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A new short story
anthology with a difference celebrates short stories from the archives of the
Crime Writers’ Association (CWA).
Vintage Crime gathers
gems from the mid-1950’s, when the CWA began, until the twenty-first century.
The new compilation features an array of award-winning authors including Andrew
Taylor, Kate Ellis, Simon Brett, Liza Cody, HRF Keating, Anthea Fraser and Mick
Published by Flame
Tree Press, the anthology is edited by former Chair of the CWA and CWA
archivist, author Martin Edwards.
Martin said: “This is
a collection with a difference, celebrating the work of CWA members since the
Association was founded in 1953. Entertaining in their own right, the stories
also demonstrate the evolution of the crime short story during the CWA’s
existence, from the Fifties until the early twenty-first century.”
The CWA was
established by John Creasey, the prolific author of over 500 novels with
worldwide sales in the 1970’s of over 80 million copies in 28 different
languages. The long-standing membership organisation is for authors at all
stages of their career and works to promote, support and celebrate the diverse
crime genre, from psychological thrillers, paranormal crossovers to police
The first CWA
anthology, Butcher’s Dozen, appeared in 1956, and was co-edited by Julian
Symons, Michael Gilbert and Josephine Bell. Over the years, the anthology has
yielded many award-winning and nominated stories in the UK and overseas by such
luminaries as Ian Rankin, Lawrence Block and Reginald Hill.
Martin added: “There
are countless gems of crime writing in the CWA archives. I’ve picked the
juiciest stories from some of the best and most well-known authors, but you’ll
also find some hidden treasures by less familiar writers.”
of The Golden Age of Murder, is also President and Archivist of the
world-famous Detection Club and series consultant to the British Library’s
series of crime classics.
The CWA has for over
50 years run the prestigious, world-famed CWA Dagger Awards, which celebrate
the best writing in the genre. It’s also renowned for supporting aspiring and
debut writers with its annual Debut Dagger competition and Margery Allingham
Short Mystery competition.
publication of Vintage Crimes, a special online panel Flame Tree
Live: CWA and Vintage Crime will take be screened on Sunday 16 August
at 6pm on Facebook. To watch, register in advance at https://flametr.com/CWAvintage.
The panel features
authors Martin Edwards, Kate Ellis, Andrew Taylor and the secretary of the CWA,
Dea Parkin, discussing the anthology and crime writing, writers, stories and
A blog tour for the
book will also take place. It starts on 10 August at Karen Reads and
Recommends ending on 21 August at Bookish Jottings (full
schedule in Notes to Editors).
The new CWA Anthology is published in paperback and hardback by Flame Tree
Press on 11 August 2020.
For further media
info please contact Ann Chadwick, email@example.com
About the CWA
The CWA was founded
in 1953 by John Creasey. Its aim is to support, promote and celebrate this most
durable, adaptable and successful of genres and the authors who write within
It runs the
prestigious CWA Dagger Awards, which celebrate the best in crime writing,
hosted every autumn.
A thriving, growing
community with a membership encompassing authors of all ages and at all stages
of their careers, the CWA is UK-based, yet attracts many members from overseas.
It supports author
members (plus literary agents, publishers, bloggers and editors) with a monthly
magazine; a digital monthly newsletter showcasing CWA authors and their books
and events that goes to over 11,500 subscribers; and Case Files, a bimonthly
ezine highlighting new books by CWA members. www.thecra.co.uk
The CWA also supports
the Debuts; as yet unpublished writers, many of whom enter the Debut Dagger
competition and the Margery Allingham Short Mystery competition.
In normal times, the
CWA run an annual conference and hold chapter meetings throughout the UK so
members can access face-to-face networking and socialising.
It supports libraries
and booksellers, with two Library Champions and a Booksellers Champion. It has
links with various festivals and many other writers’ organisations such as the
Society of Authors.
Published by Hawkesbury
Press, 24 June 2020. ISBN: 978-1-911223-59-7 (PB)
Since taking a post as a teacher at St
Bride’s school, Gemma Lamb is happier than she has been for years. Until
recently, Gemma was in a relationship with a cruel and controlling man, who had
limited her career, destroyed her self-esteem and caused her estrangement from
her parents and friends. Now, thanks to the supportive and nurturing ambience
of a very unusual school, Gemma is regaining her confidence and learning to
trust people again, which means that she is capable of renewing old
relationships and developing new ones, especially with the attractive sports
teacher, Joe Spryke. St Brides is remarkable in many ways. It is a private
school for girls, some of whom are extremely wealthy and well-born, while
others are less affluent and whose parents are paying reduced fees: the common
factor is that the majority of them have been bereaved of at least one parent.
The headmistress, Miss Harnett, has gathered a staff of warm-hearted, eccentric
and talented teachers, most of whom have secrets of their own. The beautiful
house in which the school is situated was the bequest of Victorian
philanthropist, Lord Bunting, who had written a will that stipulated that, if
he died without issue, the house should be used for a school for girls.
