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


Stella Duffy

Stella Duffy is an award-winning writer with over seventy short stories, fourteen plays written and devised, and sixteen novels published in fifteen languages. She has twice won the CWA Short Story Da...

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Latest from our blog

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

Criminal Law In the Blood by Ruth Mancini

31st October 2018 by

In the Blood was inspired by a real-life case. I was waiting in court one morning when a young woman was brought up from the cells. The charge was murder, the victim her newborn child. I’ve dealt with... 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.

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

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