The Crime Readers' Association

Leigh RussellCRA Writing Tips: Variety in Writing

22nd August 2013

The importance of varying your pace when you are writing cannot be stressed too much. To some extent this will happen naturally through your plot, but you should also use your language to control the...

Crime Poll: Your turn

19th August 2013

Three months ago the Crime Writers’ Association asked its members to answer three simple questions as part of the celebrations surrounding the Association’s 60th Anniversary. (It was found...

A Cry for the Cosy- Lesley Cookman

16th August 2013

We’re a quietish bunch in the UK, us Mystery Writers. There’s me and a few others, some of whom cross into historical crime. But we are largely ignored by the media, rarely reviewed (except on Amazon)...

crimefestCRA Monday Giveaway -CrimeFest

11th August 2013

We are delighted to announce our August giveway – a complimentary weekend pass to CrimeFest 2014. CrimeFest was recently listed by the Guardian as one of the best crime writing festivals in the...

RefusalFelix Francis: The Low Down

2nd August 2013

Writer:  Felix Francis Area:    North Oxfordshire Day job: Ex-physics teacher but now full time writer, and dog-minder  Refusal (Dick Francis Novel) is by Felix Francis. Here, we take a look at both w...

Saturday Sixers: Sixty Shades of Grey

27th July 2013

Book sales and maternity wards bloomed with the publication of Fifty Shades of Grey.  As a bit of fun, I had a look at the CWA’s Diamond Dagger award winners over the years, and wondered how some of t...

Leigh RussellCrime Writing Tips: The Importance of Character

25th July 2013

Crime fiction is plot driven. Yet however clever and intriguing the storyline, no novel succeeds without strong characters. They need to be credible so readers can believe in them. It is also importan...

Monday Competition: Barbara Nadel

22nd July 2013

Although we have finished Crime Writing Month we are still going to run some great competitions over the next few weeks. Starting with this one a mystery selection of 3 Cetin Ikmen hardback books by t...

Saturday Sixers: On being 60

20th July 2013

The Crime Writer’s Association is 60 this year and so am I. I passed that dubious landmark just a few weeks ago.  There, that is my confession, out in the open. And while I am getting things off my ch...

Dagger Focus: CWA Dagger in the Library

19th July 2013

Belinda Bauer wins the CWA Dagger in the Library Sponsor: Dead Good, The Random House Group Belinda Bauer has won the 2013 CWA Dagger in the Library. Mobeena Khan, who chaired this year’s judges, made...

Helen-PhiferSaturday Sixers: Six Hours Can Change Your Life

13th July 2013

11:00 It’s a busy day at work today and probably the first time in a few hours that I haven’t checked my e-mails. I have been working with a wonderful editor from Harlequin who I call ‘the lovely Anna...

The CWA Daggers

10th July 2013

As you will have seen the Crime Writers’ Association, the sister organisation of the CRA, is gearing up for our annual Dagger Awards ceremony on Monday 15th July. It is a very exciting time of t...

Ian Rankin Giveaway

8th July 2013

As this is the last full week of Crime Writing Month 2013 we are so pleased to offer this fabulous giveaway. September sees the eagerly anticipated opening of Dark Road the first play written by Ian R...

Case Files no 5 now available to CRA members

4th July 2013

So, you like reading crime? You want to know what thrills and spills are coming your way – the books that will make your pulse pick up, even though you’re sitting down. Books inhabited by the type of...

The Daily Grind: Chris Collett

2nd July 2013

Writer: Chris Collett Workspace: I work in our office (ie. box room) overlooking a leafy street on the Bournville Village Trust. While working, I am closely monitored for productivity by our ageing Yo...

The Low Down

28th June 2013

Writer: Richard Godwin Area:    London Day job: Full time writer  One Lost Summer is by Richard Godwin. Here, we take a look at both writer and his forthcoming work. So, why should we read it? It is a...

Martin-EdwardsMartin Edwards: Publishing a New Book

26th June 2013

How does it feel to have a new novel published, when you’ve published plenty of books before?” An interesting question, I think. Of course, the appearance of one’s very first novel is a unique a...

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