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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
July 3 2015

Fresh Meat: Looking Through Darkness by Aimee and David Thurlo

Looking Through Darkness by Aimee and David Thurlo is the latest mystery in the Trading Post series...
Blogs
June 29 2015

Careers: Passion for Execution? Willing to Relocate?

No, they don't mean the usual corporate-speak kind of “execution.” Saudi Arabia...
Excerpts
June 28 2015

The Map of Chaos: New Excerpt

The Map of Chaos by Felix J. Palma is the third part in the Victorian-era Map of Time trilogy series...
Blogs
June 25 2015

Killers, Jailers, and Bloody Hands: Nine of Gunsmoke’s Greatest Episodes

TV’s Gunsmoke ran over twenty years, 635 episodes (1955-1975), and five television movies...
Blogs
June 24 2015

Celebrating Gunsmoke’s 60th Anniversary: “Mannon”

Undoubtedly it’s a fool’s errand to single out a ‘greatest’ lone installment...
Blogs
June 24 2015

Hurry! Voting for The M.O.’s “Wishful Thinking” Ends Tonight!

Time is almost up for our “Wishful Thinking” round of The M.O.! Voting closes tonight...
Blogs
June 22 2015

Announcing 2015’s Macavity Award Nominations!

  Awards season continues apace, with a new slate of nominees for the 2015 Macavity...
Excerpts
June 21 2015

Flask of the Drunken Master: New Excerpt

Flask of the Drunken Master by Susan Spann is the 3rd historical detective mystery in the Shinobi...
Blogs
June 15 2015

Fresh Meat: Death in Salem by Eleanor Kuhns

Death in Salem by Eleanor Kuhns is the 4th historical mystery in the Will Rees series where an innocent...
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June 12 2015

The M.O.’s Rogues’ Gallery of 2015

In 2015, these mugs committed malfeasance occasional against very short crime fiction—look upon...
Blogs
June 10 2015

Fresh Meat: The Convictions of John Delahunt by Andrew Hughes

The Convictions of John Delahunt by Andrew Hughes is a historical thriller set in 1840s Dublin about...
Excerpts
June 6 2015

Superfluous Women: New Excerpt

Superfluous Women by Carola Dunn is the 22nd historical cozy in the Daisy Dalrymple series, where...
Blogs
June 5 2015

Orson Welles at 100: Falstaff, or Chimes At Midnight (1965)

Falstaff might just be Orson Welles’s greatest film. Welles himself thought so, and many...
Blogs
May 29 2015

Sunday, High Noon...Quiz Showdown at BookCon!

This Sunday, May 31st at noon, Criminal Element hosts the Crime Time Quiz Show with authors Jane Cleland,...
Blogs
May 29 2015

“Wishful Thinking” Until Friday Night!

At 11:59p.m. The M.O. submissions close. If your “Wishful Thinking” is still castles in...
Blogs
May 26 2015

Congratulating 2015’s Crimefest Awards Winners!

Congratulations to the following winners from Crimefest 2015, which took place in Bristol, U.K....
Blogs
May 26 2015

Now Win This!: Don’t Blow It Sweepstakes

That's it. Everything is up to you. And you better not mess it up, otherwise you'll never...
Blogs
May 17 2015

Devil Be Damned: Jack Nicholson Westerns

In a half-century plus career, Jack Nicholson turned to wearing spurs and leveling six-shooters...
Blogs
May 15 2015

Fresh Meat: Vanishing by Gerard Woodward

Vanishing by Gerard Woodward is a historical mystery set in the years leading up to WWII where an...
Blogs
May 12 2015

Now Win This!: The Disappearing Act Sweepstakes

Now you see it, now you don't! Turn away for one second and you'll miss it! Don't...
Blogs
May 11 2015

Fresh Meat: Anatomy of Evil by Will Thomas

Anatomy of Evil by Will Thomas is the seventh Barker & Llewelyn historical mystery, and in London...
Blogs
May 8 2015

Showdown to Fun: High Noon at BookCon with Us!

On May 31st at noon, during BookCon at NYC's Javits Center, Criminal Element hosts the Crime Time...
Blogs
May 7 2015

Announcing 2015’s Anthony Award Nominees!

This week in awards season brings the Anthony Award nominations, to be conferred during Bouchercon,...
Blogs
May 4 2015

Congratulating 2015’s Agatha Award Winners!

Over the weekend at Malice Domestic, the following nominated works (and their authors) won the Agatha...
Blogs
May 3 2015

Fresh Meat: The Devil’s Making by Sean Haldane

The Devil's Making by Seán Haldane, winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel, features...
Blogs
April 30 2015

2015’s Edgar Awards: Mystery’s Faithful Gather

Once a year, the mystery writing community reaches critical mass in a place filled with the greatest...
Blogs
April 28 2015

Now Win This!: Global Getaway Sweepstakes

It's time to pack your bags and escape away from everything in these eight global getaways....
Blogs
April 22 2015

Fresh Meat: Anne of the Fens by Gretchen Gibbs

Anne of the Fens by Gretchen Gibbs is a historical young adult novel about a fifteen year old girl...
Blogs
April 21 2015

A Case of Place: What TV’s American Horror Story Taught Me About My New Orleans

This post, about how a scenery-chewing TV series rekindled one New Orleans crime author's...
Excerpts
April 21 2015

A June of Ordinary Murders: New Excerpt

A June of Ordinary Murders is the debut Victorian Era historical mystery by Conor Brady about a Dublin...