#Blogtour #Bookreview : The Crime Writer’s Association Anthology VINTAGE CRIME Edited by Martin Edwards

I’m delighted to take part today in this blog tour.  My first real love when it came to reading was crime fiction so I jumped at the opportunity to read a copy of this new book.

Thank you to Anne Cater for the spot on the tour and to the publisher Flame Tree Press for a copy of the book.  Vintage Crime was released August 11th.


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Vintage Crime is a CWA anthology with a difference, celebrating members’ work over the years. The book will gather stories from the mid-1950s until the twenty-first century by great names of the past, great names of the present together with a few hidden treasures by less familiar writers. The first CWA anthology, Butcher’s Dozen, appeared in 1956, and was co-edited by Julian Symons, Michael Gilbert, and Josephine Bell. The anthology has been edited by Martin Edwards since 1996, and has yielded many award-winning and nominated stories in the UK and overseas.

This new edition includes an array of incredible and award-winning authors: Robert Barnard, Simon Brett, Liza Cody, Mat Coward, John Dickson Carr, Marjorie Eccles, Martin Edwards, Kate Ellis, Anthea Fraser, Celia Fremlin, Frances Fyfield, Michael Gilbert, Paula Gosling, Lesley Grant-Adamson, HRF Keating, Bill Knox, Peter Lovesey, Mick Herron, Michael Z. Lewin, Susan Moody, Julian Symons and Andrew Taylor.



This book suited me just fine at the moment.  Struggling to ‘get into’ a novel and for it to hold my attention, this set of short stories, and some are very short, that I could dip in and out of, as and when I felt like it, was perfect. There is such an array of different stories here too.

What I liked about this anthology was how it took stories from authors right across the years.  Now I love some vintage classic crime, but there are also some really enjoyable short stories from contemporary authors such as Mick Herron, Kate Ellis and Simon Brett, which really makes this book one for every crime fiction lover.

Stories from spies in Trafalgar Square to foot and mouth English countryside. From London to Liverpool and England to Egypt. It was great to pick a story not knowing where it was going to take you.

Although the dates of the stories can be found in the sources section at the back of the book, and the stories follow each other in date order, I liked that they were not dated in the contents section, so that I wasn’t totally aware of the ‘when’ that I was about to read.

A great mix from some award winning writers.



Crime Writer’s Association or The CWA was founded in 1953 by John Creasey – That’s over sixty-five years of support, promotion and celebration of this most durable, adaptable and successful of genres.  The CWA runs the prestigious Dagger Awards, which celebrate the best in crime writing, and is proud to be a triving, growing community with a membership encompassing authors at all stages of their careers.  They are UK-based, yet attract many members from overseas.


Martin Edwards is the latest recipient of the CWA Diamond Dagger, the highest honour in British crime writing, given for the sustained excellence of an author’s contribution to the genre. His most recent novels, set in 1930, are Mortmain Hall and Gallows Court, which was nominated for two awards including the CWA Historical Dagger. British librarians awarded him the CWA Dagger in the Library in 2018 in recognition of his body of work. His seventh and most recent Lake District Mystery is The Dungeon House. Earlier books in the series are The Coffin Trail (short-listed for the Theakston’s prize for best British crime novel of 2006), The Cipher Garden, The Arsenic Labyrinth (short-listed for the Lakeland Book of the Year award in 2008), The Serpent Pool, and The Hanging Wood.

Martin is a well-known crime fiction critic, and series consultant to the British Library’s Crime Classics. His ground-breaking study of the genre between the wars, The Golden Age of Murder, was warmly reviewed around the world, and won the Edgar, Agatha, H.R.F. Keating and Macavity awards. His The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books won the Macavity and was nominated for four other awards.

Martin has written eight novels about lawyer Harry Devlin, the first of which, All the Lonely People, was short-listed for the CWA John Creasey Memorial Dagger for the best first crime novel of the year, The early Devlin books are now enjoying a fresh life as ebooks, with new introductions by leading authors such as Val McDermid and Frances Fyfield, as well as other new material.

In addition Martin has written a stand-alone novel of psychological suspense, Take My Breath Away, and a much acclaimed novel featuring Dr Crippen, Dancing for the Hangman. The latest Devlin novel, Waterloo Sunset, appeared in 2008. He completed Bill Knox’s last book, The Lazarus Widow. He has published many short stories, including the ebooks The New Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes and Acknowledgments and other stories. ‘Test Drive’ was short-listed for the CWA Short Story Dagger in 2006, while ‘The Bookbinder’s Apprentice’ won the same Dagger in 2008.

A well-known commentator on crime fiction, he has edited 40 anthologies and published diverse non-fiction books, including a study of homicide investigation, Urge to Kill.An expert on crime fiction history, he is archivist of both the Crime Writers’ Association and the Detection Club. He was elected eighth President of the Detection Club in 2015, spent two years as Chair of the CWA, and posts regularly to his blog, ‘Do You Write Under Your Own Name?’



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