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Thu
Apr 20 2017 4:00pm

Discount: Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris

Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris is a gripping debut psychological thriller and an international phenomenon. Get a digital copy through May 1st for only $2.99!

Take a visual tour through Behind Closed Doors with GIFnotes!

The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He’s a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You’re hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better.

But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are inseparable.

Some might call this true love. Others might wonder why Grace never answers the phone. Or why she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. Or why she never seems to take anything with her when she leaves the house, not even a pen. Or why there are such high-security metal shutters on all the downstairs windows.

Some might wonder what’s really going on once the dinner party is over, and the front door has closed.

Read an excerpt from Behind Closed Doors while sipping “The Perfect Couple” cocktail inspired by the book!

 

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Thu
Apr 20 2017 12:00pm

Mapping the Mad Bomber of New York City

Especially prescient in today’s times, Michael Cannell's Incendiary whisks us through the streets of Manhattan—to Grand Central, Times Square, Penn Station, Radio City Music Hall—where for almost two decades New Yorkers faced the lingering threat of terrorism. Clues were sparse, and as the bombings continued, pressure forced the police to look elsewhere for help.

Enter Dr. James Brussel, a psychiatrist hired by the police to analyze the limited forensic evidence and use it to peer into the mind of the bomber. Though the term profiling would not be coined for another two decades, it’s undoubtedly familiar to us now, as it’s nearly impossible to browse the mystery section at your library or flip through primetime television without seeing at least one story featuring a criminal profiler.

Read Ardi Alspach's review of Incendiary!

To celebrate the imminent publication of Incendiary, Minotaur Books has created this detailed interactive map that allows you to trace the Mad Bomber's route of terror. Follow along and keep an eye out for Incendiary

[Check out the map below!]

Wed
Apr 19 2017 12:00pm

5 New Books to Read this Week: April 18, 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 week brought some familiar faces and stunning newcomers to the table! Kent Lester published a haunting debut novel, David Baldacci released the 3rd thrilling installment in his Amos Decker series, and Sasscer Hill gave us the 1st in her new Fia Mckee Mystery series. See what else this week brings in the way of books:

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

Mon
Apr 17 2017 4:30pm

Shetland Now Available on Netflix!

There are few settings more suited to mystery and murder than the remote Shetland Islands. They lie north of Scotland, not far from the tip of Norway, and just east of Iceland. Only 16 of the 100 islands are inhabited, the winters are long and dark, and a ferry from the islands to the closest mainland city, Aberdeen, takes a full 14 hours. They are strikingly beautiful and incredibly rich in culture but sparsely populated and bone-chilling. 

Author Ann Cleeves traveled there 40 years ago to be an assistant cook in a bird observatory. She couldn't cook and knew nothing about birds but fell in love with the people and terrain. Many years later, she used it as the setting for her enigmatic Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez to raise a family, suffer incredible loss, and of course, solve cases. 

The Shetland book series has been popular in the UK and US for many years, and Netflix just started airing all three seasons of the television program. The first eight episodes are based on the Cleeves novels, and the 3rd season tortured British fans with aching suspense as they waited to see who was responsible for several harrowing and brutal murders over the course of six installments. 

Shetland is best watched while hiding from the world on a rainy Sunday. The acting is nuanced enough that you think you can solve the mystery by reading the expressions of Jimmy Perez (played by a quietly seductive Douglas Henshall) and his neighbors. Cleeves and the Shetland screenwriters draw Perez loosely, letting viewers learn about him slowly over the course of the series rather than through blunt exposition. And the muddy and murky islands provide the right amount of tension to the expertly drawn plots.

So check out Shetland on Netflix now! And after you're finished, pick up a copy of the latest Sheltand book, Cold Earth, which releases in the States tomorrow.

Read an excerpt from Cold Earth!

Sat
Apr 15 2017 12:00pm

Cozy Bookshelf Shopping List: May, 2017

Discover (or remember to order) your next cozy with a delightfully convenient shopping list of upcoming soft-boiled mysteries! Last month, we got April showers and great cozies; this month, we get beautiful weather and more amazing books! Let us know in the comments how you like it and what you can't wait to read next!

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Thu
Apr 13 2017 12:40pm

Discount: The River at Night by Erica Ferencik

The River at Night by Erica Ferencik is a high-stakes drama set against the harsh beauty of the Maine wilderness, charting the journey of four friends as they fight to survive the aftermath of a white water rafting accident. Get a digital copy through April 16th for only $2.99!

Winifred Allen needs a vacation.

Stifled by a soul-crushing job, devastated by the death of her beloved brother, and lonely after the end of a fifteen-year marriage, Wini is feeling vulnerable. So when her three best friends insist on a high-octane getaway for their annual girls’ trip, she signs on, despite her misgivings.

What starts out as an invigorating hiking and rafting excursion in the remote Allagash Wilderness soon becomes an all-too-real nightmare: A freak accident leaves the women stranded, separating them from their raft and everything they need to survive. When night descends, a fire on the mountainside lures them to a ramshackle camp that appears to be their lifeline. But as Wini and her friends grasp the true intent of their supposed saviors, long buried secrets emerge and lifelong allegiances are put to the test. To survive, Wini must reach beyond the world she knows to harness an inner strength she never knew she possessed.

Read about Erica Ferencik's in-depth research for The River at Night, where she interviewed people who live in the woods off the grid!

 

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Wed
Apr 12 2017 4:30pm

5 New Books to Read this Week: April 11, 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!

Another great week is upon us as we get a new Lisa Scottoline thriller, the 3rd Pete Fernandez mystery from Alex Segura, and a stunning debut from M. L. Rio! See what else this week brings in the way of books:

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

Mon
Apr 10 2017 3:30pm

Asgardians of the Galaxy: Teaser Trailer for Thor: Ragnarok

Death, taxes, and a superhero movie trailer with a classic rock soundtrack. Some things are guaranteed in this life. 

Hitting theaters on November 3, 2017, Thor: Ragnarok looks like it might have finally found the right tone for our favorite banished alien god. All it took was director Taika Waititi of What We Do in the Shadows fame. To be fair, having Thor fight The Hulk in a gladiatorial fight makes for some pretty great source material from which to work. 

See Also: Our Under the Radar review of What We Do in the Shadows!

The IMDB page should also excite Marvel fans, as it seems like we'll be seeing Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Odin (Anthony Hopkins), and Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch). Cate Blanchette and Idris Elba round out a stellar cast. 

[Watch the trailer below!]

Wed
Apr 5 2017 12:30pm

5 New Books to Read this Week: April 4, 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 readers looking to get away! Steve Berry released the 12th installment of his Cotton Malone series, which takes us on a gripping trip across the U.S. If you're in the mood for a more European point of view, Philip Kerr released the 10th Bernie Gunther novel, taking place in WWII Germany. And Donna Leon released the 26th Commissario Guido Brunetti novel, set in luxurious Venice! See what else this week brings in the way of books:

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Tue
Apr 4 2017 4:30pm

Which Coen Brothers Film Is Your Favorite?

 

Don't see your favorite? We tried to keep it focused on their more crime-related films, but let us know what your favorite Coen Brothers film is in the comments below!

Wed
Mar 29 2017 12:00pm

5 New Books to Read this Week: March 28, 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 week has something for every kind of mystery fan! Looking for a trip to the past? Bestseller Andrew Taylor released a hot new historical thriller set during the aftermath of The Great Fire of London. Cozies more to your taste? You'll be purring with pleasure at the first in a new series by Mandy Morton. See what else this week brings in the way of books:

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