Congrats to our CITY OF SCHEMES book giveaway winner, Norwood Holland

City of Schemes book cover

Our winner Norwood Holland didn’t need to engage in much subterfuge to win Victoria Thompson’s CITY OF SCHEMES. He came (to our site), he registered (for #CCWC21), and he won (in a random drawing).

We look forward to “seeing” both Holland and Thomson in our virtual June 12 gathering for mystery lovers. Thompson of course will be participating in the panel  Some Like it Hot: Adding Romance and Sex to Your Mysteries, alongside Deborah Crombie, Toby Neal and Pamela Samuels Young. 

Missed out? Order yourself a copy of CITY OF SCHEMES today.

Join the journey with Naomi Hirahara’s HIROSHIMA BOY

Welcome back to our award nominee corner: From last week’s Rachel Howzell’s AND NOW SHE’S GONE (an L.A. Times Book Prize finalist) to this week’s Edgar and Anthony award nominated Mas Arai mystery by the estimable Naomi Hirahara.

HIROSHIMA BOY marks a journey by Los Angeles gardener Mas Arai, who returns to Japan to bring his best friend’s ashes to a relative. This errand involves him in another death, a teenage boy who had been the same age as Mas when he survived the atomic bomb in 1945.

Also nominated for the Macavity and Anthony awards, the series includes SUMMER OF THE BIG BACHI, GASA-GASA GIRL, SNAKESKIN SHAMISEN, BLOOD HINA, STRAWBERRY YELLOW and SAYONARA SLAM. The prolific Hirahara also writes the Officer Ellie Rush bicycle cop series (Berkley) and is the author of LIFE AFTER MANZANAR (Heyday Books). A graduate of Stanford University, Naomi has also written many books about gardening and Japanese American history and culture and has contributed to several anthologies and collaborative books, including LOS ANGELES NOIR and SANTA CRUZ NOIR. Her first historical mystery CLARK AND DIVISION will be published by Soho Crimes. Keep up with all she’s up to at naomihirahara.com.

The Pasadena-born  will be on the panel  The Exquisite Joy of Finding Out: How to Research Your Novel with Anne Perry, Jeffrey Deaver,  S.A. Cosby and moderator Anne Louse Bancroft.

Don’t miss out on our giveaways: Register today. And see you June 12!

Hey, how about starting your own virtual book club? Gather your reading pals and order a copy of HIROSHIMA BOY today.

Going, going: Rachel Howzell Hall’s AND NOW SHE’S GONE

Following on the heels of historical romance and Victoria Thompson’s CITY OF SCHEMES, our book giveaways leave behind turn-of-the-century New York for the twists and turns of modern Los Angeles in Rachel Howzell Hall’s AND NOW SHE’S GONE.

Private investigator Grayson Sykes is assigned to find Isabel Lincoln, but it’s an assignment Sykes isn’t too keen on because the woman doesn’t want to be found. The case becomes more complicated and dangerous with every new revelation — and threatens to expose Sykes’ own buried secrets.

AND NOW SHE’S GONE was a finalist in the LA Times’ Book Prize and an Amazon.com Best Books of the Year.  Her other riveting novels include LAND OF SHADOWS, SKIES OF ASH, TRAIL OF ECHOES and CITY OF SAVIORS, featuring Los Angeles homicide detective  Elouise “Lou” Norton. She’s also the author of another standalone, THEY ALL FALL DOWN, coming to a future giveaway.

The LA native will be on the panel  Police Procedurals 2021: Social Justice and the Pandemic with Faye Snowden, Ausma Kahn, Isabella Maldonado and moderator Jessica Kaye.

Don’t miss out on our giveaways: Register today. And see you June 12!

Hey, how about starting your own virtual book club? Gather your reading pals and order a copy of AND NOW SHE’S GONE today through Bookshop and support independent bookstores.

Congratulations to our A KILLING FIRE ebook winners

Congratulations to our book giveaway winners who will receive e-books of Faye Snowden’s A KILLING FIRE.

  • Rhoda Berlin
  • Marla Bradeen
  • August Norman
  • Joan Renner
  • Lisa Seidman

Snowden will share the virtual stage in the panel, Police Procedurals in 2021: Addressing Social Justice and the Pandemic. Also on this timely session, moderated by Jessica Kaye, will be Rachel Howzell Hall, Ausma Khan and Isabel Maldonado.

Don’t miss out on our giveaways: Register today for the June 12 conference.

And if you want to get in on the action, find out more about Snowden’s books (and her short story which will appear in The Best American Mystery and Suspense 2021 anthology) or get yourself a copy of A KILLING FIRE now at these outlets.

