The Crime Readers' Association

‘The Thief, the Wife and the Canoe’ by David Leigh

4th May 2022

The Thief, His Wife and The Canoe is the behind-the-scenes account of a true event of audacious deception and coercion, offering an unprecedented insight into a mind-boggling story that gripped the na...

‘The Dead of Winter’ by David Stuart Davies

1st April 2022

The Dead of Winter A Rupert Wild Mystery by  David Stuart Davies Level Best Books A Golden Age mystery with a thread of darkness. Having survived the First World War and been decorated for his bravery...

Music of the Night – CWA short story anthology

1st March 2022

Music of the Night is the anthology of original short stories contributed by Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) members, with music as the connecting theme. Whether it’s the swaying notes of classical o...

The Subsequent Wife by Priscilla Masters

3rd February 2022

Jennifer Lomax is just twenty-one but she’s already taken some hard knocks in life. So when older, reserved and enigmatic widower Steven Taverner asks her to marry him, she’s desperate to...

‘The Downstairs Neighbour’ by Helen Cooper

7th January 2022

In a converted Georgian townhouse in south west London, three families live under one roof. The large flat that takes up the top two floors is home to the Harlow family: happily married Paul and Steph...

KGB Banker by William Burton McCormick & John Christmas

30th November 2021

A return trip to the land of his ancestors is about to turn deadly for one whistleblowing Chicago banker. When financial executive Bob Vanags takes a job at ominous Turaida Bank in Latvia, he hopes to...

Many Deadly Returns by the Murder Squad

29th October 2021

It’s 21 years since Murder Squad, a group of award-winning crime and mystery writers, was formed and they have written a new anthology of short stories to celebrate the occasion with a bang. Murder Sq...

‘Lying Ways’ by Rachel Lynch

1st October 2021

When the danger is already inside, nowhere is safe… Highton Prison sits nestled within the moors of western Cumbria. When two former inmates turn up dead, DI Kelly Porter believes that she is hu...

RUNNING OUT OF ROAD by Cath Staincliffe

1st September 2021

A missing schoolgirl, a middle-aged recluse, an exploited teenager. Lives thrown into chaos and set on collision course. With the police in hot pursuit. Scarlett is dancing in the school talent show t...

The Postscript Murders by Elly Griffiths

2nd August 2021

When 90-year-old Peggy Smith is found dead in her seaside apartment, it’s assumed to be from natural causes. Then her carer, Natalka, finds business cards describing the dead woman as a ‘murder consul...

Diamond Meets the Eye

24th June 2021

Peter Lovesey on the inspiration for Diamond and the Eye. Some of my happiest reading has been in the private eye genre, hard-boiled American eyes like Sam Spade, Philip Marlowe, Lew Archer, Matt Scud...

The Dark Room, by Sam Blake

29th April 2021

Hare’s Landing, West Cork. A house full of mystery… Rachel Lambert leaves London afraid for her personal safety and determined to uncover the truth behind the sudden death of a homeless ma...

The Adventures of Maud West by Susannah Stapleton

29th March 2021

Maud West ran her detective agency in London for more than thirty years, having started sleuthing on behalf of society’s finest in 1905. Her exploits grabbed headlines throughout the world but, beneat...

‘Edge of the Grave’ by Robbie Morrison

19th February 2021

Edge of the Grave by Robbie Morrison is a dark historical crime novel set in 1930s Glasgow. A city still recovering from the Great War; split by religious division and swarming with razor gangs. For f...

THE VISITORS by Miranda Rijks

20th January 2021

She offered them a place to stay. They wanted so much more. Hannah’s life is almost perfect. She’s a full-time mother to two young children and married to successful cardiologist Daniel. The only thin...

Mortmain Hall by Martin Edwards

15th December 2020

A superb Golden Age mystery packed with twists, from the winner of the Diamond Dagger 2020 ENGLAND, 1930. Grieving widows are a familiar sight on London’s Necropolis Railway. So when an elegant...

TRUTH GAMES by Caroline England

10th November 2020

Family is everything to Ellie Wilson.  She tries hard to be the perfect mother, the perfect partner, the perfect daughter – but she can’t always seem to get it right. When an old friend from uni...

The Man on the Street, by Trevor Wood

30th September 2020

An environmental campaigner disappears on the eve of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. The only witness, Jimmy, a homeless veteran grappling with PTSD, doesn’t want to get involved. It’s not h...

Vintage Crime: CWA Anthology of Short Stories 2020

21st August 2020

Vintage Crime, a compilation of the juiciest stories from past Crime Writers’ Association anthologies and edited by Martin Edwards, has been published by Flame Tree Publishing Published in hardback an...

Thirty-One Bones, by Morgan Cry

30th June 2020

When Daniella Coulstoun’s estranged mother Effie dies in Spain under suspicious circumstances, she feels it’s her duty to fly out for the funeral. On arrival, Daniella is confronted by a d...

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