Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Whats New at Criminal Element!

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Left of Boom by Douglas Laux and Ralph Pezzullo recounts Laux's story, who, after the attacks on September 11, 2001, felt compelled to join the CIA, go deep undercover to infiltrate the terrorist organizations responsible, and take them down.
The 14th Colony by Steve Berry is the 11th book in the Cotton Malone series, featuring a KGB plot to exploit the flaws in the Constitution and presidential succession act. Read Dirk Robertson's review of this thriller here!
Can You Keep a Secret by R.L. Stine is another installment of his young-adult/teen horror series, Fear Street, where six teens find a bag in the woods full of thousands of dollars in cash that causes a schism in the friendships when the bag goes missing.

Most Wanted by Lisa Scottoline follows a couple that, unable to conceive a child of their own, decide to use a donor that turns out to be a serial killer. What would you do if the biological father of your unborn child was a killer?
Psycho: Sanitarium by Chet Williamson tells the story of Norman Bates's time in a mental institution during the 23-year hiatus between Robert Bloch's original Psycho and the sequel that sees Bates go on a killing spree in Hollywood.
Poisonous by Allison Brennan is the 3rd installment of the Max Revere series where a mentally challenged eighteen-year-old is convinced his step-sister was murdered, but as Max discovers, the truth may have grave consequences.

The Clearing by Dan Newman is a thriller set in the tropical locale of St. Lucia.
Murder on the Hour by Elizabeth J. Duncan is the 7th Penny Brannigan Mystery.
A Death on the River Fleet by Susanna Calkins is the 4th Lucy Campion Mystery.
  Ask the Author

Returning with another installment of Murder Ballads, Lisa Levy interviews Alex Segura, author of the Pete Fernandez series, about music in crime fiction, as well as his upcoming thriller, Down the Darkest Street.

Kara Thomas discusses Kara Thomas discusses how the story of the West Memphis Three inspired her to write her upcoming novel, The Darkest Corners.

Hector DeJean continues his series Follow Me into Weird Worlds with DC's otherworldly the Phantom Stranger.

After Quentin Bates conveyed the difficulties of committing crime in Iceland we asked YOU, the reader, to ask Mr. Bates anything you'd like, and you didn't disappoint! We got some great questions! See whose questions got chosen, and read Quentin's brilliant responses in this reader driven Q&A.


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Edgar Awards 2016

The Edgar Award, in honor of the great Edgar Allan Poe, is presented by The Mystery Writers of America to the best in mystery fiction & nonfiction that was produced during the previous year.

Here at Criminal Element, we'll be covering the Edgars during the entire month of April, leading up to the awards ceremony on April 28th. Make sure to bookmark our Edgars 2016 HQ page as we'll be updating it throughout as our reviews go live! This week, we covered:

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  Christie's Mysteries and More

Traditional mysteries, often called "cozy mysteries," differentiate from thrillers in that they lack gratuitous gore, violence, and sex, but that doesn't make them any less fun! The Agatha Awards, presented at the annual Malice Domestic, honor the best cozy mysteries of the year, and will be presented on April 30th.

We've dug up all the past winners of "Best Contemporary Novel" and had our bloggers review some of their favorites; this week, Angie Barry reviews Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache Novel, A Fatal Grace--winner of the 2007 Agatha Award.

Jeannette de Beauvoir, author of Deadly Jewels, discusses the rise of the cozy genre with G.K. Chesterton's Father Brown in "Detection, Mid-Century Style: The Rise of the Cozy Mystery Genre."

It's true that some of the best sleuths and detectives come from across the pond. Author Kristen Houghton explores the success of the British whodunits.

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Sounds of Suspense

What happens if both the president and vice-president-elect die before taking the oath of office? The answer is far from certain--in fact, what follows would be nothing short of total political chaos.

Steve Berry's latest audiobook, The 14th Colony, showcases his trademark mix of history and speculation with a race against the clock that starts in the frozen extremes of Russia and ultimately ends at the White House itself. Hear award-winning narrator Scott Brick bring this provocative new Cotton Malone thriller to life in an exclusive excerpt!

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