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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
September 30 2016

“Southern Hospitali-Teetotaled” Cocktail

Just because you're penniless and living in Manhattan—and alcohol is illegal—doesn't...
Blogs
September 29 2016

Review: Soulmates by Jessica Grose

Soulmates by Jessica Grose is a novel of marriage, meditation, and all the spaces in between—a...
Excerpts
September 29 2016

All the Little Liars: New Excerpt

All the Little Liars by Charlaine Harris is the 9th book in the Aurora Teagarden Series (Available...
Blogs
September 28 2016

Cooking Through The Nature of the Feast: A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny

I love manor mystery novels—you know the kind—where a group of guests stays at a...
Blogs
September 26 2016

Agatha Raisin 1.08: “The Murderous Marriage” Episode Review

Our season is at an end, and it couldn’t have been a more exciting finale. The entire season...
Blogs
September 26 2016

Crime/Mystery/Thrillers Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix in October 2016

October—literally the best month of the year. Unfortunately, Netflix seems to have missed...
Blogs
September 21 2016

Cooking Through The Nature of the Feast: The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny

Easter has come to Three Pines! In this time of resurrection and renewal, one of the owners of...
Blogs
September 21 2016

5 New Books to Read this Week: September 20, 2016

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Blogs
September 19 2016

Agatha Raisin 1.07: “Witch of Wyckhadden” Episode Review

This episode has a mysterious start, and—spoiler alert—it’s the best episode...
Excerpts
September 19 2016

Deadly Legacy: New Excerpt

Deadly Legacy by Daniella Bernett is the sequel to Lead Me Into Danger and the 2nd book in the Emmeline...
Blogs
September 17 2016

The Best Mysteries Set in New Orleans

New Orleans...it’s not all King Cakes and muffuletta sandwiches and balconies adorned with...
Blogs
September 16 2016

“Brandy Crusta” Cocktail for Bouchercon 2016!

Bouchercon 2016 is this weekend, held in the New Orleans, Louisiana—a city with a rich...
Excerpts
September 16 2016

Protectors 2: Heroes

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The good folks who run Bouchercon have announced the 2016 Anthony Award nominees, and I’m...
Blogs
September 15 2016

The New Orleans Setting for Unrepentant: Pray for Us Sinners

New Orleans is a city that is rich in music, cuisine, and Mardi Gras mania. Its summers are known...
Blogs
September 15 2016

Review: Pushing Up Daisies by M.C. Beaton

Pushing Up Daisies by M.C. Beaton is the 27th book in the Agatha Raisin series (Available September...
Blogs
September 15 2016

Cozy Bookshelf Shopping List: October, 2016

Discover (or remember to order) your next cozy with a delightfully convenient shopping list of...
Blogs
September 14 2016

Cooking Through The Nature of the Feast: A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny

It’s been over a year since murder threw its long shadow over the village of Three Pines....
Blogs
September 14 2016

5 New Books to Read this Week: September 13, 2016

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Excerpts
September 14 2016

An Obvious Fact: New Excerpt

An Obvious Fact by Craig Johnson is the 12th novel in the New York Times bestselling Longmire series,...
Blogs
September 13 2016

11 of the Best Fictional Island Cops

Most of us love the idea of islands—their beauty, their singularity, their separation from...
Blogs
September 12 2016

Agatha Raisin 1.06: “The Day the Floods Came” Episode Review

This episode is all about a bride, but don’t get too excited, the bride is not Agatha Raisin...
Blogs
September 9 2016

“Death on the Beach” Cocktail

Ahhhh, the beach. Nothing says Relaxation with a capital R like the rythmic sounds of the waves...
Blogs
September 9 2016

Review: Sun, Sand, Murder by John Keyse-Walker

Sun, Sand, Murder by John Keyse-Walker is the debut novel from the Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers...
Blogs
September 8 2016

Review: Closed Casket by Sophie Hannah

Closed Casket by Sophie Hannah is the newest Hercule Poirot novel, continuing the legacy of Agatha...
Blogs
September 7 2016

Cooking Through The Nature of the Feast: Still Life by Louise Penny

I have a confession to make: The first Louise Penny book I read was How the Light Gets In, and...
Blogs
September 7 2016

A Terrible Beauty by Tasha Alexander: A Visual Guide

GIFnotes: Giving you the basic plot summary of an upcoming book with the help of the Graphics...
Blogs
September 7 2016

5 New Books to Read this Week: September 6, 2016

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Excerpts
September 7 2016

Death of an Avid Reader: New Excerpt

Death of an Avid Reader by Frances Brody is the 6th Kate Shackleton Mystery, featuring an intricate...
Blogs
September 5 2016

Agatha Raisin 1.05: “The Vicious Vet” Episode Review

Agatha Raisin (Ashley Jensen) is still having no luck on the relationship front. Things aren’t...
Excerpts
September 5 2016

Sun, Sand, Murder: New Excerpt

Sun, Sand, Murder by John Keyse-Walker is the debut novel from the Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers...