Friday, October 30, 2009


Welcome to Hallopalooza! You've arrived at Stop #16 in the contest. Do you know what you're playing? Let me quote from Evelyn David.

Do you have plans for Halloween? How about an on-line mystery Scavenger Hunt with free prizes?

On Oct. 30, 2009 at 8 AM, the 1st Annual Stiletto Gang Hallopalooza begins. Or at
least we hope it's going to be an annual event. Everything depends on you, our

What is Hallopalooza? It's an on-line mystery scavenger hunt. Twenty-three
of the best, most interesting, coolest blogs on the net have agreed to participate. There will be lots of great prizes! Lots of fun! Lots of clues!

Yes, clues. The Stiletto Gang has written a short story - did I mention it's a murder mystery - just for the event?

How do you play?

Let's start with when you play - the Scavenger Hunt starts at 8 AM Eastern on Friday, Oct. 30, 2009. It ends at 5 PM Eastern on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009. Winners will be announced at noon eastern on Monday, Nov. 2, 2009.

What are you hunting? A killer! Okay, really you'll be hunting clues to the killer's identity and motive. You will move from blog to blog reading the mystery and gathering clues. Each blog will give you a link to the next blog in the Scavenger Hunt line-up.

You will start at The Stiletto Gang, then move to the next blog. There are 23 blogs in the chain. The winner is not the one who finishes first, just the one who finishes by the deadline with the correct answer. So you can come and go as you please during the three days of the event. Go Trick or Treating! Toilet paper a house! Party with goblins and witches! Then come back and celebrate with us.

What are the prizes? The Stiletto Gang is offering a grand prize of a $50 U.S. gift certificate to the bookstore of your choice - on-line or bricks & mortar. If you're not in the U.S., we'll send you an Amazon gift certificate and let you figure out how to use it.

If more than one person qualifies for the Grand Prize, then all winners will be put into a drawing for the $50 gift certificate. Runners-up will win an autographed book from a Stiletto Gang author, including Evelyn David's new book, Murder Takes the Cake. We will award up to a maximum of ten books. If there are more winners than books, we'll have a drawing among the Runners-up for the books.

And, here's the special part - you can win prizes on the individual blogs during the hunt too! The participating blogs will have contests/drawings for great stuff! Autographed books, promo items, and other "I won! I won!" things to make all your friends envious.

There is no charge to play or win. You don't have to buy anything. You just have to participate, solve the mystery, and tell us about it using the comment feature on The Stiletto Gang blog site or by sending an email to the Stiletto Gang at


Happy Halloween! Here's your clue, and the link to the next stop. Then, continue reading to discover my giveaways for this event. Good luck!

Lesa's Book Critiques – post #16

The conservatory was supposed to be empty, but Milla knew she wasn't alone. Experience, training, or maybe just her "spidy-sense" urged her to take care.

She was glad that she had taken the time to slip her shoulder holster on under her leather jacket. She carried the same Glock 19 she'd used as a police detective. She clicked her flashlight off. Drawing her weapon, she moved away from the door and crouched down.

She sensed movement in the far right corner of the glass enclosure – the corner where Walter Jester had reportedly buried his "insurance." Waiting, she let her eyes adjust to the darkness.

A shuffling sound came from the same corner.

Moving slowly, she made her way down the path between the rows of leafy plants and exotic blooms. If she remembered correctly, the greenhouse was set out in a rectangular grid pattern – like city blocks. Someone was about two blocks south and a block east.

She was quiet, but not quiet enough. Something soft, plastic, dropped over her head, shoulders, and upper arms. Not only did the plastic blind her, but it also trapped her arms against her body.

She still clutched her gun, not that she'd be able to hit whoever was behind her. Of course they wouldn't necessarily know that. "Stop. Or I'll shoot."

There was a sharp pain in her side and all the muscles in her body contracted at once.

Damn. The next to last thought she had as she lay on the wet concrete floor was she was going soft with her cushy private eye job. Twenty years ago as a beat cop no one would have been able to get the drop on her. Her last thought was that she shouldn't have mentioned the gun.

Next Clue Location -


In celebration of Hallopalooza, I'm giving away books to two lucky winners. You could win a copy of Linda Wisdom's Hex in High Heels, or Sharon Fiffer's Scary Stuff. Just leave a comment on the Hallapalooza page here, with your email address, and tell me which book you'd like to win. I'll email the winners after 5 PM PT on November 1. And, have fun!


