Thursday, March 10, 2011

BAFFLING BINGO MYSTERY BOOK DAY: A LONELY DEATH - A GIVEAWAY

WELCOME TO BOOKIN' WITH BINGO'S
"BAFFLING BINGO DAY"
I'M EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THIS THURSDAY'S
MYSTERY BOOK CHOICE IS.....
GIVEAWAY ENDED 
A LONELY DEATH
An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery
BY CHARLES TODD
ABOUT THE BOOK: 
Scotland Yard detective Ian Rutledge returns to solve his most exciting and shocking case yet in this latest entry in the bestselling series hailed as "outstanding" by the New York Times Book Review

A breathtaking blend of psychological complexity, haunting atmosphere, compelling twists, and impressive detail, the novels in the Ian Rutledge mystery series have garnered their author widespread acclaim and numerous honors and awards. At the heart of the series is the compelling Scotland Yard detective inspector Ian Rutledge, a veteran of the Great War who understands all too well the darkness that lies within men's souls.

Now three men have been murdered in a Sussex village, and Scotland Yard has been called in. It's a baffling case. The victims are soldiers who survived the horrors of World War I only to meet a ghastly end in the quiet English countryside two years later. Each had been garroted, with small ID discs left in their mouths.

But even Scotland Yard's presence doesn't deter this vicious and clever killer. Shortly after Inspector Ian Rutledge arrives, a fourth soldier is found dead. With few clues to go on and the pressure building, Rutledge must gamble everything—his job, his reputation, and even his life—to find answers.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Charles and Caroline Todd are a mother-and-son writing team who live on the east coast of the United States. Caroline has a BA in English Literature and History, and a Masters in International Relations. Charles has a BA in Communication Studies with an emphasis on Business Management, and a culinary arts degree that means he can boil more than water. Caroline has been married (to the same man) for umpteen years, and Charles is divorced.

Charles and Caroline have a rich storytelling heritage. Both spent many evenings on the porch listening to their fathers and grandfathers reminisce. And a maternal grandmother told marvelous ghost stories. This tradition allows them to write with passion about events before their own time. And an uncle/great-uncle who served as a flyer in WWI aroused an early interest in the Great War.

Charles learned the rich history of Britain, including the legends of King Arthur, William Wallace, and other heroes, as a child. Books on Nelson and by Winston Churchill were always at hand. Their many trips to England gave them the opportunity to spend time in villages and the countryside, where there'a different viewpoint from that of the large cities. Their travels are at the heart of the series they began ten years ago.

Charles's love of history led him to a study of some of the wars that shape it: the American Civil War, WWI and WWII. He enjoys all things nautical, has an international collection of seashells, and has sailed most of his life. Golf is still a hobby that can be both friend and foe. And sports in general are enthusiasms. Charles had a career as a business consultant. This experience gave him an understanding of going to troubled places where no one was glad to see him arrive. This was excellent training for Rutledge's reception as he tries to find a killer in spite of local resistance. TO FINISH READING MORE ABOUT THESE TALENTED WRITERS, GO TO THE COMPLETE BIO AT THE HARPER COLLLINS WEBSITE HERE.


PRAISE FOR THE A LONELY DEATH:
“Masterly.”
— New York Times Book Review on A Lonely Death
 “Todd once and for all establishes the shell-shocked Rutledge as the genre’s most complex and fascinating detective.”
— Entertainment Weekly, on A LONELY DEATH (Grade: A-)
 
“[The authors’] subtle prose and profound empathy for all their characters enhance a suspenseful and twisty plot.”
— Publishers Weekly on A Lonely Death
 
“Another engaging entry in a fine series.”
— Booklist on A Lonely Death
 
“Todd’s intriguing revenge tale will keep the reader turning the pages, but the main draw remains Rutledge, the relentless inspector haunted by the voice of a Scotsman he executed on the battlefield for disobeying an order. Highly recommended for all aficionados of British postwar historical mysteries.”
— Library Journal on A Lonely Death
 
