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CWA Daggers 2022 announced

1st July 2022

Ray Celestin, MW Craven, Janice Hallett and Mark Billingham awarded 2022 CWA Daggers. The winners of the 2022 CWA Daggers, which honour the very best in the crime writing genre, have been announced. R...

‘Her Perfect Husband’ by Susan Wilkins

1st July 2022

She thinks he’s perfect. But is he playing her for a fool? In a tangle of twisted passions and lies, the path of love leads to obsession and murder. Sophie Latham is a successful businesswoman used to...

Countdown to CWA Daggers

8th June 2022

Just a few days are left to buy tickets to attend the annual Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) Dagger Awards dubbed the ‘Oscars’ of the crime genre. Booking closes this Friday (10 June) for the 2022 aw...

‘CRIME FICTION IN THE BLITZ’ BY MIKE HOLLOW

8th June 2022

The trouble with writing historical crime fiction is that it’s fiction, which means you make it all up, but it’s also set in the past, and if you get your history wrong it can really annoy the person...

‘The Life of Crime’ by Martin Edwards

1st June 2022

In this ground-breaking history of crime fiction, acclaimed expert and CWA Diamond Dagger winner Martin Edwards traces the evolution of the genre from the eighteenth century to the present, offering a...

Are you a saint or a sinner? asks Caroline England

24th May 2022

When it comes to my psychological suspense novels, I’m a counsellor, therapist and particularly a psychologist. How I love to excavate my characters’ innermost thoughts and feelings and find out who t...

‘The Thief, the Wife and the Canoe’ by David Leigh

4th May 2022

The Thief, His Wife and The Canoe is the behind-the-scenes account of a true event of audacious deception and coercion, offering an unprecedented insight into a mind-boggling story that gripped the na...

Bookseller of the Month: May 2022 – Beccles Books

4th May 2022

In conversation with Elly Griffiths 1 Exchange House, Exchange Square, Beccles, Suffolk NR34 9HH Tel: 01502 716806 https://www.facebook.com/becclesbooks/ It’s 11 years since Lee Mason founded Beccles...

Writing about Food in Fiction

26th April 2022

I love mysteries that talk of food. Some of my favourite series include the Inspector Chen Cao series by Qiu Xiaolong, which brings Chinese everyday cuisine to life, Mia P Manansala’s Tita Rosie...

CWA Daggers Longlists announced

25th April 2022

The 2022 longlists for the prestigious Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) Dagger awards, which honour the very best in the crime-writing genre, have been announced. Created in 1955, the world-famous CWA...

‘The Dead of Winter’ by David Stuart Davies

1st April 2022

The Dead of Winter A Rupert Wild Mystery by  David Stuart Davies Level Best Books A Golden Age mystery with a thread of darkness. Having survived the First World War and been decorated for his bravery...

28th March 2022

Announcements of Daggers 2022 & Self-Nomination for 2023 All lists will be reproduced on the CWA website shortly after the announcements. Debut Dagger longlist only: online late afternoon event (5...

Fascists – the Perfect Villains? by Jason Monaghan

22nd March 2022

We all hate fascism, agreed? If not, stop reading here. When we were young, ‘the Germans’ were the baddies in our games, on TV shows and those stalwart WW2 films. Only when I began to study hist...

The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe by David Leigh

22nd March 2022

My book started its life in late 2007, the same month I had flown from Panama to Miami and on to Manchester, via Atlanta, Georgia, to bring Anne Darwin home to face the music. Anne was the wife of ‘Ca...

Music of the Night – CWA short story anthology

1st March 2022

Music of the Night is the anthology of original short stories contributed by Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) members, with music as the connecting theme. Whether it’s the swaying notes of classical o...

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