Friday, September 29, 2017

Little Toy Trains AND a Giveaway!!

Character: Hank McCall
Series: Vintage Toyshop Mysteries
Author: Barbara Early

Hank McCall here, and I'm excited about the upcoming Train and Toy show.

Now, I know my daughter likes to remind me that we're there to sell and not buy, but you can't expect a man to be surrounded by miles of model trains and not come away with a few small purchases, especially since there are trains of every gauge, from the smallest models kept in glass cases to huge models meant for kids to ride on... I wonder if she'd go off the rails if I brought that home. I am hoping for future grandkids...someday.


Even Liz had to crack a smile when she saw this Monopoly-themed train, which had color-coded cars for all the properties and utilities.

And there's plenty of accessories to go around. This Munsters house would look great next to the tracks, especially in October...
Or course, this might be more suited to Christmas...


Oh, and look! Little police figures. I need these since I used to be... 

OK, who's the wise guy who designed the one eating the doughnut?



Giveaway: This is the last Killer Character post before the release of MURDER ON THE TOY TOWN EXPRESS, and Barbara Early is giving away one signed copy, along with the fun book swag pictured below!

To be eligible to win, leave a comment below. Please include your email address in a spam-safe format [ie. MyName (at) Provider (dot) com]. Contest will close and a winner will be picked on October 5th.

(International residents may enter, but the prize received will be the book only, and unsigned.)



And if you're on Goodreads, Crooked Lane Books put up three Hardcover copies there!

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/255771-murder-on-the-toy-town-express

(Don't want to wait? Amazon and Walmart are both shipping now and seem to be having a price war. Hardcover book for the price of a paperback!)

96 comments:

  1. I love trains. We had a small set that got lost in one of our many moves, but I have a grandson. He is 3 months. Maybe he will want one for Christmas.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  2. The monster house looks amazing. I was out shopping for an original clue game a couple of weeks ago and was only able to find the 1970 era clue game. So, I ended up getting a reproduction of the 1940s original because I love the look of it so much. You know me, I love well loved dolls and games. Thanks for the giveaway you all. It's yellow, so I had to enter. Plus, #Toys! Sherylhbooth(at)gmail(dot)com

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  3. Santa brought my sister and me a train set one Christmas when we were kids. I loved the sound it made as it went around the tracks. cking78503 (at) aol (dot) com

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  4. I love trains around the Christmas tree. This book looks wonderful. Thanks for the great prize pack.
    donnaing1 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  5. I love trains. So fun. This book is on my TBR list. Thanks for the chance.
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  6. I received a train set from Santa one Christmas and had so much fun with it. Thank you for this chance.
    peggyhyndman (at) att (dot) net

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  7. The monopoly one looks cool! Can't wait for the new release! Thanks for the chance to win
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. Thanks so much for the chance. I would love to read this book.

    jackielizn (at) Gmail (dot) com

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  9. Thank you for the chance to win! griffvan (at) gmail (dot) com

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  10. Oh Hank I love trains too. My son's bedroom is all trains and when he out grew his toddler bed which was Thomas the train I cried. utaker555(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. Thank you for the chance! Looks like a great book to curl up wi
    joanie13b(at)outlook(dot)com

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  12. We all built a train set on top of the ping-pong tables and it stayed up for many years in my parents' basement. Thanks for the chance to win!!
    salvatoresmom71(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  13. It was always so much fun watching the trains go around our Christmas tree. It brings back such great memories. Thankyou for the opportunity! minishoes(at)msn(dot)com

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  14. Loved the post. Your never too old for trains and games. My grandmother still had the lionel train set that she had bought for us kids when we came up to stay for a week or two each summer. When she died it went to my cousin for their boys. We would run that thing for hours and laugh our heads off because the dog and cat kept catching them, derailing them. In the 80's when I was in Vancouver we often ate at the Crossing. A rail car diner. They had a railroad tracks and train that ran all around the room near the ceiling so that it could be run continuously. I heard a few years ago that it was going to be demolished. Haven't heard anything since. Della at deepotter (at) peoplepc (dot) com

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  15. My dad had a model train set up in the garage. That is where I get my love for trains. I still love going to see the big model train displays.Thank you for the chance!
    kpowers784(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  16. A train around the Christmas tree makes the holiday even more homey and nostalgic! And of course you can't beat The Munsters! You could even place the toy policemen around the Munster house as if it were a crime scene! I'd love to win the book - definitely ordering a copy for the library where I work! mergatroid1(at)verizon(dot)net

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  17. This looks like a fun event and a great book. I think the Munsters house is a great idea for an October train scene. Thanks for a chance to win. musiqmom(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  18. Thanks for the chance to win! I loved when my granddaughters were young and we set up Santa's Little People toy train for them to play with each Christmas. Now that they're too old for that, we've passed the set on to their much younger cousin.

