Six New Year's Resolutions for Crime Fiction Lovers From Le French Book

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There are more reasons to read crime fiction in 2013 than just that brand new e-reader or tablet from Santa Claus, or all the deals in the air. Digital-first publisher Le French Book asked some of its bestselling mystery and thriller authors why they write crime fiction and found good grounds for making this popular genre part of any New Year’s resolution; to make it easier, they dropped the price of all their crime fiction titles to $4.99 for the holidays.

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To begin the New Year well, you need to end the last one well.

Everyone loves a good murder mystery, as a quick scan of bestseller lists will show. For digital-first publisher Le French Book, crime fiction fits right into the holiday spirit, and not because of all the covetous Christmas wishes for fancy gifts, masochistic New Year’s resolutions, and unspoken death wishes against relatives. Rather because their focus is to bring France's best mysteries and thrillers to new readers across the English-speaking world. And their crime fiction titles are all priced at $4.99 from December 20, through Christmas, Boxing Week, and right into the New Year, in a special year-end promotion. "To begin the New Year well, you need to end the last one well," says whodunit author and epicure Jean-Pierre Alaux.

"Trends being trends, Christmas this year will undoubtedly increase the number of e-book readers out there looking for good reads," says founder Anne Trager. "And since mysteries and thrillers rank among the top e-book choices, we decided to come up with some New Year's Resolutions for crime fiction lovers." To do so, they talked to bestselling writers for inspiration.

Here is their list of New Year's resolutions, along with a few hints how to fulfill them and some reasons why a good mystery or thriller fits the bill.

1) Read more. The first step is to get an e-reader. According to a Pew research study, people who own an e-reading device read 24 books a year compared to 15 for people who don’t.

2) Read better books. Bestselling author Frédérique Molay says, “Some people claim that crime fiction writers are constantly looking for the truth, that they pinpoint what is lurking in the shadows and love to raise people’s awareness. This is certainly true, but ultimately the goal is to give readers a good read and some chills!”

3) Contemplate good versus evil, life and death. Frédérique Molay also says, “I need to establish a specific bond with the reader, and I like that interactive game offered by the mystery genre. I’m interested in the fight between good and evil. And I’m afraid of dying, so I try to come to grips with it in my writing.”

4) Broaden your perspective. Prizewinning author Sylvie Granotier, who is from France and writes novels set in France, says, “Different nations produce different crimes. Even murders vary according to the countries where they occur, so does police work and both stem from the specific ways people relate to each other. Still we belong to the same species wherever we come from, and so learn about ourselves through others’ insights.”

5) Face reality. Sylvie Granotier writes crime fiction “probably because I carry some sort of violence in me that pushes me to try to understand that of others, undoubtedly because I feel some kind of despair, and even revolt, in the face of the world we live in, and because I have a deep interest in what is real."

6) Discover new worlds. Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noël Balen, who write whodunits set in French wine country, describe the experience well: "In addition to the mystery, we explore the world of wine, where prestigious estates hide the many weaknesses of human nature, and allow readers to learn something about the art of winemaking."

Le French Book has three crime fiction titles available by these authors, with sequels, new authors and a thriller list planned for 2013.

  • The Paris Lawyer by Sylvie Granotier, a prize-winning psychological thriller that doubles as a legal procedural. Edgar Award-winning author Thomas H. Cook calls it a “beautifully written and elegantly structured novel about a woman’s attempt to unravel the central mystery of her life, and a number of other mysteries along the way.”
  • Treachery in Bordeaux by Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noël Balen, is a classic whodunit that is the first of 20-book series that is a hit on television in France. New York Times bestselling author William Martin calls it “a terrific new series.”
  • The 7th Woman by Frédérique Molay, who is “the French Michael Connelly,” according to Jean Miot, the former head of Agence France Press. This police procedural won France’s most prestigious crime fiction award, was voted Best Crime Fiction Novel of the Year, and has already sold over 150,000 copies.

About Le French Book
Le French Book (http://www.lefrenchbook.com) is a New York-based digital-first publisher specialized in great reads from France. It was founded in December 2011 because, as founder Anne Trager says, “The recent explosion in e-reader ownership provides a perfect medium to introduce readers to some of these fantastic French authors.” Their motto is, "If we love it, we'll translate it."

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