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Mon
Feb 27 2017 1:00pm

Discount: Death Sits Down to Dinner by Tessa Arlen

In anticipation of the release of A Death by Any Other Name by Tessa Arlen—the 3rd book in the Lady Montfort Mysteries series (available March 14, 2017)—get a digital copy of the 2nd book in the series, Death Sits Down to Dinner, for only $2.99 through March 6!

Lady Montfort is thrilled to receive an invitation to a dinner party hosted by her close friend Hermione Kingsley, the patroness of England's largest charity. Hermione has pulled together a select gathering to celebrate Winston Churchill's 39th birthday. Some of the oldest families in the country have gathered to toast the dangerously ambitious and utterly charming First Lord of the Admiralty. But when the dinner ends, one of the gentlemen remains seated at the table, head down among the walnut shells littering the cloth and a knife between his ribs.

Summoned from Iyntwood, Mrs. Jackson helps her mistress trace the steps of suspects both upstairs and downstairs as Hermione's household prepares to host a highly anticipated charity event. Determined to get to the bottom of things, Lady Montfort and Mrs. Jackson unravel the web of secrecy surrounding the bright whirlwind of London society, investigating the rich, well-connected and seeming do-gooders in a race against time to stop the murderer from striking again.

Read an excerpt from Death Sits Down to Dinner!

 

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Mon
Feb 27 2017 12:00pm

Crime/Mystery/Thrillers Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix in March 2017

Sometimes quality is better quantity—and that seems to be the case here with Netflix's March additions. While the list of good crime/mystery/thriller entertainment is sparse, we've got classics like Memento and binge-worthy seasons of Better Call Saul and Marvel's Iron Fist to keep us busy through the month. 

 

Did I mention I was excited for Iron Fist

[See what crime/mystery/thrillers are coming to (and leaving) Netflix...]

Fri
Feb 24 2017 2:00pm

New Noir-Themed Programming Franchise from TMC Announced!

Eddie Muller, president and founder of the Film Noir Foundation, is pairing with Turner Classic Movies (TCM) to bring film noir back to television with Noir Alley. Every Sunday at 10 a.m. beginning March 5th, Muller will explore the genre from different angles as he introduces a different noir classic each week. 

“With this series dedicated to nothing but film noir, we will trace the evolution from its cinematic origins to its influence on more recent films,” said Charles Tabesh, senior vice president of programming for TCM. “As one of the foremost experts on film noir and a noir preservationist, Eddie Muller is the perfect guide to lead fans into the shadows each week for an immersive, hard-boiled experience.”

The first month of Noir Alley will present four absolute classics: 

  • March 5: The Maltese Falcon (1941)
  • March 12: Detour (1945)
  • March 19: Act of Violence (1948)
  • March 26: Tension (1949)

For more information of to see a full schedule, visit: https://www.turner.com/pressroom/tcm-launch-new-noir-themed-programming-franchise-noir-alley

Fri
Feb 24 2017 1:00pm

Discount: Invisible City by Julia Dahl

Invisible City by Julia Dahl is the 1st book in the Rebekah Roberts series, which introduces a compelling new character in search of the truth about a murder and an understanding of her own heritage. Now through the month of February, get a digital copy of this thrilling debut for only $2.99!

Just months after Rebekah Roberts was born, her mother, an Hasidic Jew from Brooklyn, abandoned her Christian boyfriend and newborn baby to return to her religion. Neither Rebekah nor her father have heard from her since. Now a recent college graduate, Rebekah has moved to New York City to follow her dream of becoming a big-city reporter. But she's also drawn to the idea of being closer to her mother, who might still be living in the Hasidic community in Brooklyn.

Then Rebekah is called to cover the story of a murdered Hasidic woman. Rebekah's shocked to learn that, because of the NYPD's habit of kowtowing to the powerful ultra-Orthodox community, not only will the woman be buried without an autopsy, her killer may get away with murder. Rebekah can't let the story end there. But getting to the truth won't be easy—even as she immerses herself in the cloistered world where her mother grew up, it's clear that she's not welcome, and everyone she meets has a secret to keep from an outsider.

 

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Thu
Feb 23 2017 1:00pm

Discount: Still Missing by Chevy Stevens

Chevy Stevens debut novel, Still Missing, won the International Thriller Writers Award for Best First Novel. Now through the month of February, get a digital copy of this award-winning debut for only $2.99!

On the day she was abducted, Annie O'Sullivan, a thirty-two-year-old realtor, had three goals―sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she's about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all.

Interwoven with the story of the year Annie spent captive in a remote mountain cabin―which unfolds through sessions with her psychiatrist―is the second narrative recounting the nightmare that follows her escape: her struggle to piece her shattered life back together, the ongoing police investigation into the identity of her captor, and the disturbing sense that things are far from over…

 

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Wed
Feb 22 2017 1:00pm

5 New Books to Read this Week: February 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!

This week, M.C. Beaton pubishes a new Hamish Macbeth Mystery, and Clare Mackintosh delivers a truly chilling psychological thriller! See what else this week brings in the way of books:

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

Fri
Feb 17 2017 4:00pm

Discount: Coup D’état by Ben Coes

Coup D'état by Ben Coes is the 2nd Dewey Andreas novel. Now through the month of February, get a digital copy of this high-octane thriller for only $2.99!

