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The investigation itself takes center stage, whether driven by cops working the beat, agents within a task force, or licensed P.I.s.

Blogs
September 23 2016

Passionate About Pulp: Revisiting Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

THE SUBGENRE: Cartoon noir. THE HERO(ES): Private eye Eddie Valiant and the eponymous...
Excerpts
September 23 2016

Daisy in Chains: Audio Excerpt

Daisy in Chains by Sharon Bolton features a convicted serial killer who insists he's innocent...
Excerpts
September 23 2016

Presumption of Guilt: New Excerpt

Presumption of Guilt by Archer Mayor is the 27th book in the Joe Gunther series (Available September...
Excerpts
September 22 2016

A Deadly Thaw: New Excerpt

A Deadly Thaw by Sarah Ward is the 2nd book in the Inspector Francis Sadler series (Available September...
Blogs
September 21 2016

Cooking Through The Nature of the Feast: The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny

Easter has come to Three Pines! In this time of resurrection and renewal, one of the owners of...
Blogs
September 21 2016

Night Watch by Iris and Roy Johansen: A Visual Guide

GIFnotes: Giving you the basic plot summary of an upcoming book with the help of the Graphics Interchange Format. This...
Blogs
September 21 2016

5 New Books to Read this Week: September 20, 2016

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Excerpts
September 21 2016

Reckless Creed: New Excerpt

Reckless Creed by Alex Kava is the 3rd book in the Ryder Creed series (Available September 27, 2016). In...
Blogs
September 20 2016

What Fall TV Show Are You Most Excited About?

With the Emmys celebrating the best that television has to offer—and awarding the very...
Excerpts
September 20 2016

Devil Sent the Rain: New Excerpt

Devil Sent the Rain by Lisa Turner sees the return of hardboiled Detective Billy Able in this dark...
Blogs
September 19 2016

Review: Daisy in Chains by Sharon Bolton

Daisy in Chains by Sharon Bolton features a convicted serial killer that insists he's innocent...
Excerpts
September 19 2016

Deadly Legacy: New Excerpt

Deadly Legacy by Daniella Bernett is the sequel to Lead Me Into Danger and the 2nd book in the Emmeline...
Blogs
September 17 2016

The Best Mysteries Set in New Orleans

New Orleans...it’s not all King Cakes and muffuletta sandwiches and balconies adorned with...
Blogs
September 16 2016

“Brandy Crusta” Cocktail for Bouchercon 2016!

Bouchercon 2016 is this weekend, held in the New Orleans, Louisiana—a city with a rich...
Excerpts
September 16 2016

Protectors 2: Heroes

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The good folks who run Bouchercon have announced the 2016 Anthony Award nominees, and I’m...
Blogs
September 14 2016

Cooking Through The Nature of the Feast: A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny

It’s been over a year since murder threw its long shadow over the village of Three Pines....
Blogs
September 14 2016

5 New Books to Read this Week: September 13, 2016

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Excerpts
September 14 2016

An Obvious Fact: New Excerpt

An Obvious Fact by Craig Johnson is the 12th novel in the New York Times bestselling Longmire series,...
Blogs
September 13 2016

Dogs and Research

One of the happiest cornerstones of my writing is research. I try to represent people, places,...
Blogs
September 13 2016

11 of the Best Fictional Island Cops

Most of us love the idea of islands—their beauty, their singularity, their separation from...
Excerpts
September 13 2016

Daisy in Chains: New Excerpt

Daisy in Chains by Sharon Bolton features a convicted serial killer that insists he's innocent...
Blogs
September 9 2016

“Death on the Beach” Cocktail

Ahhhh, the beach. Nothing says Relaxation with a capital R like the rythmic sounds of the waves...
Blogs
September 9 2016

Review: Sun, Sand, Murder by John Keyse-Walker

Sun, Sand, Murder by John Keyse-Walker is the debut novel from the Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers...
Blogs
September 7 2016

Cooking Through The Nature of the Feast: Still Life by Louise Penny

I have a confession to make: The first Louise Penny book I read was How the Light Gets In, and...
Blogs
September 7 2016

Review: Winter’s Child by Margaret Coel

Winter's Child by Margaret Coel is the 20th Wind River Mystery as Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden...
Blogs
September 7 2016

5 New Books to Read this Week: September 6, 2016

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Blogs
September 7 2016

Review: Apprentice in Death by J.D. Robb

Apprentice in Death by J.D. Robb is the 43rd installment of the In Death series featuring Lieutenant...
Blogs
September 6 2016

13 Books to Read If You Loved Stranger Things

Great news! They’ve confirmed a Season 2 of Stranger Things. I loved the first season...
Excerpts
September 5 2016

Sun, Sand, Murder: New Excerpt

Sun, Sand, Murder by John Keyse-Walker is the debut novel from the Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers...
Blogs
September 1 2016

Why We Love The Fall...and Gillian Anderson’s British Accent

Americans love the show The Fall. Part of that (besides the incredibly good acting by an ensemble...