Dru said...

I'm getting close to the end.
Scary Stuff sounds interesting.

canyonson said...

Either book would be great.
Love the hunt.

Lesa said...


You started early. Good luck in the scavenger hunt, and for this contest.

Lesa said...

Enjoy the hunt, Canyonson. And, good luck!

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

What a cool idea! Thanks for letting me know about it.

Mystery Writing is Murder

Jessy said...

Having fun reading, I just think this is a great idea!

findjessyhere at gmail dot com

Chris V. said...

ooh that scary stuff book looks fun to read! Happy Halloween! chris ATcverstraeteDOTcom

Lesa said...

I hope you get a chance to go through the scavenger hunt, Elizabeth. I think it'll be fun!

Lesa said...

Enjoy the hunt and the story, Jessy! Good luck!

Lesa said...

Good luck, Chris! Happy Halloween!

DarcyO said...

This is fun. I'd pick Scary Stuff as I already have the Linda Wisdom book.

dlodden at frontiernet dot net

Lesa said...

Thanks for stopping, Darcy! Good luck!

Kathy said...

Looks like she is the next bagged and tagged body-lol.

PK the Bookeemonster said...

She must be getting close ... the bad guy is desperate.
PK the Bookeemonster

Julie Godfrey Miller said...

Ooh, I'd love to win Scary Stuff.


jagmiller5 at gmail dot com

Rob said...

Scary Stuff has been on my wish list since your review. I have the first copy of the series on order from my library. Thanks for the contest.

MaxWriter said...

Scary stuff sounds like I'd like it.


Lesa said...

Thanks for participating in Hallopalooza everyone! Good luck! If you don't win on my contest, I hope you won on one of the others. Have fun! And, thanks for stopping by.

Janel said...

This is so much fun! I'd like either book.


Lesa said...

I'm glad you're enjoying Hallopalooza, Janel! Good luck!

Jane said...

Uh oh, she's in a pickle now.

jbh307 at bellsouth dot net

Lesa said...

Thanks for following Hallopalooza, Jane! Good luck!

librarymom said...

Having fun on the hunt and I love your blog! Hex in High Heels sounds like a good read!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for hosting a clue page & for having a drawing. Either book would be fine.

Helen Kiker

pennyt said...

What fun to move from site to site - kind of like the old "progressive dinner" but with a mystery. I'd love to win a copy of Scary Stuff.

Penny Tuttle

lag123 said...

I would love to win Scary Stuff. Please count me in.

Lesa said...

Sounds like you're all having fun with Hallopalooza. Great! Good luck!

Anonymous said...

I’m having the time of m life with this hunt! Both books look appealing, but oh, how I do love a scary story. Thanks for your participation in Hallopalooza! Suzy

Anne said...

I having a great time trying to figure out who did it. Both books look good to me.

Lesa said...

Thanks for reading the blogs for the scavenger hunt, everyone! Good luck!

brizmus said...

Either book would be great, although I really do want to read Hex in High Heels.

This scavenger hunt is so much fun!


Lesa said...

Glad you're enjoying the hunt, Brizmus. I hope others have time to stop by.

Char said...

This is so much fun!!!! Thanks for taking part! I would love Scary Stuff!! It sounds like it's right up my alley.

Have a great Halloween!!! And, thanks again for the fun, today!

edmontonjb said...

This is really fun! I would like to be entered for Hex in High Heels.

elaing8 said...

I like a chance to win Linda Wisdom's Hex in High Heels

Lesa said...

I'm glad you're all enjoying Hallopalooza. Happy Halloween! And, you'll all be in the drawing for the books.

kaisquared said...

Thanks for the fun, great blog! Hex is my choice.

emmasmom AT wi DOT rr DOT com

Gink said...

Hmm, Milla needs to be more careful! Definitely feel like I'm getting a better idea for who might be involved.

Dori ( I'd love to read Hex in High Heels!

shirley said...

Great fun, Lesa. Would love Scary Stuff

boots9k at

Karen K. Kennedy said...

Great idea, this Scavenger Hunt!

I'd like to win Hex in High Heels.


Lesa said...

Thanks for participating, everyone. Jessy and Jane won the books on this site. I'm waiting to hear back from Jane.

Thanks, Everyone!