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5 New Books to Read this Week: March 21, 2017
Blogs
March 22 2017

5 New Books to Read this Week: March 21, 2017

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
The Dark Tower: <i>The Wind Through the Keyhole</i> Part II
Blogs
March 21 2017

The Dark Tower: The Wind Through the Keyhole Part II

Last week, we began The Wind Through the Keyhole with a major storm and another of Roland's stories....
5 New Books to Read this Week: March 14, 2017
Blogs
March 15 2017

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

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
The Dark Tower: <i>The Wind Through the Keyhole</i> Part I
Blogs
March 14 2017

The Dark Tower: The Wind Through the Keyhole Part I

Last week, we ended Wizard and Glass in a makeshift Emerald City before Maerlyn's Rainbow trainsported...
Review: <i>The Wages of Sin</i> by Kaite Welsh
Blogs
March 10 2017

Review: The Wages of Sin by Kaite Welsh

The Wages of Sin by Kaite Welsh is a page-turning tale of murder, subversion, and vice in which...
Review: <i>When Falcons Fall</i> by C. S. Harris
Blogs
March 10 2017

Review: When Falcons Fall by C. S. Harris

When Falcons Fall by C. S. Harris is the 11th book in the Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery series. It...
Review: <i>In Farleigh Field</i> by Rhys Bowen
Blogs
March 9 2017

Review: In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen

In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen is inspired by the events and people of World War II, crafting a sweeping...
5 New Books to Read this Week: March 7, 2017
Blogs
March 8 2017

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

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
<i>A Death by Any Other Name</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
March 7 2017

A Death by Any Other Name: New Excerpt

A Death by Any Other Name is the 3rd book in the Lady Montfort Mystery series (available March 14,...
Review: <i>Mister Memory</i> by Marcus Sedgwick
Blogs
March 6 2017

Review: Mister Memory by Marcus Sedgwick

Mister Memory by Marcus Sedgwick is set in Paris at the end of the nineteenth century, where a man...
Now Win <i>This</i>!: The Fourth Paper Caper Sweepstakes
Blogs
February 28 2017

Now Win This!: The Fourth Paper Caper Sweepstakes

We've done it before, and we're doing it again! Don't miss out on a chance to win...
The Dark Tower: <i>Wizard and Glass</i>, Part VIII
Blogs
February 28 2017

The Dark Tower: Wizard and Glass, Part VIII

Last week, we began the final showdown with Roland's gang and the Big Coffin Hunters. This week,...
Discount: <i>Death Sits Down to Dinner</i> by Tessa Arlen
Blogs
February 27 2017

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...
5 New Books to Read this Week: February 21, 2016
Blogs
February 22 2017

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...
The Dark Tower: <i>Wizard and Glass</i>, Part VII
Blogs
February 21 2017

The Dark Tower: Wizard and Glass, Part VII

Last week, the cards were turned and plans were set into motion. This week, we get our final showdown...
<i>The Murder of Willie Lincoln</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
February 16 2017

The Murder of Willie Lincoln: New Excerpt

The Murder of Willie Lincoln is an exciting historical fiction debut by award-winning political journalist...
5 New Books to Read this Week: February 14, 2017
Blogs
February 15 2017

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...
<i>The English Agent</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
February 15 2017

The English Agent: New Excerpt

The English Agent by Phillip DePoy is the 2nd book in the Christopher Marlowe historical mystery...
The Dark Tower: <i>Wizard and Glass</i>, Part VI
Blogs
February 14 2017

The Dark Tower: Wizard and Glass, Part VI

Last week, the tension built as the man in black showed up in Mejis. This week, plans are set in motion...
<i>Testament</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
February 9 2017

Testament: New Excerpt

Testament is the latest in the Jack Howard series from David Gibbins, who uses his real world experience...
The Dark Tower: <i>Wizard and Glass</i>, Part V
Blogs
February 7 2017

The Dark Tower: Wizard and Glass, Part V

Last week, true intentions surfaced and a forbidden love was consummated. This week, tension builds...
The Dark Tower: <i>Wizard and Glass</i>, Part IV
Blogs
January 31 2017

The Dark Tower: Wizard and Glass, Part IV

Last week, Roland and Susan struggled with their feelings for each other. This week, secrets abound...
Crime/Mystery/Thrillers Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix in February 2017
Blogs
January 30 2017

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...
Top Female Crime and Mystery Authors
Blogs
January 26 2017

Top Female Crime and Mystery Authors

Crime and mystery fiction’s diversity attracts a broad readership. For instance, I prefer...
The Immense Appeal of HBO’s Mysterious <i>Westworld</i>
Blogs
January 26 2017

The Immense Appeal of HBO’s Mysterious Westworld

Looking for a cool, new-world vacation? Love living a fantasy without any consequences? Need...
The Dark Tower: <i>Wizard and Glass</i>, Part III
Blogs
January 24 2017

The Dark Tower: Wizard and Glass, Part III

Last week, we traveled back to Mejis to learn of Roland's backstory. This week, the romance between...
“Requiem for a Mezcal” Cocktail
Blogs
January 20 2017

“Requiem for a Mezcal” Cocktail

What do actors do when they sense danger? Play dead! We promise that this week's Pick...
A Tudor Primer
Blogs
January 19 2017

A Tudor Primer

Let’s face it. We Americans have been regaled with stories of our forefathers since we...
A Driving Tour of Midwestern Mysteries
Blogs
January 18 2017

A Driving Tour of Midwestern Mysteries

With so many mysteries set in big cities, Kristen Lepionka spreads the love to the Midwest, outlining...
2017 Left Coast Crime “Lefty” Awards Nominations
Blogs
January 17 2017

2017 Left Coast Crime “Lefty” Awards Nominations

The 2017 Left Coast Crime “Lefty” Awards nominations are up!  The Lefty...