Congratulations to our A KILLING FIRE hardcover winners, Erica Woods Tucker and Brad Shreve

Her southern gothic tale may be called A KILLING FIRE, but author Faye Snowden made it rain with her generous donation of seven (!) giveaways. Congratulations to the winners who have scored the hardcovers:

        • Erica Woods Tucker of Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Brad Shreve of Los Angeles, California

Catch Snowden, who serves as national board secretary for Sisters in Crime, on the Police Procedurals in 2021: Addressing Social Justice and the Pandemic panel alongside Rachel Howzell Hall, Ausma Khan and Isabel Maldonado, and moderated by Jessica Kaye.

Don’t miss out on our giveaways: Register today for the June 12 conference. (And if you’re really bummed about missing out on Snowden’s book, you can always go on a  buying spree with a few pals and start a virtual book club.)

This Counterfeit Lady giveaway is the real thing: Victoria Thompson’s CITY OF SCHEMES

The bounty continues: This week’s #CCWC21 book giveaway is Victoria Thompson’s CITY OF SCHEMES. 

The fourth in the Counterfeit Lady series, this novel sees Elizabeth Miles preparing for her nuptials to Gideon Bates. Alas, as if planning a wedding weren’t challenging enough, Miles must contend with entanglements such as a vengeful thug and a possible con targeting an old friend.

Thompson is a USA Today bestselling author who wrote historical romances before pivoting to historical mysteries, including her much-nominated Gaslight Mysteries, MURDER IN THE BOWERY MURDER IN MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS and MURDER ON ST. NICHOLAS AVENUE. She’ll be speaking on the panel  Some Like it Hot: Adding Romance and Sex to Your Mysteries, alongside Deborah Crombie, Toby Neal and Pamela Samuels Young. 

Don’t miss out on our giveaways: Register today. And see you June 12!

Hey, how about starting your own virtual book club? Gather your reading pals and order a copy of CITY OF SCHEMES today.

Congratulations to our DEATH IN FOCUS winner, Tes Brown!

Tes Brown of Columbus Heights, Minn., is the first winner of our weekly book giveaways. Congratulations, Tes, for scoring a copy of DEATH IN FOCUS, by Anne Perry.

Perry will be on our panel The Exquisite Joy of Finding Out: How To Research Your Novel, alongside other phenomenal authors Jeffrey Deaver, Naomi Hirahara, and S.A. Cosby.

You can’t afford not to be entered in our random giveaway: Register today. And tell a fellow mystery lover that the 2021 California Crime Writers Conference on June 12 is virtual and free. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

The CCWC book giveaway is on fire: Next up, Faye Snowden

Our book giveaway leading up to the June 12 virtual conference is afoot! Last week, we kicked off with a random drawing of Anne Perry’s DEATH IN FOCUS for a lucky registrant. The author will be on our panel The Exquisite Joy of Finding Out: How To Research Your Novel

We’re on fire with this time around with author Faye Snowden: She is generously offering two hardcovers and five e-books (!) of A KILLING FIRE, a dark, southern gothic tale featuring homicide detective Raven Burns and the first in a four-part series. How hot is it? Just ask bestselling author Jess Lourey, who wrote: “Faye Snowden’s A Killing Fire left me breathless. Driven by a complex, compelling female lead, the story twists with heart-pounding, raw energy against a lush Louisiana backdrop. I couldn’t put it down!”

Snowden’s other novels include SPIRAL OF GUILT, THE SAVIOR and FATAL JUSTICE. Her short story, ONE BULLET, ONE VOTE, was selected as one of the best American mystery and suspense stories of 2021 by editors Steph Cha and Alafair Burke (available for pre-order).

Catch Snowden, who serves as national board secretary for Sisters in Crime, on the Police Procedurals in 2021: Addressing Social Justice and the Pandemic panel alongside Rachel Howzell Hall, Ausma Khan and Isabel Maldonado, and moderated by Jessica Kaye.

Don’t miss out on our giveaways: Register today.

Reading doesn’t have to be a solitary activity. CCWC would love to encourage folks to start their own virtual book clubs. Get your pals to register and order a copy of A KILLING FIRE

See you in June!

Register today for our book giveaways! First up, Anne Perry

June 12 will be a time to see old friends and familiar faces (even if it is via a screen). We’re also thrilled to welcome avid mystery lovers from around the globe, now that geography and price — aren’t a factor.

But you’ll still want to fill out the form today, because we’re giving away books from our panelists! To kick us off is the inestimable Anne Perry. The author, who will be on our panel The Exquisite Joy of Finding Out: How To Research Your Novel, is behind several beloved series characters: Thomas and Charlotte Pitt (and now son Daniel) , William Monk and Hester Latterly, and Elena Standish.

More than 26 million copies of her books have been sold and now you can have one of your own: a paperback or e-book of DEATH IN FOCUS, the first in the Elena Standish series. We’ll announce our winner shortly, so don’t dally.

And while reading is (largely) a solitary activity, CCWC would love to encourage folks to have their own virtual book clubs. Get your pals to register and order a copy of DEATH IN FOCUS today. If you win, just invite one more person to your book club.

See you in June!