The Crime Readers' Association

I Never Lie by Jody Sabral

5th June 2018

Is she the next victim? Or is she the culprit…?   Alex South is a high-functioning alcoholic who is teetering on the brink of oblivion. Her career as a television journalist is hanging by a threa...

Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining… by Paul Gitsham

27th May 2018

One of the dirty little secrets that we crime writers are sometimes loathe to admit in polite society, is that when something really bad happens to a loved one, our second thought (after checking they...

Why Do We Write Fiction? by Patricia Finney

27th May 2018

Yes, I know Terry Pratchett got here first but I can’t find the relevant quote from his Witches Abroad. I mean seriously. Why? Why do we sit down for many many many hours, busily writing long ex...

National Crime Reading Month 2018 Underway

2nd May 2018

National Crime Reading Month, an initiative promoted by the CWA, is now underway, with libraries, bookshops and writing festivals throughout the country hosting events and talks this month with author...

Historical Noir by Barry Forshaw

1st May 2018

Barry Forshaw, one of the UK’s leading experts on crime fiction, has written a lively, wide-ranging and immensely informed history of the genre as part of his award-winning ‘Noir’ series (that include...

Writing as Escapism by AJ Waines

30th April 2018

Have you ever been caught daydreaming? Missed your stop on the bus because your mind was miles away? Been hauled up for staring out of the classroom window as a child? If so, you probably learnt that...

Death in Shetland Waters by Marsali Taylor

28th March 2018

Cass Lynch has achieved the post of third officer aboard her beloved ship, Sorlandet. They’re sailing from Norway to Ireland as part of the Tall Ships race when an unnerving early-morning encounter le...

Going Fishing, by Gary Connolly

28th March 2018

For me, stories begin with images more often than not. Sometimes they’re grainy, but more often visceral and clear. Blood Will Be Born started in this way and was written on and off between 2014 and 2...

Finding the Plot by Bill Kitson

27th February 2018

‘There’s always a story. It’s all stories, really. The sun coming up every day is a story. Everything’s got a story in it. Change the story, change the world.’ Terry Pratchett One of...

Going Against the Grain by Antony Johnston

12th February 2018

It’s time to admit that I enjoy going against the grain. Until now I’ve been best known as a graphic novelist, and I’ve had my share of success; a couple of New York Times bestsellers, some critical a...

Everything is Lies by Helen Callaghan

12th February 2018

Helen Callaghan‘s thrilling debut novel, Dear Amy, was a Sunday Times bestseller. This month sees the release of her second book, Everything Is Lies. What if your parents had been lying to you s...

Lady First by Lea O’Harra

15th December 2017

Lea O’Harra on her new novel, the third in the Inspector Inoue mystery series, published by Endeavour Press, and the themes and concerns that underpin it. Fujikawa, a small town in rural, western Japa...

Mystery Tour, the new CWA Short Story Anthology

3rd December 2017

The CWA Anthology series are collections of short stories by members of the Crime Writers’ Association and celebrate the best of crime writing by showcasing both established and emerging talent. The l...

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