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From the Golden Era’s sleuths to today’s idiosyncratic amateurs, these stories favor challenging puzzles, plenty of neighborly suspects, and blatant laughs over graphic sex and violence.

New Look, Same Great Books Bundle Sweepstakes
Blogs
March 28 2018

New Look, Same Great Books Bundle Sweepstakes

Crime HQ
At CrimeHQ, we're dedicated to bringing you the best in crime and mystery. And now, the site...
Cooking the Books: <i>Cinnamon Roll Murder</i> by Joanne Fluke
Blogs
March 28 2018

Cooking the Books: Cinnamon Roll Murder by Joanne Fluke

Doreen Sheridan
We’re back in Lake Eden for a very brief stop so I can find out what happens with Norman...
<i>What You Want to See</i> by Kristen Lepionka: A Visual Guide
Blogs
March 28 2018

What You Want to See by Kristen Lepionka: A Visual Guide

Adam Wagner
GIFnotes: Giving you the basic plot summary of an upcoming book with the help of the Graphics Interchange Format. What...
5 New Books to Read this Week: March 27, 2018
Blogs
March 28 2018

5 New Books to Read this Week: March 27, 2018

Crime HQ
Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Julia Chapman Excerpt: <i>Date with Malice</i>
Excerpts
March 28 2018

Julia Chapman Excerpt: Date with Malice

Julia Chapman
Date with Malice by Julia Chapman is the second book in the Samson and Delilah Mystery series, set...
Paige Shelton Excerpt: <i>Lost Books and Old Bones</i>
Excerpts
March 26 2018

Paige Shelton Excerpt: Lost Books and Old Bones

Paige Shelton
Lost Books and Old Bones by Paige Shelton is the third book in the Scottish Bookshop Mystery series,...
Review: <i>Death by Dumpling</i> by Vivien Chien
Blogs
March 22 2018

Review: Death by Dumpling by Vivien Chien

Doreen Sheridan
Death by Dumpling by Vivien Chien is the first book in the new Noodle Shop Mystery series (available...
Cooking the Books: <i>Marinating in Murder</i> by Linda Wiken
Blogs
March 21 2018

Cooking the Books: Marinating in Murder by Linda Wiken

Doreen Sheridan
Event planner JJ Tanner is looking forward to a picnic outing with her Culinary Capers club—a...
<i>The Glass Room</i> by Ann Cleeves: A Visual Guide
Blogs
March 21 2018

The Glass Room by Ann Cleeves: A Visual Guide

Adam Wagner
GIFnotes: Giving you the basic plot summary of an upcoming book with the help of the Graphics Interchange Format. From...
Vivien Chien Excerpt: <i>Death by Dumpling</i>
Excerpts
March 19 2018

Vivien Chien Excerpt: Death by Dumpling

Vivien Chien
Death by Dumpling by Vivien Chien is the first book in the new Noodle Shop Mystery series (available...
Book-Inspired Cocktails: “The Purloined Swizzle”
Blogs
March 16 2018

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “The Purloined Swizzle”

Adam Wagner
A stolen puzzle. A bloody knife. A dead body. I think the Puzzle Lady could use a drink!...
Cozy Bookshelf Shopping List: April 2018
Blogs
March 15 2018

Cozy Bookshelf Shopping List: April 2018

Crime HQ
Discover (or remember to order) your next cozy with a delightfully convenient shopping list of...
Review: <i>The Purloined Puzzle</i> by Parnell Hall
Blogs
March 15 2018

Review: The Purloined Puzzle by Parnell Hall

Doreen Sheridan
In The Purloined Puzzle by Parnell Hall, amateur sleuth and crossword impresario Cora Felton is asked...
Cooking the Books: <i>Dipped to Death</i> by Kelly Lane
Blogs
March 14 2018

Cooking the Books: Dipped to Death by Kelly Lane

Doreen Sheridan
The third installment of the Olive Grove Mystery series delves really deep into our heroine Eva...
5 New Books to Read this Week: March 13, 2018
Blogs
March 14 2018

5 New Books to Read this Week: March 13, 2018

Crime HQ
Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Discount: <i>The Cracked Spine</i> by Paige Shelton
Blogs
March 13 2018

