Thursday, March 26, 2009


In addition to THE KILL CALL, I'm happy to say that the beginning of April sees the publication of an anthology of short stories by a whole host of talented British crime writers who have donated their work for charity.

CRIMINAL TENDENCIES has been produced by independent publishers Creme de la Crime.  For every copy sold, £1 will go to the National Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline, which is supported by the Genesis Appeal, the only charity in the UK entirely dedicated to the prevention of breast cancer. 

With a foreword by Mark Billingham, the anthology includes contributions from Reginald Hill, Val McDermid, Andrew Taylor, Peter Lovesey, Peter James, Simon Brett, Ann Cleeves, Zoe Sharp, Sophie Hannah, Martin Edwards, and many others... Oh, and there's one from me too!

Congratulations are due to first-time authors Chris Nickson and Caroline Shiach, winners of Criminal Tendencies 2009, whose stories will be featured in the anthology.

For more information the charities concerned, visit:

Or you can order a copy of CRIMINAL TENDENCIES direct from Creme de la Crime.

As it happens, my UK editor Julia Wisdom, Publishing Director at HarperCollins, is also doing her bit for breast cancer research in the next few weeks. And this actually sounds a bit harder than writing a short story...

On May 16th, Julia will be taking part in the Playtex Moonwalk - nothing to do with Michael Jackson, but an overnight marathon walk through the streets of London. The money raised goes to Walk the Walk, a grant making charity committed to raising funds for breast cancer causes. If you fancy sponsoring Julia (and I am, of course!), you can do it very easily through her page on Just Giving:

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