Thursday, March 4, 2010

#1 with a bullet: HUNTING BLIND tops local bestseller charts

Well, it seems that the crossed fingers worked. Not only are Paul Cleave's BLOOD MEN and Paddy Richardson's HUNTING BLIND both still in the Top 5 NZ Adult Fiction Bestseller list this week, but HUNTING BLIND has jumped from #5 last week to hit the top spot!

This is fantastic news for New Zealand crime and thriller fiction writing - especially as it perhaps illustrates a growing public recognition for locally-written tales. Hopefully it's a trend that will continue, and we might see some more weeks with a NZ crime novel in the #1 spot in 2010.

Incidentally, crime sits on top of both the international and local fiction bestseller charts in New Zealand this week; with Stieg Larsson's THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO slotting in at number one on the international list (the Millenium trilogy taking out the top 3 spots in fact). So Kiwis are definitely mad for murder, mystery, and mayhem right now - which is fantastic to see.

You can see the Nielsen Bookscan results (for the week ending 27 February) here.

1 comment:

  1. Craig - that really is good news. It is always good when people support local writers, and of course, it's always good news when crime and mystery fiction do especially well : ).