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<i>The Return</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
March 11 2017

The Return: New Excerpt

The Return by Joseph Helmreich will appeal to anyone who has ever wondered ... what’s out there?...
“Skeleton Godfather” Cocktail
Blogs
March 10 2017

“Skeleton Godfather” Cocktail

What do you do when you find yourself faced with a centuries-old secret and the possibility of...
Dear Lisbeth Salander: Dealing With Sexual Harassment
Blogs
March 10 2017

Dear Lisbeth Salander: Dealing With Sexual Harassment

This week's guest columnist is Lisbeth Salander, who's a hacker but not a hack, Wasp...
<i>The Loving Husband</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
March 10 2017

The Loving Husband: New Excerpt

The Loving Husband by Christobel Kent is spooky and skillfully written, dragging readers deep into...
Review: <i>The Widow’s House</i> by Carol Goodman
Blogs
March 9 2017

Review: The Widow’s House by Carol Goodman

The Widow's House by Carol Goodman is a chilling Gothic novel and a harrowing tale of psychological...
Alternative Ulster Fry: The Dangers of Writing About Northern Ireland in the 1980s
Blogs
March 9 2017

Alternative Ulster Fry: The Dangers of Writing About Northern Ireland in the 1980s

A few weeks ago, I did a book reading at Mt Waverley in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. About...
<i>Never Let You Go</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
March 9 2017

Never Let You Go: New Excerpt

Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens delivers a chilling, twisting thriller that crackles with suspense...
<i>One Perfect Lie</i> by Lisa Scottoline: A Visual Guide
Blogs
March 8 2017

One Perfect Lie by Lisa Scottoline: A Visual Guide

GIFnotes: Giving you the basic plot summary of an upcoming book with the help of the Graphics Interchange Format. This...
5 New Books to Read this Week: March 7, 2017
Blogs
March 8 2017

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

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Q&A with Eliot Pattison, Author of <i>Skeleton God</i>
Blogs
March 7 2017

Q&A with Eliot Pattison, Author of Skeleton God

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Eliot Pattison is an American international lawyer and award-winning author. His first book in...
Review: <i>Blue Light Yokohama</i> by Nicolás Obregón
Blogs
March 7 2017

Review: Blue Light Yokohama by Nicolás Obregón

Blue Light Yokohama by Nicolás Obregón is a compelling, brilliantly moody,...
Review: <i>The Devil’s Bible</i> by Dana Chamblee Carpenter
Blogs
March 6 2017

Review: The Devil’s Bible by Dana Chamblee Carpenter

The Devil's Bible by Dana Chamblee Carpenter is the 2nd book in the Bohemian Gospel series (available...
<i>The Walking Dead</i> Power Rankings 7.12: “Say Yes”
Blogs
March 6 2017

The Walking Dead Power Rankings 7.12: “Say Yes”

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In another prime example of how to draw things out, “Say Yes” gave us an entire episode...
Review: <i>Get Out</i> (2017)
Blogs
March 6 2017

Review: Get Out (2017)

Social thrillers are hard to pull off. While, sure, there have been numerous genre films that...
Review: <i>Mister Memory</i> by Marcus Sedgwick
Blogs
March 6 2017

Review: Mister Memory by Marcus Sedgwick

Mister Memory by Marcus Sedgwick is set in Paris at the end of the nineteenth century, where a man...
<i>Skeleton God</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
March 6 2017

Skeleton God: New Excerpt

Skeleton God by Eliot Pattison is the 9th book in the Inspector Shan Tao Yun series (available March...
<i>Without Mercy</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
March 4 2017

Without Mercy: New Excerpt

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Without Mercy is a terrifying and topical military thriller from Colonel David Hunt and R.J. Pineiro...
“Black Sun” Cocktail
Blogs
March 3 2017

“Black Sun” Cocktail

A brutal murder. A serial killer with no seeming motive. And a symbol that represents the darkness...
Discount: <i>The Cruelest Month</i> by Louise Penny
Blogs
March 3 2017

Discount: The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny

The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny is the recipient of the 2008 Agatha Award for Best Novel. The Coolest...
<i>A Shattered Circle</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
March 3 2017

A Shattered Circle: New Excerpt

A Shattered Circle by Kevin Egan is a tensely plotted legal thriller set in New York City's iconic...
Discount: <i>Orphan X</i> by Gregg Hurwitz
Blogs
March 2 2017

Discount: Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz

To celebrate the recent release of the 2nd Evan Smoak thriller by Gregg Hurwitz, The Nowhere Man,...
Review: <i>The Weight of This World</i> by David Joy
Blogs
March 2 2017

Review: The Weight of This World by David Joy

In The Weight of This World, David Joy returns to the mountains of North Carolina with a powerful...
<i>Police at the Station and They Don’t Look Friendly</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
March 2 2017

Police at the Station and They Don’t Look Friendly: New Excerpt

Police at the Station and They Don't Look Friendly by Adrian McKinty is the 6th Detective Sean...
Review: <i>The Housekeeper</i> by Suellen Dainty
Blogs
March 1 2017

Review: The Housekeeper by Suellen Dainty

The Housekeeper by Suellen Dainty is a nuanced and nail-biting psychological thriller about the dark...
<i>The Lost Order</i> by Steve Berry: A Visual Guide
Blogs
March 1 2017

The Lost Order by Steve Berry: A Visual Guide

GIFnotes: Giving you the basic plot summary of an upcoming book with the help of the Graphics Interchange Format. This...
5 New Books to Read this Week: February 28, 2017
Blogs
March 1 2017

5 New Books to Read this Week: February 28, 2017

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
<i>Blue Light Yokohama</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
March 1 2017

Blue Light Yokohama: New Excerpt

Blue Light Yokohama by Nicolás Obregón is a compelling, brilliantly moody,...
Now Win <i>This</i>!: The Fourth Paper Caper Sweepstakes
Blogs
February 28 2017

Now Win This!: The Fourth Paper Caper Sweepstakes

We've done it before, and we're doing it again! Don't miss out on a chance to win...
Announcing 2017’s Barry Awards Nominees!
Blogs
February 28 2017

Announcing 2017’s Barry Awards Nominees!

The Barry Awards, which began in 1997, are presented at the annual Bouchercon World Mystery Convention....
<i>Six Four</i>: Audio Excerpt
Excerpts
February 28 2017

Six Four: Audio Excerpt

Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama is a dark and riveting plunge into a crime, an investigation, and...