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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Peter Lovesey

Peter Lovesey has published 41 novels and five collections of short stories since he joined the CWA in 1969. His work has been adapted for radio, TV and film and is translated into over 20 languages....

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Latest from our blog

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

CWA Opens Membership to Self-Published Authors

29th July 2021

For the first time in its 68-year history, the prestigious Crime Writers’ Association will allow self-published authors to join its ranks. The move comes after the CWA consulted its members, who voted... Read more

‘Crime in Trying Times’ by J.G. Harlond

28th July 2021

Do you actually know anyone who is entirely good? Or entirely bad, with no redeeming qualities? I ask because as a crime writer I create both goodies and the baddies: those who do their very best in t... 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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