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


Peter Lovesey

Peter Lovesey has published 38 novels and five collections of short stories since he joined the CWA in 1969. His work has been adapted for radio, TV and film and is translated into over 20 languages....

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CWA Dagger Shortlists 2019 Announced

25th July 2019 by

The author behind one of the biggest shows on TV, a world renowned forensic anthropologist and the son of ‘the godfather of tartan noir’ have been shortlisted for the prestigious CWA Dagger awards. Th... Read more

Farewell Andrea Camilleri and Thank You, by CWA International Dagger Judge Ruth Morse

25th July 2019 by

With the inauguration of what in 2006 became the International Dagger, the CWA took great care to get things right, especially since there had been a ruckus about books in translation. This matters be... Read more

Case Files 39

10th July 2019 by

Case Files issue 39 – 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

The Inspiration Behind New Penguin Suspense ‘I Looked Away’ by Jane Corry

25th June 2019 by

Fifty-eight years ago, I witnessed the near-death of my mother in an horrific fire-related accident on holiday in Cornwall. I remember each detail as clearly as if it happened yesterday. But when she... Read more

A A Chaudhuri – The Scribe

24th June 2019 by

Making it as a lawyer has always been a cutthroat business. In a dark, creepy legal thriller, metaphor becomes reality – by A A Chaudhuri In The Scribe, published 1st July, a killer is targeting forme... Read more

CWA Announce Longlists for Prestigious Crime Writing Daggers

4th June 2019 by

The Crime Writers’ Association announced the much anticipated longlists for the annual CWA Dagger awards for the best of the year’s crime writing at a reception during international convention CrimeFe... Read more

The Lost Shrine: Digging Up the Dead by Nicola Ford

3rd June 2019 by

The Lost Shrine, published on 23 May, is the second in Nicola Ford’s series featuring archaeologists Clare Hills and Dr David Barbrook. In The Lost Shrine Clare Hills, archaeologist and sometime sleut... Read more

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