Last fall, I was a juror on a murder trial. The inevitable response from friends and family upon hearing that was, “Must be good research.” It’s a phrase you hear a lot as a crime writer, and it speaks to the inherent paradox of the genre—that if crime and mystery… Read more
Robert B. Parker's The Hangman's Sonnet by Reed Farrel Coleman is the 16th Jesse Stone novel. Paradise’s Chief of Police Jesse Stone is in a really bad place. None of his usual crutches—booze, throwing a ball into his beloved baseball mitt, babes (consensual relationships with intelligent women), losing himself in… Read more
Bibliomysteries, edited by Otto Penzler, is a specially commissioned anthology featuring original stories by the mystery genre’s most distinguished authors: John Connolly, Ken Bruen, Loren D. Estleman, Nelson DeMille, Anne Perry, Jeffery Deaver, C. J. Box, Thomas H. Cook, Laura Lippman, and more! I always know that when I’ve got a… Read more
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Where It Hurts by Reed Farrel Coleman is a gritty, atmospheric novel about the other side of Long Island, far from the wealth of the Hamptons, where real people live—and die. It is nominated for an Edgar Award for Best Novel. There’s a lot to be said for not just… 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.
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 week, we get a new Longmire mystery and a new Jesse Stone novel! See what… Read more
Killer Nashville has announced the full list of finalists for the 2015 Silver Falchion Readers Choice Awards, which we have below. Congrats to everyone nominated, and make sure you vote for your favorites here! Killer Nashville kicks off on Octobe 29th. Best Novel: Romantic Suspense Judgment – Carey Baldwin The… Read more
Do you have TBR Confessions to share? Don't keep them a secret! Give us the nod on 3 to 5 books for crime fans, and like the blabbermouths we are, we'll link to your full posts or write-ups wherever else they appear! Click the link to see more examples, submit… Read more
The Private Eye Writers of America (PWA) have announced the nominees for 2015's Shamus awards, granted to works published during 2014. According to their guidelines: A Private Eye is defined as a private citizen (not a member of the military, federal agency, or civic or state police force) who is… Read more