Thursday, July 26, 2018

Lovely to Meet You #Giveaway

By Elizabeth Adams
From Peg Cochran’s Murder, She Reported Series

“Grab your hat, Biz, we’ve got a story,” Ralph Kaminsky said as he stuffed his notebook and stub of a pencil into his pocket.
I took my hat out of my desk drawer—a rather smart little number if I must say so myself—the new Robin Hood look in red felt with a black feather—plopped it on my head and secured it with a hat pin.  With any luck, I’d managed to get it on straight but there was no time to check—Kaminsky was already shrugging on his coat and heading toward the door.
“Where are we going?” I asked, trying to match Kaminsky’s long strides as we raced for the Lexington Avenue subway.
“Fifth Avenue and Sixty-eighth Street.  Some society dame claims she’s been robbed,” he said as we ran down the steps into the subway station.
I put my nickel in the slot and pushed my way through the turnstile.  The subway used to scare me—the way it rushed into the station with that blast of warm fetid air and the crowds of people pushing and jostling their way on.  I have to admit I’ve led a rather privileged life so far, rattling around New York City in taxis or chauffeur driven cars. 
Kaminsky doesn’t know it, but my family has money.  Instead of taking photographs for the Daily Trumpet, if my mother had her way, I’d be spending my time planning dinner parties, putting together my trousseau and doing charity work.  But honestly the very thought bores me absolutely to tears.
So this is how I found myself rushing to a crime scene with a reporter who eats egg salad sandwiches with sliced onions for lunch and adjourns to the local bar for a shot of Old Schenley and a beer chaser every afternoon.
The doorman looked at us rather suspiciously even after Kaminsky showed him his press card, but he let us in and we made our way to the fifth floor. 
Mrs. Dalyrumple’s apartment took up the whole floor.  We pushed open the door and stepped into the black and white marble tiled foyer.  A woman’s voice, hovering dangerously close to hysteria, came from further inside the apartment and a uniformed police officer hovered near the door.
The elevator dinged and a man in a trench coat got off.  There was an obvious air of authority about him, and I guessed he was a detective even before seeing the badge he carried in his hand. 
He had dark hair with a slight curl and dark eyes that sparked with humor.  He noticed my camera and raised an eyebrow.
“From the press?” he said, extending his hand.  “Detective Sal Marino.”
His touch and the intensity of his gaze sent a thrill through me the likes of which I’d never experienced with any of the boys from my own set.
I had the feeling things were about to get very interesting.

Have you ever met anyone who swept you off your feet at first glance?



I'm giving away one copy (e-book only) of Murder, She Reported to someone who comments below (either Kindle version from Amazon or Nook version from Barnes & Noble)


  1. Congrats on the new book! It sounds great. mbradeen [at] yahoo [dot] com

  2. The first time I met my husband was at a friend’s wedding rehearsal....I was a bridesmaid and he was the usher paired with me...and I knew he was it. That was in 1975! Looking forward to trying this book. Kuzlin at aol(dot)com

  3. “Pick me! Pick me!” Seriously, I am looking forward to reading this book...however I get it! Love Peg’s books! LaFonRC(AT)aol(DOT)com

  4. Congrats on your book. It looks amazing Hope to read it.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  5. No but my husband claims he was smitten with me when he first saw me! Thanks for the chance. Maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

  6. Honestly, I've fallen in love at first sight about a hundred times, haha! eatankard at gmail dot com

  7. This book sounds like a lot of fun. Thanks for the chance to win! acate9(at)utk(dot)edu

  8. My Mom was swept off her feet by my Dad. It was a blind date, and her little brother told her that my Dad was fat and bald, but he was exactly the opposite, tall, blonde hair, blue eyes and just out of the military after serving in Korea. He proposed on the second date and they were married for 52 years ~

  9. I would really like to read this book the excerpt really got my attention.

  10. Yes I have! We ended up getting married 5 months later. Alas it didn't work out and we are now divorced. It was grand while it lasted. deniseaustin59(at)yahoo(dot)com

  11. This sounds like a great book. Congrats on the new series. Thanks for a chance to win!

  12. I love your other books so I'd like to try this.

  13. Sounds like a great new series. Looking forward to reading the book.

  14. sounds great.

  15. No, I've never had a swept off my feet at first glance moment.

  16. No, I've never been swept off my feet at first glance but have been intrigued a few times! Congrats on the new book!

  17. No, I've never met anyone who swept me off my feet at first glance.

  18. Sounds like a fun book.
    Clgade at att dot net

  19. first this cover is so different than most cozies, love it. I melted the first time I saw my husband he came to fix a light at my home he is electrician. Glad to know you have a series as I am looking for a new one, to take on vacation. Georgia, Nook thank you for the giveaway
    queenvictoria50 (at) aol (dot) com

  20. The book sounds great!! My hubby swept me off my feet pretty soon after meeting.
    ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

  21. Yes, but that first glance was quite often the only glance! This sounds like a great new series! Thank you for the chance to win. jeaniedannheim (at) ymail (dot) com

  22. I met someone who could (and I would have let him!), but I was at work, so I just asked him if he wanted hash browns with his eggs and went on. :( From the excerpt I'm getting a 'noir' feel. I love that era! Thanks for the giveaway! luann(dot)braley(at)gmail(dot)com.

  23. Sounds very intrigeing. Thanks for this opportunity. jluebke(at)frontier(dot)com

  24. Yes i have, my husband 26 years ago and he still sweeps me off my feet now. Reading is the best thing ever, oh and tea thats the best thing ever too and gies perfect with reading. Lovely prize as sounds like a good story

  25. Love the 1930's Era and would love to own this as a permanent addition to my reading.

  26. I really love the cover!!