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Are Shorter Reads Better? by David Beckler

3rd December 2018

I’ve watched the growth in the popularity of novellas with interest, something you can read on your morning commute or in a couple of lunchtimes. Novellas are also a good way to discover new authors....

Writing A Series by Leigh Russell

31st October 2018

Many authors of series work out in advance how their protagonist is going to develop through each book. I’d like to say my own series was carefully planned in this way, but the truth is I never set ou...

Criminal Law In the Blood by Ruth Mancini

31st October 2018

In the Blood was inspired by a real-life case. I was waiting in court one morning when a young woman was brought up from the cells. The charge was murder, the victim her newborn child. I’ve dealt with...

How Working in a Safe-House influenced my Writing

31st October 2018

AJ Waines chats to the CRA about the background to her latest psychological thriller, Perfect Bones. I can honestly say that when it comes to personal experience of the ‘criminal mind’, fact, for me,...

Get Ready for Killer Women

8th October 2018

The third Killer Women Festival is on 21 October in Brown’s Courtrooms, Covent Garden, London. Headliners include Mark Billingham, Sophie Hannah, Paula Hawkins, CWA Dagger shortlisted Mick Herro...

Interview with Sarah Ward, author of The Shrouded Path

4th September 2018

The Shrouded Path by Derbyshire-based author Sarah Ward is out on 6 September. She talks to the CRA about her new book.    Q: This is the fourth novel in your DC Connie Childs series. Is it easier to...

Gallows Court by Martin Edwards

2nd September 2018

One of the most exciting moments in a writer’s life comes with a decision to try something very different, a novel unlike anything one has attempted before. Writing a book in this way is also a scary...

An Appointment with The Wicker Man, by Charles E McGarry

2nd September 2018

I sometimes wonder if Robin Hardy’s cult movie The Wicker Man holds a magical allure for me because I was born at the same time as it was being filmed. This is probably vanity, as the film, the grandd...

31st July 2018

A macabre liturgy. A mysterious carving. An intriguing 200-year-old mystery. When Phineas Fox is asked to help with the music for bicentenary celebrations at Cresacre Abbey School, he does not expect...

A DISCORDANCE OF ANCIENT LAWS by Sarah Rayne

31st July 2018

I wasn’t expecting to find I had combined an ancient law and opera for a book, but Song of the Damned, published in July 2018, turned out to have both elements at its heart. It’s not, of course, so ve...

And What Do You Do? by Diane Dickson

30th July 2018

When I was in my late twenties, I worked as a receptionist. Not any old receptionist, I worked in the staff health clinic in a military hospital in Saudi Arabia. It was confidential work. It wasn’t ju...

CWA Diamond Dagger Winner Michael Connelly Interview

6th June 2018

Michael Connelly – winner of the CWA Diamond Dagger 2018   Michael Connelly is to receive this year’s CWA Diamond Dagger, the highest honour in British crime writing. The Dagger award recognises autho...

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