Monday, May 14, 2018

Sneak Preview of a Giveaway!

I'm probably more surprised than anyone else that next month will mark the tenth anniversary of Kittling: Books. Back in June 2008, I had three blogs: Kittling: Travel Tales, Kittling: Observations, and Kittling: Books. (Some of you may have wondered about the word "kittling." It's a Scots Gaelic word that basically means "anything that strikes [my] fancy.") Since I worked an average of fifty hours per week at the time, I rapidly realized that three blogs were absolute madness. I deleted two, kept my favorite... and here I am.

Naturally, I have to do something to celebrate this landmark-- not only to mark how special this blog is to me but also to show how very special all you readers have been to me over the years.

I've collected ten mysteries which have all been signed by their authors/editors. They might all be first editions, but I haven't verified that. Three are UK editions. All are hardcovers, and ten lucky readers will win them over the course of June. I plan to give them away, two (sometimes three) each week, until June turns into July.

You want to know which books I'll be giving away, don't you? Never fear, I have a leaning tower of good reading to show you, and... here it is!

Just in case there are titles you cannot decipher in the photo, here's the lineup:

The Delhi Detective's Handbook by Vish Puri (Tarquin Hall)
Death in the Stacks by Jenn McKinlay
Lost Books and Old Bones by Paige Shelton
The Cat of the Baskervilles by Vicki Delany
In the Shadow of Agatha Christie edited by Leslie S. Klinger
In This Grave Hour by Jacqueline Winspear
The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths
Glass Houses by Louise Penny
The Word Is Murder by Anthony Horowitz
The Scribe of Sienna by Melodie Winawer

Well, that's the lineup. Hopefully, it's an assortment that's got a little something for everyone; I know that it ranges from brand-new to tried-and-true authors. Be on the lookout for my giveaway posts. June will be here faster than you think!


  1. Cathy, you are a giveaway wild woman! Ha! Seriously, congratulations on 10 years here. What did we all do without blogs to read and write? I know that my knowledge about books and especially crime novels has increased by leaps and bounds because of blogs like yours. Plus I just like you. You think like I do. (Is that good or bad?!?) I'll be watching for your giveaway posts. I've read two of the books in your stack above (The Dark Angel and Glass Houses) and can attest that they are really good! Just saying...

    1. On the subject of our similar thinking... bad? Nah! Good? Possibly. Scary? Probably! LOL

  2. What a great idea for a giveaway, Cathy! And so generous, too. I really like those titles, and I'll definitely be tuning in for more information...

  3. 10 years-I wondered after reading that when I found your website. The best I can figure out is 2013. Your reviews have lead me to many good authors. I never had trouble finding something to read but I think I would have missed these good authors if I had not found your website. Here are just a few: Todd Borg, A.D. Scott, Laura Purcell, Colin Cotterill, Sujata Masay, Ragnar Jonasson, Kathleen Taylor, Timothy Hallinan,David Grann, Martin Walker, Francine Mathews, Judith Flanders, Brad Parks, Mark Douglas-Home and Reavis Z. Wortham. Thank you for your 10 years of blogging. This is not a complete list.

    1. You're welcome, Lynn. To know that I've introduced you to so many wonderful authors makes me supremely happy. I have a "Warm Fuzzies" folder for special messages. This comment is going right in there.

  4. Congratulations, Cathy! What a generous way to mark your anniversary.

    Thanks for explaining Kittling again. I know you have in the past but I’m getting forgetful and was glad to have my mind, which has been wondering what hat lately, refreshed!

    1. We all need to have our little grey cells refreshed from time to least, I do!

  5. Wow, just Wow! What a great sneak peek and congrats on ten years! I love checking in, from shared to new titles to that place that has risen to the top of my bucket list--your forays to the Poisoned Pen!


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