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And to think they can do it without cell phones! These stories highlight the perils of investigation and fighting injustice in times of yore, as well as adventures in the Old and New West.

Blogs
June 22 2016

5 New Books to Read this Week: June 21, 2016

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Blogs
June 21 2016

Review: The Devils of Cardona by Matthew Carr

The Devils of Cardona by Matthew Carr is a gripping historical thriller set in sixteenth-century Spain. What...
Blogs
June 20 2016

Watch the New Trailer for HBO’s Westworld

In addition to last night’s thrilling “Battle of the Bastards,” HBO aired its...
Blogs
June 15 2016

5 New Books to Read this Week: June 14, 2016

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Blogs
June 13 2016

Review: The Devil’s Cold Dish by Eleanor Kuhns

The Devil's Cold Dish by Eleanor Kuhns is the 5th book in the Will Rees Mysteries series...
Blogs
June 6 2016

With All Your Might: The Lasting Obsession with WWII Thrillers and Alternate History Stories

The WWII thriller and alternate history set in the same period are small time machines. If Walter...
Excerpts
June 5 2016

Showdown City: New Excerpt

Showdown City by Todd Berger is a fiercely inventive novel of suspense and satire (Available June...
Blogs
June 1 2016

Under Burning Skies 2: Best of 21st-Century Westerns

Almost two decades into the century, quality Western films are alive and kicking. Though doubtful...
Blogs
May 27 2016

Page to Screen: Comics I’d Love to See on My TV—Lackadaisy Cats

The Series: Lackadaisy Cats by Tracy J. Butler. The Heroes: Anthropomorphized cats in...
Excerpts
May 11 2016

Cape Hell: New Excerpt

Cape Hell by Loren D. Estleman is the 9th Page Murdock Novel, following U.S. Deputy Page Murdock's...
Blogs
May 4 2016

Fresh Meat: Sent to the Devil by Laura Lebow

Sent to the Devil by Laura Lebow is the 2nd Lorenzo Da Ponte historical mystery. “You!...
Blogs
May 4 2016

Billy the Kid Wooden Plaque

Billy the Kid is said to have killed 21 men—one for every year of his life. The man, the...
Blogs
May 3 2016

Who Is Your Favorite Wild West Outlaw?

The (Wicky Wicky Wild, Wicky Wild, Wicky Wicky Wild) Wild West of the mid-to-late 19th century...
Blogs
May 2 2016

What Became of Downton Abbey?

When Downton Abbey finally ended after six glorious seasons, I don’t think I was alone...
Blogs
April 29 2016

“A Death Along the River Peat”

We all love a good mystery—but I prefer the butler bring me a nice cocktail at the end...
Blogs
April 29 2016

A True Account of a Most Monstrous Act, and Other Strange Happenings…

Read this exclusive guest post from Susanna Calkins about 17th-century murder ballads, and then...
Blogs
April 27 2016

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...
Blogs
April 25 2016

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...
Blogs
April 20 2016

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...
Excerpts
April 18 2016

Daughter of Albion: New Excerpt

Daughter of Albion by Ilke Tampke is a historical mystery set in Ancient Britain on the cusp...
Blogs
April 18 2016

The Strangler Vine by M.J. Carter

The Strangler Vine by M.J. Carter is the 1st Blake and Avery Mystery, set in the untamed wilds of...
Excerpts
April 12 2016

The 14th Colony: Audio Excerpt

What happens if both the president and vice-president-elect die before taking the oath of office?...
Blogs
April 7 2016

Hap & Leonard 1.06: “Eskimos” Episode Review

“You can’t walk out of a slaughterhouse like this one without having a little chat.” Mickey...
Blogs
April 1 2016

The Best Female Sleuths in Pop Culture, Part II

Sleuth fans, we’re back again, and this time with an even longer list of the best women...
Blogs
March 31 2016

Game of Thrones-Inspired Map of Westeros

Winter is coming. In less than a month, HBO will air the premiere of Season 6 of everyone’s...
Blogs
March 29 2016

Who Is Your Favorite TV Antihero?

Certain shows’ protagonists are not always the most honest, upstanding “heroes”...
Excerpts
March 29 2016

Night Work: New Excerpt

Night Work by David C. Taylor is the second book in the transporting historical crime fiction, Michael...
Blogs
March 10 2016

Hap & Leonard 1.02: “The Bottoms” Episode Review

The first episode set the tone, the second is setting the speed. Unlike some shows—such...
Blogs
March 9 2016

Customizable, Vintage Bookmark with “Stay Put” Design

I read dead people. Whether you read the newest bestseller, the timeless classic, or the densest...
Blogs
March 3 2016

Hap & Leonard 1.01: “Savage Season” Episode Review

I think what I like best about Joe Lansdale’s Hap & Leonard books is that the duo are...