Sunday, December 06, 2020

Win an Autographed Copy of Val McDermid's Christmas Is Murder!



It's been a long, long time since this has happened: I wound up with two copies of the same book. Instead of returning the duplicate, I decided to give it away to one of you. Hopefully, the winner will receive it before Christmas.

This time I'm giving away an autographed copy of Val McDermid's short story anthology Christmas Is Murder. The hardcover book has a mylar cover protecting the dust jacket, and the autograph page is a tip-in-- a page that is printed separately from the main text of the book, but attached to the book. Let's tell you more about this collection of tales.


"The Queen of Crime Val McDermid is a master of the dark and sinister story, and these powers are demonstrated in full force in Christmas is Murder, a festive collection of chilling tales.

From an irresponsible baron whose body is discovered beneath a silver birch tree, to an author who is haunted by the spiteful presence of a jealous writing partner, the characters McDermid conjures are enigmatic and dangerous, never above suspicion.

Follow Tony Hill and Carol Jordan as they track a deadly killer who is preparing to strike on Christmas Day, and lose yourself in a festive exclusive - a recently unearthed case for a classic detective duo, set as the lights are going out across Europe.

These evocative, atmospheric tales will shock and delight. This is the perfect book to curl up with as the frosty winter draws in and each night gets darker than the last, written by one of our greatest living crime writers."

McDermid is one of my favorite writers, and I'm going to enjoy sitting by the fire with a mug of tea and my copy of this book!

~~~What You Will Win~~~

One autographed hardcover edition of Val McDermid's Christmas Is Murder. It has a protective mylar cover on the dust jacket, and is fresh from The Poisoned Pen Bookstore. You can see it in the photo above.

Now for the rules of the giveaway...

~~~The Rules~~~

  1. To be entered in the drawing, send an email to kittlingbooks(at)gmail(dot)com.
  2. The subject line of your email must read McDermid Giveaway.
  3. The body of your email must have your name and mailing address.
  4. Send your entries to me by noon, Sunday, December 13, 2020.
  5. Due to the high cost of postage, this giveaway is open to US residents only.


~~~The Small Print~~~

Very Important: If your emails are missing any of the required information, i.e., the correct subject line and your name and mailing address, you will not be entered to win. How do you know if you've been entered? If you have not received an email from me within 24 hours which says, "Your entry has been received. Good Luck!" you'll know something went wrong. That's okay. Try again!
The winner will be notified by email, and the announcement will be made here on Kittling: Books on Monday, December 14, 2020. The book will go out in the mail the very next day.

Now it's time for all of you to fill up my inbox with entries! Treat yourself to a good book!


  1. Replies
    1. Far better to give it away to someone who will appreciate it than just go for a refund!

  2. You certainly are generous! Love the sound of this one!

    1. I'm just about to start reading it, Kay. (Lovely to see you back commenting here and there, by the way.)

  3. McDermid can be pretty "gritty" at times. I'm looking forward to hearing from you how she handled Christmas stories, even murder ones like these. (Love her writing, myself.)

    1. I love her writing, too. I'm just about to start reading it. I'm really looking forward to it.

  4. She's one of my very favorites!

    1. Mine, too-- probably why I wound up with two copies!


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