Wanting only a peaceful, obscure life, Dewey Andreas has gone to rural Australia, far from turbulent forces that he once fought against. But powerful men, seeking revenge, have been scouring the earth looking for Dewey. And now, they've finally found him - forcing Dewey to abandon his home and to fight for his life against a very well armed, well trained group of assassins.

Meanwhile, a radical cleric has been elected president of Pakistan and, upon taking power, sets off a rapidly escalating conflict with India. As the situation spins quickly out of control, it becomes clear that India is only days from resorting to a nuclear response, one that will have unimaginably disasterous results for the world at large. With only days to head this off, the President sends in his best people, including Jessica Tanzer, to do whatever it takes to restore the fragile peace to the region. Tanzer has only one viable option - to set up and execute a coup d'etat in Pakistan - and only one man in mind to lead the team that will try to pull off this almost unimaginable task in the nerve-wrackingly short time frame, Dewey Andreas. If, that is, Jessica can even get to Dewey and if Dewey can get out of Australia alive...

 

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Thu
Feb 16 2017 3:00pm

Discount: A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny

A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny is the 2007 Agatha Award winner for Best Novel and the 2nd entry in her bestselling Chief Inspector Gamache Mystery series. Now through the month of February, get a digital copy for only $2.99!

Welcome to winter in Three Pines, a picturesque village in Quebec, where the villagers are preparing for a traditional country Christmas, and someone is preparing for murder.

No one liked CC de Poitiers. Not her quiet husband, not her spineless lover, not her pathetic daughter—and certainly none of the residents of Three Pines. CC de Poitiers managed to alienate everyone, right up until the moment of her death.

When Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, of the Sûreté du Quebec, is called to investigate, he quickly realizes he's dealing with someone quite extraordinary. CC de Poitiers was electrocuted in the middle of a frozen lake, in front of the entire village, as she watched the annual curling tournament. And yet no one saw anything. Who could have been insane enough to try such a macabre method of murder—or brilliant enough to succeed?

With his trademark compassion and courage, Gamache digs beneath the idyllic surface of village life to find the dangerous secrets long buried there. For a Quebec winter is not only staggeringly beautiful but deadly, and the people of Three Pines know better than to reveal too much of themselves. But other dangers are becoming clear to Gamache. As a bitter wind blows into the village, something even more chilling is coming for Gamache himself.

Read Angie Barry's review of A Fatal Grace!

 

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Wed
Feb 15 2017 12:00pm

5 New Books to Read this Week: February 14, 2017

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 was a great week for international mystery and thriller fans! Charles Cumming released the 3rd installment in the Thomas Kell espionage series; Icelandic bestselling author Yrsa Sigurdardottir debuts a new spine-tingling thriller; and Ausma Zehanat Khan continues her Rachel Getty and Esa Khattak Series with her third and most gripping mystery yet. See what else to read this week:

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

Thu
Feb 9 2017 2:00pm

Announcing 2017’s Audie Awards Nominees

The Audio Publishers Association (APA) has recently announced their finalists for the 22nd annual Audie Awards competition—the premier awards program in the United States recognizing distinction in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment. 

This year's awards will be presented at the Audie Awards Gala to be held on June 1, 2017, at the French Institute Alliance Française in New York City. The event will be emceed by the award-winning comedian, author, and commentator Paula Poundstone.

Below are the finalists for the thriller/suspense and mystery categories. For the full list of nominees, visit www.theaudies.com

[See who got nominated!]

Wed
Feb 8 2017 12:00pm

5 New Books to Read this Week: February 7, 2017

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 was a huge week for crime fans! J.D. Robb released her 44th In Death novel, Kelley Armstrong continued her Casey Duncan series, and Chris Ewan delivered a superb standalone thriller! See what else to read this week:

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Tue
Feb 7 2017 4:15pm

Who Is Your Favorite Supporting Character in the In Death series?

One of the things that makes J.D. Robb’s In Death novels such a success is the adept characterization of the supporting cast. Sure, Eve Dallas is the star, but her friends and makeshift family help create a world you feel a part of—even if it is set in a futuristic NYC of the late 2050s / early 2060s. 

With today’s release of the 44th In Death novel, Echoes in Death, we want to know who YOUR favorite secondary character is throughout the series? Could it be billionaire husband Roarke? Eve’s eventual partner and friend, Delia Peabody? Or maybe mentor and former partner Captain Ryan Feeney? 

Check out our review coverage of the entire In Death series!

[Vote for your favorite below!]

Mon
Feb 6 2017 12:00pm

Trailer: Broadchurch, Season 3

Broadchurch will return in 2017 for its 3rd and final season, bringing back almost all of its familiar faces in the process. The story will follow detectives Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman) and Alec Hardy (David Tennant) as they investigate a serious sexual assault in the area, with creator Chris Chibnall commenting, “We have one last story to tell, featuring both familiar faces and new characters. I hope it’s a compelling and emotional farewell to a world and show that means so much to me."

While it seems like we'll no longer be focusing on the fallout from the Danny Latimer murder, it's all but guaranteed that the small seaside village will still be reeling from the effects of Season 2's surprising court ruling. 

[Watch the trailer for Season 3 of Broadchurch below!]