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Cooking the Books: <i>Assault and Buttery</i> by Kristi Abbott
Blogs
November 22 2017

Cooking the Books: Assault and Buttery by Kristi Abbott

Doreen Sheridan
Ugh, what is it with these crappy boyfriends? But I’m getting ahead of myself. Assault...
<i>Another One Bites the Crust</i> by Ellie Alexander: A Visual Guide
Blogs
November 22 2017

Another One Bites the Crust by Ellie Alexander: A Visual Guide

Adam Wagner
GIFnotes: Giving you the basic plot summary of an upcoming book with the help of the Graphics Interchange Format. Torte―the...
5 New Books to Read this Week: November 21, 2017
Blogs
November 22 2017

5 New Books to Read this Week: November 21, 2017

Crime HQ
Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Setting a Mystery Series at New York City’s 42nd Street Library
Blogs
November 21 2017

Setting a Mystery Series at New York City’s 42nd Street Library

Con Lehane
Read Con Lehane's guest post about setting his mystery series in the iconic 42nd Street Library,...
5 Ways Holmes and Lovecraft Work Together
Blogs
November 20 2017

5 Ways Holmes and Lovecraft Work Together

James Lovegrove
Read James Lovegrove's exclusive guest post about the ways in which Sherlock Holmes works...
Review: <i>Murder in the Manuscript Room</i> by Con Lehane
Blogs
November 20 2017

Review: Murder in the Manuscript Room by Con Lehane

Michelle Carpenter
Murder in the Manuscript Room by Con Lehane is the second book in the 42nd Street Library mystery...
Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Bourbon in the Manuscript Room”
Blogs
November 17 2017

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Bourbon in the Manuscript Room”

Adam Wagner
What's the only thing that could make New York City's iconic 42nd Street Library better...
Audiobook Review: <i>Murder on the Orient Express</i>, Read by Kenneth Branagh
Blogs
November 17 2017

Audiobook Review: Murder on the Orient Express, Read by Kenneth Branagh

Danielle Prielipp
In addition to directing the new version of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express,...
Why the Time Is Ripe for the Farming Cozy
Blogs
November 16 2017

Why the Time Is Ripe for the Farming Cozy

Wendy Tyson
I started my first garden at age 10. Notice I didn’t say I planted my first garden because...
Charles Finch Excerpt: <i>The Woman in the Water</i>
Excerpts
November 16 2017

Charles Finch Excerpt: The Woman in the Water

Charles Finch
The Woman in the Water by Charles Finch is a prequel to the Charles Lenox series, which takes readers...
Cooking the Books: <i>Potions and Pastries</i> by Bailey Cates
Blogs
November 15 2017

Cooking the Books: Potions and Pastries by Bailey Cates

Doreen Sheridan
I so much enjoy being back in Savannah with Katie Lightfoot and her delightful friends and family....
<i>Comic Sans Murder</i> by Paige Shelton: A Visual Guide
Blogs
November 15 2017

Comic Sans Murder 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. Clare...
Cozy Bookshelf Shopping List: December 2017
Blogs
November 15 2017

Cozy Bookshelf Shopping List: December 2017

Crime HQ
Discover (or remember to order) your next cozy with a delightfully convenient shopping list of...
5 New Books to Read this Week: November 14, 2017
Blogs
November 15 2017

5 New Books to Read this Week: November 14, 2017

Crime HQ
Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Vote for Your Favorite Character from the New <i>Murder on the Orient Express</i> Film
Blogs
November 14 2017

Vote for Your Favorite Character from the New Murder on the Orient Express Film

Crime HQ
  Watch the trailer for Murder on the Orient Express!
Review: <i>Seeds of Revenge</i> by Wendy Tyson
Blogs
November 14 2017

Review: Seeds of Revenge by Wendy Tyson

John Valeri
Seeds of Revenge by Wendy Tyson is the third book in the Greenhouse Mystery series. Wendy Tyson...
Con Lehane Excerpt: <i>Murder in the Manuscript Room</i>
Excerpts
November 14 2017

