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Crime/Mystery/Thrillers Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix in May 2017
Blogs
April 24 2017

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

Finally! The month of May is a good one for fans of crime/mystery/thriller entertainment (as...
5 New Books to Read this Week: April 18, 2017
Blogs
April 19 2017

5 New Books to Read this Week: April 18, 2017

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
The Dark Tower: <i>Wolves of the Calla</i> Part III
Blogs
April 18 2017

The Dark Tower: Wolves of the Calla Part III

Last week, Roland & Co. went todash back to 1970's NYC. This week, Father Callahan takes center...
Review: <i>Jane Steele</i> by Lyndsay Faye
Blogs
April 17 2017

Review: Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye is a satirical romance about identity, guilt, goodness, and the nature...
<i>A Single Spy</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
April 17 2017

A Single Spy: New Excerpt

A Single Spy by William Christie follows Alexsi Ivanovich Smirnov, a Russian orphan forced to...
My Top 5 Historical Mysteries of Great Influence
Blogs
April 14 2017

My Top 5 Historical Mysteries of Great Influence

This post was originally going to be about my favorite/influential mysteries, but I realized...
History’s Characters: Alexis Soyer
Blogs
April 13 2017

History’s Characters: Alexis Soyer

Apart from enthusiastic foodies, the Frenchman Alexis Soyer (1810-1858) is all but forgotten...
The Dark Tower: <i>Wolves of the Calla</i> Part II
Blogs
April 11 2017

The Dark Tower: Wolves of the Calla Part II

Last week, we met an old King friend as we began Wolves of the Calla. This week, we meet more of the...
Q&A with Harry Hunsicker, Author of <i>The Devil’s Country</i>
Blogs
April 11 2017

Q&A with Harry Hunsicker, Author of The Devil’s Country

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Harry Hunsicker is a 4th-generation native of Dallas and former executive vice-president of the...
Review: <i>A Twist in Time</i> by Julia McElwain
Blogs
April 10 2017

Review: A Twist in Time by Julia McElwain

A Twist in Time by Julia McElwain is the 2nd book in the Kendra Donovan series, where—stranded...
Review: <i>Murder in Morningside Heights</i> by Victoria Thompson
Blogs
April 7 2017

Review: Murder in Morningside Heights by Victoria Thompson

Murder in Morningside Heights by Victoria Thompson is the 19th book in the Gaslight Mystery series,...
Review: <i>The Reek of Red Herrings</i> by Catriona McPherson
Blogs
April 6 2017

Review: The Reek of Red Herrings by Catriona McPherson

The Reek of Red Herrings by Catriona McPherson is the 5th book in the Dandy Gilver Mystery series,...
Review: <i>Where the Dead Lie</i> by C. S. Harris
Blogs
April 6 2017

Review: Where the Dead Lie by C. S. Harris

Where the Dead Lie by C. S. Harris is the 12th Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery, where the gruesome murder...
Review: <i>Delivering the Truth</i> by Edith Maxwell
Blogs
April 5 2017

Review: Delivering the Truth by Edith Maxwell

Delivering the Truth by Edith Maxwell is the 1st book in the Quaker Midwife Mystery series, nominated...
5 New Books to Read this Week: April 4, 2017
Blogs
April 5 2017

5 New Books to Read this Week: April 4, 2017

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Which Coen Brothers Film Is Your Favorite?
Blogs
April 4 2017

Which Coen Brothers Film Is Your Favorite?

  Don't see your favorite? We tried to keep it focused on their more crime-related...
Review: <i>Get Me to the Grave on Time</i> by D. E. Ireland
Blogs
April 4 2017

Review: Get Me to the Grave on Time by D. E. Ireland

Get Me to the Grave on Time by D. E. Ireland is the 3rd book in the Eliza Doolittle and...
The Dark Tower: <i>Wolves of the Calla</i> Part I
Blogs
April 4 2017

The Dark Tower: Wolves of the Calla Part I

Last week, we finished up The Wind Through the Keyhole with a terrifying Skin-Man reveal. This...
Review: <i>Whispers Beyond the Veil</i> by Jessica Estevao
Blogs
April 3 2017

Review: Whispers Beyond the Veil by Jessica Estevao

Whispers Beyond the Veil by Jessica Estevao is the 1st in a dazzling new historical mystery series,...
Audiobook Review: <i>The Lost Order</i> by Steve Berry (Read by Scott Brick)
Blogs
March 30 2017

Audiobook Review: The Lost Order by Steve Berry (Read by Scott Brick)

The Lost Order Writer’s Cut Audio Edition is written and annotated by Steve Berry and narrated...
Review: <i>The Devil’s Feast</i> by M. J. Carter
Blogs
March 30 2017

Review: The Devil’s Feast by M. J. Carter

The Devil's Feast by M. J. Carter is the 3rd book in the Blake and Avery series in which the investigative...
The Dark Tower: <i>The Wind Through the Keyhole</i> Part III
Blogs
March 28 2017

The Dark Tower: The Wind Through the Keyhole Part III

Last week, we got a story within a story within a story. This week, we reveal the Skin-Man in a terrifying...
<i>The Devil’s Feast</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
March 26 2017

The Devil’s Feast: New Excerpt

The Devil's Feast by M. J. Carter is the 3rd book in the Blake and Avery series in which...
<i>The Wages of Sin</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
March 25 2017

The Wages of Sin: New Excerpt

The Wages of Sin by Kaite Welsh is a page-turning tale of murder, subversion and vice in which...
<i>The Lost Order</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
March 24 2017

The Lost Order: New Excerpt

The Lost Order by Steve Berry is the 12th book in the Cotton Malone series—a perilous adventure...
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...