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CRA Blog Author Chris SimmsCRA Blog Author Chris SimmsFeatured Author Friday: Chris Simms

10th January 2014

The question authors dread. They stare at me in silence, hands raised high. It’s the part of a talk when I feel like David Dimbleby on Question Time. Who should I point to? ‘OK, the dark-haired lady i...

Reviewer’s Diary: Barry Forshaw

30th December 2013

Sitting in Soho with Simenon’s Son There are definite perks to being a writer of books on crime fiction. Such as invitations to a meal at discreet Soho House (situated, coincidentally, in Soho)...

D A MishaniThe International Author: D. A. Mishani

24th December 2013

Being a crime novelist in a country where crime writing is scarce, I’m often asked why I have chosen to write crime novels of all things. After all, I could have written novels that don’t...

IslNoir.Bob&ArnaldurChasing the elusive Lights, and Iceland Noir

19th December 2013

Earlier this year, Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, Ragnar Jónasson and I met over a curry and a beer, and it turned out we had had similar thoughts about Iceland’s lack of any kind of crime fiction festival. Ice...

The Magus of Hay Phil RickmanPhil Rickman – The Magus of Hay

7th December 2013

Phil Rickman swapped his native Lancashire for the rural peace of mid-Wales to work as a BBC radio and TV reporter. He now lives on the Welsh Border, where he writes crime novels with a restrained ele...

Jean Chapman Deadly seriousJean Chapman, Deadly Serious

7th December 2013

Jean Chapman lives in rural Leicestershire worked as freelance journalist before switching to fiction. After a first foray in the short story magazine markets, she wrote sixteen historical novels befo...

Dying to KnowAlison Joseph, Dying To Know

7th December 2013

Alison Joseph is a London-based crime writer and also radio dramatist with about 25 radio plays and adaptations to her name. Her series of novels feature Sister Agnes, a contemporary detective nun bas...

classic in the pits amy myeAmy Myers, Classic in the Pits

7th December 2013

Amy Myers lives in Kent. By chance, so does Jack Colby – her classic car sleuth. Evoking the golden age of crime, Amy’s tales are narrated by Jack. And the setting? Traditional Agatha Christie c...

Charlie Flowers, The Riz Sabir Omnibus

7th December 2013

When I asked what inspired the Riz Sabir thriller series, Charlie told me he has a background in the UK extremism scene – having seen it from ‘both sides’. Knowing what a bizarre, murky and violent wo...

Mark Roberts The Sixth SoulMark Roberts, The Sixth Soul

7th December 2013

Mark Roberts was born, lives and works in Liverpool.  He was a mainstream teacher for twenty years and for the last eleven has worked as a special school teacher.  A stint spent writing for the theatr...

Leigh Russell, Fatal Act

7th December 2013

Not content with just one crime-fighting hero, Leigh Russell writes both the Geraldine Steel and Ian Peterson series of psychological crime novels. Leigh tells me she is fascinated by characters, espe...

Daggerville GamesFestive Giveaway: Special Bonus from Daggerville Games

7th December 2013

CRA seven days of celebrations with a great prize for any fan of the best in crime and thriller writing. BONUS GIVEAWAY DAY SEVEN: A Murder Mystery Game for one lucky winner. The Giveaway Daggerville...

Monument to Murder Mari HannahMari Hannah, Monument To Murder

7th December 2013

Mari Hannah, Monument To Murder  Mari’s close familiarity with crime and its consequences were gained through working as a probation officer. When an assault while on duty ended that career, Mari turn...

Patrick Easter The Rising TidePatrick Easter, The Rising Tide

7th December 2013

As a former Metropolitan Police officer who spent part of his career on the Thames, Patrick uses his experience of patrolling the river to describe what it’s like to deal with crime, criminals, accide...

crimefestFestive Giveaway: CrimeFest

7th December 2013

CRA seven days of celebrations with a great prize for any fan of the best in crime and thriller writing. DAY SEVEN:  One lucky winner will receive a weekend pass to CrimeFest. The Giveaway There’s two...

Grey Cells PressFestive Giveaway: Grey Cells Press

6th December 2013

CRA seven days of celebrations with a great prize for any fan of the best in crime and thriller writing. DAY SIX: Today’s prize is a signed copy of Five And A Half Tons by John Bayliss and Green...

Ki AgencyFestive Giveaway: Synopsis Advice

5th December 2013

CRA seven days of celebrations with a great prize for any fan of the best in thriller writing. DAY FIVE: Three lucky winners will receive one off advice on preparing an attractive synopsis for submiss...

Solo William Boyd FINALFestive Giveaway: Solo

4th December 2013

CRA seven days of celebrations with a great prize for any fan of the best in thriller writing. DAY FOUR: One lucky winner will receive a signed copy of “SOLO” By William Boyd. Published by...

mslexia diary 2014Festive Giveaway: Mslexia Diary

3rd December 2013

CRA seven days of celebrations with a great prize for any fan of the best in crime and thriller writing. DAY THREE: One lucky winner will receive a copy of Mslexia Writer’s Diary 2014 The Mslexia Writ...

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