Writing the Crime Scene: Poison

Column by Repo Kempt February 21, 2017
A guide to research and writing when killing your characters with poison.

The Big Six: A Glance Back at the History of Publishing

Column by Leah Dearborn January 12, 2015
This handful of companies wields a great deal of influence over the written word. But how did they begin, and how did they get to be so big?

Better With Age: Giving Elderly Characters the Spotlight

Column by Leah Dearborn
Every living person on the planet has experienced childhood, but the same can’t be said for old age. Older characters have more history, so creating such a person takes considerable imagination.
Search for ‘Greatest Crime Novel Ever Written’

Search for ‘Greatest Crime Novel Ever Written’

News by Dean Fetzer October 21, 2013
The Crime Writers’ Association has asked its 600-strong membership to choose the ‘finest published example of literary sleuthing’ in a new poll with a shortlist including Agatha Christie and Chandler.
Poirot Returns in a New Novel

Poirot Returns in a New Novel

News by Dean Fetzer September 4, 2013
In a new untitled book to be written in the style of Agatha Christie, crime writer Sophie Hannah is the latest author chosen to resurrect a literary character.

A Literary Nerd in Krakow

Column by Rob Hart August 29, 2013
Kraków is a great destination for a literary nerd, from the abundance of folklore and legend to the emotional devastation of Nazi concentration camps.

The Third Character: A (Very) Rough Guide to Settings

Column by Cath Murphy May 17, 2012
Choosing the right setting for your fiction can be as tricky as giving a turtle a haircut. Here's my Rough Guide to what I think of as the 'third character'.