FREEBIE: Dying For Mercy by Mary Jane Clark

Dying For Mercy by Mary Jane ClarkRead on for a chance to win a copy of Dying For Mercy. The contest ends midnight on Sunday, August 9 AEST, and it’s open to anyone, including readers overseas.

Although I usually hang around the romance shelves in the bookshop, my serious love for reading started with mysteries*, and I’ll always have room in my shelves for the odd crime fiction. So when Book Thingo was offered a chance to give away 2 copies of Mary Jane Clark’s new release, Dying For Mercy … I couldn’t say no.

What the book is about

I was sent a book description, which I thought I’d post in full to give you an idea of what the book is about and if it appeals to you:

When death shatters the serenity of the exclusive moneyed enclave of Tuxedo Park, New York, Eliza Blake, cohost of the country’s premier morning television show KEY to America, is on the scene. While attending a lavish gala at her friends’ newly renovated estate, Pentimento, Eliza’s host is found dead—a grotesque suicide that is the first act in a macabre and intricately conceived plan to expose the sins of the past involving some of the town’s most revered citizens.

Determined to find out the truth, Eliza and her KEY News colleagues—producer Annabelle Murphy, cameraman B.J. D’Elia, and psychiatrist Margo Gonzalez—discover that Pentimento holds the key. Nestled in the park’s sprawling architectural masterpieces, picturesque gardeners’ cottages, and lush, rolling landscape, the glorious mansion is actually a giant “puzzle house”, filled with ingenious clues hidden in its fireplaces, fountains, and frescoes that lead them from one suspicious locale to another—and, one by one, to the victims of a fiendish killer.

As Pentimento gives up its secrets, it becomes clear that no amount of wealth or privilege will keep the residents of Tuxedo Park safe. But just when Eliza unearths one final surprise, she comes face-to-face with a murderer who believes that some puzzles should never be solved.

* Nancy Drew — Nancy and Ned Nickerson also started my love for romance fiction.

Dying For Mercy by Mary Jane ClarkDYING FOR MERCY GIVEAWAY

For a chance to win a free copy of Dying For Mercy, recommend a favourite book or author OUTSIDE the romance genre, and tell us why you love that book or author. The 2 best answers (as decided by Wandergurl, Decadence and me) will win a copy of Dying For Mercy.

Some rules: You must post your answer as a comment to this post. Multiple entries are fine, but please don’t flood the thread. By entering, you give us permission to quote your entry in future blog posts and articles. Overseas readers are welcome to join in.The giveaway ends midnight on Sunday, August 9 AEST and will be announced at Book Thingo the following week.

Additional info: I’ll email the winners with the contact details for the publicist managing the prizes. It’s your responsibility to follow up and supply any necessary details to collect your book. Prizes are managed by a publicist independent of Book Thingo. Book Thingo takes no responsibility for prize fulfilment or the collection of personal information. However, if you have any problems, let us know and we’ll try to help you sort it out.

Where you can buy this book

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  1. Mary Preston says:

    All time favourite book: Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry. The cattle drive from Texas to Montana is rife with renegade indians, sad whores, young cowboys, ex-Texas Rangers & treacherous outlaws. Brilliantly written with humour & attention to detail. The characters are diverse & beautifully developed.  I want to cheer for the good guys & string up the bad guys myself.  The land becomes another character – dangerous & unrelenting. A Pulitzer Prize winner for a good reason.

  2. azteclady says:

    My beloved introduced me to Dorothy L. Sayers’ Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries this last year, and she has become a favorite. I love her writing. For one thing, each of her characters is a person in his or her own right, no matter how small a role s/he may play in a particular book. We’ve just finished reading The Nine Taylors and, dang it, but she made me cry (again!) My only complaint is that there are so few Lord Peter books :-(

  3. Leanne says:

    The PC and Kristin Cast, Chosen Series, is a supernatural genre.  I have found it thrilling, beautiful, sexy and exceptionally spiritual.  It is a teenage series that has so many human elements – getting things wrong, trying to follow what is right and for me it, although exaggerated due to the otherwordly elements, is a lovely self help on how to live true to you and true to spiritual beliefs/goddess energy in an addictive easy to read young adult fiction format.

  4. Dene says:

    The Harry potter books I could not choose one as my favourite. They all have there moments. These book have made me laugh and made me cry and have gotten me thought some tough times.

