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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 is offering a special 20th anniversary Berkley Prime Crime tote bag filled with 5 of our cozies!!!

The cozies included in the tote will be a mystery, but all will be Berkley Prime Crime titles.

Just leave a comment below INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL so I can contact you and I will randomly choose a winner at NOON CST on Friday, March 7. 


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57 thoughts on “CELEBRATE 20 YEARS OF BERKLEY PRIME CRIME (Giveaway too!)

  1. This sounds like a great prize! And congratulations to Berkley Prime Crime for all their years of publishing creat mysteries!! Would love to win this one!!

  2. Love Berkeley Prime Crime. It’s my go-to place for what to read. Happy Anniversary!

  3. Cozies are my favorite reads! Thanks Lori, for your daily blog, reviewing Berkley mysteries & your great giveaways!

  4. I have to say thank you for creating this department in the company. Happy Anniversary Berkley! It is my favorite. Thank you for the giveaway and keep up the great work.daw655@hotmail.com.

    1. of course I have to reply to myself. I am sorry I wasn’t thinking. Let’s try this again.

      thank you.

  5. Congratulations on 20 years! Thank you for bringing us great cozy mysteries by fantastic authors! Thank you for the chance to win this giveaway
    Barbara Thompson

  6. Happy Birthday/Anniversary Berkley Prime! I LOVE cozies and have read quite a few of yours over the years. Looking forward to another 20 years.

  7. What a great contest – I love Berkley mysteries. Thank you.
    pennyt at hotmail dot com

  8. Such a great giveaway, Thank you. I love my mysteries and Berkley has wonderful one, CONGRAT’s on 20 years

  9. I love all your mystery books I have read so far. Thanks for providing us with so many great cozy myeteries and such great authors that are writing them. Without you all my life would be so boring and long. It passes my time when I am idle and waiting at school and dr office visits etc it also takes me places I will never go and away from things like this years long bitter cold snowy winter lol THanks again and COngrats on your anniversary I hope you have 50 more years plus. MArsha

  10. Most all of these authors are on my FAVORITES list. Thanks to Berkley Prime for continuing to print mass market mysteries.

  11. What a fantastic contest and prize. Love it , thanks so much!! Good luck all.

  12. I so enjoy reading books with people in them I would enjoy knowing if they really existed.

  13. Congratulations to Berkley Prime Crime. Love Berkley Crime Mysteries. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

  14. Berkley Prime Crime has such a great collection of cozy mysteries. Congratulations to them on 20 years. And, thanks to you for offering us a chance to win some great books from them.

  15. I love to read cozy mysteries and these are some of the best! Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway and the chance to win some awesome books. To me there is nothing better than sitting in a quiet corner in a comfy chair reading a great mystery!

  16. Congratulations on your 20th anniversary! Love Berkley Prime Crime mysteries and would love to win this giveaway.

  17. Happy 20th Berkley and may you have many more. Thanks for the chance to win!
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  18. This is a wonderful giveaway! Thanks for offering it. I read Berkley Prime Crime often, the books are always so comfortable, something you go to when you really need a break! .I hope they will be publishing for 100 more years!

  19. Happy 20 years to Berkley! And thanks for hosting Dolly! Here’s to twenty more years oflong running series and new authors to discover!

  20. I love Berkley Prime Crime books. They always have great storylines and characters. Thanks for having this giveaway.

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