Now Win This!: The “Can’t Get to Malice” Sweepstakes

We know how it is: this time every year, the Malice Domestic conference rolls around and you wish you could go but other obligations get in the way. So this year we’re bringing you a chance to win keeper-shelf hardcovers of some of Malice’s favorite authors: One Was a Soldier by Julia Spencer-Fleming, A Fatal Winter by G. M. Malliet, Swift Run by Laura DiSilverio, and The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny.

This Sweepstakes is over. For all of our current Sweepstakes, check out our Sweepstakes features page.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING. You must be 18 or older and a legal resident of the 50 United States or D.C. to enter. Promotion begins May 3, 2013, at 12 pm ET, and ends May 17, 2013, 11:59 am ET. Void in Puerto Rico and wherever prohibited by law. Click here for details and official rules.

Julia Spencer-Fleming One Was a Soldier

On a warm September evening in the Millers Kill community center, five veterans sit down in rickety chairs to try to make sense of their experiences in Iraq.  What they will find is murder, conspiracy, and the unbreakable ties that bind them to one another and their small Adirondack town.

The Rev. Clare Fergusson wants to forget the things she saw as a combat helicopter pilot and concentrate on her relationship with Chief of Police Russ Van Alstyne. MP Eric McCrea needs to control the explosive anger threatening his job as a police officer. Will Ellis, high school track star, faces the reality of life as a double amputee. Orthopedist Trip Stillman is denying the extent of  his traumatic brain injury. And bookkeeper Tally McNabb wrestles with guilt over the in-country affair that may derail her marriage.

But coming home is harder than it looks. One vet will struggle with drugs and alcohol. One will lose his family and friends. One will die.

Since their first meeting, Russ and Clare’s bond has been tried, torn, and forged by adversity. But when he rules the veteran’s death a suicide, she violently rejects his verdict, drawing the surviving vets into an unorthodox investigation that threatens jobs, relationships, and her own future with Russ.

As the days cool and the nights grow longer, they will uncover a trail of deceit that runs from their tiny town to the upper ranks of the U.S. Army, and from the waters of the Millers Kill to the unforgiving streets of Baghdad.

A Fatal Winter by GM MallietMax Tudor is well-acclimated to his post as vicar at the church of St. Edwold’s. This quaint town seems to be the perfect new home for Max, who has fled a harrowing past serving in the British counter-intelligence agency, the MI5. Now he has found a measure of peace among urban escapees and yoga practitioners, artists and New Agers.

In A Fatal Winter, Max—Anglican priest, former MI5 agent, and village heartthrob—investigates two deaths at Chedrow Castle. But his growing attraction to Awena Owen complicates his case, as does the recent arrival at Chedrow Castle of a raucous group of long-lost, greedy relatives, any one of whom has a motive for murder.

Swift Run by Laura DiSilverioWith Charlie convalescing from a gunshot wound, Gigi is temporarily running Swift Investigations when Heather-Anne Pawlusik, the tramp who ran off with Gigi’s husband, Les, saunters into the office. Heather-Anne wants to hire the firm to find Les, missing from their love nest in Costa Rica. Gigi tells her to am-scray, but the lure of a paying client is too much, and Les is the father of her children, so she accepts the case, against Charlie’s advice.

Attuned to her embezzling ex’s habits, Gigi tracks down Les but he quickly loses her. When a body turns up, the cops start measuring Gigi for a prison jumpsuit, so she and Charlie frantically hunt for Les and dig into Heather-Anne’s mysterious past because orange isn’t Gigi’s color. What Gigi discovers, not only about Les, but about herself and her feelings for him, surprises her as much as the killer’s identity.

The Beautiful Mystery by Louise PennyNo outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden deep in the wilderness of Quebec, where two dozen cloistered monks live in peace and prayer. They grow vegetables, they tend chickens, they make chocolate. And they sing. Ironically, for a community that has taken a vow of silence, the monks have become world-famous for their glorious voices, raised in ancient chants whose effect on both singer and listener is so profound it is known as “the beautiful mystery.” But when the renowned choir director is murdered, the lock on the monastery’s massive wooden door is drawn back to admit Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir of the Sûreté du Québec. There they discover disquiet beneath the silence, discord in the apparent harmony. One of the brothers, in this life of  prayer and contemplation, has been contemplating murder. As the peace of the monastery crumbles, Gamache is forced to confront some of his own demons, as well as those roaming the remote corridors. Before finding the killer, before restoring peace, the Chief must first consider the divine, the human, and the cracks in between.


  1. Starr Greenwell

    I would really love these.

  2. margot mckeon

    great reads!

  3. Tarah Manning

    These all look like great reads!

  4. Bob Alexander

    This looks similar to the contents of the bag I carry when I leave the book store.

  5. jason fiske

    Great reads and cover artwork!!

  6. Clare 2e

    We always love comments and conversation about great books, but also make sure you[b][url=] CLICK HERE TO ENTER for your chance to win four hardcover books and revisit these keepers![/url][/b]

    [b](This is NOT a Comments Sweepstakes.)[/b]

  7. cheryl wong

    looks like a good read

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  9. Gloria Walshver

    Great reading.

  10. Gloria Walshver

    Great reading.

  11. Jeanne Agee

    Would love to win these for my son

  12. Saundra K. Warren

    Yes Please!

  13. Kelley Tackett

    These all look like great books. When I click on the Enter this link, it doesn’t give me a confirmation that I am entered.

  14. Christopher Morgan

    Hi tackett,

    Sorry about that. The Link should be working now.

  15. Karl Stenger

    I would love to read these books

  16. Jackie Wisherd

    I would enjoy reading each and everyone of these books. Good choices.

  17. Tricha Leary

    Would love to read these

  18. Diane Castiglione

    All these books look like something I would love to read. Great books.
    Thank you

  19. Vernon Luckert

    Would love to win these books.

  20. sue brandes

    They sound like some great books.

  21. Carol Gowett

    Although this says is not a ‘comment’ sweeps, when I click on the ‘Click here to enter’ spot, goes to a register page, but no place on it to register. Have refreshed, reloaded, etc., but still nothing.

  22. Christopher Morgan

    Hi Clynsg,

    You should be seeing two boxs on the right side of the page. THe top one should be a position that you can log in on if you are already a site member. The box under that is for people who don’t have a log in. You will use the top box. If you are seeing neither of these boxes please email us at info {at} criminalelement {dot} com and we will try to get you sorted out.

  23. Lori Myers

    A great variety of books!

  24. Joe Hauser

    Very nice!

  25. Chris Noe

    Ooo. I hope I win this great assortment of books.

  26. Helen Gibbs

    nice selection of summer reads

  27. Kat Emerick

    Wow an assortment of great books!

  28. kathy pease

    Thank you for the great giveaway please count me in 🙂

  29. CherylMc

    would love this

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