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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Contest - mystery and crime stories

Closed - thank you for entering!

In honor of my 222 followers and my 1 year anniversary it's time for another contest! Hatchette Books has so graciously offered some of their great new November titles for my mystery, crime drama lovers. There will be one winner for each book and one grand prize winner will get all three books! So that's four big winners! You can enter for as many as you want but can only win one. Please let me know your preferences in your entry. You must follow to enter.

I ALEX CROSS by James Patterson

Detective Alex Cross is pulled out of a family celebration and given the awful news that a beloved relative has been found brutally murdered. Alex vows to hunt down the killer, and soon learns that she was mixed up in one of Washington's wildest scenes. And she was not this killer's only victim.

THE LINEUP edited by Otto Penzler

The World's Greatest Crime Writers Tell the Inside Story of Their Greatest Detectives. Including Lee Child, Lincoln Child, Michael Connelly, Jeffrey Deaver, Laura Lippman, Ridley Pearson, Douglas Preston, Ian Rankin and more!

HOLLYWOOD MOON by Joseph Wambaugh

Wambaugh once again masterfully gets inside the hearts and minds of the cops whose jobs have them constantly on the brink of danger. By turns heart-wrenching, exhilarating, and laugh-out-loud funny, Hollywood Moon is his most thrilling and deeply affecting ride yet through the singular streets of LA.

One copy of each book will be given away and a grand prize winner will get all three. There will be a total of four winners.


- Leave a comment that has something to do with mystery/crime/drama. Your favorite book or author? Maybe a fascinating true crime? Hopefully not one that you committed yourself!
- You must be a follower in some way for your entry to count. Tell me how.
- Don't forget your email address! I've had people miss out on their prize because I had no way to reach them.
- Tell me which book(s) you would like, or enter for all four choices.
- Contest ends October 31st at 11:59 p.m. EST
- U.S. and Canada only (sorry!)
- Four winners will be drawn by

Extra entries: (can be put into one comment)
+1 new follower
+2 already follow
+2 extra entries if you promote this contest and leave a link.


  1. One of my favorite writer is Joy
    Fielding, hard to put a book down
    when you are reading it.
    I follow by google reader.

    mrjrroy96 at gmail dot com

  2. I love Sue Grafton's mystery. I subscribe in Google Reader. I'd like to be entered for Hollywood Moon. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  3. One of my favorite mystery writers is Elizabeth George. But I just discovered Louise Penny and loved her book!

    I would like to enter for Wambaugh's Hollywood Moon!

  4. +2 I'm a google reader/blogger dashboard follower.

    Congratulations on so many followers! That's great!

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  6. I like joy fielding.
    I am a follower on google friend connect.
    I would like to be entered for hollywood moon and would accept any one of these.
    reneetaylor at sympatico dot ca

  7. Congratulations!

    A book that I am reading right now that is a true crime story is -The man who loved books too much by Allison Hoover Bartlett. If you are obsessed by books this is a good one!

    I am already a follower through Google Friend Connect.

    Would love to win The Lineup by Otto Penzler or any of the others.

    Thanks for the chance,
    LooseEnds AT Snet DOT Net

  8. I enjoy Patricia Cornwell's books about Kay Scarpetta.

    I am a follower through google friend connect/google reader.

    I would like to be entered for all the books...

    melacan at hotmail dot com

  9. Congrats on your 222 followers!

    I enjoy reading the Alex Cross series by James Patterson.

    I'm already a follower on Goggle Reader.

    I would love to win "I, Alex Cross "or "The Lineup", thanks.

    I blogged about your giveaway here:

  10. Happy Anniversary!!

    One of my favorites this year has been Jack Wakes Up by Seth Harwood. I would love to see it made into a movie.

  11. I posted the link to your giveaway here:

  12. I love another Alex, of Kellerman.
    I subscribe in Google Reader.
    I'd like to be entered for all 3 books.
    Thanks for the great giveaway.


  13. Definitely entering for I ALEX CROSS by James Patterson....he's one of my favorite "crime fiction" authors, right alongside Patricia Cornwell and John Sanford. I think my first Alex Cross novel was Along Came a Spider. The movie adaptation was okay, but the book was OH SO MUCH better. =0)

    +1 - comment
    +2 - already a follower! (GRgenius)
    +2 - tweeting! (

    Thanks for the great contest! Happy reading!


  14. I love a good mystery...Kinsey Milhoune from Sue Grafton's books is quite a slueth...Joy Fielding is an excellent mystery writer. I would enjoy all of these books...
    I'm a subscriber, too.

    karen k

  15. I love all sorts of mysteries, from cozies to Harry Bosch! The first adult mystery I read was an Agatha Christe and I was hooked.
    I would love to win Hollywood Moon!

  16. I just discovered Louise Penny; she's great.

    You have the greatest giveaways; thanks

    bibliophilebythesea AT gmail DOT com

  17. Congratulations, my friend, on the 222 and one full year...I often wonder if I will make it until then!

    I love this clever (I may have to steal the idea for my anniversary in Jan.) HEY! Would that be a real crime? How about this gal being found after all those years with the two daughters and the monsters she was taken by? HORRIBLE!

    I like all 3 books but think THE LINEUP would be a really interesting and different kind of read.

    +2 I am a follower already

    thanks for the chance!

    kdhaney (AT) gmail (DOT) com

  18. Happy anniversary!
    I love crime novels and would love to win any of these, but I've never tried Wambaugh so maybe I'd choose that one.
    Great giveaway!!
    stacybooks at yahoo

  19. Hi There I am a brand new follower & love crime & thriller novels. My very favorite author is Sandra Brown, followed by a list as long as I am tall at least *wink*. I would love to win any of these titles.
    Love & Hugs,
    Pam Keener in rainy PA

  20. Now you're talking! You know I love mysteries, especially cozies but I do like some police procedurals like Cynthia Harrod-Eagles and Elizabeth George. Any one of these would be a great win.

