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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
August 30 2016

Review: A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny

A Great Reckoning by New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny is the 12th mystery...
Blogs
August 29 2016

Agatha Raisin 1.04: “The Potted Gardener” Episode Review

This week, the village of Carsley is plagued by joy riders. The episode opens with a yellow car...
Blogs
August 29 2016

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

After an admittedly tepid August, September comes out swinging with a superb list of newly added...
Excerpts
August 26 2016

Death Among the Doilies: New Excerpt

Death Among the Doilies by Mollie Cox Bryan is the 1st Cora Crafts Mystery, featuring crafting tips...
Excerpts
August 25 2016

Pumpkin Picking with Murder: New Excerpt

Pumpkin Picking with Murder is the 2nd book in Auralee Wallace's Otter Lake Mystery series (Available...
Blogs
August 24 2016

5 New Books to Read this Week: August 23, 2016

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Excerpts
August 24 2016

A Great Reckoning: New Excerpt

A Great Reckoning by New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny is the 12th mystery...
Excerpts
August 23 2016

Repo Madness: New Excerpt

Ruddy McCann is back in Repo Madness—the laugh-out-loud, thrilling adventure from bestselling...
Blogs
August 22 2016

Review: Waking Up Dead by Nigel Williams

Waking Up Dead by Nigel Williams is both a screamingly funny cozy mystery and startlingly strange...
Blogs
August 22 2016

Agatha Raisin 1.03: “The Wellspring of Death” Episode Review

“The Wellspring of Death” opens in the village of Ancombe, as we toggle back and...
Blogs
August 22 2016

Inspector Lewis 8.03 Series Finale: “What Lies Tangled” Episode Review

Youthful professor Adam Capstone, being all perky first thing in the a.m., glances out his office...
Excerpts
August 22 2016

Wedding Bell Blues: New Excerpt

Wedding Bell Blues by Ruth Moose is the 2nd Dixie Dew Beth McKenzie Mystery (Available August 23,...
Blogs
August 18 2016

Why Wait? Writing as a Second Career.

I used to be a lawyer. Not one of the flashy types, not a criminal lawyer with headline-grabbing...
Blogs
August 17 2016

Cooking the Books: The Calamity Café by Gayle Leeson

This promising first novel in the Down South Café Mystery series introduces us to Amy...
Excerpts
August 17 2016

A Great Reckoning: Audio Excerpt

A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny is the 12th Chief Inspector Gamache novel from the #1 New York Times...
Blogs
August 17 2016

5 New Books to Read this Week: August 16, 2016

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Blogs
August 16 2016

Review: Wedding Bell Blues by Ruth Moose

Wedding Bell Blues by Ruth Moose is the 2nd Dixie Dew Beth McKenzie Mystery (Available August 23,...
Excerpts
August 16 2016

Waking Up Dead: New Excerpt

Waking Up Dead by Nigel Williams is both a screamingly funny cozy mystery and startlingly strange...
Blogs
August 15 2016

Agatha Raisin 1.02: “Hell’s Bells” Episode Review

Our normal, serene helicopter view of the village of Carsely in the Cotswolds, usually accompanied...
Blogs
August 15 2016

Cozy Bookshelf Shopping List: September, 2016

Discover (or remember to order) your next cozy with a delightfully convenient shopping list of...
Excerpts
August 11 2016

Rob Thy Neighbor: New Excerpt

Rob Thy Neighbor by David Thurlo is the 3rd book in the Charlie Henry Mystery series (Available August...
Blogs
August 10 2016

Cooking the Books: Read To Death by Terrie Farley Moran

Fans of this bookstore mystery series will love plunging back into the world of the Read ‘Em...
Blogs
August 10 2016

Pushing Up Daisies: A Visual Guide

GIFnotes: Giving you the basic plot summary of an upcoming book with the help of the Graphics...
Blogs
August 10 2016

Agatha Raisin Pilot: “The Quiche of Death” Episode Review

“The Quiche of Death” aired on British television in 2014. Season 1, filmed in 2015,...
Blogs
August 9 2016

Sue Grafton Scrabble

With the release of X, Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mystery series has solved...
Blogs
August 8 2016

Review: Survivors Will Be Shot Again by Bill Crider

In Bill Crider's Survivors Will Be Shot Again, Sheriff Dan Rhodes learns that, as the old...
Blogs
August 8 2016

Inspector Lewis 8.01: “One for Sorrow” Episode Review

Archaeological excavations are underway at Oxford, and the student diggers have unearthed something...
Blogs
August 8 2016

Agatha Raisin 1.01: “The Walkers of Dembley” Episode Review

Agatha Raisin (Ashley Jensen), former Public Relations Executive turned retiree at a very young...
Blogs
August 5 2016

Discount: How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny

In anticipation of the release of A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny (Available August 30th), get an...
Excerpts
August 5 2016

Survivors Will Be Shot Again: New Excerpt

In Bill Crider's Survivors Will Be Shot Again, Sheriff Dan Rhodes learns that, as the old saying...