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Contest for free mysteries

I'm offering three books this week in the contests on my blog. They are from two of my favorite mystery series. One is the latest John Ceepak mystery by Chris Grabenstein, Whack A Mole. Grabenstein takes the reader back to the New Jersey shore, where Ceepak and Danny Boyle must deal with a serial killer.


Added by Lesa Holstine on August 24, 2007 at 12:50pm — No Comments

The Chicago Way

I reviewed Michael Harvey's The Chicago Way in Library Journal, Aug. 15, 2007. Here's the review, reprinted with permission.

Harvey, Michael. The Chicago Way. Knopf. Aug. 2007. c.304p. ISBN 978-0-307-26686-6. $23.95. M

The latest incarnation of Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe is ex-Chicago cop…

Added by Lesa Holstine on August 23, 2007 at 2:02pm — No Comments

Prime Time

Hank Phillippi Ryan, the Emmy® award winning televison reporter, introduces readers to another investigative reporter in Prime Time, her first Charlie McNally mystery. And Ryan has another success on her hands.

Charlotte McNally is Boston's TV 3 investigative reporter. She's been on top for twenty-some years, always looking for the…

Added by Lesa Holstine on August 21, 2007 at 9:38am — No Comments

Deborah Turrell Atkinson at The Poisoned Pen

It was a fun evening at The Poisoned Pen last night. I went to meet Debby Atkinson, author of Fire Prayer. But it was a small group, and, as we waited for Barbara Peters, we introduced ourselves. Mystery and romance author Annette Mahon was there. Annette is originally from Hilo, Hawaii, and came to support Debby. Frederick Ramsay and… Continue

Added by Lesa Holstine on August 15, 2007 at 12:41am — 2 Comments

Fire Prayer

Deborah Turrell Atkinson's third Storm Kayama novel, Fire Prayer, is her best mystery yet, an exploration of secrets and culture in the Hawaiian Islands. Storm's trip to Moloka‛i is one more key that unlocks the past, a past that has haunted a small close-knit community.

Storm, a lawyer, accompanies her partner and lover, Ian Hamlin, on a business trip to Moloka‛i,… Continue

Added by Lesa Holstine on August 12, 2007 at 2:46pm — No Comments

Zoe Sharp appearing in Glendale, AZ

Zoё Sharp appearing in Glendale, AZ

Zoё Sharp, author of the Charlie Fox thrillers, will be appearing at the Velma Teague Branch Library in Glendale, AZ on Sunday, Sept. 16 at 1 pm. The British author will be doing a whirlwind tour of the United States to publicize her latest book, Second…

Added by Lesa Holstine on August 9, 2007 at 10:53am — No Comments

Agnes and the Hitman

OK, ladies. Forget about Morelli and Ranger. Shane is the hottest hitman out there. No one does sexy and comic suspense as well as Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer. Their new book, Agnes and the Hitman is as much fun as their previous collaboration, Don't Look Down.

Weddings can be murder. And, if things don't go right, Agnes Crandall…

Added by Lesa Holstine on August 6, 2007 at 1:17am — No Comments

Treasures in My Closet

Oh, there are some real jewels in my closet for September! I have twelve ARCs (Advanced Reading Copies) of books that are due for publication that month. Place holds at your local public library now, or preorder them from your favorite bookstore.

How about Zoё Sharp's next Charlie Fox thriller? Charlie returns to the United States, this time to New England in the… Continue

Added by Lesa Holstine on August 3, 2007 at 10:27pm — No Comments

Killer Weekend

Fortunately, Ridley Pearson only makes the reader sweat through four days of tension in his latest thriller, Killer Weekend. Any more days might have caused too much stress for the reader, and for Pearson's Sheriff Walt Fleming.

Fleming was only a rookie cop when he saved Elizabeth Shaler from a knife-wielding intruder. Now, he's the sheriff in Sun Valley, Idaho… Continue

Added by Lesa Holstine on August 3, 2007 at 3:35pm — No Comments

Winners and next Contest for free ARCs

Congratulations to the winners of last week's book contests. Kathy S. of Hailey, ID will receive the autographed copy of Alafair Burke's paperback, Judgment Calls, along with a notepad. The ARC of The Conjurer by Cordelia Frances Biddle will be going to Evelyn M. in New York, NY. The books will go out in the mail tomorrow.

Dead Madonna is the latest Loon Lake mystery by Victoria Houston.… Continue

Added by Lesa Holstine on August 3, 2007 at 3:33pm — No Comments

Alafair Burke at The Poisoned Pen

Alafair Burke, author of the recent book, Dead Connection, and the Samantha Kincaid series, appeared at The Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale today. She and Barbara Peters, owner of the bookstore, started out by discussing the fact that they, along with authors Michelle Martinez, Twist Phelan and Tess Gerritsen, all went to Stanford Law School.

