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5 New Books to Read this Week: February 21, 2016
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February 22 2017

5 New Books to Read this Week: February 21, 2016

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 VII
Blogs
February 21 2017

The Dark Tower: Wizard and Glass, Part VII

Last week, the cards were turned and plans were set into motion. This week, we get our final showdown...
<i>The Murder of Willie Lincoln</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
February 16 2017

The Murder of Willie Lincoln: New Excerpt

The Murder of Willie Lincoln is an exciting historical fiction debut by award-winning political journalist...
5 New Books to Read this Week: February 14, 2017
Blogs
February 15 2017

5 New Books to Read this Week: February 14, 2017

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
<i>The English Agent</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
February 15 2017

The English Agent: New Excerpt

The English Agent by Phillip DePoy is the 2nd book in the Christopher Marlowe historical mystery...
The Dark Tower: <i>Wizard and Glass</i>, Part VI
Blogs
February 14 2017

The Dark Tower: Wizard and Glass, Part VI

Last week, the tension built as the man in black showed up in Mejis. This week, plans are set in motion...
<i>Testament</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
February 9 2017

Testament: New Excerpt

Testament is the latest in the Jack Howard series from David Gibbins, who uses his real world experience...
The Dark Tower: <i>Wizard and Glass</i>, Part V
Blogs
February 7 2017

The Dark Tower: Wizard and Glass, Part V

Last week, true intentions surfaced and a forbidden love was consummated. This week, tension builds...
The Dark Tower: <i>Wizard and Glass</i>, Part IV
Blogs
January 31 2017

The Dark Tower: Wizard and Glass, Part IV

Last week, Roland and Susan struggled with their feelings for each other. This week, secrets abound...
Crime/Mystery/Thrillers Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix in February 2017
Blogs
January 30 2017

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

February is the month for love, which means Netflix went heavy on the romantic comedies and feel-good...
Top Female Crime and Mystery Authors
Blogs
January 26 2017

Top Female Crime and Mystery Authors

Crime and mystery fiction’s diversity attracts a broad readership. For instance, I prefer...
The Immense Appeal of HBO’s Mysterious <i>Westworld</i>
Blogs
January 26 2017

The Immense Appeal of HBO’s Mysterious Westworld

Looking for a cool, new-world vacation? Love living a fantasy without any consequences? Need...
The Dark Tower: <i>Wizard and Glass</i>, Part III
Blogs
January 24 2017

The Dark Tower: Wizard and Glass, Part III

Last week, we traveled back to Mejis to learn of Roland's backstory. This week, the romance between...
“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...
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...