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Tue
May 24 2016 11:00am

CrimeHClue Murder Mystery Game: Pick the Location

Let’s play a game.

Don’t worry, there’ll be no human body puzzle parts and all the violence will be fictional and happen off screen (plus, we won’t drag this out with 7+ sequels).

The game is CrimeHClue. And YOU the reader will choose the murderer, the murder weapon, and the location of the murder in our Tuesday’s Lineup, here at CrimeHQ. We’ll hide the results, and once the cards are set, we’ll hide the answers to the clues throughout our social media channels for a lucky winner to win a prize!

*One more week to vote for the clues! Next Tuesday, we'll tally the votes and post the final instructions for how to win! Make sure you're following us on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest—that's your first clue!

So, let’s get to it!

Where will the murder take place?

 

survey solution

 

Make sure to vote for the murderer and murder weapon, too!

Mon
May 23 2016 11:00am

Discount: Abandoned Prayers by Gregg Olsen

Abandoned Prayers: An Incredible True Story of Murder, Obsession, and Amish Secrets by Gregg Olsen is the true crime account of Eli Stutzman, the son of an Amish Bishop that had haunting secrets. Get the ebook for only $1.99 until Friday 5/27!

On Christmas Eve in 1985, a hunter found a young boy's body along an icy corn field in Nebraska. The residents of Chester, Nebraska buried him as “Little Boy Blue,” unclaimed and unidentified— until a phone call from Ohio two years later led authorities to Eli Stutzman, the boy's father.

Eli Stutzman, the son of an Amish bishop, was by all appearances a dedicated farmer and family man in the country's strictest religious sect. But behind his quiet façade was a man involved with pornography, sadomasochism, and drugs. After the suspicious death of his pregnant wife, Stutzman took his preschool-age son, Danny, and hit the road on a sexual odyssey ending with his conviction for murder. But the mystery of Eli Stutzman and the fate of his son didn't end on the barren Nebraska plains. It was just beginning…

 

To learn more or order a copy, visit:

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Thu
May 19 2016 12:00pm

Q&A with James Renner, Author of True Crime Addict

Read this exclusive Q&A with James Renner, author of True Crime Addict: How I Lost Myself in the Mysterious Disappearance of Maura Murray, and then make sure you're signed in and comment for a chance to win a copy of the book!

James Renner, author of True Crime Addict: How I Lost Myself in the Mysterious Disappearance of Maura Murray, has been obsessed with missing people since he was a child. After learning about the disappearance of Maura Murray, he put his investigative journalism skills to task and began studying the case. He set up a blog to track his process and hoped to grow a community that could share his passion and help find out what happened on that day in 2004. After years of research, Renner has written a book about his search for Maura Murray.

Well, we had some questions of our own! James was nice enough to sit down with CrimeHQ and provide some great answers about the book, society's current obsession with true crime, and a few lighter questions about his personal life.

[See what James has to say in this exclusive Q&A!]

Wed
May 18 2016 2:30pm

Q&A with Marla Cooper, Author of Terror in Taffeta

We had some fun asking Marla Cooper, author of Terror in Taffeta, questions about planning fictional literary weddings, her character Kelsey McKenna, and how to get blood uh, cranberry juice—Cran-Apple—out of a wedding dress.

What's the best way to get blood out of a wedding dress? (We're asking for a friend.)

I hate to have to tell you this, but that stain isn't going anywhere. Your “friend” is clearly going to have to burn the dress before it's taken into evidence, then buy a replacement dress and tell everyone she indulged in one too many menu tastings. Then, she should eat a bunch of cupcakes just to make sure her alibi holds. But, seriously…burn the evidence—er, I mean, dress.

[Read more from Marla Cooper here...]

Wed
May 18 2016 11:30am

5 New Books to Read this Week: May 17, 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...]

Tue
May 17 2016 11:30am

CrimeHClue Murder Mystery Game: Pick the Murder Weapon

Let’s play a game.

Don’t worry, there’ll be no human body puzzle parts and all the violence will be fictional and happen off screen (plus, we won’t drag this out with 7+ sequels).

The game is CrimeHClue. And YOU the reader will choose the murderer, the murder weapon, and the location of the murder in our Tuesday’s Lineup over the next three weeks, here at CrimeHQ. We’ll hide the results, and once the cards are set, we’ll hide the answers to the clues throughout our social media channels for a lucky winner to win a prize!

*Full instructions for how to win will be provided on the third and final poll. Voting is not necessary and does not increase your chances to win.

So, let’s get to it!

What will the murder weapon be:

survey service

 

Make sure to vote for the murderer, too!

Sun
May 15 2016 2:00pm

Cozy Bookshelf Shopping List: June, 2016

Discover (or remember to order) your next cozy with a delightfully convenient shopping list of upcoming soft-boiled mysteries! Last month, the books were just as nice as the weather with May's releases; this month it just keeps getting hotter with amazing June reads! 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 June 2016 Cozy Bookshelf Shopping List!

[Let's get to the goodies!]

Fri
May 13 2016 12:30pm

Q&A with Michael Allen Dymmoch, Author of Courtin’ Murder in West Wheeling

Michael Allen Dymmoch, author of Courtin' Murder in West Wheeling, found time in her busy schedule to answer some of CrimeHQ's questions about how she got her start in writing, some of her travels, and advice for aspiring writers wanting to add suspense.
 

How did you get your start as a writer?

