Monday, March 03, 2014

Feature - Berkley Prime Crime 20th Anniversary!

It's Berkley Prime Crime's 20th Anniversary! Let's celebrate!


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

The Giveaway

What:  A special 20th anniversary Berkley Prime Crime tote bag filled with 5 Berkley Prime Crime cozies. The cozies included in the tote will be a mystery, but all will be Berkley Prime Crime titles. US ONLY

How:  Log into and follow the directions in the Rafflecopter below.

Who and When:  The giveaway is open to all humans on the planet earth with a USA mailing address. Giveaway ends at 11:59PM US Eastern Time on March 17, 2014. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules and duration are subject to change without any notice.*

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For you viewing pleasure, covers of some of the novels by the authors mentioned in the Press Release above. Note: I have no idea if any of these books will be in the giveaway. Those 5 novels are a mystery! I don't have a clue.


  1. With so many titles to choose from it's very hard to have a true favorite. So I'll say for today that it's Jordan Bingham from Victoria Abbott's Book Collector Mystery series.

  2. My all-time favorite amateur sleuth is Amelia Peabody as written by Elizabeth Peters. She's witty, thoughtful, sometimes kind and knows how to beat someone with her umbrella.

  3. One of my favorites is Reagan Summerside from Duffy Brown's Consignment Shop Mysteries. Love her!

  4. One of my favorite amateur sleuths is Adrien English from the Adrien English series.

  5. Nancy Drew!! Thanks for sharing :)

  6. My favorite is Jim Quilleran of The Cat Who... series.

  7. It's Nancy Drew but I also love Miss Marple from Agathie Christie's books.

  8. I've always loved Sherlock Holmes, and my current favorite is Emma Jane Holloway's Evelina Cooper, who is the niece of Sherlock.

  9. My favorite would have to Carmela Bertrand from Laura Childs' scrapboking series.

  10. so unfair to have to choose one............can'!!!!