#BlogTour CWA Anthology: The Mystery Tour


CWA HB AW.inddWell, I don’t think I need to tell you just how #Buzzing I am to be on the blog tour for this amazing anthology published by the most #Awesome  Orenda Books do I? Not only are #Orenda one of my favourite publishers, this little beauty holds over forty of the best international crime writers including Anne Cleeves and edited by Martin Edwards.

Thanks go to Anne over at randomthingsthroughmyletterbox and Orenda for the review copy of this book.

What the blurb says:

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.

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

My thoughts:

Now it’s shaping up to be a long cold winter and the theme of this anthology is travel and intriguing destinations.  So what better way to go travelling than through the dark eyes of some of the worlds finest crime writers. This is one I’m going to be dipping in and out of over the winter months. I’ll just be giving you a small taste of what’s to come.

Kicking off the collection is the amazing Anne Cleeves with “The Queen of Mystery”. This is sure to delight all the lovers of crime writing festivals and conventions – a taut and twisted tale of a crime writer at the top of her game attending one of the most prestigious crime conventions in America.

Carol Anne Davis and ‘The Last Supper’ was next up.This devious tale begins in Brighton and follows Valerie and her husband on their world travels. A gluttonous tour ends with an unexpected outcome for one of the duo!

A quick trip back to the UK and this time the setting is in the Midlands for Judith Cutler’sMystery Tour”.  A cleverly crafted tale of one author’s experience of someone determined to sabotage their life’s work and reputation. But is all that it seems or is this another tales of the unexpected?

Julia Crouch then whisked me off to Frankfurt in “Wife on Tour” with a simple yet oh so devious tale of revenge. This one made me smile!

We then travel from New York down to Key West with Kate Rhodes in Snowbird. Plastic surgeon, Jeff, thinks he’s found love with next door neighbour Nicole but it seems like someone is out to get him when his home is vandalised. Has his sunshine destination just turned into a vacation from hell?

And how could I resist “A Postcard from Iceland” from Ragnar Jonasson! One of the shortest of the stories in the collection he still manages to pack that punch and paint that perfect Icelandic landscape for the reader.

Susi Holliday gives us “A Slight Change of Plan” as she takes us on a twisted hike in the English countryside. You maybe want to check out just how close old friends are before you plan one of these trips!

So if you are looking to do some travelling over the winter but don’t want to leave the comfort of your favourite reading nook then what better way to indulge yourself by taking a trip with some of these fabulous tales! Snap it up, you won’t be disappointed!

The CWA Anthology is available to purchase from:

Amazon UK 

Amazon US

Check out the other stops on the #BlogTour for this cracking anthology!


About the editor, Martin Edwards:

Martin Edwards

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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