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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.

“Vine Country” Cocktail
Blogs
March 24 2017

“Vine Country” Cocktail

What happens when your nice vacation to Wine Country is interrupted by murder? Add bourbon to...
Review: <i>Baker Street Irregulars</i>, Edited by Michael A. Ventrella & Jonathan Maberry
Blogs
March 24 2017

Review: Baker Street Irregulars, Edited by Michael A. Ventrella & Jonathan Maberry

Baker Street Irregulars, edited by Michael A. Ventrella and Jonathan Maberry, features thirteen...
<i>The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
March 23 2017

The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency: New Excerpt

The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency by Mandy Morton is the 1st book in a new series that turns...
Cooking the Books: <i>Cold Pressed Murder</i> by Kelly Lane
Blogs
March 22 2017

Cooking the Books: Cold Pressed Murder by Kelly Lane

In this delightful 2nd installment of the Olive Grove mystery series, Eva Knox collides with...
<i>The Decorator Who Knew Too Much</i> by Diane Vallere: A Visual Guide
Blogs
March 22 2017

The Decorator Who Knew Too Much by Diane Vallere: A Visual Guide

GIFnotes: Giving you the basic plot summary of an upcoming book with the help of the Graphics Interchange Format. Knowledge...
Q&A with Gretchen Archer, Author of <i>Double Up</i>
Blogs
March 21 2017

Q&A with Gretchen Archer, Author of Double Up

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Gretchen Archer, author of the Davis Way Crime Caper series, started writing when her eldest...
Review: <i>Single Malt Murder</i> by Melinda Mullet
Blogs
March 20 2017

Review: Single Malt Murder by Melinda Mullet

Single Malt Murder by Melinda Mullet is the 1st novel in an engaging new series blending fine spirits...
<i>Baker Street Irregulars</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
March 20 2017

Baker Street Irregulars: New Excerpt

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Baker Street Irregulars, edited by Michael A. Ventrella and Jonathan Maberry, features thirteen...
Q&A with Lyndsay Faye, Author of <i>The Whole Art of Detection</i>
Blogs
March 16 2017

Q&A with Lyndsay Faye, Author of The Whole Art of Detection

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Lyndsay Faye is the author of five critically acclaimed books: Dust and Shadow, about Sherlock...
Cozy Bookshelf Shopping List: April, 2017
Blogs
March 15 2017

Cozy Bookshelf Shopping List: April, 2017

Discover (or remember to order) your next cozy with a delightfully convenient shopping list of...
Cooking the Books: <i>Roux the Day</i> by Linda Wiken
Blogs
March 15 2017

Cooking the Books: Roux the Day by Linda Wiken

The 1st book in the Dinner Club Mystery series, Toasting Up Trouble, introduced us to Linda Wiken’s...
<i>If We Were Villains</i> by M. L. Rio: A Visual Guide
Blogs
March 15 2017

If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio: A Visual Guide

GIFnotes: Giving you the basic plot summary of an upcoming book with the help of the Graphics Interchange Format. Intelligent,...
5 New Books to Read this Week: March 14, 2017
Blogs
March 15 2017

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

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Review: <i>Murder at the Fortune Teller’s Table</i> by Janet Finsilver
Blogs
March 15 2017

Review: Murder at the Fortune Teller’s Table by Janet Finsilver

A Murder at the Fortune Teller's Table by Janet Finsilver is the 3rd book in the Kelly Jackson...
Which Mathematical Thriller Is Your Favorite?
Blogs
March 14 2017

Which Mathematical Thriller Is Your Favorite?

March 14th (3.14) is Pi Day! For the last two years, David Cranmer has introduced us to several...
Mathematical Mysteries, Sci-Fi, and Thrillers
Blogs
March 14 2017

Mathematical Mysteries, Sci-Fi, and Thrillers

Math and science enthusiasts come together with the mystery/thriller genres to make arithmetic...
“Guru Bones”: New Excerpt
Excerpts
March 14 2017

“Guru Bones”: New Excerpt

“Guru Bones” by Carolyn Haines is a Sarah Booth Delaney short mystery. Southern-belle-turned-PI...
<i>Double Up</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
March 14 2017

Double Up: New Excerpt

Double Up by Gretchen Archer is the 6th Davis Way Crime Caper (available March 21, 2017).  On...
Review: <i>The Whole Art of Detection</i> by Lyndsay Faye
Blogs
March 9 2017

Review: The Whole Art of Detection by Lyndsay Faye

The Whole Art of Detection: Lost Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes by Lyndsay Faye is a stunning collection...
Cooking the Books: <i>The Silence of the Flans</i> by Laura Bradford
Blogs
March 8 2017

Cooking the Books: The Silence of the Flans by Laura Bradford

Winnie Johnson is back with her delightful cast of friends and neighbors in this second installment...
<i>A Death by Any Other Name</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
March 7 2017

A Death by Any Other Name: New Excerpt

A Death by Any Other Name is the 3rd book in the Lady Montfort Mystery series (available March 14,...
Discount: <i>The Cruelest Month</i> by Louise Penny
Blogs
March 3 2017

Discount: The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny

The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny is the recipient of the 2008 Agatha Award for Best Novel. The Coolest...
Cooking the Books: <i>War and Peach</i> by Susan Furlong
Blogs
March 1 2017

Cooking the Books: War and Peach by Susan Furlong

In this day and age, it’s hard to separate even the most innocent of entertainment from...
Discount: <i>Wicked Autumn</i> by G.M. Malliet
Blogs
March 1 2017

Discount: Wicked Autumn by G.M. Malliet

In anticipation of Devil's Breath (available April 11, 2017), G.M. Malliet's 6th installment...
Now Win <i>This</i>!: The Fourth Paper Caper Sweepstakes
Blogs
February 28 2017

Now Win This!: The Fourth Paper Caper Sweepstakes

We've done it before, and we're doing it again! Don't miss out on a chance to win...
Announcing 2017’s Barry Awards Nominees!
Blogs
February 28 2017

Announcing 2017’s Barry Awards Nominees!

The Barry Awards, which began in 1997, are presented at the annual Bouchercon World Mystery Convention....
Discount: <i>Death Sits Down to Dinner</i> by Tessa Arlen
Blogs
February 27 2017

Discount: Death Sits Down to Dinner by Tessa Arlen

In anticipation of the release of A Death by Any Other Name by Tessa Arlen—the 3rd book in the...
“Sloe Gin with Murder” Cocktail
Blogs
February 24 2017

“Sloe Gin with Murder” Cocktail

What could be worse than being stuck in a snow storm? Unwittingly getting stuck in a snow storm...
<i>Bel of the Brawl</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
February 24 2017

Bel of the Brawl: New Excerpt

Bel of the Brawl by Maggie McConnon is the 2nd book in the Bel McGrath Mysteries series (available...
Cooking the Books: <i>Mission Impawsible</i> by Krista Davis
Blogs
February 22 2017

Cooking the Books: Mission Impawsible by Krista Davis

I’ve greatly enjoyed Krista Davis’s Domestic Diva series, so I was quite excited...