12 Days of Giveaways – Day 1: For the Mystery Lover

Day 1 of the 12 Days of Giveaways is finally here!! Today we’re celebrating the mystery lover. Here at Reflections we love mysteries. (Especially me!) We’ve written reviews for Tasha Alexander, Alyssa MaxwellGone GirlMarie Force, and more. We have three mystery packages (7 books in total!) to offer up to three lucky winners. Giveaway instructions are at the bottom of the post.

Mystery Package 1:

still lifeStill Life by Louise Penny – Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines, just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it’s a tragic hunting accident and nothing more, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods, and is soon certain that Jane Neal died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bowhunter.

Still Life
introduces not only an engaging series hero in Inspector Gamache, who commands his forces–and this series–with integrity and quiet courage, but also a winning and talented new writer of traditional mysteries in the person of Louise Penny.

(Giveaway copy is a paperback)

a trick of the light louise pennyA Trick of the Light by Louise Penny – “Hearts are broken,” Lillian Dyson carefully underlined in a book. “Sweet relationships are dead.”

But now Lillian herself is dead. Found among the bleeding hearts and lilacs of Clara Morrow’s garden in Three Pines, shattering the celebrations of Clara’s solo show at the famed Musée in Montreal. Chief Inspector Gamache, the head of homicide at the Sûreté du Québec, is called to the tiny Quebec village and there he finds the art world gathered, and with it a world of shading and nuance, a world of shadow and light. Where nothing is as it seems. Behind every smile there lurks a sneer. Inside every sweet relationship there hides a broken heart. And even when facts are slowly exposed, it is no longer clear to Gamache and his team if what they’ve found is the truth, or simply a trick of the light.

(Giveaway copy is a paperback)

long way home louise pennyThe Long Way Home by Louise Penny – Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he’d only imagined possible. On warm summer mornings he sits on a bench holding a small book, The Balm in Gilead, in his large hands. “There is a balm in Gilead,” his neighbor Clara Morrow reads from the dust jacket, “to make the wounded whole.”

While Gamache doesn’t talk about his wounds and his balm, Clara tells him about hers. Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home. Failed to show up as promised on the first anniversary of their separation. She wants Gamache’s help to find him. Having finally found sanctuary, Gamache feels a near revulsion at the thought of leaving Three Pines. “There’s power enough in Heaven,” he finishes the quote as he contemplates the quiet village, “to cure a sin-sick soul.” And then he gets up. And joins her.

Together with his former second-in-command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, and Myrna Landers, they journey deeper and deeper into Québec. And deeper and deeper into the soul of Peter Morrow. A man so desperate to recapture his fame as an artist, he would sell that soul. And may have. The journey takes them further and further from Three Pines, to the very mouth of the great St. Lawrence river. To an area so desolate, so damned, the first mariners called it The land God gave to Cain. And there they discover the terrible damage done by a sin-sick soul.

(Giveaway copy is a paperback ARC)

Mystery Package 2:

ktmmKilling Trail by Margaret Mizushima – When a young girl is found dead in the mountains outside Timber Creek, life-long resident Officer Mattie Cobb and her partner, K-9 police dog Robo, are assigned to the case that has rocked the small Colorado town.

With the help of Cole Walker, local veterinarian and a single father, Mattie and Robo must track down the truth before it claims another victim. But the more Mattie investigates, the more she realizes how many secrets her hometown holds. And the key may be Cole’s daughter, who knows more than she’s saying.

The murder was just the beginning, and if Mattie isn’t careful, she and Robo could be next. Suspenseful and smart, Killing Trail is a gripping read that will have readers clamoring for more Mattie and Robo for years to come. Fans of Nevada Barr and C.J. Box will love this explosive debut.

(Giveaway copy is a hardcover ARC)

aswagAnd She Was by Alison Gaylin – On a summer afternoon in 1998, six-year-old Iris Neff walked away from a barbecue in her small suburban town . . . and vanished.

Missing persons investigator Brenna Spector has a rare neurological disorder that enables her to recall every detail of every day of her life. A blessing and a curse, it began in childhood, when her older sister stepped into a strange car never to be seen again, and it’s proven invaluable in her work. But it hasn’t helped her solve the mystery that haunts her above all others—and it didn’t lead her to little Iris. When a local woman, Carol Wentz, disappears eleven years later, Brenna uncovers bizarre connections between the missing woman, the long-gone little girl . . . and herself.

(Giveaway copy is a mass market paperback)

Mystery Package 3:

srapSweet Revenge by Andrea Penrose – England, 1813: Lady Arianna Hadley’s desire to discover her disgraced father’s murderer has brought her back to London from exile in the Caribbean. Masquerading as a male chef, she is working in one of London’s aristocratic households in order to get close to her main suspect. But when the Prince Regent is taken ill after consuming Arianna’s special chocolate dessert, she unexpectedly finds herself at the center of a dangerous scandal.

Because of his expertise in chocolate, the eccentric Earl of Saybrook, a former military intelligence officer, is asked by the top brass at Horse Guards to investigate the suspected poisoning. But during his first interrogation of Arianna, someone tries to assassinate both of them, and it quickly becomes clear that something very sinister is afoot within the highest circles of government. They each have very different reasons for wanting to uncover the truth, yet to have any chance of doing so they must become allies.

Trust. Treachery. Arianna must assume yet another identity as their search takes them from the glittering ballrooms of Mayfair to the slums of St. Giles. And their reluctant alliance is tested in more ways that one as it becomes clear that someone is looking to plunge England into chaos . . .

