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October 12 2016

5 New Books to Read this Week: October 11, 2016

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...
February 10 2016

History as Mystery: Part I

What’s so great about the past? It’s true that historical mysteries are rarely the most popular crime fiction sub-genre, but I’m a dreamer—I’d like to change all...
January 8 2015

Southern African Crime Fiction on the World Stage

Over the last ten years there has been an explosion of authors writing contemporary crime fiction set in southern Africa. Four of the ten crime fiction novels published in South Africa last year...
September 12 2014

Mayhem by the Numbers: A Mystery Count-Off

Having recently finished The Nine Tailors, Dorothy L. Sayers’ golden age whodunit, I had a small epiphany during the re-shelving process. I realized that I have quite a lot of numerically...
June 1 2013

Zinng: Ebay’s Morgue, Awards & Autoharp, Renewals & Remembrance

  •  The state of New York is selling a 4-compartment morgue cooler from a mental hospital by listing it on Ebay. Check out the item: used, but in good condition! • ...
February 23 2013

2013’s Audie Awards Finalists are Criminal

The Audies, sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association (APA), recognize “distinction in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment.” They offer awards in many, many different categories,...
January 25 2013

Top Five Literary Mystery Novels

All too often, people assert that so-called “genre” fiction (a class that includes mystery fiction) is separate from “literary” fiction.  I think not. Why should...
January 20 2012

Crime and the Traveler: Hostile Hotels

If travel broadens the mind, mine must be as wide as the Brooklyn Bridge. I’m always on the move, which has of late has involved staying with friends, in hostels and, of course, at hotels. Establishments...
November 17 2011

Vengeance in Botswana: Michael Stanley’s The Second Death of Goodluck Tinubu

A few years ago my husband and I spent a week at a safari camp in Tanzania. The safari experience included stunning views of landscape and animals, boozy evenings at the bar, nights in a tent as comfortable...
August 13 2011

Welcome to Ghana, Mystery Lovers: Kwei Quartey’s Wife of the Gods

In Kwei Quartey’s Wife of the Gods, Ghanaian police inspector Darko Dawson observes a village ceremony: “As Dawson watched and listened, he saw in action the Ewe people’s long-held...
May 21 2011

One Scotland, Different Universes: Lads of Crime

If you read the previous post about Scotland’s great female crime writers, you learned a bit about Glasgow especially.  Now, we’ll cover the lads with Edinburgh and county Fife. Ian...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
May 7 2011

Africa, India, and Alexander the Great

I like my cozies atmospheric and literate, and right now the prolific Alexander McCall Smith, who writes the “No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” books along with other series, is my benchmark...