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Jun 23 2016 3:00pm

Q&A with Spencer Kope, Author of Collecting the Dead

Before writing crime novels, you solved crimes as a Crime Analyst with the Whatcom County Sheriff's Office. Did you base any of your characters in Collecting the Dead on yourself?

I did, actually. In the story, Dexter Allen is the crime analyst at the Whatcom County Sheriff's Office and helps Steps identify a vehicle captured on surveillance video. Dexter, or Dex, is one of my nicknames at the Sheriff's Office (though my favorite is Jedi Master), and his office, as described, is my office down to every detail. Also, the process Dex uses to identify the vehicle, a process called Forensic Vehicle Analysis, is one I developed and use on a weekly basis to identify suspect vehicles. Dex will play a larger role in future books as the on-going hunt for the serial killer Leonardo continues.

[Read the full Q&A with Spencer Kope here...]

Jun 22 2016 12:00pm

5 New Books to Read this Week: June 21, 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...]

Jun 21 2016 11:00am

Who Is Your Favorite Batman?

Ever since his first appearance in Detective Comics #27 in May of 1939, Bruce Wayne has captured American audiences with his vigilante justice. However, it’s the characters film and television portrayals that really secured his place in the hearts of superhero lovers everywhere.

From the campy and over-the-top Adam West to the ridiculous voice of Christian Bale, from Keaton to Clooney (with a little Val Kilmer in the middle)—each actor to don the cape has brought their own interpretation to the World’s Greatest Detective. But, who do YOU think captured the Caped Crusader in all his glory? And, in this poll, Legos count…

[Who is your favorite Batman actor?]

Jun 20 2016 11:00am

Watch the New Trailer for HBO’s Westworld

In addition to last night’s thrilling “Battle of the Bastards,” HBO aired its new trailer for the upcoming Westworld series. Judging from the trailer, this series is going to be dark, sexy, creepy, mind-blowing, and all-around good television. 

Featuring a star-studded cast, including Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Jimmi Simpson, and more, this 10-episode drama series, inspired by the motion picture Westworld, is a “dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin.” 

Written and directed by Michael Crichton and produced by J.J. Abrams and Jonathan Nolan, Westworld is “set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past,” and “explores a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged.” 

[Check out the trailer below]

Jun 15 2016 12:00pm

5 New Books to Read this Week: June 14, 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...]

Jun 15 2016 11:00am

Cozy Bookshelf Shopping List: July, 2016

Discover (or remember to order) your next cozy with a delightfully convenient shopping list of upcoming soft-boiled mysteries! Last month, the books kept getting hotter with June's releases; this month it's nothing but fireworks with all of July's titles! 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 July 2016 Cozy Bookshelf Shopping List!

[Let's get to the goodies!]

Jun 14 2016 12:00pm

Who Will Die in the “Battle of the Bastards” on Game of Thrones?

Season 6 of Game of Thrones has been one for the ages, as the television series has inevitably passed the books, and everyone is left theorizing the show’s next step. The teaser for this Sunday’s episode, “Battle of the Bastards,” promises an epic “Snowdown” between Jon Snow and Ramsay Bolton for the claim to Winterfell.

[Possible spoilers below...]

Jun 13 2016 4:30pm

Announcing 2016’s Macavity Award Nominees!

The Mystery Readers International has announced their nominees for the 2016 Macavity Awards—an annual award for excellence in mysteries, named for the “mystery cat” of T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats.

*Follow the linked titles to excerpts or reviews on CrimeHQ!

[See who got nominated!]

Jun 13 2016 11:30am

Trailer: HBO’s The Night Of

As HBO’s Game of Thrones nears the end of Season 6, we all collectively shiver with anticipation for the coming final two episodes, as well as dread the thought of it being over and having to wait again for a new season. 

However, here to hopefully cure the post-GoT Sunday blues is a new eight-part limited series, The Night Of, beginning with a 90-minute premiere on Sunday July 10th at 9 p.m. ET. 

Created by Steven Zaillian (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Moneyball) and Richard Price (The Color of Money, “The Wire”), and starring John Turturro (The Big Lebowski, O Brother, Where Art Thou?) and Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler), The Night Of delves into the intricate story of a fictitious murder case in New York City—following the investigation and the legal proceedings, while examining the criminal justice system and the hellish purgatory of Rikers Island, where the accused awaits his trial. 

[Watch the intense and intriguing new trailer below...]

Jun 12 2016 10:00am

Discount: Independence Day by Ben Coes

In anticipation of the release of First Strike by Ben Coes, get the ebook of the 5th Dewey Andreas Novel, Independence Day, for only $2.99—today only! 

