Sunday, July 17, 2016

Money Doesn’t Grow On Trees

I love to read a mystery series from the beginning because it isn’t just about an intriguing plot for me; it’s about the lives of the characters. In a series, we get to know the characters and care about what happens to them. I always want to know what happens to them next

But, sometimes, it doesn’t work out that way. Sometimes, a book by an author I've never read will attract my attention (it's often a new release) and I'll order it and read it. If I really, really like the book and want to spend more time with the characters, I then go back and read the whole series, starting with the first book. Here are two examples (there are so many more) that come to mind:

I read Old Murders Never Die by Marja McGraw and I loved it. So, I went back to the beginning and read the four novels that preceded it. I'm so glad I did. What a great series! A Well-Kept Family Secret is the first book in Ms. McGraw’s Sandi Webster Mystery Series for those of you who would like to start with Book One. (And, a little birdie told me the author is currently working on the next book for her series.)

Another example: The Rocky Bluff PD series by F.M. Meredith. After reading No Bells, the eighth book in the series, I knew I wanted to read all of her books. I read Final Respects, book one, and went on to read the other novels. I look forward to a new book in the series every year!

But, unfortunately, money doesn’t grow on trees. I'm an avid reader and, because I live on a budget, I often buy books in eBook format when I’d much prefer to read a paper copy.

I’m offering a chance to win a paper copy of the Malone mystery of your choice to someone who leaves a comment on this post. (By the way, the fifth book in the series will, God and my publisher willing, be out before the end of 2016.)

Book 1 – Mixed Messages
Book 2 – Unfinished Business
Book 3 – Desperate Deeds
Book 4 – Mistaken Identity

Please be sure to include your email address so I can contact you if you're the winner.

Happy Reading!