UK book readers propelled crime fiction to the top of the library lending charts overseas recently and America was able to boast that one of their authors, James Patterson, had two of the crime thrillers on the UK library top 10 list.
As a salute to the growing crime thriller trend–and because crime thrillers are also the most borrowed book at the Norwich libraries in England–the Norwich Evening News is reporting the city plans to host a Norwich Crime Festival.
Americans planning a trip abroad to England, especially to the Norwich area between March 20-31, can enjoy a crime fiction book festival bar none, with Sarah Salmon, one of the festival organizers, saying
“I think we cover pretty much every genre with crime.”
The event will boast the participation of an array of crime writers, beginning with coffee and conversation at the Millenium Library, where Anne Zouroudi will hold court and entertain fans on Wed., March 20. An evening with author RJ Ellory, at the same locale, will be the closing highlight for crime thriller book lovers.
Those unable to attend in the U.S. or abroad can still take advantage of the many free online crime fiction novels and/or previews available to avid reading fans. And since crime thrillers have now usurped romance novel popularity–at least in the UK, finding inexpensive book reading options will undoubtedly be a goal for fans.
One free book preview site in America is Createspace, an online site where authors provide free previews of their new books in hopes readers become buying fans later. Author A. Ryder’s Ali Brown Criminal Profiler Series: How It All Began Prequel is one such book.
The first book in the crime fiction criminal profiling series is already being sold on Amazon.com and deals with the book heroine’s first murder case, dubbed the “Group of Three Murder Mystery.”
Ryder’s second book (available for sale on Feb. 14), takes readers back to the beginning of the new crime fiction heroine’s life. A sneak peek preview of it can be found for free on Createspace.
UK libraries and their American counterparts may have a growing fan base for crime thrillers and crime fiction books, but they’re patrons are limited by which books they purchase and put on their shelves. Smart readers, therefore, will likely take advantage of online and in-library book reading opportunities–including the Norwich Crime Festival event.
References: Norwich Evening News, Createspace (An Amazon company)
A. Ryder is the crime fiction book pseudonym for writer Radell Smith. Her books can be found on Amazon.com, Createspace.com, Lulu.com, as well as the author’s own website at http://www.wix.com/aryder1/profiler