Mar 4, 2014

Berkley Prime Crime's 5-Cozy Giveaway with Tote Bag

To celebrate 20 years of Berkley Prime Crime, Berkley is offering a special 20th anniversary tote bag filled with 5 of their cozies as a giveaway on this and other blogs. The cozies will be Berkley Prime Crime titles. See the details at the end of this post.

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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.  Visit the cozy mystery Facebook page at

GIVEAWAY: To enter the giveaway of a Berkley Prime Crime tote with cozies, leave a comment by March 10 and tell me about the last cozy you read. For anyone having a problem leaving a comment here, email me at with the heading: BERKLEY GIVEAWAY.

A winner, must be a U.S. resident, will be chosen at random and announced on March 11. The winner will have 24 hours to respond by email before another winner is chosen.

UPDATE: The winner, chosen by, is #6, Carol! 
Thank you all who entered the contest! 

The publisher will mail the books and the tote. 


  1. Cozy mysteries are the ones I adore
    The puzzles the humor, I can't wait for more.
    I'm almost through with an Avery Aames book
    On at which you should look:
    Days of Wine and Roquefort is another gem
    Hope I win a tote full of them.

  2. I love cozys and trying new authors count me in

  3. I haven't read many cozies but have been looking for some good ones to start with. I have read a few of Louise Penny's Three Pines books which I love. The last one I read was A fatal Grace.

    I'm also familiar with the series Rosemary & Thyme which is just great; i really enjoy Hamish Macbeth and have enjoyed a few Hetty Wainthrop Investigates.

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway. If I win, it'll be a great way to discover some cozies!

  4. I enjoy cozies since they are enjoyable, unique and give me great pleasure. Laura Child's Teashop cozies are wonderful. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  5. I just finished Laura Child's Steeped In Evil and will be reviewing it on my blog next week! The cozies with the recipes included are so much fun!

  6. I think the last cozy I read was Rules of Murder by Julianna Deering, but it wasn't one of my favorites.

    Great giveaway!

    carolsnotebook at yahoo dot com

  7. Cozy mysteries are great. A unique one that I read was Murder and Marinara. loved it. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  8. Always support the launch of new books. Where would we be without them?

  9. I love cozy mysteries! The last one I read is Pearls and Poison and loved it.

  10. I'm reading and enjoying The Diva Frosts a Cupcake by Krista Davis.

  11. The last cozy I read was Dummy of a Ghost by Sue Ann Jaffarian. Now I'm working on an Appetite for Murder by Lucy Burdette.

    As you can tell, I love Berkley's book and with them another 20+ years of keeping me reading.

  12. The term cozys is new to me and it fits my favorite mysteries to a ’T.’ Love Laura Childs Tea Shop series, especially Death by Darjeeling and Shades of Earl Grey. Her clues are well hidden, her characters are delightful and I love learning about tea!

  13. Well, I will try again...

    I love most cozy mysteries, but right now I am reading Pearls and Poison by Duffy Brown.

  14. I love cozy mysteries. I read the first 15 of Melanie Travis Mysteries by Laurien Berenson. Found out my library has the new 16th one Gone With the Wolf in to pick up. I won book 12 Holiday Buzz, Coffeehouse Mystery, by Cleo Coyle. Got hooked and recently went to the library to read books 1 and 2 , On What Grounds and Through The Grinder.

  15. The last one I read was Paws for Murder by Annie Knox. I love reading cozy mysteries. Thanks for having this giveaway.


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  17. The last cozy I read was Mulled Murder by Karen Kingsbury. It was pretty good (but the last in a series- go figure). :)

  18. The last cozy I read? A Taste Fur Murder (Dixie Lyle) It's a paranormal cozy, which I enjoyed very much. I also recently finished Heirs of the Body (Carola Dunn), which was also entertaining.

  19. Thanks so much! I replied to your e-mail.

  20. I haven't read many cozies lately but I do love Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers and have meaning to look into reading different authors in this genre then just these two ladies! Thanks for a chance to win.

    1. Amy, the contest ended March 10 and a winner has been chosen. Thanks for entering tho.


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