Calling all budding crime writers

How to write crime fictionNew book this week, How to write crime fiction by Sarah Williams

This book provides a comprehensive overview of all the different kinds of crime fiction, with examples from successful contemporary writers in each of the different genres, and clear explanations and exercises to help the beginning writer hone their craft, and discover the kind of crime fiction, the plots, the themes, the language, that work best for them

 And find out how the experts do it Talking about detective fiction by P. D James

Dealing with the craft of detective writing and sharing her personal thoughts and observations on one of the most popular and enduring forms of literature, the author examines the challenges, achievements, and potential of this genre.

The crime writer’s guide to police practice and procedure by Michael O’Byrne – ‘The Crime Writer’s Guide To Police Practice And Procedure’ is the detective in your pocket – something you can reach for when you feel your writing needs that short sharp shock of real-life investigating

 

 

 

Catherine Aird – winner of the Diamond Dagger for crime writing

Dead headingHave you read any Catherine Aird? She’s won this year’s prestigious Diamond Dagger award for crime writing, following in the footsteps of luminaries such as Simon Brett, P.D James, Lee Child and Frederick Forsyth.

The winner of the Diamond Dagger is chosen from a shortlist of authors nominated by the Crime Writers Association members. It features writers judged worthy by their peers and they must meet two essential criteria-  their careers must be marked by sustained excellence, and they must have made a significant contribution to crime fiction published in the English language, whether originally or in translation. The award is made purely on merit without reference to age, gender or nationality.

Catherine Aird’s career spans over six decades and she’s written over twenty novels, including the popular Chronicles of Calleshire.

Despite being such a prolific and popular author, Catherine was still surprised to discover she was to be presented the highest honour in the crime writing genre. “It feels very nice indeed, I can assure you! I am absolutely delighted. I’m so glad to be part of such a happy group as the CWA and we do all tend to read each other’s work. I think I’ve enjoyed writing my books probably more than my readers have enjoyed reading them.”

The Diamond Dagger will be presented to Catherine at the Hotel Russell in London on 30th June 2015.

20 superb crime reads

20 superb crime reads

RubberneckerThe strange death of Fiona GriffithsAngelica's smileAn evil mindI've got you under my skinThe keeperTell no talesThe death seasonW is for wastedThe final minuteWrongful deathForensics: the anatomy of crimeThe hidden girlLand of the blindUnlucky 13Blood on the waterAbattoir bluesLamentationSecond lifeDon't talk to strangers

 

We’ve hand picked these titles and combined them into a list from a selection of:

  • Our top issuing titles last month
  • The very top reader rated titles of 2014 – all have at least five recommendations!
  • Titles from 2015 which have already received a 5 star rating or two.

Click through to 20 superb crime reads to read more about the titles. We guarantee you’ll find something good.

Enjoy!