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


Barry Forshaw

Barry Forshaw is one of the UK’s leading experts on crime fiction and film. Books include Crime Fiction: A Reader’s Guide, the Keating Award-winning Brit Noir (plus Nordic, American, Euro and Hi...

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Latest from our blog

The Inaugural Capital Crime Event by Ali Karim

8th October 2019 by

It was a brave decision for thriller writer Adam Hamdy and his partner the literary agent David Headley (and bookseller) to start a new convention (Capital Crime) showcasing the crime and thriller gen... Read more

Bloody Scotland on a Desert Island, by Caro Ramsay

8th October 2019 by

It was the Bloody Scotland crime writing festival one weekend in September.  The sun shone, the torchlight parade down from the castle was spectacular. The winner of the McIlvanney Prize Manda Scott s... Read more

Morecambe and Vice Crime Writing Festival Brought Me Sunshine, by Rachel Sargeant

3rd October 2019 by

Ever thought of going to a crime fiction festival but not really sure what to expect? I felt the same, and given my tendency to shyness, I couldn’t imagine plucking up the courage to attend one. That... Read more

Back where I started – well, almost, by Pauline Rowson

3rd October 2019 by

Death in the Cove is my twentieth crime novel and the first historical mystery I have written. My other nineteen crime novels being contemporary with fourteen featuring my rugged and flawed detective,... Read more

The Art of Deception by Patrick Gooch

25th September 2019 by

In 1990, Time magazine reported that, in his lifetime, Camille Corot painted some eight hundred canvases, four thousand of which are to be found in the United States. So, how many fake Corots are ther... Read more

Case Files 40

5th September 2019 by

Case Files issue 40 – 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 lets you discover whic... Read more

Made-Up Noir: Writing a place that only you know, by Paul Gitsham

27th August 2019 by

How important is a sense of place? It’s a question that many writers have pondered. Should you set your novel in a real place or invent a fictional setting? Many writers choose to use a real-world loc... Read more

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Interested in writing?

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.

Just don’t forget us when
you hit the big time.

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