Love Reading UK focuses on Crime for June

Love Reading UK focuses on Crime for June

The very popular online book club, Love Reading UK, is focusing on all things crime writing for June. Throughout National Crime Reading Month they are showcasing crime-related titles, including many from our CWA member authors.

This week they present a niche list of memoirs and biographies with a crime theme, including the fascinating Murder Under the Microscope, by CWA member Jim Fraser.

Check out Murder Under the Microscope and the other memoirs and biographies here.

And then dip into their Top 100 books with female lead characters here, including titles by these fabulous CWA member authors:

Elly Griffiths
Holly Seddon
Fiona Veitch Smith
Holly Watt
Sharon Bolton
Stella Rimington
Paul Finch
Roz Watkins
Patrick Hoffman
Sam Blake
Douglas Skelton
Johana Gustawsson
William Shaw
T.P. Fielden
Will Dean
Robert Bryndza

Check out which books of theirs made the top 100 here and see if you can pick up a good deal!


CWA authors in ‘Mug Shot’ video interviews through June

CWA authors in ‘Mug Shot’ video interviews through June

A newly-launched initiative designed to showcase crime writers will feature in National Crime Reading Month in June with four authors talking about their craft and the publishing industry.

Launched in January, Mug Shots is run by Tall Tales Mysteries, a leading UK murder mystery company based in the Darlington area of County Durham, and features online interviews with popular crime fiction authors, which are posted free of charge each month.

National Crime Reading Month is a unique festival which is staged throughout the UK to promote the crime fiction and non-fiction genre and is hosted by the Crime Writers’ Association, in association with its sister organisation the Crime Readers’ Association.

Appearing on the Mug Shots website throughout National Crime Reading Month in June will be Anna Willett (Why crime?), C J Grayson (Getting the crime scene right), and CWA members John Dean (Reviews – are they important?) and Diane Dickson (Criminally good short stories)

Sara West, founder of Tall Tales Mysteries, said: “These interviews have been a fascinating look into the craft of crime writing and what goes on behind the scenes.

“I’ve loved chatting to the authors in our series and I’m sure readers will enjoy listening to what they have to say and perhaps even finding a new author to read.

“Knowing June was National Crime Readers Month I wanted to offer more great interviews and I think these four authors have great stories to tell.”

John Dean, who worked with Tall Tales Mysteries to help develop the Mug Shots programme of films, said: “National Crime Reading Month is a terrific initiative and I am delighted to be taking part. I’ll be addressing the issue of reviews and how to react to them!”

Author Anna Willett said: “I’m thrilled to be involved in National Crime Reading Month and discussing Why Crime?”

The films can be accessed at or through Mug Shots at