I found a book at the library titled Maybe You Should Write a Book. The premise was that someone writes books, so if you have an idea for a book, you should write it.

[Read the exclusive Q&A here...]

Thu
May 12 2016 1:00pm

Q&A with Diane Kelly, Author of Against the Paw

Diane Kelly, author of the Paw Enforcement series—the latest of which, Against the Paw, is available now!—was kind enough to answer some of CrimeHQ's questions about her writing, what she's reading now, and what kind of dog would Sherlock Holmes be!

See also: Against the Paw: New Excerpt

What mystery/crime authors inspired your writing?

I’m a huge fan of Janet Evanovich and Carl Hiaasen. I love the crazy juxtaposition of humor and crime in their books, as well as the over-the-top zany characters, such as Lula from the Stephanie Plum series and Skink and Chemo from Carl Hiaasen’s books.

[Read the whole Q&A here!]

Thu
May 12 2016 11:30am

Discount: Please Don’t Tell by Elizabeth Adler

In anticipation of the release of The Charmers by Elizabeth Adler (Available June 28, 2016), get an ebook copy of Please Don't Tell for only $2.99 through the month of May!

Fen Dexter's quiet life on the idyllic California coast is interrupted one stormy night when a blood-covered man shows up on her doorstep, claiming to have had a car accident. He tells her that he is on his way to San Francisco to help the police solve the murder of his fiancé. Unable to make it to the hospital because of the storm, he stays the night at Fen's, and the attraction between them is obvious. The next morning he heads to the hospital where Fen's niece, Vivi, is an ER doctor. Vivi is treating the most recent target of a serial killer whose signature move is to leave a note saying “Please Don't Tell” taped across his victims' mouths. When Fen's mysterious stranger comes to Vivi to have his wounds stitched she agrees to set him up to talk with the police about his fiancé. Who is this man, really? What does he want with Fen and her family? And will they live long enough to uncover the truth?

 

To learn more or order a copy, visit:

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Wed
May 11 2016 12:30pm

Announcing 2016’s Anthony Awards Nominees

Bouchercon, the Anthony Boucher Memorial World Mystery Convention, is an annual convention held to honor the best in mystery and crime fiction (there is a “Best Critical or Nonfiction Book” section, as well). Named after writer, reviewer, and editor Anthony Boucher, this convention gives out the Anthony Awards for outstanding work in 8 different categories, including: “Best Novel,” Best First Novel,“ ”Best Paperback Original,“ ”Best Critical or Nonfiction Book,“ ”Best Short Story,“ ”Best Anthology or Collection,“ ”Best Young Adult Novel,“ and ”Best Crime Fiction Audiobook." 

This year, the annual banquet will be held on Friday, September 16, 2016 at the Marriott Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana. 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 or reviews!

[See the list of nominees here!]

Wed
May 11 2016 11:00am

5 New Books to Read this Week: May 10, 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...]

Tue
May 10 2016 1:00pm

CrimeHClue Murder Mystery Game: Pick the Murderer

Let’s play a game.

Don’t worry, there’ll be no human body puzzle parts and all the violence will be fictional and happen off screen (plus, we won’t drag this out with 7+ sequels).

The game is CrimeHClue. And YOU the reader will choose the murderer, the murder weapon, and the location of the murder in our Tuesday’s Lineup over the next three weeks, here at CrimeHQ. We’ll hide the results, and once the cards are set, we’ll hide the answers to the clues throughout our social media channels for a lucky winner to win a prize!

*Full instructions for how to win will be provided on the third and final poll. Voting is not necessary and does not increase your chances to win.

So, let’s get to it!

Will the murderer be:

 

web survey
Sun
May 8 2016 12:00pm

5 Murderous Moms

Today is Mother's Day—a day to take time to appreciate all the things that the mother's in your life have done. No matter how you feel about your mother (mine's great, we're super close), she brought you into this world and she deserves some thanks. 

Unfortunately, the old addage “I brought you into this world, I can take you out of it” sometimes is taken too literally. Some mothers, for reasons I cannot fathom, bring harm to their very own flesh and blood. So, call Mom this weekend—maybe take her out to a nice dinner—and thank her...at the very least, she's better than these 5 Murderous Moms:

[Read about these maternal murderers...]

Fri
May 6 2016 11:00am

Discount: The Bone Orchard by Paul Doiron

In anticipation of Widowmaker by Paul Doiron (Available June 14, 2016)—the 7th Mike Bowditch Mystery—get the ebook of The Bone Orchard for only $2.99 throughout the month of May!

In the aftermath of a family tragedy, Mike Bowditch has left the Maine Warden Service and is working as a fishing guide in the North Woods. But when his mentor Sgt. Kathy Frost is forced to kill a troubled war veteran in an apparent case of “suicide by cop,” he begins having second thoughts about his decision.

Now Kathy finds herself the target of a government inquiry and outrage from the dead soldier's platoon mates. Soon she finds herself in the sights of a sniper, as well. When the sergeant is shot outside her farmhouse, Mike joins the hunt to find the mysterious man responsible. To do so, the ex-warden must plunge into his friend's secret past―even as a beautiful woman from Mike's own past returns, throwing into jeopardy his tentative romance with wildlife biologist Stacey Stevens.

As Kathy Frost lies on the brink of death and a dangerous shooter stalks the blueberry barrens of central Maine, Bowditch is forced to confront the choices he has made and determine, once and for all, the kind of man he truly is.

 

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Thu
May 5 2016 1:00pm

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