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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
May 4 2016

Fresh Meat: Sent to the Devil by Laura Lebow

Sent to the Devil by Laura Lebow is the 2nd Lorenzo Da Ponte historical mystery. “You!...
Blogs
May 4 2016

5 New Books to Read this Week: May 3, 2016

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Excerpts
May 4 2016

Against the Paw: New Excerpt

Against the Paw by Diane Kelly is the 4th installment of the Paw Enforcement series (Available now!). Megan...
Blogs
May 3 2016

Is Your Favorite Mystery Book a TV Series?

You’ve read all the books in your favorite mystery series. The description of the characters...
Blogs
May 2 2016

What Became of Downton Abbey?

When Downton Abbey finally ended after six glorious seasons, I don’t think I was alone...
Blogs
May 2 2016

Grantchester 2.06: Episode Review

It’s the last episode of Series 2, and we’re still dealing with the fallout from...
Blogs
May 2 2016

Q&A with Dan Newman, Author of The Clearing

Dan Newman spent most of his life traveling and writing. Now, fortunately for us, some of those...
Excerpts
May 2 2016

Sayonara Slam: New Excerpt

Sayonara Slam by Naomi Hirahara is the 6th Mas Arai Mystery featuring the most unlikely of sleuths...
Excerpts
May 1 2016

An Old Fashioned Murder: New Excerpt

An Old Fashioned Murder by Carol Miller is the 3rd Moonshine Mystery (Available May 3, 2016). After...
Blogs
April 29 2016

“A Death Along the River Peat”

We all love a good mystery—but I prefer the butler bring me a nice cocktail at the end...
Excerpts
April 29 2016

Bloodroot: New Excerpt

Bloodroot by Cynthia Riggs is the 12th Martha's Vineyard Mystery (Available May 3, 2016). It's...
Blogs
April 27 2016

5 New Books to Read this Week: April 27, 2016

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Blogs
April 26 2016

Q&A with Katherine Hall Page, Recipient of This Year’s Agatha Lifetime Achievement Award

Karen Hall Page, author of the Faith Fairchild series—the newest of which, The Body in...
Blogs
April 26 2016

A Killer Ball at Honeychurch Hall: New Excerpt

A Killer Ball at Honeychurch Hall by Hannah Dennison is the 3rd installment of the Honeychurch Hall...
Blogs
April 25 2016

Grantchester 2.05: Episode Review

Amanda (Morven Christie) has thrown herself into Sidney’s campaign to have Gary Bell released...
Blogs
April 25 2016

Murphy’s Law by Rhys Bowen

Murphy's Law by Rhys Bowen is the first entry in the popular Molly Murphy Mysteries series. It...
Blogs
April 25 2016

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

April showers bring May flowers, which sadly rings true in the world of streaming media, as Netflix...
Blogs
April 20 2016

Q&A with Susanna Calkins, Author of A Death Along the River Fleet and Mary Higgins Clark Award Nominee

Susanna Calkins, author of A Death Along the River Fleet — the 4th Lucy Campion...
Blogs
April 18 2016

Grantchester 2.04: Episode Review

We’re back to the Gary Bell story from Episode 1, in which Gary is on trial for murder...
Excerpts
April 17 2016

Design for Dying: New Excerpt

Design for Dying by Renee Patrick is the 1st in the new Lillian Frost & Edith Head series (Available...
Blogs
April 15 2016

Sherlock Holmes-Inspired Travel Mug

We all have our addictions—for a lot of us, it’s caffeine. Fuel your addiction (or...
Blogs
April 14 2016

Q&A with Lily Gardner, Author of Betting Blind

Lily Gardner, author of Betting Blind—the 2nd Lennox Cooper Mystery—was kind enough...
Blogs
April 14 2016

Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny

Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny is the 6th Chief Inspector Gamache Mystery, and the winner of the 2010...
Excerpts
April 13 2016

Double Knot: New Excerpt

Double Knot by Gretchen Archer is the 5th Davis Way Crime Caper that sees Super Spy Davis Way trapped...
Blogs
April 12 2016

The Success of the British Whodunits

Ever since Sir Arthur Conan Doyle penned the popular stiff-upper-lip stories concerning a very...
Blogs
April 11 2016

Grantchester 2.03: Episode Review

Things between Sidney Chambers (James Norton) and Margaret Ward (Seline Hizli) have progressed...
Excerpts
April 9 2016

Murder on the Hour: New Excerpt

Murder on the Hour by Elizabeth J. Duncan is the 7th Penny Brannigan Mystery (Available April 12,...
Blogs
April 7 2016

A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny

A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny is the 2007 Agatha Award winner for “Best Novel,” and the...
Blogs
April 1 2016

The Best Female Sleuths in Pop Culture, Part II

Sleuth fans, we’re back again, and this time with an even longer list of the best women...
Excerpts
April 1 2016

Sent to the Devil: New Excerpt

Sent to the Devil by Laura Lebow mixes opera and intrigue as Court Poet Lorenzo Da Ponte's friend...