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.

Maxim Jakubowski - CWA Chair (Photograph credit to Fenris Oswin)

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Maxim Jakubowski

Maxim Jakubowski has worked in books almost all his life; he worked in senior editorial positions in publishing for several decades, owned the Murder One bookstore and was Time Out and then the Guardi...

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‘The Marriage Trap – what to do with the love interest in period detective fiction’ by Fiona Veitch Smith

20th October 2021

“Excuse me, miss. I think you’ve dropped something.” He held the camera under one arm like the bellows of a bag pipe, while with the other he thrust something in her direction. A book. The one she had... Read more

CWA October Bookseller of the Month: Guid Books, Alva

1st October 2021

Every month, as part of the new CWA Booksellers Champion initiative with bestselling author Elly Griffiths, we want to celebrate a bookshop because we believe bookshops don’t just sell our books – the... Read more

The Diamond Dagger Interview: Andrew Taylor speaks to Martina Cole

14th September 2021

The Diamond Dagger is awarded those authors whose crime-writing careers have been marked by sustained excellence, and who have made a significant contribution to crime fiction writing. In our annual i... Read more

CWA September Bookseller of the Month: Cogito Books, Hexham

31st August 2021

Every month, as part of the new CWA Booksellers Champion initiative with bestselling author Elly Griffiths, we want to celebrate a bookshop because we believe bookshops don’t just sell our books – the... Read more

True Crime? How we bottle up and serve real-world acts of depravity, by Ed Whitfield

12th August 2021

The British fascination with murder has a long and illustrious literary history. From Thomas De Quincey’s 1827 essay, On Murder Considered as one of the Fine Arts to Kate Summerscale’s The Wicked Boy,... Read more

When close confinement was a choice, by Kate Ellis

9th August 2021

My twenty-fifth Wesley Peterson mystery, The Stone Chamber, begins with the execution-style murder of Robert and Greta Gerdner at their home in the Devon countryside. DI Wesley Peterson suspects that... Read more

August Bookshop of the Month: No Alibis

1st August 2021

Every month, as part of the new CWA Booksellers Champion initiative, we want to celebrate a bookshop because we believe bookshops don’t just sell our books – they bring our streets alive. August... 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 Criminal Critiques
and Editing service.

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

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