Monday, March 03, 2014

Happy Anniversary to Berkley Prime Crime

Every month, I do a book chat featuring the cozy mysteries from Penguin's Berkley Prime Crime. Today, I'd like to share their anniversary announcement.


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 13Julie HyzyMiranda James, and Rebecca Hale will be at Murder by the Book in Houston, Texas.  On March 25 thePoisoned Pen in Phoenix will host Margaret CoelCarolyn HartEarlene Fowler, andAvery 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

About Penguin Group (USA)
Penguin Group (USA) LLC is one of the leading U.S. adult and children’s trade book publishers, owning a wide range of imprints and trademarks, including Viking, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, The Penguin Press, Riverhead Books, Dutton, Penguin Books, Berkley Books, Gotham Books, Portfolio, New American Library, Plume, Tarcher, Philomel, Grosset & Dunlap, Puffin, and Frederick Warne, among others. The Penguin Group ( is a Penguin Random House company.


One lucky winner will win a 20th anniversary Berkley Prime Crime tote filled with five cozy mysteries. But, the titles are a mystery! Interested in winning? Email me at  Your subject line should read "Win Berkley Mystery Bag." Please include your name and mailing address. I'll notify the winner on Friday, March 7 at 6 p.m. CT.


Kaye Barley said...

Well, how fun is this?! Happy 20th Berkley!

Lesa said...

Isn't it fun, Kaye? A nice giveaway.

Kevin R. Tipple said...

Cool! Just entered.

Snmelfi said...

My husband was at the Poisoned Pen last week. We love that bookstore and try to visit it whenever we're in Arizona.

Mark Baker said...

I love Berkley's books and read lots of them. So happy 20th to them!

caryn said...

Berkley certainly "read" the mystery community right back then. Entering now!

Lesa said...

Oh, Snmelfi! My favorite bookstore, Poisoned Pen. I miss it.

Lesa said...

Fun contest, isn't it? Good luck! I'm sorry you can't all win, but I have other Berkley Prime Crime mysteries to give away after my conference break.

Joan Emerson said...

What a great contest . . . in celebrating Berkley's twenty years, we readers have certainly been the lucky ones with so many wonderful books to read!

Lesa said...

I agree, Joan. I enjoy so many of the Berkley Prime Crime books. We have been lucky.

Melissa @ My Recent Favorite Books said...

Great contest, thanks!

Congratulations to Berkley Prime Crime on 20 years!