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


Edward Marston (Keith Miles)

Edward Marston was born and brought up in Wales. He read Modern History at Oxford then lectured in the subject for three years before becoming a full-time freelance writer. His first historical myster...

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CWA Debut Dagger Competition Now Open

18th October 2017 by

The Crime Writers’ Association have opened their popular Debut Dagger competition for 2018. The competition is for the opening of a crime novel and any writer who has never had a traditional publishin... Read more

Making the Amazon/Kindle Top 50 Bestseller List! by Faith Martin

18th October 2017 by

Like a lot of my fellow authors, I’ve been writing for many years now, solidly producing books (that were mostly published in hardback) and just feeling happy and relatively chuffed with myself to get... Read more

How I drew my own cartoons – and why it gave me the idea for a cozy mystery, by Peter Bartram

18th September 2017 by

Sometimes it’s really hard to trace where the idea for a book first originated. But here’s one example. I went to a school which first opened its doors to pupils in 1614 – two years before... Read more

CBS Reality premieres original crime series, Written in Blood

18th September 2017 by

RC Bridgestock, Mark Billingham and other authors have their work featured, while best-selling author Simon Toyne hosts. Written in Blood airs every Sunday at 10pm from 3 September, exclusively on CBS... Read more

Give My Regards to Uncle Stalin by Fiona Veitch Smith

14th September 2017 by

A recent review of the second book in my Poppy Denby Investigates series, The Kill Fee, has made me laugh. The reader’s main gripe was that in her opinion my characterisation of communists was too ‘po... 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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