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


Diane M Dickson

Diane M Dickson, born in Yorkshire but moulded by sixties Liverpool, is the writer of crime fiction novels, short stories and poetry. Two of her greatest passions are reading and writing and she feels...

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Interview with Sarah Ward, author of The Shrouded Path

4th September 2018 by

The Shrouded Path by Derbyshire-based author Sarah Ward is out on 6 September. She talks to the CRA about her new book.    Q: This is the fourth novel in your DC Connie Childs series. Is it easier to... Read more

Spooky fifteen-inch robot provides inspiration for Kate Ellis

2nd September 2018 by

Every book begins with a flash of inspiration, something that triggers an idea and starts a plot flowing. The initial idea for The Mechanical Devil was a newspaper article about a sixteenth century ro... Read more

An Appointment with The Wicker Man, by Charles E McGarry

2nd September 2018 by

I sometimes wonder if Robin Hardy’s cult movie The Wicker Man holds a magical allure for me because I was born at the same time as it was being filmed. This is probably vanity, as the film, the grandd... Read more


31st July 2018 by

I wasn’t expecting to find I had combined an ancient law and opera for a book, but Song of the Damned, published in July 2018, turned out to have both elements at its heart. It’s not, of course, so ve... Read more

The second disappearance of Aldo Moro by Timothy Williams

31st July 2018 by

Left-wing terrorists kidnapped Aldo Moro in Rome on 16 March 1978. Fifty-five days later, on 9 May, his lifeless body was found abandoned in a Renault 4 hatchback in the heart of the city. He had been... Read more

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