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CrimeHQ
November 8 2016

Which Fictional Sleuth Would You Vote for President?

As the presidential election campaigns end and the polls begin to close, we'd like to take a break from the real world and lose ourselves in our favorite place—a good book! From Agatha...
JBValeri
September 8 2016

Review: Closed Casket by Sophie Hannah

Closed Casket by Sophie Hannah is the newest Hercule Poirot novel, continuing the legacy of Agatha Christie's legendary sleuth and commemorating his 100th anniversary in print.  After resurrecting...
CrimeHQ
September 7 2016

5 New Books to Read this Week: September 6, 2016

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books that published the day before—sharing the ones that we are looking forward to reading the...
JohnKeyseWalker
July 20 2016

Mysteries Set in the Caribbean

The golden sands, verdant hills, and crystalline waters of the Caribbean Sea have called to authors since the age of piracy ended. Indeed, one of the first works set there, Robert Louis Stevenson’s...
dvaleris
June 2 2016

Review: A Game for All the Family by Sophie Hannah

A Game for All the Family by Sophie Hannah is a standalone thriller by this New York Times bestselling author, where a woman is pulled into a deadly game of deception, secrets, and lies, and must find...
DavidCranmer
May 3 2016

Prolonged Parker: Slow Burn by Ace Atkins

Robert B. Parker's Slow Burn by Ace Atkins is the newest Spenser novel, where Boston PI Spenser faces a hot case and a personal crisis (Available today!). An assessment of a new Spenser novel...
KristenHoughton
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 and the settings by the author are so good that you can see them in your mind. You’d love...
CrimeHQ
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 Mystery — was kind enough to answer some of Criminal Element's questions about her love...
KristenHoughton
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 astute, savvy Brit named Sherlock Holmes and his partner in crime-solving, Dr. Watson, the American...
JeannetteDeB
April 8 2016

Detection, Mid-Century Style: The Rise of the Cozy Mystery Genre

“My first case,” says Father Brown in The Mask of Midas, “was just a small private affair about a man’s head being cut off.” It’s not surprising that G.K....
SadieTrombetta
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 detectives, crime fighters, and amateur mystery solvers pop culture has to offer.  When we published...
SadieTrombetta
March 18 2016

13 of the Best Female Sleuths from Pop Culture

Everyone knows Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot, and the Hardy Boys, but what about the best female sleuths from pop culture? Women have been solving crime and catching bad guys in books, television,...
SadieTrombetta
March 3 2016

11 Things You Should Never Say to a Mystery Addict

You might know mystery is the best genre of all time, but the truth is, not everyone will understand your obsession. Maybe it’s because they haven’t spent enough time with the books...
KristenHoughton
February 26 2016

The Mind of the Cozy Mystery Writer

What’s the difference between a mystery and a cozy mystery? The characters for one. Take the murderer for instance; those who commit murder in cozies are almost always rational, well-spoken,...
CrimeHQ
February 4 2016

Announcing 2016’s Agatha Awards Nominees

Malice Domestic, an annual convention held in Washington DC honoring the best of the traditional/cozy mystery genre, has announced the nominees for this year's Agatha Awards.  Loosely...
CrimeHQ
January 20 2016

The ZINNG: Christie’s Mysteries

Christie's Mysteries Agatha Christie, beloved author of 66 detective novels and creator of fictional sleuths Hercule Poirot and Jane Marple, is a hero and inspiration to many. Her literary...
JanetWebb
December 21 2015

Top 5 Christmas Mysteries

As traditional as counting down the shopping days to Christmas or making plans to visit out of town family is the appearance of Christmas and holiday mysteries. When did the tradition start? Why...
CrimeHQ
December 8 2015

The ZINNG: How Profound

Pennycook’s Poppycock – A new scientific study has been released in Judgment and Decision Making that is garnering headlines (most of them overblown, sensationalist, and reactionary)...
CrimeHQ
November 29 2015

Troubled Waters Ahead: 7 Great Cruise Ship Mysteries

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” – St. Augustine Some people venture aboard a cruise ship looking for rest and relaxation. Others look...
CrimeHQ
November 18 2015

The ZINNG: 10 Commandments for Crime Fiction

Stolen from Mount Sinai – Crime fiction has seen its fair share of variety in style and content throughout its long history, but just like any specific genre, a general archetype is often...
DavidCranmer
October 20 2015

Why Crime Readers Should Be Reading Martin Amis: London Fields and Night Train

Martin Amis hails from distinguished literary stock, his father being Kingsley Amis (Lucky Jim), and his stepmother Elizabeth Jane Howard (The Cazalet Chronicle). A writer himself since the 1970s,...
CrimeHQ
September 18 2015

The ZINNG: Real-life Lies, Pirates, and Betram’s Hotel

A tip of the stetson to Bill Crider for this list of 10 famous works of fiction based on real crimes. Check his blog for fun ads, pulp covers, music, and if you're dying to understand arcane crime...
BillSyken
August 6 2015

And Now, The Starting Lineup for Your Maltese Falcons!

An observation I had in my years working for Sports Illustrated: athletes and the heroes of crime fiction have much in common, but most simply this—a ruthless clarity of purpose and an ability...
CrimeHQ
June 16 2015

Of Course the Queen of Crime’s Birthday Cake Will Be Poisoned!

Need dishes so craftily designed that manor house guests don't know they're scarfing down poison secreted therein? Take this cooking class, says Maev Kennedy in The Guardian: A little...
HannahLDennison
May 7 2015

It’s Always a Mother’s Day with Agatha Christie

When it comes to the Queen of Crime, my mother is a walking encyclopedia of knowledge. Thanks to her, I’ve become increasingly familiar with the more personal side of Agatha Christie’s life...
LyndsayFaye
April 10 2015

Strangers on a Train, Or When Sherlock Met Jane

In this most devoutly-to-be-wished encounter between two of fiction’s greatest detectives, the role of Miss Jane Marple is elaborated by Ashley Weaver, that of Mr. Sherlock Holmes by...
RhysBowen
March 5 2015

Casting TV Crime with Rhys Bowen and Tasha Alexander

Join Rhys Bowen and Tasha Alexander as they discuss their favorite (and least) crime televison series, casting decisions, and ponder the perfect actors to play their own leading characters! Rhys...
MichaelStanley
January 8 2015

Southern African Crime Fiction on the World Stage

Over the last ten years there has been an explosion of authors writing contemporary crime fiction set in southern Africa. Four of the ten crime fiction novels published in South Africa last year...
DavidCranmer
October 29 2014

A Murder of Quality by John LeCarre: An Old-Fashioned Detective Mystery

The second George Smiley novel is an offbeat curio in the series and a damn good one at that. A unique entry because it isn’t a spy novel at all but rather an old-fashioned detective mystery along...
MichaelNethercott
October 25 2014

Fatal Footlights: The Theater Mystery

The theater world has long been a prime setting for mystery and mayhem. Shakespeare, that homicidal scribe, virtually carpeted the stage with slain corpses. The murderers he created are numerous:...