The Crime Readers' Association

Bookseller of the Month: Griffin Books, Penarth

1st December 2021

The CWA’s Bookseller of the Month for December is Griffin Books in Penarth. Griffin Books in Penarth is one of those shops writers love to be invited to. It’s run by the amazing Mel Griffin who...

KGB Banker by William Burton McCormick & John Christmas

30th November 2021

A return trip to the land of his ancestors is about to turn deadly for one whistleblowing Chicago banker. When financial executive Bob Vanags takes a job at ominous Turaida Bank in Latvia, he hopes to...

A Theft, A Dog and a Man called Harold by Peter Bartram

25th November 2021

One of the pleasures of crime writing is when research turns you into a ‘snapper up of unconsidered trifles’. (The Winter’s Tale, Act 4 Scene 3, if you were torturing yourself to remember where the qu...

Bookseller of the Month: The Book Makers, Brighton

1st November 2021

Every month, as part of the new CWA Booksellers Champion initiative, we want to celebrate a bookshop because we believe bookshops don’t just sell our books – they bring our streets alive. This month,...

Many Deadly Returns by the Murder Squad

29th October 2021

It’s 21 years since Murder Squad, a group of award-winning crime and mystery writers, was formed and they have written a new anthology of short stories to celebrate the occasion with a bang. Murder Sq...

CWA October Bookseller of the Month: Guid Books, Alva

1st October 2021

Every month, as part of the new CWA Booksellers Champion initiative with bestselling author Elly Griffiths, we want to celebrate a bookshop because we believe bookshops don’t just sell our books – the...

‘Lying Ways’ by Rachel Lynch

1st October 2021

When the danger is already inside, nowhere is safe… Highton Prison sits nestled within the moors of western Cumbria. When two former inmates turn up dead, DI Kelly Porter believes that she is hu...

RUNNING OUT OF ROAD by Cath Staincliffe

1st September 2021

A missing schoolgirl, a middle-aged recluse, an exploited teenager. Lives thrown into chaos and set on collision course. With the police in hot pursuit. Scarlett is dancing in the school talent show t...

When close confinement was a choice, by Kate Ellis

9th August 2021

My twenty-fifth Wesley Peterson mystery, The Stone Chamber, begins with the execution-style murder of Robert and Greta Gerdner at their home in the Devon countryside. DI Wesley Peterson suspects that...

The Postscript Murders by Elly Griffiths

2nd August 2021

When 90-year-old Peggy Smith is found dead in her seaside apartment, it’s assumed to be from natural causes. Then her carer, Natalka, finds business cards describing the dead woman as a ‘murder consul...

August Bookshop of the Month: No Alibis

1st August 2021

Every month, as part of the new CWA Booksellers Champion initiative, we want to celebrate a bookshop because we believe bookshops don’t just sell our books – they bring our streets alive. August...

CWA Opens Membership to Self-Published Authors

29th July 2021

For the first time in its 68-year history, the prestigious Crime Writers’ Association will allow self-published authors to join its ranks. The move comes after the CWA consulted its members, who voted...

‘Crime in Trying Times’ by J.G. Harlond

28th July 2021

Do you actually know anyone who is entirely good? Or entirely bad, with no redeeming qualities? I ask because as a crime writer I create both goodies and the baddies: those who do their very best in t...

The Dinosaur Who Came In From the Cold by David Hodges

15th July 2021

When I first discovered my desire to write, it was in virtual prehistoric times, when publishing houses like Methuen, Herbert Jenkins and Collins – to name just a few – adhered to simple publishing pr...

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