The Crime Readers' Association

How I wrote Poison Panic by Helen Barrell

20th July 2016

Poison Panic is perhaps best described as Victorian true crime…   Discovery It was a note scribbled in the margin of a burial register that first alerted me to the Essex poison cases of the 1840s. A m...

Clare Chase: How I Wrote A Stranger’s House

6th July 2016

How I wrote A Stranger’s House by Clare Chase The Initial idea I got the idea for the novel from snooping round other people’s homes! I became fascinated by the clues you can pick up about a person’s...

A Day in the Life of…Sara Sheridan

8th June 2016

Sara Sheridan writes the popular Mirabelle Bevan Murder Mysteries set in 1950s London and Brighton as well as historical novels set in 1820-1845. Fascinated particularly by female history she is a cul...

What Next? by Peter Tickler

15th October 2015

What Next? by Peter Tickler It’s a strange feeling. My latest crime novel, Dead in the Water, has just been published by Joffe Books. In addition, as I sit at my laptop typing this blog, I am feeling...

ON EDITING AND BEING EDITED – Natasha Cooper

18th May 2015

Looking back to my years in publishing, I sometimes wonder that I survived without feeling the blade of an axe in my head I knew my authors hated being edited nearly as much as I hated being caught be...

Eric Brown – The Book that Changed My Life

13th May 2015

A single event on a summer’s day, way back in 1975, changed my life for ever. I was fifteen and living in Melbourne, Australia, where my parents and I had emigrated the year before. I was kickin...

CrimeFest and the CWA Diamond Dagger

11th May 2015

The CWA is excited to announce that the 2015 Diamond Dagger recipient Catherine Aird will be doing a series of appearances at this year’s Crime Fest. The acclaimed author, who follows in the footsteps...

Rules for Writers – David Beckler

23rd January 2015

When I began writing a few years ago, I hadn’t a clue about the craft of writing and didn’t even know if I could sustain a narrative for the required 80-100k words. For thirty odd years the only writi...

Immortal Madonna by Yvonne CroweImmortal Madonna by Yvonne Crowe

20th January 2015

Every other Tuesday we feature a publication from leading independent publisher Endeavour Press. The Immortal Madonna – Yvonne Crowe  Free Kindle Edition today (20.01.2015) What’s it all a...

Music while you work?

9th January 2015

I recently saw this quote from Paul Auster: “I’ve heard of people who write with music playing. This is unthinkable to me because the music that you’re listening to is the music of the language that y...

The 12 Suspects of Christmas – The Solution

2nd January 2015

Previously in this periodical, the author put before you a Yuletide conundrum and now begs your indulgence to present her elegant solution… It was the second day of the Year of Our Lord 1896, wh...

Margery AllinghamCWA Margery Allingham Short Story Competition

15th December 2014

The CWA Margery Allingham Short Story competition was set up in 2013 to celebrate the short story and Margery Allingham’s contribution to crime writing. Supported by the Margery Allingham Society we a...

CRA Noirwich Giveaway

6th October 2014

                    Our latest giveaway is thanks to the folk at Noirwich and is to win all of these fab SIGNED books. One lucky winner will receive t...

A Fistful of SeaweedA Fistful of Seaweed – John Bayliss

8th September 2014

‘I groaned out loud. I was never going to get my wallet back, Ackerman wasn’t going to get his photograph back and, as a reward, he was going to boil my bones down to glue. My destiny was to hol...

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