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Criminal Element is a community website featuring daily content for fans of the crime and mystery genres in all of their forms. The site features original short stories and excerpts from upcoming crime and mystery novels along with daily blog articles.
In The Reunion by Guillaume Musso, a glamorous prep school girl goes missing after a love affair with a teacher in this irresistible thriller from one of France’s bestselling novelists… Guillaume Musso, one of the top three bestselling authors in France for years, is finally getting translated into English with... Read more
Shamed is the gripping thriller from New York Times bestselling author Linda Castillo. Kate Burkholder is on the case when a devastating murder exposes an Amish family’s tortured past. The eleventh book in the critically acclaimed Kate Burkholder series finds our formerly Amish chief of police racing against time and... Read more
Seventy-something-year-old librarian Cleo Watkins is too well-bred to have a nemesis, but if she did, it would probably be the irrepressible Dixie Honeycutt. For the past four decades, Cleo has been trying to get Dixie to return one very, very overdue book to the Catalpa Springs Public Library. But Dixie... Read more
A new side-splitting Meg Langslow mystery from the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of Toucan Keep a Secret. Meg Langslow’s grandfather has been booked by a cruise line to give lectures on birds and other environmental topics as part of their ship’s education/entertainment itinerary, and Grandfather has arranged for a passel of... Read more
Under the Cold Bright Lights by Garry Disher is an Australian police procedural featuring Alan Auhl, a once-retired homicide detective who has been recruited to return to the force to work cold cases. Acting Sergeant Alan Auhl retired from the Melbourne Homicide Division years ago, but he was recently recruited... Read more
Every July, the premier thriller writers from around the world convene at the Grand Hyatt—a hotel connected to Grand Central Terminal—in New York City for ThrillerFest, a multi-day convention filled with panels, camaraderie, and more than a few cocktails. It’s a yearly tradition for many authors, and like any good... Read more
Betrayal in Time is the fourth book in Julie McElwain’s Kendra Donovan series. Donovan’s adventures in nineteenth-century England continue when she is called upon to investigate the murder of a spymaster. My only regret in picking up this novel is that I hadn’t been able to read the three others... Read more
In The Dead Girl in 2A by Carter Wilson, Jack Buchanan and Clara Stowe recognize each other when they’re seated side-by-side on a business flight to Denver, but neither can place where they know the other person from. Clara then admits she is flying to Colorado to kill herself, and... Read more
False Step by Victoria Helen Stone urges readers to stay calm, keep smiling, and watch your step—in this marriage of secrets and lies, nothing is what it seems. Veronica Bradley is a woman barely holding it together. As a physical therapist, she’s the main breadwinner in her small family of... Read more
Unavailable for 40 years, The Triumph of the Spider Monkey by Joyce Carol Oates is an eloquent, terrifying, heartbreaking exploration of madness, which pairs the original novel with a never-before-collected companion novella. Yes, they loved him. He was never to blame. They cringed and writhed for him, they squealed, pressed... Read more