Congratulations to the winners of the last contest. Patricia P. from Boynton Beach, FL won Ripped From the Pages. Books of a Feather will go to Robin C. of Ashtabula, OH. The books will go out in the mail today.
Why do librarians, cats, and murder go together in the mystery world? This week, I'm giving away two books that feature those three elements. If you haven't yet read Miranda James'Arsenic and Old Books, you'll want to read it, and the short story included in the book. When the mayor of Athena, Mississippi donates a set of Civil War-era diaries to the Athena College archives, she wants librarian Charlie Harris to preserve them. There are people determined to get their hands on those diaries, and that demand leads to murder. Now, Charlie and his Maine Coon cat, Diesel, have to discover why the diaries are worth killing for.
Librarian Minnie Hamilton and her rescue cat, Eddie, have to catch a killer in Laurie Cass' Cat with a Clue. While shelving books one morning, Minnie stumbles across a dead body. The woman was from out of town, visiting for a funeral. But, what was she doing in the library after hours? As Minnie and Eddie travel the county in the bookmobile, they're asking questions, and looking for a killer.
Which mystery would you like to win? You can enter to win both, but I need separate entries. Email me at Lesa.Holstine@gmail.com. Your subject heading should read either "Win Arsenic and Old Books" or "Win Cat with a Clue." Please include your name and mailing address. The contest will end Thursday, Sept. 1 at 6 PM CT. Entries from the U.S. only, please.