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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.

“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...
Announcing 2017’s Edgar Award Nominees
Blogs
January 19 2017

Announcing 2017’s Edgar Award Nominees

The Mystery Writers of America have announced the 2017 Edgar Award nominees and special winners....
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...
<i>Requiem for a Mezzo</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
January 17 2017

Requiem for a Mezzo: New Excerpt

Requiem for a Mezzo by Carola Dunn is the 3rd book in the Daisy Dalrymple series, now beautifully...
5 New Books to Read this Week: January 10, 2017
Blogs
January 11 2017

5 New Books to Read this Week: January 10, 2017

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 I
Blogs
January 10 2017

The Dark Tower: Wizard and Glass, Part I

Last week, we finished up The Waste Lands with a pain of a cliffhanger. Thankfully, we only had to...
Historical Novels: Fact vs. Fiction
Blogs
January 9 2017

Historical Novels: Fact vs. Fiction

The balance between fact and fiction can be a tricky one for a historical novelist. Playing fast...
<i>Death at St. Vedast</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
January 6 2017

Death at St. Vedast: New Excerpt

Death at St. Vedast by Mary Lawrence is the 3rd book in the Bianca Goddard Mystery series. Bianca...
Review: <i>A Perilous Undertaking</i> by Deanna Raybourn
Blogs
January 5 2017

Review: A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn

A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn is the 2nd book in the Veronica Speedwell Mystery series...
<i>The Death of Kings</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
January 4 2017

The Death of Kings: New Excerpt

The Death of Kings by Rennie Airth is the 5th novel in the critically acclaimed John Madden series,...
Crime/Mystery/Thrillers Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix in January 2017
Blogs
January 2 2017

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

With the holidays over and a new year ahead, Netflix has made a promising start with a good amount...
<i>A Pinch of Poison</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
January 2 2017

A Pinch of Poison: New Excerpt

A Pinch of Poison by Alyssa Maxwell is the 2nd book in the Lady & Lady's Maid Mystery series,...
Best TV Shows of 2016
Blogs
December 30 2016

Best TV Shows of 2016

While the box office had a relatively weak year, the Home Box Office killed it with Season 6...
Review: <i>The Phantom Tree</i> by Nicola Cornick
Blogs
December 29 2016

Review: The Phantom Tree by Nicola Cornick

The Phantom Tree by Nicola Cornick is a historical mystery where the secrets of 16th-century England...
Best Books of 2016
Blogs
December 28 2016

Best Books of 2016

2016 was a MONSTER year for books! From a new John Hart to Louise Penny's 12th Inspector...
<i>The Dangerous Ladies Affair</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
December 23 2016

The Dangerous Ladies Affair: New Excerpt

The Dangerous Ladies Affair is the 5th book in the Carpenter and Quincannon series (Available January...
Wintry Westerns
Blogs
December 22 2016

Wintry Westerns

Last winter, the two films I was most eager to see were Westerns: The Revenant and The...
The Dark Tower: <i>The Waste Lands</i>, Part V
Blogs
December 20 2016

The Dark Tower: The Waste Lands, Part V

Last week, we learned a bit more about Mid-World and the future for our ka-tet. This week, ramp the...
<i>The Spartan Dagger</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
December 20 2016

The Spartan Dagger: New Excerpt

Ancient Sparta comes to life in The Spartan Dagger, Nicholas Guild's vivid tale of murder and...
<i>Curtain of Death</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
December 19 2016

Curtain of Death: New Excerpt

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Curtain of Death by W. E. B. Griffin & William E. Butterworth IV is the dramatic 3rd...
Review: <i>Christmas in the Lone Star State</i> by Jason Manning
Blogs
December 16 2016

Review: Christmas in the Lone Star State by Jason Manning

Christmas in the Lone Star State by Jason Manning is a Western set in the rough-and-tumble Texas frontier. Read...
<i>House of Silence</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
December 16 2016

House of Silence: New Excerpt

House of Silence by Sarah Barthel is a debut novel and an historical fiction set in the late 19th...
5 New Books to Read this Week: December 13, 2016
Blogs
December 14 2016

5 New Books to Read this Week: December 13, 2016

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
The Dark Tower: <i>The Waste Lands</i>, Part IV
Blogs
December 13 2016

The Dark Tower: The Waste Lands, Part IV

Last week, Jake Chambers returned to Roland's world in an incredibly tense scene featuring a monster...
How I Wrote <i>The Spartan Dagger</i>
Blogs
December 9 2016

How I Wrote The Spartan Dagger

Read this exclusive guest post from Nicholas Guild, author of The Spartan Dagger, about how he...
<i>The Reek of Red Herrings</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
December 9 2016

The Reek of Red Herrings: New Excerpt

The Reek of Red Herrings is the 5th book in the Dandy Gilver series (Available December 6, 2016). On...
5 New Books to Read this Week: December 6, 2016
Blogs
December 7 2016

5 New Books to Read this Week: December 6, 2016

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
The Dark Tower: <i>The Waste Lands</i>, Part III
Blogs
December 6 2016

The Dark Tower: The Waste Lands, Part III

Last week, Jake struggled mightily with the duality of his existence and the “doubling”...