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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 31 2015

No Sweat, The M.O. Returns with a New Theme!

Summer's flying by and The M.O. is sweating with panic over the theme “Lesson Learned.”...
Excerpts
July 26 2015

The Madagaskar Plan: New Excerpt

The Madagaskar Plan by Guy Saville imagines an alternate history where a Nazi victory in World War...
Excerpts
July 22 2015

The Devil’s Seal: New Excerpt

The Devil's Seal by Peter Tremayne is the 25th Mystery of Ancient Ireland featuring Sister Fidelma...
Blogs
July 21 2015

Now Win This!: Shadow Lurker Sweepstakes

You can't run from what you don't see coming, so I'd avoid that dark alley if I were...
Blogs
July 19 2015

Could The Revenant be Leonard DiCaprio’s Chance to Shine?

It's well-known that Leonard DiCaprio's mantelpiece is lacking an Academy Award. Ever...
Blogs
July 17 2015

Spaghetti Western! (with Dogs and Vacuum, of Course)

Now, that's what we call a good ole' spaghetti western. Why yes, of course there are costumed...
Excerpts
July 16 2015

Badlands: New Excerpt

Badlands by C.J. Box is a new-age Western set in a North Dakota city that has suddenly become the...
Blogs
July 14 2015

Fresh Meat: Deadly Election by Lindsey Davis

Deadly Election by Lindsey Davis is the 3rd historical mystery in the Flavia Alba series set in Ancient...
Blogs
July 14 2015

Sherlock: A First Look at the Christmas Special

For its upcoming Christmas special, Sherlock will be traveling back to the time period in which it...
Blogs
July 13 2015

ThrillerFest Day Two: Debut Authors and Awards

The International Thriller Writers organization is well known for their debut authors program,...
Blogs
July 11 2015

ThrillerFest: Day One

The mood of ThrillerFest is palpably different from CraftFest. There’s more excitement...
Blogs
July 11 2015

Fresh Meat: Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich

Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich is a multigenerational tale of one family's history of crime and...
Blogs
July 10 2015

CraftFest: Day Two

The second day of CraftFest is technically CareerFest, with two tracks: one for independent (self)...
Blogs
July 7 2015

Now Win This!: Read All About It Sweepstakes

If these titles sound familiar, it's because each one has been recently featured on Criminal...
Blogs
July 4 2015

Happy 4th of July: 120 Seconds, $1000 of Fireworks!

For the 4th, we offer this explosive 2 minutes from TeddieFilms, who went into the desert with...
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...