The Crime Readers' Association

Crime Readers' Association

The CRA is a body set up by the Crime Writers' Association to give readers news and information about authors renowned and undiscovered, along with tips for new writers working in the genre.

Maxim Jakubowski - CWA Chair (Photo: Fenris Oswin)


Caroline England

Born in Sheffield, Caroline studied law at the University of Manchester and stayed over the border. Caroline was a divorce and professional indemnity lawyer who turned to writing when she deserted the...

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CWA Daggers 2022 announced

1st July 2022

Ray Celestin, MW Craven, Janice Hallett and Mark Billingham awarded 2022 CWA Daggers. The winners of the 2022 CWA Daggers, which honour the very best in the crime writing genre, have been announced. R... Read more

What if your father turned out to be a serial killer? asks Victoria Selman

22nd June 2022

My latest thriller, Truly Darkly Deeply explores a serial killer’s legacy through the eyes of his daughter who, twenty years after his incarceration, still can’t be sure whether he’s actually guilty.... Read more

‘What makes great characters tick?’ asks AA Chaudhuri

22nd June 2022

There’s something about the psychological genre that sucks me in like no other. The pervading sense of dread, the flawed narrator(s), the tension between characters, along with an iconic twist, all ma... Read more

Countdown to CWA Daggers

8th June 2022

Just a few days are left to buy tickets to attend the annual Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) Dagger Awards dubbed the ‘Oscars’ of the crime genre. Booking closes this Friday (10 June) for the 2022 aw... Read more


8th June 2022

The trouble with writing historical crime fiction is that it’s fiction, which means you make it all up, but it’s also set in the past, and if you get your history wrong it can really annoy the person... Read more

Are you a saint or a sinner? asks Caroline England

24th May 2022

When it comes to my psychological suspense novels, I’m a counsellor, therapist and particularly a psychologist. How I love to excavate my characters’ innermost thoughts and feelings and find out who t... Read more

Bookseller of the Month: May 2022 – Beccles Books

4th May 2022

In conversation with Elly Griffiths 1 Exchange House, Exchange Square, Beccles, Suffolk NR34 9HH Tel: 01502 716806 It’s 11 years since Lee Mason founded Beccles... 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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