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<i>The 14th Colony</i> by Steve Berry: Now in Mass Market
Blogs
December 1 2016

The 14th Colony by Steve Berry: Now in Mass Market

The 14th Colony is the latest Cotton Malone thriller from New York Times bestselling author Steve...
Introducing Peter James TV!
Blogs
November 30 2016

Introducing Peter James TV!

I’m extremely excited to have launched my own YouTube channel, Peter James TV, in which...
5 New Books to Read this Week: November 29, 2016
Blogs
November 30 2016

5 New Books to Read this Week: November 29, 2016

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
<i>Westworld</i> 1.09: “The Well-Tempered Clavier” Episode Review
Blogs
November 28 2016

Westworld 1.09: “The Well-Tempered Clavier” Episode Review

Lines are starting to intersect with lots of gut-wrenching carnage as we race to the show’s...
Crime/Mystery/Thrillers Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix in December 2016
Blogs
November 28 2016

Crime/Mystery/Thrillers Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix in December 2016

The holidays are usually filled with uplifting, family-focused trite with feel-good endings....
The Dark Tower: <i>The Waste Lands</i>, Part I
Blogs
November 22 2016

The Dark Tower: The Waste Lands, Part I

Last week, we finished up The Drawing of the Three in dramatic fashion! This week, our ka-tet...
<i>Westworld</i> 1.08: “Trace Decay” Episode Review
Blogs
November 21 2016

Westworld 1.08: “Trace Decay” Episode Review

Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) discovering he’s not flesh and bone last week may not have been...
<i>The Mayakovsky Tapes</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
November 17 2016

The Mayakovsky Tapes: New Excerpt

The Mayakovsky Tapes by Robert Littell brings to life the tumultuous Stalinist era and the predicament...
5 New Books to Read this Week: November 15, 2016
Blogs
November 16 2016

5 New Books to Read this Week: November 15, 2016

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
The Dark Tower: <i>The Drawing of the Three</i>, Part VI
Blogs
November 15 2016

The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three, Part VI

Last week, we met THE PUSHER—the evil man responsible for killing Jake and hurting Odetta on...
Review: <i>Desolation Flats</i> by Andrew Hunt
Blogs
November 15 2016

Review: Desolation Flats by Andrew Hunt

Desolation Flats by Andrew Hunt is book #3 in the Art Oveson Mystery series (Available November 15,...
<i>Westworld</i> 1.07: “Trompe L’Oeil” Episode Review
Blogs
November 14 2016

Westworld 1.07: “Trompe L’Oeil” Episode Review

There’s a big reveal in this episode, and some solid direction is taking form. First, let’s...
“The Dark Sour” Cocktail
Blogs
November 11 2016

“The Dark Sour” Cocktail

“Dad-a-chum? Dum-a-chum? Ded-a-chek? Did-a-chick?”  After a nice seafood...
Discussion Questions: <i>The One Man</i> by Andrew Gross
Blogs
November 7 2016

Discussion Questions: The One Man by Andrew Gross

The One Man Reading Group Discussion Guide 1.    Guilt is a theme that is woven...
<i>Westworld</i> 1.06: “The Adversary” Episode Review
Blogs
November 7 2016

Westworld 1.06: “The Adversary” Episode Review

Things are ratcheting up and growing increasingly sticky. Elsie (Shannon Woodward) and Bernard...
Infernal Origins: Exploring the Mythology of <i>Inferno</i>
Blogs
November 4 2016

Infernal Origins: Exploring the Mythology of Inferno

In Inferno, we once again have Dr. Robert Langdon using obscure knowledge about literature, history,...
Demons Within: Exploring the Mythology of <i>Angels & Demons</i>
Blogs
November 3 2016

Demons Within: Exploring the Mythology of Angels & Demons

Angels are quickly and visibly present in Angels & Demons through the use of statues, but...
Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary: Exploring the Mythology Behind <i>The DaVinci Code</i>
Blogs
November 2 2016

Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary: Exploring the Mythology Behind The DaVinci Code

With the final film in the Robert Langdon trilogy, Inferno, hitting theaters recently, we thought...
5 New Books to Read this Week: November 1, 2016
Blogs
November 2 2016

5 New Books to Read this Week: November 1, 2016

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Crime/Mystery/Thrillers Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix in November 2016
Blogs
October 31 2016

Crime/Mystery/Thrillers Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix in November 2016

It was announced that Netflix is putting a lot of money into developing more original content,...
<i>Westworld</i> 1.05: “Contrapasso” Episode Review
Blogs
October 31 2016

Westworld 1.05: “Contrapasso” Episode Review

There’s a lot of underhanded business going on in the park that seems to be trickling down...
<i>Spirit Mission</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
October 30 2016

Spirit Mission: New Excerpt

To honor bonds forged twenty-five years ago at West Point, Lieutenant Colonel Sam Avery leads an illegal...
Bruce Campbell: King of B-Movies
Blogs
October 28 2016

Bruce Campbell: King of B-Movies

You may know him as “that guy with the chainsaw for a hand,” or “the aging...
5 New Books to Read this Week: October 25, 2016
Blogs
October 26 2016

5 New Books to Read this Week: October 25, 2016

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Review: <i>Dracula vs. Hitler</i> by Patrick Sheane Duncan
Blogs
October 26 2016

Review: Dracula vs. Hitler by Patrick Sheane Duncan

Dracula vs. Hitler by Patrick Sheane Duncan is a thrilling action adventure featuring one of the world's...
The Dark Tower: <i>The Drawing of the Three</i>, Part III
Blogs
October 25 2016

The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three, Part III

The shootout at Balazar's last week gave us a taste of the action, now we're fiending like...
<i>Westworld</i> 1.04: “Dissonance Theory” Episode Review
Blogs
October 24 2016

Westworld 1.04: “Dissonance Theory” Episode Review

Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) and Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) are having another sit down, talking...
<i>Skin & Bone</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
October 22 2016

Skin & Bone: New Excerpt

Skin & Bone by Robin Blake is book #4 in the Cragg & Fidelis Series (Available October 25,...
Review: <i>A Terrible Beauty</i> by Tasha Alexander
Blogs
October 18 2016

Review: A Terrible Beauty by Tasha Alexander

A Terrible Beauty by Tasha Alexander is the 11th Lady Emily Mystery, where Lady Emily travels...
The Dark Tower: <i>The Drawing of the Three</i>, Part II
Blogs
October 18 2016

The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three, Part II

After being deformed and disfigured and finally meeting the prisoner in Part I, we make contact in...