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


Steve Cavanagh

Steve Cavanagh is the bestselling and award-winning author of the Eddie Flynn novels. He is a lawyer, and lives in Northern Ireland. All of Steve’s novels have either won or been nominated for m...

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Latest from our blog

Case Files 36

11th January 2019 by

Case Files issue 36 – 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

Time to get Crime Writing for Prestigious CWA Competitions

28th December 2018 by

Two crime writing competitions are open now. 1) The CWA Margery Allingham Short Story Competition Not to be missed for lovers of short-story writing – and being shortlisted for this renowned competiti... Read more

Popular Crime Writer Kate Ellis Launches Latest Title

17th December 2018 by

On 6 December Kate Ellis welcomed another addition to her list of titles. Kate is best known for her long-running series featuring archaeology graduate turned police inspector, Wesley Peterson. Howeve... Read more

Are Shorter Reads Better? by David Beckler

3rd December 2018 by

I’ve watched the growth in the popularity of novellas with interest, something you can read on your morning commute or in a couple of lunchtimes. Novellas are also a good way to discover new authors.... Read more

Where A Book Begins – The Back-story of Death on a Shetland Isle by Marsali Taylor

3rd December 2018 by

Death on a Shetland Isle began with a story, a true one, of how of how two people went missing from Eynhallow, an island in Orkney. I enjoy putting Shetland folklore in my books, and for this one I wa... Read more

CWA Dagger Awards Dinner 2018 Amazing Success

6th November 2018 by

The CWA Dagger Awards 2018 was a sumptuous event full of glamour, with the glitterati of the crime publishing world in attendance: publishers, agents and especially authors. It was tense and nerve-wra... Read more

Writing A Series by Leigh Russell

31st October 2018 by

Many authors of series work out in advance how their protagonist is going to develop through each book. I’d like to say my own series was carefully planned in this way, but the truth is I never set ou... 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 Manuscript
Assessment Service.

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you hit the big time.

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