Head to paradise with Toby Neal’s BLOOD ORCHIDS

We travel from Japan in Naomi Hirahara’s HIROSHIMA BOY to Hawaii with Toby Neal’s first book in her Paradise Crime series.

Lei Texeira is a cop in the sleepy town of Hilo on the Big Island. But even paradise holds tragedy and danger: A routine patrol turns up two murdered teens. Texeira is determined to uncover the truth and finds herself the next target.

Born on the island of Kauai, Neal is a mental health therapist, an occupation that has helped inform her story’s complex characters. The prolific author of crime and romance novels also penned a memoir, FRECKLED: A MEMOIR OF GROWING UP WILD IN HAWAII.

The USA Today bestseller will be on the panel  Some Like it Hot: Adding Romance and Sex to Your Mysteries with Victoria Thompson, Deborah Crombie, Pamela Samuels Young and moderator Paula Bernstein.

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 download free books by joining her newsletter at https://www.subscribepage.com/TobyNealNews.

Congrats to our AND NOW SHE’S GONE book giveaway winner, Chi Hoang!

And Now She's GoneAll the way from the East Coast, Chi Hoang decided to register for the California Crime Writers’ Conference — but #CCWC21 is virtual and free. What’s to lose?

In fact, Hoang is a winner who gets to take home (actually, be mailed a copy of) AND NOW SHE’S GONE.

But everyone can be a winner by joining mystery lovers for this biennial conference. Author Rachel Howzell Hall will be “alongside” Faye Snowden, Ausma Kahn, Isabella Maldonado and moderator Jessica Kaye in a timely conversation, Police Procedurals 2021: Social Justice and the Pandemic. See you at #CCWC21!

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.

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!