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February 7 2013

Murder Mardi Gras Style

Mardi Gras is the ultimate festival for food, fun, and mayhem, which also makes it the perfect time and place for a fictional murder or two. While Mardi Gras (also called Carnival in some countries)...
December 19 2012

Holidays for the Halloween Hearted

I readily admit that I am a total Grinch. There are many reasons for this, though having worked retail for half of my life is perhaps the largest one. So when my beloved October ends and November creeps...
November 16 2012

So Help Me God: Clergy as Amateur Sleuths

A little more than a year ago, I talked about the enduring Father Brown mystery stories by G.K. Chesterton. I was delighted so many Criminal Element readers admitted that they, too, were lifelong fans. For...
October 21 2012

Crimes of the (Next) Century: A Look at Sci-fi Crime Novels

Throughout history, technology and social conditions have changed, but human nature usually doesn’t. So crime has always been part of our world and unless things change drastically it will continue...
October 15 2012

That’s Just Rotten: Why Isn’t There Rotten Tomatoes For Books Yet?

Imagine, you’re walking down the aisle at your favorite bookstore. You pick up a book and read the back cover...then you read the first few pages, but you’re still on the fence about it?...
June 27 2012

Fresh Meat: The Girl is Trouble by Kathryn Miller Haines

The Girl is Trouble by Kathryn Miller Haines is the second book in her “The Girl Is . . .” young adult mystery series (available July 3, 2012). Iris Anderson and her father have...
June 18 2012

Fresh Meat: The Strange Fate of Kitty Easton by Elizabeth Speller

The Strange Fate of Kitty Easton is the second in the Laurence Bartram series of World War I-era mysteries by Elizabeth Speller (available June 26, 2012). When former infantry officer Laurence Bartram...
May 28 2012

Fresh Meat: Return of the Swallows by Aileen Baron

The Return of the Swallows by Aileen Baron is a contemporary thriller featuring archaeologist Tamar Saticoy (available June 5, 2012). Tamar Saticoy, an archaeological consultant for Interpol, once...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
May 25 2012

Fresh Meat: The Providence Rider by Robert McCammon

The Providence Rider by Robert McCammon is the fourth installment in his series of historical thrillers featuring Matthew Corbett (available May 31, 2012). Matthew Corbett is a problem-solver. That’s...
May 16 2012

Fresh Meat: Don’t Ever Get Old by Daniel Friedman

Don’t Ever Get Old by Daniel Friedman is a funny thriller featuring a feisty retiree who can still kick some serious butt (available May 22, 2012). I can’t think of a more unlikely hero than...
May 13 2012

Mother Knows Best: Mom’s Favorite Crime Fiction

“Listen to your mother.”  Excellent words of advice, so today on the occasion of Mother’s Day, we are going to give some of our mothers the opportunity to make crime fiction book and TV recommendations....
May 10 2012

The Revival House: Twilight (1998)

The Revival House: Shining a light on underrated crime films. The coulda beens and shoulda beens you ought to know about. Tonight’s Screening: Twilight (1998) Poor Twilight. Never a big...
May 3 2012

History’s Mysteries: Mysteries in the Aftermath of World War I

The period immediately following World War I was a time of particular social turmoil, involving issues such as labor, class, and colonialism. People were changed as individuals, too. Former soldiers...
April 28 2012

The Poisoner’s Bookshelf

If you’re going to get bumped off outside the pages of a mystery novel, chances are pretty good that you won’t be the victim of poison. It’s more likely that you’ll be shot, stabbed, or clubbed....
April 26 2012

Fresh Meat: Lynn Shepherd’s The Solitary House

The Solitary House by Lynn Shepherd, is a historical mystery set in the world of Charles Dickens’s Bleak House (available May 1, 2012). London, 1850. Charles Maddox had been an up-and-coming...