The Crime Readers' Association

Love Reading UK’s 100 Top Female-led Crime Novels

2nd June 2021

What an exciting collection this is! Love Reading UK is celebrating National Crime Reading Month in June, hosted by the Crime Writers’ Association, by offering you some of their favourite female-led c...

The Dark Room, by Sam Blake

29th April 2021

Hare’s Landing, West Cork. A house full of mystery… Rachel Lambert leaves London afraid for her personal safety and determined to uncover the truth behind the sudden death of a homeless ma...

The Invitation by A.M. Castle

29th April 2021

The Invitation: join A.M. Castle for a closed circle murder mystery I have always wanted to write a closed circle murder mystery, so I suppose I’ve been lucky – the UK’s first lockdown gave me the mea...

WHAT MAKES A WRITER, by Jay Forman

29th April 2021

My father was a psychiatrist and he often told me that psychiatrist’s children are the most messed up people on the planet. He may have been right. Like every other writer I’ve been told “no” more tim...

HISTORY: THE DEVIL’S SCRIPTURE by Jeff Dawson

26th April 2021

I lived, some years ago, on a Ladysmith Road. It joined another called Kimberley, thoroughfares of solid, red-brick terracing. Show me any British suburb, built c.1900, and I will give you streets nam...

Caught Doing the Bear, by Leslie Scase

26th April 2021

In this article I am going to express some of my personal views on the writer’s use of language in historical novels, both as an author and as a reader. By the use of language, I mean not just the wor...

Writing Forgotten Women by Saeida Rouass

26th April 2021

In 2015 I came across a Times newspaper article that detailed the crimes of the ‘Moorish Jack the Ripper’. The article was printed in 1906 and offered a gruesome description of a series of murders of...

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...

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