‘an intriguing read . . . keeps the reader guessing . . . a lot to enjoy in this romp through the Cambridge Commons . . . a strong sense of place and a narrative style that is both energetic and engaging.’ [Dead Letters]

- Margaret Murphy, SHERLOCK

TALK: ‘Death Among the Dons: Crime Fiction and Academia’

Alibis in the library logoChristine will be giving a talk at Alibis in the Archive 2023. A residential weekend, 9-11 June, at the Gladstone Library in Wales.
‘Death Among the Dons: Crime Fiction and Academia’ takes place on June 11th at 12pm.

Find out more about Alibis in the Archive >>

Online tickets, £10 per talk, are also available >>


IN CONVERSATION: ‘The Strange Case of the Singleton: One-off Crime Novels’

Bodies from the library logoAt the British Library eighth annual Bodies from the Library Conference, Christine will be talking about ‘The Strange Case of the Singleton: One-off Crime Novels’ with Martin Edwards.
Saturday 24th June 2023

Find out more about Bodies from the Library and book tickets >>



Short story nominated for a Derringer Award

Christine is delighted that her short story, ’The Shape of Australia’ has been nominated for a short story Derringer, one of the annual awards given by the Short Mystery Fiction Society. It was published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine July/August 2022 and was long-listed for the Margery Allingham Award.

An Air That Kills 
Publication Blog Tour

Read the full reviews:

Read more about An Air That Kills.


Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine’s Fiction Podcast

When Christine was in Toronto for the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention, in October, she  recorded her short-story “Roller-Coaster Ride,” from the December 2014 EQMM, for their November 2017 podcast. Listen here or below.


Christine’s Latest Novels

Cold Cold Heart by Christine Poulson

Christine’s novel, Cold, Cold Heart was published by Lion Hudson in the UK in 2017 and in the USA in  2018.

Read more about Cold, Cold Heart.



Christine Poulson talks with Carol Westron on the Lizzie Hayes Promoting Crime Fiction blog. They talk about the differences between writing fiction and non-fiction books, series versus stand-alone novels, issue-based novels and why Christine is drawn to writing about the parent-child relationship. Read the full interview here.


Deep Water by Christine Poulson

Christine’s novel, Deep Water was published by Lion Fiction in the UK in 2016 and 2017 in the USA.

Read more about Deep Water.



Short Story News

‘Some Other Dracula’ in Music of the Night: An Anthology from the Crime Writers’ Association, edited by Martin Edwards (Flame Tree Press, 2022)

‘Crumble’ in the US in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, November/December 2020
Voted number 8 in the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Readers Award 2020

‘Teeth and Hair’ in The New Abject: Tales of Modern Unease, edited by Sarah Eyre and Ra Page (Comma Press, 2020)

‘The House by the Thames’ in the US in The Book of Extraordinary Impossible Crimes and Puzzling Deaths, edited by Maxim Jakubowski (Mango Publishing Group, 2020)

‘The Gallery’ in the US in The Beat of Black Wings: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Joni Mitchell, edited by Josh Pachter
(Untreed Reads, 2020)

‘Because You’re Worth It’ in the US in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, January/February, 2020
Also online in the Barb Goffman series on the Black Cat Ebook Site published by Wildside Press



Previous Events


Touring Northumberland & Dumfries 24 October  to 3 November 2019

Christine’s short story, ‘Safe as Houses’ features in this selection of ghost stories being read by the professional actor/readers at demi-paradise for a halloween tour.  See dates and venues below:

  1. Whitfield, Dennis Kilgallon Gallery Thurs 24th October Tel: 07496 754601
  2. Hexham, The Vault Fri 25th October Tel: 01434 – 603884
  3. Horsley, Hearth Arts Centre Sat 26th October Book Online
  4. Bardon Mill, The Sill Sun 27th October Tel: 01434 – 341200
  5. Dumfries, Theatre Royal Studio Tues 29th October Tel: 01387 – 254209
  6. Blanchland, Lord Crewe Arms Wed 30th October Tel: 01434 – 677100
  7. Newcastle, Lit & Phil Fri 1st November Tel: 0191 – 232 0192
  8. Mickley, Cherryburn Sat 2nd November Tel: 01661 – 843276
  9. Wooler, Cheviot Centre Sun 3rd November Tel: 01668 – 282406

Find out more at: or download the HAUNTED FLYER.


