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Review: <i>Madness Treads Lightly</i> by Polina Dashkova
Blogs
October 19 2017

Review: Madness Treads Lightly by Polina Dashkova

Ardi Alspach
Madness Treads Lightly by Polina Dashkova is a Russian mystery where only three people can connect...
Cover Reveal: <i>Not Her Daughter</i> by Rea Frey
Blogs
October 19 2017

Cover Reveal: Not Her Daughter by Rea Frey

Crime HQ
Emotionally powerful and wire-taut, Not Her Daughter by Rea Frey raises the question of...
5 New Books to Read this Week: October 17, 2017
Blogs
October 18 2017

5 New Books to Read this Week: October 17, 2017

Crime HQ
Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Iris Johansen Excerpt: <i>Mind Game</i>
Excerpts
October 17 2017

Iris Johansen Excerpt: Mind Game

Iris Johansen
Mind Game by Iris Johansen is the 22nd book in the Eve Duncan series and a propulsive thriller that’s...
Review: <i>The Last Mrs. Parrish</i> by Liv Constantine
Blogs
October 16 2017

Review: The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine

Kristin Centorcelli
The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine is a mesmerizing debut about a coolly manipulative woman...
Watch the Final Trailer for <i>Stranger Things 2</i>
Blogs
October 16 2017

Watch the Final Trailer for Stranger Things 2

Crime HQ
Eleven days until the world is turned upside down again. On October 27, Netflix will drop the...
Review: <i>Killing Season</i> by Faye Kellerman
Blogs
October 16 2017

Review: Killing Season by Faye Kellerman

John Valeri
Killing Season by Faye Kellerman is an electrifying novel of suspense in which a young man'’s...
Christopher J. Yates Excerpt: <i>Grist Mill Road</i>
Excerpts
October 16 2017

Christopher J. Yates Excerpt: Grist Mill Road

Christopher J. Yates
Grist Mill Road by Christopher J. Yates is a dark, twisted, and expertly plotted Rashomon-style tale...
<i>The Deuce</i> 1.06: “Why Me?” Episode Review
Blogs
October 16 2017

The Deuce 1.06: “Why Me?” Episode Review

Thomas Pluck
After last week’s emotional high point, you have to expect a low, and this is an enjoyable...
Review: <i>The Templar Brotherhood</i> by James Becker
Blogs
October 13 2017

Review: The Templar Brotherhood by James Becker

Kristin Centorcelli
The Templar Brotherhood by James Becker is the third book in the Lost Treasure of the Templars series—a...
<i>Riverdale</i>: How Setting Saved the Story and Stole the Show
Blogs
October 10 2017

Riverdale: How Setting Saved the Story and Stole the Show

Erin Lavitt
Major Season 1 Spoilers Below! Few critics would expect the smartest television show of the...
Watch the Official Trailer for DC’s <i>Justice League</i>
Blogs
October 9 2017

Watch the Official Trailer for DC’s Justice League

Crime HQ
Batman. Wonder Woman. Aquaman. Cyborg. The Flash. Superman ... sort of. After months of waiting,...
Discount: <i>Operation Napoleon</i> by Arnaldur Indriðason
Blogs
October 9 2017

Discount: Operation Napoleon by Arnaldur Indriðason

Crime HQ
A mesmerizing international thriller that sweeps from modern Iceland to Nazi Germany, get a digital...
Review: <i>Cold Harbor</i> by Matthew FitzSimmons
Blogs
October 9 2017

Review: Cold Harbor by Matthew FitzSimmons

Janet Webb
Cold Harbor by Matthew FitzSimmons is the third book in the Gibson Vaughn series, where...
<i>The Deuce</i> 1.05: “What Kind of Bad?” Episode Review
Blogs
October 9 2017

The Deuce 1.05: “What Kind of Bad?” Episode Review

Thomas Pluck
She was an American Girl, raised on promises… We see a lot of promises broken this...
Book-Inspired Cocktails: “What the Hell Did I Just Drink”
Blogs
October 6 2017

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “What the Hell Did I Just Drink”

Adam Wagner
What do you do when you're investigating a fairly straightforward case of a shape-shifting...
More than Just a Femme Fatale
Blogs
October 6 2017

More than Just a Femme Fatale

Lucy Dawson
Read Lucy Dawson's exclusive guest blog about his strange protagonist, Solomon Creed, and...
5 Tough Guys & Gals to Love
Blogs
October 5 2017

5 Tough Guys & Gals to Love

Stephanie Broadribb
Read Steph Broadribb's exclusive guest blog about her favorite action heroes and follow the...
Review: <i>What the Hell Did I Just Read</i> by David Wong
Blogs
October 5 2017

Review: What the Hell Did I Just Read by David Wong

John Valeri
What the Hell Did I Just Read by David Wong is the third book in the John Dies at the End series. Take...
5 New Books to Read this Week: October 3, 2017
Blogs
October 4 2017

5 New Books to Read this Week: October 3, 2017

Crime HQ
Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Review: <i>The Naturalist</i> by Andrew Mayne
Blogs
October 4 2017

Review: The Naturalist by Andrew Mayne

Kristin Centorcelli
The Naturalist by Andrew Mayne is the first book in The Naturalist series. Andrew Mayne is...
Review: <i>Friends and Traitors</i> by John Lawton
Blogs
October 3 2017

Review: Friends and Traitors by John Lawton

Janet Webb
Friends and Traitors by John Lawton is the eighth book in the Inspector Troy series―a story...
Who Is Solomon Creed?
Blogs
October 3 2017

Who Is Solomon Creed?

Simon Toyne
Read Simon Toyne's exclusive guest blog about his strange protagonist, Solomon Creed, and...
Review: <i>Hello Again</i> by Brenda Novak
Blogs
October 3 2017

Review: Hello Again by Brenda Novak

Corrina Lawson
Hello Again by Brenda Novak is the second book in the Dr. Evelyn Talbot series. Read Brenda Novak's...
J.J. Hensley Excerpt: <i>Bolt Action Remedy</i>
Excerpts
October 3 2017

J.J. Hensley Excerpt: Bolt Action Remedy

J.J. Hensley
Bolt Action Remedy by J.J. Hensley is the first book in the new Trevor Galloway Thriller series.  Former...
Top 10 Crime Films of the 21st Century
Blogs
October 2 2017

Top 10 Crime Films of the 21st Century

Peter Foy
What is it that makes for a great crime film? Is a movie a crime film simply because it deals...
Review: <i>The Good Thief’s Guide to Murder</i> by Chris Ewan
Blogs
October 2 2017

Review: The Good Thief’s Guide to Murder by Chris Ewan

Kristin Centorcelli
The Good Thief's Guide to Murder by Chris Ewan is a short story in the Good Thief's Guide...
Review: <i>Winter Warning</i> by Jerome Charyn
Blogs
October 2 2017

Review: Winter Warning by Jerome Charyn

Janet Webb
Winter Warning by Jerome Charyn is the climactic conclusion to the iconic Isaac Sidel mystery...
James Becker Excerpt: <i>The Templar Brotherhood</i>
Excerpts
October 2 2017

James Becker Excerpt: The Templar Brotherhood

James Becker
The Templar Brotherhood by James Becker is the third book in the Lost Treasure of the Templars series—a...
<i>The Deuce</i> 1.04: “I See Money” Episode Review
Blogs
October 2 2017

The Deuce 1.04: “I See Money” Episode Review

Thomas Pluck
The last shot of the wonderful opening credits sequence always makes me gag; that barefoot splashing...