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“Requiem for a Mezcal” Cocktail
Blogs
January 20 2017

“Requiem for a Mezcal” Cocktail

What do actors do when they sense danger? Play dead! We promise that this week's Pick...
What Makes Agatha Christie’s <i>And Then There Were None</i> Everyone’s Favorite Murder Spree?
Blogs
January 20 2017

What Makes Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None Everyone’s Favorite Murder Spree?

When my son was little, he wouldn't read. There were too many other exciting ways to absorb...
<i>Fever in the Dark</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
January 20 2017

Fever in the Dark: New Excerpt

Fever in the Dark by Ellen Hart is the 24th Jane Lawless Mystery (available January 31, 2017). On...
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>Keys to Nowhere</i> by Dorothy H. Hayes
Blogs
January 19 2017

Review: Keys to Nowhere by Dorothy H. Hayes

Keys to Nowhere by Dorothy H. Hayes is the 3rd volume in the Carol Rossi Mystery series. Read...
Discount: <i>First Grave on the Right</i> by Darynda Jones
Blogs
January 19 2017

Discount: First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones

First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones is the smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces...
Cooking the Books: <i>The Good, the Bad and the Guacamole</i> by Rebecca Adler
Blogs
January 18 2017

Cooking the Books: The Good, the Bad and the Guacamole by Rebecca Adler

A music festival has come to the small town of Broken Boot, Texas, and while it’s certainly...
<i>Bookman Dead Style</i> by Paige Shelton: A Visual Guide
Blogs
January 18 2017

Bookman Dead Style by Paige Shelton: A Visual Guide

GIFnotes: Giving you the basic plot summary of an upcoming book with the help of the Graphics Interchange Format. This...
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...
<i>A Death at the Yoga Cafe</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
January 18 2017

A Death at the Yoga Cafe: New Excerpt

A Death at the Yoga Cafe by Michelle Kelly is book #2 in the Keeley Carpenter series (available January...
Charley Davidson’s Crime-Solving Tips (Supernatural Abilities Required)
Blogs
January 17 2017

Charley Davidson’s Crime-Solving Tips (Supernatural Abilities Required)

In celebration of Darynda Jones's newest Charley Davidson mystery, Eleventh Grave in Moonlight...
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...
Cozy Case Files Sampler
Blogs
January 17 2017

Cozy Case Files Sampler

We here at Criminal Element love cozies. They provide laughter and mirth—sleuths drawn with...
<i>Requiem for a Mezzo</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
January 17 2017

Requiem for a Mezzo: New Excerpt

Requiem for a Mezzo by Carola Dunn is the 3rd book in the Daisy Dalrymple series, now beautifully...
Review: <i>A Puzzle to Be Named Later</i> by Parnell Hall
Blogs
January 16 2017

Review: A Puzzle to Be Named Later by Parnell Hall

A Puzzle to Be Named Later by Parnell Hall is the 18th book in the Puzzle Lady Mystery series (available...
<i>Eleventh Grave in Moonlight</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
January 16 2017

Eleventh Grave in Moonlight: New Excerpt

Grim Reaper Charley Davidson is back in Eleventh Grave in Moonlight, the latest installment of...
Cozy Bookshelf Shopping List: February, 2017
Blogs
January 15 2017

Cozy Bookshelf Shopping List: February, 2017

Discover (or remember to order) your next cozy with a delightfully convenient shopping list of...
Win the First 10 Agatha Raisin Books!
Blogs
January 13 2017

Win the First 10 Agatha Raisin Books!

M.C. Beaton has been writing Agatha Raisin books for 25 years now, and it's taken that long...
<i>A Puzzle to Be Named Later</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
January 13 2017

A Puzzle to Be Named Later: New Excerpt

A Puzzle to Be Named Later by Parnell Hall is the 18th book in the Puzzle Lady Mystery series (available...
Cooking the Books: <i>A Killer Kebab</i> by Susannah Hardy
Blogs
January 11 2017

Cooking the Books: A Killer Kebab by Susannah Hardy

This 3rd installment of the Greek to Me Mystery series sees our heroine, Georgie Nikolopatos,...
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...
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...
Cooking the Books: <i>Magic and Macaroons</i> by Bailey Cates
Blogs
January 4 2017

Cooking the Books: Magic and Macaroons by Bailey Cates

Our heroine, Katie Lightfoot, is just finishing up a meeting of her Spellbook Club (read: coven)...
<i>A Death at the Yoga Café</i> by Michelle Kelly: A Visual Guide
Blogs
January 4 2017

A Death at the Yoga Café by Michelle Kelly: A Visual Guide

GIFnotes: Giving you the basic plot summary of an upcoming book with the help of the Graphics Interchange Format. This...
5 New Books to Read this Week: January 3, 2017
Blogs
January 4 2017

5 New Books to Read this Week: January 3, 2017

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Which Sherlock Holmes Story Is Your Favorite?
Blogs
January 3 2017

Which Sherlock Holmes Story Is Your Favorite?

When Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created his most famous detective over a century ago, no one could...
Crime/Mystery/Thrillers Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix in January 2017
Blogs
January 2 2017

Crime/Mystery/Thrillers Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix in January 2017

With the holidays over and a new year ahead, Netflix has made a promising start with a good amount...
<i>A Pinch of Poison</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
January 2 2017

A Pinch of Poison: New Excerpt

A Pinch of Poison by Alyssa Maxwell is the 2nd book in the Lady & Lady's Maid Mystery series,...
Cooking the Books: <i>Some Enchanted Éclair</i> by Bailey Cates
Blogs
December 28 2016

Cooking the Books: Some Enchanted Éclair by Bailey Cates

Hollywood has come to Savannah, Georgia, making for hectic days at the Honeybee Bakery. Part-owner...
Best Books of 2016
Blogs
December 28 2016

Best Books of 2016

2016 was a MONSTER year for books! From a new John Hart to Louise Penny's 12th Inspector...