<i>Night Life</i>: New Excerpt Night Life: New Excerpt David C. Taylor The 1st Michael Cassidy novel, nominated for the Edgar Award for "Best Novel." <i>Redemption Road</i>: New Excerpt Redemption Road: New Excerpt John Hart Edgar Award Winner John Hart returns after 5 years! <i>The Infidel Stain</i>: New Excerpt The Infidel Stain: New Excerpt M.J. Carter The sequel to the Edgar-nominated The Strangler Vine <i>City of the Lost</i>: New Excerpt City of the Lost: New Excerpt Kelley Armstrong The 1st Casey Duncan Novel.
From The Blog
April 28, 2016
Mad About Norman: The Enduring Appeal of Psycho
Angie Barry
April 28, 2016
Q&A with Pamela Wechsler, Author of Mission Hill
Crime HQ
April 27, 2016
The Many Enemies of Eve Duncan
Crime HQ
April 27, 2016
City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong
Kristin Centorcelli
April 27, 2016
Q&A with Kelley Armstrong, Author of City of the Lost
Crime HQ
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Thu
Apr 28 2016 1:00pm

Q&A with Pamela Wechsler, Author of Mission Hill

Pam Wechsler spent several years as a criminal prosecutor in Boston, MA before moving to Los Angeles to write for television—most notably Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and Law & Order: Trial by Jury. Now, Ms. Wechsler is trying her hand at crime fiction with her first novel, Mission Hill. She was kind enough to answer some of CrimeHQ's questions about her writing inspirations, her first novel and its protagonist Abby Endicott, and what it's like to write for television and film.

[Check out this exclusive Q&A!]

Thu
Apr 28 2016 12:30pm

What Is Credit Card Skimming?

Credit card fraud and identity theft are scary—they can, and do, affect people all over the world, all the time. However, most people are conditioned to fear online transactions, where hackers can intercept your information and use it to steal your money, or sell that information to someone else who will.

See also: Modern Crime 101

[Learn about credit card skimming...]

Thu
Apr 28 2016 11:00am

Discount: Land of Shadows by Rachel Howzell Hall

In anticipation of Trail of Echoes by Rachel Howzell Hall (Available May 31, 2016), get the 1st Detective Elouise Norton novel, Land of Shadows, in ebook format for only $2.99 until May 2, 2016!

Along the ever-changing border of gentrifying Los Angeles, seventeen-year-old Monique Darson is found dead at a condominium construction site, hanging in the closet of an unfinished unit. Homicide detective Elouise “Lou” Norton's new partner, Colin Taggert, fresh from the comparatively bucolic Colorado Springs police department, assumes it's a teenage suicide. Lou isn't buying the easy explanation.

For one thing, the condo site is owned by Napoleon Crase, a self-made millionaire. . .and the man who may have murdered Lou's missing sister, Tori, thirty years ago. As Lou investigates the death of Monique Darson, she uncovers undeniable links between the two cases. But her department is skeptical.

Lou is convinced that when she solves Monique's case she will finally bring her lost sister home. But as she gets closer to the truth, she also gets closer to a violent killer. After all this time, can he be brought to justice. . .before Lou becomes his next victim?

 

To learn more or order a copy, visit:

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Wed
Apr 27 2016 4:00pm

The Many Enemies of Eve Duncan

Eve Duncan has made a lot of enemies over the years. She’s faced the worst of the worst, including serial killers, terrorists, and now cartel leaders. We pulled out the case files and ranked the worst criminals she’s come up against. Did we miss your favorite dastardly foe?

[See which enemies made the list!]

Wed
Apr 27 2016 2:00pm

Who Will Win the Edgar Award for “Best Novel”?

The Edgar Award, in honor of the great Edgar Allan Poe, is presented by The Mystery Writers of America to the best in mystery fiction & nonfiction that was produced during the previous year. 

All month long, we’ve been covering the Edgar Award nominees—reviewing all of the books up for “Best Novel” and “Best First Novel.” If you haven’t yet, check out our Edgars HQ page and take a look at all of the great reviews!

