The Crime Readers' Association

Linda StratmannSplit Screens – Linda Stratmann

19th September 2014

Multi-tasking is an essential ability for a writer. Hands and mind can work simultaneously and independently, and there can be one issue engaging the forefront of the mind while another is still worki...

A Typical Day – Linda Stratmann

12th September 2014

Recently I was asked to describe a typical working day as a writer. Years ago when I worked in an office I knew exactly what a typical day was – I went to the same place five days a week, and did the...

A Fistful of SeaweedA Fistful of Seaweed – John Bayliss

8th September 2014

‘I groaned out loud. I was never going to get my wallet back, Ackerman wasn’t going to get his photograph back and, as a reward, he was going to boil my bones down to glue. My destiny was to hol...

JE FormanLocation, location, location, eh?

28th August 2014

Being a Canadian mystery writer is a lot like being a Who in Dr. Seuss’s Who-ville. We may live in the second largest country on the planet, but the small size of our population severely limits our ho...

In praise of the Independents – Bea Davenport

24th August 2014

  First of all, let me be clear about the subject matter. When I talk about independent publishing, I mean being traditionally published but by a smaller press that is not part of a larger conglo...

Maigret – William Shaw

22nd August 2014

Watching TV these days, you’d think that something odd is happening to the form of the story. Instead of watching a series, we’ve now started to devour whole boxed sets of Broadchurch or The Bridge. I...

Dragons Pen – David Beckler

20th August 2014

During the 2014 Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, authors had the opportunity to pitch their novel ideas to a panel of prominent publishers and agents – the “Dragons” in the title. The f...

Sleuthfest

14th August 2014

Although most crime writers are well acquainted with American Writers’ Conferences such as Boucheron, Thrillerfest and Malice Domestic, I wonder if many have heard of the Sleuthfest Conference, this b...

Phil Viner – Using backstory to write novellas

13th August 2014

I began writing my first published book (in the attic are my two deformed novels that will remain chained in the dark forever) The Last Winter of Dani Lancing, in a blissful state of low expectation a...

The Crime Thriller Club

11th August 2014

Do you know your Morse from your Marple? Your Lewis from your Luther? Or your Martina Cole from your Michael Connelly? Well Cactus TV need you!! For this year’s Crime Thriller Club on ITV3 they...

Nicholas Freeling – William Shaw

8th August 2014

These days a lot of people look blank when you say the name Nicholas Freeling. Hum the first few bars of “Eye Level” by the Simon Park Orchestra, the theme tune to the Van der Valk TV series, and you...

A First Timer at ThrillerFest – Evonne Wareham

7th August 2014

The chance to spend time with some of your favourite big name authors – and to meet new ones? What crime fan wouldn’t be tempted? I’ve visited New York before, but this was my first trip to Thrillerfe...

An image of the front cover of Summer of Ghosts by PD VinerP.D. Viner, Crime Writer: Year One

30th July 2014

How I researched my second novel: Summer of Ghosts. I am a little ashamed to say that I have never been arrested, questioned, or even cautioned by the police. These are rubbish credentials for a crime...

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