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Quentin Bates – Sex

13th June 2014

I thought that might grab your attention. What’s there to say about sex? To start with, I’m given to understand there’s a lot of it about. We humans (men, anyway) are supposedly hardwired to think abo...

Crime Fiction and Sales by Richard Godwin

12th June 2014

Analysing sales trends is a tricky business. Predicting them is almost impossible. But when thinking of what type of crime novel sells, be it the cosy or the more violent novel, there are a few clear...

Case Files 10:

11th June 2014

Case Files (edition 10) is now out and available to Crime Readers’ Association subscribers. Signing up is FREE and easy. As usual we bring you the best of new crime writing with new releases fro...

Case Files 10: Forgotten Classic

7th June 2014

Imogen Robertson talks about Highways and Byways – a book she thinks everyone should read. Actually Highways and Byways is a series of books published in the first half of the twentieth century...

Theft of Life, Imogen Robertson

6th June 2014

  Imogen studied German and Russian at Cambridge, then spent a while working as a TV director before becoming a full-time writer. Much of her childhood was spent lost in the novels of Dorothy L. Sayer...

The Killing Club – Paul Finch

6th June 2014

  Paul Finch has trod the sodden streets of Manchester both as a cop and as a journalist. He then learned his creative writing skills by contributing television scripts to The Bill. (Often cited as th...

Dead Letters – Joan Lock

6th June 2014

Joan’s first two books described the time she spent working as a policewoman and as a nurse. When she took up writing crime fiction, these experiences helped shape her characters such as the cha...

Martine BaileyAn Appetite For Violets – Martine Bailey

6th June 2014

  Based in Chester, Martine Bailey writes historical mysteries with a food theme. She has some impressive culinary credentials to draw on: as an amateur cook, she was a former UK Dessert Champion...

The Dark Horizon – Simon Hall

6th June 2014

  Simon Hall is a crime writer and BBC Television Crime Correspondent based in Devon. His quirky and quintessentially English books – the tvdetective series – are about a maverick televisi...

The Venetian Venture – Suzette A. Hill

6th June 2014

After retiring to Herefordshire, Suzette A. Hill has used her time to pen the humorous ‘Revd Francis Oughterard’ quintet, plus two other titles outside that series. Happily steering clear of ‘social i...

Linda StratmannAppetite for Murder – Linda Stratmann

6th June 2014

Linda Stratmann has long been fascinated by historical crime, especially in the Victorian era. Having written several true crime books on the subject, she now brings her experience to a series of nove...

Quentin Bates – Living With A Stranger

6th June 2014

It’s almost like being married all over again. Let me clarify… I’ve been married for a long time, and only the once. But a few years ago another woman turned up and has been living with me ever since....

Leigh RussellPreparing Submissions by Leigh Russell

30th May 2014

Recently there has been a lot of controversy in the publishing industry. Should we read physical books or e-books? Is traditional publishing better than self-publishing? Contrary to what a lot of writ...

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

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