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Holiday Cheer 2017

At, we've been celebrating the holiday season in style with our Holiday Cheer Contests and Feature. As our gift to you, we've been spotlighting a book and giving five lucky readers a chance to win it.

Although the contests have ended, we encourage you to take a look at this year's featured titles. These are books you'll want to read during the holidays --- and throughout the new year as well!

End-of-the-Year Contest 2017

Congratulations to the winners of our 2017 End-of-the-Year Contest! One Grand Prize winner received all 40 of Carol Fitzgerald's Bets On picks from 2017, while eight others won a selection of five of these titles. You can see all the winners below, along with 2017's Bets On selections.

Parting Shot by Linwood Barclay

When Cal Weaver left the force for refuge as a private investigator, he never intended to work as a bodyguard --- let alone, a babysitter. But that’s what Madeline Plimpton, a relic of old-stock wealth, wants for her 18-year-old grand-nephew, Jeremy Pilford --- aka The Big Baby. Thanks to his defense lawyer, Jeremy won his release on probation for being too coddled to understand that he was doing anything wrong when he got drunk at a party, got behind the wheel of another guest’s Porsche, and got a young woman killed. Fueled by social media outrage, lots of people want Jeremy to pay for his crime. Some are willing to take justice, along with rocks and bats, into their own hands. Reluctantly, Weaver agrees to protect Jeremy from vigilantes, especially fervent competitors for glory and cash prizes from Just Deserts, a website that advocates retribution through humiliation and violence.

Parting Shot by Linwood Barclay

November 2017

I have been a longtime fan of Linwood Barclay’s work, and in PARTING SHOT he returns to Promise Falls, the upstate New York town where he has set many of his books, including the Promise Falls trilogy. Here longtime readers will reconnect with Cal Weaver, a local private investigator, and Detective Barry Duckworth. The subject here is revenge and the dark turns it can take.