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


Holly Watt

Holly Watt spent over a decade working on Fleet Street as a staff writer for the Sunday Times, the Telegraph and the Guardian. She worked on investigative stories ranging from MPs’ Expenses at the Tel...

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Latest from our blog

How to start your novel – a step-by-step guide by Cal Moriarty

11th November 2019 by

We at the CRA know that many of our readers also dream of one day, themselves, being writers. Our sister organisation, the CWA, offers you an opportunity to submit your fledgling novel for the Debut D... Read more

Case Files 41

8th November 2019 by

Case Files issue 41 – 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 lets you discover whic... Read more

Domestic Noir – crime that’s close to home by Alice Castle

6th November 2019 by

Domestic noir is not new. Ever since the first performance of Medea in 431 BC, or Mrs Bluebeard’s first peek into that forbidden chamber, women have been confronting horrible truths close to home. The... Read more

Daggers announced in glittering gala dinner evening

30th October 2019 by

M.W. Craven has won the CWA Gold Dagger for his novel The Puppet Show. The Daggers, which were announced (24 October) at a glittering awards ceremony at the Leonardo Royal Hotel, London, are regarded... Read more

The Inaugural Capital Crime Event by Ali Karim

8th October 2019 by

It was a brave decision for thriller writer Adam Hamdy and his partner the literary agent David Headley (and bookseller) to start a new convention (Capital Crime) showcasing the crime and thriller gen... Read more

Bloody Scotland on a Desert Island, by Caro Ramsay

8th October 2019 by

It was the Bloody Scotland crime writing festival one weekend in September.  The sun shone, the torchlight parade down from the castle was spectacular. The winner of the McIlvanney Prize Manda Scott s... Read more

Morecambe and Vice Crime Writing Festival Brought Me Sunshine, by Rachel Sargeant

3rd October 2019 by

Ever thought of going to a crime fiction festival but not really sure what to expect? I felt the same, and given my tendency to shyness, I couldn’t imagine plucking up the courage to attend one. That... Read 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 Manuscript
Assessment Service.

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

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