The Crime Readers' Association

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...

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...

CWA Margery Allingham Short Story Competition

18th September 2013

The CWA Margery Allingham Short Story Competition is now open. We encourage both published and unpublished writers to enter their short stories, up to 3500 words. The winner will receive £1,000 as wel...

Sunday Reading: CWA Anthology

15th September 2013

Click by Alison Joseph ‘You’d know if he was dead, though, wouldn’t you? Your own husband…..’ She stared into the black water. Around her the trees dripped with recent ra...

Saturday Sixers: Best Ever Crime Novel

7th September 2013

Over the last three weeks we have asked you, the Crime Reader, to vote for the Best Ever Crime Series and Crime Writer. Today is the day to determine which is your Best Ever Crime Novel. You may choos...

Joe Geraghty and Hull – Nick Quantrill

2nd September 2013

When I started to write the first Joe Geraghty novel, I was always going to write about my home city of Hull. I’d read Ian Rankin’s Rebus series and the way Edinburgh is used as a character left...

Saturday Sixers: The Best Ever Crime Series

31st August 2013

Over three Saturdays we will be asking you, the Crime Reader, to vote for the CWA Poll – to be announced on our 60th anniversary at a special event in London. Question Two: What is the Best Ever Crime...

Saturday Sixers: The Best Ever Crime Writer

24th August 2013

Over the next three Saturdays we will be asking you, the Crime Reader, to vote for the CWA Poll – to be announced on our 60th anniversary at a special event in London. Question One: Who is the B...

Crime Poll: Your turn

19th August 2013

Three months ago the Crime Writers’ Association asked its members to answer three simple questions as part of the celebrations surrounding the Association’s 60th Anniversary. (It was found...

crimefestCRA Monday Giveaway -CrimeFest

11th August 2013

We are delighted to announce our August giveway – a complimentary weekend pass to CrimeFest 2014. CrimeFest was recently listed by the Guardian as one of the best crime writing festivals in the...

Saturday Sixers: Sixty Shades of Grey

27th July 2013

Book sales and maternity wards bloomed with the publication of Fifty Shades of Grey.  As a bit of fun, I had a look at the CWA’s Diamond Dagger award winners over the years, and wondered how some of t...

Monday Competition: Barbara Nadel

22nd July 2013

Although we have finished Crime Writing Month we are still going to run some great competitions over the next few weeks. Starting with this one a mystery selection of 3 Cetin Ikmen hardback books by t...

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