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Peter Tremayne Excerpt: <i>Penance of the Damned</i>
Excerpts
July 21 2017

Peter Tremayne Excerpt: Penance of the Damned

Peter Tremayne
Penance of the Damned by Peter Tremayne is the 27th book in the Sister Fidelma series (available...
The Dark Tower: <i>The Dark Tower</i> Part IV
Blogs
July 18 2017

The Dark Tower: The Dark Tower Part IV

David Cranmer
Last week, the ka-tet lost another at the Battle of Devar-Toi as they free the Breakers and save the...
Review: <i>The Third Nero</i> by Lindsey Davis
Blogs
July 13 2017

Review: The Third Nero by Lindsey Davis

Angie Barry
The Third Nero by Lindsey Davis is the fifth book in the Flavia Albia series. My name is Albia,...
Review: <i>Perish from the Earth</i> by Jonathan F. Putnam
Blogs
July 11 2017

Review: Perish from the Earth by Jonathan F. Putnam

Corrina Lawson
Perish from the Earth by Jonathan F. Putnam—the second Lincoln & Speed mystery—is...
The Dark Tower: <i>The Dark Tower</i> Part III
Blogs
July 11 2017

The Dark Tower: The Dark Tower Part III

David Cranmer
Last week, we lost Father Callahan but ran into an old friend. This week, the ka-tet loses another...
Review: <i>Dark Water</i> by Parker Bilal
Blogs
July 10 2017

Review: Dark Water by Parker Bilal

Doreen Sheridan
Dark Water by Parker Bilal is the sixth Makana Mystery, where the private investigator's past...
Review: <i>City of Masks</i> by S. D. Sykes
Blogs
July 7 2017

Review: City of Masks by S. D. Sykes

Janet Webb
City of Masks by S. D. Sykes is the third Somershill Manor mystery, where young Lord Somershill...
Crime on the Homefront WWII
Blogs
July 7 2017

Crime on the Homefront WWII

Mark Ellis
“So you write books about criminals in World War II London, Mr. Ellis? Thin pickings, I...
Review: <i>The State Counsellor</i> by Boris Akunin
Blogs
July 6 2017

Review: The State Counsellor by Boris Akunin

Doreen Sheridan
The State Counsellor by Boris Akunin is the sixth Erast Fandorin historical mystery—the first...
<i>Dead, to Begin With</i> by Bill Crider: A Visual Guide
Blogs
July 5 2017

Dead, to Begin With by Bill Crider: A Visual Guide

Adam Wagner
GIFnotes: Giving you the basic plot summary of an upcoming book with the help of the Graphics Interchange Format. This...
5 New Books to Read this Week: July 4, 2017
Blogs
July 5 2017

5 New Books to Read this Week: July 4, 2017

Crime HQ
Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Lindsey Davis Excerpt: <i>The Third Nero</i>
Excerpts
July 5 2017

Lindsey Davis Excerpt: The Third Nero

The Third Nero by Lindsey Davis is the fifth book in the Flavia Albia series (available July 11, 2017). Intrigue—and...
The Dark Tower: <i>The Dark Tower</i> Part II
Blogs
July 4 2017

The Dark Tower: The Dark Tower Part II

David Cranmer
Last week, we began our final book of the series, The Dark Tower, with a chilling and thrilling opening....
The Dark Tower: <i>The Dark Tower</i> Part I
Blogs
June 27 2017

The Dark Tower: The Dark Tower Part I

David Cranmer
Last week, we closed out Song of Susannah on somewhat of an anticlimactic ending. This week, Stephen...
How History Influenced My Mystery: The Murder of Elijah Lovejoy
Blogs
June 26 2017

How History Influenced My Mystery: The Murder of Elijah Lovejoy

Jonathan F. Putnam
Read Jonathan F. Putnam's exclusive guest post about Elijah Lovejoy, the anti-slavery martyr...
Crime/Mystery/Thrillers Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix in July 2017
Blogs
June 26 2017

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

Crime HQ
July is a month for laughs but hardly for crime and mystery. With several new standup specials...
The Dark Tower: <i>Song of Susannah</i> Part IV
Blogs
June 20 2017

The Dark Tower: Song of Susannah Part IV

David Cranmer
Last week, we ran into Stephen King in his own story. This week, Jake and Callahan load up on...
Page to Screen: <i>American Gods</i> 1.08: “Come to Jesus” Review
Blogs
June 19 2017

Page to Screen: American Gods 1.08: “Come to Jesus” Review

David Cranmer
The season finale sees the long overdue returns of Anansi and Bilquis. While Mr. Nancy (Orlando...
The Dark Tower: <i>Song of Susannah</i> Part III
Blogs
June 13 2017

The Dark Tower: Song of Susannah Part III

David Cranmer
Last week, we survived a thrilling shootout and got some answers about the demon baby inside...
Page to Screen: <i>American Gods</i> 1.07: “A Prayer for Mad Sweeney” Review
Blogs
June 12 2017

Page to Screen: American Gods 1.07: “A Prayer for Mad Sweeney” Review

David Cranmer
At the Ibis and Jacquel funeral home, the bodies are piling up and keeping the godly duo busy....
Jonathan F. Putnam Excerpt: <i>Perish from the Earth</i>
Excerpts
June 12 2017

Jonathan F. Putnam Excerpt: Perish from the Earth

Jonathan F. Putnam
Perish from the Earth by Jonathan F. Putnam—the second Lincoln and Speed mystery—is...
Review: <i>The Himalayan Codex</i> by Bill Schutt & J. R. Finch
Blogs
June 8 2017

Review: The Himalayan Codex by Bill Schutt & J. R. Finch

Jenny Maloney
The Himalayan Codex by Bill Schutt & J. R. Finch follows zoologist and adventurer Captain...
Celebrating Dean Martin’s Centennial: The Westerns
Blogs
June 7 2017

Celebrating Dean Martin’s Centennial: The Westerns

David Cranmer
Dean Martin (1917-1991) began his career as a crooner, racking up a number of hits including...
5 New Books to Read this Week: June 6, 2017
Blogs
June 7 2017

5 New Books to Read this Week: June 6, 2017

Crime HQ
Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
The Dark Tower: <i>Song of Susannah</i> Part II
Blogs
June 6 2017

The Dark Tower: Song of Susannah Part II

David Cranmer
Last week, we opened Song of Susannah with a bang, as our gang gets split up and thrown...
<i>Wolf on a String</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
June 6 2017

Wolf on a String: New Excerpt

Benjamin Black
Wolf on a String by Benjamin Black is an historical crime novel that delivers both a mesmerizing...
Page to Screen: <i>American Gods</i> 1.06: “A Murder of Gods” Review
Blogs
June 5 2017

Page to Screen: American Gods 1.06: “A Murder of Gods” Review

David Cranmer
The Coming to America segments have been my personal favorites thus far in the first season of...
The Dark Tower: <i>Song of Susannah</i> Part I
Blogs
May 30 2017

The Dark Tower: Song of Susannah Part I

David Cranmer
Last week, we fought the Wolves and Susannah/Mia took Black Thirteen and disappeared through...
Review: <i>A Fine Retribution</i> by Dewey Lambdin
Blogs
May 30 2017

Review: A Fine Retribution by Dewey Lambdin

Corrina Lawson
A Fine Retribution by Dewey Lambdin—the reigning master of maritime fiction—continues...
Page to Screen: <i>American Gods</i> 1.05: “Lemon Scented You” Review
Blogs
May 29 2017

Page to Screen: American Gods 1.05: “Lemon Scented You” Review

David Cranmer
Without exception, the opening vignettes to American Gods are mini-masterpieces destined to be...