a bookshelf in their company. The deadline is November 15, so enter now!

(For complete rules, see here.)

See Also: Criminal Element's November 2016 Cozy Bookshelf Shopping List!

Oct 20 2016 4:00pm

21 Disturbing Serial Killers

We’ve all heard of Jack the Ripper, Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, and John Wayne Gacy—but serial killers have been living among us, haunting our dreams, and making sure we lock our doors at night for centuries. The stories of the monsters listed above are heinous and hideous, causing us to question our neighbors, our peers, and even our own family members, wondering how someone could do such a thing. But they’re not the only ones. 

Our friends over at The Line Up have scoured their sources and compiled a list of 21 of the most disturbing serial killers in history. From the Harpe Brothers to the Lonely Hearts Killers, these killers are sure to strike fear in the heart everyone. 

1. Mary Ann Cotton: England’s First Serial Killer

This prolific killer from the 19th century left a shocking list of dead in her wake, including 11 of her 13 children, three husbands, one lover, and her mother ...

Head over to The Line Up to see the full list!

Oct 19 2016 12:00pm

5 New Books to Read this Week: October 18, 2016

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books that published the day before—sharing the ones that we are looking forward to reading the most!

This week, Christmas comes early with David Rosenfelt's latest Andy Carpenter novel and the world of Twin Peaks gets a little larger! Check out what else came out this week:

[See this week's Top 5...]

Oct 18 2016 4:00pm

What Is Your Favorite B-Movie Horror Classic?

Ahhh, the B movie. Originally coined as the lower half, less publicized film on the bill of a double feature, the B movie has evolved to encompass any film that appears to be particularly genre, low budget, or exploitative in nature. What this genre has produced is a treasure trove of bad special effects, awful dialog, and a level of camp that is unmatched—particularly in horror.

However, for all of the unwatchable films this produced, every now and then, a nugget of pure gold would be forged in the creative minds and over-the-top ideas that had scores of people watching these films over and over and over. All the blood and gore, guns and bad puns, these films remain legendary. 

So, which B-movie horror classic is YOUR favorite? 

[Vote below!]

Oct 13 2016 12:00pm

Discount: The Testament by Eric Van Lustbader

This international thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of The Bourne Legacy follows the pulse-pounding quest of Braverman “Bravo” Shaw, as he uncovers his family's secret ties to an ancient order protecting a lost Testament that could shake Christianity to its foundations. Now available for $2.99 until 11/7!

For centuries, a secret splinter sect of the Franciscans, the Gnostic Observatines, has guarded secrets that could transform the world.

Now the safety of those secrets depends on one man—and a woman he barely knows.

Braverman “Bravo” Shaw always knew his father had secrets. But not until Dexter Shaw dies mysteriously does Bravo discover the enormity of his father's hidden life as a high-ranking member of the Order of Gnostic Observatines. For more than eight hundred years, the Order has preserved an ancient cache of documents that could shake Christianity to its foundations.

Another secret society, the Knights of St. Clement, will stop at nothing to obtain the treasure, and now Bravo must follow his father's esoteric clues to find the hidden documents before the Knights. Bravo is now a target and a pawn in an ongoing war far larger and more deadly than any he could have imagined.

His companion in this quest is Jenny Logan, a Guardian assigned to Bravo by the Order. But Bravo soon learns that he can trust no one where the Testament is concerned, perhaps not even Jenny. . . .

From New York City to Washington, D.C., to Paris, to Venice, and beyond, the race is on for the quintessential prize . . . the Testament.


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Oct 12 2016 12:00pm

5 New Books to Read this Week: October 11, 2016

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books that published the day before—sharing the ones that we are looking forward to reading the most!

This week, Lady Emily is in Greece and Mitch Rapp is all over the map trying to keep Pakistan's nukes from falling into the terrorists' hands! See what else the week of books has graced us with:

[See this week's Top 5...]

Oct 10 2016 11:00am

Discount: A Death in the Small Hours by Charles Finch

In anticipation of the release of the latest Charles Lenox mystery, The Inheritance, get a digital copy of A Death in the Small Hours—the 6th book in the series—for only $2.99 through November 7th! 

Charles Lenox is at the pinnacle of his political career and is a delighted new father. His days of regularly investigating the crimes of Victorian London now some years behind him, he plans a trip to his uncle's estate, Somerset, in the expectation of a few calm weeks to write an important speech. When he arrives in the quiet village of Plumley, however, what greets him is a series of strange vandalisms upon the local shops: broken windows, minor thefts, threatening scrawls.

Only when a far more serious crime is committed does he begin to understand the great stakes of those events, and the complex and sinister mind that is wreaking fear and suspicion in Plumley. Now, with his protege, John Dallington, at his side, the race is on for Lenox to find the culprit before he strikes again. And this time his victim may be someone that Lenox loves.


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Oct 10 2016 10:00am

Watch Marvel’s First Teaser Trailer for Iron Fist

For 1 minute and 27 seconds, everyone seemed to breathe a collective sigh of relief. This week at NYCC, Marvel unveiled the first trailer for their last Defender, Iron Fist—and no need to fear, the hand glows (and it doesn’t look cheap!) and we get a glimpse of the tattoo. Then, in a surprise turn of events, Finn Jones was joined on stage by none other than Charlie Cox, Mike Colter, and Krysten Ritter: all 4 of the Defenders on stage together for the first time. If that isn’t enough, Sigourney Weaver announced that she’ll be playing the villain in the Defenders series!

