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A Midwinter MurderA Midwinter Murder by Peter Tonkin

1st April 2014

In a new feature every other Tuesday the CRA will be focusing on books from new sponsors Endeavour Press Ltd. A Midwinter Murder by Peter Tonkin Christmas 1594. Tom is called away from the dress rehea...

The Scourge of Self-Doubt A.J Waines

28th March 2014

In my work as a Psychotherapist, many creative people have come to me with self-doubt about their chosen craft. They tell me that they have stopped producing, because what they are going to create mig...

forensic holmesForensic Holmes – Kelvin I Jones

26th March 2014

The most famous detective of all time, Sherlock Holmes, made his first public appearance in December 1887 in Beeton’s Christmas Annual. The story, A Study in Scarlet, was not an immediate success when...

A J Waines – The Importance of Settings

21st March 2014

In the third of her Featured Author posts A.J. Waines looks at the importance of  settings.  One of the major appeals for UK readers of Nordic Noir and Scandi Crime novels has to be the settings. In S...

Bad Press – Bea Davenport

19th March 2014

Bea Davenport looks at representations of the media Like millions of viewers, I’ve been glued to the almost-excellent Line of Duty, the series about police corruption, with its twisting plotlines and...

The Importance of Book Titles – A. J. Waines

14th March 2014

In the second of her Featured Author posts A.J. Waines looks at the importance of book titles.   The title of a book is undoubtedly the first thing we see about it, backed up by the image on the...

forensic holmesForensic Holmes – Kelvin I Jones

12th March 2014

The most famous detective of all time, Sherlock Holmes, made his first public appearance in December 1887 in Beeton’s Christmas Annual. The story, A Study in Scarlet, was not an immediate success when...

Conned – L.C. Tyler

11th March 2014

  He’d conned her. Of that much she was certain. The only things she could not work out were how and why. In the background, the air-conditioning still purred respectfully. Looking out through the pla...

Getting Past Writers Block – A J Waines

7th March 2014

As a Psychotherapist, I’ve often worked with creative people and come across many writers, artists, actors and composers who’ve got ‘stuck’. They feel paralysed, inert and lost – then as a resul...

The Daily Grind – Stella Whitelaw

5th March 2014

My work space I work at an oval dining room table.  It’s vacated on Christmas Day.  It’s jam-packed with papers and reference books as I write both books and short stories. Take a closer look There’s...

Expulsion from Eden by Judith Cutler

4th March 2014

Exeter, 1813 Teigngrace Hall, in the county of Devon, was my favourite of the Earl of Teignbridge’s establishments. Very commodious and set in extensive parkland, it lay near the main roads to Newton...

An Act of Evil: Robert Richardson

4th March 2014

In a new feature every other Tuesday the CRA will be focusing on books from new sponsors ‘Endeavour Press Ltd’. First up is ‘An Act of Evil’ by Robert Richardson. The Blurb: Wh...

Death Surge, Pauline Rowson

3rd March 2014

Death Surge A telephone call to say that his nephew is missing cuts short Detective Inspector Andy Horton’s sailing trip to France. Summoned back to the Isle of Wight, Horton learns that Johnnie has n...

The Midnight Visitor, Alanna Knight

3rd March 2014

The Midnight Visitor Mort Manor is shunned by the locals. Newcomers to the village, Bel and her TV actor partner, are unaware of its evil reputation. But their dream home is a house of murders, past a...

The Whispering, Sarah Rayne

3rd March 2014

The Whispering  Fosse House, home of the reclusive Luisa Gilmore, harbours curious secrets – including one that stretches back almost a century, to the ill-fated Palestrina Choir. When Oxford don, Mic...

Jazz and Die, Stella Whitelaw

3rd March 2014

Jazz and Die is set at an international jazz festival in Swanage. Jordan jumps at a chance to get away from her vertiginous new flat facing the sea at Lancing, even if she has to protect an awkward an...

Helen DavisA Good Death, Helen Davis

3rd March 2014

‘A good death is better than a bad conscience,’ said Sophie. 1983: Georgie, Theo, Sophie and Helena, four disparate Cambridge undergraduates, set out to scale Ausangate, one of the highest...

David Stuart Davies – The Darke Chronicles

3rd March 2014

The Darke Chronicles introduces the aristocratic and flamboyant Victorian detective Luther Darke who tackles seemingly inexplicable mysteries that have baffled Scotland Yard. The seven cases that feat...

Death Lies BeneathCRA Giveaway: Death Lies Beneath (DI Horton Series)

1st March 2014

The eighth marine mystery crime novel featuring DI Andy Horton When ex con, Daryl Woodley is found dead on the marshes bordering Langstone Harbour the Intelligence Directorate believe his murder is li...

Developing Characters – Pauline Rowson

28th February 2014

Creating a likeable, interesting and complex main character, one the reader can have empathy with, one they want to trust, to feel his/her pain and disappointments, root for throughout the story is a...

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