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Crime/Mystery/Thrillers Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix in March 2017
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February 27 2017

Crime/Mystery/Thrillers Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix in March 2017

Sometimes quality is better quantity—and that seems to be the case here with Netflix's...
Review: <i>Grim Death and Bill the Electrocuted Criminal</i> by Mike Mignola & Tom Sniegoski
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February 23 2017

Review: Grim Death and Bill the Electrocuted Criminal by Mike Mignola & Tom Sniegoski

Grim Death and Bill the Electrocuted Criminal by Mike Mignola and Tom Sniegoski is a beautifully...
5 New Books to Read this Week: February 21, 2016
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February 22 2017

5 New Books to Read this Week: February 21, 2016

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Which Chief Inspector Gamache Novel Is Your Favorite?
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February 21 2017

Which Chief Inspector Gamache Novel Is Your Favorite?

[Vote below!]   Feel particularly strong about your choice? Tell us why in...
Happy President’s Day to the Most Famous Lawyer/Thriller-Writer In History (It’s Not Who You Think)
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February 20 2017

Happy President’s Day to the Most Famous Lawyer/Thriller-Writer In History (It’s Not Who You Think)

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Who’s the most famous lawyer-author of all time? Nope, not John Grisham. Here are some...
<i>Doctor Who</i>: The Greatest Mystery and Horror Tales (2005-2015)
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February 17 2017

Doctor Who: The Greatest Mystery and Horror Tales (2005-2015)

The Doctor is an alien humanoid over two thousand years old, has two hearts, and has regenerated...
Discount: <i>A Fatal Grace</i> by Louise Penny
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February 16 2017

Discount: A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny

A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny is the 2007 Agatha Award winner for Best Novel and the 2nd entry in...
Forensics: Where Science Meets Faith
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February 16 2017

Forensics: Where Science Meets Faith

An apt description of forensic evidence: “…This is evidence that does not...
5 New Books to Read this Week: February 14, 2017
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February 15 2017

5 New Books to Read this Week: February 14, 2017

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Ladies First: Groundbreaking Women in Crime Fiction
Blogs
February 14 2017

Ladies First: Groundbreaking Women in Crime Fiction

Any mystery lover knows how significant Agatha Christie is to the crime-fiction genre. But...
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with These Criminal Couples
Blogs
February 14 2017

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with These Criminal Couples

Love is an incredibly powerful emotion. So it’s no surprise that it’s a big motivating...
First in Series: <i>Homicide: Life on the Street</i>
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February 13 2017

First in Series: Homicide: Life on the Street

In January, 1993, right after airing Super Bowl XXVII, NBC premiered the series Homicide: Life...
The Best Crime Dramas to Binge Watch Now
Blogs
February 10 2017

The Best Crime Dramas to Binge Watch Now

Oh the joy of binge-watching! Everyone has been talking about a show that you’ve promised...
Review: <i>A Darkness Absolute</i> by Kelley Armstrong
Blogs
February 10 2017

Review: A Darkness Absolute by Kelley Armstrong

A Darkness Absolute by Kelley Armstrong is the 2nd book in the Casey Duncan series. Author Kelley...
My Top 5 Books About Disappearance
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February 8 2017

My Top 5 Books About Disappearance

I’m a fan of all kinds of crime novels, but a lot of my favorites tend to be linked by...
5 New Books to Read this Week: February 7, 2017
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February 8 2017

5 New Books to Read this Week: February 7, 2017

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Who Is Your Favorite Supporting Character in the In Death series?
Blogs
February 7 2017

Who Is Your Favorite Supporting Character in the In Death series?

One of the things that makes J.D. Robb’s In Death novels such a success is the adept characterization...
My Top 5 In Death Novels
Blogs
February 7 2017

My Top 5 In Death Novels

I discovered J.D. Robb before I knew she was Nora Roberts.  My mom has been a long-time...
Review: <i>Echoes in Death</i> by J.D. Robb
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February 7 2017

Review: Echoes in Death by J.D. Robb

Echoes in Death by J.D. Robb is the 44th book in the In Death series featuring Eve Dallas. As...
The Pleasures of Reading J.D. Robb
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February 6 2017

The Pleasures of Reading J.D. Robb

When you find a mystery series that you completely enjoy reading, it’s as if you have found...
Review: <i>Apprentice in Death</i> by J.D. Robb
Blogs
February 6 2017

Review: Apprentice in Death by J.D. Robb

To celebrate the upcoming release of J.D. Robb's 44th Eve Dallas mystery, Echoes in Death,...
Trailer: <i>Broadchurch</i>, Season 3
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February 6 2017

Trailer: Broadchurch, Season 3

Broadchurch will return in 2017 for its 3rd and final season, bringing back almost all of its...
Before Jessica Jones, There Was Eve Dallas
Blogs
February 3 2017

Before Jessica Jones, There Was Eve Dallas

When Jessica Jones premiered on Netflix in 2015, it was met with critical acclaim for its portrayal...
Review: <i>Brotherhood in Death</i> by J.D. Robb
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February 3 2017

Review: Brotherhood in Death by J.D. Robb

To celebrate the upcoming release of J.D. Robb's 44th Eve Dallas mystery, Echoes in Death,...
Nora Roberts: One of Literature’s Most Underrated Authors
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February 2 2017

Nora Roberts: One of Literature’s Most Underrated Authors

I initially conceived of this article as a way to convince readers who dismiss Nora Roberts with...
Review: <i>Garden of Lamentations</i> by Deborah Crombie
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February 2 2017

Review: Garden of Lamentations by Deborah Crombie

Garden of Lamentations by Deborah Crombie is the 17th book in the Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James...
Review: <i>Devoted in Death</i> by J.D. Robb
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February 2 2017

Review: Devoted in Death by J.D. Robb

To celebrate the upcoming release of J.D. Robb's 44th Eve Dallas mystery, Echoes in Death,...
4 Reasons You Should Read J.D. Robb ... According to My Mom
Blogs
February 1 2017

4 Reasons You Should Read J.D. Robb ... According to My Mom

As you may have noticed, we—the reviewers here at Criminal Element—are happily gorging...
Review: <i>Obsession in Death</i> by J.D. Robb
Blogs
February 1 2017

Review: Obsession 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>Festive in Death</i> by J.D. Robb
Blogs
January 31 2017

Review: Festive in Death by J.D. Robb

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