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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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 panelThe 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.
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.
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 panelThe 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.