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Mina Scarletti and the murky world of Victorian mediums

28th March 2019

The act of writing a book is a challenge to the writer, but the writer also sets challenges for her characters. Will the detective solve the mystery? Will he or she even survive the experience unharme...

Robert Goddard to receive CWA Diamond Dagger 2019

11th March 2019

The Crime Writers’ Association is delighted to announce that Robert Goddard is to receive the 2019 CWA Diamond Dagger, the highest honour in British crime writing. The Dagger award recognises authors...

The Monastery Murders by E M Powell

28th February 2019

Their lives are ones of quiet contemplation—and brutal murder. Christmas Eve, 1176. Brother Maurice, monk of Fairmore Abbey, awaits the night prayer bell. But there is only silence. Cursing his fellow...

Popular Crime Writer Kate Ellis Launches Latest Title

17th December 2018

On 6 December Kate Ellis welcomed another addition to her list of titles. Kate is best known for her long-running series featuring archaeology graduate turned police inspector, Wesley Peterson. Howeve...

Blue on Blue by Paul Bennett

3rd December 2018

Over twenty years ago Nick Shannon was in prison for seven years for the mercy killing of his sister, crippled beyond repair by a hit-and-run driver. The only clue he has is that there was a boot prin...

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...

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