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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>Curried Away</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
December 8 2016

Curried Away: New Excerpt

Curried Away by Gail Oust is the 4th book in the Spice Shop Mystery series (Available December...
Cooking the Books: <i>Bewitched, Bothered, and Biscotti</i> by Bailey Cates
Blogs
December 7 2016

Cooking the Books: Bewitched, Bothered, and Biscotti by Bailey Cates

The second novel in the Magical Bakery series wasn’t the strongest installment for me so...
<i>A Puzzle to Be Named Later</i> by Parnell Hall: A Visual Guide
Blogs
December 7 2016

A Puzzle to Be Named Later by Parnell Hall: A Visual Guide

GIFnotes: Giving you the basic plot summary of an upcoming book with the help of the Graphics Interchange Format. Batter...
5 New Books to Read this Week: December 6, 2016
Blogs
December 7 2016

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

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
<i>Buried in the Country</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
December 7 2016

Buried in the Country: New Excerpt

Buried in the Country is book #4 in the Cornish Mystery series (Available December 13, 2016). After...
Review: <i>Plaid and Plagiarism</i> by Molly MacRae
Blogs
December 6 2016

Review: Plaid and Plagiarism by Molly MacRae

Plaid and Plagiarism by Molly MacRae is the 1st book in the Highland Bookshop Mystery series, where...
<i>Above the Paw</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
December 5 2016

Above the Paw: New Excerpt

Above the Paw by Diane Kelly is the 5th book in the Paw Enforcement series (Available December 6,...
<i>Trigger Yappy</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
December 3 2016

Trigger Yappy: New Excerpt

Trigger Yappy by Diana Orgain is the 2nd book in the Roundup Crew series (Available December...
Holiday Cozy Bookshelf Shopping List
Blogs
December 1 2016

Holiday Cozy Bookshelf Shopping List

December is upon us, and with it comes all the joys and wonders (and murder) of the holiday season!...
Cooking the Books: <i>Brownies and Broomsticks</i> by Bailey Cates
Blogs
November 30 2016

Cooking the Books: Brownies and Broomsticks by Bailey Cates

Several weeks ago, I had the pleasure of reviewing the latest in Bailey Cates’s Magical...
<i>Fudge and Jury</i> by Ellie Alexander: A Visual Guide
Blogs
November 30 2016

Fudge and Jury by Ellie Alexander: A Visual Guide

GIFnotes: Giving you the basic plot summary of an upcoming book with the help of the Graphics Interchange Format. This...
Introducing Peter James TV!
Blogs
November 30 2016

Introducing Peter James TV!

I’m extremely excited to have launched my own YouTube channel, Peter James TV, in which...
5 New Books to Read this Week: November 29, 2016
Blogs
November 30 2016

5 New Books to Read this Week: November 29, 2016

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Review: <i>Glow of Death</i> by Jane K. Cleland
Blogs
November 29 2016

Review: Glow of Death by Jane K. Cleland

Glow of Death by Jane K. Cleland is the 11th Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery (Available November 29,...
Crime/Mystery/Thrillers Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix in December 2016
Blogs
November 28 2016

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

The holidays are usually filled with uplifting, family-focused trite with feel-good endings....
Cooking Through <i>The Nature of the Feast</i>: <i>A Great Reckoning</i> by Louise Penny
Blogs
November 23 2016

Cooking Through The Nature of the Feast: A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny

And this, ladies and gentlemen, is the last book in the Inspector Gamache series to date. It...
<i>Death of a Turkey</i> by Kate Borden: A Visual Guide
Blogs
November 23 2016

Death of a Turkey by Kate Borden: 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: November 22, 2016
Blogs
November 23 2016

5 New Books to Read this Week: November 22, 2016

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
<i>Glow of Death</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
November 21 2016

Glow of Death: New Excerpt

Glow of Death by Jane K. Cleland is the 11th Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery (Available November 29,...
Cooking Through <i>The Nature of the Feast</i>: <i>The Nature of the Beast</i> by Louise Penny
Blogs
November 16 2016

Cooking Through The Nature of the Feast: The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny

Those of you who have been following this column will know that I was not particularly happy...
<i>Pot Luck</i> by Kendel Lynn: A Visual Guide
Blogs
November 16 2016

Pot Luck by Kendel Lynn: 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: November 15, 2016
Blogs
November 16 2016

5 New Books to Read this Week: November 15, 2016

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
<i>Stone Coffin</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
November 16 2016

Stone Coffin: New Excerpt

Stone Coffin by Kjell Eriksson is the 7th book in the Ann Lindell series (Available November 22, 2016). One...
The Gay Detective: Homosexuality in Crime Fiction
Blogs
November 15 2016

The Gay Detective: Homosexuality in Crime Fiction

Read this exclusive guest post from Neil S. Plakcy about the history of homosexuality in crime...
Cozy Bookshelf Shopping List: December, 2016
Blogs
November 15 2016

Cozy Bookshelf Shopping List: December, 2016

Discover (or remember to order) your next cozy with a delightfully convenient shopping list of...
Cooking Through <i>The Nature of the Feast</i>: <i>The Long Way Home</i> by Louise Penny
Blogs
November 9 2016

Cooking Through The Nature of the Feast: The Long Way Home by Louise Penny

I think this is the first time that I have vehemently disagreed with the direction an Inspector...
<i>Curried Away</i> by Gail Oust: A Visual Guide
Blogs
November 9 2016

Curried Away by Gail Oust: 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: November 8, 2016
Blogs
November 9 2016

5 New Books to Read this Week: November 8, 2016

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Which Fictional Sleuth Would You Vote for President?
Blogs
November 8 2016

Which Fictional Sleuth Would You Vote for President?

As the presidential election campaigns end and the polls begin to close, we'd like to take...
<i>Desolation Flats</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
November 8 2016

Desolation Flats: New Excerpt

Desolation Flats by Andrew Hunt is book #3 in the Art Oveson Mystery series (Available November 15,...