“Eloquently blasts war for the obscenity it is.”
— Kirkus Reviews on A Lonely Death
 
GIVEAWAY

I HAVE ONE ADVANCE COPY
OF THIS EXCITING MYSTERY TO
SHARE WITH ONE OF YOU
 
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HOW TO ENTER:

+1 ENTRY:
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+1 MORE ENTRY: BLOG OR TWEET ABOUT THIS GIVEAWAY AND COME BACK AND LEAVE A LINK THAT I CAN FOLLOW 

+1 MORE ENTRY: COMMENT ON SOMETHING YOU FIND INTERESTING WHEN VISITING CHARLES TODDS  WEBSITE HERE.

+1 MORE ENTRY: COMMENT ON SOMETHING YOU FIND INTERESTING IN THE "FUN STUFF" SECTION ON CHARLES TODD AT THE HARPER COLLINS WEBSITE HERE
GIVEAWAY ENDS AT
6 PM, EST, MARCH 24!
 GOOD LUCK!

68 comments:

Enamored Soul said...
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Enamored Soul said...

I tweeted about the Giveaway!

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Enamored Soul said...

I know this may sound really silly, but what interests me most about Charles and Caroline Todd, are that they are a mother-and-son duo! I think that is so absolutely amazing! Also that their many travels together as a family shaped the many stories they would later come to write.

Also, the novel seems like it would be such a superb mystery novel - and I do love mystery novels so. Also, Ian Rutledge is one amazing character! :)

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Enamored Soul said...

While reading through their bio "Author" section, I found out the interesting fact that both Caroline and Charles share a love for animals and that they (God Bless 'em) tend to take "rescues" in. I think that is SO endearing and sweet of them!

They also once had a pet lizard named Schnickelfritz. Hahaha. I think that's hilarious - I can't even BEGIN to pronounce THAT one!

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Enamored Soul said...

Also, from amongst Charles Todd's "Fun Stuff" - what I liked best was the section on his writing tips, and amongst them, this jewel:

"Let your characters be themselves. If they’re no more than puppets of your imagination, they’ll never reach their full potential in a story. Listen to them and believe in them."

I could NOT AGREE MORE! When I write, I feel like my characters are not fiction, but real people. And when I portray them, I want to do justice to them. I loved Charles Todd's advice - the whole section was a delight to read.

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Enamored Soul said...

Oh *smacks her forehead* I completely forgot - I apologize. I wanted to thank you for hosting this giveaway, and all the other wonderful giveaways! Thank you SO much!

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debbie said...

This is a new author for me. I don't know how I missed them. I would love to read a mystery that is worked by Scotland Yard.
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Steve Capell said...

I agree with "Enamored Soul" that the fact that this book is written by a mother and son is intriguing. Secondly, it is written in the genre that I adore and the cover of this novel is absolutely fantastic. Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway.

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Anonymous said...

I see that the author(s) also have another mystery series with Bess Crawford who is a nurse set in WWI---I must find these books at the store.

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Sue Farrell said...

I see that my first entry somehow didn't post---so I'd better try again----
Mysteries are my favorite genre and having some history thrown in is a big plus--the WWI era is very interesting to me.

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Sue Farrell said...

In the author's fun stuff I think it's neat that he would like to have lunch with PD James, one of my favorite authors, too.

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mamabunny13 said...

I love a good mystery. Hope I get to read this one soon!
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mamabunny13 said...

What I found interesting on Charles Todd's website...Writing together is a challenge, and both enjoy giving the other a hard time. The famous quote is that in revenge, Charles crashes Caroline’s computer, and Caroline crashes his parties. lol
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Margie said...

I have to admit that I have never heard of this author. But the series looks very interesting. The combination of Scotland Yard, a good mystery, and the WWI background is very intriguing. I would like to take a look at this series.
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Margie said...

