Saturday, February 11, 2012

Mystery Treats: Free or Under a Dollar (And It Helps to Own an E-Reader)

Deborah Crombie lives in Texas but is an experienced Anglophile and writes British mysteries: the ones that feature police detectives Gemma James and Duncan Kincaid. For an informative and interesting interview with Crombie, done by fellow mystery author Sandra Parshall, check out today's post on the blog Poe's Deadly Daughters. If you leave a comment on that post, says the blog intro, you'll be entered to win an autographed copy of Crombie's newest book, No Mark Upon Her.

For "a limited time," Archer Mayor, who's now publishing his back list of Joe Gunther mysteries as e-books, is offering Open Season as a free download at his website.

 Readers have rediscovered Steve Hamilton's Alex McKnight series since The Lock Artist won an Edgar Award -- but may have missed collecting a good story of Hamilton's in the 2003 zine Plots With Guns. "Filmmaker Nick Childs adapted it into a short film starring David Strathaim and it went on to win Best Narrative Short at the Tribeca Film Festival," Hamilton says. So Hamilton now has the story on his website, a good read on a winter day: "A Shovel With My Name on It."

S. J. Rozan is still celebrating the publication of Ghost Hero -- and with it, she's placed links to two stories on her website, which cost 99 cents each, in e-form. A nice deal.

And Dave says he "never wins anything" but he really did get chosen for a copy of Secrets of the Lost Summer, the newest paperback-original title from Carla Neggers (this one's rather more romance than mystery, but a fun read for New Englanders, as it hinges on the four Massachusetts villages that vanished in flooding for Quabbin Reservoir). He also received a T-shirt, which he sweetly picked out in my size (getting ready for Valentine's Day, honey?). The message on it ensures I'll be wearing it regularly!

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