Con Lehane Excerpt: Murder in the Manuscript Room

Con Lehane
Murder in the Manuscript Room by Con Lehane is the second book in the 42nd Street Library mystery...
Jupiter! Why I Love 1900s Slang
Blogs
November 13 2017

Jupiter! Why I Love 1900s Slang

Jennifer Kincheloe
I write the Anna Blanc mystery series about a saucebox socialite turned police matron turned...
Jessica Fellowes Excerpt: <i>The Mitford Murders</i>
Excerpts
November 13 2017

Jessica Fellowes Excerpt: The Mitford Murders

Jessica Fellowes
The Mitford Murders by Jessica Fellowes is a thrilling Golden Age-style mystery based on a real unsolved...
Q&A with Wendy Tyson, Author of <i>Seeds of Revenge</i>
Blogs
November 10 2017

Q&A with Wendy Tyson, Author of Seeds of Revenge

Wendy Tyson and John Valeri
Wendy Tyson is the author of the bestselling Greenhouse Mystery series featuring former lawyer-turned-farmer...
Beautifully Crafted Leather-Bound Copy of <i>Murder on the Orient Express</i>
Blogs
November 10 2017

Beautifully Crafted Leather-Bound Copy of Murder on the Orient Express

Crime HQ
Murder on the Orient Express and Other Hercule Poirot Mysteries is a beautifully crafted, leather-bound,...
Cooking the Books: <i>Peach Cobbler Murder</i> by Joanne Fluke
Blogs
November 8 2017

Cooking the Books: Peach Cobbler Murder by Joanne Fluke

Doreen Sheridan
I shouldn't speak ill of the (fictional) dead, but Shawna Lee Quinn is the worst. It's...
<i>Ginger Snapped</i> by Gail Oust: A Visual Guide
Blogs
November 8 2017

Ginger Snapped by Gail Oust: A Visual Guide

Adam Wagner
GIFnotes: Giving you the basic plot summary of an upcoming book with the help of the Graphics Interchange Format. Murder...
5 New Books to Read this Week: November 7, 2017
Blogs
November 8 2017

5 New Books to Read this Week: November 7, 2017

Crime HQ
Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Rhys Bowen Excerpt: <i>The Ghost of Christmas Past</i>
Excerpts
November 8 2017

Rhys Bowen Excerpt: The Ghost of Christmas Past

Rhys Bowen
The Ghost of Christmas Past by Rhys Bowen is the 17th book in the Molly Murphy historical mystery...
Q&A with Linda Fairstein, Author of <i>Digging For Trouble</i>
Blogs
November 6 2017

Q&A with Linda Fairstein, Author of Digging For Trouble

Linda Fairstein and John Valeri
Linda Fairstein is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of the Alexandra...
Review: <i>Dead of Winter</i> by Wendy Corsi Staub
Blogs
November 6 2017

Review: Dead of Winter by Wendy Corsi Staub

John Valeri
Dead of Winter by Wendy Corsi Staub is the third book in the Lily Dale Mysteries series (available...
Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Campaign Cocktail”
Blogs
November 3 2017

Book-Inspired Cocktails: “Campaign Cocktail”

Adam Wagner
Running for president is super stressful—but so is trying to prove a secret murder made...
Discount: <i>How the Light Gets In</i> by Louise Penny
Blogs
November 2 2017

Discount: How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny

Crime HQ
One of Publishers Weekly's Best Mystery/Thriller Books of 2013, one of The Washington Post's...
Cooking the Books: <i>Sugar Cookie Murder</i> by Joanne Fluke
Blogs
November 1 2017

Cooking the Books: Sugar Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke

Doreen Sheridan
I’ve stated elsewhere that I love a good manor house mystery, and Sugar Cookie Murder is...