Alafair said she worked in the D.A.'s office in Portland, Oregon for five years, which was considered a long time for someone who wanted to teach. She… Continue

Added by Lesa Holstine on July 22, 2007 at 11:48am — No Comments

Fingerprints and Facelifts

Think "Charlie's Angels" on estrogen. If you're looking for a fun, enjoyable romp, check out Rick Copp's first L.A. Dolls mystery. It won't be lasting literature because it's too "today", but it's an entertaining, campy book.

Twenty-five years ago, Dani, Claire and Tess were hot detectives, the L.A. Dolls. Dani, a Latina, was the leader of the agency. Tess,… Continue

Added by Lesa Holstine on July 21, 2007 at 1:08pm — No Comments

Latest contest for free books on my blog 7/12/07

Congratulations to the winners of the most recent contest for books. Saundra M. of Phoenix, AZ is the winner of Witch Hunt by Shirley Damsgaard. The winner of The Land of Mango Sunsets by Dorothea Benton Frank is Elizabeth G. from Huron, OH. The books will be going out in the mail tomorrow.

This week, I was lucky enough to get an extra copy of Summer at Tiffany by Marjorie Hart.… Continue

Added by Lesa Holstine on July 13, 2007 at 1:36pm — No Comments

First Drop

Zoё Sharp grabs hold of the reader's throat in the first sentence of the Charlie Fox debut thriller, and never lets go. I was caught with the opening sentence, "For the third time that morning I shut my eyes tight in the absolute and certain knowledge that I was just about to die." Sharp, and Charlie, surprise the reader from page one, and continue the suspense and… Continue

Added by Lesa Holstine on July 9, 2007 at 6:04am — No Comments

Latest contest for free books on my blog

Congratulations to Vic W. in Fargo, ND, the winner of the ARC of Cat in a Red Hot Rage by Carole Nelson Douglas. Shannon won the copy of Selma Eichler's Murder Can Depress Your Dachshund. The books will go out in the mail tomorrow.

I'm offering something different this week in the contest on my blog, www.lesasbookcritiques.blogspot.com. I still have one mystery, but I'm also giving away a novel. …


Added by Lesa Holstine on July 6, 2007 at 12:35pm — No Comments

Going to the Cat and Dog contest

Congratulations to the winners of this week's contest. Out of 247 entries, Teresa W. of Toledo, OH won Patrick McManus' Avalanche and Pattie T. of St. Louis, MO won Whack-A-Mole by Chris Grabenstein. The books will be going out in the mail tomorrow.

If you're an animal lover, the contests this week are for you. I'm giving away mysteries that feature pets, if Midnight Louie… Continue

Added by Lesa Holstine on June 29, 2007 at 1:39pm — No Comments

Contests for Summer Celebration!

Winners and Summer Celebration Contests

Author J.A. Konrath said today he had 76,994 entries in his contest for four copies of his latest book, Dirty Martini. I didn't have that many entries this week, but I was very surprised to end up with 220 entries. I usually average about 50 entries.

Carolyn T. from Garner, NC won the copy of Bobbie Faye's Very (very, very, very) Bad Day by Toni McGee…

Added by Lesa Holstine on June 22, 2007 at 12:41pm — No Comments

Writers wanted!

Not for me, although I'm always interested in discovering new writers. Chris Roerden, author of the Agatha Award winning nonfiction book, Don't Murder Your Mystery, is looking for writers. The next edition of her book will be an all-genre edition called Don't Sabotage Your Submissions. She's looking for writers of novels or short stories in any genre to share their best examples of writing techniques.

Details are available at:…


Added by Lesa Holstine on June 19, 2007 at 8:28am — No Comments

Library Thing

Have you checked out Library Thing yet? It's at www.librarything.com.

It's fascinating. I spent last night and this morning putting up most of the books I've read this year. It's a way to catalog your personal library or keep track of books you've read. It's also the hot social network out there for people who like to read. You can contact other people who read the same books you do, and find out what else they like.

I… Continue

Added by Lesa Holstine on June 17, 2007 at 7:34am — 2 Comments

Raven Black

I just finished Ann Cleeves' award-winning crime novel, Raven Black, and I don't know if I have words to describe it. I feel just as I did when I read Louise Penny's Still Life. I've discovered a wonderful writer, one whose description of a little-known area brings its world to life. She writes wonderful descriptions, and creates fascinating… Continue

Added by Lesa Holstine on June 14, 2007 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

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