Welcome to The Bloody Book Week 2014

We can hardly believe it's come around again so quickly.

The pace and range of crime writing, be it fiction or non-fiction, continues to grow in what must be the world's biggest genre. It's estimated that almost a quarter of all commercial books published in the English language today are crime centred, and if you look at movies, many of them seem to be based on books where authors do the hard work and the research, and see their creations through to the big screen.

In 2013 Lee Child made that leap with Tom Cruise playing the part of the iconic Jack Reacher. In South Africa, Deon Meyer turned his beloved home village of Loxton into a screen set and there is more to come as the written word transitions into the visual.

Crime novels have their fashions: right now the word is that Scandi crime has given way to Inuit crime. Whatever it is, South African writers are turning out world class, memorable books. This year is no different.

We'll be joined by Peter James who failed to make it last year after a car accident. With 14 million copies of his Roy Grace Novels sold and more on the way, we're thrilled to host him this year. But the same applies to Deon Meyer and the pack of journalists battling to get their Oscar Pistorius books out first into that lucrative world market. What absorbs us are the stories behind the stories and we have several events where you can go behind the Oscar scenes with the likes of Barry Bateman and David O'Sullivan - and many others.

We can't wait to start rolling. See you at Murder on the Gautrain on the 9th, a swish champagne lunch with Peter James on the 8th, our Bloody Book Week Masterclass hosted by Peter James, Deon Meyer and Amanda Coetzee (you too can write that best seller with a bit of help from your friends), also on the 9th - and many others to entertain you. Book now for our events all over Joburg - and join in the world obsession with crime - and resolving the puzzles behind it.