According to a survey in 2012 crime fiction is the most loaned form of book genre in UK libraries. In 2011, a third of the books shortlisted for the Booker Prize were crime novels, proving the genre is popular with readers and critics alike.Why? Is it that we like to feel scared, perplexed, out of control in the knowledge that order will have reasserted itself by the end of the novel? Or do we just like a good puzzle? Book Night presenters Leigh and Alex explore these questions and more with novelist Penny Hancock and crime fiction writer and reader, Jan Hurst. The show also includes interviews with local crime writers Alison Bruce and Michelle Spring.
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