It's Independent Booksellers Week and National Crime Fiction Week does that mean you should buy a crime novel from an independent bookshop?
The answer is why not if you enjoy reading a good crime novel. I'd love people to dash out and buy one of my crime novels, of course, but I'm not selfish, you can buy one of my fellow crime authors books if you prefer. And if you don't read crime fiction then you could still pop into your nearest independent bookshop and buy a book - any book will do, you might help to save this rare breed from extinction (independent booksellers that is, not crime writers). And that is what these dedicated days and weeks are for really - a marketing ploy to help stimulate business and raise awareness.
Pauline Rowson ( left) with author Kate Mosse (right) 2009
Happy Independent Booksellers Week and National Crime Fiction Week.