Monday, March 3, 2014

Celebrate 20 Years of Berkley Prime Crime



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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GIVEAWAY: Berkley is giving away a special 20th anniversary Berkley Prime Crime tote bag filled with 5 of their cozies. The cozies included in the tote will be a mystery, but all will be Berkley Prime Crime titles. Simply fill out the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win, and please don't forget to include your email address in your comments!!!

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29 comments:

  1. I am commenting! What a fantastic giveaway! We love cozies!

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  3. Well, Happy Birthday, Berkley Prime Crime! They have so many authors and series that I love--definitely worth celebrating. Thanks for the fabulous giveaway!

    michstjame at gmail dot com

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  4. This would be an awesome giveaway to win! Congrats on 20 years Berkley!

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    1. email is sarah2323 at gmail dot com

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  5. This is an incredible giveaway, congrats on 20 years prime crime ! kathambre@yahoo.com

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  6. Mysteries are my favorite reading genre!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  7. Congrats to Berkley! I just love cozies, they are such great reads. Thanks for having this wonderful giveaway.

    ayancey1974(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. Congratulations on 20 years, hundreds of books and wonderful series! You make reading fun, pleasurable, exciting, educational and sometimes irritable - as when we have to wait for that next book in a favorite series! Here's to another 20 years. Cheers!

    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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  9. wow 20 years - here is to 20 more!
    kkat(dot)edwards(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. Twenty years? I feel like I've known them all my life. LOVE Berkley Prime Crime!

    Purrs,
    Nissy

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  11. Thanks for the giveaway! 20 years, that's amazing!!!
    rdespins99(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  12. Thank you for the chance to win a wonderful giveaway! Congratulations on 20 years and for giving us many great books and authors!
    Barbara Thompson
    barbmaci61(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  13. Thanks for the awesome giveaway Melissa! drpepperdiva06(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  14. It's hard to imagine there was a time Berkley wasn't printing these cozies! Thanks for the chance to win!
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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  15. Thanks for a great giveaway.

    xzjh04@gmail. com

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  16. Happy 20th to Berkley Crime---and thanks for the giveaway.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  17. There's nothing in the world quite as engrossing as a mystery. I love inhaling the scent, running my hands over the cover, and gently opening the pages in preparation for reading a mind-engulfing mystery. Thank you, Berkley, for years of happiness. michelle_willms@yahoo.com

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  18. I love mysteries and have recently started reading cozies! I would love to read these! Thank you!

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  19. Happy 20th Anniversary Berkley Prime Crime! I can't get enough of Cozy Mysteries! Thank you!
    oh_bother88@hotmail.com

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  20. This is a wonderful giveaway, happy anniversary!

    beasbooknook@gmail.com

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  21. Happy Anniversary for 20 years way to go Berkley Prime, I love cozy books they are a fun read and you can feel safe sharing with your daughters in law..LOL

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  22. Happy Anniversary!!

    cyn209 at juno dot com

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  23. Fantastic giveaway! Thanks for hosting.

    Diana
    bookofsecrets(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  24. Berkley is one of my favorite publishers. Happy 20th! Thank you so much for the chance to win a great prize.

    brooke811 at ymail dot com

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  25. Happy birthday to you Berkley Prime Crime, you publish some of my favorite books.

    kaye.killgore@comcast.net

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  26. Pick me --pick me---meow----ronnalord@msn.com

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  27. I have lots of their books and the Mrs. Jeffries series by Emily Brightwell is one of my favorites from them and it's been running since about 1993.

    catbooks72(at)gmail(dot)com

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