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Aug 25 2016 12:00pm

5 Incredible Prison Escapes

Human beings can get pretty creative when backed into a corner—or locked in a cage. While not everyone has to crawl through a river of shit to come out clean on the other side, some pretty drastic measures were taken by these 5 escape artists.

[Tonight there's gonna be a jailbreak...]

Aug 24 2016 12:00pm

5 New Books to Read this Week: August 23, 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!

Check back every Wednesday and see what we're reading for the week!

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

Aug 23 2016 1:00pm

What Is Your Favorite True Crime Series?

Reading about a fictional murder in a mystery novel doesn't resonate the same way that exploring the details and evidence of a real-life homicide does. In true crime, we can't just close the book and convince ourselves that the evil is only on the page. There's something about the relatability of the victim—while we may not have known them personally, we know they're real, with family and friends and loved ones affected by every aspect of the process, from the crime to the trial to the verdict and after. 

And, with the news of the overturned conviction of Brendan Dassey and the new trial for Adnan Syed, the true crime phenomenon continues to grow. We know our readers love their true crime, so we wanted to know what YOU thought was the best true crime series that has aired recently. 

See also: Robert Durst was Reading about Himself before Arrest

[Vote for your favorite true crime series below!]

Aug 22 2016 11:00am

Trailer: Kidnap, Starring Halle Berry

“You took the wrong kid.”

If the adrenaline of a mother’s love for her child can cause superhuman strength enough to lift a car, imagine what Halle Berry could do when she sees her son get kidnapped. It’s every mother’s worst nightmare, and it’s the plot of the upcoming suspense thriller, Kidnap.

Directed by Luis Prieto and starring Halle Berry, Sage Correa, Chris McGinn, and Lew Temple, Kidnap appears to be the latest attempt at cashing in on the successful suspense of the Taken series, albeit with a little less punching, shooting, and killing. However, based on the trailer, this film looks like it delivers the thrills, with several heart-stopping car chase scenes.

It’s hard to imagine the lengths a parent would go to ensure the safety of their child.

[Watch the trailer for Kidnap below...]

Aug 18 2016 2:45pm

Q&A with Mark Pryor, Author of The Paris Librarian

Mark Pryor, author of The Paris Librarian, shares some great stories about his annual visits to Paris, some of the historical details in his novels, his relationship with his protagonist, Hugo Marston, and a heartwarming tribute to a dying friend. 

Read this exclusive Q&A with Mark Pryor, author of The Paris Librarian, and make sure you're signed in and comment below for a chance to win a copy of the book!

[Read the full Q&A below...]

Aug 18 2016 1:00pm

Louise Penny A Great Reckoning Book Club Starter Kit!

A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny is the 12th mystery featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, set in the town of Three Pines. In honor of its upcoming release (August 30th), we're offering our fans a chance to win a complete book club kit with enough supplies for 15 people! 

One lucky winner will receive discussion guide pamphlets, recipe cards, leather bookmarks, limited edition Three Pines maps, a Louise Penny tote bag, and a signed first edition of A Great Reckoning! It's the perfect book club starter kit!

[Find out how to win below!]

Aug 17 2016 12:00pm

5 New Books to Read this Week: August 16, 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!

Check back every Wednesday and see what we're reading for the week!

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

Aug 16 2016 11:00am

Who Do You Think Killed Andrea in HBO’s The Night Of

HBO's The Night Of—the eight-part miniseries written by Richard Price (The Wire)—is a fantastic look at the full spectrum of a crime committed in NYC. From the crime to the investigation to the trial and the effects it has on the city and all those involved, The Night Of is a realistic portrayal of a great murder mystery. 

Currently, we're six episodes in, and we still have no idea who killed Andrea! Who do YOU think did it? 

Check out Thomas Pluck's coverage of The Night Of !

[Vote below!]

