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Jul 4 2015 10:00am

Happy 4th of July: 120 Seconds, $1000 of Fireworks!

For the 4th, we offer this explosive 2 minutes from TeddieFilms, who went into the desert with action cams and a cool grand of fireworks to burn!

Wherever this took place, it might've been illegal or possibly dumb. (That kinda makes it even more up our alley.) Nonetheless, we sincerely wish you, our cherished site visitors, to have a spectacular and safe holiday!

Happy Independence Day!

Jun 29 2015 10:45am

Careers: Passion for Execution? Willing to Relocate?

No, they don't mean the usual corporate-speak kind of “execution.” Saudi Arabia is hiring for the real deal. According to RT, the kingdom

which executes more criminals than any nation except China and Iran, wants to hire eight new executioners. A surge in executions has been witnessed under new King Salman’s rule.

The job description published online on Monday says no special training is required from applicants. The executioners would be required to behead condemned criminals in public as well as carry out amputations on those convicted of lesser offenses...

Apparently, the positions get paid at the lower end of the civil service scale, but given Saudi Arabia's ranking as only 3rd in worldwide executions, it's a role with good security and growth potential for the right candidate.


Leading image from animated series Executioner, created by Greg Grabianski and Andy Rheingold—Revolver Mag article on “Most Metal Cartoons” at link

Jun 26 2015 8:45am

Announcing The M.O.’s “Wishful Thinking” Story!

Thanks for checking out our shortlist of great short crime stories and voting! We're excited to announce the “Wishful Thinking” story we'll be publishing in its entirety is...

“The Cocoon” by Louis Rakovich

We were, again, delighted and vexed by the overall quality of the story submissions as well as those of the four finalists. In a couple of weeks, we'll have the reader-selected story here for your perusal and enjoyment! On Friday, July 10th, you'll see the chrysalis emerge at last!

Jun 24 2015 10:05am

Hurry! Voting for The M.O.’s “Wishful Thinking” Ends Tonight!

Time is almost up for our “Wishful Thinking” round of The M.O.! Voting closes tonight at midnight, and we'll be announcing the winner this Friday! So what are you waiting for? Head over to our shortlist, featuring authors Peter DiChellis, Kate Fellowes, Seana Graham, and Louis Rakovich, and vote for your favorite that you most want to read to The End! You can vote only once (you rascals), and in two weeks, we'll publish the selection here for all of you to enjoy! And to learn more about our shortlisted authors, check out their mugs over at the Rogues' Gallery.

Jun 23 2015 2:00pm

Now Win This!: Beach Bag Sweepstakes

Safe from sand and spray, readable in bright sun, paperbacks are vacation faves, and we've got 15 exciting titles for you to stuff in your beach bag — just don't forget your sunscreen!

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[Bend 'em, beat 'em, just make sure you read 'em...]

Jun 22 2015 12:00pm

Announcing 2015’s Macavity Award Nominations!


Awards season continues apace, with a new slate of nominees for the 2015 Macavity Awards from Mystery Readers International. “MRI is the largest mystery fan/reader organization in the world, is open to all readers, fans, critics, editors, publishers, and writers. Started by Janet A. Rudolph in Berkeley, California, it now has members in all 50 of the United States and 18 foreign countries.” The awards will be presented at Boucheron in Raleigh, NC in October.  Onto the nominees!

The Lewis Man by Peter May
The Last Death of Jack Harbin by Terry Shames
The Killer Next Door by Alex Marwood
The Day She Died by Catriona McPherson
The Missing Place by Sophie Littlefield
The Long Way Home by Louise Penny

Invisible City by Julia Dahl
The Black Hour by Lori Rader-Day
Someone Else’s Skin by Sarah Hilary
Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little
Blessed Are the Dead by Kristi Belcamino
Dry Bones in the Valley by Tom Bouman

Writes of Passage: Adventures on the Writer's Journey, edited by Hank Phillippi Ryan
The Figure of the Detective: A Literary History and Analysis by Charles Brownson
Poe-Land: The Hallowed Haunts of Edgar Allan Poe by J. W. Ocker
400 Things Cops Know: Street Smart Lessons from a Veteran Patrolman by Adam Plantinga

“Honeymoon Sweet” by Craig Faustus Buck, in Murder at the Beach: The Bouchercon Anthology 2014, edited by Dana Cameron
“The Shadow Knows” by Barb Goffman, in Chesapeake Crimes: Homicidal Holidays, edited by Donna Andrews, Barb Goffman, and Marcia Talley
“Howling at the Moon” by Paul D. Marks, in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine
“The Proxy” by Travis Richardson, in Thuglit
“The Odds Are Against Us” by Art Taylor, in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine

*all the nominated short stories have generously been made available to read online.

Queen of Hearts by Rhys Bowen
Present Darkness by Malla Nunn
A Deadly Measure of Brimstone by Catriona McPherson
An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris
Hunting Shadows by Charles Todd
Things Half in Shadow by Alan Finn

Congratulations to All!

Jun 19 2015 8:45am

Get Ready For True Detective Season 2

While we won't be welcoming the pointed ramblings of Rust Cohle back into our homes on Sunday night, we will be saying hello again to True Detective. As we've previously mentioned, Season 2 will be leaving the bayou behind and is jetting to the West Coast and will star Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams, and Taylor Kitsch. Farrell, McAdams, and Kitsch will be playing police officers, and Vaughn will take on the role of villian, and the four characters will come together amidst a bizarre murder as they each attempt to navigate a web of conspiracy and betrayal.

