Friday, October 22, 2010

Winners and a Zoo Mystery Contest

Congratulations to the three people who won copies of Dewey's Nine Lives by Vicki Myron and Bret Witter.  I'll be mailing the books today to Pearl E. from Albuquerque, NM, Shirley N. of Columbus, OH, and Linda B. from Bridgewater, VA.  And, Emily G. from Canal Fulton, OH won the dog book collection from Hatchette Book Group.  They'll be sending Emily's books.

In keeping with this month's accidental theme of animal books, this week I'm giving away autographed mysteries set in zoos.  Ann Littlewood was just at Velma Teague, and signed a copy of her latest mystery, Did Not Survive.   Set at Finley Memorial Zoo in Vancouver, Washington, it features Iris Oakley, pregnant and still recovering from her husband's murder.  She's now a keeper for birds, but, on the way to clock in, she has to rescue her boss from being mauled to death by an elephant.  Iris' friends select her to investigate when it seems there are a few people who might want to kill the man.

Betty Webb's The Koala of Death is a little lighter, with an eccentric group of characters.  Gunn Landing Harbor is in California, where zookeeper Theodora "Teddy" Bently fishes the body of Koala Kate out of the harbor.   Unfortunately, a number of the animal keepers at the Gunn Zoo are suspects in Kate's murder.  But, Teddy has other problems as well, and she reluctantly agrees to appear on a weekly live TV show about the zoo animals in order to raise a little extra money.  And, Teddy and the animals have a few escapades in the studio.  Webb does a terrific job balancing the lightness of the TV show with the serious nature of murder.

So, which autographed zoo mystery would you like to win, The Koala of Death or Did Not Survive?  You can enter to win both but I need separate entries. Email me at Your subject line should read either "Win The Koala of Death" or "Win Did Not Survive." Your message should include your mailing address. Entrants only in the U.S., please.

The contest will end Thursday, Oct. 28th at 6 p.m. PT. The winners will be selected by random number generator. I'll notify the winners and mail the books the next day. Good luck!


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