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


Diane Janes

    As well as being the author of several crime novels, Diane Janes has also written four factual books, examining real life British murders which occurred in the first half of the twentiet...

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Latest from our blog

Case Files 26

23rd May 2017 by

Case Files issue 26 – 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

Domestic noir has sinister real-life inspiration

17th May 2017 by

by B E Jones It’s the story about the shoes that has always stuck with me. Years ago, when I was a newspaper reporter in Cardiff, I was asked to write a feature on domestic abuse. I was only 27 but I’... Read more

Crime Writers appoint Libraries Champion

15th May 2017 by

The Crime Writers’ Association has appointed its first Libraries Champion, Ruth Dudley Edwards. Ruth and the CWA will work with libraries nationwide to support the public library network, promote the... Read more

Short Fiction from CWA Conference Delegates

3rd May 2017 by

At the annual CWA conference, held in Edinburgh in April, we asked CWA delegates for a short story of under 500 words with the following titles: ‘Inevitable Crimes of Passion’ and ‘B... Read more

A Million Books Sold

3rd May 2017 by

There I was, putting the final touches to my latest manuscript prior to sending it off for editing, and flicking around the internet in case anyone had mentioned my books on Twitter (they hadn’t... Read more

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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