Sunday, November 29, 2015

In case you could use a Hawaiian vacation right about now.

SEASON'S READINGS! To celebrate the holidays, we're offering our readers a gift. Leave a comment below for a chance to win a signed copy of Murder, She Wrote: Aloha Betrayed.

Congratulations, Sue Farrell! You've won our random drawing and a signed hardcover of Aloha Betrayed will be on its way to you.

Aloha Betrayed is number 41 in the "Murder, She Wrote" series.

By Jessica Fletcher
With Thanksgiving thankfully behind us--although Seth Hazlitt cautioned me to double the recipe for stuffing next year, as we ran out of his favorite side dish way too early--and more cooking and baking on the horizon, not to mention (depending on where you live) impending snow and other seasonal delights, we thought you might like the idea of visiting a tropical island, unless you're fortunate enough to live on Maui already.

I had been invited to co-teach a class on community involvement in police investigations with the legendary retired detective Mike Kane. Wait till you meet Mike. He's a bear of a man who pads around in flip-flops and an aloha shirt and notices everything his students think they're getting away with. 

In the news is an ongoing controversy over the use of the summit of a volcano, sacred both to indigenous people and to international scientists who want to place a giant telescope atop the mountain.

When a professor at Maui College involved in the debate is found at the bottom of rocky cliff, it's up to Mike and me to uncover who was driven to silence a scientist. Is there a hint in the loud calls of the gray francolin, Hawaii's feathered alarm clock?



We have a signed hardcover edition of Murder, She Wrote: Aloha Betrayed for a lucky reader whose name is selected in a random drawing taking place Tuesday, December 1, at 6 p.m. Leave your comment below to be entered in the drawing, and please pass along the news.




What's your favorite place to vacation?


97 comments:

  1. The Caribbean. Small island not many tourists and I try and keep it secret

    gibsonbk at hiwaay dot net

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  2. I would love to have a Hawaiian vacation (or even another lovely beach location)! Thank you for the giveaway.
    myrifraf(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hawaii had been on our "bucket list." We were happy to check if off.

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  3. We used to love to go to the Barrier Islands in North Carolina.

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    1. The only barrier island we've visited is St. Simon's Island, off Georgia, to see old friends. Great place!

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  4. Oh wow I would love to read this book...Hawaiian Vacation bring it on... a Murder She Wrote you betcha...thanks for the contest.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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    1. Hope you'll check it out at the library is your name isn't drawn.

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  5. I love the beach, but a quite cabin in the mountains is a great way to refresh the senses!

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  6. I've never been there but I'd like to go to Hawaii.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  7. I'd love to vacation somewhere quiet and away from the hustle & bustle of everyday life. A beach and a book-who needs more?!
    karen(dot)kenyon(at)rogers(dot)com

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    1. We're with you, Karen. Just some time to read quietly would be nice.

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  8. Although I've only had one, Hawaiian vacations are the best. Thank you for this chance!!
    peggyhyndman(at)att(dot)net

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    1. Gorgeous scenery, beautiful weather. Good luck in the drawing!

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  9. Where ever the family wanted to go! Camping was wonderful.
    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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    1. We're more the "glamping" type, glamorous camping, meaning a bed in a hotel. ;-)

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  10. I'd love to vacation in Hawaii---but I'm too afraid to fly!! Thanks for the contest.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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    1. Don loves flying. Renee, not so much. Hawaii was worth it.

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  11. I was lucky enough to win a trip to Hawaii once. Paradise! lkleback@hotmail.com

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  12. We enjoyed our Hawaiian vacation. But, our new favorite is taking a Disney cruise to the Bahamas.
    rebecca(at)losey-farms(dot)com.

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    1. Don loves ships of any sort. Renee falls more in the like category.

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  13. So many places to go, no money to get there. Scotland, Ireland, England.
    cjreynolds52(at)comcast(dot) net

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    1. We can sympathize. Easy to go broke traveling all over.

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  14. I love Charleston SC, it's such a beautiful city. So much history and beautiful homes and plantations. It feels like you are transported back in time to another era.
    diannekc8@gmail.com

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    1. We've heard that before. Have to put it on the "to visit" list.

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  15. I'm with Seth - make a double recipe of stuffing next time! I love this series. More time with Jessica. Thanks for the giveaway.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks, Grandma! Good luck to you and everyone in the drawing.

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  16. I'd love to vacation in the Seychelles. I've never read a Murder She Wrote mystery -- would love to start! bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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    1. Ooh, Celia. Will have to fix that. Try one from the library and see how you like the books.

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  17. I have never read any of the Murder she Wrote, but I have watched the show and I love it! I don't get to go on many vacations ( other than the ones I take in books). I have never been to Maine, but I have always wanted to go. So if I get to go away I would love to go there! Thanks for the chance to win!
    magicgirl2357@yahoo.com

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    1. That's the wonderful thing about books; you can travel to anywhere in the world.

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  18. To me it doesn't matter where I vacation at just as long as I am with my family. Love the Murder,She wrote books. Would love to win this.
    angelbear19662000@yahoo.com

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  19. My favorite place to vacation is on a cruise ship! Destination could be almost anywhere!

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    1. Ah, you and Donald Bain, Linda. Cruises are probably his favorite vacation.

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  20. Sharon Baker. slpetera@yahoo. comNovember 29, 2015 at 1:23 PM

    Watched Murder She Wrote every week. Am now watching all the reruns at the 2nd and some for 3rd time. They were great. I have been to Hawaii years ago and loved it. Would love to go again

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  21. Well, we're only offering a visit by book. Good luck all in the drawing.