The peace of St Brides is shattered
when a man turns up who bears a remarkable resemblance to the portrait of Lord
Bunting that hangs in the entrance hall. The man is wearing clothes very
similar to that of the portrait and claims that he is the illegitimate
descendant of Lord Bunting. Lord Bunting was a life peer and his title was not hereditary,
but the new man announces that his name is Earl Bunting. He has a pronounced
American accent and claims to have spent his life in America, explaining that
he only just discovered about his illustrious ancestor. Earl Bunting claims
that the house and estate belong to him, he has paperwork to back this up and
the headmistress and school governors have to accept this.
Earl Bunting proves to be arrogant, rude
and avaricious. He moves into the house and evicts the Headmistress from her suite
of rooms and the Bursar from his study, he insults and shouts at children and
staff, and demands that the school authorities give him money that they need
for school equipment; despite the money they provide, he runs up large debts in
the local village pub. The staff know that it is only a matter of time before
the school is evicted from its home. The younger girls play pranks upon him,
and so does McPhee, the school cat, but it is clear that it will take more than
childish mischief to drive Earl Bunting away. It is up to Gemma and the rest of
the St Brides’ staff to discover a way to defeat Earl Bunting and save their
Stranger at St Brides is the second in the author’s series of ‘school stories for
grown-ups’ and it embodies many of the easy-to-read, amusing and gentle
adventures that are typical of the traditional school stories for girls. It
also possesses that magical ingredient that urges the reader to read on in
hopeful anticipation that the villain will get his just deserts. The story is
set in the Cotswolds, near to the fictional village of Wendlebury Barrow that is
the setting for the author’s other series, featuring Sophie Sayers. For those
who know both series, this crossover adds to the fun by showing familiar
characters from a different perspective.
Stranger at St Brides is an enjoyable read with eccentric but engaging
characters, an amusing, quirky plot and an attractive setting. It is great fun
and recommended for those who enjoy a lively cosy crime with a strong sense of
Reviewer: Carol Westron
Debbie Young was born and raised in Sidcup, Kent. When she was 14,
her family relocated to Germany for her father’s job. Debbie spent four years
at Frankfurt International School, broadening her outlook as well as gaining
the then brand new IB (International Baccalaureate). She returned to the UK to
earn her BA (Hons) in English and Related Literature at the University of York,
then lived and worked for a while in London and the West of England as a
journalist and PR consultant.In 1991
she moved to the Cotswolds. In 2002, she married a Scot named Gordon whom she
met in Swindon – and not, as village rumour once had it, a Swede named
Scottie.In 2003, her daughter Laura was
born. Best Murder in Show was the first
in her series featuring Sophie Sayers. There are now a further three books in
Carol Westronis a successful short story writer and a Creative
Writing teacher.She is the moderator
for the cosy/historical crime panel, The Deadly Dames.Her crime novels are set both in contemporary
and Victorian times.The Terminal
Velocity of Cats the first in her Scene of Crimes novels, was published
July 2013. Carol recently gave an interview to Mystery People. To read the
interview click on the link below.
Honno, 21 July 2016. ISBN: 978-1-909983-48-9 (PB)
A lot happened in 1966. England won the World Cup. Labour won a general
election, and future Tory prime minister David Cameron was born. A slag heap
engulfed a school in Aberfan. The Moors Murderers were put on trial. The
Beatles played their last ever concert, and John Lennon made his notorious
claim that they were more popular than Jesus.
And events took place which
almost destroyed ten-year-old Karen Rothwell.
Karen is fictional, of
course; she’s the protagonist of The Unravelling, Thorne Moore’s
powerful novel about how childhood shapes what children grow up to be, and she
wasn’t aware of any of those momentous events. She was too concerned with
becoming the friend of Serena Whinn, the most beautiful and lovable girl at
Marsh Green Primary School.
Flash forward thirty-five
years and Karen’s life has not developed well. Following a horrific childhood
accident, her body healed but her mind did not; now she lives in near squalor,
has difficulty holding down a job, is obsessed with books and occasionally
spirals down into a fantasy world where nothing makes sense. Something happened
to trigger this state of mind, but she can only remember what it was in flashes
and disconnected images. All she knows for certain is that it happened in 1966.
Then more images start to
surface; Karen remembers that someone died and feels compelled to go in search
of the truth. Sometimes thinking straight and other times feeling herself
unravel into one of her ‘episodes’, she hunts down the five girls who were
there at the time, now, like her, women in their forties. Mousy Ruth is an
embittered housewife. Barbara, always the bossy one, is a self-important
solicitor. Angela is an alcoholic, and pious Denise has made it her mission to
care for her. And then there’s Serena, the adored centre of their little
universe back in 1966.
In The Unravelling,
Thorne Moore has not only devised the most original conceit for a crime
investigation that I’ve encountered in many years; she has created a cast of
characters who live and breathe and illustrate with precision how children were
regarded in the 1960s. She has also recreated the feel of that time: a
world emerging from the dismal post-war years but leaving some people behind.
