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Jul 27 2017 2:00pm

Review: Every Day Above Ground by Glen Erik Hamilton

Every Day Above Ground by Glen Erik Hamilton is the third Van Shaw novel, where a favor for a dying ex-con turns into a violent battle against a mysterious enemy for Van Shaw.

Former Army Ranger Van Shaw is working part-time jobs and barely making ends meet. It doesn’t help that he’ll need a sizable chunk of change to rebuild the home he inherited from his thief grandfather that was devastated by fire. When an old friend of his grandfather’s—the diminutive Mickey O’Hasson, who has just gotten out of prison—approaches him about a job, he’s reluctant. Safe cracker skills aside, Van has been working on staying on the straight and narrow—as well as combating the PTSD he suffers from—and it the job sounds too good to be true.

O’Hasson claims there’s a safe full of gold bars in a building that’s about to be demolished, and it’s theirs for the taking, but he needs Van’s skills. Van, with all the expenses hanging over his head, agrees. At first, it seems like things will go off without a hitch. In fact, they actually do find a safe under the floor of an office, just like O’Hasson claimed, and it’s here that Van’s safecracking skills come in:

[Read Kristin Centorcelli's review of Every Day Above Ground...]

Jul 26 2017 12:00pm

5 New Books to Read this Week: July 25, 2017

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 most!

The fourth and final book in C. J. Box's Highway Quartet highlights an incredible week of books! See what else we're reading:

[See this week's Top 5...]

Jun 13 2016 4:30pm

Announcing 2016’s Macavity Award Nominees!

The Mystery Readers International has announced their nominees for the 2016 Macavity Awards—an annual award for excellence in mysteries, named for the “mystery cat” of T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats.

*Follow the linked titles to excerpts or reviews on CrimeHQ!

[See who got nominated!]

May 11 2016 12:30pm

Announcing 2016’s Anthony Awards Nominees

Bouchercon, the Anthony Boucher Memorial World Mystery Convention, is an annual convention held to honor the best in mystery and crime fiction (there is a “Best Critical or Nonfiction Book” section, as well). Named after writer, reviewer, and editor Anthony Boucher, this convention gives out the Anthony Awards for outstanding work in 8 different categories, including: “Best Novel,” Best First Novel,“ ”Best Paperback Original,“ ”Best Critical or Nonfiction Book,“ ”Best Short Story,“ ”Best Anthology or Collection,“ ”Best Young Adult Novel,“ and ”Best Crime Fiction Audiobook." 

This year, the annual banquet will be held on Friday, September 16, 2016 at the Marriott Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana. As always, it's a fantastic list of great work that deserves to be checked out! What have you read already?

*Follow the linked titles to exclusive excerpts or reviews!

[See the list of nominees here!]

Apr 26 2016 11:30am

Who Will Win the Edgar Award for “Best First Novel”?

The Edgar Award, in honor of the great Edgar Allan Poe, is presented by The Mystery Writers of America to the best in mystery fiction & nonfiction that was produced during the previous year. 

All month long, we’ve been covering the Edgar Award nominees—reviewing all of the books up for “Best Novel” and “Best First Novel.” If you haven’t yet, check out our Edgars HQ page and take a look at all of the great reviews!

See also: 2016 Edgar Awards Reviews

Now, before the ceremony on April 28th, we’re asking YOU, the reader, to be the judge and tell us who you think will win the prestigious award. First up, cast your vote for the “Best First Novel” category:

[Vote for “Best First Novel” below!]

Apr 12 2016 12:15pm

Past Crimes by Glen Erik Hamilton

Past Crimes, a thriller by Glen Erik Hamilton, is the first book in the Van Shaw series. The novel has been nominated for an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for “Best First Novel.”

Army Ranger Van Shaw hasn’t heard from his grandfather, Dono, in more than ten years, but when he gets a note in Irish Gaelic that says, “Come home, if you can,” he heads home to Seattle for a ten day leave. When he arrives at his grandfather’s house, he finds him on the floor bleeding.

I had the horrible feeling of coming full circle. My last sight of Dono before I’d left Seattle, when I was eighteen, had been in the kitchen of this same house. He’d been lying on the floor then too. His face dark with rage. I’d been aiming a gun at his heart. 

But any blood Dono and I had spilled back then could be measured in drops. Not like this.

Van’s grandfather was a crook when Van left ten years ago, and was most likely still a crook. As Van tries to save the man who raised him, he can’t help wonder if his life had finally caught up with him.

[Read Deborah Lacy's review of Past Crimes here...]

Apr 1 2016 12:00pm

2016 Edgar Awards Reviews

The Edgar Award, in honor of the great Edgar Allan Poe, is presented by The Mystery Writers of America to the best in mystery fiction & nonfiction that was produced during the previous year. 

Here at Criminal Element, we'll be covering the Edgars during the entire month of April, leading up to the awards ceremony on April 28th.

Below is a handy table of all of the nominees for “Best Novel” and “Best First Novel” (including 1 nominee for “Best Fact Crime” that a blogger of ours just couldn't pass up!) to serve as an Edgars HQ that we will update with links as our reviews go live. 

So, stay tuned and keep checking back as we begin our coverage on Monday, April 4th, with a review of Unbecoming by Rebecca Scherm!

[See the table of all of the nominees we'll review...]

Jan 19 2016 3:00pm

Announcing 2016’s Edgar Nominees

The Mystery Writers of America have announced the Edgar Award nominees and special winners. The Edgars banquet—an annual black-tie gala celebrating crime fiction, non-fiction, and television writing—will be held on Thursday, April 28th, 2016 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City. As always, it's a fantastic list of great work that deserves to be checked out! What have you read already?

The Strangler Vine by M.J. Carter
The Lady From Zagreb by Philip Kerr
Life or Death by Michael Robotham
Let Me Die in His Footsteps by Lori Roy
Canary by Duane Swierczynski
Night Life by David C. Taylor

[See all the nominees!]

Mar 3 2015 2:00pm

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