Check out our Defenders coverage!

But I digress; this is supposed to be about Iron Fist. Given that this is only a teaser trailer, not much was revealed about the nature of the series—but I don’t think anyone is upset after watching that glowing fist come to life on the screen. See for yourself below: 

[Watch the Iron Fist trailer below!]

Oct 5 2016 12:00pm

5 New Books to Read this Week: October 4, 2016

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books that published the day before—sharing the ones that we are looking forward to reading the most!

This week marks the return of Aurora Teagarden after a 13-year hiatus as well as a new Vera Stanhope mystery and Caitlin Strong novel! See what else you'll be reading this week:

[See this week's Top 5...]

Oct 4 2016 4:00pm

Q&A with Allen Eskens, Author of The Heavens May Fall

Allen Eskens is a criminal defense attorney and the author of The Heavens May Fall. (Available today!) With a schedule like that, it seems like it'd be hard to do anything else, but Allen kindly took the time to answer some of CrimeHQ's questions about juggling the two professions, what he's currently reading, and what's next for Mr. Eskens. 

[Read the exclusive Q&A below!]

Oct 4 2016 3:00pm

Which Halloween Movie Monster Is the Scariest?

October is a month that we celebrate with spooks and specters, frights and fears. As the dogs days of summer turn into the cool chill of fall, we embrace the darkness (literally if you still live in a region that recognizes the time change) of the season fully by subjecting ourselves to monster movies and horror flicks—hoping that our screams turn into laughter, our tricks to treats. 

But with so many monsters of lore, which classic scare is the most frightening? Could man’s power over science and creation truly spawn a monster? Does the pale light of the full moon stir something in all of us?

Vote for the classic monster that YOU think is the scariest!

[Vote below...]

Oct 3 2016 11:00am

Watch the New IMAX Trailer for Jack Reacher: Never Go Back!

Jack is back! The much anticipated sequel Jack Reacher: Never Go Back sees Tom Cruise return as the titular character with a particular brand of justice, determined to help his former Army Major, Susan Turner, break out of prison, clear their names, and save their lives. But will a secret from his past change his life forever?

Based on Lee Child’s 18th Jack Reacher novel of the same name, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is scheduled to hit theaters on October 21, 2016. Watch the new IMAX trailer below!

[See the new trailer for Jack Reacher: Never Go Back…]

Sep 29 2016 3:00pm

Amanda Knox: Netflix’s New True Crime Documentary

The popularity of true crime stories continues to rise, and it looks like Netflix might have struck it big again with their new feature-length documentary, Amanda Knox. Centered on the wrongful conviction of a young American girl in Italy, Amanda Knox is already getting rave reviews.

In 2007, after returning home from spending the night with her boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, Knox was alarmed to find evidence of a break-in and traces of blood. Meridith Kercher, a roommate and friend, wasn’t answering her phone and her door was locked. Worried, Knox eventually called the authorities, who broke down the door and found Kercher face down in her bedroom, stabbed to death.

After several lengthy interviews (she was viewed as a “witness,” and thus a lawyer was not required to be provided as she had not been charged) where Amanda claimed she was harassed and coerced into changing her story, the police finally charged her and her boyfriend with the murder. An unprecedented amount of pre-trial coverage in the Italian media followed, effectively condemning her in the public’s eye. The first trial, held in a lower court, convicted Knox and sentenced her to 26 years in Italian prison, despite significant concerns over the lack of hard evidence and failure of the prosecution to corroborate their version of the events.

After the conviction, controversy stirred as experts voiced their concerns over the evidence presented, the forensic profile of the case, and how the trial was presented to the public. An appeal and subsequent retrial in 2010 found her not guilty, and she returned to the US. In 2015, the Supreme Court of Cassation acquitted her of all charges except Callunia (unlawful accusation of someone with whom you know is innocent).

Amanda Knox will be released on Netflix tomorrow, September 30th.

For more information on the upcoming documentary Amanda Knox, read a great Q&A with directors Rod Blackhurst and Brian McGinn on Yahoo TV.

Sep 28 2016 12:00pm

5 New Books to Read this Week: September 27, 2016

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books that published the day before—sharing the ones that we are looking forward to reading the most!

This week, Joe Gunther & Ryder Creed return and Lisa Turner takes us back down south. See what else to add to your TBR list this week!

[See this week's Top 5...]

Sep 27 2016 3:00pm

Which Marvel Project Do You Prefer?

With the release of the first season of Luke Cage on Netflix slated for this Friday, September 30th and the upcoming Doctor Strange premiering roughly a month and a half later, Marvel Studios is running on all cylinders, pumping out hit after hit.

But so far, the silver screen super heroes are much different in look and feel than their streaming season counterparts. The Marvel movies have a certain lighthearted wit and “gotta save the world(s)” feel to them, where crashing through a building hardly leaves a bruise and everything wraps up with a happy ending. However, the NY defenders of the smaller screen deal with darker, more adult themes, and the realistic violence often has real consequences.

But which do you prefer? Vote on which Marvel Universe you enjoy the best!

[Vote below!]