Saturday, 28 May 2011

Turning To Crime

A few weeks ago I found out that, after coming third in Nottingham Writers' Club autumn short story competition, I actually won the winter one. The brief was to write a crime story with the theme of 'Identity'. Judging the competition was author Stephen Booth who has written a series of crime novels.

I have to admit that, when I submitted my entry, I wasn't sure if it would appeal to an established crime writer. My story was based on a lone hit-man rather than being a conventional cops versus criminals tale. As it turns out I must have done something right.

Stephen Booth has written several novels set in Derbyshire so, living on the Notts/Derbys border, they are of particular interest to me. Descriptions of familiar countryside and the mention of real place names gives his stories an extra edge. His two main characters are a sergeant and constable rather than inspector and sergeant and so the action is centred at a lower level in the police hierarchy than many other series such as Morse and Frost. If you like crime or fancy a change from your usual genre then I recommend you give these a try.


  1. Congratulations, Keith. Must be especially pleasing as the judge was someone you admire.

  2. Well done on your win. I have one of Stephen Booth's novels sitting in my 'to be read' pile right now. His settings attracted me, as I grew up in that area too.

  3. Well done, Keith, what wonderful news! I submitted in a crime story for an anthology told from the criminal's point of view, so I hope I'm as lucky as you.

    I shall check the books by Stephen Booth too.

  4. Wonderful new, Keith - this really is your year!

  5. Thanks for your comments, everyone. I've had a brilliant year so far. My next entry for NWC spring competition is due on Wednesday. The theme is 'Standing Proud' and it has been quite a challenge to come up with something this time.