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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
July 30 2014

Man Robs Restaurant and Returns for Lunch the Same Day

Here at Criminal Element we are not normally in the business of giving advice to the bad guys, but...
Excerpts
July 28 2014

City of Ghosts: A New Excerpt

City of Ghosts by Kelli Stanley is the 3rd historical mystery featuring investigator Miranda Corbie...
Blogs
July 28 2014

Poirot: “The Big Four”

The “Big Four” has a particular meaning in this episode of Poirot, but to those of us...
Blogs
July 28 2014

Tourist Trap: Mexico’s Super-Creepy Island of the Dolls

The island perches among canals south of Mexico City, and didn't start out moth-eaten, mold-covered,...
Blogs
July 22 2014

Longmire 3.08: “Harvest” of Resentments

“Harvest” picks up where we left off with Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor) receiving...
Blogs
July 22 2014

Endeavour 2.04: Season Finale “Neverland”

The final episode of Endeavour Series 2 was a corker. We don’t do spoilers on Masterpiece...
Excerpts
July 21 2014

Last to Know: A New Excerpt

Last to Know by Elizabeth Adler is standalone mystery set on a Massachusetts lake once known for its...
Blogs
July 16 2014

Man Faces Charges for Carving Watermelon

A man from Connecticut faces criminal charges after a woman told authorities he 'stabbed'...
Blogs
July 15 2014

Endeavour 2.03: “Sway”

Everyone is wearing a poppy for remembrance, which should give you a clue that this episode will...
Excerpts
July 14 2014

Everyone Lies: A New Excerpt

Everyone Lies by A. D. Garrett is a procedural mystery featuring a down-on-her-luck DCI Kate Simms...
Blogs
July 9 2014

Kool-Aid Killer Escapes Jail Thanks to Fireworks

An accused murderer escaped from jail because he was allowed to watch fireworks in celebration of...
Blogs
July 8 2014

Endeavour 2.02: “Nocturne”

Call this episode “Morse Goes Gothic.” The opening credits make it clear we’re...
Blogs
July 8 2014

Touch Not the Guinea Pig

What criminal plot requires an 8-inch long baby hippo? Reading the police blotter can be edifying....
Excerpts
July 7 2014

The Dead Will Tell: A New Excerpt

The Dead Will Tell by Linda Castillo is the 6th murder mystery in the Kate Burkholder series that...
Blogs
July 7 2014

Noir’s Goon Squad: Raymond Burr

I loved Perry Mason as a kid, and something that I always felt without ever quite being able...
Blogs
July 1 2014

Endeavour 2.01: “Trove”

Word to the wise: You’d better be on your toes when you’re dealing with Endeavour. If...
Excerpts
July 1 2014

Strangers: A New Excerpt

Strangers by Bill Pronzini is the 43rd book in the long-running Nameless Detective series the P.I....
Blogs
July 1 2014

Sherlock Will Air 2015 Christmas Special Before Series 4

Sherlock will return for a Christmas special, but eager fans will have to wait until 2015 to...
Excerpts
June 29 2014

Grave Doubts: A New Excerpt

Grave Doubts by Elizabeth Corley is the third mystery featuring Detective Chief Inspector Andrew Fenwick,...
Blogs
June 26 2014

Pizza-Eating, Reptilian Crime Fighters: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Trailer Reveals Villain

They're funny, charismatic...and reptilian...but they're here to save you! After what...
Blogs
June 25 2014

What Not to Bring to Court

A very foolish man is in even more hot water after police said he brought marijuana with him to a...
Blogs
June 24 2014

Longmire: 3.04 “In the Pines” With So Little Time

So many storylines, so little time. That’s what I was thinking while I watched ace writers Hunt...
Blogs
June 24 2014

Prized, But Not Necessarily Prizes: The Strange Plight of the Hot and Busted

A tumblr specializing only in mugshots of hotties? Why yes, of course there is: Hot & Busted...
Excerpts
June 20 2014

The Killing — Uncommon Denominator: An Exclusive Excerpt

The Killing — Uncommon Denominator by Karen Dionne is an original novel based off the television...
Blogs
June 19 2014

Young Boy Discovers Mummified Remains Hanging in Closet

A young Ohio boy's reckless outing in an abandoned house lead to the horrifying discovery of a...
Blogs
June 18 2014

Aw Jeez, Don’t Tell Me You Missed Fargo: 9 Reasons to Binge

In 1996, Joel and Ethan Coen released Fargo, an instant cult-classic that offered a glimpse into...
Blogs
June 17 2014

Scooby Doo Onesie Saved Me from a Beating

Why can't we all just have snacks and get along? A man in a Scooby Doo onesie for a fancy dress...
Excerpts
June 16 2014

Dead Heading: A New Excerpt

Dead Heading by Catherine Aird is the 23rd book in the Detective Chief Inspector C.D. Sloan series...
Blogs
June 13 2014

Happy Friday 13th: Get Girl Trouble At a New Low Price!

Good, cheap, or fast? Don't choose, because this lucky day, you can have it all! Our very...
Blogs
June 12 2014

Putting a Price on Holmes

If you could put a dollar value on your passion for Sherlock Holmes, what would it be? In the...