Discount: The Cracked Spine by Paige Shelton

Crime HQ
A humble bookshop finds itself in the midst of a murder plot in The Cracked Spine—the first...
Cooking the Books: <i>Plum Tea Crazy</i> by Laura Childs
Blogs
March 7 2018

Cooking the Books: Plum Tea Crazy by Laura Childs

Doreen Sheridan
The 19th installment of the bestselling Tea Shop Mystery series plunges us straight into the...
<i>Lost Books and Old Bones</i> by Paige Shelton: A Visual Guide
Blogs
March 7 2018

Lost Books and Old Bones by Paige Shelton: A Visual Guide

Adam Wagner
GIFnotes: Giving you the basic plot summary of an upcoming book with the help of the Graphics Interchange Format. Lost...
Parnell Hall Excerpt: <i>The Purloined Puzzle</i>
Excerpts
March 7 2018

Parnell Hall Excerpt: The Purloined Puzzle

Parnell Hall
In The Purloined Puzzle by Parnell Hall, amateur sleuth and crossword impresario Cora Felton is asked...
50 Years of Reading Mysteries
Blogs
March 6 2018

50 Years of Reading Mysteries

Patricia Abbott
Fifty years, huh? There were the predictable Nancy Drew mysteries at age 10. Then, there was...
Cooking the Books: <i>Devil’s Food Cake Murder</i> by Joanne Fluke
Blogs
February 28 2018

Cooking the Books: Devil’s Food Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke

Doreen Sheridan
Oh no! This was a terrible installment for me to put this series on pause! Joanne Fluke delivers...
<i>Date with Malice</i> by Julia Chapman: A Visual Guide
Blogs
February 28 2018

Date with Malice by Julia Chapman: A Visual Guide

Adam Wagner
GIFnotes: Giving you the basic plot summary of an upcoming book with the help of the Graphics Interchange Format. Date...
Review: <i>A Whisper of Bones</i> by Ellen Hart
Blogs
February 26 2018

Review: A Whisper of Bones by Ellen Hart

Doreen Sheridan
A Whisper of Bones by Ellen Hart is the 25th book in the Jane Lawless Mysteries series (available...
Donald Bain Excerpt: <i>Margaret Truman’s Allied in Danger</i>
Excerpts
February 22 2018

Donald Bain Excerpt: Margaret Truman’s Allied in Danger

Donald Bain
PI Robert Brixton is back in Margaret Truman's Allied in Danger by Donald Bain, the 30th installment...
Cooking the Books: <i>Apple Turnover Murder</i> by Joanne Fluke
Blogs
February 21 2018

Cooking the Books: Apple Turnover Murder by Joanne Fluke

Doreen Sheridan
Several months have elapsed since the emotional cliffhanger ending of the previous book in the...
<i>Death by Dumpling</i> by Vivien Chien: A Visual Guide
Blogs
February 21 2018

Death by Dumpling by Vivien Chien: A Visual Guide

Adam Wagner
GIFnotes: Giving you the basic plot summary of an upcoming book with the help of the Graphics Interchange Format. Welcome...
Ellen Hart Excerpt: <i>A Whisper of Bones</i>
Excerpts
February 19 2018

Ellen Hart Excerpt: A Whisper of Bones

Ellen Hart
A Whisper of Bones by Ellen Hart is the 25th book in the Jane Lawless Mysteries series (available...
Cozy Bookshelf Shopping List: March 2018
Blogs
February 15 2018

Cozy Bookshelf Shopping List: March 2018

Crime HQ
Discover (or remember to order) your next cozy with a delightfully convenient shopping list of...
Cooking the Books: <i>Plum Pudding Murder</i> by Joanne Fluke
Blogs
February 14 2018

Cooking the Books: Plum Pudding Murder by Joanne Fluke

Doreen Sheridan
Only 10 more shopping days until Christmas, but our heroine Hannah Swensen has already bought...
<i>The Purloined Puzzle</i> by Parnell Hall: A Visual Guide
Blogs
February 14 2018

The Purloined Puzzle by Parnell Hall: A Visual Guide

Adam Wagner
GIFnotes: Giving you the basic plot summary of an upcoming book with the help of the Graphics Interchange Format. Amateur...