What’s more, she gets inside Karen’s unravelling mind in such a way that it’s
hard not to spiral into mental chaos alongside her; several times I had to lay
the book aside in order to return to the real world and ground myself in
ordinariness. But as Karen slowly pieced together the truth about those events
of 1966 and set out to right a great wrong, I found laying it aside was no
longer an option.
This is one of those novels
which has it all: a puzzle to untangle, and an ending which is both satisfying
and surprising; characters you feel you know; atmosphere in bucketloads; and
all rendered in a style which carries the reader along from one revelation to
the next like a fast-flowing stream. It’s a novel that will get under your
Reviewer: Lynne Patrick
Thorne Mooregrew up in Luton, near London, but has lived in
Pembrokeshire in West Wales for the last 35 years. She writes psychological
crime, or domestic noir, with an historical twist, focusing on the cause and
consequences of crimes rather than on the details of the crimes themselves. A
Time for Silence, set in Pembrokeshire, was published by Honno in 2012. It
was followed by Motherlove and The Unravelling, set partly in a
fictional version of Luton. Shadows, published by Endeavour in 2017, is
set in an old house in Pembrokeshire, and is paired with Long Shadows,
which explained the history and mysteries of the same house from Medieval times
to the late Victorian period.
Lynne Patrick has been a writer ever since she could pick up a pen,
and has enjoyed success with short stories, reviews and feature journalism, but
never, alas, with a novel. She crossed to the dark side to become a publisher
for a few years and is proud to have launched several careers which are now
burgeoning. She lives in Oxfordshire in a house groaning with books, about half
of them crime fiction.
Published by Joffe Books, 18th June 2020. ISBN 978-178931279-9
I am a fan of Joy Ellis’ best-selling Nikki Galena
series and I jumped at the chance to read The Patient Man which is the 6th
in her Jackman & Evans books. Both series are set in the Lincolnshire Fens
and always evoke the remote misty bleak atmosphere that characterise this area
of the country.
The fictional small
town of Saltern-le-Fen is suddenly faced with an outbreak of amateurish thefts
of a half dozen pigs, a horse, industrial diesel oil and worryingly several
firearms from a local gun club. One of those guns is used by a professional
sniper who goes on a killing spree. But most disturbing for DI Jackman and DS
Marie Evans is the reappearance of their arch nemesis serial killer Alistair
It is not only the
police who are kept on their toes. The reader is swept along at a frantic pace.
This is a novel I found difficult to put down. I was desperate to turn the page
to find out what could possibly go wrong next and discover just how these many
threads could all be drawn together.
It is not just the
nail-biting action that reels in the reader. Joy has the skill of ensuring her
readers care about the characters. PC Kevin Stoner is the first officer on the
scene when the sniper’s first victim is killed, and the reader feels every bit
of his anguish as the psychopathic killer seems intent on pushing the
young officer to breaking point by ensuring he is present when the next three
victims are shot. Even DI Rowan Jackman’s faith in his own ability is put to
the test as he is forced to hide his own fears behind a mask of capable
efficiency he does not feel. I was equally drawn to Rachel Lorimer and her
dedication to her not very bright sons. There were no cardboard, two
dimensional characters in the story. For all the fast-octane action, it’s the
characters and their reactions to the traumatic situations in which they are
placed that drive the reader onwards.
Although it is possible
to enjoy this book to the full without reading the earlier books in the series,
I defy you not to want to get hold of the earlier books find out more about
what happened when Jackman and Evans first encountered the evil Alistair
Joy Elliswas born
in Kent but spent most of her working life in London and Surrey. She was an
apprentice florist to Constance Spry Ltd, a prestigious Mayfair shop that
throughout the Sixties and Seventies teemed with both royalty and ‘real’
celebrities. She swore that one day she would have a shop of her own. It took
until the early Eighties, but she did it. Sadly the recession wiped it out, and
she embarked on a series of weird and wonderful jobs; the last one being a
bookshop manager. Joy now lives in a village in the Lincolnshire Fens with her partner,
Jacqueline. She had been writing mysteries for years but never had the time to
take it seriously. Now as her partner is a highly decorated retired police
officer; her choice of genre was suddenly clear. She has set her crime
thrillers in the misty fens.
Judith Cranswickwas born and brought
up in Norwich. She wrote her first novel (now languishing in the back of a
drawer somewhere) when her two children were toddlers, but there was little
time for writing when she returned to work teaching Geography in a large
comprehensive. It was only after leaving her headship that she was able to take
up writing again in earnest. Judith teaches Tai Chi, and line dancing, yoga,
Pilates and Zumba. Her other hobbies include reading and travelling. She is
lucky enough to be a cruise lecturer. You can read some of her adventures – the
Ups and Downs of Being a Cruise Lecturer on her September 2014 blog on her home
page. Judith’s latest book is the Undercover
read a review click on the title