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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.

<i>Doctor Who</i>: The Greatest Mystery and Horror Tales 2005-2015
Blogs
February 17 2017

Doctor Who: The Greatest Mystery and Horror Tales 2005-2015

The Doctor is an alien humanoid over two thousand years old, has two hearts, and has regenerated...
<i>Beautiful Broken Girls</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
February 17 2017

Beautiful Broken Girls: New Excerpt

Beautiful Broken Girls is a stunning release from Kim Savage, the author of the critically acclaimed...
Discount: <i>A Fatal Grace</i> by Louise Penny
Blogs
February 16 2017

Discount: A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny

A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny is the 2007 Agatha Award winner for Best Novel and the 2nd entry in...
Review: <i>Snowed In with Murder</i> by Auralee Wallace
Blogs
February 16 2017

Review: Snowed In with Murder by Auralee Wallace

Snowed In with Murder by Auralee Wallace is the 3rd book in the Otter Lake Mystery series. Take...
Cooking the Books: <i>Pop Goes the Murder</i> by Kristi Abbott
Blogs
February 15 2017

Cooking the Books: Pop Goes the Murder by Kristi Abbott

The 2nd book in Kristi Abbott’s A Popcorn Shop Mystery series is a sassy delight. Set in...
<i>Roux the Day</i> by Linda Wiken: A Visual Guide
Blogs
February 15 2017

Roux the Day by Linda Wiken: A Visual Guide

GIFnotes: Giving you the basic plot summary of an upcoming book with the help of the Graphics Interchange Format. This...
Cozy Bookshelf Shopping List: March, 2017
Blogs
February 15 2017

Cozy Bookshelf Shopping List: March, 2017

Discover (or remember to order) your next cozy with a delightfully convenient shopping list of...
5 New Books to Read this Week: February 14, 2017
Blogs
February 15 2017

5 New Books to Read this Week: February 14, 2017

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Ladies First: Groundbreaking Women in Crime Fiction
Blogs
February 14 2017

Ladies First: Groundbreaking Women in Crime Fiction

Any mystery lover knows how significant Agatha Christie is to the crime-fiction genre. But...
The Best Crime Dramas to Binge Watch Now
Blogs
February 10 2017

The Best Crime Dramas to Binge Watch Now

Oh the joy of binge-watching! Everyone has been talking about a show that you’ve promised...
Announcing 2017’s Audie Awards Nominees
Blogs
February 9 2017

Announcing 2017’s Audie Awards Nominees

The Audio Publishers Association (APA) has recently announced their finalists for the 22nd annual...
Cooking the Books: <i>Dead Cold Brew</i> by Cleo Coyle
Blogs
February 8 2017

Cooking the Books: Dead Cold Brew by Cleo Coyle

It’s easy to see why Cleo Coyle’s Coffeehouse Mystery series is such a bestseller—16...
<i>Dying on the Vine</i> by Marla Cooper: A Visual Guide
Blogs
February 8 2017

Dying on the Vine by Marla Cooper: A Visual Guide

GIFnotes: Giving you the basic plot summary of an upcoming book with the help of the Graphics Interchange Format. This...
My Top 5 Books About Disappearance
Blogs
February 8 2017

My Top 5 Books About Disappearance

I’m a fan of all kinds of crime novels, but a lot of my favorites tend to be linked by...
5 New Books to Read this Week: February 7, 2017
Blogs
February 8 2017

5 New Books to Read this Week: February 7, 2017

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Review: <i>Death, Taxes, and Sweet Potato Fries</i> by Diane Kelly
Blogs
February 3 2017

Review: Death, Taxes, and Sweet Potato Fries by Diane Kelly

Death, Taxes, and Sweet Potato Fries by Diane Kelly is the 11th book in the Tara Holloway series (available...
Cooking the Books: <i>A Death at the Yoga Cafe</i> by Michelle Kelly
Blogs
February 1 2017

Cooking the Books: A Death at the Yoga Cafe by Michelle Kelly

It has been a long time since I’ve identified as readily with the amateur detective heroine...
<i>Bel of the Brawl</i> by Maggie McConnon: A Visual Guide
Blogs
February 1 2017

Bel of the Brawl by Maggie McConnon: A Visual Guide

GIFnotes: Giving you the basic plot summary of an upcoming book with the help of the Graphics Interchange Format. This...
Embracing Hygge: 5 Snowed-in Mysteries to Keep You Cozy Around the Fire
Blogs
February 1 2017

Embracing Hygge: 5 Snowed-in Mysteries to Keep You Cozy Around the Fire

Auralee Wallace is getting hygge with it! The author of the Otter Lake Mystery series gets warm...
Review: <i>Fever in the Dark</i> by Ellen Hart
Blogs
January 30 2017

Review: Fever in the Dark by Ellen Hart

Fever in the Dark by Ellen Hart is the 24th Jane Lawless Mystery (available January 31, 2017). Everyone...
<i>Snowed In with Murder</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
January 30 2017

Snowed In with Murder: New Excerpt

Snowed In with Murder by Auralee Wallace is the 3rd book in the Otter Lake Mystery series (available...
<i>To Catch a Killer</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
January 27 2017

To Catch a Killer: New Excerpt

In To Catch a Killer, a contemporary mystery by debut author Sheryl Scarborough, a teenage girl uses...
Top Female Crime and Mystery Authors
Blogs
January 26 2017

Top Female Crime and Mystery Authors

Crime and mystery fiction’s diversity attracts a broad readership. For instance, I prefer...
Announcing 2017’s Agatha Award Nominees
Blogs
January 26 2017

Announcing 2017’s Agatha Award Nominees

Malice Domestic, an annual convention held in Washington, D.C., honoring the best of the traditional/cozy...
<i>Death, Taxes, and Sweet Potato Fries</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
January 26 2017

Death, Taxes, and Sweet Potato Fries: New Excerpt

Death, Taxes, and Sweet Potato Fries by Diane Kelly is book #11 in the Tara Holloway series (available...
Cooking the Books: <i>Crime and Catnip</i> by T.C. LoTempio
Blogs
January 25 2017

Cooking the Books: Crime and Catnip by T.C. LoTempio

Nick Charles has got to be the best crime-solving animal sidekick I’ve come across in ages....
“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...
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...