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Take Me Down to <i>Kickback City</i>: The Noir of Ian Rankin and Rory Gallagher
Blogs
January 20 2017

Take Me Down to Kickback City: The Noir of Ian Rankin and Rory Gallagher

I didn’t even know who Rory Gallagher was until I got a postcard from Ken Bruen. To...
Poe’s “Tell-Tale Heart”: Why Are These Men Laughing?
Blogs
January 19 2017

Poe’s “Tell-Tale Heart”: Why Are These Men Laughing?

Today, Edgar A. Poe would have been 208 years old. His birthday gift to readers is stories that...
Announcing 2017’s Edgar Award Nominees
Blogs
January 19 2017

Announcing 2017’s Edgar Award Nominees

The Mystery Writers of America have announced the 2017 Edgar Award nominees and special winners....
Review: <i>Indulgence in Death</i> by J.D. Robb
Blogs
January 19 2017

Review: Indulgence in Death by J.D. Robb

To celebrate the upcoming release of J.D. Robb's 44th Eve Dallas mystery, Echoes in Death,...
A Driving Tour of Midwestern Mysteries
Blogs
January 18 2017

A Driving Tour of Midwestern Mysteries

With so many mysteries set in big cities, Kristen Lepionka spreads the love to the Midwest, outlining...
Review: <i>Fantasy in Death</i> by J.D. Robb
Blogs
January 18 2017

Review: Fantasy in Death by J.D. Robb

To celebrate the upcoming release of J.D. Robb's 44th Eve Dallas mystery, Echoes in Death,...
5 New Books to Read this Week: January 17, 2017
Blogs
January 18 2017

5 New Books to Read this Week: January 17, 2017

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Who Is Your Favorite Fictional President?
Blogs
January 17 2017

Who Is Your Favorite Fictional President?

This week, the United States of America will inaugurate its 45th president. While here at CrimeHQ...
Unworthy: Exploring the Mythology of <i>Lucifer</i>, Episode 2.11: “Stewardess Interruptus”
Blogs
January 17 2017

Unworthy: Exploring the Mythology of Lucifer, Episode 2.11: “Stewardess Interruptus”

The Lucifer hiatus has ended, and we can finally get back to our favorite devil. This episode...
Review: <i>Kindred in Death</i> by J.D. Robb
Blogs
January 17 2017

Review: Kindred in Death by J.D. Robb

To celebrate the upcoming release of J.D. Robb's 44th Eve Dallas mystery, Echoes in Death,...
2017 Left Coast Crime “Lefty” Awards Nominations
Blogs
January 17 2017

2017 Left Coast Crime “Lefty” Awards Nominations

The 2017 Left Coast Crime “Lefty” Awards nominations are up!  The Lefty...
Review: <i>Promises in Death</i> by J.D. Robb
Blogs
January 16 2017

Review: Promises 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>John Wick: Chapter 2</i> (2017)
Blogs
January 16 2017

Trailer: John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

John Wick is back, and it looks like he’s about kill a lot of people. Keanu Reeves returns...
Discount: <i>The Advocate’s Daughter</i> by Anthony Franze
Blogs
January 14 2017

Discount: The Advocate’s Daughter by Anthony Franze

Lee Child called The Advocate's Daughter, Anthony Franze's debut legal thriller, “smart,...
“The Nowhere Manhattan” Cocktail
Blogs
January 13 2017

“The Nowhere Manhattan” Cocktail

When all you know is a lifetime of killing, you deserve a stiff drink! And damn if this week's...
5 Gateway Marvel Comics for Crime Fiction Fans
Blogs
January 13 2017

5 Gateway Marvel Comics for Crime Fiction Fans

Crime fiction is usually set in a gritty, grounded world where protagonists are often forced...
Review: <i>Salvation in Death</i> by J.D. Robb
Blogs
January 13 2017

Review: Salvation 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>Fickle</i> by Peter Manus
Blogs
January 13 2017

Review: Fickle by Peter Manus

Fickle by Peter Manus is a twisting noir mystery that Booklist calls, “An incredibly...
Review: <i>This Is Not Over</i> by Holly Brown
Blogs
January 12 2017

Review: This Is Not Over by Holly Brown

This Is Not Over by Holly Brown follows a seemingly innocuous and soberingly real situation as it...
Review: <i>Strangers in Death</i> by J.D. Robb
Blogs
January 12 2017

Review: Strangers in Death by J.D. Robb

To celebrate the upcoming release of J.D. Robb's 44th Eve Dallas mystery, Echoes in Death,...
<i>Echoes in Death</i> by J.D. Robb: A Visual Guide
Blogs
January 11 2017

Echoes in Death by J.D. Robb: A Visual Guide

GIFnotes: Giving you the basic plot summary of an upcoming book with the help of the Graphics Interchange Format. This...
Review: <i>Creation in Death</i> by J.D. Robb
Blogs
January 11 2017

Review: Creation in Death by J.D. Robb

To celebrate the upcoming release of J.D. Robb's 44th Eve Dallas mystery, Echoes in Death,...
5 New Books to Read this Week: January 10, 2017
Blogs
January 11 2017

5 New Books to Read this Week: January 10, 2017

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Into the Woods and Off the Grid: Three Profiles
Blogs
January 10 2017

Into the Woods and Off the Grid: Three Profiles

In December of 2012, in order to do research for my novel The River at Night, I embarked on a...
What Is Your Favorite Winter Mystery Locale?
Blogs
January 10 2017

What Is Your Favorite Winter Mystery Locale?

Brrr. It’s getting cold out there! With all the snow hitting the east coast, we started...
Review: <i>Innocent in Death</i> by J.D. Robb
Blogs
January 10 2017

Review: Innocent in Death by J.D. Robb

To celebrate the upcoming release of J.D. Robb's 44th Eve Dallas mystery, Echoes in Death,...
The Dark Tower: <i>Wizard and Glass</i>, Part I
Blogs
January 10 2017

The Dark Tower: Wizard and Glass, Part I

Last week, we finished up The Waste Lands with a pain of a cliffhanger. Thankfully, we only had to...
Review: <i>Dead Gone</i> by Luca Veste
Blogs
January 9 2017

Review: Dead Gone by Luca Veste

Dead Gone by Luca Veste is a terrifying trip into the darkest corners of psychology, where Detectives...
Trailer: <i>The Girl with all the Gifts</i> (2017)
Blogs
January 9 2017

Trailer: The Girl with all the Gifts (2017)

The Girl with all the Gifts is set in a dystopian world where a fungal spore has infected most...
Review: <i>Born in Death</i> by J.D. Robb
Blogs
January 9 2017

Review: Born in Death by J.D. Robb

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