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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.

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September 16 2014

Fresh Meat: The Blood of an Englishman by M.C. Beaton

The Blood of an Englishman by M.C. Beaton is the 25th cozy mystery featuring Agatha Raisin, a P.I....
Blogs
September 15 2014

We’ll All Be Seeing Hannibal’s Therapist Regularly

Gillian Anderson plays Bedelia du Maurier on Hannibal, an astonishingly cool and self-possessed...
Blogs
September 11 2014

Fresh Meat: Broadchurch by Erin Kelly

Broadchurch by Erin Kelly is a small town murder mystery based on the television series from Chris...
Blogs
September 10 2014

Bogie and Bacall: The Big Sleep (1946)

In tribute to the late Lauren Bacall, we’re looking at the four classic films she made...
Blogs
September 9 2014

Now Win This!: Can’t Beat the Classics Sweepstakes

The classics are the classics! This bundle of seven criminal works, including an audiobook and...
Blogs
September 9 2014

Fresh Meat: Nine Days by Minerva Koenig

Nine Days by Minerva Koenig is a debut mystery featuring Julia Kalas, a forty-something former mob...
Blogs
September 6 2014

Fresh Meat: Fighting Chance by Jane Haddam

Fighting Chance by Jane Haddam is the 29th mystery in the Gregor Demarkian series about the Armenian-American...
Blogs
September 5 2014

Fresh Meat: The Fuse Vol. 1: The Russia Shift by Antony Johnston and Justin Greenwood

The Fuse Vol. 1: The Russia Shift, written by Antony Johnston and illustrated by Justin Greenwood...
Blogs
September 5 2014

Fresh Meat: Night of the Jaguar by Joe Gannon

Night of the Jaguar is the debut thriller from Joe Gannon about a a former Sandinista guerrilla comandante...
Excerpts
September 2 2014

Only the Dead: New Excerpt

Only the Dead by Vidar Sundstøl, translated from the Norwegian by Tiina Nunnally, is the second...
Blogs
August 26 2014

Now Win This!: Thrillers and Killers Sweepstakes

This sweepstakes features six books and one ebook that will leave you checking your back. Nowhere...
Excerpts
August 24 2014

Strange Shores: New Excerpt

Strange Shores by Arnaldur Indridason is the 9th procedural in the Inspector Erlendur series set amidst...
Blogs
August 22 2014

Kids Say the Darndest Things: Kids Reenact Emmy-Nominated TV Shows

Do you love Mad Men, True Detective, Breaking Bad, and Game of Thrones? Well, you might just...
Excerpts
August 20 2014

The Long Way Home: New Excerpt

The Long Way Home by Louise Penny is the 10th British procedural in the Chief Inspector Gamache series...
Excerpts
August 18 2014

Sherlock Holmes: The Spirit Box: Exclusive Excerpt

Enjoy this exclusive excerpt from Sherlock Holmes: The Spirit Box by George Mann, a historical thriller...
Blogs
August 14 2014

Frontrunners Emerge for True Detective Season 2

As soon as True Detective Season 1 ended, rumors have been flying about who would star in Season...
Blogs
August 13 2014

Naked Leaf Blowing Man Arrested

Massachusetts police arrested a homeowner for “open and gross lewdness” after he...
Blogs
August 11 2014

Almost 80 Years of Infamy: We Blame You, Oklahoma City!

On a hot August day in 1935, Reverend Charles H. North of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma's Third...
Blogs
August 7 2014

When I Grow Up: Let’s Be Cops Trailer

Cops can be funny—just look at Police Academy. However, things get funny...and really,...
Blogs
August 5 2014

Longmire: 3.10 Season Finale “Ashes to Ashes”

“Ashes to Ashes” wrapped up a couple more of the main arcs and ended with a riveting season...
Excerpts
August 5 2014

Alien Hunter: Underworld: New Excerpt

Alien Hunter: Underworld by Whitley Strieber is the second sci-fi thriller featuring Flynn Carroll,...
Blogs
August 5 2014

Poirot: “Dead Man’s Folly”

“Come at once,” the telegram reads. “Need help. Urgent.” Poirot obeys...
Blogs
August 1 2014

Back to the Beginning: Call for the Dead by John LeCarré

“Short, fat, and of a quiet disposition, he appeared to spend a lot of money on really bad clothes,...
Excerpts
July 31 2014

Deadout: A New Excerpt

Deadout by Jon McGoran is a thriller centered on a New England island where genetically modified bees...
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...