The Edgar Awards Revisited: 2012

Welcome back to the Q&A segment of the Criminal Element Book Club featuring Olen Steinhauer's The Tourist. This week, we're announcing the winners of the Q&A with Olen, who will be receiving an early copy of his upcoming book in the Milo Weaver series, The Last Tourist. Remember to check back in next week to see Olen's answers to your questions!

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Book Review: Don’t Look Down by Hilary Davidson

Don’t Look Down by Hilary Davidson is a fast-paced, twisty, classic city crime thriller that leaves one fully satisfied with the conclusion but perhaps thirsting a little more for the inner lives of the characters. The book begins not with NYPD Detective Sheryn Sterling, but with Jo Greaver, who is headed to an assignation to…

The K Team by David Rosenfelt: A Visual Guide

The K Team by David Rosenfelt is the first in a new series—a spinoff of the much-beloved Andy Carpenter mysteries—about a dynamic new investigative team featuring a determined former cop and his loyal German Shepherd. Corey Douglas and his K-9 partner, Simon Garfunkel, have recently retired from the police force. Not ready to give up…

Coconut Layer Cake Murder: Exclusive Excerpt

Chapter Three  “Oh, Hannah! You look absolutely lovely,” Lynne complimented her as Hannah came down the stairs. Hannah remembered what her mother had taught her about accepting compliments and gave Lynne a big smile. “Thanks, Lynne,” she accepted the compliment gracefully. “Mother gave this to me for my birthday.” “It’s perfect for you.” Lynne took…

Book Review: Second Sister by Chan Ho-Kei

Second Sister by Chan Ho-Kei, translated by Jeremy Tiang, is a very timely and propulsively plotted tale of cyberbullying and revenge, about a woman on the hunt for the truth about her sister’s death. Older sister Nga-Yee is almost home after a long day at the library. The only thing on her mind is a…

Book Review: A Silent Stabbing by Alyssa Maxwell

The interplay between upstairs and downstairs, mistress and maid, never gets old, as fans of Downton Abbey will attest. Lady Phoebe Renshaw and her lady’s maid, Eva Huntford, make formidable investigators because of their access to every stratum of society. They don’t sugarcoat people’s foibles, but their inquiries are leavened by compassion and concern. September…

Undercover Newshounds: Why Crime Fiction Writers are Like Journalists

Regardless of characters, setting, or storyline, a single word always comes to mind when I read a Michael Connelly novel: authenticity. The details of how Harry Bosch, Mickey Haller, and Renée Ballard investigate crimes, identify suspects, and interact with their colleagues always withstand scrutiny. In a recent review of Connelly’s newest book The Night Fire,…

Cooking the Books: Blackberry Burial by Sharon Farrow

It’s been a month since Berry Basket store owner Marlee Jacob brought a killer to justice, and she’s ready to put the whole thing behind her as she and her friends look forward to a summer of fun. The nearby Blackberry Art School is hosting its centenary and has invited all its previous students from…

Review: The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James is an eery, spellbinding tale spanning two generations of women and centering on an Upstate New York motel where something hasn’t been right for a very long time. Fell, New York, 1982: Twenty-year-old Viv Delaney leaves an unhappy home in Illinois for New York City but finds…

Book Review: The Burn by Kathleen Kent

In the second Detective Betty mystery, Kathleen Kent’s protagonist Det. Betty Rhyzyk goes rogue, leading her into the dark underworld of the Dallas drug cartel.  Dallas native Kathleen Kent began her career in publishing by writing bestselling, award-winning historical novels—The Heretic’s Daughter, The Traitor’s Wife, and The Outcasts. She made her crime fiction debut with…

Criminal Element Book Club, Week 7: We Voted On Your Questions + Early Copies of The Last Tourist

Thank you again to everyone who participated in our Q&A with Olen Steinhauer. We were thrilled with all of your questions, and we tried to choose 10 of them that Olen will answer next week on the site. If your question/username appears below, congratulations on being selected to win an early copy of The Last…