2015 Dagger in the Library Longlist May25

2015 Dagger in the Library Longlist

The Crime Writers’ Associated has announced the longlist for the CWA 2015 Dagger in the Library award. The longlist was compiled by YOU right and we’re thrilled that so many of you stopped by to vote for your three favourite authors. The response from YOU was staggering. With 2,844 people voting for 636 different authors, the longlist highlights the extraordinary quality and variety in crime writing. Unlike most other literary prizes, the Dagger in the Library honours an author’s whole body of work to date, rather than a single title. Mark Billingham Ann Cleeves Christopher Fowler Elly Griffiths Elizabeth Haynes Susan Hill Peter James...

An Interview with Ace Atkins

Gerald So: You’ve seemed up to the task of continuing Spenser from your first day on the job. Do you feel more comfortable having written four Spensers, or do you feel more pressure to keep challenging the characters and engaging readers? Ace Atkins: It definitely feels more comfortable writing a Spenser novel now. At the very first, with LULLABY, it was mainly a question of how do I keep this going and how do I let readers know I “get” this world and this iconic character. But now, as I’m getting to work on my fifth Spenser, there is more thought about doing more than just writing one book, the series as a whole....

An Interview with Alex Grecian May21

An Interview with Alex Grecian

The Harvest Man by Alex Grecian has Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad detectives pursuing a violent serial killer.  The main plot has the detectives targeting The Harvest Man, while a secondary plot has detective Walter Day trying to find Jack the Ripper.  These series of books includes a mystery, some historical facts, and explores the new techniques of evidence gathering.   Elise Cooper:  Since these are a series of books how can you get new readers up to speed without boring the older readers?   Alex Grecian:  It is a tight ropewalk with every book.  I don’t spell everything out, but try to put in refreshers, especially since there is a...

CRIMESPREES by John A. Connell

CRIMESPREE ARTICLE by John A. Connell Spree [sprē]: an unrestrained indulgence in or outburst of activity Spree…an appropriate word for what the killer does in my crime thriller, Ruins of War—and with a vengeance! Much like Jack the Ripper terrorized London, the killer in my novel terrorizes post-World War II Munich. When the inspiration first came to me to create a story with U.S. Army detective Mason Collins in devastated Munich, I hadn’t yet decided on what kind of cataclysm would befall Mason. I knew I wanted him to be challenged to his limits, and that the stakes would be so high that failure to solve the case would have terrible...

2015 CrimeFest Awards May17

2015 CrimeFest Awards

The folks behind Crimefest have announced the winners for the Crimefest awards. Audible.comAUDIBLE SOUNDS OF CRIME AWARD The Audible Sounds of Crime Award recognises the best crime audiobook published in both print and audio in 2014. Courtesy of sponsor Audible UK, the winning author and audiobook reader share the £1,000 prize equally and each receives a Bristol Blue Glass commemorative award. Robert Galbraith for The Silkworm, read by Robert Glenister (Little, Brown Book Group) Rest of the Shortlist Ben Aaronovitch for Foxglove Summer, read by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith (Orion Publishing Group) Lee Child for Personal, read by Jeff Harding...

London based female crime writers form KILLER WOME...

Over the years, authors have gathered and formed groups, some to promote a common vision, others simply unite to support one another and pool their energies towards the growth of their work. Recently, 15 female crime writers came together and created Killer Women, a group whose styles cover the spectrum: Humorous crime, police procedurals and thrillers of a political and psychological persuasion.   Founded by Melanie McGrath and Louise Millar, Killer Women also include Jane Casey, Tammy Cohen, Helen Giltrow, Paula Hawkins, Alison Joseph, Erin Kelly, Anya Lipska, Colette McBeth, Kate Medina, Kate Rhodes, Helen Smith, Louise Voss and Laura...