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


Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles was born in Shepherd’s Bush in London. She was educated at the University of Edinburgh and University College London, where she studied English, history and philosophy. In...

Read more

Latest from our blog

Write a Review of a Dagger Shortlisted Title and Win a Weekend Pass to CrimeFest

8th November 2017 by

Have you heard about the new competition the CWA has launched? It’s open to everyone, and all you have to do is write a review of any of the titles that contended for the 2017 CWA Daggers and po... Read more

Beau Death – Peter Lovesey on his new novel

31st October 2017 by

A wrecking ball swings into the roof of an old house near Bath. The people watching are in for a shock. When the dust clears, a skeleton is revealed sitting in the loft dressed in eighteenth century c... Read more


31st October 2017 by

Music has very often been a catalyst for me in the creating of a plot, and it seems to have found its way into a good many of my books. There’s the eerie death lament, ‘Thaisa’s Song’ in The Bell Towe... Read more

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

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.

Find out more