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Monday, October 4, 2010

Christmas Mourning - Giveaway and Review

Mallory Johnson had everything a high school senior could possibly want. She's beautiful, popular, and captain of the cheer leading squad to name just a few. Yet she refuses to commit to just one guy and instead has fun flirting with anyone who is interested.

One dark day in the life of the Johnson family finds life for them has completely changed when Mallory is involved in a car crash that takes her life just days before Christmas. Suddenly the wealthy family has nothing left but each other to hold on to. All they want is answers to how she died. They are willing to stop at nothing no matter what the cost to learn just what happened to their daughter.

Dwight Bryant works for the Sheriff's department and in the process of investigating Mallory's death he too has some unanswered questions. How does a girl lose her life after rolling her vehicle over on a straight stretch of road with only a single set of skid marks? What happened that night to Mallory Johnson?

In the latest mystery novel by Margaret Maron, Christmas Mourning, takes the reader on a criminal investigation into the death of Mallory Johnson in a small town that wants answers before another teen loses their lives on the same stretch of road.

I received this novel compliments of Hachette Book Groups for my honest review. I can honestly say at first the book was difficult to understand the many characters you encounter within the first couple of chapters however Margaret Maron does offer a family tree to help the reader understand the close ties of the families involved. Yet by the middle of the book, you are on the ride of your life as your take unexpected twists and turns in trying to solve the case. I would easily rate this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars.

For more information on this book, the author and where to get a first chapter glance, click on the title below:

The generous folks at Hachette Book Group are allowing me to host this book giveaway for three (3) copies!
  • Winners are restricted to the US and Canada. No PO Box mailing address please. You do not have to be a blogger to win.
  • I must have a way of contacting you, so be sure to leave your email address in your comment.
  • Some choose to omit the @ sign and the . dot by writing it in "code" like this: you (at) your email (dot)com.
  • I'll close the comments October 12th and pick the three winners. I will contact the winners via email to get their mailing information. The winners will have three days to respond. If I do not hear from them within three days, I will select another winner(s).
  • Leave me a comment and tell me why you would be interested in winning a copy of this amazing book.


  1. I know I would enjoy this book.

  2. This book has a very interesting storyline and I would like to read it.

    cenya2 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  3. Looks like an interesting book. My daughter and i would love to win it.

  4. I really enjoy mysteries and know I would like to read this book.

  5. This sounds like it has alot of twists & turns...just the kind I like!
    Please enter me, thanks.

  6. Sounds like a fascinating book, and I'm looking for something with an unconventional Christmas theme.
    sdeeth at msn dot com

  7. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. It sounds really good.

  8. This book sounds like a real page turner and I always love a thrilling page turner.

    kkappleby at msn dot com

  9. Sounds so sad yet very interesting. I want to know what happened.

  10. This sounds very intersting. Please sign me up!


  11. I love to read mysteries/thrillers, and I love to read books involving family relationships. This sounds like a good mix of both! I would love to win a copy. Please enter me. Thanks!
    lovemykidsandbooks AT gmail DOT com

  12. This sounds interesting! I want to write a Christmas book sometime.


  13. I love books with twists and turns. Please enter me.
    bkhabel at gmail dot com

  14. I would love to read this, please count me in.

    alongtheway at telus dot net

  15. I'd like to read this one. Please enter me! je2kids(at)gmail(dot)com

  16. This book sounds like a good story to me. My daughters were both Cheerleaders and Captains. Once they graduated they learned there was more to life than cheerleading.

  17. I love a good mystery. Please count me in kittycrochettwo at msn dot com Thanks for hosting.

  18. I'm interested in reading this book. I love a criminal mystery, something that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

    Tina "The Book Lady"

  19. This book looks heart wrenching, I'm interested to learn how the family deals with her death
    hmhenderson AT yahoo DOT com

  20. Part of what I really like about mysteries is the process of investigation. Sometimes it is good sometimes not so good. This sounds like a good mystery and I'd love to win it.
    Thanks for a chance.
    I am a new follower: MarthaE

  21. Wow this sounds like a very interesting read.
    Please enter me.
    I'm a follower through Google Reader.

    dancealert at aol dot com

  22. I'd love to read this as I have a senior student as well. Mysteries and thrillers are my favorite genres. I'm a follower on GFC. Cheers
    polo-puppy-fluffy at hotmail dot com

  23. I love mysteries and this one sounds really good! Thank you for the giveaway!
    mittens0831 at aol dot com

  24. Goodness you are one busy lady with all the reading you do! I always enjoy your reviews. Tahnk you for the giveaways! Anne

  25. I am interested in this book, because I love mysteries. They are my favorite books. Please enter me. Thanks!


  26. Oh, this looks like a very cool read. I love a good mystery!!!!! Thanks for the giveaway!


  27. Well, the title intrigues me. And I've always loved a good mystery.

  28. I've eagerly read all of Margaret Maron's novels & feel like I know her family. It's so familiar when she talks about eastern NC. Since I live in Chapel Hill NC, I like to pretend I might run into Deborah as she comes to Raleigh to go shopping! Christmas Mourning sounds like recent local situations where young people have been killed in wrecks -- I look forward to finding out what happened. It's so generous of you to give some of us a free copy.
    suziche at

  29. thanks for the chance to read this fabulous novel :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  30. Oh, I hope I'm not too late! I really want to read this book and so glad I found your blog and you are hosting a giveaway. Thanks for the chance! I am a GFC follower.

    kdhaney at gmail dot com

  31. I would like to win this book because it sounds very interesting! Just the kind of book I love to read! Thanks for the chance! I'm a follower.

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net


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