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Dog Handler: Why David Handler Included a Canine Sidekick
Blogs
August 17 2017

Dog Handler: Why David Handler Included a Canine Sidekick

David Handler
Read David Handler's exclusive guest post about why he included his sidekick dog Lulu in...
Cooking the Books: <i>French Fried</i> by Kylie Logan
Blogs
August 16 2017

Cooking the Books: French Fried by Kylie Logan

Doreen Sheridan
Laurel Inwood has a lot on her plate with the 130th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty giving...
<i>Sleep Like a Baby</i> by Charlaine Harris: A Visual Guide
Blogs
August 16 2017

Sleep Like a Baby by Charlaine Harris: 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: August 15, 2017
Blogs
August 16 2017

5 New Books to Read this Week: August 15, 2017

Crime HQ
Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Review: <i>Dog Dish of Doom</i> by E. J. Copperman
Blogs
August 16 2017

Review: Dog Dish of Doom by E. J. Copperman

Katherine Tomlinson
Dog Dish of Doom by E. J. Copperman is the first book in the new Agent to the Paws series. Take...
Cozy Bookshelf Shopping List: September, 2017
Blogs
August 15 2017

Cozy Bookshelf Shopping List: September, 2017

Crime HQ
Discover (or remember to order) your next cozy with a delightfully convenient shopping list of...
Review: <i>Cat Shining Bright</i> by Shirley Rousseau Murphy
Blogs
August 15 2017

Review: Cat Shining Bright by Shirley Rousseau Murphy

Doreen Sheridan
Cat Shining Bright by Shirley Rousseau Murphy is the 20th book in the Joe Grey mystery series,...
Win a Copy of <i>Y is for Yesterday</i>!
Blogs
August 14 2017

Win a Copy of Y is for Yesterday!

Crime HQ
A decades-old murder. A missing videotape. An escaped suspect. Y is for Yesterday might...
Ann Cleeves Excerpt: <i>Telling Tales</i>
Excerpts
August 14 2017

Ann Cleeves Excerpt: Telling Tales

Ann Cleeves
Telling Tales by Ann Cleeves is the second book in the Vera Stanhope series (available August 22,...
Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Dogfish of Doom”
Blogs
August 11 2017

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Dogfish of Doom”

Adam Wagner
When you represent celebrity animals, it's usually the owners that drive you to the drink. And...
Review: <i>Bibliomysteries</i>, Edited by Otto Penzler
Blogs
August 11 2017

Review: Bibliomysteries, Edited by Otto Penzler

Kristin Centorcelli
Bibliomysteries, edited by Otto Penzler, is a specially commissioned anthology featuring original...
Review: <i>On Her Majesty’s Frightfully Secret Service</i> by Rhys Bowen
Blogs
August 9 2017

Review: On Her Majesty’s Frightfully Secret Service by Rhys Bowen

Janet Webb
On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service by Rhy Bowen is the 11th Royal Spyness novel, where...
Cooking the Books: <i>Ghostal Living</i> by Kathleen Bridge
Blogs
August 9 2017

Cooking the Books: Ghostal Living by Kathleen Bridge

Doreen Sheridan
The third installment of the Hamptons Home & Garden mystery series finds our heroine, interior...
5 New Books to Read this Week: August 8, 2017
Blogs
August 9 2017

5 New Books to Read this Week: August 8, 2017

Crime HQ
Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
E. J. Copperman Excerpt: <i>Dog Dish of Doom</i>
Excerpts
August 9 2017

E. J. Copperman Excerpt: Dog Dish of Doom

E. J. Copperman
Dog Dish of Doom by E. J. Copperman is the first book in the new Agent to the Paws series (available...
Amateur Night: Black Women in Amateur Detective Fiction
Blogs
August 8 2017

Amateur Night: Black Women in Amateur Detective Fiction

Kellye Garrett
From Walter Mosley’s private investigator Easy Rawlins to James Patterson’s police...
Review: <i>Dead, to Begin With</i> by Bill Crider
Blogs
August 8 2017

Review: Dead, to Begin With by Bill Crider

Terrie Farley Moran
Dead, to Begin With by Bill Crider is the 24th book in the Sheriff Dan Rhodes Mysteries series (available...
Review: <i>Murder Take Three</i> by Eric Brown
Blogs
August 4 2017

Review: Murder Take Three by Eric Brown

Janet Webb
Murder Take Three by Eric Brown is the fourth Langham and Dupré Mystery, where 1950s...
Cooking the Books: <i>Dead and Berried</i> by Peg Cochran
Blogs
August 2 2017

Cooking the Books: Dead and Berried by Peg Cochran

Doreen Sheridan
The delightful Cranberry Cove Mystery series set on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan is back...
5 New Books to Read this Week: August 1, 2017
Blogs
August 2 2017

5 New Books to Read this Week: August 1, 2017

Crime HQ
Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Review: <i>Cat About Town</i> by Cate Conte
Blogs
August 2 2017

Review: Cat About Town by Cate Conte

John Valeri
Cat About Town by Cate Conte is the first novel in a frisky new Cat Cafe Mystery series set in a small...
Review: <i>Beauty Like the Night</i> by Joanna Bourne
Blogs
August 1 2017

Review: Beauty Like the Night by Joanna Bourne

Janet Webb
Beauty Like the Night by Joanna Bourne is the sixth and final book in the Spymaster series—a...
Bill Crider Excerpt: <i>Dead, to Begin With</i>
Excerpts
August 1 2017

Bill Crider Excerpt: Dead, to Begin With

Bill Crider
Dead, to Begin With by Bill Crider is the 24th book in the Sheriff Dan Rhodes Mysteries series (available...
<i>Grantchester</i> 3.06: Episode Review
Blogs
July 31 2017

Grantchester 3.06: Episode Review

Leslie Gilbert Elman
We conclude this series of Grantchester with preparations for a wedding, although maybe not the...
Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Gulls’ Night”
Blogs
July 28 2017

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Gulls’ Night”

Adam Wagner
Meg Langslow and her grandfather may have a hard time tracking down a rare gull... But they...
David Rosenfelt on His Andy Carpenter Series
Blogs
July 27 2017

David Rosenfelt on His Andy Carpenter Series

David Rosenfelt
Everywhere I go, countless fans ask me how I came up with the idea for the Andy Carpenter series. Actually,...
Ashley Weaver on Her Amory Ames Mystery Series
Blogs
July 27 2017

Ashley Weaver on Her Amory Ames Mystery Series

Ashley Weaver
For as long as I can remember, I've loved mysteries. As a child, I owned bookshelves full...
Charles Finch on His Charles Lenox Mystery Series
Blogs
July 27 2017

Charles Finch on His Charles Lenox Mystery Series

Charles Finch
The year I turned either eleven or twelve I received a massive and distinguished hardcover edition...
Review: <i>Collared</i> by David Rosenfelt
Blogs
July 27 2017

Review: Collared by David Rosenfelt

Doreen Sheridan
Collared by David Rosenfelt is the 16th book in the Andy Carpenter series. Read an excerpt from...
Charlaine Harris Excerpt: <i>Sleep Like a Baby</i>
Excerpts
July 27 2017

Charlaine Harris Excerpt: Sleep Like a Baby

Charlaine Harris
Sleep Like a Baby by Charlaine Harris is the 10th book in the Aurora Teagarden Mysteries series...