Crime Fiction News

There’s been a bit of a buzz amongst bloggers in relation to bits of crime fiction news and, although late to the party (as usual), I wanted to help promote some of the events, launches and information.


Firstly, the wonderful Margot Kinberg over at Confessions of a Mystery Novelist has edited an anthology of crime fiction short stories entitled In a Word: Murder.  All proceeds will be donated to the Princess Alice Hospice, in memory of Maxine Clarke who blogged at the Petrona website. Maxine was a friend to many of us reviewers and writers and her incisive and objective reviews are much missed by us all. Even now I often find myself wondering what Maxine would have thought of a particular book. The collection includes a short story by me which I hope she’d have enjoyed.

If you are able to download and read the book, and promote the anthology  in any way possible it would be much appreciated . The hospice movement here in the UK is one of our hidden gems and provides a fantastic service to the sick and their families.

CWA60To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Crime Writers Association, the organisation commissioned a poll amongst its members to to determine the ‘Best Ever’ author, novel and series as voted for by members of the CWA. The results were are follows:

Best Ever Novel: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Agatha Christie
Best Ever Series: Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle
Best Ever Author: Agatha Christie

Some bloggers have pointed out the fairly predictable nature of the result: Rich at Past Offences, in particular, posted a thoughtful critique of the findings. The result more or less reflects my vote, except I chose Agatha Christie’s Crooked House as my favourite book. I have read many more wonderful writers over the thirty odd years I’ve devoured crime fiction but it was Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle who introduced me to the genre and I could reread all the stories today with much pleasure.

Finally, a supporter of this blog, Moira over at Clothes in Books has a regular slot over at the Guardian Books Blog. Although not just focusing on crime fiction, her posts are always interesting and her latest one, on food in fiction can be found here. I’d recommend you take a look.

20 thoughts on “Crime Fiction News

  1. Margot Kinberg

    Sarah – Thank you so much for passing the word along about the anthology. Also thanks very much for your hard work and contribution. Both mean a lot to me.


  2. Great post, Sarah. I look forward to reading the stories in the anthology, and I agree that hospice is a very worthy cause. The very short experience I had with hospice when my father was dying in a nursing home was an eye opener. And Moira’s posts at Clothes in Books and at the Guardian are always entertaining and add to my knowledge.


  3. Thanks so much Sarah for the shout out, how kind! I have just started reading the anthology, look forward to your piece. I don’t know how I would have voted, but Christie would have to feature for her importance to the genre. I always say I have a slightly changing top 5 of hers, with Five Little Pigs and Death on the Nile usually up at the top. Must re-read Crooked House, that’s an old favourite too.


  4. Kathy D.

    Thanks to you and Margot and everyone who contributed to In a Word: Murder. It’s a fitting and wonderful tribute to the late Maxine Clarke.
    So interesting about the CWA awards for best-ever novel and author. I wonder how that would have turned out in the U.S.
    As a teenager, I started reading mysteries featuring the detective who taught me about scientific investigations, evidence and deduction, Sherlock Holmes, of course. Then I read a few U.S. authors and also some books by Agatha Christie, but parted company with her at 19 due to “irreconcilable differences”.
    However, I think I must read Crooked House and a few other books often cited as her best.
    I would probably agree that Sherlock Holmes stars in the best crime fiction series, somewhat because they have stood the test of time, and taught so many readers how to think critically, using science to solve crimes.
    So much has been learned in these books, while they’re incredibly entertaining, with slews of movies made from them, even TV shows.


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