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And to think they can do it without cell phones! These stories highlight the perils of investigation and fighting injustice in times of yore, as well as adventures in the Old and New West.

<i>Wolf on a String</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
May 27 2017

Wolf on a String: New Excerpt

Wolf on a String by Benjamin Black is an historical crime novel that delivers both a mesmerizing...
“Doc’s American Dream” Cocktail
Blogs
May 26 2017

“Doc’s American Dream” Cocktail

America is heading for the Great Depression, but a true love is forming down south ... one that...
5 New Books to Read this Week: May 23, 2017
Blogs
May 24 2017

5 New Books to Read this Week: May 23, 2017

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
<i>Becoming Bonnie</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
May 23 2017

Becoming Bonnie: New Excerpt

Becoming Bonnie by Jenni L. Walsh is a debut historical novel and the untold story of how...
The Dark Tower: <i>Wolves of the Calla</i> Part VIII
Blogs
May 23 2017

The Dark Tower: Wolves of the Calla Part VIII

Last week, Jake discovered Slightman the Elder's treasonous plan as the Calla geared up for the...
Vote for Your Favorite God from <i>American Gods</i>
Blogs
May 16 2017

Vote for Your Favorite God from American Gods

    Don’t see your favorite god listed? Tell us who your favorite is in...
Q&A with Court Merrigan, Author of <i>The Broken Country</i>
Blogs
May 16 2017

Q&A with Court Merrigan, Author of The Broken Country

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Court Merrigan describes himself as a farm-raised country boy, recovering expat, teacher, and...
The Dark Tower: <i>Wolves of the Calla</i> Part VII
Blogs
May 16 2017

The Dark Tower: Wolves of the Calla Part VII

Last week, Susannah's pregnancy became increasingly distressing. This week, Jake confirms the...
5 Reasons 50s-Era Cuba Is the Perfect Setting for a Thriller
Blogs
May 12 2017

5 Reasons 50s-Era Cuba Is the Perfect Setting for a Thriller

I set my second novel in Cuba in the closing months of 1958, when American power brokers in Washington—namely...
Review: <i>A Twisted Vengeance</i> by Candace Robb
Blogs
May 11 2017

Review: A Twisted Vengeance by Candace Robb

A Twisted Vengeance by Candace Robb is a historical mystery set in York at the end of the 14th century,...
Review: <i>A Rising Man</i> by Abir Mukherjee
Blogs
May 10 2017

Review: A Rising Man by Abir Mukherjee

A Rising Man by Abir Mukherjee is the 1st novel in the enticing new historical Sam Wyndham crime...
The Dark Tower: <i>Wolves of the Calla</i> Part VI
Blogs
May 9 2017

The Dark Tower: Wolves of the Calla Part VI

Last week, we learned of the “unfound” door that will lead our ka-tet back to NYC. This...
Review: <i>A Purely Private Matter</i> by Darcie Wilde
Blogs
May 4 2017

Review: A Purely Private Matter by Darcie Wilde

A Purely Private Matter by Darcie Wilde is the 2nd Rosalind Thorne Mystery—inspired by the novels...
A Closer Look at <i>The Dark Tower</i> Trailer (2017)
Blogs
May 3 2017

A Closer Look at The Dark Tower Trailer (2017)

“They were close to the end of the beginning...” After months of waiting, several...
My Favorite Filming Locations In the West Country, UK
Blogs
May 2 2017

My Favorite Filming Locations In the West Country, UK

Hannah Dennison's Honeychurch Hall series isn't the only thing set in the West Country,...
Review: <i>Murder in the Bowery</i> by Victoria Thompson
Blogs
May 2 2017

Review: Murder in the Bowery by Victoria Thompson

Murder in the Bowery by Victoria Thompson is the 19th Gaslight Mystery, where Sarah Brandt and Frank...
The Dark Tower: <i>Wolves of the Calla</i> Part V
Blogs
May 2 2017

The Dark Tower: Wolves of the Calla Part V

Last week, we learned of the Sisters of Oriza. This week, we find out just how Callahan got to...
2017 Edgar Award Winners
Blogs
April 28 2017

2017 Edgar Award Winners

Last night, the Mystery Writers of America presented the 71st annual Edgar Allan Poe Awards at...
Review: <i>A Single Spy</i> by William Christie
Blogs
April 27 2017

Review: A Single Spy by William Christie

A Single Spy by William Christie follows Alexsi Ivanovich Smirnov, a Russian orphan forced to...
5 New Books to Read this Week: April 25, 2017
Blogs
April 26 2017

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

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
The Dark Tower: <i>Wolves of the Calla</i> Part IV
Blogs
April 25 2017

The Dark Tower: Wolves of the Calla Part IV

Last week, we learned about what happened to Father Callahan after Salem's Lot. This week, we...
Crime/Mystery/Thrillers Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix in May 2017
Blogs
April 24 2017

Crime/Mystery/Thrillers Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix in May 2017

Finally! The month of May is a good one for fans of crime/mystery/thriller entertainment (as...
5 New Books to Read this Week: April 18, 2017
Blogs
April 19 2017

5 New Books to Read this Week: April 18, 2017

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
The Dark Tower: <i>Wolves of the Calla</i> Part III
Blogs
April 18 2017

The Dark Tower: Wolves of the Calla Part III

Last week, Roland & Co. went todash back to 1970's NYC. This week, Father Callahan takes center...
Review: <i>Jane Steele</i> by Lyndsay Faye
Blogs
April 17 2017

Review: Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye is a satirical romance about identity, guilt, goodness, and the nature...
<i>A Single Spy</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
April 17 2017

A Single Spy: New Excerpt

A Single Spy by William Christie follows Alexsi Ivanovich Smirnov, a Russian orphan forced to...
My Top 5 Historical Mysteries of Great Influence
Blogs
April 14 2017

My Top 5 Historical Mysteries of Great Influence

This post was originally going to be about my favorite/influential mysteries, but I realized...
History’s Characters: Alexis Soyer
Blogs
April 13 2017

History’s Characters: Alexis Soyer

Apart from enthusiastic foodies, the Frenchman Alexis Soyer (1810-1858) is all but forgotten...
The Dark Tower: <i>Wolves of the Calla</i> Part II
Blogs
April 11 2017

The Dark Tower: Wolves of the Calla Part II

Last week, we met an old King friend as we began Wolves of the Calla. This week, we meet more of the...
Q&A with Harry Hunsicker, Author of <i>The Devil’s Country</i>
Blogs
April 11 2017

Q&A with Harry Hunsicker, Author of The Devil’s Country

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Harry Hunsicker is a 4th-generation native of Dallas and former executive vice-president of the...