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.

A Cruel NecessityLen Tyler - CWA Chair


CWA-Author-Peter-James-1.jpgPeter James

Peter James is one of the UK’s most treasured crime and thriller novelists. His Roy Grace detective novels have sold over 18 million copies worldwide in total. The series is now translated into 37 lan...

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cra-logo-2016Marnie Riches and Katerina Diamond in conversation

30th November 2016 by

Marnie: Before The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die – the first book in my George McKenzie series – was published, I had been writing for nigh on ten years, hoping to make it as a children’s author.... Read more

simon-michaelArmistice Day – A Reflection by Simon Michael

30th November 2016 by

As church bells sounded across Britain on Armistice Day, November 11, 1918, my family celebrated the fact that, by some miracle, all six brothers shown in the photograph below survived the Great War: ... Read more

skin-and-boneSkin & Bone giveaway – Robin Blake on the Birth of Forensics

2nd November 2016 by

By today’s standards, the Georgian age, in which my Cragg and Fidelis mysteries are set, was a particularly callous one. Unequal rights for women, the slave trade and cruel capital punishment were all... Read more

debut-winnerReady to Enter the Debut Dagger?

2nd November 2016 by

The CWA’s competition for the start of a crime novel by an unpublished writer is underway! Is this the year you will enter? And maybe get shortlisted, or even win? The prize for the winner is £5... Read more

2017_dagger_in_the_library-web-headerLaunch of Dagger in the Library 2017

2nd November 2016 by

The CWA is pleased to announce the launch of Dagger in the Library 2017. The prize is made to an author for a body of work that is popular with library users. The prizewinner must have at least 4 crim... Read more

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the Debut Dagger
and our Manuscript
Assessment Service.

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