Friday, April 16, 2010

Detectives Around the World - Friday

This has been a fantastic week of exploring detectives and the worlds in which they live. And the best part is that we're not done yet. Before I tell you about the great line-up we have today, I wanted to remind you that tomorrow I will be posting the form for you to enter your scavenger hunt responses if you are participating in that contest. If you didn't get those questions, you can find them here.

I'm adding another contest today. I have a book from two of our guest authors: Louise Penny's THE BRUTAL TELLING and Cara Black's MURDER IN THE PALAIS ROYAL. Both are ARC copies. To be entered to win one of these books, simply return here by midnight (Eastern) on Sunday and leave me a comment with at least one book you found this week that you are adding to your TBR list. You can talk about as many as you like, but you have to tell me about at least one. I also need you to leave me an email so I can contact you if you win. I'll draw two names from the entries. The first person drawn will get their choice of books and the second person drawn will get the other book.

Today is the FINAL day to get your vote in for the CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND of the "World's Favorite Detective" tournament. The champion detective and the champion bracket contestant will be announced on Sunday.

Also don't forget that you can win a complete set of the "Beauty Killer" books from Jenn's Bookshelves. If you haven't been over to see her review of EVIL AT HEART and enter the contest, you can do that here.

And the contest at The Drowning Machine has one more chance for you to earn an entry today, so don't miss out on your last chance to win that $35 gift certificate from Aunt Agatha's!

That brings us to today's itinerary.

On her blog today, L.J. Sellers will be reviewing A BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO DIE: SOUTH AFRICA.

Over at Savvy Verse and Wit, Serena has a review of James Patterson's CROSS COUNTRY.

Chris will be covering the legendary James Crumley at Stumbling the Walk.

At My Friend Amy's Blog, Amy will be introducing us to Police Inspector Shunsuke Honma from Japan.

Naomi is welcoming Earl Emerson for an interview at The Drowning Machine. Make sure you go over and say "hi."

Rob has another opportunity for you to win! At Books are Like Candy Cord, he's going to be talking about MAHU VICE and Honolulu, plus he has a copy of MAHU VICE to give away!

Poncho has some recommendations for follow-up Mexican noir at Elogios.

Lesa's sharing more of New Mexico and Steven Havill with us at Lesa's Book Critiques.

And here, I'm letting Craig Johnson take over the blog because I'm a little tired today! No, really, he's going to review Charlie Huston for us. How very cool!

We still have a few things coming up tomorrow and I hope you'll check back, but I really want to take this opportunity today to thank all the bloggers who participated in this theme week. I can't thank them enough for their time and enthusiasm. They helped promote the week on their blogs, Twitter, Facebook, word of mouth. They put together fantastic posts and found fascinating detectives. My worst nightmare was that I would be hearing crickets this week, but it's been just the opposite. There's been so much clamor, and my TBR list has grown ridiculously. Thank you to everyone who participated, and also thank you to everyone who stopped in to read and follow along!

Happy Reading! 

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darbyscloset April 16, 2010 at 1:14 AM  

You are a true gem! This has been a fun week with "DATW" and I have ordered several books by authors that are new to me via your weeks activities. Two authors whose books I have ordered are L.J. Sellers and Neil S. Plakcy. Plus I now have so many new websites to check-in on.....yikes when am I suppose to sleep yet alone work! ; )
Thanks for the fun!
darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

bermudaonion April 16, 2010 at 7:57 AM  

This has been so much fun! I hope you plan to do this again next year!

Word Lily April 16, 2010 at 9:51 AM  

I've definitely enjoyed the week!

Elizabeth (@APMonkey on Twitter) April 16, 2010 at 11:41 AM  

What an absolutely enjoyable week this has been! Thank you so much for arranging it for us, Jen.

I'm sure there will be more before all's said and done, but I will be definitely be trying the Thomas Black series, which was showcased on The Drowning Machine.

Kay April 16, 2010 at 3:38 PM  

This has been the most special event! I have thoroughly enjoyed myself, even if I was muttering up here on my computer about lighthouses and scavenger hunt questions. My husband has kept asking me what I was muttering about. LOL

Please do this next year and maybe more of us can join in!

Naomi Johnson April 16, 2010 at 3:58 PM  

This has been a great week for lovers of crime fic. I already have James Crumley in my TBR stacks but thanks to Chris La Tray's column about Missoula and James Crumley, I'm going to move those books to the top.

Jen Forbus April 16, 2010 at 4:02 PM  

I'm so glad you all enjoyed this week. I think I've been holding my breath since Sunday...since I've never done anything like this before.

Darby, I'll be so excited to hear what you think of L.J.'s and Neil's books.

Kay, you are an absolute ray of sunshine every time you stop by and leave a message. Thank you for brightening my cloudy day today!

Kathy, Hannah and Naomi, I simply can't thank you enough for the time and energy you put into this week. Your contributions were wonderful!!

Naomi, I'm with you. James Crumley has been in my pile, too. I had tried to find him on audio but the selections at my library were almost nothing. I'll have to get those print versions moved to the top of the list!

Pop Culture Nerd April 16, 2010 at 8:54 PM  

Do I qualify if I was a DATW blogger? If yes, I was intrigued by Earl Emerson's Thomas Black series because of Naomi's posts at The Drowning Machine.

And Cara Black's guest post over at Savvy Verse & Wit about her Paris research and how the Leduc agency is based on the real Duluc Detective agency made me really want to read her books. When you said you're giving away an ARC, I had to enter!

Thanks, Jen, for such a fun week. Don't know how you had the energy to do it all but you did a phenomenal job and we're grateful for it.

Jen Forbus April 16, 2010 at 9:03 PM  

PCN, everyone is eligible for this one! You included!! :-)

Naomi Johnson April 16, 2010 at 9:06 PM  

I'll second PCN's comment. You did a great job of keeping the enthusiasm up and the PR machine rolling. Of course, you stole the limelight from all of us by snagging St. Ken and Cowboy Craig as guest bloggers, but I'm was so happy to read those that I have to forgive you. This time.

Allison April 17, 2010 at 2:47 PM  

I'm interested in reading the Jack Taylor series as well as the Ceepak/Boyle series. So many authors to choose from. I have a list going though!

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