‘My favourite type of mystery, suspenseful, and where everyone is not what they appear . . . Christine is great at creating atmosphere . . . she evokes the magic of the stage, and her characters [have] a past to be uncovered before the mystery is solved.’ [Stage Fright]

- Lizzie Hayes, MYSTERY WOMEN

Merry Christmas, one and all!

Do you enjoy crime fiction? If so, do you subscribe to the Crime Readers’ Association? If not, I’m sure you’d find it worth your while – and it is free.

The CRA is the readers’ arm of the Crime Writers’ Association (of which, by the way, I am once again Membership Secretary). Subscribers receive a bi-monthly edition of an entertaining online magazine, Case Files, along with all kinds of interesting features and articles from CWA members. In addition, subscribers receive a  monthly newsletter containing updates of special events, crime reading (and writing) opportunities, book launches, author insider news, competitions and giveaways.

I am plugging this in a not entirely disinterested way as I am delighted to be Author of the Month on the CRA website and I have written a short piece in the December newletter about my new novel and its Antarctic setting. If you would like to take a look at the CRA and perhaps subscribe, go to:

The members of the CWA are a convivial lot, often to be found propping up a bar somewhere, and none more so than the committee members, who had their Christmas lunch early in December. There was only one Santa hat, so of course it had to be worn by our highly esteemed chair, Martin Edwards. My neighbour’s Rudolph burger (actually beef, I believe) came – most appropriately – with a dagger already plunged into its heart.


  1. Margot Kinberg
    December 18, 2017

    What a lovely post, Christine! And what a terrific subject, too. The CWA/CRA does so much to support and promote quality crime fiction. I’m glad to see them get a well-deserved spotlight here.

    • Christine Poulson
      December 18, 2017

      Thank you, Margot! It is an organisation close to my heart. I’ve made good friends through it. And I think the dagger awards made an important contribution to promoting crime fiction.

  2. Susan D
    December 19, 2017

    Okay, I’ll bite. I always need more emails about books. Especially crime. :^))

  3. tracybham
    December 21, 2017

    I did subscribe when I first saw this post and I hope to see a newsletter soon. thanks, Christine.

  4. moira@clothesinbooks
    December 30, 2017

    Sold to me Chrissie! I have signed up.


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