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KGB Banker by William Burton McCormick & John Christmas

30th November 2021

A return trip to the land of his ancestors is about to turn deadly for one whistleblowing Chicago banker. When financial executive Bob Vanags takes a job at ominous Turaida Bank in Latvia, he hopes to...

A Theft, A Dog and a Man called Harold by Peter Bartram

25th November 2021

One of the pleasures of crime writing is when research turns you into a ‘snapper up of unconsidered trifles’. (The Winter’s Tale, Act 4 Scene 3, if you were torturing yourself to remember where the qu...

Bookseller of the Month: The Book Makers, Brighton

1st November 2021

Every month, as part of the new CWA Booksellers Champion initiative, we want to celebrate a bookshop because we believe bookshops don’t just sell our books – they bring our streets alive. This month,...

Many Deadly Returns by the Murder Squad

29th October 2021

It’s 21 years since Murder Squad, a group of award-winning crime and mystery writers, was formed and they have written a new anthology of short stories to celebrate the occasion with a bang. Murder Sq...

When close confinement was a choice, by Kate Ellis

9th August 2021

My twenty-fifth Wesley Peterson mystery, The Stone Chamber, begins with the execution-style murder of Robert and Greta Gerdner at their home in the Devon countryside. DI Wesley Peterson suspects that...

The Postscript Murders by Elly Griffiths

2nd August 2021

When 90-year-old Peggy Smith is found dead in her seaside apartment, it’s assumed to be from natural causes. Then her carer, Natalka, finds business cards describing the dead woman as a ‘murder consul...

The Dinosaur Who Came In From the Cold by David Hodges

15th July 2021

When I first discovered my desire to write, it was in virtual prehistoric times, when publishing houses like Methuen, Herbert Jenkins and Collins – to name just a few – adhered to simple publishing pr...

CWA Daggers 2021 Announced

1st July 2021

Chris Whitaker, Eva Björg Ægisdóttir, Michael Robotham, Vaseem Khan and Peter May win 2021 CWA Daggers.   The winners of the 2021 CWA Daggers, which honour the very best in the crime writing genr...

Diamond Meets the Eye

24th June 2021

Peter Lovesey on the inspiration for Diamond and the Eye. Some of my happiest reading has been in the private eye genre, hard-boiled American eyes like Sam Spade, Philip Marlowe, Lew Archer, Matt Scud...

The Dark Room, by Sam Blake

29th April 2021

Hare’s Landing, West Cork. A house full of mystery… Rachel Lambert leaves London afraid for her personal safety and determined to uncover the truth behind the sudden death of a homeless ma...

HISTORY: THE DEVIL’S SCRIPTURE by Jeff Dawson

26th April 2021

I lived, some years ago, on a Ladysmith Road. It joined another called Kimberley, thoroughfares of solid, red-brick terracing. Show me any British suburb, built c.1900, and I will give you streets nam...

Caught Doing the Bear, by Leslie Scase

26th April 2021

In this article I am going to express some of my personal views on the writer’s use of language in historical novels, both as an author and as a reader. By the use of language, I mean not just the wor...

Writing Forgotten Women by Saeida Rouass

26th April 2021

In 2015 I came across a Times newspaper article that detailed the crimes of the ‘Moorish Jack the Ripper’. The article was printed in 1906 and offered a gruesome description of a series of murders of...

The Adventures of Maud West by Susannah Stapleton

29th March 2021

Maud West ran her detective agency in London for more than thirty years, having started sleuthing on behalf of society’s finest in 1905. Her exploits grabbed headlines throughout the world but, beneat...

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