THE SITE FOR DIE HARD CRIME & THRILLER FANS
News

#Youdunnit – the crowdsourced crime stories

1 Mins read

youdunnitWhat do you do if you’re a crime fiction lover but you just can’t write? Well, one idea is to get a top crime fiction author to write a story for you. Recently, Penguin invited readers to do just that with its #youdunnit Twitter campaign, drafting in Tim Weaver, Nicci French (aka Nicci Gerrard and Sean French) and new author Alistair Gunn to craft stories based on ideas tweeted online. The project has resulted in the free #Youdunnit book, which you can download free on Amazon.

Here’s how it worked: Penguin and Specsavers asked crime fiction fans to tweet plot ideas, murder weapons, characters and so forth using the #youdunnit hashtag. These suggestions were combed through by the authors, who selected the best of them and assembled them into the bare bones of their storylines. Then they set about writing one crime story each – The Following by Nicci French; Disconnection by Tim Weaver; and Hashtag, Bodybag by Alistair Gunn. Each writer has used the same main character, Lucinda Berrington, and across the three tales she solves crimes in the British countryside, in Cape Town, and in the world of professional cycling.

Twitter followers even suggested what would go on the cover – a broken bicycle. The result is a 100-page book that Penguin has printed, seemingly for promotional purposes, as well as a Kindle book which is free on Amazon. It’s all a big, fun experiment. See what you think following the link below.

Related posts
News

On the Radar: Parts of a puzzle

Welcome to another edition of On the Radar, our weekly column featuring new releases. It’s often a very mixed bag, and that’s because the crime genre is so broad and varied. This week we kick things off with a standalone from Bath-based thriller author Tim…
iBookKindlePrintReviews

House of Correction by Nicci French

Husband and wife writing team Nicci Gerrard and Sean French are probably best known for their series featuring London-based psychotherapist Frieda Klein, which reached its finale in 2018 with The Day of the Dead. Since then the pair has focussed on standalone crime novels and…
News

On the Radar: It's a big week for new crime fiction book releases

Soon summer will be shutting down and when September comes publishers like to fire their big guns. That’s what we’ve got in our new books column this week, folks – a salvo of big names continuing their big series including Steve Cavanagh, Nicci French and…

1 Comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Crime Fiction Lover