    You know I am and always will be a follower( maybe your first) through Google connect. Hey, we actually made it to a year. Congrats to you.

    I put a link in my sidebar to your contest.


  21. No need to enter me, Debbie. (Have you read Marcia Muller yet? One of my favorites.)

    I'm dropping in to say thanks for the e-mail. I've got this posted at Win a Book for you.

  22. I love Patterson's Alex Cross series as well as Patricia Cornwell's books.

    I am a follower.

    I'd love to win I Alex Cross, although I'd read any of them happily :-)

  23. Okay, I have been waiting for the perfect comment number to come up before entering and I like the number 24, so here's crossing my fingers...

    You want something about mystery/crime/drama, I have to tell you I have always LOVED these types of books. I still do. When I was just out of college living on my own I used to buy them all the time and read them. I could go through about 1 every two nights. Well, one time I bought one from an author I had never read before (I don't remember who it was or what the book was titled, but I know it had a yellow cover and a black shadow of a body with a knife laying next to it on the cover). Well, that book...FREAKED ME OUT!

    I never get scared reading these things; but this one just did something to me. That was just in the first two chapters. There was nothing that different about it. It must have been the way it was written. It was just too freaky. I ended up pushing through it and finishing it...but it took me a month and I had to read only a couple chapters at a time, in the morning so I could foget about it by bed time, and then I had to make sure and read or watch something right after wards.

    I also quickly got rid of it when I was finished and made sure to get it out of the house. I even considered leaving it in the freezer (refrence Friend's episode when Joey and Rachel swap their favorite books).

    Okay, that's my murder/mystery story and you can laugh and make fun of me for being afraid of a book; but I am comment number 24 and I hope I win.

    Alos, I already follow you in a reader...I think you know that, right?

    I will also probably post about it as well, but I'll leave another comment when I do that!

    Crossing my fingers that I win...ALL OF THEM!!! Okay? Think my name when you are choosing a winner! Come on, anyone who leaves a comment exposing embarrasing moments just to win a few books deserves to win! :)

  24. I enjoy Joseph Finder's books.

    +2 I am a follower

    mittens0831 at aol dot com

  25. OMGoodness - what a fantastic giveaway!!! Thanks so much:-)

    I have several favorites:
    Sue Grafton
    Susan Wittig Albert(Both her China Bales and Beatrix Potter series')
    Marcia Muller(Sharon McCone)

    But - I think that Janet Evanovich is my number 1 Fave!
    Murder and rotflmbo funny.

    +2 I'm already a follower (Google Friend Connect - either Neas Nuttiness or Libby's Library)


  26. I think I fell in love with mysteries when I read my first Agatha Christie or maybe it was Nancy Drew.

    I subscribe through Google Reader.

    carolsnotebook at yahoo dot com

  27. Nancy Boys and Hardy Boys got me hooked on reading!

    +2 Already follow via google friend connect!

    I would like to be entered for the I Alex Cross and The Lineup!


  28. I would say Patricia Cornwell has had me hooked for years. I would love a chance at "I Alex Cross" or "Lineup" Thanks.

  29. Hi I'm a follower. I love the Alex Cross books and J. Patterson's books. Really love mystery novels. Find they are addicting. Cheers. polo-puppy-fluffy AT hotmail *dot* com

  30. Geez Louise I guess I was to quick and forgot something. I'd like the Patterson book or all four. Yes please. I love Patterson as an author of mysteries. polo-puppy-fluffy AT hotmail *dot* com

  31. My favorite writer is James Patterson, but I haven't read I,Alex Cross yet (so excited about this book). I also am a fan of Lisa Scottoline mysteries. Thank you for this awesome giveaway.


  32. I follow your blog via Google Reader.


  33. I would love to be entered for all three books and especially the James Patterson book. Thank you.


  34. +2 I already follow your blog via Google Friends.


  35. +2 I shared your giveaway on Twitter:


  36. I posted your giveaway in my sidebar at Http://

    Thank you!


  37. My favorite is Agatha Christie.

    I follow you via google friend connect

    Please enter me. Thanks

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  41. My alltome favorite would have to be ALL Grisham novels. I devour them

    I would be happy with any of the books up for grabs

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  44. One of my favorite crime series is the Kay Scarpetta series by Patricia Cornwell. This series is the CSI of novels.

    Any of the three novels interest me.

    I follow in GFC.
    Thanks ~ megalon22{at}

  45. +2 - I already follow in GFC


  46. HMM!! To choose. I love Janet Evanovich, that's crime in a sense. I also read Son of Sam years ago. I would love all 4. But I have to say the Lineup sounds great.

    Thanks for the chance.

  47. I am also a new follower.

  48. Mystery novels are one of my favourite genres. I am partial to British mysteries, especially Agatha Christie's classic novels.
    knittingmomof3 (AT) gmail (DOT) com

  49. All three novels are spectacular and it is difficult to choose, as I would be happy with any of the three. I am indeed a follower.

    knittingmomof3 (AT) gmail (DOT) com

  50. Congrats on all those followers as well as a year of blogging!

    I love British mysteries and the books by Peter Robinson and Stephen Booth are among my favorites.

    I think THE LINEUP would be a fascinating read. Thanks for the chance to win it!

    geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

  51. And, I'm a Follower!

    geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

  52. Here's my Tweet:

    geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com


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