Cloud, the code name a high-level Russian hacker, has acquired a nuclear weapon. It’s an older bomb from the USSR’s Cold War arsenal with the power to devastate a major city. Fueled by a dark and personal vendetta, Cloud has put it onto an anonymous trawler, piloted by jihadists, headed straight to America.

Dewey Andreas, a former Delta working as an agent for the CIA, is still grieving the murder of his fiancée. He’s lost his focus, his edge―and the confidence of his superiors. But when an overseas mission to capture Cloud goes awry, Dewey becomes America’s last hope of putting a stop to the bomb. Now it’s up to Dewey to put his past behind him and risk everything to find one of the world’s most elusive enemies…or witness a terrorist attack timed to coincide with the country’s biggest holiday: Independence Day.

Read an excerpt from Independence Day here!


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Jun 10 2016 12:00pm

Discount: The Devil She Knows by Bill Loehfelm

The Devil She Knows by Bill Loehfelm is the 1st installment of the Maureen Coughlin series. Now, through the month of June, get the book that started it all on your e-reader for only $2.99!

Maureen Coughlin's life isn't turning out as planned. At twenty-nine, she's stuck waiting tables in a Staten Island bar, and her only excitement comes from the next cigarette or a discreet dash of coke before her shift. But when a tryst between her coworker Dennis and an aspiring state senator named Frank Sebastian turns deadly, Maureen is jolted out of her routine. Soon she's on the run through the borough's seedy underbelly, desperate to stop Sebastian. She thinks she has seen the face of evil―and she doesn't know the half of it. 

Love the Maureen Coughlin series? Read Angie Barry's review of the 3rd book, Doing the Devil's Work!


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Jun 8 2016 12:00pm

5 New Books to Read this Week: June 7, 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...]

Jun 8 2016 11:00am

Discount: The Dead Will Tell by Linda Castillo

In anticipation of the 8th Kate Burkholder novel, Among the Wicked by Linda Castillo (Available July 12, 2016), get the 6th book in the series and a Boston Globe best book of 2014, The Dead Will Tell, in ebook format for $2.99—today only!

Everyone in Painters Mill knows the abandoned Hochstetler farm is haunted. But only a handful of the residents remember the terrible secrets lost in the muted/hushed whispers of time―and now death is stalking them, seemingly from the grave.

On a late-night shift, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called to the scene of an apparent suicide―an old man found hanging from the rafters in his dilapidated barn. But evidence quickly points to murder and Kate finds herself chasing a singularly difficult and elusive trail of evidence that somehow points back to the tragedy of that long ago incident. Meanwhile, Kate has moved in with state agent John Tomasetti and for the first time in so long, they're both happy; a bliss quickly shattered when one of the men responsible for the murders of Tomasetti's family four years ago is found not guilty, and walks away a free man. Will Tomasetti be pulled back to his own haunted past?

When a second man is found dead―also seemingly by his own hand―Kate discovers a link in the case that sends the investigation in a direction no one could imagine and revealing the horrifying truth of what really happened that terrible night thirty-five years ago, when an Amish father and his four children perished―and his young wife disappeared without a trace.

And, as Kate knows―the past never truly dies…

Also, read an excerpt of “Seeds of Deception,” a Kate Burkholder short story—available for only 99 cents!


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Jun 7 2016 11:00am

Sue Grafton’s Complete Alphabet Series (To Date!) Sweepstakes

Smile. It gives your face something to do.
-E is for Evidence, Sue Grafton

One of you, Dear Readers, will be smiling aplenty if you win this complete set (to date) of Sue Grafton's Alphabet series paperbacks, featuring the irrepressible Kinsey Millhone. After all, what better way to kick off your summer reading than with a healthy dose of murder, mayhem, and merlot?

Complete the form below for your chance to win books A - W!

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Jun 7 2016 11:00am

What Is Your Favorite Law & Order Series?

Everyone who has ever owned a television would undoubtedly recognize the iconic “DUN DUN” of the Law & Order franchise. With the longevity of the original series, several long-running spin-offs, and an apparent syndication contract with the devil, I’d venture to guess that you can’t turn on the TV without at least one channel running a rerun episode.

And, there’s a reason for that. Borrowing from real-life crimes and headlines, Dick Wolf and the team of writers craft suspenseful stories that feel sincere. It’s tough to run out of material when the world continues to churn out cold-blooded monsters and vicious criminals.

So, with over 1,000 hours of programming spanning almost 26 years, let’s choose our favorite Law & Order series and then grab some snacks and find a good marathon on TV to binge.

[Vote for your favorite Law & Order below!]