  5. Cheryl Moulton says:

    Judi Picoult is a gifted author, who has written about many families who are dealing with serious illness in a child.
    I have thoroughly enjoyed each of her books, and to pick a favourite is difficult and so one I particularly enjoyed is ‘Change of Heart’ a truly ‘heartbreaking’ story of loss, discovery, loss again, and recovery. ‘Change of Heart’ is also about love, hope, justice and redemption.
    I recommend all of her books to readers, but remember to have a box of tissues handy.

  6. olivia turley says:

    Elizabeth Woodcraft… the suspense and she makes it hard for me to put her books down….very entertaining.

  7. Year of Wonders
    A Novel of the Plague
    by Geraldine Brooks
    I have listed this book on more top 100 book lists than I can remember. Geraldine Brooks has created a fictional historical drama inspired by the true events of 1665 in the village of Eyam in Derbyshire England . Eyam took the revolutionary step of quarantining itself when the black plague arrived in the village. The story follows the struggles of Anna Frith during that year of isolation. She endured the deaths of her family, the decent of her community into hysteria and the temptation of a forbidden relationship.
    I love a book that stimulates thought and a desire to research a subject further. The village of Eyam has since been referred to as ‘The Plague Village’ and from those events of 1665 has secured itself a unique position in current society. Many of the descendants of the survivors of that time have now a gene Delta 32 that protects them from the plague and although research is still ongoing, it appears may also have an immunity to HIV/AIDS.
    Geraldine Brooks’s story is penetrating and after closing the book I let out an audible ‘Wow’.
    The Story of a Murderer
    By Patrick Suskind
    I can’t believe I’m using the word ‘delight’ to describe a book about a murderer but I have to. Patrick Suskind has written a really unusual book and takes us on a journey that is full of … well… smells.
    Perfume is based in 18th century France and focuses on Jean-Baptiste Grenouille’s education in the alchemy of perfume making. He is a very unique character and is distinctly set apart from the society which worships the magic of perfume. Grenouille is blessed or cursed with an extraordinary sense of smell and his obsession with obtaining the most powerful scent in existence, costs him his sanity and morality. Nothing is more important than the ‘scent’ and he will do anything to obtain it including murder.
    I found myself so immersed in this character that I easily accepted his behaviour as reasonable. The magic of perfume making is so engaging or intoxicating that I hardly remember there was murder. I loved this book so much and would recommend it to anyone for the unique experience is offers but it possibly requires a strong stomach.

  8. Sorry about the previous comment – seems I shouldn’t have copied and pasted from word – what a mess!!!
    Can you delete all the gobbledygook at the beginning or should I repost it? ;-(

  9. Maria says:

    If you love supernatural suspense you can’t go past Stephen King.  His novels are so haunting and full of intrigue that I’m compelled to ignore everything else and read on until my vision starts to blur.  He’s a born story teller, has a hell of an imagination and has earned the title “Master of  Horror”.  I can’t stand to watch horror movies but through Stephen King’s books my curiosity for all things satanic and disturbing are satisfied.

  10. Katherine Ryan says:

    My favourite non-romantic author is by far Bill Bryson.  He takes a genre I previously thought of as boring or mostly irrelevant to me, travel writing, and takes it to a whole new level with his wit and warmth.  I started by reading Notes from a Small Island (about his arriving in England, meeting his wife and starting a life there) and was very lucky one Christmas to receive almost all of his published works from my lovely partner.
    He also brought interest to the genre of science writing with his book A Short History of Nearly Everything – an easy-to-understand, yet not condescending overview of almost all aspects of popular science.  Even with the dryest material, which normally would be incomprehensible to me, he manages humourous, engaging prose.  I have read and re-read all of his books many times and couldn’t recommend them more highly.

  11. Acinom says:

    Its got to be Ayn Rand and her masterpiece, “the Fountainhead”. As an author, this lady had the power to capture the character of a modern man with unbreakable ideals into a charismatic, sophisticated story. Her simplistic narration as well draws you to one, immediately start the otherwise thick book, and two, quickly finish the book with an absolute determination. It is a great loss that she is no longer with us.

    The Fountainhead has class. Her protagonist, Howard Roark reeks with determination and greatness. In all this, the book does not lose its connection to reality. Not once do you feel that what you are reading is fiction.

    The book left me with so much respect for Rand and a personal wish – to meet a Howard Roark before I hit my grave.

  12. David Robert says:

    Lolita by Vladamir Nabokov.. it’s simultaneously the funniest and saddest book I’ve ever read, and Nabokov’s mastery of the English language is unparallelled..

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