CWA Anthology of Short Stories

Crime spreads across the globe in this new collection of short stories from the Crime Writer’s Association, as a conspiracy of prominent crime authors take you on a world mystery tour. Highlights of the trip include a treacherous cruise to French Polynesia, a horrifying trek in South Africa, a murderous train-ride across Ukraine and a vengeful killing in Mumbai. But back home in the UK, life isn’t so easy either. Dead bodies turn up on the backstreets of Glasgow, crime writers turn words into deeds at literary events, and Lady Luck seems to guide the fate of a Twickenham hood. Showcasing the range, breadth and vitality of the contemporary crime-fiction genre, these twenty-eight chilling and unputdownable stories will take you on a trip you’ll never forget.




It’s the perfect weekend for some fantastic crime writing.  I love all genres of books – but there something about these dark nights that makes me reach for something a little dark to read…

This Anthology published by the fab people at Orenda Books will definitely keep you turning the pages if you’re a crime lover, and might even go a long way to converting you even if it’s not a genre you’re usually drawn to. This Anthology has something for everyone. I loved the fact that it contained bite-size morsels from some of my favourite crime writers – like Anna Mazzola Susi Holliday Ragnar Jonasson  and Julia Crouch and also introduced me to some new writers that I’m definitely keen to explore further and I’ve already put some of their books on my Santa list – but more of that later…

I also loved the fact that the ‘theme’ of this anthology was a ‘Mystery Tour’ which meant that you could be exploring Scandi settings in one short story – ‘ A Postcard from Iceland’ by Ragnar Jonasson and then jetting off to Key West with the Snowbirds in Kate Rhodes’ tale. It’s perfect for that late night ‘Just one more chapter…’ feeling that you get when you are really enjoying a book and the fact that the stories are so diverse really means that there’s something here for everyone.

There are 28 short stories here – dark and lighthearted, lengthy and shorter more Instamatic pieces and famous and less well-known writers too. I think this is a perfect Christmas gift as you’re not risking them having ‘read it already’ and if they’re anything like me – they’ll probably finish it with a few more writers that they’ve developed a taste for and can go off and explore further.

My favourites were the Anna Mazzola story – no spoilers, I want you to read it for yourself and enjoy it as much as I did and the opening story by Ann Cleeves entitled ‘The Queen of Mystery’ which you’ll definitely savour whether you know Ann’s writing or not. I also loved the fact that the anthology doesn’t just contain British writers but several writers in translation so your mystery tour really does have a very international flavour.

Thanks so much to Anne Cater for sending me a copy and asking me to take part on the Blog Tour. What I’m not thanking her so much for are the seven new books I’ve added to my wishlist after reading this anthology. That #TBR is rising and rising 🙂

If you loved the sound of this book, you can buy it here  and also check out the rest of the Orenda Bookshelf if you’re looking for a fantastic Christmas prezzie for the reader in your life…

Contributions from:
Ann Cleeves, C.L. Taylor, Susi Holliday, Martin Edwards, Anna Mazzola, Carol Anne Davis, Cath Staincliffe, Chris Simms, Christine Poulson, Ed James, Gordon Brown, J.M. Hewitt, Judith Cutler, Julia Crouch, Kate Ellis, Kate Rhodes, Martine Bailey, Michael Stanley, Maxim Jakubowski, Paul Charles, Paul Gitsham, Peter Lovesey, Ragnar Jónasson, Sarah Rayne, Shawn Reilly Simmons, Vaseem Khan, William Ryan and William Burton McCormick

The CWA, or Crime Writers Association has been supporting, promoting, and celebrating crime fiction for over 60 years. The CWA runs the prestigious Dagger Awards

You can find the CWA on Twitter at @the_cwa, or on their website:


Editor on the Shelf


Martin Edwards was educated in Northwich and at Balliol College, Oxford University, taking a first class honours degree in law. He trained as a solicitor in Leeds and moved to Liverpool on qualifying in 1980. He published his first legal article at the age of 25 and become a partner in the firm of Mace and Jones in 1984.

He is married to Helena with two children (Jonathan and Catherine) and lives in Lymm. Martin is a member of the Murder Squad collective of crime writers and is chairman of the nominations sub-committee for the CWA Diamond Dagger (crime writing’s most prestigious award). In 2007 he was appointed the Archivist of the Crime Writers Association.



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