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<i>The X-Files</i> Fanfic: The Stories Are Out There
Blogs
November 23 2017

The X-Files Fanfic: The Stories Are Out There

Joanna Schaffhausen
Fox Mulder and Dana Scully are set to return next year for another revival season of The X-Files,...
5 New Books to Read this Week: November 21, 2017
Blogs
November 22 2017

5 New Books to Read this Week: November 21, 2017

Crime HQ
Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Review: <i>The Best American Mystery Stories 2017</i>, Edited by John Sandford
Blogs
November 21 2017

Review: The Best American Mystery Stories 2017, Edited by John Sandford

David Cranmer
From an isolated Wyoming ranch to the Detroit boxing underworld, and from kidnapping and adultery...
5 Ways Holmes and Lovecraft Work Together
Blogs
November 20 2017

5 Ways Holmes and Lovecraft Work Together

James Lovegrove
Read James Lovegrove's exclusive guest post about the ways in which Sherlock Holmes works...
Trey R. Barker Excerpt: <i>When the Lonesome Dog Barks</i>
Excerpts
November 20 2017

Trey R. Barker Excerpt: When the Lonesome Dog Barks

Trey R. Barker
When the Lonesome Dog Barks by Trey R. Barker is the third book in the Jace Salome series. Two...
Audiobook Review: <i>Murder on the Orient Express</i>, Read by Kenneth Branagh
Blogs
November 17 2017

Audiobook Review: Murder on the Orient Express, Read by Kenneth Branagh

Danielle Prielipp
In addition to directing the new version of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express,...
Back to J. D. Robb’s Future: How the Futuristic Technology of the In Death Series Has Fared in the Present
Blogs
November 16 2017

Back to J. D. Robb’s Future: How the Futuristic Technology of the In Death Series Has Fared in the Present

Janet Webb
The dichotomy between the head (futuristic technology) and heart (the prime directive since the...
Writing the Private Detective vs. the Police Detective
Blogs
November 16 2017

Writing the Private Detective vs. the Police Detective

T.R. Ragan
Writing a private detective series as opposed to a detective in the police force is always thrilling...
Review: <i>A Season to Lie</i> by Emily Littlejohn
Blogs
November 16 2017

Review: A Season to Lie by Emily Littlejohn

Amber Keller
A Season to Lie by Emily Littlejohn is the second Detective Gemma Monroe novel, where a twisted killer...
Charles Finch Excerpt: <i>The Woman in the Water</i>
Excerpts
November 16 2017

Charles Finch Excerpt: The Woman in the Water

Charles Finch
The Woman in the Water by Charles Finch is a prequel to the Charles Lenox series, which takes readers...
5 New Books to Read this Week: November 14, 2017
Blogs
November 15 2017

5 New Books to Read this Week: November 14, 2017

Crime HQ
Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Vote for Your Favorite Character from the New <i>Murder on the Orient Express</i> Film
Blogs
November 14 2017

Vote for Your Favorite Character from the New Murder on the Orient Express Film

Crime HQ
  Watch the trailer for Murder on the Orient Express!
The Weather Outside Is Frightful: Using Weather to Enhance Setting
Blogs
November 14 2017

The Weather Outside Is Frightful: Using Weather to Enhance Setting

Emily Littlejohn
Read Emily Littlejohn's guest post about using weather events to enhance setting, then make...
Review: <i>Turn on the Heat</i> by Erle Stanley Gardner
Blogs
November 13 2017

Review: Turn on the Heat by Erle Stanley Gardner

Kristin Centorcelli
Turn on the Heat by Erle Stanley Gardner is considered one of the best Cool and Lam novels in...
Book-Inspired Cocktails: “A Season for Rye”
Blogs
November 10 2017

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “A Season for Rye”

Adam Wagner
What do you do when you're investigating a killer in the dead of winter? Warm up with...
Beautifully Crafted Leather-Bound Copy of <i>Murder on the Orient Express</i>
Blogs
November 10 2017

Beautifully Crafted Leather-Bound Copy of Murder on the Orient Express

Crime HQ
Murder on the Orient Express and Other Hercule Poirot Mysteries is a beautifully crafted, leather-bound,...
Review: <i>Trespass</i> by Anthony Quinn
Blogs
November 8 2017

Review: Trespass by Anthony Quinn

Kristin Centorcelli
Trespass by Anthony Quinn is the fourth book in the Inspector Celsius Daly series, catapulting...
5 New Books to Read this Week: November 7, 2017
Blogs
November 8 2017

5 New Books to Read this Week: November 7, 2017

Crime HQ
Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Review: <i>Every Breath You Take</i> by Mary Higgins Clark & Alafair Burke
Blogs
November 7 2017

Review: Every Breath You Take by Mary Higgins Clark & Alafair Burke

John Valeri
Every Breath You Take by Mary Higgins Clark & Alafair Burke follows television producer’s...
Review: <i>Bonfire</i> by Krysten Ritter
Blogs
November 6 2017

Review: Bonfire by Krysten Ritter

Ardi Alspach
Bonfire by Krysten Ritter is a gripping, tightly wound suspense novel about a woman forced to confront...
Emily Littlejohn Excerpt: <i>A Season to Lie</i>
Excerpts
November 6 2017

Emily Littlejohn Excerpt: A Season to Lie

Emily Littlejohn
A Season to Lie by Emily Littlejohn is the second Detective Gemma Monroe novel, where a twisted killer...
Discount: <i>How the Light Gets In</i> by Louise Penny
Blogs
November 2 2017

Discount: How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny

Crime HQ
One of Publishers Weekly's Best Mystery/Thriller Books of 2013, one of The Washington Post's...
5 New Police Procedurals to Heat Up Your Winter
Blogs
November 2 2017

5 New Police Procedurals to Heat Up Your Winter

Carrie Smith
Read Carrie Smith's exclusive guest post about her 5 favorite upcoming police procedurals,...
5 New Books to Read this Week: October 31, 2017
Blogs
November 1 2017

5 New Books to Read this Week: October 31, 2017

Crime HQ
Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Review: <i>Buzz Killer</i> by Tom Straw
Blogs
October 31 2017

Review: Buzz Killer by Tom Straw

John Valeri
Buzz Killer by Tom Straw is the first in a prospective new series featuring NYC Public Defender...
Mark Frost Excerpt: <i>Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier</i>
Excerpts
October 31 2017

Mark Frost Excerpt: Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier

Mark Frost
Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier by Mark Frost is the crucial sequel to the New York Times bestselling...
Crime/Mystery/Thrillers Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix in November 2017
Blogs
October 30 2017

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

Crime HQ
Highlighted by the highly anticipated final season of Longmire and the long-awaited Punisher...
<i>The Deuce</i> Season Finale, 1.08: “My Name Is Ruby” Episode Review
Blogs
October 30 2017

The Deuce Season Finale, 1.08: “My Name Is Ruby” Episode Review

Thomas Pluck
Take what comes. But show no ambition. Sandra learns that corruption and power are perpetual...
Q&A with Tom Straw, Author of <i>Buzz Killer</i>
Blogs
October 26 2017

Q&A with Tom Straw, Author of Buzz Killer

Tom Straw and John Valeri
Tom Straw published his first mystery, The Trigger Episode, in 2007 and then authored seven crime...
Review: <i>Dying to Live</i> by Michael Stanley
Blogs
October 26 2017

Review: Dying to Live by Michael Stanley

Doreen Sheridan
Dying to Live by Michael Stanley is the sixth crime novel to feature the humble and endearing...