The Crime Readers' Association

Are you a saint or a sinner? asks Caroline England

24th May 2022

When it comes to my psychological suspense novels, I’m a counsellor, therapist and particularly a psychologist. How I love to excavate my characters’ innermost thoughts and feelings and find out who t...

Writing about Food in Fiction

26th April 2022

I love mysteries that talk of food. Some of my favourite series include the Inspector Chen Cao series by Qiu Xiaolong, which brings Chinese everyday cuisine to life, Mia P Manansala’s Tita Rosie...

28th March 2022

Announcements of Daggers 2022 & Self-Nomination for 2023 All lists will be reproduced on the CWA website shortly after the announcements. Debut Dagger longlist only: online late afternoon event (5...

Fascists – the Perfect Villains? by Jason Monaghan

22nd March 2022

We all hate fascism, agreed? If not, stop reading here. When we were young, ‘the Germans’ were the baddies in our games, on TV shows and those stalwart WW2 films. Only when I began to study hist...

The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe by David Leigh

22nd March 2022

My book started its life in late 2007, the same month I had flown from Panama to Miami and on to Manchester, via Atlanta, Georgia, to bring Anne Darwin home to face the music. Anne was the wife of ‘Ca...

A Talent for Murder by Matthew Booth

28th January 2022

It has been a long time coming. Since I first encountered Sherlock Holmes when I was 11 years old, I wanted to write crime and detective stories and, over the years, I wrote several crime novels (unpu...

First Love by Maxim Jakubowski

15th December 2021

It might appear perplexing to some that the latest book by the erstwhile owner of the Murder One bookshop and current Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association happens not to be a crime and mystery nove...

A Theft, A Dog and a Man called Harold by Peter Bartram

25th November 2021

One of the pleasures of crime writing is when research turns you into a ‘snapper up of unconsidered trifles’. (The Winter’s Tale, Act 4 Scene 3, if you were torturing yourself to remember where the qu...

When close confinement was a choice, by Kate Ellis

9th August 2021

My twenty-fifth Wesley Peterson mystery, The Stone Chamber, begins with the execution-style murder of Robert and Greta Gerdner at their home in the Devon countryside. DI Wesley Peterson suspects that...

‘Crime in Trying Times’ by J.G. Harlond

28th July 2021

Do you actually know anyone who is entirely good? Or entirely bad, with no redeeming qualities? I ask because as a crime writer I create both goodies and the baddies: those who do their very best in t...

The Dinosaur Who Came In From the Cold by David Hodges

15th July 2021

When I first discovered my desire to write, it was in virtual prehistoric times, when publishing houses like Methuen, Herbert Jenkins and Collins – to name just a few – adhered to simple publishing pr...

CWA Daggers 2021 Announced

1st July 2021

Chris Whitaker, Eva Björg Ægisdóttir, Michael Robotham, Vaseem Khan and Peter May win 2021 CWA Daggers.   The winners of the 2021 CWA Daggers, which honour the very best in the crime writing genr...

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