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September 21 2016

5 New Books to Read this Week: September 20, 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...
July 6 2016

The Bald Truth: The Secret to Literary Greatness

The Wall Street Journal reported on a scientific study that found “men with shaved heads are perceived to be more masculine, dominant, and…to have greater leadership potential than...
May 16 2016

Book Review: Cannibals: Stories from the Edge of the Pine Barrens

Cannibals: Stories from the Edge of the Pine Barrens by Jen Conley is a collection of short stories set in central Jersey, with linked characters searching for the meaning in their lives and the humanity...
March 23 2016

Our 5 Most Anticipated Books Published March 22, 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...
March 22 2016

Sometimes, Dreams Do Come True—Literally

Way back in 2010, I had a dream. My husband and I were attending a wedding weekend at the Opryland Hotel. He was with the guys, I was with the girls, and, as such, hopelessly bored—because...
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...
January 6 2016

Thrillers, Mysteries, and Crime Fiction: 5 Masters of Opening Lines

After you’ve read Barry Lancet and Anthony Franze’s piece about some of the masters of opening lines, comment below with your own favorite opening from a thriller, mystery, or crime...
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...
February 2 2015

Announcing 2015’s Agatha Award Nominees

The groundhog and awards season are upon us! The Agatha Awards honor the “traditional mystery.” That is to say, books best typified by the works of Agatha Christie as well as others, loosely...
October 3 2014

Villains in Fact and Fiction

The world changed seismically for thrillers on 9/11.  All of a sudden, the dastardly plots and cunning villains that had been a staple of the genre dating back to Ian Fleming had been outdone...
June 7 2013

Take Me Out to the Ballgame: Baseball Mysteries

Baseball season is well under way, so it’s time to start reading about fictional murder in our favorite ballparks. Here are some of my favorite series and standalones, and even a short story...
February 12 2013

Oh, Agatha! 2013 Agatha Award Nominees Announced

2013 is in full swing, which means the awards are coming in for 2012’s best books. In addition to the winners of the Loveys and the nominees for the Lefties, last week we heard the announcement...
September 13 2012

Fresh Meat: Seconds Away by Harlan Coben

Seconds Away by Harlan Coben is the second book in the Mickey Bolitar young adult thriller series (available September 18, 2012). It’s not easy to get a teen to read—especially when...
May 13 2012

Mother Knows Best: Mom’s Favorite Crime Fiction

“Listen to your mother.”  Excellent words of advice, so today on the occasion of Mother’s Day, we are going to give some of our mothers the opportunity to make crime fiction book and TV recommendations....
February 16 2012

2011’s Agatha Awards Mean a Long Wait for a Cuppa

The annual Agatha Awards are also known as The Hardest Possible Way to Get a Ceramic Teapot. If most of us wanted such an item, we’d go to a swanky kitchen shop or even seek out an artisanal potter. Rather...
January 19 2012

Edgar Award Nominees Announced

Today, Mystery Writers of America announced the list of nominees for the 2012 Edgars, named after you-know-who, and honoring the best in mystery fiction, non- fiction and television published or produced...
November 9 2011

A New World of Mysteries for Young Adults

As a voracious pre-teen reader, I cut my teeth on Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, The Dana Sisters and Encyclopedia Brown mystery series. I loved the idea of someone who was close to being my age solving...
August 29 2011

Fresh Meat: Harlan Coben’s Shelter

There’s not much that can tempt me to read a young adult novel. (If you don’t believe me, just check out the post I wrote on the topic over at our sister site, Heroes and Heartbreakers.) But I’ll...
June 16 2011

Hollywood Takes On Harlan Coben’s Tell No One

Earlier this week came news that Tom Cruise was sniffing around the part of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher, and the world was (understandably) upset. Now’s the chance to weigh in on who should play...
B. Kent Anderson
May 29 2011

The Department of Thrills

A crime is a crime, isn’t it? Well, jaywalking is a crime. (Though when was the last time you even heard that term used, much less heard of someone being cited for it.)  So is murder....
May 7 2011

On the Frustration of Series

Finding something new to read can be a tiresome and treacherous ordeal. I use a method that has served me well for many years, a sort of hunter-gatherer approach: I stalk the bookstore aisles, searching...
May 4 2011

2011 Edgar Awards: A Night of Unspeakable Glamour

In my imagination, mystery novelists spend long days writing in T-shirts and jeans (or maybe their underwear) pounding out the stories that keep the rest of us reading late into the night. But last...
B. Kent Anderson
April 27 2011

Someone Shot Me, But I Can Still Talk!

More than two decades ago, I was watching a dreadful late-night cable movie. Its name, cast, and storyline escape me now—it was that bad.  But I remember a single line of dialogue from...