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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.

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...
5 New Books to Read this Week: February 13, 2018
Blogs
February 14 2018

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

Crime HQ
Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Death in the Bar”
Blogs
February 9 2018

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Death in the Bar”

Adam Wagner
Eclipses often symbolize chaos and disorder—but murder? Kate Shackleton better get...
Cooking the Books: <i>Cream Puff Murder</i> by Joanne Fluke
Blogs
February 7 2018

Cooking the Books: Cream Puff Murder by Joanne Fluke

Doreen Sheridan
Can I say how disappointed I was that the murder in Cream Puff Murder wasn't precipitated...
5 New Books to Read this Week: February 6, 2018
Blogs
February 7 2018

5 New Books to Read this Week: February 6, 2018

Crime HQ
Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Discount: <i>Second Grave on the Left</i> by Darynda Jones
Blogs
February 6 2018

Discount: Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones

Crime HQ
Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones is the second book in the award-winning paranormal Charley...
Q&A with Tracee de Hahn, Author of <i>A Well-Timed Murder</i>
Blogs
February 6 2018

Q&A with Tracee de Hahn, Author of A Well-Timed Murder

Tracee de Hahn and Crime HQ
Tracee de Hahn is the author of the Agnes Lüthi Mysteries series, which includes Swiss Vendetta...
Frances Brody Excerpt: <i>Death in the Stars</i>
Excerpts
February 5 2018

Frances Brody Excerpt: Death in the Stars

Frances Brody
Frances Brody captures the atmosphere and language of 1920s England while delivering a captivating...
Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Agnes Boozi”
Blogs
February 2 2018

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Agnes Boozi”

Adam Wagner
Agnes Luthi has gotten mixed up with trouble again! So as the clock ticks the day away and...
Review: <i>Curses, Boiled Again!</i> by Shari Randall
Blogs
February 2 2018

Review: Curses, Boiled Again! by Shari Randall

John Valeri
Curses, Boiled Again! by Shari Randall welcomes you to the seaside hamlet of Mystic Bay, where the...
Discount: <i>Death Sits Down to Dinner</i> by Tessa Arlen
Blogs
February 1 2018

Discount: Death Sits Down to Dinner by Tessa Arlen

Crime HQ
Filled with deceptions both real and imagined, Death Sits Down to Dinner by Tessa Arlen is a delightful...
Cooking the Books: <i>Carrot Cake Murder</i> by Joanne Fluke
Blogs
January 31 2018

Cooking the Books: Carrot Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke

Doreen Sheridan
Our heroine Hannah Swenson might solve murders in Lake Eden, but her real calling is baking for...
<i>A Whisper of Bones</i> by Ellen Hart: A Visual Guide
Blogs
January 31 2018

A Whisper of Bones by Ellen Hart: A Visual Guide

Adam Wagner
GIFnotes: Giving you the basic plot summary of an upcoming book with the help of the Graphics Interchange Format. A...
Announcing 2018’s Agatha Award Nominees
Blogs
January 30 2018

Announcing 2018’s Agatha Award Nominees

Crime HQ
Malice Domestic—an annual convention held in Washington, D.C., honoring the best of the...
The Perfect Time: How the World of Swiss Watchmaking Made for the Perfect Setting for a Murder Mystery
Blogs
January 29 2018

The Perfect Time: How the World of Swiss Watchmaking Made for the Perfect Setting for a Murder Mystery

Tracee de Hahn
Read this exclusive guest post from Tracee de Hahn, then make sure you're signed in and comment...
Review: <i>The Grave’s a Fine and Private Place</i> by Alan Bradley
Blogs
January 29 2018

Review: The Grave’s a Fine and Private Place by Alan Bradley

Doreen Sheridan
The Grave's a Fine and Private Place by Alan Bradley is the ninth book in the Flavia de Luce series. This...
Tracee de Hahn Excerpt: <i>A Well-Timed Murder</i>
Excerpts
January 27 2018

Tracee de Hahn Excerpt: A Well-Timed Murder

Tracee de Hahn
A Well-Timed Murder by Tracee de Hahn is the second book in the Agnes Luthi Mysteries series—another...
Shari Randall Excerpt: <i>Curses, Boiled Again!</i>
Excerpts
January 25 2018

Shari Randall Excerpt: Curses, Boiled Again!

Shari Randall
Curses, Boiled Again! by Shari Randall welcomes you to the seaside hamlet of Mystic Bay, where the...
Cooking the Books: <i>Key Lime Pie Murder</i> by Joanne Fluke
Blogs
January 24 2018

Cooking the Books: Key Lime Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke

Doreen Sheridan
Professional baker and amateur sleuth Hannah Swensen has been asked to judge the baking competition...
5 New Books to Read this Week: January 23, 2018
Blogs
January 24 2018

5 New Books to Read this Week: January 23, 2018

Crime HQ
Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Review: <i>Hidden Depths</i> by Ann Cleeves
Blogs
January 22 2018

Review: Hidden Depths by Ann Cleeves

Deborah Lacy
Now available in the U.S., Hidden Depths is the third book in Diamond Dagger award-winning crime novelist...
Book-Inspired Cocktails: “The Mitford Martini”
Blogs
January 19 2018

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “The Mitford Martini”

Adam Wagner
It's 1920, you're working at the Mitford household, and a murderer is in your midst. Sounds...
Discount: <i>Margaret Truman’s Undiplomatic Murder</i> by Donald Bain
Blogs
January 19 2018

Discount: Margaret Truman’s Undiplomatic Murder by Donald Bain

Crime HQ
Margaret Truman's Undiplomatic Murder by Donald Bain is the 27th installment in Margaret Truman's...
Cooking the Books: <i>Cherry Cheesecake Murder</i> by Joanne Fluke
Blogs
January 17 2018

Cooking the Books: Cherry Cheesecake Murder by Joanne Fluke

Doreen Sheridan
When we last left our intrepid heroine, Hannah Swensen had just been proposed to by both her...
5 New Books to Read this Week: January 16, 2018
Blogs
January 17 2018

5 New Books to Read this Week: January 16, 2018

Crime HQ
Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Poll: Vera Stanhope Mystery Novels or <i>Vera</i> TV Show?
Blogs
January 16 2018

Poll: Vera Stanhope Mystery Novels or Vera TV Show?

Crime HQ
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Cozy Bookshelf Shopping List: February 2018
Blogs
January 16 2018

Cozy Bookshelf Shopping List: February 2018

Crime HQ
Discover (or remember to order) your next cozy with a delightfully convenient shopping list of...