Prussian Blue by Philip Kerr is the 12th Bernie Gunther novel, where the former Berlin bull and unwilling SS officer Bernie Gunther’s cover is blown, so he must re-enter a cat-and-mouse game that continues to shadow his life a decade after Germany’s defeat in World War 2. First, a moment to mourn… Read more
The Barry Awards, which began in 1997, are presented at the annual Bouchercon World Mystery Convention. Voted on by the readers of Deadly Pleasures, the award is named in honor of Barry Gardner, a well-known fan reviewer and American critic. This year's awards will be held on September 6, 2018,… Read more
The Mystery Writers of America have announced the 2018 Edgar Award nominees and special winners. The Edgars banquet—an annual black-tie gala celebrating crime fiction, non-fiction, and television writing—will be held on Thursday, April 26th, 2018, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City. As always, it's a fantastic list… Read more
Just because there’s a war going on doesn’t mean that death takes a holiday among the civilian population. Here are nine very different views of death during wartime. Black Dragon by Kirk Mitchell Black Dragon is reminiscent of the history-based thrillers/mysteries of Joseph Kanon (Los Alamos, The Good German). The… Read more
Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books that published the day before—sharing the ones that we are looking forward to reading the most! This was a great week for readers looking to get away! Steve Berry released the 12th installment… Read more
The Mystery Readers International has announced their nominees for the 2016 Macavity Awards—an annual award for excellence in mysteries, named for the “mystery cat” of T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats. *Follow the linked titles to excerpts or reviews on CrimeHQ!
The Edgar Award, in honor of the great Edgar Allan Poe, is presented by The Mystery Writers of America to the best in mystery fiction & nonfiction that was produced during the previous year. All month long, we’ve been covering the Edgar Award nominees—reviewing all of the books up for… Read more
The Lady from Zagreb by Philip Kerr is the 10th Bernie Gunther novel, nominated for the Edgar Award for “Best Novel.” Philip Kerr’s historical crime series, featuring Berlin detective Bernie Gunther, spans over twenty years, three continents, countless double crosses, and more than a few gun-toting fräuleins. Though the bulk… Read more
The Edgar Award, in honor of the great Edgar Allan Poe, is presented by The Mystery Writers of America to the best in mystery fiction & nonfiction that was produced during the previous year. Here at Criminal Element, we'll be covering the Edgars during the entire month of April, leading… Read more
Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books that published the day before—sharing the ones that we are looking forward to reading the most! Check back every Wednesday and see what we're reading for the week!