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)


Frances Brody

Frances Brody has written twelve mystery novels set in 1920s Yorkshire, featuring First World War widow turned sleuth, Kate Shackleton and her sidekick, former policeman Jim Sykes. The books have been...

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Latest from our blog

Bookseller of the Month: Griffin Books, Penarth

1st December 2021

The CWA’s Bookseller of the Month for December is Griffin Books in Penarth. Griffin Books in Penarth is one of those shops writers love to be invited to. It’s run by the amazing Mel Griffin who... Read more

A Theft, A Dog and a Man called Harold by Peter Bartram

25th November 2021

One of the pleasures of crime writing is when research turns you into a ‘snapper up of unconsidered trifles’. (The Winter’s Tale, Act 4 Scene 3, if you were torturing yourself to remember where the qu... Read more

Dagger Awards to Carry Cash Prizes and Open to Authors to Self-Nominate

1st November 2021

The CWA Daggers – synonymous with quality crime writing for over half a century – is set to again award cash prizes beginning in 2023, for titles published and nominated in 2022. Detail of the amounts... Read more

Bookseller of the Month: The Book Makers, Brighton

1st November 2021

Every month, as part of the new CWA Booksellers Champion initiative, we want to celebrate a bookshop because we believe bookshops don’t just sell our books – they bring our streets alive. This month,... Read more

How I Came To Write ‘Appointment in Tehran’, by James Stejskal

25th October 2021

West Berlin, 1980. We knew it was going to happen sometime soon. When exactly was a mystery. It was one of those closely guarded secrets that would only be revealed when it was successful or went spec... Read more

‘The Marriage Trap – what to do with the love interest in period detective fiction’ by Fiona Veitch Smith

20th October 2021

“Excuse me, miss. I think you’ve dropped something.” He held the camera under one arm like the bellows of a bag pipe, while with the other he thrust something in her direction. A book. The one she had... Read more

CWA October Bookseller of the Month: Guid Books, Alva

1st October 2021

Every month, as part of the new CWA Booksellers Champion initiative with bestselling author Elly Griffiths, we want to celebrate a bookshop because we believe bookshops don’t just sell our books – the... Read more

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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.

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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.

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

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