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  22. I wish I was at the beach right now instead of freezing my butt off.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  23. My favorite vacation would be back home with my mother and other elderly family members. I would love to visit Hawaii with Jessica Fletcher! Recently began to read these novels for the first time...so I have 40 plus earlier novels to love! jeaniedannheim ( at ) ymail ( dot ) com

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    1. So glad you've discovered the books. Hope you enjoy them.

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  24. Depending on my budget.... I love the Pacific NW... the mountains, the ocean, but my absolute favorite (at least of the places I've actually been to,) has to be London. I would move there if I could! Love the architecture, and the multi-culture and history, and everything else that makes London London. :)

    kidisitor@yahoo.com

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    1. You've hit on our favorite city in the world, too, Marsha.

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  25. My favorite vacation spot is a Florida beach which I love and enjoy. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  26. I have never been to Hawaii. A tranquil beach retreat. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  27. Really, who doesn't love Jessica Fletcher! ❤️❤️❤️
    I would love to visit Hawaii someday.

    agavigan@cox.net

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  28. Celia, a good start to reading Murder She Wrote books would be the very beginning, and what great timing! Manhattans and Murder is a holiday book, Jessica Fletcher visits NYC during Christmas. I wrote this book with my father Donald Bain! Also, speaking of travel! I also co-authored Rum and Razors, another Murder She Wrote novel with my father. In this one, Jessica travels to the Virgin Islands at the same time a travel writer press trip is going on. I am a travel writer for many outlets and used my experience in this book--as well as names of editors and other reporters I worked with. Oh, and, yes, my dad does love to fly. After all he was in the Air Force--I was born while he was stationed in Amarillo, Texas. Thanks! Happy holidays!

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    1. Merry Christmas, Dad! I have wonderful memories of all our Christmases with Uncle Jack and June and Jill and Janet and the family! Merry Christmas!

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  29. I generally don't travel because of all my animals, but I'm lucky enough to live in a great area where I can easily indulge in lots of day trips! I live in Western New York and thinks it's a great place to live and vacation! Wineries, historical locations, the birthplace of Jell-o, Victorian cemeteries, and more!

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  30. We visited Bar Harbor, Maine this summer. I loved it! I want to go back!

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

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    1. We agree; Maine is a beautiful state. Won't get any argument about that here.

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  31. I would love to go to Hawii someday too!
    Lisa
    hseaside5@aim.com

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  32. As the weather gets colder, I would love to read a book that can transport me to a nice warm place! utaker555@gmail.com

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  33. I would love to vacation in the mountains. Love the Gatlinburg area and would love to live in the mountains, covered in snow. I do miss traveling to Germany though. As for a beachy place, I am not a sun fan, but I did love Hawaii
    kayt18 at comcast dot net

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    1. We love to look at the snow, just not to have to shovel it. ;-)

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  34. The Sunshine Coast QLD. Beautiful one day, perfect the next.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  35. Our family loves going to Niagara Falls, both American and Canadian side. This giveaway would be an ideal book to share with my husband since he loves Jessica Fletcher mysteries. robeader53@yahoo.com

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    1. We've never been to Niagara Falls. We'll have to correct that.

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  36. My favorite place to vacation is anywhere where a beach is close by. I love to vacation near the ocean and I am not picky where as long as it is warm. Thanks for the chance!!! darholley1@aol.com

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    1. We agree; there's something so soothing being on or near the water.

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  37. I love the Jessica Fletcher mysteries. krnwdw@gmail.com

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  38. I would love to go to Hawaii, but my favorite place to vacation is any where I can take a book or book reader. I have several Murder She Wrote books, love them all. Once I start I cannot put down to get any chores done. All the books are so interesting, exciting, I take a trip every time I read one. I need this book badly! Thank you for the giveaway. Georgia queenvictoria50@aol.com

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    1. You're welcome, Georgia, and good luck in the drawing.

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  39. I love a little Oceanside village in my great state of California with ocean front rooms, canapy beds, in room vinal record players , on a gorgeous hidden beach that is a wildlife refuge. To add to the perfectly serene surroundings is a local organically grown market. It's pure heaven. seascapelife at gmail dot com

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  40. I would love to go back to Hawaii, Thanks for this awesome chance. Linda May lindamay4852@yahoo.com

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  41. I've always loved Murder, She Wrote. Count me in.

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  42. My favorite place that I've been is the Netherlands. So much history, so much charm. And tulips if you're there at the right time of year! The place I'd like to go? Cornwall and Wales, or maybe Italy.

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  43. Thank you for a chance to win one of the Murder She Wrote books! I loved the series and watched them over and over but have never gotten one of the books
    rags6152@gmail.com

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    1. Time to change that, Rosie. Good luck in the drawing, but if your name doesn't come up, there's always the library.

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  44. My favorite? Tent camping at Turkey Run State Park in Indiana!!! Thank you for the chance :)
    ~Kelly Gaelicark@gmail.com

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  45. Can I read it on the beach? Anywhere warm will do.

    wismomworks@gmail.com

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  46. Love Murder, She Wrote. Both the series and your wonderful books. It would be great to win this autographed copy.

    lauraalbert@hotmail.com

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  47. Thanks, Dad! Merry Christmas! Am promoting Manhattans and Murder book we co-wrote! Such fun!

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  48. My husband and I were recently given a subscription to Netflix and I have been enjoying the Murder she Wrote Series, some of which I never did get to see previously. dbahn@iw.net

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  49. Thanks for the chance to win. I am just starting to read this series, I loved the TV show but had gotten around to the books yet. Thanks for showing us around to different places. doward1952@yahoo.com

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  50. Thanks for the chance to win, I am just now starting to read this series. doward1952@yahoo.com

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  51. Sue Farrell is our random drawing winner! Congratulations, Sue, and thanks to everyone for participating. Happy Holidays to all. We'll be back December 29th.

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