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


Martin Edwards

Martin Edwards, the current Vice Chair of the CWA, has won the Edgar, Agatha, and Macavity awards in the USA, and the CWA Short Story Dagger, CWA Margery Allingham Prize, and the H.R.F. Keating award...

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Latest from our blog

E S Thomson Finds Time for Crime

28th March 2017 by

Recently, the fabulous Denise Mina remarked that crime writers were expected to write a book a year – an extraordinary undertaking for any writer. ‘Yes,’ I thought.  ‘She’s right!  Even worse, some of... Read more

Mick Finlay: Diary of a Debut Author #2

6th March 2017 by

My book, Arrowood, is going to be published at the end of this month, and a lot’s been happening in preparation. The cover, now in its fifth version, has been agreed. The first two had a silhouette of... Read more

Read CWA Dagger in the Library Longlisted Authors

6th March 2017 by

The longlist of the CWA 2017 Dagger in the Library has been officially announced, based on nominations received from 175 libraries across the UK and Ireland and now we’d like to get readers involved.... Read more

Jan Newton – Diary of a Debut Author

6th March 2017 by

I wonder if I’m unusual, or whether other writers have found themselves thrilled and delighted (of course) but also more than just a little stunned at the thought of having a book out there on the she... Read more

Case Files ezine – fun, fascinating and free!

11th January 2017 by

The latest issue of Case Files was out at the beginning of February. Ten newly released or forthcoming novels from CWA members are profiled. These include ingenious plots from within the UK alongside... 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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