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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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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

First in Series: The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson

The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson is the first modern western in the Walt Longmire series about...
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...
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...