Friday, April 27, 2018

The Bestest Place in the Bestest Town -- #LibraryWeek #bookgiveaway

By Landon Phillips, from the Food Lovers' Village Mysteries 
by Leslie Budewitz

The library in Jewel Bay is the bestest place in a town full of bestest places. Maybe I love my mom’s shop more because it’s my mom’s, and my Auntie Erin’s shop because it’s hers and she gives me truffles from the rejects box, the ones where the chocolate is messed up or you don’t know until you take a bite whether it’s going to be raspberry inside – yum – or green tea – not as yuck as it sounds.

When I was little, my favorite book was The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Then I read If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. It’s so funny, I fell on the floor laughing. But those books are for little kids, and I’m not little anymore. I’m six. So that’s when I met Hank the Cow Dog. He’s cool – he goes on adventures, and he taught me how to help my Auntie Erin. She’s an infesta — no, an inVEStigator. She helps people when stuff goes wrong in town. My mom wishes she wouldn’t, though I don’t know why – she always tells me it’s good to help people.

Also at the library, we make stuff. I like making robots and balloon animals. And sometimes, people who know stuff come tell us about it, like when we read about raptors, the big birds, and the guy who helps them get better brought a huge eagle with a busted wing and a little bitty pygmy owl in for us to see. The eagle flapped her good wing, and it was kinda scary. But cool, too. I might help birds when I get bigger.

I especially love the library at Christmas, and when it snows. Right now, my favorite book is The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. I like his name, Ezra Jack. When the first snow falls, Peter – the boy in the book – isn’t really sure he likes it, but then he discovers how magical it is. I have always liked snow. It’s fun to play in and roll up in animal shapes. I’m going to ask my dad and Adam, my almost-uncle, if we can make a snow eagle for the contest they have at the library.

If you’d like to win an audio book of DEATH AL DENTE, the first Food Lovers’ Village Mystery – murder not quite well done – please leave comment below, with your email address, telling me about the library you’ll donate the book to. US and Canadian libraries only, please – Landon’s only got so much change in his pocket! Winner will be chosen Wed, May 2, 2018. 

From the cover of AS THE CHRISTMAS COOKIE CRUMBLES, Food Lovers' Village Mystery #5 (Midnight Ink, June 2018, available for pre-order now):  

In Jewel Bay---Montana's Christmas Village---all is merry and bright. At Murphy’s Mercantile, AKA the Merc, manager Erin Murphy is ringing in the holiday season with food, drink, and a new friend: Merrily Thornton. A local girl gone wrong, Merrily’s turned her life around. But her parents have publicly shunned her, and they nurse a bitterness that chills Erin.

When Merrily goes missing and her boss discovers he’s been robbed, fingers point to Merrily—until she’s found dead, a string of lights around her neck. The clues and danger snowball from there. Can Erin nab the killer—and keep herself in one piece—in time for a special Christmas Eve?

Leslie Budewitz is the author of the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries and the Spice Shop Mysteries—and the first author to win Agatha Awards for both fiction and nonfiction. A past president of Sisters in Crime, she lives in northwest Montana with her husband, a musician and doctor of natural medicine, and their cat, an avid bird-watcher.

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  1. My library is at the ferry terminal building in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. I am a frequent guest of that facility and I know they will love to get the donation :-) roswita.hildebrandt(at)

  2. It would be the Contra Costa County Library, Prewett Branch (northern California). I make frequent use of that library and know they would appreciate the donation.

  3. Having read and enjoyed the book, it would be lovely to give it to my library.
    The West Boca Branch of the Palm Beach Library System is really busy. Lots of books travel out and in.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

  4. Just checked the online library in Tucson. They do not have an audiobook of Death al Dente! That’s surprising to me. If Tucson wins, I think I’d designate it to the bookmobile. I know their collection is somewhat limited. Thanks Landon. Please thank your Auntie Erin’s friend Leslie for this opportunity! Lldawnjm (at) gmail (dot) com.

  5. My library is the Highland Park branch of the St. Paul Public library and they love book donations. Thanks for the chance. ematov(at)comcast(dot)net

  6. Mine would go to the Wolcott Public Library.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  7. Ashtabula County District Library, Ashtabula, OH 44004 is my choice of library to donate the book to. We are a small county made up of dairy farms and agriculture. There are few manufacturing jobs since many of the manufacturers who were in the county moved to Texas or South. ACDL always is honored to receive donations as well as bookmarks. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com.

  8. Love your books so much. My library would be the Thompson Lane branch, but I guess that would actually go to the whole Nashville Public Library system. You are so thoughtful. kayt18 (at) comcast (dot) net

  9. Thanks to all of you for sharing the library love! Sorry I'm pokey replying -- I honestly thought I'd have a chance to share this and comment from Malice Domestic, but got too carried away in the Maliciousness of it all! But the give-away is still open!

  10. Hi, Marlene Ezell here. My phone is quirky and will only let me comment as anonymous. If I were to win, I would donate the book to the Spartanburg, SC, County Public Library.

  11. I would share with the Sumner Branch of the Pierce County Library in Sumner, WA. Thanks for the chance to win!!

  12. AND WE HAVE A WINNER! Congrats to Eileen Wells of St. Paul. And thanks to all of you for your love of libraries, cozy mysteries, and audio books!