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Review: <i>Two Lost Boys</i> by L. F. Robertson
Blogs
May 23 2017

Review: Two Lost Boys by L. F. Robertson

Two Lost Boys by L. F. Robertson is a debut novel and a legal thriller that deals with the controversial...
<i>Twin Peaks: The Return</i> Review: Parts 1 and 2
Blogs
May 22 2017

Twin Peaks: The Return Review: Parts 1 and 2

Ahead of David Lynch’s revival, I went back and binged on the original series, interested...
Review: <i>Perish the Day</i> by John Farrow
Blogs
May 19 2017

Review: Perish the Day by John Farrow

Perish the Day by John Farrow is the 3rd book in the Storm Murders Trilogy (available May 23, 2017). In...
The QUILTBAG Detective: Queer Characters in Crime Fiction
Blogs
May 18 2017

The QUILTBAG Detective: Queer Characters in Crime Fiction

Read Kristen Lepionka's quick-hits list of the top depictions of queer identities in crime...
Discovering a Sister in Crime: Eleanor T. Bland
Blogs
May 18 2017

Discovering a Sister in Crime: Eleanor T. Bland

Summer 2015. A writer I’d just met hears about the novel I’ve been working on about...
5 New Books to Read this Week: May 16, 2017
Blogs
May 17 2017

5 New Books to Read this Week: May 16, 2017

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
<i>Perish the Day</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
May 16 2017

Perish the Day: New Excerpt

Perish the Day by John Farrow is the 3rd book in the Storm Murders Trilogy (available May 23, 2017). A...
Adventures in Research, Part I: <i>Time of Departure</i>
Blogs
May 15 2017

Adventures in Research, Part I: Time of Departure

I’m sure every novelist has his or her personal formula for research. Recently, Criminal Element...
“The Last Paloma” Cocktail
Blogs
May 12 2017

“The Last Paloma” Cocktail

What happens when currency is an illusion and the world seems on the verge of another Collapse?...
Review: <i>The Last Iota</i> by Robert Kroese
Blogs
May 11 2017

Review: The Last Iota by Robert Kroese

Set in the world of The Big Sheep, The Last Iota by Robert Kroese delivers another dystopian adventure...
<i>Shallow Grave</i>: A Polis Books Twist
Excerpts
May 10 2017

Shallow Grave: A Polis Books Twist

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Acclaimed crime writers Alex Segura and Dave White pair up their series' characters—Pete...
Review: <i>A Rising Man</i> by Abir Mukherjee
Blogs
May 10 2017

Review: A Rising Man by Abir Mukherjee

A Rising Man by Abir Mukherjee is the 1st novel in the enticing new historical Sam Wyndham crime...
5 New Books to Read this Week: May 9, 2017
Blogs
May 10 2017

5 New Books to Read this Week: May 9, 2017

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Vote for Your Favorite Season of <i>The Wire</i>
Blogs
May 9 2017

Vote for Your Favorite Season of The Wire

  Let us know what you chose and why in the comments below!
Review: <i>The Girl on the Bridge</i> by James Hayman
Blogs
May 9 2017

Review: The Girl on the Bridge by James Hayman

The Girl on the Bridge by James Hayman is the latest McCabe and Savage thriller, involving a...
Review: <i>Proving Ground</i> by Peter Blauner
Blogs
May 9 2017

Review: Proving Ground by Peter Blauner

Proving Ground by Peter Blauner is a sweeping crime novel, an intricate story about the quest...
<i>The Last Iota</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
May 9 2017

The Last Iota: New Excerpt

Set in the world of The Big Sheep, The Last Iota by Robert Kroese delivers another dystopian adventure...
Review: <i>Silent Rain</i> by Karin Salvalaggio
Blogs
May 8 2017

Review: Silent Rain by Karin Salvalaggio

Silent Rain by Karin Salvalaggio is the 4th book in the Macy Greeley Mystery series (available May...
Trailer: Marvel’s <i>The Defenders</i>
Blogs
May 8 2017

Trailer: Marvel’s The Defenders

After a subpar season of Iron Fist, Netflix and Marvel look to get back on track when they unite...
<i>Bosch</i>: A Novel Approach to Mystery Television
Blogs
May 5 2017

Bosch: A Novel Approach to Mystery Television

Bosch has transformed television mystery. For the first time, viewers can experience the closest...
Discount: <i>The Highway</i> by C. J. Box
Blogs
May 5 2017

Discount: The Highway by C. J. Box

In anticipation of the 4th volume in the Highway Quartet from C. J. Box, Paradise Valley (available...
Review: <i>The Darkest Night</i> by Rick Reed
Blogs
May 4 2017

Review: The Darkest Night by Rick Reed

The Darkest Night by Rick Reed is the 5th book in the Detective Jack Murphy series, which finds the...
2017 Derringer Award Winners
Blogs
May 4 2017

2017 Derringer Award Winners

Monday, the Short Mystery Fiction Society announced the winners of the 2017 Derringer Awards....
5 New Books to Read this Week: May 2, 2017
Blogs
May 3 2017

5 New Books to Read this Week: May 2, 2017

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Vote for Your Favorite Classic YA Mystery Series
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May 2 2017

Vote for Your Favorite Classic YA Mystery Series

  Tell us what you chose and why in the comments below!
My Favorite Filming Locations In the West Country, UK
Blogs
May 2 2017

My Favorite Filming Locations In the West Country, UK

Hannah Dennison's Honeychurch Hall series isn't the only thing set in the West Country,...
<i>Silent Rain</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
May 2 2017

Silent Rain: New Excerpt

Silent Rain by Karin Salvalaggio is the 4th book in the Macy Greeley Mystery series (available May...
<i>Your Killin’ Heart</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
May 1 2017

Your Killin’ Heart: New Excerpt

Your Killin’ Heart by Peggy O’Neal Peden is a witty debut full of Nashville charm...
Ladies’ Night: Book and Cocktail Pairings for a Night In
Blogs
April 28 2017

Ladies’ Night: Book and Cocktail Pairings for a Night In

A drink order says a lot about a person—that’s maybe why there are approximately...
Discount: <i>A Rule Against Murder</i> by Louise Penny
Blogs
April 28 2017

Discount: A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny

A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny is the 4th book in the Chief Inspector Gamache Mystery series....