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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


Vaseem Khan

Vaseem Khan is the author of the Baby Ganesh Detective Agency series, a ‘gritty cosy crime’ series based in Mumbai, India and featuring a baby elephant. The first book in the series THE UN...

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CWA Diamond Dagger Winner Michael Connelly Interview

6th June 2018 by

Michael Connelly – winner of the CWA Diamond Dagger 2018   Michael Connelly is to receive this year’s CWA Diamond Dagger, the highest honour in British crime writing. The Dagger award recognises autho... Read more

Forgotten Classics: Cornish Author Katherine Stansfield’s Choice

5th June 2018 by

Katherine grew up in Cornwall, and though she now lives in Cardiff, she can’t stop writing about her former home. Her historical crime series, Cornish Mysteries, blends real crimes with local folklore... Read more

Interview with Simon Michael, who writes about 1960s London

27th May 2018 by

Good afternoon, Simon and welcome to the CRA blog. Hello, and thank you for inviting me. For those of us who haven’t yet encountered the Charles Holborne series, would you object to the books being ca... Read more

Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining… by Paul Gitsham

27th May 2018 by

One of the dirty little secrets that we crime writers are sometimes loathe to admit in polite society, is that when something really bad happens to a loved one, our second thought (after checking they... Read more

Why Do We Write Fiction? by Patricia Finney

27th May 2018 by

Yes, I know Terry Pratchett got here first but I can’t find the relevant quote from his Witches Abroad. I mean seriously. Why? Why do we sit down for many many many hours, busily writing long ex... Read more

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We also have competitions,
the Debut Dagger
and our Manuscript
Assessment Service.

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you hit the big time.

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