(Giveaway copy is a mass market paperback)

tdclThe Drowning by Camilla Läckberg  – Christian Thydell’s dream has come true: his debut novel, The Mermaid, is published to rave reviews. So why is he as distant and unhappy as ever?

When crime writer Erica Falck, who discovered Christian’s talents, learns he has been receiving anonymous threats, she investigates not just the messages but also the author’s mysterious past…

Meanwhile, one of Christian’s closest friends is missing. Erica’s husband, Detective Patrik Hedström, has his worst suspicions confirmed as the mind-games aimed at Christian and those around him become a disturbing reality.

But, with the victims themselves concealing evidence, the investigation is going nowhere. Is their silence driven by fear or guilt? And what is the secret they would rather die to protect than live to see revealed?

International bestseller Camilla Läckberg delivers a chilling and suspenseful mystery that will grip the reader right until its staggering final twist…

(Giveaway copy is a paperback)

Giveaway Instructions – (Special thanks to Minotaur Books, Crooked Lane, and Pegasus Books for our ARC giveaway copies!)

Three lucky winners will have the opportunity to win ONE of the three packages listed above! For your chance to win simply leave a comment below about a mystery book you’ve read and enjoyed.  Comments will be accepted through midnight on Thursday, December 31, 2015.  The winner will be picked at random and announced on Friday, January 1, 2016.  Open to US residents only.  Good luck!

21 thoughts on “12 Days of Giveaways – Day 1: For the Mystery Lover

  1. Just finished Playing God by Kate Flora. I really enjoyed it especially the characters. I ordered the next two books in the series. I have read all of Louise Penny’s books- love them. I also love Elly Griffiths- have read all of hers. I am making my way through the wonderful Wesley Peyerson novels written by Kate Ellis. I have also read all of Dan Silva’s books. And so many more. Would love Giveaway 2 as I have not read those!! Thank you.

  2. I love mysteries! I loved Susanna Calkins historical mystery series. Right now I’m reading the Big Book of Christmas mysteries! Agatha Christie still rules. I pre-read The Poison Artist by Jonathan Moore which comes out in January 2016. It’s excellent!

    Thanks for the opportunity! I love Camilla!

  3. Wow, cool! I love mystery too. I write it, but it’s going more in the suspense direction and there is an explanation at the end, which is not exactly the literary definition of mystery. How do you guys define a good mystery? I for one liked a Poe-similar author, only much easier to read and expicit, Eliade. His short stories took me through misty, skin-crawling secrets. I don’t think he’s translated into English though, he’s best known for writing a History of Religions, was a Professor in Chicago.

  4. I don’t read a lot of mysteries, even though I enjoy them, I did read Girl on a Train, but I didn’t like it as much as everyone else seemed to love it, probably some of the best mysteries I’ve read are any by Mary Higgins Clark. Thanks for the recommendations though, I’ll definitely be adding them to my ‘To Read’ list.

  5. There are so many mysteries I have loved, it is like saying which child I love best! I’ll go with most recent. I am reading Adrenalin by John Benedict – someone on the inside is killing patients by switching out anesthesia. Will they find out who before more patients die? It is a real page turner!!!!

  6. My favorite mysteries that I’ve read most recently have to be “Gone Girl” and “The Girl on the Train.” I recently posted my review for “The Girl on the Train” on my blog if you want to check it out. 🙂

  7. I love mystery, especially when it is tinged with other things. I have read a lot of great Ted Dekker mystery books (Three was my first and probably favorite). I also enjoyed The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Gailbraith (J. K. Rowling). There are so many great ones out there and I hope to read more 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. Am loving India Black and the Gentleman Thief by Carol K. Carr. This is #4 in this series. Victorian Era mystery with the “arm chair” detective the owner of a brothel & an agent for Her Magisty’s government and she some how makes the whole thing sound plausible and interesting.

  9. A series of novels that took some convincing for me to continue (after a great intro a stale follow up) The Lazarus/Decker Gun Games. It is a sequal/stand alone set of novels about a notorius hit man, devoted detective (both extremely close as children), and the hitman son

  10. My “favorite” is one tgat took some convincing for me (starting strong but hit a temporary lull) is a series of novels by Decker/Lazarus called Gun Games.

    A series of stories that stand alone but also make s great series of developmental mysteries. Focused on a notorious hit man, his lifetime friend who grew up to become a devoted detective & family man, and Gabe (the hit man’s son and the detectives new house guest). Each book had a different focus. I came in on Gabes story, a teenage piano prodigy living with the Deckers while his father is trending to his brothel and laying low & mother is MIA. He in love with a 14 or 15 year Indian Jewish opera courtesan. The two have a very adult mentality/Love affair but the author (Kellerman) kept it playful and pg-13. Anyway a series of suicides causes det. Decker and Gabe to cross paths, more often than they do at home, when all roads lead the det. to foul play & a teenaged seriel killer at Gabes new prep School for the cities grossly rich teens.

    Somehow through the jealousy of a scorned & popular female co-student, Gabe finds himself and his cute vulnerable girlfriend on the bad side of the popluar girls boyfriend… who just so happens to be the killer!
    The ending left looking for more as we know there is going to be a follow up with the young couple going separate ways to explore their talents musically, the det. Solves the case but then gets a lead on a mass murder case that had been cold whine he never gives up pursuit of some “mountain man”, and of course we find out what Gabes dad does next (after he hints down his sons new enemy- who’s fled to Brazil-

    • As you can see I was totally invested in this mystery “development series” (I call it that because you can read all of them or one and still be captivated!)

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