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Whether the world is at stake or it’s just another day in Chinatown, Jake, these stories are about dark deeds, suspense, and the adrenaline rush.

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September 23 2016

Passionate About Pulp: Revisiting Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

THE SUBGENRE: Cartoon noir. THE HERO(ES): Private eye Eddie Valiant and the eponymous...
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September 22 2016

Hard Rain Falling by Don Carpenter: A Lost American Classic

When literary laureates list their picks for great American novels, rarely are crime novels brought...
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September 21 2016

Cooking Through The Nature of the Feast: The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny

Easter has come to Three Pines! In this time of resurrection and renewal, one of the owners of...
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September 21 2016

Night Watch by Iris and Roy Johansen: A Visual Guide

GIFnotes: Giving you the basic plot summary of an upcoming book with the help of the Graphics Interchange Format. This...
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September 21 2016

Page to Screen—Rebecca: du Maurier vs. Hitchcock

“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again...” It's a haunting opening...
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September 21 2016

5 New Books to Read this Week: September 20, 2016

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
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September 20 2016

What Fall TV Show Are You Most Excited About?

With the Emmys celebrating the best that television has to offer—and awarding the very...
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September 20 2016

Review: Gunshine State by Andrew Nette

Gunshine State by Andrew Nette is a heist thriller set in Queensland, Melbourne and Thailand....
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September 20 2016

The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger, Chapter 3

Though our journey is long, we've kept a steady momentum with a great discussion of Chapter...
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September 19 2016

Head Back to School with the Adolescent Assassins of Deadly Class

I haven’t attended school for some time now, but every year, without fail, I start to feel...
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September 19 2016

Review: Daisy in Chains by Sharon Bolton

Daisy in Chains by Sharon Bolton features a convicted serial killer that insists he's innocent...
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September 19 2016

Life Without Limits: Explore the World of Westworld with J.J. Abrams & Crew

October 2nd is almost upon us, and with it comes the anticipated premiere of Westworld on HBO....
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September 17 2016

The Best Mysteries Set in New Orleans

New Orleans...it’s not all King Cakes and muffuletta sandwiches and balconies adorned with...
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September 16 2016

“Brandy Crusta” Cocktail for Bouchercon 2016!

Bouchercon 2016 is this weekend, held in the New Orleans, Louisiana—a city with a rich...
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September 16 2016

Things to Do in Carcosa When You’re Dead

If you’re going to Bouchercon in New Orleans, I’m afraid you won’t have any...
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September 16 2016

Dear Jack Reacher: Family is Forking Important

This week's guest columnist is Reacher, who just received three unusual deposits into his...
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September 15 2016

Q&A wth Brenda Novak, Author of Her Darkest Nightmare

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Brenda Novak, author of Her Darkest Nightmare, is fascinated by the inner workings of the minds...
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September 14 2016

Cooking Through The Nature of the Feast: A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny

It’s been over a year since murder threw its long shadow over the village of Three Pines....
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September 14 2016

Review: The Eskimo Solution by Pascal Garnier

The Eskimo Solution by Pascal Garnier is a crime novel that finds reality and fiction overlapping...
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September 14 2016

5 New Books to Read this Week: September 13, 2016

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
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September 13 2016

Dogs and Research

One of the happiest cornerstones of my writing is research. I try to represent people, places,...
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September 13 2016

11 of the Best Fictional Island Cops

Most of us love the idea of islands—their beauty, their singularity, their separation from...
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September 12 2016

Review: Red Right Hand by Chris Holm

Red Right Hand by Chris Holm is the 2nd book in the Michael Hendricks series, featuring a terrorist...
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September 12 2016

Review: Hell or High Water (2016)

I wouldn’t say there’s been a dearth of good crime films lately; we haven’t...
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September 9 2016

“Death on the Beach” Cocktail

Ahhhh, the beach. Nothing says Relaxation with a capital R like the rythmic sounds of the waves...
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September 9 2016

Review: Sun, Sand, Murder by John Keyse-Walker

Sun, Sand, Murder by John Keyse-Walker is the debut novel from the Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers...
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September 9 2016

Dear Lisbeth Salander: Paging Dr. Perv

This week's guest columnist is Lisbeth Salander, who's a hacker but not a hack, Wasp...
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September 8 2016

Review: Because I’m Watching by Christina Dodd

Because I'm Watching by Christina Dodd is a suspenseful thriller set in the quaint—and...
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September 7 2016

Cooking Through The Nature of the Feast: Still Life by Louise Penny

I have a confession to make: The first Louise Penny book I read was How the Light Gets In, and...
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September 7 2016

Review: Winter’s Child by Margaret Coel

Winter's Child by Margaret Coel is the 20th Wind River Mystery as Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden...