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Thu
Feb 22 2018 1:00pm

Discount: Don’t Look for Me by Loren D. Estleman

In Loren D. Estleman's Don't Look For Me, Amos Walker's up to his neck in dames, drugs … and murder, again.

In anticipation of Loren D. Estleman's 27th Amos Walker novel, Black and White Ball, get a digital copy of the 23rd book in the series, Don't Look for Me, for only $2.99 through March 5th!

Amos Walker doesn't mean to walk into trouble. But sometimes it finds him, regardless. The missing woman has left a handwritten note that said, “Don't look for me.” Any P.I. would take that as a challenge, especially when he found out that she'd left the same message once before when having an illicit affair.

But this time it's different. The trail leads Walker to an herbal remedies store, where the beautiful young clerk knows nothing about the dead body in the basement…or about any illegal activity that might be connected to the corpse. She is, however, interested in Walker's body, and he discovers he's interested in hers as well.

But he can't tarry long, for the Mafia could be involved…or maybe there's a connection to the porno film studio where the missing woman's former maid now works. But when two Mossad agents accost Walker―and then are brutally killed―he realizes he's discovered a plot far darker run by someone more deadly than either the Detroit Mafia or a two-bit porn pusher.

Who―or what―could be so viciously murderous? Walker has few clues, and knows only that with every new murder he is no closer to solving the case. When he finally gets a break, he recognizes the silken, deadly hand of a nemesis who nearly killed him twice before…and this time may finish the job.

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Wed
Feb 21 2018 12:00pm

5 New Books to Read this Week: February 20, 2018

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!

This week, the first in a new series from Walter Mosley and a prequel Charles Lenox story from Charles Finch highlight a wonderful week of books! See what else we're reading:

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Tue
Feb 20 2018 4:00pm

Vote for Your Favorite Harry Bosch Novel

 

Watch the trailer for Season 4 of Bosch!

Tue
Feb 20 2018 12:00pm

Cover Reveal: An Act of Villainy by Ashley Weaver

Witty, stylish, and cleverly plotted, the Edgar Award-nominated Amory Ames series follows husband and wife sleuthing duo Amory and her playboy husband Milo, as they solve mysteries in the glamorous world of 1920s British high society. An Act of Villainy is the fifth novel in the series (available September 4, 2018).

Walking through London’s West End after a night at the theater, Amory Ames and her husband Milo run into wealthy investor and former actor Gerard Holloway. Holloway and his wife Georgina are old friends of theirs, and when Holloway invites them to the dress rehearsal of a new play he is directing, Amory readily accepts.

However, Amory is shocked to learn that Holloway has cast his mistress, actress Flora Bell, in the lead role. Furthermore, the casual invitation is not what it seems—he admits to Amory and Milo that Flora has been receiving threatening letters, and he needs their help in finding the mysterious sender. Despite Amory’s conflicting feelings—not only does she feel loyalty to Georgina, but the disintegration of the Holloways’ perfect marriage seems to bode ill for her own sometimes delicate relationship—her curiosity gets the better of her, and she begins to make inquiries.

It quickly becomes clear that each member of the cast has reason to resent Flora—and with a group so skilled in the art of deception, it isn’t easy to separate truth from illusion. When vague threats escalate, the scene is set for murder, and Amory and Milo must find the killer before the final curtain falls.

 

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Ashley Weaver is the Technical Services Coordinator at the Allen Parish Libraries in Oberlin, Louisiana. Weaver has worked in libraries since she was 14; she was a page and then a clerk before obtaining her MLIS from Louisiana State University. She is the author of Murder at the Brightwell, Death Wears a Mask, and A Most Novel Revenge. Weaver lives in Oakdale, Louisiana.

Mon
Feb 19 2018 1:00pm

Watch the Trailer for Season 4 of Amazon Prime’s Bosch

Good news, Bosch fans! Amazon has announced they’ve greenlit a fifth season while simultaneously revealing the release date for Season 4. Based on Michael Connelly’s best-selling crime novels, the ten-episode fourth season drops on April 13th.

When an attorney is murdered on the eve of his civil rights trial against the LAPD, homicide Det. Harry Bosch is assigned to lead a Task Force to solve the crime before the city erupts in a riot. Bosch must pursue every lead, even if it turns the spotlight back on his own department. One murder intertwines with another, and Bosch must reconcile his past to find a justice that has long eluded him.

Starring Titus Welliver as the tenacious LAPD homicide detective, Season 4 of Bosch is based on the novel Angels Flight. Watch a trailer for Season 4 below!

See also: Bosch: A Novel Approach to Mystery Television

Fri
Feb 16 2018 3:00pm

Discount: Blackout by David Rosenfelt

Blackout by David Rosenfelt is a propulsive and compelling thriller and the first book in the Doug Brock thriller series.

In anticipation of the second book in the Doug Brock series, Fade to Black, get a digital copy of the book that started it all, Blackout, for only $2.99 through March 5th!

New Jersey state police officer Doug Brock has been after infamous criminal Nicholas Bennett for years. When Bennett kills someone close to Doug, however, Doug's investigation—and his life—start spiraling out of control. He's placed on indefinite suspension from the police force and breaks things off with his fiancé, but he can't let the case go, and he continues an off-the-books investigation on his own. When Doug's former partner on the force, Nate Alvarez, receives a call from Doug saying he's discovered something big, something terrifying, something they need to call in the FBI to handle, Nate is furious that Doug has still been working the case.

But when the call ends abruptly, and shortly afterward Doug is found in a hotel room, shot and in critical condition, Nate’s anger turns to fear. When Doug finally awakens from his coma, however, he has no memory of the case, or even the last several years of his life. But the pull of what he might have discovered is too strong, and he finds himself immersed in a desperate search for truth once again, regardless of the danger.

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Wed
Feb 14 2018 12:00pm

5 New Books to Read this Week: February 13, 2018

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!

This week, the first book in a new series from Yrsa Sigurdardóttir and Steve Cavanagh's second Eddie Flynn legal thriller highlight a fantastic week of books. See what else we're reading:

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Tue
Feb 13 2018 4:30pm

Vote for Your Favorite Marvel Cinematic Universe Film

 
Tue
Feb 13 2018 12:00pm

Discount: If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio

Intelligent, thrilling, and richly detailed, If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio is a captivating story of the enduring power and passion of words. 

Get a digital copy of M. L. Rio's debut novel, If We Were Villains, for only $3.99 through March 5th!

 

On the day Oliver Marks is released from jail, the man who put him there is waiting at the door. Detective Colborne wants to know the truth, and after ten years, Oliver is finally ready to tell it.

A decade ago: Oliver is one of seven young Shakespearean actors at Dellecher Classical Conservatory, a place of keen ambition and fierce competition. In this secluded world of firelight and leather-bound books, Oliver and his friends play the same roles onstage and off: hero, villain, tyrant, temptress, ingénue, extras.

But in their fourth and final year, good-natured rivalries turn ugly, and on opening night real violence invades the students’ world of make-believe. In the morning, the fourth-years find themselves facing their very own tragedy, and their greatest acting challenge yet: convincing the police, each other, and themselves that they are innocent.

Read an excerpt from If We Were Villains, then take a visual tour with GIFnotes!

 

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Mon
Feb 12 2018 4:00pm

Watch the First Official Trailer for Season 2 of Netflix’s Jessica Jones

It takes a monster to stop a monster.

Jessica Jones is back. Following the award-winning Season 1 of Jessica Jones and The Defenders, Season 2 sees the tough-as-nails private investigator exploring the secrets and mysteries of her own past, the car accident that killed her family, and the origins of her own superpowers. But even with all that, it's the “appearance” of David Tennant's inimitable Kilgrave that has fans clamoring for more. 

Check out our coverage of Season 1 of Jessica Jones!

 

Is the telekinetic Kilgrave alive, or is he simply tormenting Jones in visions and flashbacks? Will Trish finally step into her role as Kittyhawk? Find out when Season 2 of Jessica Jones drops in full on Netflix on Thursday, March 8th!

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Wed
Feb 7 2018 12:00pm

5 New Books to Read this Week: February 6, 2018

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!

This week, Kelley Armstrong's third Casey Duncan novel pairs with Lisa Gardner's ninth D. D. Warren procedural to highlight an awesome week of books. See what else we're reading:

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Tue
Feb 6 2018 4:30pm

Vote for Your Favorite Cloverfield Movie

 
Tue
Feb 6 2018 1:00pm

Discount: Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones

Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones is the second book in the award-winning paranormal Charley Davidson cozy mystery series.

Get a digital copy of Darynda Jones's Second Grave on the Left for only $2.99 through March 5th!

When Charley Davidson and Cookie (her best friend/receptionist) have to track down a missing woman, the case is not quite as open and shut as they anticipate. A friend of Cookie's named Mimi disappeared five days earlier. This friend then sends Cookie a cryptic message telling them to meet her at a nearby coffee shop. The coffee is brewing, but Mimi's still missing. There is, however, a clue left on the bathroom wall: a woman's name, scribbled by Mimi. Mimi's husband explains that his wife had been acting strange since she found out an old friend of hers from high school had been murdered a couple weeks prior. The same woman Mimi had named in her message.

Meanwhile, Reyes Alexander Farrow (otherwise known as the Son of Satan. Yes. Literally) has left his corporeal body and is haunting Charley. He's left his body because he's being tortured by demons who want to lure Charley closer. But Reyes can't let that happen. Because if the demons get to Charley, they'll have a portal to heaven. And if they have a portal to heaven…well, let's just say it wouldn't be pretty. Can Charley handle hot nights with Reyes and even hotter days tracking down a missing woman? Can she keep those she loves out of harm's way? And is there enough coffee and chocolate in the world to fuel her as she does?

 

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Tue
Feb 6 2018 12:00pm

Q&A with Tracee de Hahn, Author of A Well-Timed Murder

Tracee de Hahn is the author of the Agnes Lüthi Mysteries series, which includes Swiss Vendetta and the recent A Well-Timed Murder. After completing degrees in architecture and European history at the University of Kentucky, she moved to Europe and spent several years in Switzerland. Now, she lives in Virginia with her husband, a Swiss architect, and their Jack Russell Terriers.

Recently, the author made time to answer some of our questions about writing a series set in Switzerland, her protagonist Agnes Lüthi, Swiss watchmaking, and more!

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