The Crime Readers' Association

Mick Finlay: Diary of a Debut Author

10th January 2017

The review copies of my first novel Arrowood arrived three days ago. I had a couple of glasses of wine and opened one but couldn’t bring myself to read the words. It’s getting serious now. You put a l...

Dark Minds for Charity

14th December 2016

Dark Minds is a collection of crime and thriller short stories written by authors from around the UK and beyond. Including best-selling authors from the giant publishing houses, hugely successful inde...

Marnie Riches and Katerina Diamond in conversation

30th November 2016

Marnie: Before The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die – the first book in my George McKenzie series – was published, I had been writing for nigh on ten years, hoping to make it as a children’s author....

Armistice Day – A Reflection by Simon Michael

30th November 2016

As church bells sounded across Britain on Armistice Day, November 11, 1918, my family celebrated the fact that, by some miracle, all six brothers shown in the photograph below survived the Great War: ...

A High Mortality of Doves

22nd November 2016

On Tuesday 15 November over fifty people descended on Simply Books, an award-winning independent bookshop in Bramhall, to celebrate the launch of Kate Ellis’s new novel A High Mortality of Doves. It w...

Ready to Enter the Debut Dagger?

2nd November 2016

The CWA’s competition for the start of a crime novel by an unpublished writer is underway! Is this the year you will enter? And maybe get shortlisted, or even win? The prize for the winner is £5...

Launch of Dagger in the Library 2017

2nd November 2016

The CWA is pleased to announce the launch of Dagger in the Library 2017. The prize is made to an author for a body of work that is popular with library users. The prizewinner must have at least 4 crim...

Stasi Child by David Young

14th October 2016

Stasi Child by David Young is the winner of the CWA Endeavour Historical Dagger for 2016 – so we can’t recommend it highly enough! Here’s a brief summary of the novel, as provided by...

Pauline Rowson

5th September 2016

Pauline Rowson’s latest novel Dangerous Cargo could be yours free – Severn House Publishers have 5 ebooks to give away in a prize draw competition.  Dangerous Cargo by  Pauline Rowson is t...

Have You Got It Covered? by AJ Waines

1st September 2016

The cover for AJ Waines’ new psychological thriller, Inside the Whispers, was recently revealed. Here Alison reveals how it was put together: The Design I’m very honoured to have an excellent cover de...

Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan

9th August 2016

Dear Amy is the outstanding debut novel from East Anglian author Helen Callaghan. Margot Lewis is a teacher at a school and a young girl in her class, Katie Brown, has gone missing. Margot also runs a...

How I wrote Poison Panic by Helen Barrell

20th July 2016

Poison Panic is perhaps best described as Victorian true crime…   Discovery It was a note scribbled in the margin of a burial register that first alerted me to the Essex poison cases of the 1840s. A m...

Clare Chase: How I Wrote A Stranger’s House

6th July 2016

How I wrote A Stranger’s House by Clare Chase The Initial idea I got the idea for the novel from snooping round other people’s homes! I became fascinated by the clues you can pick up about a person’s...

Seth Lynch and The Paris Ripper

8th June 2016

The piece is about my book The Paris Ripper, which is due out on Feb 18th. Seth Lynch lives in Wiltshire with his partner and their two daughters. He works as a database administrator and his spare ti...

A Day in the Life of…Sara Sheridan

8th June 2016

Sara Sheridan writes the popular Mirabelle Bevan Murder Mysteries set in 1950s London and Brighton as well as historical novels set in 1820-1845. Fascinated particularly by female history she is a cul...

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