Giveaways! Two of them!

The first is a Goodreads giveaway for IN THE COMPANY OF SHERLOCK HOLMES, now through October 20:


Kirkus says: The range of the 15 new stories here is remarkable. One of the best, Sara Paretsky’s “The Curious Affair of the Italian Art Dealer,” is the most conservative, taking true delight in approximating Watson’s turns of phrase. Michael Sims retells “Silver Blaze” from the title character’s perspective. Cornelia Funke displays Holmes’ magnanimity toward a young thief who invades 221-B Baker St., and Nancy Holder provides a sad, spectral sequel to “The Beryl Coronet.” John Lescroart shows an aging Holmes helping out in the Dunkirk evacuation. Since Holmes can never die, Michael Connelly reimagines Dr. Watson as a deputy coroner working with Harry Bosch’s LAPD, and Jeffery Deaver, in a characteristically twisty tale, sets a Sherlockian wannabe against New York’s East Side Slasher. Holmes is only one among several inspirations behind Laura Caldwell’s “Art in the Blood,” Denise Hamilton’s “The Thinking Machine” and co-editor Klinger’s “The Closing.” Leah Moore and John Reppion resurrect Holmes in a fast-moving comic book, and Andrew Grant even more breathlessly abridges The Hound of the Baskervilles for social media. Harlan Ellison’s wild fantasia, the strangest item here, is more Ray Bradbury than Conan Doyle. And in the wittiest story, Michael Dirda unmasks Doyle as a Strand house author whose byline conceals the identities of many contributors.


To sign up for the In the Company of Sherlock Holmes giveaway, click on this word: Goodreads, or on this one: Facebook.

But wait, there’s more!

And to help you get all hot and bothered about Dreaming Spies, Random House are giving away a whole bunch of copies of Garment of Shadowsalso on Goodreads:



Sign up for that giveaway here–and I hope you all win lots of copies!


  1. Susan on October 1, 2014 at 6:24 am

    I would love a copy! I have read or listened to all of Laurie’s books. Of course, my favourite is the Mary Russell / Sherlock Holmes series.

  2. Bonnie on October 1, 2014 at 6:28 am

    Ooh, a frisson of excitement at seeing Sara Caudwell’s name — but I thought she was dead — oh, it’s Laura Caldwell. Damn these reading glasses! But the true excitement is seeing that Michael Dirda wrote a story, and it’s the wittiest one! I’m a long-time fan of Michael Dirda. I’ll skip the contest and just go buy the book.

  3. Alice Wright on October 1, 2014 at 8:02 am

    Once again Goodreads lives up to my expectations. When you click on the Goodreads link (or go through FB to Goodreads) you are faced with 87 pages to scroll through to try to find “In the Company of Sherlock Holmes” to enter the giveaway. I went, laboriously, through 10 and didn’t find the book so I gave up. Thank you Goodreads for making something that should be simple, all but impossible and a whopping big time suck.

  4. Laurie King on October 1, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Has anyone else had this problem?

  5. Kathy Reel on October 1, 2014 at 9:18 am

    I signed up a while back for the giveaway for In the Company of Sherlock Holmes on Goodreads, when it was newly listed, so I didn’t have a problem finding it. However, I know Alice’s pain of scrolling through lots of pages to find a giveaway on there, too. I do think there is a solution, which I have just discovered. If you type in the name of the book in the Goodreads search bar, at top Title/Author/ISBN. on the page for that book should be the giveaway you can sign up for, if there is one for that book. It will be below the description of the book. I just tried this method with Garment of Shadows and it worked. Below the description of the book and my review was the link to sign up for the giveaway. Yay!

  6. Jessara on October 1, 2014 at 11:21 am

    No problem; Goodreads logged me in, I searched for the title, and entered. However, since it’s limited to 18 and over, I had to edit my profile to provide DOB.

  7. Robbin Stull on October 1, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    I can’t tell if I’m entered or not. I clicked the button on Goodreads that says enter here. That took me to the search area. Did that but there was no further buttons to push once the book came up.

  8. Pamela Parker on October 1, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    I didn’t have any problems with goodreads. the links took me straight to the giveaway page for each book.

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