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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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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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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:

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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

[See who got nominated!]

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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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!]

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!]

Feb 2 2017 2:00pm

Q&A with Chris Ewan, Author of Long Time Lost

Chris Ewan is the critically acclaimed and bestselling author of The Good Thief's Guide to... series and several successful thrillers. His latest, Long Time Lost (available February 7, 2017), is a fast-paced standalone thriller that features a protagonist who specializes in the unique and highly illegal service of relocating at-risk individuals across Europe with new identities and new lives.

Read this exclusive Q&A with Chris Ewan about his latest novel, what he's currently reading, and whether we might see a return of the good thief Charlie Howard—make sure to sign in and comment at the bottom for a chance to win a copy of Long Time Lost!

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Jan 31 2017 4:00pm

Who Is Your Favorite Spy?

While not the first fictional spy, James Bond is clearly the most notable. But notability doesn’t necessarily mean best. Spy fiction has exploded in just about every era with international conflict, inspiring every kind of spy—from the smooth and suave to the tough and heartless to the resourceful and tech-savvy and every kind in between. 

With plenty of spies to choose from, your mission—should you choose to accept—is to let us know who YOUR favorite spy is! 

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Jan 30 2017 2:00pm

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

February is the month for love, which means Netflix went heavy on the romantic comedies and feel-good love stories. But love isn't all ooey-gooey and heartwarming—where's the crimes of passion, the murderous couples, and the bloody Valentine?

Oh well. Season 1 of American Crime Story is worth checking out. And, at least it's one month closer to March's release of Marvel's Iron Fist.

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

Jan 26 2017 3:30pm

Announcing 2017’s Agatha Award Nominees

Malice Domestic, an annual convention held in Washington, D.C., honoring the best of the traditional/cozy mystery genre, has announced the nominees for 2017's 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 29th, 2017, 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 for excerpts and reviews!

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