The Crime Readers' Association

Daggers Longlists announced!

24th April 2023

The 2023 Daggers longlist has been announced at the CWA annual conference in York where members toasted the listed authors and publishers. The shortlist will be announced at a reception at CrimeFest i...

‘The Birthday Girl’ by Sarah Ward

31st March 2023

Welcome to Eldey, an island with deadly secrets. Guests include – Mona: a carefree artist, staying at the Cloister to work on her illustrations. Beth: the harried mother of a toddler, on the remote We...

‘Four Hidden Treasures’ By H L Marsay

6th March 2023

Welcome to Hartwell, an English village full of cobbled streets, ancient curses, and buried secrets. Reeling from the last few years of uncertainty, the villagers of Hartwell are adjusting to their ne...

In conversation with Sara Paretsky

15th February 2023

The CWA North America chapter recently hosted an evening in conversation with Sara Paretsky (author of the VI Warshawksi books.) It was recorded and is now hosted on our YouTube channel. Free to watch...

Walter Mosley Awarded CWA Diamond Dagger 2023

8th February 2023

Walter Mosley is the 2023 recipient of the highest honour in crime writing, the Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) Diamond Dagger. The CWA Daggers are now regarded by the publishing world as the foremos...

‘Web of Lies’ by Paul Gitsham

1st February 2023

When mother-of-two Louisa doesn’t return home from work one night, her husband raises the alarm. Investigating the workshop where she ran her mail-order business reveals signs she was taken by force –...

MURDER MYSTERIES: A NEW GOLDEN AGE? asks Tom Mead

25th January 2023

Like many people, I grew up in thrall to the Golden Age of Detective Fiction (GAD for short). Our home was heaped with Agatha Christie paperbacks, so even before I picked up a single one and actually...

‘My Sister’s Secret’ by Diane Saxon

4th January 2023

Four sisters, four secrets. Who has the deadliest of them all? Something happened to me when I was nine. My childhood memories before that fateful day are gone. Extinguished. The aftermath has become...

‘The Art of Naming’ by Kim Hays

14th December 2022

War and Peace is supposed to contain 500 named characters, and readers find it hard to keep them straight. For one thing, each one is called by multiple names, and, for another, those names are Russia...

‘The Accident’ by Julia Stone

2nd December 2022

An unidentified young woman dies falling from a bridge onto Janice Thomason’s car. The police rule it as misadventure; not an act of suicide or murder, just an accident. But who was this woman? And wh...

‘The Shadows of Rutherford House’ by CE Rose

24th November 2022

I was once a solicitor who spent each working day dealing with heinous crimes, difficult divorces and professional negligence claims. Now I’m Caroline England/CE Rose author, the ‘Duchess of Dark Dome...

A Christmas Murder of Crows by DM Austin

31st October 2022

December 1923. In the picturesque Westmorland village of Crowthwaite, the barmaid at The Black Feather entertains a traveller with a local story of pagan sacrifice – the Murder of Crows. Unbekno...

Suspense Novels: Home or Away? by Helen Cooper

24th October 2022

I write this while looking at the covers of my two novels. My debut, The Downstairs Neighbour, features a house with a half-open doorway: an ordinary, familiar image, but with an air of shadowy secrec...

‘Taking to Drink with Dickens’ by JC Briggs

7th October 2022

I was studying my map of London in 1850 to find the end of the Blackwall Railway where Dickens and Jones must alight in pursuit of a murderer. I needed a tavern in which the murderer could be holed up...

‘The Patrios Network’ by Antony Johnston

1st October 2022

ONLINE HATE BECOMES REAL. When a renegade British officer steals plans for a high-tech weapon that could plunge whole cities into darkness, elite MI6 hacker Brigitte Sharp is sent to get them back. Bu...

An Honourable Thief

1st September 2022

Introducing Jonas Flynt. Gambler. Thief. Killer. Man of honour. 1715. Jonas Flynt, ex-soldier and reluctant member of the Company of Rogues, a shady intelligence group run by ruthless spymaster Nathan...

‘From Dallas, Texas’ by MJ Williams

19th August 2022

My new book, The Velocity of Blood follows 17-year-old Jack Tolleson as he’s bullied online and offline, fat-shamed, victimized and finally thrown away and forgotten. One day in October, he breaks. In...

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