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From the Golden Era’s sleuths to today’s idiosyncratic amateurs, these stories favor challenging puzzles, plenty of neighborly suspects, and blatant laughs over graphic sex and violence.

Blogs
July 4 2015

Happy 4th of July: 120 Seconds, $1000 of Fireworks!

For the 4th, we offer this explosive 2 minutes from TeddieFilms, who went into the desert with...
Blogs
June 29 2015

Fresh Meat: A Batter of Life and Death by Ellie Alexander

A Batter of Life and Death by Ellie Alexander is the second book in the Bakeshop Mystery series featuring...
Excerpts
June 26 2015

Lawyer for the Dog: New Excerpt

Lawyer for the Dog by Lee Robinson tells the tale of Sally Baynard, a divorced public defender who's...
Blogs
June 24 2015

Hurry! Voting for The M.O.’s “Wishful Thinking” Ends Tonight!

Time is almost up for our “Wishful Thinking” round of The M.O.! Voting closes tonight...
Blogs
June 23 2015

Now Win This!: Beach Bag Sweepstakes

Safe from sand and spray, readable in bright sun, paperbacks are vacation faves, and we've...
Blogs
June 22 2015

Announcing 2015’s Macavity Award Nominations!

  Awards season continues apace, with a new slate of nominees for the 2015 Macavity...
Blogs
June 16 2015

Cozy Bookshelf Shopping List: July, 2015

Discover (or remember to order) your next cozy with a delightfully convenient shopping list of...
Blogs
June 15 2015

Fresh Meat: Death in Salem by Eleanor Kuhns

Death in Salem by Eleanor Kuhns is the 4th historical mystery in the Will Rees series where an innocent...
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June 12 2015

The M.O.’s Rogues’ Gallery of 2015

In 2015, these mugs committed malfeasance occasional against very short crime fiction—look upon...
Blogs
June 10 2015

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

I’ve got Shirley Jackson on the brain. I just recently finished reading Let Me Tell You, a forthcoming...
Blogs
June 9 2015

Never 8-Legged Chickens, No Matter How Delicious

KFC is a powerful brand in China, and that's why they're suing over the mutant-freak-bird...
Excerpts
June 6 2015

Superfluous Women: New Excerpt

Superfluous Women by Carola Dunn is the 22nd historical cozy in the Daisy Dalrymple series, where...
Blogs
May 29 2015

Sunday, High Noon...Quiz Showdown at BookCon!

This Sunday, May 31st at noon, Criminal Element hosts the Crime Time Quiz Show with authors Jane Cleland,...
Blogs
May 29 2015

“Wishful Thinking” Until Friday Night!

At 11:59p.m. The M.O. submissions close. If your “Wishful Thinking” is still castles in...
Blogs
May 26 2015

Congratulating 2015’s Crimefest Awards Winners!

Congratulations to the following winners from Crimefest 2015, which took place in Bristol, U.K....
Blogs
May 26 2015

Now Win This!: Don’t Blow It Sweepstakes

That's it. Everything is up to you. And you better not mess it up, otherwise you'll never...
Blogs
May 24 2015

Fresh Meat: One Murder More by Kris Calvin

One Murder More by Kris Calvin is the debut mystery in the Maren Kane series about a good-hearted...
Blogs
May 22 2015

Cremains of the Day: A Digital Version of a Deceased Self

In the future, mourners may interact with beloved deceased through virtual reality. Project Elysium...
Original Stories
May 19 2015

“An Unexpected Guest”: Listen Now!

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We're thrilled to have “An Unexpected Guest” to share in audio format! This short...
Blogs
May 18 2015

Fresh Meat: Bone to be Wild by Carolyn Haines

Bone to be Wild by Carolyn Haines is the 15th cozy mystery in the Sarah Booth Delaney series where...
Blogs
May 15 2015

Cozy Bookshelf Shopping List: June, 2015

Discover (or remember to order) your next cozy with a delightfully convenient shopping list of...
Blogs
May 15 2015

Check Out Agatha Raisin at Twenty-Six!

Just look at Agatha Raisin at twenty-six, already having come a long way from the Birmingham...
Blogs
May 12 2015

Now Win This!: The Disappearing Act Sweepstakes

Now you see it, now you don't! Turn away for one second and you'll miss it! Don't...
Blogs
May 12 2015

Fresh Meat: The Body in the Birches by Katherine Hall Page

The Body in the Birches by Katherine Hall Page is the 22nd cozy mystery in the Faith Fairchild series...
Blogs
May 11 2015

Fresh Meat: Anatomy of Evil by Will Thomas

Anatomy of Evil by Will Thomas is the seventh Barker & Llewelyn historical mystery, and in London...
Blogs
May 8 2015

Where Have You Gone, Philo Vance?

In March 1980, Jon L. Breen wrote in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, “The reputation of...
Blogs
May 8 2015

Showdown to Fun: High Noon at BookCon with Us!

On May 31st at noon, during BookCon at NYC's Javits Center, Criminal Element hosts the Crime Time...
Blogs
May 7 2015

Announcing 2015’s Anthony Award Nominees!

This week in awards season brings the Anthony Award nominations, to be conferred during Bouchercon,...
Blogs
May 5 2015

Fresh Meat: Deadly Desires at Honeychurch Hall by Hannah Dennison

Deadly Desires at Honeychurch Hall by Hannah Dennison is the second cozy mystery in this contemporary...
Blogs
May 4 2015

Congratulating 2015’s Agatha Award Winners!

Over the weekend at Malice Domestic, the following nominated works (and their authors) won the Agatha...