See also: 2016 Edgar Awards Reviews

Now, before the ceremony on April 28th, we’re asking YOU, the reader, to be the judge and tell us who you think will win the prestigious award. Cast your vote for “Best Novel”:

[Vote for “Best Novel” below!]

Wed
Apr 27 2016 1:00pm

Q&A with Kelley Armstrong, Author of City of the Lost

Read this exclusive Q&A with Kelley Armstrong, author of City of the Lost, and then make sure you're signed in and comment for a chance to win an advanced copy of Kelley's first Casey Duncan thriller!

This isn’t the first time you’ve written a female investigator; how is homicide detective Casey Duncan different from police officer Nadia Stafford?

Like Casey, Nadia has a murder in her past. In her case, she didn’t get away with it—never even tried. She openly shot a serial killer and suffered the loss of her job, media attention, public shaming, etc.

In the novels, Nadia’s a part-time hitman struggling not to justify her actions with the label of vigilante. Casey is a much better detective—smarter, more skilled, and more methodical. Nadia is outwardly more personable, more friendly, but more deeply damaged.

Read the first two chapters of City of the Lost!

When I create characters, I sometimes explore variations on a theme, and that’s what I did with Nadia and Casey—one seemingly similar moment in the past leading to two very different lives and characters.

[Get more answers from Kelley here...]

Wed
Apr 27 2016 11:30am

5 New Books to Read this Week: April 27, 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...]

Wed
Apr 27 2016 11:00am

Deadwood-Inspired Mr. Wu’s Laundry Service T-Shirt

In honor of Kelley Armstrong's Twitter takeover, and her love for Deadwood, today's Daily Steal hardens back to a time when waste disposal meant so much more than garbage:

I love graphic tees and I’m particularly fond of “sleeper” ones, seemingly normal tees that are in-jokes for those who know what’s being referenced. This one advertises the laundry service in Deadwood, where the “waste disposal” mentioned involves corpses and swine.

Made from 100% preshrunk cotton, this t-shirt is available in 10 different color options and starts at only $12.99.


Get Your Mr. Wu's Laundry Service T-Shirt Here:

Buy at Amazon

Tue
Apr 26 2016 1:00pm

Q&A with Katherine Hall Page, Recipient of This Year’s Agatha Lifetime Achievement Award

Karen Hall Page, author of the Faith Fairchild series—the newest of which, The Body in the Wardrobe, is available today!—is a three-time Agatha Award winner. This year, at Malice Domestic 28, Karen will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. We had a chance to ask Karen some questions about the Agathas, her newest book, and some of her favorite foods.

[Read Karen's answers here...]

Tue
Apr 26 2016 11:30am

Who Will Win the Edgar Award for “Best First Novel”?

The Edgar Award, in honor of the great Edgar Allan Poe, is presented by The Mystery Writers of America to the best in mystery fiction & nonfiction that was produced during the previous year. 

All month long, we’ve been covering the Edgar Award nominees—reviewing all of the books up for “Best Novel” and “Best First Novel.” If you haven’t yet, check out our Edgars HQ page and take a look at all of the great reviews!

See also: 2016 Edgar Awards Reviews

Now, before the ceremony on April 28th, we’re asking YOU, the reader, to be the judge and tell us who you think will win the prestigious award. First up, cast your vote for the “Best First Novel” category:

[Vote for “Best First Novel” below!]

Tue
Apr 26 2016 11:00am

H.H. Holmes “Murder Castle” Jigsaw Puzzle

In 1886, H.H. Holmes constructed what would become his “Murder Castle” in Chicago, just prior to the World’s Fair. This block-long hotel featured doors leading to brick walls, stairs that led to nowhere, secret vaults and gas chambers, and a basement full of torture and body disposal equipment. If you've read Erik Larson's Devil in the White City, you know just how sadistic Holmes was. 

Now, thanks to DrawnByHolly, you can construct the same “Murder Castle” at home…in the form of a 513-piece jigsaw puzzle. Included with the puzzle is an illustration based on blueprints of the actual Murder Castle, accurately portraying what the hotel looked like and how Holmes used it to aid him in murdering his victims, then articulating their skeletons for sale to local universities. Get the puzzle and the print for a mere $30!

*Actual Murder Castle not included.

Mon
Apr 25 2016 11:30am

Crime/Mystery/Thrillers Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix in May 2016

April showers bring May flowers, which sadly rings true in the world of streaming media, as Netflix is bringing loads of romance titles to its library this month. Despite the influx of Netflix and chill options, there are still a few thrillers, mysteries, and horror flicks to get your heart rate up a different way.

See what crime/mystery/thrillers are coming to (and leaving) Netflix:

[Check out the list here...]

Mon
Apr 25 2016 11:00am

Discount: The King of Lies by John Hart

In anticipation of Redemption Road—the long-awaited return of Edgar Award winning and New York Times bestseller John Hart—get The King of Lies in ebook format for only $1.99 until May 2, 2016!

Listen to an audio excerpt from Redemption Road here!

Jackson Workman Pickens―known to most as Work―mindlessly holds together his life: a failing law practice left to him when his father, Ezra, mysteriously disappeared, a distant wife, and a fragile sister, Jean, damaged by the shared past they've endured.

And then Ezra's body is discovered.

Set to inherit his father's fortune, Work becomes a prime suspect. But so does Jean. Fearing the worst, Work launches his own investigation, crossing paths with a power-hungry detective, a string of damning evidence, and the ugly rumors that swirl within his small, moneyed Southern town. Desperate for the redemption that has eluded him for so many years and stripped of everything he once valued, Work fights to save his sister, clear his name, and regain the love of the woman to whom he gave his heart so many years before.

 

To learn more or order a copy, visit:

Buy at Amazon Buy at Books a Million Buy at Barnes and Noble Buy at iTunes

Wed
Apr 20 2016 4:00pm

5 New Books to Read this Week: April 19, 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...]

Wed
Apr 20 2016 12:00pm

Q&A with Susanna Calkins, Author of A Death Along the River Fleet and Mary Higgins Clark Award Nominee

Susanna Calkins, author of A Death Along the River Fleet — the 4th Lucy Campion Mystery — was kind enough to answer some of Criminal Element's questions about her love for the mystery genre, writing about 17th century England, and being nominated for this year's Mary Higgin's Clark Award. 

What authors have inspired your writing?

Like most mystery authors, I was hugely inspired by Agatha Christie. Hers were the first books I ever purchased for myself—when I was 12 years old, I remember going to the bookstore to buy one every time I could muster up $2.50. I also loved Lois Duncan and Phyllis Whitney, and later on, Anne Perry, who in their own ways all influenced me greatly, particularly in terms of writing suspense and mystery.

[Off to London we go!]

Tue
Apr 19 2016 11:40am

Who Is Your Favorite TV Antihero? The Final Showdown

Certain television protagonists are not always the most honest, upstanding heroes that good-guy-always-wins Hollywood has trained us to expect. Some shows feature outright criminals and monsters, and manage to build a story around them that causes the viewer to sympathize with, and even root for, the antihero.

Not all of these shows hit the mark, but the ones that do really explore the intricacies of circumstance, free will, and human emotion.

Over the last three weeks, you, Dear Reader, have voted in Omar Little from The Wire, Hannibal Lecter from Hannibal, and Tommy Shelby from Peaky Blinders as your favorite antiheroes. This week, all three battle each other in a head-to-head(-to-head) matchup.

[Who will emerge victorious? You decide!]

Mon
Apr 18 2016 3:00pm

Patrick Stewart Stars in Green Room, aka Punks Vs. Neo-Nazis

This week in Matinee Monday, we look at a chilling backwoods standoff in a Jeremy Saulnier's Green Room. Saulnier, a relatively new voice on the film scene, first saw significant critical and box office success with his 2013 thriller, Blue Ruin, a long, slow burn of a movie following the fate and fallout of a vagrant exacting revenge for his murdered parents on a convict granted early release.

[“I told you to follow.”]

Fri
Apr 15 2016 12:00pm

Cozy Bookshelf Shopping List: May, 2016

Discover (or remember to order) your next cozy with a delightfully convenient shopping list of upcoming soft-boiled mysteries! Last month was no April fool's joke, just some great April releases; this month—April showers turn to May flowers with these great new 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 May 2016 Cozy Bookshelf Shopping List!

[Let's get to the goodies!]