Thursday, August 8, 2013

Launch and Giveaway of A Death in Hampden - a British Mystery by Mary Simonsen

You may have noticed that I have changed the title of my blog from Austen-Inspired Fan Fiction to Fiction by Mary Simonsen. The reason is that I have published three mysteries in the Patrick Shea mystery series. To mark the change and to celebrate the publication of the third mystery, A Death in Hampden, I am giving away a paperback or e-book copy of my newest release. Here is a description of my latest effort:

When pop rock star, Derek Prince, is found dead in his London mansion, the case is assigned to Detective Chief Inspector Tommy Boyle and his sergeant, DS Patrick Shea, of New Scotland Yard. Although Prince's ex-girlfriend, Chloe Hastert, was found walking Hampden's High Street drenched in the singer's blood and carrying the knife that killed him, there is something about the case that doesn't sit right with DS Shea. With everyone believing Prince's killer is already in custody and with pressure from above to close the case, it falls to the two detectives to make sure they have got it right.

Also available are Three's A Crowd and A Killing in Kensington. If you are a fan of Law and Order UK, you will enjoy the Patrick Shea series.

The rules: The paperback is available for residents of the U.S. and Canada. The e-book is available to everyone. All you have to do is leave a comment WITH YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS telling me who is your favorite mystery writer. A favorite title would also be appreciated as I enjoy reading books others have enjoyed. If you do not leave your e-mail address, I cannot contact you, and I will have to choose someone else. Please leave your comment by August 14th. The winner will be announced on August 15th.

A Death in Hampden is available on Kindle or in paperback on Amazon.


P.S. If you enjoy my Austen re-imaginings, I am giving away a copy of The Perfect Bride for Mr Darcy on Austen Authors.

Three's A Crowd - A novella introducing Detective Sergeant Patrick Shea

A Killing in Kensington - #2 in the Patrick Shea mystery series

41 comments:

  1. Because I haven't read a lot of the Austen fiction I would have to say for now that The Disappearance of Georgiana Darcy is so far my favorite mystery by Regina Jeffers :) But I have a feeling that list is going to keep growing with all of these great titles! Thank you for the giveaway and my email is abbyswarriormom (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. Thanks, Erika. Regina will be happy to hear it. In addition to being a wonderful writer, she's a good friend and supporter of my work.

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  2. Sounds like a great book. Honestly, this is going to sound weird, but my favorite mystery writer is a lady with the same name as mine! Wendy Roberts. She writes the Ghost Dusters series. My email is robmwmj(at)gmail(dot)com.

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    1. Hi Wendy. I'll have to look up your twin. :)

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  3. I have a few favourite mystery/crime writers - all the books of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett; more modern ones would be Susanna Gregory especially her Matthew Bartholomew series, Lindsay Davis and her Falco books

    meikleblog at gmail dot com

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    1. It was Raymond Chandler's books that got me hooked on mysteries in the first place. I'll have to check Gregory out. Thanks.

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  4. My favorite mystery writer is Jacqueline Winspear. Her writing is memorable and captivating. The era and the characters are perfectly portrayed. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I've read a couple of Maisie Dobbs's books. Thanks for stopping by.

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  5. Deborah Crombie writes enthralling mysteries all of which I have read and enjoyed. These novels are unique and compelling. Many thanks for this great giveaway. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. I've read a lot of Crombie's books. Enjoy Kincaid and Gemma.

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  6. I have enjoyed all of the books you have written Mary. I also enjoy Deborah Crombie. I was sick for a while and I think I may owe you a review. Need to check my list.

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    1. Reviews are appreciated. Good reviews are savored. :)
      Thanks, Pat.

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  7. As a child, I love the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series. But I have not been reading any original mystery books unless there is Austen themes in the novels. One example would be Stephanie Barron's Being a Jane Austen mystery. I love the first two books and am planning to read the others.
    evangelineace2020(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Hi Sylvia. When I read for pleasure, it's a mystery. I've been reading them since I first saw The Big Sleep w/Bogart and Bacall when I was a young girl. I went to the library for the Raymond Chandler novel.

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  8. To be honest I wasn't previously into Mystery Books. My kindle is full of P&P variations and sequels. However, last week my brother sent me the kindle versions of Carlos Ruiz Zafon books and I have already devoured 'The Shadow of the Wind' and 'The angels game' and now am on the third. Amazed I liked these stories - opens up a whole world of new novels to enjoy.

