Competition time: A Deadly Thaw, In Bitter Chill and cake!

IMG_0139Only seventeen days to go until the UK publication of A Deadly Thaw. I’ve had my copies of the hardback through the post and they’re gorgeous. They also look great alongside In Bitter Chill on the bookshelf!

13563676_10153618998626625_612631096_nTo celebrate, I’m giving away a signed copy of both books. Also, given how popular it was last time, I’ll send the lucky winner a Bakewell tart  from the original shop in Derbyshire. I’ll post this and the books to anywhere in the world so you can enjoy it with your cup of tea or coffee. I’ve used the photo from the last competition to show the cake. If I visited the shop to buy another to photograph for this competition, it’d be gone by tomorrow!

All you have to do to enter is fill out your name, e-mail address and the name of your favourite crime novel. Your e-mail will only be used for my newsletter and adding the name of your favourite book helps me filter out spam. The competition ends at 8pm on Sunday 21st August.

Thank you! The countdown to A Deadly Thaw’s publication has begun. Don’t forget you can pre-order it now on Amazon UK and Amazon US as well as in your local bookshop.

**The competition is now closed. The winner was Kate Noble in Aberdeenshire**

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24 thoughts on “Competition time: A Deadly Thaw, In Bitter Chill and cake!

  1. Well, I have In Bitter Chill and I will have A Deadly Thaw soon enough. But I have never seen a Bakewell tart, and it looks delicious.
    Are you using A Deadly Thaw for British and U.S. titles? Rather than A Fatal Thaw in the U.S. Just wondering.
    Now to look for Bakewell tarts in my city! And, yes, it wouldn’t last long here either.
    How exciting that it’s only a few more days until publication!

  2. Kiss Me Deadly by Mickey Spillane – I bet I’m the only one to cite this as my favourite crime novel, but what an impact this had on me when I first read it age 20 in 1963. It’s short, sparse, compact, hard, punchy, fast and American, with full-on action and what a use of words. What a surprise I had years later to read that Mickey Spillane was in fact a Jehovah’s Witness and a door-to-door missionary for them. Only then could I really see and understand his powerful, masterful use of language and words. There are no swear words or bad language plus his sex-scenes get to the point without the words your maiden aunt wouldn’t want to hear. He derives his impact from a powerful use of a mainstream word-base, and that has stayed with me as a lesson in life as well as in my writing.

    • You’re right! I haven’t had any other Mickey Spillane entries although I have had a Chandler novel and a Ross MacDonald so noir is still alive and well amongst Crimepieces readers! Good luck in the competition!

  3. Good luck Sarah, I’ve just pre-ordered the Kindle version. I”m just 26 days behind you with The Pick The Spade, And The Crow. Here’s hoping September is great month for both of us…

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