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


Alis Hawkins

  Writer of the Teifi Valley Coroner series set in mid-nineteenth century west Wales, Alis  Hawkins grew up on a dairy farm in Cardiganshire. Her inner introvert thought it would be a good idea t...

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Dagger Winners Announced Online

26th October 2020

CWA Dagger Awards 2020 Winners Announced – Michael Robotham, Lou Berney, Trevor Wood, Casey Cep, and Abir Mukherjee win 2020 CWA Dagger awards. The winners of the 2020 CWA Daggers, which honour the ve... Read more

Location, location, location by Candy Denman

22nd October 2020

When I was working on the long-running drama series, Heartbeat, we were often told that the biggest character we wrote for was the setting. How true that was. Whenever I tell people that I used to be... Read more

Research – So Much More Than Just The Facts, by Jay Forman

6th October 2020

I did more research for No Return than I’ve ever had to do before for a book. I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. What I didn’t know was how ignorant I was. The basic spark of an idea for the story was... Read more

‘To F or not to F… that is the question’ by David Jewell

11th September 2020

So it’s finally out and in print. Death Rattle. The debut novel of a new and nervous crime writing author. So what happens now?  Well… Next come the reviews. I begin to feel like the writer of a new p... Read more

‘Battling with the Muse’ by Diane M. Dickson

21st August 2020

I believe in The Muse. I am one hundred per cent convinced that there is a magic force that guides artistic endeavour. For interest mine is female, taller than me with longer, curlier, blonder hair, f... Read more

‘Doing the homework’ by Andrew Bibby

21st August 2020

You mean, you do research for your novels? I understand very well why some readers may pose this question. Non-fiction books, fairly obviously, need to be carefully researched.  Nobody, I’m sure, woul... Read more

New CWA Anthology Celebrates Vintage Crime

31st July 2020

A new short story anthology with a difference celebrates short stories from the archives of the Crime Writers’ Association (CWA). Vintage Crime gathers gems from the mid 1950s, when the CWA began, unt... 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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the Debut Dagger and
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