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Blogs
June 29 2015

Careers: Passion for Execution? Willing to Relocate?

No, they don't mean the usual corporate-speak kind of “execution.” Saudi Arabia...
Blogs
June 25 2015

Man Arrested After Running Naked Through Walmart

Two men were recently arrested after a video showed one of the men streaking through a Walmart...
Blogs
June 24 2015

Hurry! Voting for The M.O.’s “Wishful Thinking” Ends Tonight!

Time is almost up for our “Wishful Thinking” round of The M.O.! Voting closes tonight...
Blogs
June 22 2015

Announcing 2015’s Macavity Award Nominations!

  Awards season continues apace, with a new slate of nominees for the 2015 Macavity...
Blogs
June 17 2015

Woman Dials 911 to Report Being Cheated by Drug Dealer

Daneshia Heller, 19, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida was arrested last week on charges of drug possession...
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June 12 2015

The M.O.’s Rogues’ Gallery of 2015

In 2015, these mugs committed malfeasance occasional against very short crime fiction—look upon...
Blogs
June 10 2015

Thief Goes Back to Prison After Robbing Same Shoe Store

A man who served 16 years for robbing a shoe store in New Jersey is now headed back to prison...
Blogs
June 9 2015

Never 8-Legged Chickens, No Matter How Delicious

KFC is a powerful brand in China, and that's why they're suing over the mutant-freak-bird...
Blogs
June 4 2015

True Crime Thursday: The Man Who Saved the World, Literally

Vasili Arkhipov is one man who never had to question whether or not he did the right thing. In October...
Blogs
June 2 2015

Fresh Meat: 90 Church: Inside America’s Notorious First Narcotics Squad by Dean Unkefer

90 Church: Inside America’s Notorious First Narcotics Squad by Agent Dean Unkefer tells the...
Blogs
May 29 2015

Sunday, High Noon...Quiz Showdown at BookCon!

This Sunday, May 31st at noon, Criminal Element hosts the Crime Time Quiz Show with authors Jane Cleland,...
Blogs
May 29 2015

“Wishful Thinking” Until Friday Night!

At 11:59p.m. The M.O. submissions close. If your “Wishful Thinking” is still castles in...
Blogs
May 26 2015

Congratulating 2015’s Crimefest Awards Winners!

Congratulations to the following winners from Crimefest 2015, which took place in Bristol, U.K....
Blogs
May 26 2015

Now Win This!: Don’t Blow It Sweepstakes

That's it. Everything is up to you. And you better not mess it up, otherwise you'll never...
Blogs
May 22 2015

Cremains of the Day: A Digital Version of a Deceased Self

In the future, mourners may interact with beloved deceased through virtual reality. Project Elysium...
Blogs
May 14 2015

True Crime Thursday: Krystian Bala and Truth-Laced Fiction

On February 11, 2008, in an article for The New Yorker, David Grann published “True Crime:...
Blogs
May 13 2015

Macaroni Salad Leads Police to Arrest Thieves

A New York Sheriff's Office said a hearty trail of macaroni salad helped them find and bust...
Blogs
May 12 2015

Cremains of the Day: Sex and Death from the Netherlands

“Sex and death” is a phrase with more resonance when you put Marvin Gaye on the iPod and...
Blogs
May 8 2015

Where Have You Gone, Philo Vance?

In March 1980, Jon L. Breen wrote in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, “The reputation of...
Blogs
May 8 2015

Showdown to Fun: High Noon at BookCon with Us!

On May 31st at noon, during BookCon at NYC's Javits Center, Criminal Element hosts the Crime Time...
Blogs
May 7 2015

Announcing 2015’s Anthony Award Nominees!

This week in awards season brings the Anthony Award nominations, to be conferred during Bouchercon,...
Blogs
May 4 2015

Congratulating 2015’s Agatha Award Winners!

Over the weekend at Malice Domestic, the following nominated works (and their authors) won the Agatha...
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April 30 2015

2015’s Edgar Awards: Mystery’s Faithful Gather

Once a year, the mystery writing community reaches critical mass in a place filled with the greatest...
Blogs
April 30 2015

True Crime Thursday: Missing!

What's missing this True Crime Thursday? An art dealer's head, a Florida toddler and the maternal...
Blogs
April 29 2015

Women Jailed for Twerking

Three women have been tossed in jail after they filmed themselves twerking next to a World War II...
Blogs
April 28 2015

Now Win This!: Global Getaway Sweepstakes

It's time to pack your bags and escape away from everything in these eight global getaways....
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April 21 2015

A Case of Place: What TV’s American Horror Story Taught Me About My New Orleans

This post, about how a scenery-chewing TV series rekindled one New Orleans crime author's...
Excerpts
April 20 2015

One of Us: New Excerpt

One of Us by Åsne Seierstad is a true crime account of Anders Breivik, a Norwegian man who would...
Blogs
April 17 2015

Letter from Lyon: At 2015’s Quais du Polar

The Quais Du Polar is the largest crime fiction festival in France, and that’s saying a lot,...
Blogs
April 17 2015

The M.O.’s Long Gone Selection: “Fix Me”

We're proud to present “Fix Me” by S.W. Lauden, the first crime fiction selection...