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


Roz Watkins

Roz Watkins’ Debut Dagger shortlisted novel THE DEVIL’S DICE is published by HQ (HarperCollins) on 8th March 2018, and has been optioned by ITV Studios. Roz was previously a partner in a f...

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Latest from our blog

Going Fishing, by Gary Connolly

28th March 2018 by

For me, stories begin with images more often than not. Sometimes they’re grainy, but more often visceral and clear. Blood Will Be Born started in this way and was written on and off between 2014 and 2... Read more

2000 Years in 900 Words: Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine’s Innovative Crime Flash Fiction

28th March 2018 by

William Burton McCormick Flash fiction is not a genre that often allows room for substantial flashbacks, backstory or large degrees of introspection.  When writers do include these elements, they must... Read more

Turning real historical crimes into cosy fiction, by Karen Charlton

28th March 2018 by

Karen is author of The Detective Lavender Mysteries. I first came across Stephen Lavender, a Principal Officer with the Bow Street Police Office while researching one of Northumberland’s biggest robbe... Read more

Case Files 31

7th March 2018 by

Case Files issue 31 – 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

Finding the Plot by Bill Kitson

27th February 2018 by

‘There’s always a story. It’s all stories, really. The sun coming up every day is a story. Everything’s got a story in it. Change the story, change the world.’ Terry Pratchett One of... 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.

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

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