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  19. Thanks for this wonderful giveaway. Model trains are so special and the little ones would love this. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  20. My son was a huge train fan when he was little. He had a wooden set and would spend hours setting up the tracks and running the trains.
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  21. I love trains and the scenery that goes with them. The munster house is my favorite. Thank you for the chance. I can't wait to read this book.
    moonbay7399(at)gmail(dot)com

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  22. I enjoyed the last book and looking forward to this one. Love trains and have three grandsons mbquilts4 at aol dot com

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  23. I love model trains and when I was very young I was very much a tomboy. My grandfather got me a set of Lionel traines (built in 1947). I still have them somewhere up in a closet. My SIL has the space for them and two young boys who might enjoy them very much.

    Aside from that I do enjoy the Toy Shop series and would love to add the new book to my home library (2000+ and growing).

    NoraAdrienne (at) gmail (dot) com

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  24. My 2 grandsons love trains. This wonderful giveaway would be delightful. Thanks. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  25. Love retro toys...im still looking high and low for an original spirograph set. That was one of my fave toys as a kid. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of your new book!q

    Johnnabooks(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  26. Oh I would SO MUCH love to be able to give this to my grandsons! bobwiesmann(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  27. There is something so irresistible about trains, toy or "real".
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  28. My boys loved trains. I think I still have their track in my basement.Wonder how I can sneak into one of their houses. cheers (at) MarjimManor (dot) com

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  29. While I love all books, my husband is a train enthusiast of all kinds. This is a wonderful giveaway. Thanks for the chance.
    cjreynolds52(at)comcast(dot)net

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  30. I've always enjoyed train set up around the Christmas tree. Thank you for the chance to win. Dmskrug3(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  31. What a great prize! lkleback@hotmail.com

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  32. My husband fondly remembers a train set that he had when he was a little boy. It had a switch, too. Thanks for the chance to win! aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

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  33. My dad got me a train set for Christmas one year---I think he played with it more than I did!
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  34. Hi Barbara!!!! Hi Charlie!!!! I don’t have a lot of toys from when I was a youngster, except for the stuffie cat my grandma gave me when I was born. She is 38 years old.

    My email address is: t (period) j (period) martens (at) hotmail (period) com

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  35. Tammy Goldthorpe-MartensSeptember 29, 2017 at 12:28 PM

    Hi Barbara!!!! Hi Charlie!!!! Hopefully this works this time.

    I don’t have any toys from when I was a youngster, except for the stuffie cat that my grandma gave me the day I was born. Kitty is 38 years old.

    My email address is t (period) j (period) martens (at) hotmail (period) com

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  36. In Dallas, at NorthPark Center/Mall, they have an very elaborate toy train exhibit that you can visit, with the proceeds from your admission going to the Ronald McDonald House. People can make charitable contributions to sponsor a train cars and have their name, or message, or whatever they'd like painted it. The exhibit is amazing -- multi-leveled, skyscrapers, mountains, people etc... Whoever set it up has a great love for trains, as do I! They have a great website: thetrainsatnorthpark.com. Thanks so much for your giveaway! bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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  37. I have some santa train decorations I put out each Christmas. One has a moose riding on the caboose. The owner of the company where my husband worked for 30 some years had a train Mini (size)that ran around his property and in parts of his house. nettiem@toledotel.com

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  38. I love this series and vintage toys are so cool. Thanks for the chance to win! Look forward to reading the book.

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  39. I remember dad setting up a train display years ago in the basement. I remember a sheep pen where the sheep moved, skiers going down a hill, cars going up a hill, oh the memories.
    momzillasteel at gmail dot com

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  40. I enjoy vintage toys and would like to read this one. Thanks for the opportunity. browninggloria@hotmail.com

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  41. My husband models HO scale trains. Setting up the Christmas Village complete with a train is one of the favorite things our Grandsons love. :) johnstonkaren@bellsouth.net.

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  42. Thank you for the chance.
    im2early4u(at)gmail (dot)com

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  43. Lot of great finds, Hank! ;)

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  44. I love trains! Thanks for a chance to win. kristilewis dot lrc at gmail dot com

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  45. Love trains 🚂 ❤️ Dspinlexo @ aol (dot) com

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  46. When I was very little, I begged my parents for a cool train set for Christmas, and then they gave me a giant clunky locomotive made in Japan out of pressed tin! I've never recovered!

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  47. I love goind to train shows and watching them run their trains! Thanks for the chance to win this awesome giveaway!! nschwenkner (at) gmail (dot) com

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  48. Great swag..lthanks for the giveaway opportunity. Kuzlin at aol.com

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  49. I can't wait to read this, big mystery fan love to read a lot of who done it's and try to guess who did the awful deed.

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  50. Barbara's book sounds delightful! Thank you for a chance to win. sxygrndma48{at}yahoo{dot}com

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  51. So excited for this next book! The swag is great, as always.
    lbowser333 at Gmail dot com. Thanks!!!

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  52. trains around the tree is always a good sign Santa has come...or is on his way!

