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Discount: <i>A Rule Against Murder</i> by Louise Penny
Blogs
April 28 2017

Discount: A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny

A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny is the 4th book in the Chief Inspector Gamache Mystery series....
2017 Edgar Award Winners
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April 28 2017

2017 Edgar Award Winners

Last night, the Mystery Writers of America presented the 71st annual Edgar Allan Poe Awards at...
<i>Love & Death in Burgundy</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
April 28 2017

Love & Death in Burgundy: New Excerpt

Love & Death in Burgundy is an atmospheric mystery novel filled with good Chablis, french cheese,...
Loving the Unlikable: My Favorite Female Characters
Blogs
April 27 2017

Loving the Unlikable: My Favorite Female Characters

Creating an unlikeable but compelling character is perhaps one of the most difficult components...
<i>The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes</i> by Leonard Goldberg: A Visual Guide
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April 26 2017

The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes by Leonard Goldberg: 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: April 25, 2017
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April 26 2017

5 New Books to Read this Week: April 25, 2017

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Q&A with Carolyn Haines, Author of <i>Sticks and Bones</i>
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April 24 2017

Q&A with Carolyn Haines, Author of Sticks and Bones

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Carolyn Haines, author of the Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery series, is originally from Mississippi...
Cover Reveal: <i>Glass Houses</i> by Louise Penny
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April 24 2017

Cover Reveal: Glass Houses by Louise Penny

Glass Houses will be the 13th novel in Louise Penny's Chief Inspector Armand Gamache...
Crime/Mystery/Thrillers Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix in May 2017
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April 24 2017

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

Finally! The month of May is a good one for fans of crime/mystery/thriller entertainment (as...
<i>Murder Is for Keeps</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
April 24 2017

Murder Is for Keeps: New Excerpt

Murder Is for Keeps by Elizabeth J. Duncan is the 8th book in the Penny Brannigan Mystery series (available...
<i>Murderous Mayhem at Honeychurch Hall</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
April 23 2017

Murderous Mayhem at Honeychurch Hall: New Excerpt

Murderous Mayhem at Honeychurch Hall by Hannah Dennison is the 4th book in the Honeychurch Hall series...
Cooking the Books: <i>Fogged Inn</i> by Barbara Ross
Blogs
April 21 2017

Cooking the Books: Fogged Inn by Barbara Ross

Fogged Inn by Barbara Ross is the 4th book in the Maine Clambake Mystery series, nominated for...
Review: <i>Flamingo Road</i> by Sasscer Hill
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April 21 2017

Review: Flamingo Road by Sasscer Hill

Flamingo Road by Sasscer Hill is the 1st book in the Fia McKee Mystery series (available April 18,...
<i>Trumpet of Death</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
April 21 2017

Trumpet of Death: New Excerpt

Trumpet of Death by Cynthia Riggs is the 13th book in the Martha’s Vineyard Mystery series...
Review: <i>Say No More</i> by Hank Phillippi Ryan
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April 20 2017

Review: Say No More by Hank Phillippi Ryan

Say No More by Hank Phillippi Ryan is the 5th book in the Jane Ryland series, nominated for an Agatha...
Cooking the Books: <i>Musseled Out</i> by Barbara Ross
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April 19 2017

Cooking the Books: Musseled Out by Barbara Ross

Barbara Ross is back to her best in this gripping tale that takes a good hard look at the lives...
<i>Ivy Get Your Gun</i> by Cindy Brown: A Visual Guide
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April 19 2017

Ivy Get Your Gun by Cindy Brown: A Visual Guide

GIFnotes: Giving you the basic plot summary of an upcoming book with the help of the Graphics Interchange Format. This...
Review: <i>Body on the Bayou</i> by Ellen Byron
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April 19 2017

Review: Body on the Bayou by Ellen Byron

Body on the Bayou by Ellen Byron is the 2nd book in the Cajun Country Mystery series, nominated...
Vote for the Agatha Award for Best Novel!
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April 18 2017

Vote for the Agatha Award for Best Novel!

    Tell us what you chose and why in the comments below!
Review: <i>Quiet Neighbors</i> by Catriona McPherson
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April 18 2017

Review: Quiet Neighbors by Catriona McPherson

Quiet Neighbors by Catriona McPherson is both cozy and creepy, weaving together the lives, lies, and...
Review: <i>A Great Reckoning</i> by Louise Penny
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April 17 2017

Review: A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny

A Great Reckoning by New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny is the 12th mystery...
Cozy Bookshelf Shopping List: May, 2017
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April 15 2017

Cozy Bookshelf Shopping List: May, 2017

Discover (or remember to order) your next cozy with a delightfully convenient shopping list of...
“Pink Flamingo Road” Cocktail
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April 14 2017

“Pink Flamingo Road” Cocktail

What could you possibly add to a book with horse racing, gambling, and gangsters? The only logical...
Review: <i>Design for Dying</i> by Renee Patrick
Blogs
April 14 2017

Review: Design for Dying by Renee Patrick

Design for Dying by Renee Patrick is the 1st book in the Lillian Frost & Edith Head series, nominated...
Review: <i>Devil’s Breath</i> by G. M. Malliet
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April 14 2017

Review: Devil’s Breath by G. M. Malliet

Devil's Breath by G. M. Malliet is the 6th book in the Max Tudor series. I’ve always...
<i>Flamingo Road</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
April 14 2017

Flamingo Road: New Excerpt

Flamingo Road by Sasscer Hill is the 1st book in the Fia McKee Mystery series (available April 18,...
A Pioneering Profiler and His Fictional Forerunners
Blogs
April 13 2017

A Pioneering Profiler and His Fictional Forerunners

Read this exclusive guest post from Michael Cannell, author of Incendiary: The Psychiatrist,...
Review: <i>Decanting a Murder</i> by Nadine Nettmann
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April 13 2017

Review: Decanting a Murder by Nadine Nettmann

Decanting a Murder by Nadine Nettmann is the 1st book in the Sommelier Mystery series, nominated for...
Cooking the Books: <i>Boiled Over</i> by Barbara Ross
Blogs
April 12 2017

Cooking the Books: Boiled Over by Barbara Ross

With the loss of the Snowden Family Clambake Company no longer imminent, our heroine Julia Snowden...
5 New Books to Read this Week: April 11, 2017
Blogs
April 12 2017

5 New Books to Read this Week: April 11, 2017

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