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1612, 2022

What is it About Crime? by Thorne Moore

16 December 2022|Author News|0 Comments

Republished from Thanks to Lizzie Sirett of Mystery People - - for permission. Crime Fiction is, apparently, the most popular genre out there. And you have to ask why? It’s not as if all crime readers/writers are secretly would-be gangsters, longing to be set loose on the world, to murder, plunder and rape. Far from it. In real life, crime is at best an irritation and affront, at worst a matter of horror. So, what makes it soattractive to us in fiction? Perhaps it’s because it speaks to some fundamental aspects of human nature. There is the [...]

212, 2022


2 December 2022|Author News|0 Comments

Welsh authors Meet A Welsh Author — Phil Rowlands recalls childhood bedtime favourites  November 30, 2022  BookerTalk  4 Comments Phil Rowlands, Welsh authors My latest guest in the Meet A Welsh Author series is screenwriter and novelist Phil Rowlands. In an earlier life he was a television and film actor but changed course to become a producer and writer for film, drama and documentary. He has since published three novels and co-founded Diamond Crime — an indie publishing house. Earliest Reading Memory Probably Robin Hood. My mum used to read it to me at bedtime and when I was ill. It was the first book I read myself when [...]

2311, 2022

Sneak Preview of GB Williams’ Next Book, PLAY the GAME

23 November 2022|Author News, Sneak Preview|0 Comments

PLAY THE GAME will be published on 29th November by Diamond Crime. Coincidentally, 29th November is also Gail B Williams' birthday! CHAPTER ONE “I need a library.” What Elaine actually needed was a bibliothèque. It was one of the few French words that had stuck in her mind, mostly because it had sounded a lot more fun than any discotheque could. Unfortunately, her French was extremely limited. She could ask “où est la bibliothèque?”, and she did, several times. The problem was, she didn’t understand a word of the answers and relied on hand signals instead. This would be [...]

711, 2022

Childhood Memories from Diamond Crime author, Phil Rowlands

7 November 2022|Author News|0 Comments

Published by Welsh author, Judith Barrow on   Places in our Memories with Phil Rowlands Posted on November 7, 2022 There are places that remain in our memories, the details may become slightly blurred, nostalgia may colour our thoughts, but they don’t fade. And how those places made us feel at the time is the one thing that remains. Today, I’m so pleased to welcome Phil Rowlands. I seem to have known Phil as part of the writing world for as long as can remember. I have interviewed him a couple of times for and he was always a [...]

1910, 2022

Diamond Crime at Chapter One Bookshop, Narberth

19 October 2022|Author News, Diamond Crime Challenges, Diamond Crime Events|0 Comments

Chapter One Bookshop at Narberth Museum Diamond Crime author, Jacqui Harrett, gives a writing workshop. From left to right, Phil Rowlands, Thorne Moore, Gwyneth Steddy and Jacqui Harrett in conversation with Welsh novelist, Judith Barrow, shortlisted for the Wales Book of the Year 2021 with her novel 'Memory'. Competitors in the Diamond Crime quiz.

510, 2022

Diamond Crime on the Road at Chapter One – 15th October 2022

5 October 2022|Author News, Diamond Crime Challenges|0 Comments

Diamond Crime takes to the road with a visit to The Chapter One Bookshop at Narberth Museum on Saturday 15th October. Join the Create a Character Workshop with Diamond Crime author, Jacqueline Harrett. See Thorne Moore, GB Williams and Jacqueline in conversation with author Judith Barrow Test your crime fiction knowledge with the Criminal Masterminds Quiz

2309, 2022


23 September 2022|Author News|0 Comments

I think a couple of things that are always helpful, or have been to me, are that firstly the core storyline, that simple a plus b equals c, has to be clear, the outline and foundation that allows you to build and explore; if you want to submit to a publisher, your manuscript has to be as good as it can be at that stage of development and fit with the format they want; the editor is a collaborator and only wants your story to be the best it can be for you. Reading and learning from other authors is a must. Three of my go-to crime writers are Ken Bruen, James Lee Burke and Anne Cleeves.

1706, 2022

Q&A with Gwyneth Steddy, winner of Crime Cymru’s First Novel Prize

17 June 2022|Author News|0 Comments

Congratulations, Gwyneth, on winning the English-language competition in the Gwobr Nofel Gyntaf Crime Cymru First Novel Prize! Your winning entry, Do Sleeping Dogs Lie?, has gone on to be published by Diamond Crime which is a fantastic achievement. Can you tell us a little about the story?It’s essentially a cold case story. My main protagonist, Malcolm Bell, has retired from the Police Service of Northern Ireland. He was a DI and worked in Omagh for all of his career. He is now living in Portrush with his wife, but he is bored. Retirement isn’t quite working out the way he thought it would. [...]

105, 2022

Great Review of Phil Rowland’s TimeSlip

1 May 2022|Author News|0 Comments

Book Review by Jon Gower Abook you find yourself devouring in a single sitting is often recommendation enough but, in the case of Cardiff-based Phil Rowlands’ latest offering, reading it all in one go also lets you appreciate the tightening tension and change of tone more fully as the author ratchets things up a notch or three. It also allows you see to see the way things darken and twist away from the first half’s light-hearted comedy, moving along at a lick into the territory of conventional crime fiction. Knives flash in the dark. A policeman is stabbed. A Nazi [...]