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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
May 24 2016

Antiheroes: Top 5 Reasons a Little Bad Feels So Good

Why do we love heroes with a bit of bad in them? Antiheroes are popping up more and more...
Blogs
May 24 2016

CrimeHClue Murder Mystery Game: Pick the Location

Let’s play a game. Don’t worry, there’ll be no human body puzzle parts...
Excerpts
May 24 2016

Wedding Bel Blues: New Excerpt

Wedding Bel Blues is the first book in the new Bel McGrath Mysteries Series (Available May 31, 2016). Are...
Blogs
May 20 2016

“Rocks-&-Rye Bones” Cocktail

What do you do when a baby is dropped off at your door? I wipe the sweat from my brow, remember...
Excerpts
May 20 2016

The 100 Year Miracle: New Excerpt

The 100 Year Miracle is the latest novel by author Ashley Ream (Available May 24, 2016). Once...
Excerpts
May 18 2016

Seven Days Dead: New Excerpt

Seven Days Dead continues the Emile Cinq-Mars series of crime novels (available May 24, 2015). During...
Blogs
May 15 2016

Cozy Bookshelf Shopping List: June, 2016

Discover (or remember to order) your next cozy with a delightfully convenient shopping list of...
Excerpts
May 15 2016

The Silent Dead: New Excerpt

The Silent Dead is the latest mystery novel by author Tetsuya Honda (Available May 17, 2016). When...
Excerpts
May 14 2016

Rock-a-Bye Bones: New Excerpt

Rock-a-Bye Bones is the 12th book in the Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery series (Available May 17, 2016). Sarah...
Blogs
May 13 2016

Q&A with Michael Allen Dymmoch, Author of Courtin’ Murder in West Wheeling

Michael Allen Dymmoch, author of Courtin' Murder in West Wheeling, found time in her busy...
Blogs
May 12 2016

Q&A with Diane Kelly, Author of Against the Paw

Diane Kelly, author of the Paw Enforcement series—the latest of which, Against the Paw,...
Excerpts
May 12 2016

Boar Island: New Excerpt

Boar Island is the 19th book in the Anna Pigeon Series (Available May 17, 2016). Anna Pigeon,...
Blogs
May 11 2016

5 New Books to Read this Week: May 10, 2016

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Blogs
May 10 2016

Paranormal Cozy Mysteries Are Out-Of-This-World Fun

The fictional sleuths who solve crime are more fun when there’s an element of surprise...
Blogs
May 10 2016

CrimeHClue Murder Mystery Game: Pick the Murderer

Let’s play a game. Don’t worry, there’ll be no human body puzzle parts...
Blogs
May 10 2016

Nero Wolfe Redux: A Conversation with Robert Goldsborough

Rex Stout’s beer-drinking, reclusive, genius detective, Nero Wolfe, was introduced to the...
Excerpts
May 10 2016

Courtin’ Murder in West Wheeling: New Excerpt

Courtin' Murder in West Wheeling by Michael Allen Dymmoch follows Sheriff Homer Deters as he has...
Blogs
May 6 2016

7 Summer Cocktails to Die For

Carol Miller, author of the Moonshine Mystery series—the latest of which, An Old Fashioned...
Blogs
May 4 2016

Fresh Meat: Sent to the Devil by Laura Lebow

Sent to the Devil by Laura Lebow is the 2nd Lorenzo Da Ponte historical mystery. “You!...
Blogs
May 4 2016

5 New Books to Read this Week: May 3, 2016

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Excerpts
May 4 2016

Against the Paw: New Excerpt

Against the Paw by Diane Kelly is the 4th installment of the Paw Enforcement series (Available now!). Megan...
Blogs
May 3 2016

Is Your Favorite Mystery Book a TV Series?

You’ve read all the books in your favorite mystery series. The description of the characters...
Blogs
May 2 2016

What Became of Downton Abbey?

When Downton Abbey finally ended after six glorious seasons, I don’t think I was alone...
Blogs
May 2 2016

Grantchester 2.06: Episode Review

It’s the last episode of Series 2, and we’re still dealing with the fallout from...
Blogs
May 2 2016

Q&A with Dan Newman, Author of The Clearing

Dan Newman spent most of his life traveling and writing. Now, fortunately for us, some of those...
Excerpts
May 2 2016

Sayonara Slam: New Excerpt

Sayonara Slam by Naomi Hirahara is the 6th Mas Arai Mystery featuring the most unlikely of sleuths...
Excerpts
May 1 2016

An Old Fashioned Murder: New Excerpt

An Old Fashioned Murder by Carol Miller is the 3rd Moonshine Mystery (Available May 3, 2016). After...
Blogs
April 29 2016

“A Death Along the River Peat”

We all love a good mystery—but I prefer the butler bring me a nice cocktail at the end...
Excerpts
April 29 2016

Bloodroot: New Excerpt

Bloodroot by Cynthia Riggs is the 12th Martha's Vineyard Mystery (Available May 3, 2016). It's...
Blogs
April 27 2016

5 New Books to Read this Week: April 27, 2016

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