The Golden Age Detective Fiction Conference at the British Library: Bodies from the Library
16 June 2018: 10am

‘Unearthing “Bodies from the Library”: Golden Age short-story anthologies
Christine Poulson moderates a discussion with Martin Edwards and Tony Medawar.
Find out more and book tickets

Crimefest 2018: 17-20 May, Bristol

On Thursday afternoon at 17.00 Christine will be taking part in the panel:
Authors Remembered

  •  Chris Curran (on Winston Graham)
  •  John Lawton (on Adam Hall)
  •  Christine Poulson (on Hillary Waugh)
  •  Nick Triplow (on Ted Lewis)
  •  Sarah Ward (on Pamela Branch)
  • Participating moderator: Martin Edwards (on E.C.R. Lorca)

On Saturday morning at 9.00 Christine will be taking part in the panel:
W Is For Woman – Something To Prove?

  • Jane Casey
  • Niki Mackay
  • Christine Poulson
  • Zoë Sharp
  • Participating Moderator: Sharan Newman


Malice Domestic

On 28th April Christine took part in a panel at Malice Domestic, an annual fan convention, held in Bethesda, Washington DC, that celebrates the traditional mystery, books best typified by the works of Agatha Christie.

Mysteries in Unique Settings

  •  (Moderator) C. Michele Dorsey
  •  Junie Coffey
  •  Matthew Iden
  •  Dane McCaslin
  •  Clare O’Donohue
  •  Christine Poulson

Find out more

Essex Book Festival 2018: 1-31 March
Criminal Minds, Southend-on-Sea

On Sunday 11 March between 1.00 and 2.30pm Christine will be taking part in the CWA panel,  Criminal Minds, with J M Hewitt and Paul Gitsham. The session will be chaired by Martin Edwards.

Hear stories of sleuthing, murder and mayhem in this fascinating discussion between members of the CWA. With over 700 members, the Crime Writers’ Association is well known for its prestigious Daggers, awarded every year for the best in crime writing, and provides an unrivalled platform for authors and their work.

Find out more

Book Launch for Cold, Cold Heart
Waterstones, Orchard Square, Sheffield
Tuesday 23rd January 2018 19:00 – 20:30

Cold, Cold Heart window display at Waterstones

The launch of Christine’s new novel, Cold, Cold Heart, takes place at the Orchard Square branch of Waterstones in Sheffield on on Tuesday 23rd from 7.00-8.30 pm, which is also the date of publication in the US. There will be wine and, as the novel is set in Antarctica, there will be some Antarctic-themed entertainment. All are welcome.

For tickets visit the Waterstone website

Read more about Cold, Cold Heart and reviews

Photo shows the window display for Cold, Cold Heart at Waterstones in Sheffield. Click on the image enlarge.

Bouchercon 2017: October 12-15, Toronto
Passport to Murder

On Sunday 15 October at 9.30am Christine will be taking part in the panel  Medical Mysteries: Lives are at stake in these stories in more ways but than one

  • Colin Cotterill,
  • Edith Maxwell
  • Maddie Day
  • Christine Poulson
  •  Alec Peche
  •  Melissa Yi
  • Wendy Walker (moderator).


Crimefest: 19-22 May 2016, Bristol

On Thursday afternoon at 15.50 Christine will be taking part in the panel: Headspace: What’s it Like Being in your Characters’ Heads?

  • Andrew Cartmel
  • Michelle Davies
  • Luke McCallin
  • Christine Poulson
  • Craig Robertson (moderator)


Crimefest: 14-17 May 2015, Bristol

On the Sunday morning  Christine will be taking part in the panel: Short and Sweet: Crime Fiction in Small Packages

  • John Harvey (moderator)
  • Roberts Olen Butler
  • Martin Edwards
  • Andrew Taylor


What’s Your Poison? Summer Crime Party

Heffers, Cambridge
Thursday, July 17th at 18:30

Book a convivial evening to die for by joining us for Pimms, strawberries and poisonous quizzes. Make murder your business in the company of crime authors: Stephen Booth, John Harvey, Jim Kelly, Mandy Morton, Peter Murphy, Christine Poulson, Kate Rhodes, Imogen Robertson, Nicola Upson and others. Crime Quiz, Crime authors, Crime crackers, Crime Time!

Tickets from:

Crimefest: 15-18 May 2014, Bristol

Christine moderated the panel: The Contemporary Cosy: Is There Still Life In The Golden Age?

  • Christopher Fowler
  • Helen Smith
  • Martin Walker
  • Jill Paton Walsh

Christine took part in the panel:  Dennis Wheatley & Other Forgotten Authors

  • Stephen Booth (Mavis Doriel Hay & John Buxton Hilton)
  • Jessica Mann (Katherine Farrer & Dilwyn Rees)
  • Christine Poulson (Harry Kemelman & Emma Lathen)
  • Martin Walker (Bruce Graeme & Geoffrey Household)

Participating moderator: Martin Edwards (Dennis Wheatley & R.C. Woodthorpe)