The Crime Readers' Association

Launch of Dagger in the Library 2017

2nd November 2016

The CWA is pleased to announce the launch of Dagger in the Library 2017. The prize is made to an author for a body of work that is popular with library users. The prizewinner must have at least 4 crim...

Stasi Child by David Young

14th October 2016

Stasi Child by David Young is the winner of the CWA Endeavour Historical Dagger for 2016 – so we can’t recommend it highly enough! Here’s a brief summary of the novel, as provided by...

Pauline Rowson

5th September 2016

Pauline Rowson’s latest novel Dangerous Cargo could be yours free – Severn House Publishers have 5 ebooks to give away in a prize draw competition.  Dangerous Cargo by  Pauline Rowson is t...

Have You Got It Covered? by AJ Waines

1st September 2016

The cover for AJ Waines’ new psychological thriller, Inside the Whispers, was recently revealed. Here Alison reveals how it was put together: The Design I’m very honoured to have an excellent cover de...

Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan

9th August 2016

Dear Amy is the outstanding debut novel from East Anglian author Helen Callaghan. Margot Lewis is a teacher at a school and a young girl in her class, Katie Brown, has gone missing. Margot also runs a...

How I wrote Poison Panic by Helen Barrell

20th July 2016

Poison Panic is perhaps best described as Victorian true crime…   Discovery It was a note scribbled in the margin of a burial register that first alerted me to the Essex poison cases of the 1840s. A m...

Clare Chase: How I Wrote A Stranger’s House

6th July 2016

How I wrote A Stranger’s House by Clare Chase The Initial idea I got the idea for the novel from snooping round other people’s homes! I became fascinated by the clues you can pick up about a person’s...

Seth Lynch and The Paris Ripper

8th June 2016

The piece is about my book The Paris Ripper, which is due out on Feb 18th. Seth Lynch lives in Wiltshire with his partner and their two daughters. He works as a database administrator and his spare ti...

A Day in the Life of…Sara Sheridan

8th June 2016

Sara Sheridan writes the popular Mirabelle Bevan Murder Mysteries set in 1950s London and Brighton as well as historical novels set in 1820-1845. Fascinated particularly by female history she is a cul...

Why I’ll Never Use an e-reader by Matthew Pritchard

1st March 2016

  Over the last 18 months I have purchased three e-readers: one for each of my parents, and a third for a friend. Having seen the machines in action, I have been impressed by them but know for a...

Golden Age – Part 4 by Noreen Wainwright

30th January 2016

I have spoken a lot about the Golden Age as a genre. When you are immersed in a subject you see it everywhere and in Waterstone’s in Liverpool last Sunday, sure enough, there were just so many re-issu...

Golden Age – Part 3 by Noreen Wainwright

22nd January 2016

  Why do some contemporary crime writers decide to re-visit the golden age or indeed any other period of history? This is a popular trend but it is by no means a new one. In the 1970s, Ellis Pete...

How I Wrote Fever City by Tim Baker

17th January 2016

After a conversation with James Ellroy, Tim Baker began work on a noir thriller. Twenty years and one vivid dream later, the completed work FEVER CITY is being published by Faber & Faber on 21 Jan...

Golden Age – Part 2 by Noreen Wainwright

15th January 2016

  In my last posting, I mentioned the unreliable narrator crime novel and how popular this sub-genre has become. But, if we look at the decades since the golden age we can see many strands in the...

A Day in the Life of Jean Briggs

10th January 2016

A Day in the Life of …Or, should it be A Life in the Day of …? I go to bed with Charles Dickens. I wake up with Charles Dickens. He’s always interrupting me with his speeches, his fourteen...

Golden Age – Part 1 by Noreen Wainwright

8th January 2016

You might have noticed a relatively new trend in crime fiction publishing. In the midst of some of the prevailing big hits, you will see the re-issue of some of the golden age classics. One example of...

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