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October 27 2016

Van Gogh Goes to Italy: Oil and Cocaine Do Mix

In December 2002, two burglars broke into the Vincent van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. They didn’t use helicopters or lasers or any of the stuff art thieves use in the movies; they climbed a...
October 12 2016

One Giant Gomorrah to Destroy

Gomorrah (Picador Press) is Roberto Saviano’s bestselling account of the Camorra’s audacious corruption of Naples and beyond in the 1990s and 2000s. In December 1991, Giuseppe (Don Peppino)...
September 29 2016

Amanda Knox: Netflix’s New True Crime Documentary

The popularity of true crime stories continues to rise, and it looks like Netflix might have struck it big again with their new feature-length documentary, Amanda Knox. Centered on the wrongful...
August 31 2016

Crime Under the Volcano: Introducing Gomorrah

Naples is one of the oldest continuously-occupied cities in the world, but it’s mostly known for three things: pizza (most of the pizza we eat is Neapolitan-style), Mt. Vesuvius, and being...
July 21 2016

10 Essential Giallo Films

There are a few very general things in common between Italian giallo films and the pinky violence cinematic fare from Japan that I overviewed in a recent post. See also: Pinky Violence Both...
May 4 2016

Investigation of a Citizen

An attractive young woman smiles at a man through her apartment window. Once he’s in her apartment, she embraces him. “How are you going to kill me this time?” she asks. “I’m...
February 11 2016

History as Mystery: Part II

Yesterday, in History as Mystery Part I, I explored why I love historical mysteries so much and offered 10 of my absolute favorites as sort of a crash course reading list to get you started. Now...
January 22 2016

The World’s First Murder Mystery: A Birthday Present from Edgar A. Poe

It was Edgar Allan Poe's birthday this week (he would have turned 207 on January 19th), and the man who gave us so much with his writing managed to be so selfless as to give us a birthday gift....
December 17 2015

Q&A with Anne Charnock

Earlier in December, Anne Charnock—author of Sleeping Embers of an Ordinary Mind—wrote a wonderful blog post about history and family secrets: Real Life Isn't Like the Neatly...
November 23 2015

Set Sail with Steve Berry!

Calling all history buffs and travel enthusiasts!  How would you like to set sail with bestselling author, Steve Berry? Minotaur books is partnering with Oceania Cruises to bring you...
July 14 2015

Fresh Meat: Deadly Election by Lindsey Davis

Deadly Election by Lindsey Davis is the 3rd historical mystery in the Flavia Alba series set in Ancient Rome (available July 14, 2015). Deadly Election, Lindsey Davis’s latest novel of ancient...
July 11 2015

Hannibal 3.06: “Dolce” For a Sweet Divorce

Hannibal 3.06's “Dolce” answers whether “Dr. Fell” will accept an amicable divorce over widowerhood. It also returns to Bedelia's axis of Betrayal vs. Forgiveness, and...
July 3 2015

Hannibal 3.05: “Contorno” Means Accompaniment

Casually, contorno is a “side dish,” but that phrase isn't reverent enough for Hannibal 3.05's ode to accompanying women. I've pointed out other instances in which the women...
June 20 2015

Hannibal 3.03: “Secondo” Means Choosing

In “Secondo,” Hannibal and Bedelia lounge in matching rompwear, while Jack mourns Will, who torments the tormented in the Lecter family vineyards. In the novels as here, the well-heeled...
June 13 2015

Hannibal 3.02: “Primavera” Springs Will Graham

In “Primavera,” we see Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) and Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) almost together again and meet Florence's Inspector Rinaldo Pazzi, a long-time pursuer of “The...
June 6 2015

Hannibal 3.01: an “Antipasto” of Drains and Snails

The Season 3 premiere, “Antipasto” will imperil Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) in ways we've never witnessed. But even with the seemingly impossible challenges of identity theft under...
May 27 2015

A Taste of Hannibal’s Season 3!

Get a taste of the Season 3 trailer for Hannibal!  Purely from later events, Thomas Harris fans already know Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) must have survived the bloodbath at Hannibal's to catch...
April 3 2015

Fresh Meat: Falling in Love by Donna Leon

Falling in Love by Donna Leon is the 24th mystery in the Commissario Guido Brunetti series set in Venice (available April 7, 2015). The mystery in Falling in Love, the 24th in Donna Leon’s...
March 7 2015

Crimes Against Film: Super Bitch (1973)

I have watched this movie three times now, and twice while planning to write about it for this site. I didn’t get around to doing a piece on it after the second viewing, because I was left unsure...
June 4 2014

Dario Argento’s Giallo Thriller: The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970)

The term giallo gets thrown around a lot by people talking about certain films. Sometimes I wonder how diverse are the definitions of the genre held by those of us who use the word. I’m sure...
May 1 2014

Fresh Meat: Blonde Ops by Charlotte Bennardo and Natalie Zaman

Blonde Ops by Charlotte Bennardo and Natalie Zaman is a Young Adult, tech-savvy romp through Rome where Bec must juggle her job at a fashion magazine, a potential threat to the First Lady, and of course,...
March 30 2014

Fresh Meat: By Its Cover by Donna Leon

By Its Cover by Donna Leon is the 23rd Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery about the Venetian police chief, whose  current investigation starts with stolen pages from old books and ends in murder...
January 28 2014

Now Win This!: Early Bird Sweeptakes

Register to enter for a chance to win a seven-book bundle, including advance copies you’re dying to read and brand-new releases! Click here to enter for a chance to win! This is NOT a...
September 19 2013

Pony-Napped and Held By the Mafia for Ransom?

Seen here, Charly is a miniature pony, just around 2 feet tall, and he's been stolen from his stall at a horse show in Italy. ... thieves cut through the netting surrounding the pony’s...
March 20 2013

Fresh Meat: The Golden Egg by Donna Leon

The Golden Egg by Donna Leon is the 22nd Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery set in Venice (available March 26, 2013).   My neighborhood’s long time crossing guard (whose name I don’t...
March 6 2013

What’s in Your Museum?

“95 percent of all antiquities in the U.S. have been smuggled.” —John Cooney, former curator of ancient art, Cleveland Museum of Art Our story begins with a pot and a pig. In...
September 20 2012

Fresh Meat: The Jewels of Paradise by Donna Leon

The Jewels of Paradise by Donna Leon is a stand-alone traditional mystery (available October 2, 2012). Caterina Pellegrini is a native Venetian, and like so many of them, she’s had to leave...
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April 25 2012

Love and Crime Italian-Style: Andrea Camilleri

There’s a delicious thrill that comes with embarking on a new relationship, when everything is fresh and surprising, and nothing would please you more than being with your new infatuation morning,...
April 23 2012

International Zombie of Mystery: Undead Without Borders

We’ve talked about various kinds of zombies here at Criminal Element, and it would be remiss of us to leave out the international zombie. Now the zombie craze isn’t solely a American thing. Though...
March 29 2012

Fresh Meat: Beastly Things by Donna Leon

Beastly Things by Donna Leon is a Commissario Guido Brunetti of Venice mystery (available April 3, 2012). In Beastly Things, Donna Leon’s detective Guido Brunetti, Commissario di Polizia of the...