The Crime Readers' Association

Short Fiction from CWA Conference Delegates

3rd May 2017

At the annual CWA conference, held in Edinburgh in April, we asked CWA delegates for a short story of under 500 words with the following titles: ‘Inevitable Crimes of Passion’ and ‘B...

A Million Books Sold

3rd May 2017

There I was, putting the final touches to my latest manuscript prior to sending it off for editing, and flicking around the internet in case anyone had mentioned my books on Twitter (they hadn’t...

Dagger in the Library 2017 Shortlist Announced

2nd May 2017

The shortlist of the CWA 2017 Dagger in the Library has been announced. The Dagger in the Library is a prize for a body of work by a crime writer that users of libraries particularly admire. It is one...

Case Files 25

31st March 2017

The latest issue of Case Files has just been sent out to CRA members. Join the Crime Readers’ Association for all the latest information on newly published/forthcoming crime novels and fascinati...

E S Thomson Finds Time for Crime

28th March 2017

Recently, the fabulous Denise Mina remarked that crime writers were expected to write a book a year – an extraordinary undertaking for any writer. ‘Yes,’ I thought.  ‘She’s right!  Even worse, some of...

Mick Finlay: Diary of a Debut Author #2

6th March 2017

My book, Arrowood, is going to be published at the end of this month, and a lot’s been happening in preparation. The cover, now in its fifth version, has been agreed. The first two had a silhouette of...

Read CWA Dagger in the Library Longlisted Authors

6th March 2017

The longlist of the CWA 2017 Dagger in the Library has been officially announced, based on nominations received from 175 libraries across the UK and Ireland and now we’d like to get readers involved....

Jan Newton – Diary of a Debut Author

6th March 2017

I wonder if I’m unusual, or whether other writers have found themselves thrilled and delighted (of course) but also more than just a little stunned at the thought of having a book out there on the she...

The Darkness Within

27th February 2017

It is 1906 and the Faro family gather in Orkney after the untimely death of Faro’s son-in-law Erland Yesnaby. As they rally round the grieving widow Emily, their attention is caught by strange activit...

Case Files ezine – fun, fascinating and free!

11th January 2017

The latest issue of Case Files was out at the beginning of February. Ten newly released or forthcoming novels from CWA members are profiled. These include ingenious plots from within the UK alongside...

Mick Finlay: Diary of a Debut Author

10th January 2017

The review copies of my first novel Arrowood arrived three days ago. I had a couple of glasses of wine and opened one but couldn’t bring myself to read the words. It’s getting serious now. You put a l...

Dark Minds for Charity

14th December 2016

Dark Minds is a collection of crime and thriller short stories written by authors from around the UK and beyond. Including best-selling authors from the giant publishing houses, hugely successful inde...

Marnie Riches and Katerina Diamond in conversation

30th November 2016

Marnie: Before The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die – the first book in my George McKenzie series – was published, I had been writing for nigh on ten years, hoping to make it as a children’s author....

Armistice Day – A Reflection by Simon Michael

30th November 2016

As church bells sounded across Britain on Armistice Day, November 11, 1918, my family celebrated the fact that, by some miracle, all six brothers shown in the photograph below survived the Great War: ...

A High Mortality of Doves

22nd November 2016

On Tuesday 15 November over fifty people descended on Simply Books, an award-winning independent bookshop in Bramhall, to celebrate the launch of Kate Ellis’s new novel A High Mortality of Doves. It w...

Ready to Enter the Debut Dagger?

2nd November 2016

The CWA’s competition for the start of a crime novel by an unpublished writer is underway! Is this the year you will enter? And maybe get shortlisted, or even win? The prize for the winner is £5...

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