From the Todd website...I was intrigued by how many books are in this series. I too think the mother and son writing duo is fascinating. I haven't heard of this combination before.
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mamabunny13 said...

I like the Authors Connection section of FUN STUFF.
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Margie said...

From the "fun stuff"....the author's favorite animal is a dog (but his cats might get mad at him!)
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Anne said...

I like to read mysteries and this sounds good.

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traveler said...

This mystery and the era interests me greatly. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

traveler said...

The background of this book involving the travels sound fascinating. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

traveler said...

The series that they are writing about the nurse, Bess Crawford sounds compelling. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

petite said...

A British mystery set in that period appeals to me. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

petite said...

Their rescue work with animals is wonderful since I have a rescue. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

petite said...

Their talent to work together and be creative to have another series is amazing. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

Tore said...

I am a follower and email subscriber. I would love to read this book because it sounds good and I love murder mysteries. Tore923@aol.com

Laura H. said...

I want to win this book because I enjoy mysteries of "psychological complexity" and love books set in England and involving Scotland Yard.

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Laura H. said...

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Laura H. said...

From the website I learned that the author duo comes from a long line of storytellers.

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Laura H. said...

Charles must be a Star Trek fan because he admires the fictional character, Jean-Luc Picard.

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Carol N Wong said...

I love mystery and this one seems to be well thought out and richly developed. I really like that it is written by a mother and son team. My son and I used to sit at the typewriter (a long time ago before computers were handy)and write stories together on the summer vacations. We had so much fun just as I suspect this mother and son team did!

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Carol N Wong said...

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Carol N Wong said...

I looked at the books on his website and would like to read 'Search the Dark'. I have a friend living in Dorset where the book is set and a calender with Dorset pictures so can easily imagine the setting.

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Carol N Wong said...

I like that he likes sunshine, a comfortable chair, a sea breeze and a page turner. Sounds great to me!

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I like a good mystery and this sounds like a good one.

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I love the idea of a mother and son writing team.


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His favorite animal an elephant--really.

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LAMusing said...

Historical fiction and a mystery - doesn't get much better that that! A fair number of writers set things in WW2, but WW1 is rarely used. Would love to read this!
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LAMusing said...

Charles Todd website - I don't think I've ever heard of a mother/son writing team!
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LAMusing said...

In "fun stuff" I liked the comment about "exploring somewhere I havenb't been before" - it's sort of what books are about for thise that can't actually travel :)
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Norma said...

Love "British" mysteries - Scatland Yard and all that :) Just one of the reasoins I'd like to read this!
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Norma said...

I'd also like to read the Bess Crawford books listed on his website
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Norma said...

In Fun Facts I noticed he has wide ranging tastes in music
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bison61 said...

soldiers who survived World War I only to meet a ghastly end in the English countryside two years later-wow sounds like a great mystery

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holdenj said...

I am not familiar with this series and think it looks great. Scotland Yard usually has some good stories coming from it! Thanks!

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holdenj said...

I have read a couple series by mother/daughter writers, but never mother/son. I think the Todds are quite interesting.
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holdenj said...

I think it's kind of fun that if Charles wasn't a writer, he'd want to work for the Nat'l Park Service.
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MRWriter said...

I'm fascinated with Scotland Yard.
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MRWriter said...

I'd like to read Charles Todd's "A Test of Wills."

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MRWriter said...

Charles Todd like Jean Luc Picard of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

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ktgonyea said...

Sounds like a great read :)

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CherylS22 said...

Looks like a great thriller.
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CherylS22 said...

I found it interest that they had a lizard named Schnickelfritz for a pet - what an interesting name!
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I find it interesting that a fictional character most admired is Jean-Luc Picard!
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Pamela Keener said...

I have never read these books but this book sounds like a good read.
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Sarah E said...

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Sarah E said...

I found it interesting that Charles Todd and his mother are a mother/son writing team.

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In the "Fun Stuff" section I found it interesting that the author would love to lunch with PD James.

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