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DeborahLacy
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...
DeborahLacy
December 21 2012

Rules Are for Breaking: Crime Fiction’s Renegades

Webster’s Dictionary defines the word “renegade” as an individual who rejects lawful or conventional behavior. Crime fiction no matter what medium—movies, TV, or books—is...
ericbeetner
November 15 2012

Lost and Found: Reader Fascination with Recovering “Lost” Novels

From the promise of discovering a dusty Van Gogh in the attic, to coming across fabled recordings by Robert Johnson, we love to discover something once thought lost forever. For book lovers the...
Crime HQ
May 29 2012

In Pursuit of Spenser: Love Him, Like This Facebook Sweepstakes!

Spenser, the Boston private detective created by Robert B. Parker, has inspired legions of readers and writers alike. To commemorate his influence, editor Otto Penzler assembled a monster list of crime...
DeborahLacy
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....
MaxAllanCollins
May 9 2012

Where’s the Love for—and in—Hardboiled?

You don’t see the term “hardboiled” much any more. “Noir” has supplanted it, co-opted from the French film critics who intended it for the American crime films made during and shortly after...
Crime HQ
May 8 2012

Tom Selleck’s Jesse Stone Returns with Doubt

The next installment of the Jesse Stone movies airs on CBS Sunday, May 20th. These films—starring and produced by Tom Selleck and based upon the novels by Robert B. Parker—have consistently...
JakeHinkson
January 18 2012

Robert B. Parker’s Spenser Reborn with Ace Atkins as Author

When the news broke last year that Putnam had tapped mystery writer Ace Atkins to pen a new Spenser novel, I sat dumbfounded for a full minute. At first, it struck me as a purely bad idea, a cheap...
WilliamLengman
December 10 2011

The Hallmark of Mystery and the Mystery of Hallmark

Most of us probably know Hallmark as the greeting card people, but if your cable TV lineup extends beyond the basic selections you may have noticed that somewhere higher up there in the channel range...
DeborahLacy
December 9 2011

Crime Fiction’s Ten Greatest Bromances

As a genre, mystery is famous for its loners, guys like Jack Reacher, Monk and Lucas Davenport. But mysteries are also rife with bromances, all you have to do is look. What exactly is a bromance? The...
Crime HQ
November 7 2011

Most Excellent Investigators: The Better Casting Decisions

Here on Criminal Element there’s been talk about horrific casting decisions (Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher) and ones that make you go “hmm” (Jason Statham as Richard Stark’s Parker), but there’s...
GaryPhillips
September 30 2011

Football’s as Ripe (and Rotten) for Noir as Boxing

Pro football season is upon us once again much to the chagrin of my wife.  “Are they always playing a game?” she will voice. With ESPN, NFL Network, and the broadcast channels,...
GuyBergstrom
September 28 2011

Death Brackets: Toughest Dicks vs. Baddest Thriller Heroes: First Round, Part 2

This is the third installment in our Death Brackets: Toughest Dicks vs Baddest Thriller Heroes.  In the intro, you learned the rules and met the contestants.  In Part 1 of the First...
GuyBergstrom
September 26 2011

Death Brackets: The Contest and The Contestants

Mysteries and thrillers, by nature, are populated by tough guys. Detectives who hunt down serial killers. Spies who uncover dangerous traitors. Assassins who take out the worst bad guys on the planet...
s.amper
July 11 2011

Somebody Stop Them: Wearing Out Series’ Welcome

I was not among the 218,000 first-day buyers of Janet Evanovich’s Smokin Seventeen. Sixteen was enough for me. In fact, eight was enough. Writing book after book with the same characters and gimmicks...
JakeHinkson
April 29 2011

Spenser: A Look Back at Robert Parker

Robert B. Parker’s latest Spenser novel, Sixkill, hits shelves and e-readers everywhere on May 3rd. Though Parker passed away unexpectedly last January, it may be premature to assume this will...
Charles Ardai
April 25 2011

From the “Hard Case” Files: Pursuing Pulp’s Heroes

Back in 2004, Max Phillips and I launched a labor-of-love project we called Hard Case Crime, intended to revive the style of the great old paperback crime novels of the 1940s and 50s.   We...