The Crime Readers' Association

Past Praying For by Aline Templeton

27th May 2014

In a new feature every other Tuesday the CRA will be focusing on books from new sponsors Endeavour Press Ltd. Past Praying For – Aline Templeton (FREE to download 27.05.2014) DESCRIPTION The peo...

Investigating the Bow Street Runners by Karen Charlton

19th May 2014

Detective Stephen Lavender was a principal officer with the Bow Street Magistrates court at the start of the nineteenth century. He was also the man who dragged my husband’s Regency ancestor into the...

Leigh RussellThe Appeal of Crime Fiction by Leigh Russell

18th May 2014

On the face of it, the appeal of crime fiction is a strange phenomenon. Readers who appear to be perfectly ordinary, if not downright pleasant, often tell me they ‘love a good murder’. Boo...

Leigh and Lee childWriting Series by Leigh Russell

16th May 2014

In the second of her blog posts as CRA Featured Author for May Leigh Russell looks at Writing Series. As readers, many of us are fans of series. There is comfort in returning to a familiar character....

How I Started Writing by Leigh Russell

9th May 2014

I started writing relatively late in life, and it has literally changed my  life. I’m not talking about the outward trappings of being a bestselling author: earning my living from writing fictio...

CRA – Giveaway

4th May 2014

  Deadly Pleasures is an anthology of brand new stories by members of the CWA, to celebrate our Diamond Jubilee. The introduction is kindly provided by Peter James, Chair of the CWA 2011-2013, an...

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2nd May 2014

We are always looking to bring the best in crime writing to all those interested in crime through this website and our social media channels. But those that subscribe to our mailing list have even mor...

Amy Bird Yours Is MineCriminal London – why the capital still thrills us

18th April 2014

London may no longer be a place of opium dens, vile alleys and gin holes, as it was in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s day, but it is still an attractive proposition for a crime writer. From Robert Wil...

Night Visit Priscilla MastersA Fatal Cut by Priscilla Masters

15th April 2014

In a new feature every other Tuesday the CRA will be focusing on books from new sponsors Endeavour Press Ltd. A Fatal Cut by Priscalla Masters  (Free today 15.04.2014)   ‘His patient was ready. H...

Evonne-WarehamThe Joys of Research – Evonne Wareham

2nd April 2014

Giveaway – Evonne has kindly offered a signed paperback copy of her multi award winning book – Never Coming Home. To win this great prize comment on this post letting us know your thoughts...

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...

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