All Fiction

Short stories and book excerpts published on CriminalElement.com, including original and reprinted material.

September 2, 2015

The Child Garden: New Excerpt

Catriona McPherson
When the dead begin to talk, nowhere is safe...
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August 29, 2015

Basket Case: New Excerpt

Nancy Haddock
Who is the weaver of this intricate murder plot?
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August 28, 2015

Black Cat Crossing: Exclusive Excerpt

Kay Finch
This debut cozy introduces Hitchcock the Bad Luck Cat!
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August 27, 2015

Mr. Smith Goes to Prison: New Excerpt

Jeff Smith
A man can learn a lot when he's behind bars.
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August 26, 2015

Vienna: New Excerpt

William S. Kirby
What is it about these wooden mannikins that would make murder worth it?
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August 23, 2015

Godless Country: New Excerpt

Alaric Hunt
It's a short jump from stalking to killing.
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August 22, 2015

The Drowning Ground: New Excerpt

James Marrison
Death in a small-town always creates wide-reaching ripples.
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August 21, 2015

Slaughter: Exclusive Excerpt

John Lutz
A drained and dismembered body is only one piece to this deadly puzzle.
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August 20, 2015

The Nature of the Beast: Exclusive Excerpt

Louise Penny
3 chapters, audio, plus a chance to win!
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August 19, 2015

Last Ragged Breath: New Excerpt

Julia Keller
Even those living off the grid can commit murder.
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August 16, 2015

Night of the Cobra: New Excerpt

Jack Coughlin
A rival sniper has just set his sights on innocent Americans.
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August 13, 2015

Allegiance: New Excerpt

Kermit Roosevelt
The attacks on Pearl Harbor has everyone on edge, including the courts.
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August 11, 2015

The Ripper Gene: New Excerpt

Michael Ransom
Do all serial killers share a genetic signature?
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August 9, 2015

Gone Cold: New Excerpt

Simon Fisk's missing daughter might be Dublin. And she might be a killer.
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August 7, 2015

Dead Soon Enough: New Excerpt

Steph Cha
Finally licensed, P.I Juniper Song is back on the grind.
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August 5, 2015

Between the Living and the Dead: New Excerpt

Bill Crider
Maybe this house really is haunted...
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August 4, 2015

Street Poison: The Biography of Iceberg Slim: New Excerpt

Justin Gifford
Sometimes criminals make the best crime writers.
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August 4, 2015

Laying Down the Paw: New Excerpt

Diane Kelly
Every dog has its day, but they all can't be king of the pack.
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August 2, 2015

Better Homes and Corpses: New Excerpt

Kathleen Bridge
Instead of seeing how the other half lives, Meg learns how they die.
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August 1, 2015

Berried Secrets: New Excerpt

Peg Cochran
This cozy mystery is ripe for the picking.
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July 31, 2015

The Secrets of Lake Road: New Excerpt

Karen Katchur
An unsolved crime threatens to drown a summer community.
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July 30, 2015

Best Laid Plans: New Excerpt

Allison Brennan
FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid returns, and her first stop is a seedy motel.
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July 28, 2015

Brush Back: New Excerpt

Sara Paretsky
Hateful criminal, monstrous act, political backlash. Of course, V.I. ends up on the case!
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July 26, 2015

The Madagaskar Plan: New Excerpt

Guy Saville
The Nazi's control Africa, and their plan is almost complete...
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July 25, 2015

The Fall: New Excerpt

R.J. Pineiro
A lot can change in five years, or in Jack's case, one day.
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July 24, 2015

Murder at Barclay Meadow: New Excerpt

Wendy Sand Eckel
A dead body is no proper housewarming present.
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July 22, 2015

The Devil’s Seal: New Excerpt

Peter Tremayne
A slit throat brings Sister Fidelma back into the sleuthing business.
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July 21, 2015

Believe No One: New Excerpt

A.D. Garrett
Death follows DCI Kate Simms to St. Louis!
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July 18, 2015

Who Let the Dog Out?: New Audio Excerpt

David Rosenfelt
A dog-napper meets a murderous fate. Did he have it coming?
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July 17, 2015

The Flicker Men: New Excerpt

Ted Kosmatka
Science, theology, free will, and fate come clashing together...