The Crime Readers' Association

The Adventures of Maud West by Susannah Stapleton

29th March 2021

Maud West ran her detective agency in London for more than thirty years, having started sleuthing on behalf of society’s finest in 1905. Her exploits grabbed headlines throughout the world but, beneat...

Changing Genres by Leigh Russell

29th March 2021

Writers are wordsmiths. We spend our time playing with words, seeing how we can use them to communicate. But ideas as well as language inspire the books we write, and these ideas can pop up unbidden f...

Martina Cole Awarded the 2021 CWA Diamond Dagger

23rd February 2021

Martina Cole is the recipient of the highest honour in British crime writing, the Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) Diamond Dagger. The long-reigning Queen of Crime Drama is a publishing powerhouse. Ma...

‘Edge of the Grave’ by Robbie Morrison

19th February 2021

Edge of the Grave by Robbie Morrison is a dark historical crime novel set in 1930s Glasgow. A city still recovering from the Great War; split by religious division and swarming with razor gangs. For f...

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...

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