Aug 15 2016 11:00am

Cozy Bookshelf Shopping List: September, 2016

Discover (or remember to order) your next cozy with a delightfully convenient shopping list of upcoming soft-boiled mysteries! Last month, we did our best to beat the heat with August's releases; this month, send the kids back to school and catch up with some great reading! Let us know in the comments how you like it and what you can't wait to read next!

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Criminal Element's September 2016 Cozy Bookshelf Shopping List!

[Let's get to the goodies!]

Aug 11 2016 3:30pm

Now Win This!: Dance with Death Sweepstakes

Meet me in the cemetery and we'll dance with death—grand prize: 8 incredible “Death” titles!

Click here to enter for a chance to win!

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[Give me these 8 book or give me death!]

Aug 10 2016 12:00pm

5 New Books to Read this Week: August 9, 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!

Check back every Wednesday and see what we're reading for the week!

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

Aug 9 2016 12:00pm

So You Think You Know Your James Bond Villains?

Crime HQ

Created in 1953 by Ian Fleming, James Bond has captivated moviegoers as the world’s famed secret agent since Sean Connery first portrayed 007 in Dr. No in 1962. With all of the world saving over the last 50 years, 24 films, and 6 different actors, James Bond has defeated a motley crew of villains.

We all know that you’re the ultimate Bond fan, but can you prove it by matching the villain to the correct movie?

[Take the quiz below!]

Aug 8 2016 11:30am

Trailer: I Am Not a Serial Killer

Imagine two hours of the show Dexter, except the killer struggling to suppress his violent tendencies isn't comedically likable and, instead, is a teenager in a sleepy Midwestern town in a movie deemed too dark for general audiences.

That's what you're getting yourself into with I Am Not a Serial Killer—a new thriller from director Billy O'Brien. Starring Max Records (Where the Wild Things Are) and Christopher Lloyd (come on, you know what he's been in—it's Christopher Lloyd), I Am Not a Serial Killer is based on Dan Wells's 2009 cult YA novel of the same name. 

Young John Wayne Cleaver is not a serial killer, but he has all the makings of one. It's a constant struggle to keep his homicidal tendencies in check, but when a killer starts terrorizing the town, he must unleash his inner demons to track the murderer and keep the town safe. 

[Watch the trailer below!]

Aug 5 2016 1:30pm

Discount: How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny

In anticipation of the release of A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny (Available August 30th), get an ebook copy of How the Light Gets In—the 9th Chief Inspector Gamache Mystery—for only $2.99 for a limited time only! 

“There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in.” ―Leonard Cohen

Christmas is approaching, and in Québec it's a time of dazzling snowfalls, bright lights, and gatherings with friends in front of blazing hearths. But shadows are falling on the usually festive season for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. Most of his best agents have left the Homicide Department, his old friend and lieutenant Jean-Guy Beauvoir hasn't spoken to him in months, and hostile forces are lining up against him. When Gamache receives a message from Myrna Landers that a longtime friend has failed to arrive for Christmas in the village of Three Pines, he welcomes the chance to get away from the city. Mystified by Myrna's reluctance to reveal her friend's name, Gamache soon discovers the missing woman was once one of the most famous people not just in North America, but in the world, and now goes unrecognized by virtually everyone except the mad, brilliant poet Ruth Zardo.

As events come to a head, Gamache is drawn ever deeper into the world of Three Pines. Increasingly, he is not only investigating the disappearance of Myrna's friend but also seeking a safe place for himself and his still-loyal colleagues. Is there peace to be found even in Three Pines, and at what cost to Gamache and the people he holds dear?

Read Doreen Sheridan's review of How the Light Gets In!


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Aug 4 2016 4:30pm

Q&A with Donna Andrews, Author of Die Like an Eagle

In addition to authoring 20 Meg Lanslow mysteries, Donna Andrews is also a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and the Private Investigators and Security Association.

Somehow, she was able to take time out of her incredibly busy schedule to answer CrimeHQ's questions about Die Like an Eagle, her best bird pun titles and how she comes up with them, and what is next for Meg Lanslow!

[Read the full Q&A below!]