The Crime Readers' Association

Alibis in the Archive hailed a great success

15th June 2017

A new crime-writing event, Alibis in the Archive, was a huge success. It took place at Gladstone’s Library in Hawarden, Flintshire June 9-11 and involved a partnership with the CWA and the Detection C...

The Debut podcast series by Charles E McGarry

15th June 2017

I’m very excited to reveal that a new podcast series about my journey to publication is to be released on June 20. My first crime novel ‘The Ghost of Helen Addison’ will be released by Polygon on July...

National Crime Reading Month

26th May 2017

June, and the CWA’s initiative sees plenty of crime-writing events taking place in many locations throughout the country. To find events in your area, do visit the National Crime Reading Month website...

Domestic noir has sinister real-life inspiration

17th May 2017

by B E Jones It’s the story about the shoes that has always stuck with me. Years ago, when I was a newspaper reporter in Cardiff, I was asked to write a feature on domestic abuse. I was only 27 but I’...

Crime Writers appoint Libraries Champion

15th May 2017

The Crime Writers’ Association has appointed its first Libraries Champion, Ruth Dudley Edwards. Ruth and the CWA will work with libraries nationwide to support the public library network, promote the...

Short Fiction from CWA Conference Delegates

3rd May 2017

At the annual CWA conference, held in Edinburgh in April, we asked CWA delegates for a short story of under 500 words with the following titles: ‘Inevitable Crimes of Passion’ and ‘B...

A Million Books Sold

3rd May 2017

There I was, putting the final touches to my latest manuscript prior to sending it off for editing, and flicking around the internet in case anyone had mentioned my books on Twitter (they hadn’t...

Dagger in the Library 2017 Shortlist Announced

2nd May 2017

The shortlist of the CWA 2017 Dagger in the Library has been announced. The Dagger in the Library is a prize for a body of work by a crime writer that users of libraries particularly admire. It is one...

E S Thomson Finds Time for Crime

28th March 2017

Recently, the fabulous Denise Mina remarked that crime writers were expected to write a book a year – an extraordinary undertaking for any writer. ‘Yes,’ I thought.  ‘She’s right!  Even worse, some of...

Jan Newton – Diary of a Debut Author

6th March 2017

I wonder if I’m unusual, or whether other writers have found themselves thrilled and delighted (of course) but also more than just a little stunned at the thought of having a book out there on the she...

Mick Finlay: Diary of a Debut Author

10th January 2017

The review copies of my first novel Arrowood arrived three days ago. I had a couple of glasses of wine and opened one but couldn’t bring myself to read the words. It’s getting serious now. You put a l...

Dark Minds for Charity

14th December 2016

Dark Minds is a collection of crime and thriller short stories written by authors from around the UK and beyond. Including best-selling authors from the giant publishing houses, hugely successful inde...

Ready to Enter the Debut Dagger?

2nd November 2016

The CWA’s competition for the start of a crime novel by an unpublished writer is underway! Is this the year you will enter? And maybe get shortlisted, or even win? The prize for the winner is £5...

Launch of Dagger in the Library 2017

2nd November 2016

The CWA is pleased to announce the launch of Dagger in the Library 2017. The prize is made to an author for a body of work that is popular with library users. The prizewinner must have at least 4 crim...

Have You Got It Covered? by AJ Waines

1st September 2016

The cover for AJ Waines’ new psychological thriller, Inside the Whispers, was recently revealed. Here Alison reveals how it was put together: The Design I’m very honoured to have an excellent cover de...

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