    Paula pjstaton64114@aol.com

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  53. Thanks for an awesome giveaway! My hubby has always liked trains especially at Christmas! barbie17(at)gmail(dot)com

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  54. My dad is a model train enthusiast. The detail on the pieces is amazing.
    turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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  55. My nephew loves trains! They sure are fun!! tmleafs42 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  56. Marlene Ezell was unable to post a comment for some reason, so this comment is her entry. :)

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  57. I really enjoyed "Death of a Toy Soldier". Looking forward to reading the new book in the series.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  58. I really enjoyed "Death of a Toy Soldier". Looking forward to reading the new book in the series.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  59. Thanks for the chance to win!! egoehner(at)roadrunner(dot)com.

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  60. My hubs had trains when he was younger. Great storyline! Kkcochran (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  61. Our local credit union puts up a wonderful train display at Christmas. Always have to stop and look at it, when I go to Credit Union. Thank you for this opportunity to win. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

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  62. Love trains!

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  63. Such a fun post thank you.


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  64. I love toy trains.
    Thereadmaster(at)me(dot)com

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  65. I love seeing train sets under the Christmas tree, or on decorations for the home. Looking forward to reading Barb's new book and thanks for the opportunity to enter the contest. The swag going along with the book is great. Again, thanks. gheruska44(at)gmail(dot)com

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  66. I have fond memories of taking my kids to The Train Museum in Sacramento CA. Watching my kids climb on trains and having fun. As a family we love trains.

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  67. Forgot to put my name Donna Caldwell at usersnsi800@aol.com. we as a family love trains and the museum.

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  68. Love trains! And the Munster house is really nice! Thanks for the chance. Maceoindo (at) yahoo (dot)com

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  69. I discovered you last year. Have been devouring your books. Would <3 to win.

    Lisalaw715@yahoo.com

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  70. Thanks for the chance to win. hannah03 at bellsouth dot net

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  71. Trains whether the real train or a toy train have always fascinated me. Our local community college holds a train show each year and it is amazing the number of vendors and the number of people who are drawn to it. The various gauges of trains displayed are interesting as well. Thanks for hosting Barbara Early and her latest book on your blog. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  72. I have always loved trains and that Munsters house is awesome! Thanks for the great giveaway!
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

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  73. My great uncle was a model train entuasiatic from his early years! He had a large scale set set up in the basement for years!

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  74. Congratulation on your release. I know our children loved toy trains like other kids and when they would go to my in-laws house, they would go down to the basement where there was a "town" all set up with buildings and everything else, but no policeman eating a donut I don't think. :) I would enjoy reading this book and sharing it with family who are still into trains. Thanks for the chance.
    Sincerely,
    Cynthia B
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  75. Great photos! All the toys bring back such memories. What a cute series. Thanks for the giveaway.
    sallycootie(at)gmail(dot)com

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  76. Awesome stuff, amazing stories. -mollie. Iemercedez@aol.com

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  77. While I never had a train set, I enjoyed seeing the ones other people had. Thank you for the chance to win! jeaniedannheim (at) ymail (dot) com

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  78. While I never had a train set, I enjoyed seeing the ones other people had. Thank you for the chance to win! jeaniedannheim (at) ymail (dot) com

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  79. Oh, I can't believe the holiday season is upon us! It's my favorite time of year. Hot cocoa, sweaters, movies, cuddling on the couch, great holiday books! Thank you for sharing. konecny7(at)gmail(dot)com

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  80. amy guillaume lindermanOctober 1, 2017 at 5:06 PM

    love this! my dad and my boys and train fanatics. my dad has a HUGE layout. can't wait to read this. aelinderman (at) sbcglobal (dot) net

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  81. I've learned a lot about trains from my husband -- he is a major train fan! I'd love to read this book!
    digicats {at} sbcglobal {dot} net

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  82. I totally agree with you I would not be able to walk away without bringing home something! Of course you are selling there so if you have a good day you should be able to reward yourself with all the hard work! I love this series thanks for the chance!
    edtercross7304atyahoodotcom

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  83. Love trains. Have one around my tree every year. Tbest8@Verizon.net

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  84. Back in the 40s we had an electric train set that my dad put up on Christmas eve around the tree. Loved it!
    kpbarnett1941[at]aol[dot]com

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  85. This looks awesome!! My son loves trains.
    Missycook(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  86. I always wanted a train set when I was a kid, they were so much fun at the neighbors houses. Thanks for the chance to win. zukeeper.geo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  87. What an awesome giveaway. I love trains as my husband was a model train guy. Thanks for the chance to win. Lisamil46@gmail.com

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  88. This book sounds so good!! Thanks so much! rockergoddess2002 at yahoo dot com

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  89. Happy memories with my nephew watching his excited face waving at the trains. marycadahia@charter.net

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  90. I would love to be able to try this series out!! dubecara (at) gmail (dot) com

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  91. Oh I thought I had already entered. Maybe I missed it, if I did sorry. Love your first book and am going to start this one soon. Was so happy I got it early for some reason. Thanks for the chance to win. kayt18 (at) comcast (dot) net

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  92. I love mysteries, Thanks fort youyr generosity. lindamay4852@yahoo.com

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  93. And the winner is...Marlene Ezell!! Congrats!

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