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Review: <i>Lowcountry Bonfire</i> by Susan M. Boyer
Blogs
June 23 2017

Review: Lowcountry Bonfire by Susan M. Boyer

John Valeri
Lowcountry Bonfire by Susan M. Boyer is the 6th book in the Liz Talbot Mystery series (available June...
Cooking the Books: <i>A Just Clause</i> by Lorna Barrett
Blogs
June 21 2017

Cooking the Books: A Just Clause by Lorna Barrett

Doreen Sheridan
We're back in Stoneham, New Hampshire, the fabled Booktown that gives this bestselling mystery...
<i>Cat About Town</i> by Cate Conte: A Visual Guide
Blogs
June 21 2017

Cat About Town by Cate Conte: 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: June 20, 2017
Blogs
June 21 2017

5 New Books to Read this Week: June 20, 2017

Crime HQ
Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
M. C. Beaton Excerpt: <i>The Witches’ Tree</i>
Excerpts
June 21 2017

M. C. Beaton Excerpt: The Witches’ Tree

M. C. Beaton
The Witches' Tree by M. C. Beaton is the 28th book in the Agatha Raisin series (available October...
Vote for Your Favorite Masterpiece Mystery Series
Blogs
June 20 2017

Vote for Your Favorite Masterpiece Mystery Series

Crime HQ
  Don't see your favorite Masterpiece Mystery series? Let us know which is your favorite...
Susan M. Boyer Excerpt: <i>Lowcountry Bonfire</i>
Excerpts
June 20 2017

Susan M. Boyer Excerpt: Lowcountry Bonfire

Susan M. Boyer
Lowcountry Bonfire by Susan M. Boyer is the 6th book in the Liz Talbot Mystery series (available...
<i>Grantchester</i> 3.00: Christmas Special Episode Review
Blogs
June 19 2017

Grantchester 3.00: Christmas Special Episode Review

Leslie Gilbert Elman
Behold, I bring you tidings of great joy … Grantchester has returned. And this episode,...
Ellie Alexander Excerpt: <i>A Crime of Passion Fruit</i>
Excerpts
June 19 2017

Ellie Alexander Excerpt: A Crime of Passion Fruit

Ellie Alexander
A Crime of Passion Fruit by Ellie Alexander is the 6th book in the Bakeshop Mystery series (available...
Review: <i>Shiver Hitch</i> by Linda Greenlaw
Blogs
June 15 2017

Review: Shiver Hitch by Linda Greenlaw

Amber Keller
Shiver Hitch by Linda Greenlaw is the third book in the Jane Bunker Mystery series. Author Linda...
Cozy Bookshelf Shopping List: July, 2017
Blogs
June 15 2017

Cozy Bookshelf Shopping List: July, 2017

Crime HQ
Discover (or remember to order) your next cozy with a delightfully convenient shopping list of...
Cooking the Books: <i>Title Wave</i> by Lorna Barrett
Blogs
June 14 2017

Cooking the Books: Title Wave by Lorna Barrett

Doreen Sheridan
This was my first foray into the bestselling Booktown Mystery series, and I was a little worried...
Discount: <i>The Brutal Telling</i> by Louise Penny
Blogs
June 14 2017

Discount: The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny

Crime HQ
Through the month of June, get a digital copy of Louise Penny's fifth Chief Inspector...
5 New Books to Read this Week: June 13, 2017
Blogs
June 14 2017

5 New Books to Read this Week: June 13, 2017

Crime HQ
Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Cooking the Books: <i>A Frying Shame</i> by Linda Reilly
Blogs
June 7 2017

Cooking the Books: A Frying Shame by Linda Reilly

Doreen Sheridan
The third book in the Deep Fried Mystery series has us back in the Berkshires, as our heroine...
<i>Down a Dark Road</i> by Linda Castillo: A Visual Guide
Blogs
June 7 2017

Down a Dark Road by Linda Castillo: 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...
Review: <i>The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes</i> by Leonard Goldberg
Blogs
June 7 2017

Review: The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes by Leonard Goldberg

Angie Barry
The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes by Leonard Goldberg is a new thrilling tale of the great...
Review: <i>The End of Temperance Dare</i> by Wendy Webb
Blogs
June 5 2017

Review: The End of Temperance Dare by Wendy Webb

Kristin Centorcelli
Haunting and atmospheric, The End of Temperance Dare by Wendy Webb is another thrilling...
Watch the First Official Trailer for <i>Murder on the Orient Express</i>
Blogs
June 5 2017

Watch the First Official Trailer for Murder on the Orient Express

Crime HQ
A murder. Thirteen strangers stranded on a train. One of the most thrilling mysteries ever told.  Based...
Discount: <i>Hounded</i> by David Rosenfelt
Blogs
June 1 2017

Discount: Hounded by David Rosenfelt

Crime HQ
In anticipation of David Rosenfelt's upcoming 14th Andy Carpenter novel, Collared (available July...
Cooking the Books: <i>Caramel Crush</i> by Jenn McKinlay
Blogs
May 31 2017

Cooking the Books: Caramel Crush by Jenn McKinlay

Doreen Sheridan
Nine books into the Cupcake Bakery Mystery series and Angie deLaura, co-owner of Fairy Tale Cupcakes,...
<i>Grace to the Finish</i> by Julie Hyzy: A Visual Guide
Blogs
May 31 2017

Grace to the Finish by Julie Hyzy: 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...
<i>Shiver Hitch</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
May 30 2017

Shiver Hitch: New Excerpt

Linda Greenlaw
Shiver Hitch by Linda Greenlaw is the 3rd book in the Jane Bunker Mystery series (available June...
Crime/Mystery/Thrillers Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix in June 2017
Blogs
May 29 2017

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

Crime HQ
June continues the trend of adding great crime and mystery fiction, giving us a variety of classic...
<i>The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
May 29 2017

The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes: New Excerpt

Leonard Goldberg
The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes by Leonard Goldberg is a new thrilling tale of the great...
Cooking the Books: <i>Silence of the Jams</i> by Gayle Leeson
Blogs
May 24 2017

Cooking the Books: Silence of the Jams by Gayle Leeson

Doreen Sheridan
Hurray, we’re back in Winter Garden, Virginia, to visit with the delightful Amy Flowers...
Review: <i>Sidney Chambers and the Persistence of Love</i> by James Runcie
Blogs
May 22 2017

Review: Sidney Chambers and the Persistence of Love by James Runcie

Angie Barry
Sidney Chambers and the Persistence of Love by James Runcie is the 6th and final installment...
Dear Professor Moriarty: Petty Thief or Criminal Mastermind
Blogs
May 19 2017

Dear Professor Moriarty: Petty Thief or Criminal Mastermind

Guy Bergstrom
This week's guest columnist is Professor Moriarty, who reports that he is, contrary to rumors,...
The QUILTBAG Detective: Queer Characters in Crime Fiction
Blogs
May 18 2017

The QUILTBAG Detective: Queer Characters in Crime Fiction

kristen lepionka
Read Kristen Lepionka's quick-hits list of the top depictions of queer identities in crime...
Cooking the Books: <i>Town in a Maple Madness</i> by B. B. Haywood
Blogs
May 17 2017

Cooking the Books: Town in a Maple Madness by B. B. Haywood

Doreen Sheridan
I'd never read anything from the Candy Holliday Murder Mystery series before, so I was quite...