The Crime Readers' Association

Crime Readers' Association

The CRA was set up by the Crime Writers' Association to give readers news and information from their favourite authors along with tips for beginners working in the genre.

Martin-EdwardsMartin Edwards - CWA Chair


Helen Barrell

Helen Barrell is an author of historical non-fiction. She has appeared on Radio 4’s Punt PI and written for Fortean Times and Family Tree, and is a guest blogger for Findmypast. Her first book,...

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Latest from our blog

Case Files 27

21st July 2017 by

Case Files issue 27 – out soon! Case Files is an ezine that profiles new or forthcoming novels from members of the Crime Writers’ Association. Subscribing is free – and it let’... Read more

How Crime in the Wild West Pays Off for Author Everett

11th July 2017 by

During 1989-1991 I was hired to write profiles of famous film/ television personalities for TV Scene magazine which mostly contained photographs and interviews with then current American television st... Read more

Keeping Secrets by A L Bird

11th July 2017 by

Can you keep a secret? Really, truly? Not a word, not a hint to anyone? As if your life depended on it? Or indeed your livelihood? Well, thriller writers can. And so can many of their protagonists. Ye... Read more

A Day in the Life…. by Abi Silver, author of The Pinocchio Brief, out in July 2017, published by Lightning Books.

19th June 2017 by

Waking early in “so much to do today” mode, I check my list of “Things to remember to take in,” even though I checked it twice the previous night.  After a while I rouse the kids, who grumble, they’re... Read more

Dagger in the Library 2017 Winner Announced

17th June 2017 by

The winner of the CWA 2017 Dagger in the Library has been revealed: Mari Hannah. The winner was declared at a reception at the British Library on Saturday 17 June by Martin Edwards, Chair of the CWA.... Read more

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 Manuscript
Assessment Service.

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

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