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 new writers working in the genre.

Linda StratmannLinda Stratmann - CWA Chair


Aline Templeton

Aline Templeton, like fellow authors Val McDermid and Ian Rankin, was born in Fife.  They say ‘It takes a long spoon to sup with a Fifer,’ which perhaps explains their capacity for devisin...

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Author in Lockdown: Merryn Allingham

30th June 2020

Please tell us a little about yourself and the books you write. I currently write what might be called traditional crime. It’s historical—the Tremayne Mysteries Series is set in the 1950s—and I have a... Read more

We are Spartacus: the Publishing Industry and Race, by Vaseem Khan

25th June 2020

As one of only a handful of non-white authors on the British crime fiction map, I thought it might be worthwhile spending a moment reflecting on the worldwide rebalancing touched off by the George Flo... Read more

Location, Location, Location by Graham Minett

25th June 2020

Just recently I read CJ Carver’s latest (and highly enjoyable) thriller The Snow Thief, which is set in Tibet. On the sleeve of the book was a note to the effect that she had been inspired to write th... Read more

44 short stories by your favourite CWA crime writers

18th June 2020

For National Crime Reading Month in May we put out a call to our CWA member authors to contribute short stories to our online anthology. Well, they came in thick and fast! If you didn’t manage t... Read more

CWA authors contribute to NHS charity anthology

10th June 2020

A dozen CWA authors have joined forces with Newcastle-Upon-Tyne based literary group, Noir at the Bar, to publish a collection of short, fictional crime stories to raise funds for NHS Charities Togeth... Read more


5th June 2020

The 2020 longlists for the prestigious CWA Dagger awards, which honour the very best in the crime writing genre, have been announced. The world-famous Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) Daggers are the... Read more

The Pleasure of Rereading, by Sheila Mitchell

26th May 2020

H.R.F. Keating was one of the great pillars of British crime writing in the twentieth century; he was a crime fiction critic for decades, President of the Detection Club, Chairman of the CWA, Fellow o... Read more

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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.

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you hit the big time.

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