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<i>Too Sharp</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
March 26 2017

Too Sharp: New Excerpt

Too Sharp by Marianne Delacourt is the 3rd book in the Tara Sharp series.  Tara Sharp’s...
<i>The Wages of Sin</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
March 25 2017

The Wages of Sin: New Excerpt

The Wages of Sin by Kaite Welsh is a page-turning tale of murder, subversion and vice in which...
Marvel’s <i>Iron Fist</i> Season 1 Review: Episodes 1-4
Blogs
March 24 2017

Marvel’s Iron Fist Season 1 Review: Episodes 1-4

Hello, and welcome back the world of the Marvel Cinematic Universe! My name is Dave Richards,...
<i>The Lost Order</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
March 24 2017

The Lost Order: New Excerpt

The Lost Order by Steve Berry is the 12th book in the Cotton Malone series—a perilous adventure...
Review: <i>Personal Shopper</i> (2017)
Blogs
March 23 2017

Review: Personal Shopper (2017)

It’s rational to think that one hasn’t fully matured as a human until they’ve...
Review: <i>Bad Boy Boogie</i> by Thomas Pluck
Blogs
March 22 2017

Review: Bad Boy Boogie by Thomas Pluck

Bad Boy Boogie by Thomas Pluck is the 1st book in the new Jay Desmarteaux Crime Thriller series. Jay...
5 New Books to Read this Week: March 21, 2017
Blogs
March 22 2017

5 New Books to Read this Week: March 21, 2017

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
<i>Conviction</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
March 22 2017

Conviction: New Excerpt

Conviction by Julia Dahl is the 3rd book in the Rebekah Roberts series (available March 28, 2017). In...
Which Season of <i>Dexter</i> Is Your Favorite?
Blogs
March 21 2017

Which Season of Dexter Is Your Favorite?

Starring Michael C. Hall as a serial killer with a code, Dexter fascinated audiences for its...
Review: <i>Lola</i> by Melissa Scrivner Love
Blogs
March 21 2017

Review: Lola by Melissa Scrivner Love

Lola by Melissa Scrivner Love is an astonishing debut crime thriller about an unforgettable woman...
The Dark Tower: <i>The Wind Through the Keyhole</i> Part II
Blogs
March 21 2017

The Dark Tower: The Wind Through the Keyhole Part II

Last week, we began The Wind Through the Keyhole with a major storm and another of Roland's stories....
<i>Catalina Eddy</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
March 21 2017

Catalina Eddy: New Excerpt

Catalina Eddy by Daniel Pyne is a gritty, hardboiled exploration into the immutable police underworld...
<i>The Walking Dead</i> Power Rankings 7.14: “The Other Side”
Blogs
March 20 2017

The Walking Dead Power Rankings 7.14: “The Other Side”

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In last night's episode of The Walking Dead, we were granted a few characterization...
Audiobook Review: <i>What You Don’t Know</i> by JoAnn Chaney (Read by Christina DeLaine)
Blogs
March 20 2017

Audiobook Review: What You Don’t Know by JoAnn Chaney (Read by Christina DeLaine)

What You Don't Know by JoAnn Chaney is a gripping, terrifying debut novel that follows those...
<i>Follow Me Down</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
March 18 2017

Follow Me Down: New Excerpt

Follow Me Down by Sherri Smith is a rare find—a gutsy, visceral, and beautifully crafted...
“Guinness at the Bar and It Doesn’t Look Friendly”
Blogs
March 17 2017

“Guinness at the Bar and It Doesn’t Look Friendly”

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Celebrate with this week's Pick Your Poison—where...
Passionate About Pulp: A Conan Double-Feature (Is What Is Best in Life)
Blogs
March 17 2017

Passionate About Pulp: A Conan Double-Feature (Is What Is Best in Life)

THE SUBGENRE: Sword and sorcery adventure. THE HERO: Conan the Barbarian, aka Conan the...
Review: <i>Mississippi Blood</i> by Greg Iles
Blogs
March 17 2017

Review: Mississippi Blood by Greg Iles

Mississippi Blood by Greg Iles is the final installment in the Natchez Burning Trilogy set within...
Review: <i>The Return</i> by Joseph Helmreich
Blogs
March 16 2017

Review: The Return by Joseph Helmreich

The Return by Joseph Helmreich will appeal to anyone who has ever wondered ... what’s out there? What...
<i>If We Were Villains</i> by M. L. Rio: A Visual Guide
Blogs
March 15 2017

If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio: A Visual Guide

GIFnotes: Giving you the basic plot summary of an upcoming book with the help of the Graphics Interchange Format. Intelligent,...
Review: <i>The Will to Kill</i> by Max Allan Collins and Mickey Spillane
Blogs
March 15 2017

Review: The Will to Kill by Max Allan Collins and Mickey Spillane

The Will to Kill is the latest Mike Hammer novel, originally started by the now-deceased Mickey Spillane...
5 New Books to Read this Week: March 14, 2017
Blogs
March 15 2017

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

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
<i>Bad Boy Boogie</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
March 15 2017

Bad Boy Boogie: New Excerpt

Bad Boy Boogie by Thomas Pluck is the 1st book in the new Jay Desmarteaux Crime Thriller series...
Which Mathematical Thriller Is Your Favorite?
Blogs
March 14 2017

Which Mathematical Thriller Is Your Favorite?

March 14th (3.14) is Pi Day! For the last two years, David Cranmer has introduced us to several...
Mathematical Mysteries, Sci-Fi, and Thrillers
Blogs
March 14 2017

Mathematical Mysteries, Sci-Fi, and Thrillers

Math and science enthusiasts come together with the mystery/thriller genres to make arithmetic...
Review: <i>The Devil’s Triangle</i> by Catherine Coulter and J. T. Ellison
Blogs
March 14 2017

Review: The Devil’s Triangle by Catherine Coulter and J. T. Ellison

The Devil's Triangle by Catherine Coulter and J. T. Ellison is a highly anticipated thriller in...
The Dark Tower: <i>The Wind Through the Keyhole</i> Part I
Blogs
March 14 2017

The Dark Tower: The Wind Through the Keyhole Part I

Last week, we ended Wizard and Glass in a makeshift Emerald City before Maerlyn's Rainbow trainsported...
<i>The Walking Dead</i> Power Rankings 7.13: “Bury Me Here”
Blogs
March 13 2017

The Walking Dead Power Rankings 7.13: “Bury Me Here”

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Last night's episode of The Walking Dead brought us cobblerus interruptus, an extremely poorly...
On Darkness: Why I Write the Stories I Do
Blogs
March 13 2017

On Darkness: Why I Write the Stories I Do

The way I heard it, William Gay came home one evening and found his girlfriend sitting at the...
Review: <i>The Love Witch</i> (2016)
Blogs
March 13 2017

Review: The Love Witch (2016)

One sign of a worthwhile film is that it can be experienced on different levels. This is the...