CELEBRATE 20 YEARS OF BERKLEY PRIME CRIME
NEW YORK, NY – March 1, 2014 – Twenty years ago, in March 1994, Berkley Books introduced Berkley Prime Crime, a mass market mystery imprint that included five launch authors. This year, Berkley celebrates the 20th anniversary of Prime Crime with special author events and promotional giveaways.
In its first year, Berkley Prime Crime (BPC) published approximately forty titles, all mass market. In 2013, the imprint published 150 titles, including mass market originals, trade paperbacks, and hardcovers. Every year, BPC launches approximately 25-30 new series, including several house-owned franchises that editors have developed from idea to execution. In the past year, BPC debuted sixteen titles on the New York Times Bestsellers List (printed and extended lists combined), which comes out to more than one per month!
“When we launched Berkley Prime Crime in March 1994 I believed that the audience for the traditional or ‘cozy’ mystery was still largely underserved and untapped. Twenty years later I can say without reservation that this has proven to be correct and that Berkley Prime Crime has succeeded beyond my wildest expectations,” said Natalee Rosenstein, Vice President and Senior Executive Editor of Berkley.
This spring Berkley Prime Crime is hosting two events at mystery bookstores that have supported Berkley Prime Crime over the years. On March 13, Julie Hyzy, Miranda James, and Rebecca Hale will be at Murder by the Book in Houston, Texas. On March 25 the Poisoned Pen in Phoenix will host Margaret Coel, Carolyn Hart, Earlene Fowler, and Avery Aames.
Throughout the remainder of 2014, more events and promotional giveaways are planned, in addition to Berkley Prime Crime’s annual presence at mystery conventions BoucherCon and Malice Domestic. You can find out more about Berkley Prime Crime titles and authors at The Crime Scene, our cozy mystery Facebook page at www.facebook.com/thecrimescenebooks.
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Berkley Prime Crime is sponsoring a giveaway in celebration of 20 years of cozy mysteries! Debbie's Book Bag will be giving away a Berkley Prime Crime tote bag with 5 cozies inside, to one winner. The cozies will be a mystery, but they will be Prime Crime titles.
~ You must be an email subscriber to participate.
~ US addresses only.
~ The deadline to enter this giveaway is Midnight EST, March 17th.
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Berkley Prime Crime authors' books are diverse, fascinating and enjoyable. There are many which I enjoy such as Aaron Elkins, Rhys Bowen, Laura Childs.
They have such a long list of authors, I can't imagine that one couldn't find someone they enjoyed. All of their books have such fun titles, too. It makes you want to just put your feet up and read.
I love Berkley Prime Crime because they are fun mysteries to read without all the gore of hardcore mysteries. I also like all the little towns and the people. The two I read the most often are Laura Childs and Jenn McKinlay, but I love them all
I find it so hard to believe that they weren't around! I love what they brought to covers over the years and a great platform for so many authors. Jenn McKinlay, Sofie Kelly, Maggie Sefton, Denise Swanson, Laura Childs...they go on and on!
Happy 20th Anniversary!! I love all the great books and authors. Laura Childs is a favorite.
I love all of the cozy authoers at Berkley - too many to pick just one favorite!
How can I put this... Berkley offers the best cozy and regular lite mystery reading in the industry.
It also doesn't hurt that many of the authors are actually real world friends.
Happy 20th Anniversary!! I love all of Berkley Prime Crime authors, but a couple of authors are Laura Childs and Laura Bradford.
I just love this kind of mysteries. The themes are usually fun.They are usually a fast read.
OMG!!! I can't choose which is my favorite!!
that's not fair!!!!
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I love the consistency in the quality of mysteries and crime stories. I can always depend on the to deliver! I can't possibly pick and single favorite.
I usually don't read mysteries but would love to try some.
I love that they are all quality authors---with diverse writing styles.
My shelves and TBR piles scattered around the house are full of their books! Here's to another 20 years of great books by wonderful authors.
I've enjoyed so many of these books. I can't pick one favorite author. I enjoy the mysteries and the characters, too!
What I like about Berkley Prime Crime is that they have so many different authors. Their books are always fun, enjoyable and very interesting.
I love Berkley Prime Crime because they have a unique blend of different authors. I absolutely love way too many authors to list here.
Like their selection; haven't had any favs
I love Berkley Prime Crime because they have an amazing selection of authors and books. I don't have any specific favorites.
Thanks for the chance to win!
Totally agree there are way to many great authors to choose a favorite!
I am a big fan of Berkley Prime Crime. The characters and the stories are always a joy to read. I don't know that I can choose a favorite!
I love so many of the Berkley Prime Crime authors...Laura Childs (all 3 series!), Jenn McKinlay (all of her series too!!), Carolyn Hart, Denise Swanson, etc. etc. I especially love the art work on the covers of the Prime Crime series..excellent work that captures the excellent mysteries inside.
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