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February 5, 2016
Funeral Crashers: Woman Shows up to Her Own Funeral
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February 4, 2016
Taken! 10 Great Heist Movies
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February 4, 2016
Announcing 2016's Agatha Awards Nominees
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February 3, 2016
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February 1, 2016
The New Novel from Louise Penny: A Great Reckoning
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Fri
Feb 5 2016 12:30pm

Funeral Crashers: Woman Shows up to Her Own Funeral

Ghosts may not be real in the paranormal sense of a spirit world interacting with our own—however, they are real in the literal sense, when the woman that you paid to have murdered shows up to greet you at her own funeral.

Today, The Washington Post reported the story of Noela Rukundo—a woman of African descent from the country of Burundi, now living in Melbourne, Australia.

Almost exactly a year ago, her husband of 11 years had paid to have her kidnapped and murdered in the capital city of Bujumbura in Burundi, after they had flown back to attend the funeral of Noel’s stepmother. However, thanks to circumstance and some principled hitmen, things didn’t go exactly as planned.

[See how she got out of this mess...]

Thu
Feb 4 2016 11:35am

Announcing 2016’s Agatha Awards Nominees

Malice Domestic, an annual convention held in Washington DC honoring the best of the traditional/cozy mystery genre, has announced the nominees for this years Agatha Awards.  Loosely defined as “mysteries which contain no explicit sex or excessive gore or violence,” the Agatha Award salutes the books best typified by the works of Agatha Christie.

This year, the annual banquet will be held on Saturday, April 30th, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Bethesda, Maryland. As always, it's a fantastic list of great work that deserves to be checked out! What have you read already?

*Follow the linked titles to exclusive excerpts!

 

Best Contemporary Novel:

Burned Bridges by Annette Dashofy
Long Upon the Land by Margaret Maron
The Child Garden by Catriona McPherson
Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny
What You See by Hank Phillipi Ryan

[See all of the nominees!]

Tue
Feb 2 2016 12:00pm

Now Win This!: Cozy Corner Sweepstakes

Winter is here—cozy up with your chance to win 20 (yep, you read that right: 20) amazing titles.

Click here to enter for a chance to win!

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[Get cozy...]

Mon
Feb 1 2016 1:45pm

Cozy Bookshelf Shopping List: February, 2016

Discover (or remember to order) your next cozy with a delightfully convenient shopping list of upcoming soft-boiled mysteries! Back by popular demand, after a brief hiatus since October's releases, we're getting you ready for Valentine's with treats for February! Let us know in the comments how you like it and what you can't wait to read next!

See also: Register for your chance to win 20 (yes...20) cozy mysteries in our Cozy Corner Sweepstakes.

Criminal Element's February 2016 Cozy Bookshelf Shopping List!

[Let's get to the goodies!]

Mon
Feb 1 2016 10:00am

The New Novel from Louise Penny: A Great Reckoning

A Great Reckoning will be the 12th novel in Louise Penny's Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series. Pre-order your copy today!

To learn more or order a copy, visit:

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Mon
Feb 1 2016 9:50am

The New Novel from Louise Penny: A Great Reckoning

A Great Reckoning will be the 12th novel in Louise Penny's Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series. Pre-order your copy today!

To learn more or order a copy, visit:

Buy at iTunesBuy at IndieBound!Buy at Barnes and NobleBuy at Books a MillionBuy at Amazon

 

 

Click here for more Louise Penny at Criminal Element, and make sure you're signed up for our newsletter so you can stay up to date with all things mystery!

Fri
Jan 29 2016 1:15pm

Follow up to What We Do in the Shadows gets a title: We’re Wolves

One of the funniest movies of last year—albeit, one that not a lot of people know about—was the vampire mockumentary, What We Do in the Shadows. Written and starring New Zealand’s Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement (the latter of HBO’s Flight of the Concords fame), this film balls up centuries worth of bloodsucking canon and throws it back full of wit and smart humor that covers all of the vampire tropes without feeling forced.

That’s a difficult task to accomplish—just ask the Marlon Wayans (how does he continue to get these parody films green-lit?).

[50 Shades of Black? Really?]

Wed
Jan 27 2016 4:35pm

Introducing the World’s First Short Story Vending Machines

1, 3, or 5.

While definitely odd, these are your only choices at the world’s first short story vending machines in Grenoble, France—a small town of 160,000 located in the French Alps.

[Wait, what!?...]

Thu
Jan 21 2016 2:00pm

True Crime Thursday: Revisiting The Stranger She Loved

They say, “There's no such thing as the perfect murder.”

Well, in the case of the murder of Michele MacNeill, her husband Martin would have pulled it off—if it weren’t for those meddling kids.

On April 11, 2007, Michele’s daughter Ada found her mother unresponsive in the bathtub. Michele was declared dead later that day, and an autopsy report concluded that the death was accidental and of natural causes.

A sad day, indeed. But there appeared to be no evidence of foul-play.

[Appeared being the operative word...]

Wed
Jan 20 2016 4:00pm

The ZINNG: Christie’s Mysteries

Christie's Mysteries

Agatha Christie, beloved author of 66 detective novels and creator of fictional sleuths Hercule Poirot and Jane Marple, is a hero and inspiration to many. Her literary style permeates the entire mystery fiction genre.

However, many people don’t know that she was once the subject of a massive manhunt. History.com reveals the details of this surprising unknown fact, as well as 9 other things you may not have known about Agatha Christie.

[Get your ZINNG! on...]

Tue
Jan 19 2016 2:00pm

Announcing 2016’s Edgar Nominees

The Mystery Writers of America have announced the Edgar Award nominees and special winners.  The Edgars banquet—an annual black-tie gala celebrating crime fiction, non-fiction, and television writing—will be held on Thursday, April 28th, 2016 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City. As always, it's a fantastic list of great work that deserves to be checked out! What have you read already?

 

BEST NOVEL
The Strangler Vine by M.J. Carter
The Lady From Zagreb by Philip Kerr
Life or Death by Michael Robotham
Let Me Die in His Footsteps by Lori Roy
Canary by Duane Swierczynski
Night Life by David C. Taylor

[See all the nominees!]

Tue
Jan 19 2016 1:00pm

Now Win This!: Mind, Body, and Soul Sweepstakes

You don't have to dedicate your mind, body, and soul to read these 9 books—simply register for your chance to win!

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[Perfect harmony awaits...]

Tue
Jan 5 2016 1:00pm

Now Win This!: The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me Sweepstakes

It doesn't matter which shoulder is telling you to register, you can be sure there is nothing wrong with trying to win these eight books!

Click here to enter for a chance to win!

This is NOT a Comments Sweepstakes. You must click the link above to enter.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING. Sweepstakes open to legal residents of 50 United States, D.C., and Canada (excluding Quebec), who are 18 years or older as of the date of entry. Promotion begins January 5, 2016, at 1:00 pm ET, and ends January 19, 2016, 12:59 pm ET. Void in Puerto Rico and wherever prohibited by law. Click here for details and official rules.

[Do I get the gold chariot, do I float through the ceiling...]