The Crime Readers' Association

Crime Readers' Association

The CRA is a body set up by the Crime Writers' Association to give readers news and information about authors renowned and undiscovered, along with tips for new writers working in the genre.

Maxim Jakubowski - CWA Chair (Photo: Fenris Oswin)


Victoria Dowd

Victoria is the award-winning author of the bestselling Smart Woman’s Mystery series. Her debut novel, The Smart Woman’s Guide to Murder, won The People’s Book Prize for fiction 2021 and was named In...

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Are you a saint or a sinner? asks Caroline England

24th May 2022

When it comes to my psychological suspense novels, I’m a counsellor, therapist and particularly a psychologist. How I love to excavate my characters’ innermost thoughts and feelings and find out who t... Read more

Bookseller of the Month: May 2022 – Beccles Books

4th May 2022

In conversation with Elly Griffiths 1 Exchange House, Exchange Square, Beccles, Suffolk NR34 9HH Tel: 01502 716806 It’s 11 years since Lee Mason founded Beccles... Read more

Writing about Food in Fiction

26th April 2022

I love mysteries that talk of food. Some of my favourite series include the Inspector Chen Cao series by Qiu Xiaolong, which brings Chinese everyday cuisine to life, Mia P Manansala’s Tita Rosie... Read more

CWA Daggers Longlists announced

25th April 2022

The 2022 longlists for the prestigious Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) Dagger awards, which honour the very best in the crime-writing genre, have been announced. Created in 1955, the world-famous CWA... Read more

28th March 2022

Announcements of Daggers 2022 & Self-Nomination for 2023 All lists will be reproduced on the CWA website shortly after the announcements. Debut Dagger longlist only: online late afternoon event (5... Read more

Fascists – the Perfect Villains? by Jason Monaghan

22nd March 2022

We all hate fascism, agreed? If not, stop reading here. When we were young, ‘the Germans’ were the baddies in our games, on TV shows and those stalwart WW2 films. Only when I began to study hist... Read more

The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe by David Leigh

22nd March 2022

My book started its life in late 2007, the same month I had flown from Panama to Miami and on to Manchester, via Atlanta, Georgia, to bring Anne Darwin home to face the music. Anne was the wife of ‘Ca... Read more

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Join the CRA

Joining the CRA is FREE. There are no lengthy forms to fill out and we need nothing but your email. You will receive a regular newsletter but no spam.

Interested in writing?

Crime reading and writing has never been so popular. We support new writers and our experienced Crime Writers are here to offer the benefit of their experience.
We also have competitions,
the Debut Dagger and
our Criminal Critiques
and Editing service.

Just don’t forget us when
you hit the big time.

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