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


A.J. MacKenzie

A.J. MacKenzie is the pseudonym of Marilyn Livingstone and Morgen Witzel, a collaborative Anglo-Canadian husband-and-wife duo. Between them they have written more than twenty non-fiction books on subj...

Read more

Latest from our blog

Coronavirus and Creativity, by Antony Johnston

30th March 2020

‘Self-isolate? You mean stay indoors, don’t leave the house, and don’t socialise with anyone? Why, I’ve been practising for this my whole life!’ Every author has cracked some form of this joke over th... Read more

Ready for an Armchair Road Trip? (Not coming to a screen near you just yet!) by B E Jones

30th March 2020

‘I’d love to see a draft of the script when there is one,’ I said, trying not to get over excited as I sipped a glass of London’s alarmingly expensive red wine. I was fresh off the 10.05 train from Ca... Read more

Mystery for Golden Age Fans from CWA Diamond Dagger Winner Martin Edwards

25th March 2020

The CWA’s decision to award me the Diamond Dagger for 2020 is a huge honour. I’m so thrilled; I can still hardly believe it. Among other things, it’s a massive fillip to morale, and all writers benefi... Read more

Fear Not the Details … by Paul Gitsham

25th March 2020

One of the scariest things about writing contemporary police procedurals is the attention to detail that is necessary. To write a modern police investigation that feels authentic requires some insight... Read more

Murder game ideas for these difficult times

25th March 2020

Reading is of course a fabulous way to pass the time in this period of social isolation.  But when all you crave is social contact – is it possible to still get the thrill of jointly solving a murder... Read more

Eating the Dead: the Parsees of India by Vaseem Khan

25th March 2020

The fifth novel in the Baby Ganesh Agency series, Bad Day at the Vulture Club, sees my protagonist, Inspector Chopra investigating the murder of a wealthy Parsee in India’s city of dreams – Mumbai. Pa... Read more

Tiller Thrillers by Andy Griffee

25th March 2020

Just when you thought it was safe to go out on a canal, another Tiller-Thriller comes along. At a time of plague and pestilence it is tempting to think that a peaceful cruise to remote and isolated lo... Read more

View more

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.

Find out more