The Crime Readers' Association

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...

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...

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