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Discount: <i>Independence Day</i> by Ben Coes
Blogs
May 11 2017

Discount: Independence Day by Ben Coes

In anticipation of the release of the 7th Dewey Andreas novel from Ben Coes, Trap the Devil (available...
<i>Tower Down</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
May 11 2017

Tower Down: New Excerpt

Tower Down by David Hagberg is the 21st book in the Kirk McGarvey series (available May 16, 2017). A...
<i>Shallow Grave</i>: A Polis Books Twist
Excerpts
May 10 2017

Shallow Grave: A Polis Books Twist

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Acclaimed crime writers Alex Segura and Dave White pair up their series' characters—Pete...
<i>The Forgotten Girl</i> by Rio Youers: A Visual Guide
Blogs
May 10 2017

The Forgotten Girl by Rio Youers: A Visual Guide

GIFnotes: Giving you the basic plot summary of an upcoming book with the help of the Graphics Interchange Format. This...
<i>The Finishing School</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
May 10 2017

The Finishing School: New Excerpt

The Finishing School by Joanna Goodman is a suspenseful, provocative novel of friendship, secrets,...
5 New Books to Read this Week: May 9, 2017
Blogs
May 10 2017

5 New Books to Read this Week: May 9, 2017

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Vote for Your Favorite Season of <i>The Wire</i>
Blogs
May 9 2017

Vote for Your Favorite Season of The Wire

  Let us know what you chose and why in the comments below!
Review: <i>The Girl on the Bridge</i> by James Hayman
Blogs
May 9 2017

Review: The Girl on the Bridge by James Hayman

The Girl on the Bridge by James Hayman is the latest McCabe and Savage thriller, involving a...
Review: <i>Proving Ground</i> by Peter Blauner
Blogs
May 9 2017

Review: Proving Ground by Peter Blauner

Proving Ground by Peter Blauner is a sweeping crime novel, an intricate story about the quest...
The Dark Tower: <i>Wolves of the Calla</i> Part VI
Blogs
May 9 2017

The Dark Tower: Wolves of the Calla Part VI

Last week, we learned of the “unfound” door that will lead our ka-tet back to NYC. This...
<i>The Last Iota</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
May 9 2017

The Last Iota: New Excerpt

Set in the world of The Big Sheep, The Last Iota by Robert Kroese delivers another dystopian adventure...
Page to Screen: <i>American Gods</i> 1.02: “The Secret of Spoons” Review
Blogs
May 8 2017

Page to Screen: American Gods 1.02: “The Secret of Spoons” Review

Another commendable “Coming to America” opening as Mr. Nancy (Orlando Jones) makes...
Review: <i>Silent Rain</i> by Karin Salvalaggio
Blogs
May 8 2017

Review: Silent Rain by Karin Salvalaggio

Silent Rain by Karin Salvalaggio is the 4th book in the Macy Greeley Mystery series (available May...
Trailer: Marvel’s <i>The Defenders</i>
Blogs
May 8 2017

Trailer: Marvel’s The Defenders

After a subpar season of Iron Fist, Netflix and Marvel look to get back on track when they unite...
Review: <i>Based on a True Story</i> by Delphine de Vigan
Blogs
May 8 2017

Review: Based on a True Story by Delphine de Vigan

Based on a True Story by Delphine de Vigan is a standalone psychological thriller and a...
<i>It’s Always the Husband</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
May 8 2017

It’s Always the Husband: New Excerpt

It's Always the Husband by by Michele Campbell is a suspenseful, absorbing novel that examines...
Discount: <i>The Highway</i> by C. J. Box
Blogs
May 5 2017

Discount: The Highway by C. J. Box

In anticipation of the 4th volume in the Highway Quartet from C. J. Box, Paradise Valley (available...
Review: <i>The Darkest Night</i> by Rick Reed
Blogs
May 4 2017

Review: The Darkest Night by Rick Reed

The Darkest Night by Rick Reed is the 5th book in the Detective Jack Murphy series, which finds the...
2017 Derringer Award Winners
Blogs
May 4 2017

2017 Derringer Award Winners

Monday, the Short Mystery Fiction Society announced the winners of the 2017 Derringer Awards....
<i>The Good Assassin</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
May 4 2017

The Good Assassin: New Excerpt

The Good Assassin by Paul Vidich is a suspenseful tale of Cold War espionage set in 1950s Cuba,...
<i>The Mentor</i> by Lee Matthew Goldberg: A Visual Guide
Blogs
May 3 2017

The Mentor by Lee Matthew Goldberg: 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: May 2, 2017
Blogs
May 3 2017

5 New Books to Read this Week: May 2, 2017

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
A Closer Look at <i>The Dark Tower</i> Trailer (2017)
Blogs
May 3 2017

A Closer Look at The Dark Tower Trailer (2017)

“They were close to the end of the beginning...” After months of waiting, several...
My Favorite Filming Locations In the West Country, UK
Blogs
May 2 2017

My Favorite Filming Locations In the West Country, UK

Hannah Dennison's Honeychurch Hall series isn't the only thing set in the West Country,...
The Dark Tower: <i>Wolves of the Calla</i> Part V
Blogs
May 2 2017

The Dark Tower: Wolves of the Calla Part V

Last week, we learned of the Sisters of Oriza. This week, we find out just how Callahan got to...
Page to Screen: <i>American Gods</i> 1.01: “The Bone Orchard” Review
Blogs
May 1 2017

Page to Screen: American Gods 1.01: “The Bone Orchard” Review

For many centuries, immigrants to America brought their gods with them. Once upon a time, these...
Ladies’ Night: Book and Cocktail Pairings for a Night In
Blogs
April 28 2017

Ladies’ Night: Book and Cocktail Pairings for a Night In

A drink order says a lot about a person—that’s maybe why there are approximately...
Discount: <i>A Rule Against Murder</i> by Louise Penny
Blogs
April 28 2017

Discount: A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny

A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny is the 4th book in the Chief Inspector Gamache Mystery series....
2017 Edgar Award Winners
Blogs
April 28 2017

2017 Edgar Award Winners

Last night, the Mystery Writers of America presented the 71st annual Edgar Allan Poe Awards at...
Loving the Unlikable: My Favorite Female Characters
Blogs
April 27 2017

Loving the Unlikable: My Favorite Female Characters

Creating an unlikeable but compelling character is perhaps one of the most difficult components...