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Cozy Bookshelf Shopping List: November 2017
Blogs
October 15 2017

Cozy Bookshelf Shopping List: November 2017

Crime HQ
Discover (or remember to order) your next cozy with a delightfully convenient shopping list of...
Cooking the Books: <i>Blueberry Muffin Murder</i> by Joanne Fluke
Blogs
October 11 2017

Cooking the Books: Blueberry Muffin Murder by Joanne Fluke

Doreen Sheridan
So really, I’m at the point where I’m feeling like the Hannah Swensen mysteries are...
<i>The Vineyard Victims</i> by Ellen Crosby: A Visual Guide
Blogs
October 11 2017

The Vineyard Victims by Ellen Crosby: 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: October 10, 2017
Blogs
October 11 2017

5 New Books to Read this Week: October 10, 2017

Crime HQ
Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Mandy Morton Excerpt: <i>Cat Among the Pumpkins</i>
Excerpts
October 5 2017

Mandy Morton Excerpt: Cat Among the Pumpkins

Mandy Morton
Cat Among the Pumpkins by Mandy Morton is the second book in the Hettie Bagshot Mystery series...
Cooking the Books: <i>Strawberry Shortcake Murder</i> by Joanne Fluke
Blogs
October 4 2017

Cooking the Books: Strawberry Shortcake Murder by Joanne Fluke

Doreen Sheridan
Wow, I continue to be impressed by Joanne Fluke. Most series have even a wee bit of sophomore...
<i>Ring In the Year with Murder</i> by Auralee Wallace: A Visual Guide
Blogs
October 4 2017

Ring In the Year with Murder by Auralee Wallace: 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: October 3, 2017
Blogs
October 4 2017

5 New Books to Read this Week: October 3, 2017

Crime HQ
Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Review: <i>The Witches’ Tree</i> by M. C. Beaton
Blogs
October 3 2017

Review: The Witches’ Tree by M. C. Beaton

John Valeri
The Witches' Tree by M. C. Beaton is the 28th book in the Agatha Raisin series. Take a visual...
Crime Spree: Free Story Giveaway!
Blogs
September 30 2017

Crime Spree: Free Story Giveaway!

Chris Ewan
Read Chris Ewan's exclusive guest blog about his Good Thief, Charlie Howard, and follow the...
Book-Inspired Cocktails: “The Witches’ Tea”
Blogs
September 29 2017

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “The Witches’ Tea”

Adam Wagner
Agatha Raisin is back! Celebrate with this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create...
Cooking the Books: <i>Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder</i> by Joanne Fluke
Blogs
September 27 2017

Cooking the Books: Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke

Doreen Sheridan
Welcome to Lake Eden, Minnesota, where the temperatures are low, the community close-knit, and...
5 New Books to Read this Week: September 26, 2017
Blogs
September 27 2017

5 New Books to Read this Week: September 26, 2017

Crime HQ
Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Will Thomas Excerpt: <i>Old Scores</i>
Excerpts
September 27 2017

Will Thomas Excerpt: Old Scores

Will Thomas
Old Scores by Will Thomas is the ninth book in the Barker & Llewelyn series (available October...
Q&A with Liz Mugavero, Author of <i>Purring Around the Christmas Tree</i>
Blogs
September 25 2017

Q&A with Liz Mugavero, Author of Purring Around the Christmas Tree

Liz Mugavero and John Valeri
Liz Mugavero is the author of the Pawsitively Organic Mystery series, which debuted with Kneading...
Discount: <i>The Beautiful Mystery</i> by Louise Penny
Blogs
September 25 2017

Discount: The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny

Crime HQ
The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny is the eighth book in the acclaimed Chief Inspector...
Review: <i>Meddling and Murder</i> by Ovidia Yu
Blogs
September 22 2017

Review: Meddling and Murder by Ovidia Yu

Doreen Sheridan
Meddling and Murder by Ovidia Yu is the fourth book in the Aunty Lee Mysteries series. We’re...
Watch M. C. Beaton Discuss Her Latest Agatha Raisin Novel, <i>The Witches’ Tree</i>
Blogs
September 22 2017

Watch M. C. Beaton Discuss Her Latest Agatha Raisin Novel, The Witches’ Tree

M. C. Beaton
Read an excerpt from The Witches' Tree, then take a visual tour with GIFnotes!
Ellie Alexander Excerpt: <i>Death on Tap</i>
Excerpts
September 22 2017

Ellie Alexander Excerpt: Death on Tap

Ellie Alexander
Death on Tap by Ellie Alexander is the first book in the new Sloan Krause Mystery series (available...
Cooking the Books: <i>A Disguise to Die For</i> by Diane Vallere
Blogs
September 20 2017

Cooking the Books: A Disguise to Die For by Diane Vallere

Doreen Sheridan
I finally went back and read the first in this series, and oh man, I definitely missed out by...
<i>The Witches’ Tree</i> by M. C. Beaton: A Visual Guide
Blogs
September 20 2017

The Witches’ Tree by M. C. Beaton: 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...
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...
Ronald H. Balson Excerpt: <i>The Trust</i>
Excerpts
September 19 2017

Ronald H. Balson Excerpt: The Trust

Ronald H. Balson
The Trust by Ronald H. Balson is the fourth book in the Liam Taggart and Catherine Lockhart series...
Review: <i>Death at the Seaside</i> by Frances Brody
Blogs
September 18 2017

Review: Death at the Seaside by Frances Brody

Angie Barry
Death at the Seaside by Frances Brody is the eighth book in the Kate Shackleton Mystery series—an...
Cozy Bookshelf Shopping List: October 2017
Blogs
September 15 2017

Cozy Bookshelf Shopping List: October 2017

Crime HQ
Discover (or remember to order) your next cozy with a delightfully convenient shopping list of...
Watch the First Official Trailer for <i>Murder on the Orient Express</i>
Blogs
September 15 2017

Watch the First Official Trailer for Murder on the Orient Express

Crime HQ
Happy 127th birthday, Agatha Christie! To celebrate, watch the trailer for the upcoming adaptation...
Cooking the Books: <i>Pudding Up with Murder</i> by Julia Buckley
Blogs
September 13 2017

Cooking the Books: Pudding Up with Murder by Julia Buckley

Doreen Sheridan
In this third and latest installment of the Undercover Dish mystery series, Lilah Drake’s...
<i>Gin and Panic</i> by Maia Chance: A Visual Guide
Blogs
September 13 2017

Gin and Panic by Maia Chance: 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>Beach, Breeze, Bloodshed</i> by John Keyse-Walker
Blogs
September 12 2017

Review: Beach, Breeze, Bloodshed by John Keyse-Walker

Doreen Sheridan
Beach, Breeze, Bloodshed by John Keyse-Walker is the second book in the Teddy Creque Mysteries series. Take...
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...