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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
June 27 2016

Endeavour: 3.02 “Arcadia” Review

An artist named Simon Hallward is sleeping peacefully in his flat when the clock strikes 5 a.m....
Blogs
June 23 2016

Cooking the Books: The Diva Serves High Tea by Krista Davis

The 10th installment of the Domestic Diva mystery series finds our heroine, Sophie Winston, coming...
Blogs
June 22 2016

5 New Books to Read this Week: June 21, 2016

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Excerpts
June 21 2016

The Curse of Tenth Grave: New Excerpt

The Curse of Tenth Grave is the 10th book in the Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones (Available...
Blogs
June 20 2016

Endeavour 3.01: “Ride” Episode Review

When we last saw our hero Endeavour Morse (Shaun Evans) in Series 2, Episode 4, “Neverland,” things...
Blogs
June 15 2016

Cooking the Books: Éclair and Present Danger by Laura Bradford

This sweet first novel in the Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery series is as much a treat for cozy...
Blogs
June 15 2016

5 New Books to Read this Week: June 14, 2016

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Blogs
June 15 2016

Cozy Bookshelf Shopping List: July, 2016

Discover (or remember to order) your next cozy with a delightfully convenient shopping list of...
Blogs
June 9 2016

YA Paranormal Mysteries: Q&A with Author D. L. Cocchio

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Our literary tastes begin early in our reading life, and classic literature may be the catalyst....
Excerpts
June 9 2016

Fixin’ to Die: New Excerpt

Fixin' to Die by Tonya Kappes is the 1st in the new Kenni Lowry Mystery series, introducing Sheriff...
Blogs
June 8 2016

5 New Books to Read this Week: June 7, 2016

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

Review: A Golden Cage by Shelley Freydont

A Golden Cage by Shelley Freydont is the 2nd Newport Gilded Age Mystery, where headstrong heiress...
Excerpts
June 3 2016

The Haunting of Falcon House: New Excerpt

The Haunting of Falcon House by Eugene Yelchin is a translated children's story about the story...
Blogs
June 1 2016

Cooking the Books: Aunty Lee’s Delights by Ovidia Yu

Mystery novels are my intellectual comfort food, so when a series comes along that combines murder...
Blogs
June 1 2016

5 New Books to Read this Week: May 31, 2016

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Blogs
May 31 2016

Review: Wedding Bel Blues by Maggie McConnon

Wedding Bel Blues is the first book in the new Bel McGrath Mysteries Series (Available today!). Belfast...
Blogs
May 31 2016

CrimeHClue Murder Mystery Game: Solve the Puzzle!

Hello from CrimeHQ! I hope everyone had a wonderful and safe Memorial Day weekend—I know...
Blogs
May 26 2016

Mood, Music, & Mysteries

Every mystery lover knows that the theme music for a TV series helps to sets the mood for the...
Excerpts
May 26 2016

The Underdogs: New Excerpt

The Underdogs by Sara Hammel is a teen mystery with a breathtaking twist (Available May 31, 2016). Who...
Blogs
May 25 2016

An Interview with Louise Penny

Although we all have to patiently wait until August 30th for Louise Penny’s upcoming Inspector...
Excerpts
May 25 2016

Stealing the Countess: New Excerpt

Stealing the Countess is book #13 in the Rushmore McKenzie Series by the Edgar Award winner David...
Blogs
May 24 2016

Antiheroes: Top 5 Reasons a Little Bad Feels So Good

Why do we love heroes with a bit of bad in them? Antiheroes are popping up more and more...
Blogs
May 24 2016

CrimeHClue Murder Mystery Game: Pick the Location

Let’s play a game. Don’t worry, there’ll be no human body puzzle parts...
Excerpts
May 24 2016

Wedding Bel Blues: New Excerpt

Wedding Bel Blues is the first book in the new Bel McGrath Mysteries Series (Available May 31, 2016). Are...
Blogs
May 20 2016

“Rocks-&-Rye Bones” Cocktail

What do you do when a baby is dropped off at your door? I wipe the sweat from my brow, remember...
Excerpts
May 20 2016

The 100 Year Miracle: New Excerpt

The 100 Year Miracle is the latest novel by author Ashley Ream (Available May 24, 2016). Once...
Excerpts
May 18 2016

Seven Days Dead: New Excerpt

Seven Days Dead continues the Emile Cinq-Mars series of crime novels (available May 24, 2015). During...
Blogs
May 15 2016

Cozy Bookshelf Shopping List: June, 2016

Discover (or remember to order) your next cozy with a delightfully convenient shopping list of...
Excerpts
May 15 2016

The Silent Dead: New Excerpt

The Silent Dead is the latest mystery novel by author Tetsuya Honda (Available May 17, 2016). When...
Excerpts
May 14 2016

Rock-a-Bye Bones: New Excerpt

Rock-a-Bye Bones is the 12th book in the Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery series (Available May 17, 2016). Sarah...