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<i>The Player</i>: Why Robert Altman’s Hollywood Satire Is an Even Better Film 25 Years Later
Blogs
February 13 2017

The Player: Why Robert Altman’s Hollywood Satire Is an Even Better Film 25 Years Later

Screenplay writers hate Hollywood! It really is as simple as that. There's a good chance...
<i>I See You</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
February 13 2017

I See You: New Excerpt

I See You by Clare Mackintosh is a dark and claustrophobic thriller in which a normal, everyday woman...
<i>Among the Ruins</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
February 11 2017

Among the Ruins: New Excerpt

Among the Ruins by Ausma Zehanat Khan is the 3rd book in the Rachel Getty and Esa Khattak series (available...
“A Divided Dry” Layered Beer
Blogs
February 10 2017

“A Divided Dry” Layered Beer

When you're afforded an opportunity for long sought-after revenge, celebrate with a few beers...
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...
<i>A Divided Spy</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
February 10 2017

A Divided Spy: New Excerpt

A Divided Spy by Charles Cumming is the 3rd book in the Thomas Kell series (available February 14,...
Review: <i>Long Time Lost</i> by Chris Ewan
Blogs
February 9 2017

Review: Long Time Lost by Chris Ewan

Chris Ewan's Long Time Lost is a fast-paced, standalone thriller. Long Time Lost is a very...
Review: <i>Zodiac</i> by Sam Wilson
Blogs
February 9 2017

Review: Zodiac by Sam Wilson

Zodiac by Sam Wilson is a startling new thriller with one of the most original concepts in years,...
Announcing 2017’s Audie Awards Nominees
Blogs
February 9 2017

Announcing 2017’s Audie Awards Nominees

The Audio Publishers Association (APA) has recently announced their finalists for the 22nd annual...
<i>Testament</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
February 9 2017

Testament: New Excerpt

Testament is the latest in the Jack Howard series from David Gibbins, who uses his real world experience...
My Top 5 Books About Disappearance
Blogs
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...
Review: <i>Under the Knife</i> by Kelly Parsons
Blogs
February 8 2017

Review: Under the Knife by Kelly Parsons

Under the Knife by Kelly Parsons is a heart-pounding medical thriller that will have readers on the...
5 New Books to Read this Week: February 7, 2017
Blogs
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...
<i>Into Oblivion</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
February 8 2017

Into Oblivion: New Excerpt

Into Oblivion by Arnaldur Indridason is an Icelandic thriller and the 11th of the Inspector Erlendur...
<i>Six Four</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
February 8 2017

Six Four: New Excerpt

Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama is a dark and riveting plunge into a crime, an investigation, and a culture...
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...
The Vigilantes of MTV’s <i>Sweet/Vicious</i> Need Another Kickass Season
Blogs
February 7 2017

The Vigilantes of MTV’s Sweet/Vicious Need Another Kickass Season

In an earlier article for this site, I documented how MTV's Sweet/Vicious—a show...
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>The Nightwalker</i> by Sebastian Fitzek
Blogs
February 7 2017

Review: The Nightwalker by Sebastian Fitzek

The Nightwalker by Sebastian Fitzek is a psychological thrill-ride of a novel that finds an insomniac...
Review: <i>Echoes in Death</i> by J.D. Robb
Blogs
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 Dark Tower: <i>Wizard and Glass</i>, Part V
Blogs
February 7 2017

The Dark Tower: Wizard and Glass, Part V

Last week, true intentions surfaced and a forbidden love was consummated. This week, tension builds...
<i>Long Time Lost</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
February 7 2017

Long Time Lost: New Excerpt

Chris Ewan's Long Time Lost is a fast-paced, standalone thriller (available February 7, 2017). “Don’t...
The Pleasures of Reading J.D. Robb
Blogs
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...
Political Thrillers in the Age of Trump
Blogs
February 6 2017

Political Thrillers in the Age of Trump

The intersection of crime and politics has made for some superb suspense fiction—and lately,...
Review: <i>The Freedom Broker</i> by K. J. Howe
Blogs
February 6 2017

Review: The Freedom Broker by K. J. Howe

The Freedom Broker by K. J. Howe is the 1st book in a new series featuring the elite kidnap and ransom...
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
Blogs
February 6 2017

Trailer: Broadchurch, Season 3

Broadchurch will return in 2017 for its 3rd and final season, bringing back almost all of its...
<i>Presidents’ Day</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
February 6 2017

Presidents’ Day: New Excerpt

Presidents' Day by Seth Margolis is a twisting political thriller where the presidential race...
<i>What You Don’t Know</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
February 5 2017

What You Don’t Know: New Excerpt

What You Don't Know by JoAnn Chaney is a gripping, terrifying debut novel that follows those most...