Episode 1, “The Western Book of the Dead,” airs this Sunday, June 21st, and the synopsis is as follows:

The disappearance of a city manager disrupts a lucrative land scheme and ignites an investigation involving three police officers and a career criminal who is moving into legitimate business.

If Season 1 was any indication, expect the premiere to be laced with clues that might not make sense at first, but will leave us shaking our heads by the end. And it is with great excitement that we announce that Thomas Pluck will be returning again to cover Season 2 for Criminal Element, and if you want to relive all the unsettling mystery from last season, start with Tom's reaction to the pilot, “The Long Bright Dark.”

We'll see you Monday morning with more True Detective talk.

Jun 18 2015 10:45am

True Crime Thursday: Dads Worth Incarcerating AND Celebrating!

Enjoy these handmade sentiments for Father's Day—even if we have weird taste in ties. (We're not completely rotten kids. The posts get nicer as they go, culminating in something true, not-too-criminal, and actually reverent. Thanks, Dads, for being there and being good sports!)

Wealthy Chinese man hires assassins to kill son in video game.

Check the wardrobe on this guy arrested in an undercover sting. Worth a thousand coffee mugs.

This dad shot his son for singing Kenny Chesney.

Old Men Breaking Bad: What happens when your grandpa gets together with a group of his war buddies and decides to go full-on poison cloud...

In 1914, former-president Theodore took his son Kermit into the Amazon on a deadly. doomed expedition described in Roosevelt's Beast by Louis Bayard.

Tony Hays offers the backstory behind perhaps the most famous family feud, the Hatfields and McCoys, and the difficulties of historic research: “Are you kin to that Hays scoundrel that killed my grandpappy?”

Take Dad out to the Ball Game with Deborah Lacy's list of baseball-themed mysteries, many of which incorporate the real history of the game and its players.

A True Confession from William Kent Krueger:

My father died three months ago.... My time with my father at his end and the anxiety he felt as he approached that physical and spiritual transition, which none of us escapes, had me thinking a lot about the issue of what comes next in our existence. And, oddly, a lot of my thinking went back to a movie I first saw when I was about six years old: The Incredible Shrinking Man.


Image via How Pilgrim.

Jun 16 2015 4:00pm

Cozy Bookshelf Shopping List: July, 2015

Discover (or remember to order) your next cozy with a delightfully convenient shopping list of upcoming soft-boiled mysteries! We kept rolling off last month with June's releases, and now we're setting our sights on July! Let us know in the comments how you like it and what you can't wait to read next!

Criminal Element's July 2015 Cozy Bookshelf Shopping List!

[Let's get to the goodies!]

Jun 16 2015 9:30am

Of Course the Queen of Crime’s Birthday Cake Will Be Poisoned!

Need dishes so craftily designed that manor house guests don't know they're scarfing down poison secreted therein? Take this cooking class, says Maev Kennedy in The Guardian:

A little more delicious strychnine and butter sauce for your fish, vicar? Or a slice of that scrumptious cake, so appropriately named Delicious Death?

A unique cookery demonstration is to be held to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the birth of Agatha Christie, the Queen of Crime. It will be in Christie’s own Devon kitchen, and guests are advised to treat samples with extreme caution.

The French writer Anne Martinetti will be recreating recipes from Christie’s books, singling out those particularly suitable for concealing poison as an extra ingredient. As any devotee of Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot knows, the great detectives only have to show up for a morning coffee, light luncheon or afternoon tea party for one of the guests to topple over the table clutching their throat and turning blue.

Martinetti will be speaking and cooking at Christie’s beloved holiday house, Greenway – the home she called “the most beautiful place in the world” – now in the care of the National Trust.


The event is part of the Agatha Christie festival this September, held in and around Torquay where she was born on 15 September 1890.

A tip of the chef's hat to Janet Rudolph at Mystery Fanfare, who always knows what's cookin'.

Jun 12 2015 8:45am

Pick The M.O.’s Next Story: Your Wish is Our Command!

Our wishes have come true, because we have a new crop of shortlisted stories for The M.O.! Read these four sneak peeks on the theme of “Wishful Thinking,” then vote at the bottom for the one you'd most like to read on to The End. And of course, learn more about all the malefactors at The M.O.'s Rogues' Gallery.

  • “Asleep or Afraid” by Peter DiChellis
  • “The Currency of Wishes” by Kate Fellowes
  • “What Price Glory” by Seana Graham
  • “The Cocoon” by Louis Rakovich


[Read on, wishful thinkers...!]

Jun 11 2015 9:30am

Falling for the Point Break Remake

After two years of waiting, here's our first look at the new Point Break trailer with less surfing, but more altitude and extreme skiing. Luke Bracey stars as Johnny Utah, the young FBI agent and extreme athlete sent to infiltrate a gang of daring criminals led by the charismatic Bodhi (Edgar Ramirez).

If they've updated the sports involved, maybe they'll also update the disguises from the old-school presidents' rubber faces to someone more contemporary?

Unfortunately, we'll have to wait until the Christmas release to know if the remake will earn its way onto our list of 6 notable masked heists, but we can hope.

The troposphere sure looks fine today, are you in?

Jun 9 2015 4:00pm

Now Win This!: Top Cop Sweepstakes

These cops might be super troopers, but there will certainly be no shenanigans. If you want to stay out of the clink, you'd best check out these seven 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 June 9, 2015, at 4:00 pm ET, and ends June 23, 2015, 3:59 pm ET. Void in Puerto Rico and wherever prohibited by law. Click here for details and official rules.

[Don't make me get the cuffs...]