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


Dead Letters Christine PoulsonChristine Poulson

Before Christine Poulson turned to crime, she was a respectable academic with a PhD in History of Art and had written widely on nineteenth-century art and literature. Her book, The Quest for the Grail...

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Latest from our blog

Lady First by Lea O’Harra

15th December 2017 by

Lea O’Harra on her new novel, the third in the Inspector Inoue mystery series, published by Endeavour Press, and the themes and concerns that underpin it. Fujikawa, a small town in rural, western Japa... Read more

Balkan Noir and the Woman with a Bullet in her Leg by Cal Smyth

29th November 2017 by

I wanted to write a crime novel set in Belgrade for a long time as it’s a fascinating city and perfect for Balkan Noir. I’ve also loved two Serbian women, my son is half Serbian and I lived in Belgrad... Read more


28th November 2017 by

Sandra Bullock called 911 after an intruder broke into her house. Brook Shields was stalked for years by an obsessive fan. A woman threatened to cut Catherine-Zeta Jones into pieces and feed her to a... Read more

Writing About a Dying Heroine by J F Kirwan

27th November 2017 by

88° North has an unusual premise, since the heroine, Nadia, has radiation sickness from her last encounter with her nemesis, Salamander. She’s been given weeks to live. She could go to an exotic islan... Read more

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

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.

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