The Crime Readers' Association

THE VISITORS by Miranda Rijks

20th January 2021

She offered them a place to stay. They wanted so much more. Hannah’s life is almost perfect. She’s a full-time mother to two young children and married to successful cardiologist Daniel. The only thin...

Mortmain Hall by Martin Edwards

15th December 2020

A superb Golden Age mystery packed with twists, from the winner of the Diamond Dagger 2020 ENGLAND, 1930. Grieving widows are a familiar sight on London’s Necropolis Railway. So when an elegant...

CWA Daggers on the BBC – and YouTube

25th November 2020

The CWA Daggers were recently featured on BBC Look North, focused on CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger winner Trevor Wood and his work at The People’s Kitchen in Newcastle, inspiration for his debut...

Mr Dickens and Me, by J C Briggs

23rd November 2020

Claire Tomalin observed that: ‘everyone finds their own version of Charles Dickens.’  Mine is Detective Dickens, the amateur sleuth who teams up with the Superintendent from Bow Street to investigate...

TRUTH GAMES by Caroline England

10th November 2020

Family is everything to Ellie Wilson.  She tries hard to be the perfect mother, the perfect partner, the perfect daughter – but she can’t always seem to get it right. When an old friend from uni...

Dagger Winners Announced Online

26th October 2020

CWA Dagger Awards 2020 Winners Announced – Michael Robotham, Lou Berney, Trevor Wood, Casey Cep, and Abir Mukherjee win 2020 CWA Dagger awards. The winners of the 2020 CWA Daggers, which honour the ve...

Location, location, location by Candy Denman

22nd October 2020

When I was working on the long-running drama series, Heartbeat, we were often told that the biggest character we wrote for was the setting. How true that was. Whenever I tell people that I used to be...

The Man on the Street, by Trevor Wood

30th September 2020

An environmental campaigner disappears on the eve of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. The only witness, Jimmy, a homeless veteran grappling with PTSD, doesn’t want to get involved. It’s not h...

‘Battling with the Muse’ by Diane M. Dickson

21st August 2020

I believe in The Muse. I am one hundred per cent convinced that there is a magic force that guides artistic endeavour. For interest mine is female, taller than me with longer, curlier, blonder hair, f...

Vintage Crime: CWA Anthology of Short Stories 2020

21st August 2020

Vintage Crime, a compilation of the juiciest stories from past Crime Writers’ Association anthologies and edited by Martin Edwards, has been published by Flame Tree Publishing Published in hardback an...

‘Doing the homework’ by Andrew Bibby

21st August 2020

You mean, you do research for your novels? I understand very well why some readers may pose this question. Non-fiction books, fairly obviously, need to be carefully researched.  Nobody, I’m sure, woul...

New CWA Anthology Celebrates Vintage Crime

31st July 2020

A new short story anthology with a difference celebrates short stories from the archives of the Crime Writers’ Association (CWA). Vintage Crime gathers gems from the mid 1950s, when the CWA began, unt...

Battling with the Muse, by Diane M Dickson

28th July 2020

I believe in The Muse. I am one hundred per cent convinced that there is a magic force that guides artistic endeavour. For interest mine is female, taller than me with longer, curlier, blonder hair, f...

Author in Lockdown: Merryn Allingham

30th June 2020

Please tell us a little about yourself and the books you write. I currently write what might be called traditional crime. It’s historical—the Tremayne Mysteries Series is set in the 1950s—and I have a...

Thirty-One Bones, by Morgan Cry

30th June 2020

When Daniella Coulstoun’s estranged mother Effie dies in Spain under suspicious circumstances, she feels it’s her duty to fly out for the funeral. On arrival, Daniella is confronted by a d...

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