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rachelkb
November 7 2014

Fresh Meat: Hell on Wheels by Sue Ann Jaffarian

Hell on Wheels by Sue Ann Jaffarian is the 9th cozy mystery in the Odelia Grey series, and this time a game of quadriplegic rugby takes a turn towards murder (available November 8, 2014). Plus size...
BrianGreene
October 31 2014

Lost Classics of Noir: Criss-Cross by Don Tracy

So this is the next in my line of posts where I’m going to write about an underappreciated vintage noir novel, and in so doing, discuss a movie that was made from its story (sometimes it’s...
Crime HQ
October 20 2014

“If You Can Take It, You Can Make It”: Trailer for Unbroken

Unbroken is the story of Louis Zamperini, an Olypmic runner for the United States who would later be taken prisoner by the Japanese army during World War II. Directed by Angelina Jolie, and...
EdwardAGrainger
October 8 2014

Hardboiled Hemingway (With Noir Chasers)

Ernest Hemingway is one of the biggest names of 20th century literature. He won the Pulitzer and Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954, and his star seems in no danger of burning out even with tastes...
JakeHinkson
May 8 2014

20 Years Later: Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan Revisited

This year marks the 20th anniversary of one of the strangest incidents in the history of sports. After a practice session for the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Detroit, 24-year-old...
JordanFoster
April 15 2014

Fresh Meat: The Long Shadow by Liza Marklund

The Long Shadow by Liza Marklund, translated from Swedish by Neil Smith, is the eighth featuring Stockholm reporter Annika Bengzton, who'll  jet to Spain's glitzy Costa del Sol to investigate...
Crime HQ
February 25 2014

World Cup 2014 to be Policed by Robots

The 2014 World Cup is set to kick off on Thursday, June 12th in Brazil, and fans who are journeying to the tournament might not be prepared for what they will see: PackBots. The Brazilian government...
JenniferProffitt
February 4 2014

It’s Good to be Bad: Supervillains Take Over Super Bowl Ads

Super Bowl ads are always known for their over-the-top, near-cinematic quality. However, this year, the ads were taken to new heights—of a supervillain proportion. Whether it was the Jaguar...
Crime HQ
January 7 2014

Cheaters Never Win, and Losers...Get Tattooed?

Football Season is in full swing. The Rose Bowl on New Year's Day got people psyched for college 'ball, and now hardcore football fans prepare for the ultimate game: the Super Bowl. Many fans...
Taragel
July 16 2013

Longmire: Episode 2.08 “The Great Spirit”

The Longmire two episodes ago was titled “Sound and Fury”—-but I think it would’ve been a more apt name for this episode, because it seemed to be full of white noise, which piqued...
Crime HQ
July 8 2013

Blazing Bowling Shirt Strikes a Chill in Lawless Hearts

Cops and bowling, it's a thing, right? Here's video evidence , courtesy of The First 48. And because it's summer and we're celebrating any place dark, windowless, and air-conditioned,...
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...
dvaleris
October 7 2012

Fresh Meat: Sacrifice Fly by Tim O’Mara

Sacrifice Fly by Tim O’Mara is a traditional mystery featuring a former New York City cop turned middle school teacher as he tries to find the killer of a student’s father (available October...
cmorgan
August 18 2012

Natural Born Killers

You know we at Criminal Element tend to focus on just how . . . creative humans can be when it comes to murder and death, which makes me wonder if we are neglecting the true masters of murder....
Crime HQ
August 10 2012

Friday Funnies: The Olympic Ticket Scalper with Patrick Stewart, Ryan Lochte, Simon Pegg and Maisie Williams

A little skullduggery never hurt anyone! The Olympic Ticket Scalper with Sir Patrick Stewart, Ryan Lochte, Simon Pegg & Maisie Williams from Patrick Stewart.
JenniferProffitt
August 2 2012

ParaNorman: Olympics, Zombie-Style

Zombies I wouldn’t think would be the most agile of creatures in the paranormal realm. And this applies even more to the zombies in the stop-motion animated movie ParaNorman, which are not...
cmorgan
July 19 2012

It Can Happen to You: Otter Attack

If ever there was a call to arms for one of Crime HQ’s Overlooked Cozies, it is this: While preparing for a triathlon in Minnesota, Leah Prudhomme was doing  her regular practice swim in...
Crime HQ
July 13 2012

Now Win This!: Janice Hamrick’s Death Makes the Cut

Sorry, this sweepstakes has ended. Stay tuned on our Sweepstakes page for more offers! Click here to enter for a chance to win! Curious about the book? Check out Terrie Farley...
cynthiawriter
July 4 2012

Women (and Writers) of a Certain Age: The Top 10 Advantages

Back when I was in my early 30s and just getting my career as a writer off the ground, an editor I was working with commented, “Personally, I feel that women can’t really be good writers until they’re...
Crime HQ
June 27 2012

Cremains of the Day: Caskets with Cue Balls

Not purely for cremains, this Casket Furniture isn’t merely thematically shaped. Oh, no, these bookcases, headboards, telephone booths, and various game tables can also contain a coffin for future...
Crime HQ
June 6 2012

Traffic Jams on Everest: Road Rage Served Ice Cold

This tight, snaking line of climbers is making a single-file ascent to the summit of Mt. Everest in late May, a period during which four climbers died. Unbelievable images like this, taken by a climber...
Crime HQ
February 5 2012

Today’s Also the Super Bowl for Scammers

One of the biggest live events every year, and perhaps especially this one, is the Super Bowl.  Bringing tons of attention, fans, tourism, and merchandise sales, of course, action like this attracts...
DeborahLacy
November 30 2011

The Closer Extended Season Premiere: “Necessary Evil”

Do the ends justify the means? That’s the question being asked in this week’s episode of The Closer, appropriately titled Necessary Evil. It’s a fine echo to the big question: Are Brenda’s actions...
CToohey
November 7 2011

Hotel Robber Meets MMA Guests -or- Gunman Taps Out

According to the LAPDOnline, who provided the video: ...the desk clerk at a local hotel took notice of a man with a back pack who walked into the lobby and began to suspiciously look around. He...
cmorgan
November 5 2011

London Takes Olympic Security Seriously

If you thought that preparation for the Olympic games was all building fancy arenas, pretty light shows, and training singing children, then you would be leaving out the interesting bits. Along...
Crime HQ
October 20 2011

Cremains of the Day: Uncle Charlie’s Sporting Afterlife

In the UK, the racecourse at Ascot welcomes the scattering of ashes on the turf, so long as it doesn’t coincide with events.  Uncle Charlie adored the ponies and always wanted to be able to look...
Crime HQ
October 3 2011

Agony of Defeat: The Final Day of Sports Week

It’s been a fun run with Sports Week here at Criminal Element. But like so many playoff hopes, this too must end in tears. In fact, Momo Pepe, legendary right fielder for the Gray Sox, beat the...
bradparks@hotmail.com
October 2 2011

Let Pro Athletes Gamble: 21st Century Sports Reality

As a former sportswriter turned crime fiction author, I’ve long been attuned to the broad intersection between our games and our legal improprieties. Some of my earliest visits to courtrooms and...
GuyBergstrom
October 1 2011

Death Brackets: Toughest Dicks vs. Baddest Thriller Heroes: The Championship!

If you haven’t been playing along, you might want to check out our Death Brackets feature page to get the lowdown on the contest and the participants along with how all the previous elimination rounds...
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,...