I've been slowly emptying the books that I've read from the shelf above my head here at my desk. Only one remains (until I fill it up with more good'uns, that is)-- a gently read, autographed hardcover copy of Peter Swanson's Eight Perfect Murders. Here's my review, if you'd like to know what I thought of it.
Let's take a look--
Years ago, bookseller and mystery aficionado Malcolm Kershaw compiled a list of the genre’s most unsolvable murders, those that are almost impossible to crack—which he titled “Eight Perfect Murders”—chosen from among the best of the best including Agatha Christie’s A. B. C. Murders, Patricia Highsmith’s Strangers on a Train, Ira Levin’s Death Trap, A. A. Milne's Red House Mystery, Anthony Berkeley Cox's Malice Aforethought, James M. Cain's Double Indemnity, John D. Macdonald's The Drowner, and Donna Tartt's A Secret History.
But no one is more surprised than Mal, now the owner of the Old Devils Bookstore in Boston, when an FBI agent comes knocking on his door one snowy day in February. She’s looking for information about a series of unsolved murders that look eerily similar to the killings on Mal’s old list. And the FBI agent isn’t the only one interested in this bookseller who spends almost every night at home reading. The killer is out there, watching his every move—a diabolical threat who knows way too much about Mal’s personal history, especially the secrets he’s never told anyone, even his recently deceased wife.
To protect himself, Mal begins looking into possible suspects . . . and sees a killer in everyone around him. But Mal doesn’t count on the investigation leaving a trail of death in its wake. Suddenly, a series of shocking twists leaves more victims dead—and the noose around Mal’s neck grows so tight he might never escape."
If you think it sounds like a very good read, you're right, and you can win a copy. Here's how:
- To enter, send an email to kittlingbooks(at)gmail(dot)com.
- The subject line of the email must read "EIGHT PERFECT MURDERS GIVEAWAY."
- The body of the email must include your name and mailing address. (No, your name and address will not be kept for nefarious purposes after the contest ends.)
- Due to the high cost of postage, this giveaway is for US residents only.
- Your entry must be received by noon on Sunday, May 17, 2020.
~~~A Little Fine Print~~~
- Only one entry per person.
- If your email contains all the necessary information, you'll receive an email stating "Your entry has been received-- Good Luck!" within 24 hours. If you don't receive that email within 24 hours, try, try again.
- The winner will be notified by email and an announcement made on the blog Monday, May 18, 2020.
- The book will be carefully packaged and in the mail by Tuesday, May 19 at the latest.
Now it's time to fill up my inbox with entries!