‘One of those rare gems that comes to the reviewer out of the blue . . . enough twists to shame a cobra . . . the story fairly rips along, defying the reader to put the book down . . . Christine Poulson should be heralded as the fine entrant to the world of crime fiction she most certainly is.’ [Stage Fright]


Ink and Daggers

It is always nice to get back from holiday and find that a book has arrived in the post and it’s even nicer when the book contains one of your own short stories. I’ve written elsewhere on my website about how much I enjoy the short story form. It is possible be playful and experimental in a way that would be difficult to sustain in a full length novel. The story in this anthology is an example of that. ‘Accounting for Murder’ is the most technically daring story that I have ever written. It is told in the form of receipts and other financial documents. It was quite a challenge and I wondered if I could pull it off. In fact it has attracted more favourable attention than any other story I have written. It was published in a CWA anthology and was short-listed for the CWA Short Story Dagger. And I am delighted that it is about to be published again in Ink and Daggers: The Best of the Crime Writers’ Association Short Story Awards. edited by the doyen of crime fiction anthologies, Maxim Jakubowski. It is a treat to find myself rubbing shoulders with the likes of Neil Gaiman, Peter Robinson, Ann Cleeves and Christopher Fowler and I am looking forward to reading the rest of the stories by writers at the height of their game. Ink and Daggers is published on 19th September.


  1. Brad Poulson
    September 25, 2023

    Hi Chrissie,

    Just received our copy of ‘Ink and Daggers, but naturally we read your entry first! Absolutely loved ‘Accounting For Murder’, what an engaging format. Congratulations.
    Best wishes, Adele & Brad.

  2. Christine Poulson
    November 8, 2023

    Thanks! Yes, it’s the one that was short-listed for the CWA Short Story Dagger.


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