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


Alison Joseph

Alison Joseph is a London-based crime writer and radio dramatist. She was born in North London and educated at Leeds University. After graduating she worked as a presenter on a local radio station the...

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The Inspiration Behind New Penguin Suspense ‘I Looked Away’ by Jane Corry

25th June 2019 by

Fifty-eight years ago, I witnessed the near-death of my mother in an horrific fire-related accident on holiday in Cornwall. I remember each detail as clearly as if it happened yesterday. But when she... Read more

A A Chaudhuri – The Scribe

24th June 2019 by

Making it as a lawyer has always been a cutthroat business. In a dark, creepy legal thriller, metaphor becomes reality – by A A Chaudhuri In The Scribe, published 1st July, a killer is targeting forme... Read more

CWA Announce Longlists for Prestigious Crime Writing Daggers

4th June 2019 by

The Crime Writers’ Association announced the much anticipated longlists for the annual CWA Dagger awards for the best of the year’s crime writing at a reception during international convention CrimeFe... Read more

The Lost Shrine: Digging Up the Dead by Nicola Ford

3rd June 2019 by

The Lost Shrine, published on 23 May, is the second in Nicola Ford’s series featuring archaeologists Clare Hills and Dr David Barbrook. In The Lost Shrine Clare Hills, archaeologist and sometime sleut... Read more

Case Files 38

10th May 2019 by

Case Files issue 38 – out soon! Case Files is an ezine that profiles new or forthcoming novels from members of the Crime Writers’ Association. Subscribing is free – and it let’... Read more

Hiddleston, Hitchcock and The Archers, by Sean O’Connor

23rd April 2019 by

The Fatal Passion of Alma Rattenbury is the latest book by radio, TV and film producer Sean O’Connor. He has found that his work as a producer was inspired by his interest in true crime – and vice ver... Read more

CWA Brings Writers, Venues and Book Groups Together in National Crime Reading Month in May

3rd April 2019 by

May will be a time for murder and mayhem as National Crime Reading Month (NCRM) makes a welcome return – and the organisers are urging writers and venues to become involved. NCRM, which has run for a... 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 Manuscript
Assessment Service.

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