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5 New Books to Read this Week: September 19, 2017
Blogs
September 20 2017

5 New Books to Read this Week: September 19, 2017

Crime HQ
Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Review: <i>The Cuban Affair</i> by Nelson DeMille
Blogs
September 20 2017

Review: The Cuban Affair by Nelson DeMille

Kristin Centorcelli
The Cuban Affair by Nelson DeMille is a blistering new novel featuring an exciting new character—U.S....
Mysterious Ways: 5 Books Featuring Ordinary People Solving Mysteries
Blogs
September 19 2017

Mysterious Ways: 5 Books Featuring Ordinary People Solving Mysteries

Brad Abraham
Read Brad Abraham's exclusive guest post about mysteries featuring ordinary people, then...
Review: <i>A Conspiracy of Ravens</i> by Terrence McCauley
Blogs
September 19 2017

Review: A Conspiracy of Ravens by Terrence McCauley

Jenny Maloney
A Conspiracy of Ravens by Terrence McCauley is the third book in the James Hicks series, where...
Review: <i>The Scarred Woman</i> by Jussi Adler-Olsen
Blogs
September 19 2017

Review: The Scarred Woman by Jussi Adler-Olsen

Kristin Centorcelli
The Scarred Woman by Jussi Adler-Olsen is the seventh book in the Department Q series. Carl...
Review: <i>Best Day Ever</i> by Kaira Rouda
Blogs
September 19 2017

Review: Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda

Ardi Alspach
Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda is a gripping, tautly suspenseful tale of deception and betrayal...
Review: <i>Robert B. Parker’s The Hangman’s Sonnet</i> by Reed Farrel Coleman
Blogs
September 18 2017

Review: Robert B. Parker’s The Hangman’s Sonnet by Reed Farrel Coleman

Janet Webb
Robert B. Parker's The Hangman's Sonnet by Reed Farrel Coleman is the 16th Jesse Stone novel. Paradise’s...
Review: <i>Bluebird, Bluebird</i> by Attica Locke
Blogs
September 18 2017

Review: Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke

Katherine Tomlinson
Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke is a powerful thriller about the explosive intersection...
<i>The Deuce</i> 1.02: “Show and Prove” Episode Review
Blogs
September 18 2017

The Deuce 1.02: “Show and Prove” Episode Review

Thomas Pluck
“There’s not enough smoke.” That’s one criticism I overheard about The...
Book-Inspired Cocktails: “The Invisible Hand”
Blogs
September 15 2017

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “The Invisible Hand”

Adam Wagner
What do you do when you're a bartender with dormant magical abilities? Say the magic...
Review: <i>The Names of Dead Girls</i> by Eric Rickstad
Blogs
September 15 2017

Review: The Names of Dead Girls by Eric Rickstad

John Valeri
The Names of Dead Girls by Eric Rickstad builds relentlessly on its spellbinding premise,...
Review: <i>Lies She Told</i> by Cate Holahan
Blogs
September 15 2017

Review: Lies She Told by Cate Holahan

Jenny Maloney
Lies She Told by Cate Holahan is an electrifying story of love and deceit where parts of a crime...
Celebrating Robert Mitchum’s Centennial: The Noir
Blogs
September 14 2017

Celebrating Robert Mitchum’s Centennial: The Noir

David Cranmer
Robert Mitchum (1917-1997) may have gotten his start in Westerns, but it’s his reputation...
Review: <i>Enigma</i> by Catherine Coulter
Blogs
September 14 2017

Review: Enigma by Catherine Coulter

John Valeri
Enigma by Catherine Coulter is the 21st book in the FBI Thriller series, where Agents Savich...
Discount: <i>Patient Zero</i> by Jonathan Maberry
Blogs
September 14 2017

Discount: Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry

Crime HQ
In anticipation of Jonathan Maberry's upcoming supernatural thriller, Glimpse (available...
Murder Was In His Eyes: The Chilling Truth of Domestic Abuse
Blogs
September 13 2017

Murder Was In His Eyes: The Chilling Truth of Domestic Abuse

Kaira Rouda
“Domestic violence” is such a non-specific, dismissive phrase. It glosses over the...
5 New Books to Read this Week: September 12, 2017
Blogs
September 13 2017

5 New Books to Read this Week: September 12, 2017

Crime HQ
Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Second Acts: The Second Novels of Six Great Crime Writers
Blogs
September 12 2017

Second Acts: The Second Novels of Six Great Crime Writers

John Keyse-Walker
Read this exclusive guest post from John Keyse-Walker about the second novels of six of the greatest...
Review: <i>Good Time</i> (2017)
Blogs
September 11 2017

Review: Good Time (2017)

Peter Foy
Making a crime thriller set in contemporary New York is tricky these days for one principal reason:...
Review: <i>Magicians Impossible</i> by Brad Abraham
Blogs
September 11 2017

Review: Magicians Impossible by Brad Abraham

Dave Richards
Magicians Impossible by Brad Abraham is a debut novel that blends magic and mayhem to create...
Review: <i>The Child Finder</i> by Rene Denfeld
Blogs
September 11 2017

Review: The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld

Kristin Centorcelli
The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld is a haunting, richly atmospheric, and deeply suspenseful novel...
Review: <i>Monster in the Closet</i> by Karen Rose
Blogs
September 11 2017

Review: Monster in the Closet by Karen Rose

Janet Webb
Monster in the Closet by Karen Rose is the fifth book in the Baltimore series, where a father-daughter...
Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Drink of Our Lady of Blessed Murder"
Blogs
September 8 2017

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Drink of Our Lady of Blessed Murder"

Adam Wagner
What do you do when you're a ruthless assassin on a quest for vengeance against the powers...
Review: <i>Dead Woman Walking</i> by Sharon Bolton
Blogs
September 8 2017

Review: Dead Woman Walking by Sharon Bolton

Corrina Lawson
In Dead Woman Walking, from master of suspense Sharon Bolton, the sole survivor of a hot-air balloon...
Review: <i>The Bloody Black Flag</i> by Steve Goble
Blogs
September 8 2017

Review: The Bloody Black Flag by Steve Goble

Ardi Alspach
The Bloody Black Flag by Steve Goble is a debut novel aboard a pirate ship in 1722 and the first...
Back in the New York Groove with <i>The Deuce</i>
Blogs
September 7 2017

Back in the New York Groove with The Deuce

Thomas Pluck
As nostalgic as I am for the '70s and ‘80s Times Square, I’m glad that George...
Review: <i>Close to Home</i> by Robert Dugoni
Blogs
September 7 2017

Review: Close to Home by Robert Dugoni

John Valeri
Close to Home by Robert Dugoni is the fifth book in the Tracy Crosswhite series, where the...
Review: <i>Good Me Bad Me</i> by Ali Land
Blogs
September 6 2017

Review: Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land

Ardi Alspach
Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land is a dark, compelling, voice-driven debut psychological suspense thriller. Take...
Marvel’s <i>The Defenders</i> Season 1 Review: Episodes 7-8
Blogs
September 6 2017

Marvel’s The Defenders Season 1 Review: Episodes 7-8

Dave Richards
Hello, and welcome back to my look at Netflix's eight-episode miniseries, The Defenders,...
5 New Books to Read this Week: September 5, 2017
Blogs
September 6 2017

5 New Books to Read this Week: September 5, 2017

Crime HQ
Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...