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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 27 2016

Cooking the Books: Death at the Day Lily Cafe by Wendy Sand Eckel

What a delightfully thoughtful cozy mystery!  Our heroine, Rosalie Hart, has just achieved...
Blogs
July 27 2016

5 New Books to Read this Week: July 26, 2016

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Excerpts
July 27 2016

Die Like an Eagle: New Excerpt

Die Like an Eagle by Donna Andrews is another zany Meg Langslow mystery, filled with the spirit...
Excerpts
July 26 2016

What Murder Weapon Are You?

If you're a fan of Criminal Element, then it stands to reason that you know a thing or two about...
Excerpts
July 26 2016

Blue Moon: New Excerpt

Blue Moon by Wendy Corsi Staub is the 2nd book in her series featuring Mundy's Landing—a...
Blogs
July 25 2016

Review: Murder on Brittany Shores by Jean-Luc Bannalec

Murder on Brittany Shores is a superbly plotted mystery that marks the return of Jean-Luc Bannalec's...
Blogs
July 25 2016

New Series 4 Sherlock Trailer Suggests a Darker Direction

The San Diego Comic Con looks like it’s all coming up Cumberbatch. Along with the release...
Blogs
July 20 2016

Cooking the Books: Aunty Lee’s Chilled Revenge by Ovidia Yu

The 3rd novel in Ovidia Yu’s Singaporean mystery series finds Aunty Lee laid up with a...
Blogs
July 20 2016

Mysteries Set in the Caribbean

The golden sands, verdant hills, and crystalline waters of the Caribbean Sea have called to authors...
Blogs
July 20 2016

5 New Books to Read this Week: July 19, 2016

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

Murder on Brittany Shores: New Excerpt

Murder on Brittany Shores is a superbly plotted mystery that marks the return of Jean-Luc Bannalec's...
Blogs
July 19 2016

Why Sherlock Holmes Could Be Summoned for Jury Duty in the 21st Century—and How He Might Feel About It

It’s not always easy to find jurors when you need them. And, in London, as on our side...
Blogs
July 18 2016

Review: The Baker Street Jurors by Michael Robertson

The Baker Street Jurors by Michael Robertson is the 5th book in the Baker Street Letters series (Available...
Blogs
July 18 2016

Review: The Branson Beauty by Claire Booth

The Branson Beauty by Claire Booth is the debut book in the Sheriff Hank Worth Mystery series. (Available...
Excerpts
July 18 2016

Death at the Day Lily Cafe : New Excerpt

Death at the Day Lily Cafe by Wendy Sand Eckel is the 2nd book in the Rosalie Hart Series (Available...
Excerpts
July 15 2016

The Branson Beauty: New Excerpt

The Branson Beauty by Claire Booth is the debut book in the Sheriff Hank Worth Mystery series. (Available...
Blogs
July 14 2016

Q&A with Ellie Alexander, Author of Caught Bread Handed

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We peppered Ellie Alexander, author of Caught Bread Handed, with some questions and she was gracious...
Blogs
July 13 2016

Die Like an Eagle by Donna Andrews: A Visual Guide

GIFnotes: Giving you the basic plot summary of an upcoming book with the help of the Graphics...
Blogs
July 13 2016

5 New Books to Read this Week: July 12, 2016

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Blogs
July 12 2016

Review: Arsenic with Austen by Katherine Bolger Hyde

Arsenic with Austen by Katherine Bolger Hyde is the 1st book in the new Crime with the Classics series. It...
Excerpts
July 12 2016

Outfoxed: New Excerpt

Outfoxed by David Rosenfelt is the 14th book in the Andy Carpenter series (Available July 19,...
Blogs
July 11 2016

Review: Read to Death by Terrie Farley Moran

Read to Death by Terrie Farley Moran is the 3rd book in the Read ‘Em and Eat cozy mystery series. In...
Blogs
July 11 2016

Endeavour 3.04: “Coda” Episode Review

At the gangster’s funeral, police officers and journalists are tucked none too discreetly...
Blogs
July 7 2016

Now Win This!: True Colors Sweepstakes

Sooner or later, everyone shows their true colors. Travel through the full spectrum by registering...
Excerpts
July 7 2016

Among the Wicked: New Excerpt

Among the Wicked by Linda Castillo is the 8th book in the Kate Burkholder Series (Available July 12,...
Blogs
July 6 2016

Murder on Brittany Shores by Jean-Luc Bannalec: A Visual Guide

GIFnotes: Giving you the basic plot summary of an upcoming book with the help of the Graphics...
Blogs
July 6 2016

Classic Mysteries and Mysterious Classics

Read this exclusive guest post from Katherine Bolger Hyde, author of Arsenic with Austen,...
Blogs
July 6 2016

5 New Books to Read this Week: July 5, 2016

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Excerpts
July 6 2016

Arsenic with Austen: New Excerpt

Arsenic with Austen by Katherine Bolger Hyde is the 1st book in the Crime with the Classics Series...
Blogs
July 4 2016

Endeavour 3.03: “Prey” Episode Review

Bach’s “Mass in B Minor” wafts through our speakers as the montage begins....