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Take Me Down to <i>Kickback City</i>: The Noir of Ian Rankin and Rory Gallagher
Blogs
January 20 2017

Take Me Down to Kickback City: The Noir of Ian Rankin and Rory Gallagher

I didn’t even know who Rory Gallagher was until I got a postcard from Ken Bruen. To...
Poe’s “Tell-Tale Heart”: Why Are These Men Laughing?
Blogs
January 19 2017

Poe’s “Tell-Tale Heart”: Why Are These Men Laughing?

Today, Edgar A. Poe would have been 208 years old. His birthday gift to readers is stories that...
Announcing 2017’s Edgar Award Nominees
Blogs
January 19 2017

Announcing 2017’s Edgar Award Nominees

The Mystery Writers of America have announced the 2017 Edgar Award nominees and special winners....
Review: <i>Keys to Nowhere</i> by Dorothy H. Hayes
Blogs
January 19 2017

Review: Keys to Nowhere by Dorothy H. Hayes

Keys to Nowhere by Dorothy H. Hayes is the 3rd volume in the Carol Rossi Mystery series. Read...
Review: <i>Indulgence in Death</i> by J.D. Robb
Blogs
January 19 2017

Review: Indulgence in Death by J.D. Robb

To celebrate the upcoming release of J.D. Robb's 44th Eve Dallas mystery, Echoes in Death,...
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...
Review: <i>Fantasy in Death</i> by J.D. Robb
Blogs
January 18 2017

Review: Fantasy in Death by J.D. Robb

To celebrate the upcoming release of J.D. Robb's 44th Eve Dallas mystery, Echoes in Death,...
5 New Books to Read this Week: January 17, 2017
Blogs
January 18 2017

5 New Books to Read this Week: January 17, 2017

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Who Is Your Favorite Fictional President?
Blogs
January 17 2017

Who Is Your Favorite Fictional President?

This week, the United States of America will inaugurate its 45th president. While here at CrimeHQ...
Review: <i>Kindred in Death</i> by J.D. Robb
Blogs
January 17 2017

Review: Kindred in Death by J.D. Robb

To celebrate the upcoming release of J.D. Robb's 44th Eve Dallas mystery, Echoes in Death,...
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...
Review: <i>Promises in Death</i> by J.D. Robb
Blogs
January 16 2017

Review: Promises in Death by J.D. Robb

To celebrate the upcoming release of J.D. Robb's 44th Eve Dallas mystery, Echoes in Death,...
<i>Keys to Nowhere</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
January 15 2017

Keys to Nowhere: New Excerpt

Keys to Nowhere by Dorothy H. Hayes is the 3rd volume in the Carol Rossi Mystery series. A Tucson...
5 Gateway Marvel Comics for Crime Fiction Fans
Blogs
January 13 2017

5 Gateway Marvel Comics for Crime Fiction Fans

Crime fiction is usually set in a gritty, grounded world where protagonists are often forced...
Review: <i>Salvation in Death</i> by J.D. Robb
Blogs
January 13 2017

Review: Salvation in Death by J.D. Robb

To celebrate the upcoming release of J.D. Robb's 44th Eve Dallas mystery, Echoes in Death,...
Review: <i>Strangers in Death</i> by J.D. Robb
Blogs
January 12 2017

Review: Strangers in Death by J.D. Robb

To celebrate the upcoming release of J.D. Robb's 44th Eve Dallas mystery, Echoes in Death,...
Review: <i>An Unsettling Crime for Samuel Craddock</i> by Terry Shames
Blogs
January 12 2017

Review: An Unsettling Crime for Samuel Craddock by Terry Shames

An Unsettling Crime for Samuel Craddock by Terry Shames is the 6th book in the Samuel Craddock Mystery...
The X-Files Origins Series: 2 Audio Excerpts
Excerpts
January 12 2017

The X-Files Origins Series: 2 Audio Excerpts

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How did Dana Scully become a skeptic? How did Fox Mulder become a believer? This week's Sounds...
<i>Echoes in Death</i> by J.D. Robb: A Visual Guide
Blogs
January 11 2017

Echoes in Death by J.D. Robb: A Visual Guide

GIFnotes: Giving you the basic plot summary of an upcoming book with the help of the Graphics Interchange Format. This...
Review: <i>Creation in Death</i> by J.D. Robb
Blogs
January 11 2017

Review: Creation in Death by J.D. Robb

To celebrate the upcoming release of J.D. Robb's 44th Eve Dallas mystery, Echoes in Death,...
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...
What Is Your Favorite Winter Mystery Locale?
Blogs
January 10 2017

What Is Your Favorite Winter Mystery Locale?

Brrr. It’s getting cold out there! With all the snow hitting the east coast, we started...
Review: <i>Innocent in Death</i> by J.D. Robb
Blogs
January 10 2017

Review: Innocent in Death by J.D. Robb

To celebrate the upcoming release of J.D. Robb's 44th Eve Dallas mystery, Echoes in Death,...
Review: <i>Born in Death</i> by J.D. Robb
Blogs
January 9 2017

Review: Born in Death by J.D. Robb

To celebrate the upcoming release of J.D. Robb's 44th Eve Dallas mystery, Echoes in Death,...
“The Dry Twist” Cocktail
Blogs
January 6 2017

“The Dry Twist” Cocktail

What do you do when the past tries to make you remember? Have a few cocktails! And what better...
Review: <i>Memory in Death</i> by J.D. Robb
Blogs
January 6 2017

Review: Memory in Death by J.D. Robb

To celebrate the upcoming release of J.D. Robb's 44th Eve Dallas mystery, Echoes in Death,...
Writing About Serious Issues
Blogs
January 5 2017

Writing About Serious Issues

I once asked forensics specialist and author D.P. Lyle what he thought was at the core of criminal...
Review: <i>Origin in Death</i> by J.D. Robb
Blogs
January 5 2017

Review: Origin in Death by J.D. Robb

To celebrate the upcoming release of J.D. Robb's 44th Eve Dallas mystery, Echoes in Death,...
<i>The Dry</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
January 5 2017

The Dry: New Excerpt

A small town hides big secrets in The Dry—an atmospheric, page-turning debut mystery by award-winning...
Review: <i>Survivor in Death</i> by J.D. Robb
Blogs
January 4 2017

Review: Survivor in Death by J.D. Robb

To celebrate the upcoming release of J.D. Robb's 44th Eve Dallas mystery, Echoes in Death,...