US crime fiction is a big hit with North-East readers according to a study of the region’s favourite library books.

Eight of the top ten most borrowed library books between July 2011 and June 2012 were by US crime authors, with James Patterson’s Private London topping the chart.

The author also scooped second place for 10th Anniversary – a collaboration with Maxine Paetro.

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Josephine Cox’s Midnight came in third, followed by Those in Peril by Wilbur Smith and Tick Tock by Patterson and Michael Ledwidge.

Revealed on the eve of National Libraries Day (Saturday, February 9), the list was compiled using data from Stockton-based Public Lending Right.

Other favourites included: Live Wire by Harlan Coben, Worth Dying For by Lee Child, The Postcard Killers: A Novel by Patterson and Liza Marklund, Toys by Patterson and Neil McMahon and 44 Charles Street: A Novel by Danielle Steele.

Patterson also enjoyed success on a national level – topping the most borrowed author list for the sixth year running.