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    1. For a while, I read only non-fiction and then I started to read historical fiction, but once I found Raymond Chandler, I've been the mystery girl.

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  9. I have not read a great deal of mystery so I will have to say that your are my favorite mystery author! Of course I read and love all your books so you could say you are one of my favorite fiction authors!! There are some great mystery suggestions here that I might check out. Congrats on the new release. I am excited to see more of Patrick Shea.
    cherringtonmb at sbcglobal dot net

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    1. Thanks, Becky. I've enjoyed your support of my writing from the very beginning.

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  10. I have always loved Agatha Christy. As to my favorite I cannot say as there are too many. I haven't read your mysteries yet but I am looking forward to it as soon as I can. my email is kclapietra@outlook.com

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  11. Mostly I read mysteries so this is a good topic for me. Agatha Christie is one of my favorite mystery writers. The Seven Dials Mystery is one of my favorites. I also love books by Elizabeth Peters, especially her Amelia Peabody series which started in Victorian England and covered many years. Amelia's husband, Radcliffe Emerson, is an Egyptologist so they go out to Egypt a lot. I have read all the Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle so now I read the ones that modern authors write (just like the Austen books there are lots of people writing about Sherlock!). Lilian Jackson Braun wrote The Cat Who books and I love them.

    catbooks72(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I've read a few by Elizabeth Peters, but only one Sherlock Holmes. I'm afraid I've been spoiled by the modern TV adaptations, esp. Jonny Lee Miller's Elementary and Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock Holmes.

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  12. Congrats on your new book! I really need to give your mysteries a try. My favorite mystery author is Agatha Christie, but I haven't read any of her books since high school.

    diaryofaneccentric at hotmail dot com

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    1. Anna, I'll have to make sure you get a mystery. You are one of my favorite reviewers.

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  13. I'm so excited for your new release, Mary! :) Congrats! I hope this book and the Patrick Shea series has much success. Death in Hampden sounds intriguing.

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    1. Thanks, Jakki. I know how busy you are, so I appreciate your comment. We'll have to "talk" soon.

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  14. So hard to choose! Nancy Drew, Sherlock Holmes and Poirot is what got me into mysteries when I was a child.

    Mary Love yours books! ( I have Three's a crowd, Mr Darcy Goes to War, Mr. Darcy on the Hudson, and Becoming Elizabeth Darcy) Looking forward to read more of your books!

    Patkf2007 (at) Hotmail (dot) com

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    1. Thanks, Patricia. Always good to hear from you.

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  15. oh boy!! i have too many favorite mystery writers to name, but if i have to name one, it would be the last one i read, which is Avery Aames/Daryl Wood Gerber.......she writes 2 cozy mysteries....

    thank you for your giveaway & continued success to you, Mary!!!

    cyn209 at juno dot com

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  16. I'm so happy for you and your new release. Good luck with sales!!

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    1. Thanks, Molly. I appreciate your good wishes.

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  17. Congrats on your 3rd mystery book, Mary! If I had to choose one mystery author I have read most, and always enjoyed, it was Carolyn Keene, who wrote Nancy Drew books. They have a fond place in my heart!

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    1. Thanks, Kara. I appreciate your good wishes.

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  18. Congratulations, Mary. I wish you great success as you further hone those writing skills with which you've been gifted. I appreciate your hard work.

    Gayle

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    1. Thank you, Gayle. You have been one of my earliest supporters. I truly appreciate it.

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  19. Congratulations, Mary! Your latest mystery sounds very intriguing. I look forward to reading it.

    I have read and enjoyed two of Regina Jeffers' mysteries, "The Phantom of Pemberley" and The Disappearance of Georgiana Darcy". I am now finally getting to read "The Mysterious Death of Mr.Darcy". Guess I would say she if my favorite Austenesque mystery writer. I have also enjoyed mysteries by Carrie Bebris.

    Agatha Christie was a favorite when I was younger.

    I wish you the best with your new release!

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    1. I'll have to let Regina know she has a fan. She works so hard at her craft.

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  20. Mary Stewart was one of my favorites.
    Cindy Holub
    cholub1968 at aol dot com

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    1. Hi Cindy. I read Mary Stewart when I was a lot younger. I actually forgot about her. Thanks for the reminder.

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