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


Charlie Flowers

Charlie Flowers was born in Eastern Europe sometime in the late Sixties and arrived with his family in Britain in 1975. After training as a journalist in London he had a varied career as reporter, roa...

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Latest from our blog

Hiddleston, Hitchcock and The Archers, by Sean O’Connor

23rd April 2019 by

The Fatal Passion of Alma Rattenbury is the latest book by radio, TV and film producer Sean O’Connor. He has found that his work as a producer was inspired by his interest in true crime – and vice ver... Read more

CWA Brings Writers, Venues and Book Groups Together in National Crime Reading Month in May

3rd April 2019 by

May will be a time for murder and mayhem as National Crime Reading Month (NCRM) makes a welcome return – and the organisers are urging writers and venues to become involved. NCRM, which has run for a... Read more

Mina Scarletti and the murky world of Victorian mediums

28th March 2019 by

The act of writing a book is a challenge to the writer, but the writer also sets challenges for her characters. Will the detective solve the mystery? Will he or she even survive the experience unharme... Read more

Robert Goddard to receive CWA Diamond Dagger 2019

11th March 2019 by

The Crime Writers’ Association is delighted to announce that Robert Goddard is to receive the 2019 CWA Diamond Dagger, the highest honour in British crime writing. The Dagger award recognises authors... Read more

Case Files 37

8th March 2019 by

Case Files issue 37 – 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

What’s the attraction of reading crime thrillers? By Rachel Amphlett

28th February 2019 by

I think, like many crime thriller authors, my love of the genre started when I was about five years old and started reading the Famous Five series by Enid Blyton.   By the time I was in my very e... Read more

Down the Rabbit Hole – the Story Behind Splinter in the Blood by Ashley Dyer

28th February 2019 by

Splinter in the Blood began with an image: a woman with a gun standing over a shooting victim. My earliest jottings on the story date back to April 2014. I wrote, ‘She looks down at him and feels ange... 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.
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