Monday, September 16, 2019

Robert Ellis: September 15th Book Contest Winners



Congratulations to Sandy from Cocoa Beach, FL, and David from West Chester, PA for winning yesterday’s draw for a free book! A signed proof of THE GIRL BURIED IN THE WOODS (Detective Matt Jones Book 3) will be shipped this week! While this novel is available for pre-order right now, the Kindle and paperback editions aren't coming out until October 3rd! So enjoy a sneak peek at my favorite Matt Jones book so far!





I’m also more than proud to say that this book contest has been running for more than a year, with no plans to stop! For more info about entering the draw on the 1st and 15th of each month, please stop by my website.

Thanks for being such great friends and fans!



Cheers to a Good Read!

Robert



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Monday, September 2, 2019

Robert Ellis: September 1st Book Contest Winners


Congratulations to Amy & Marcellus from Sunrise, FL, and Joe from Portland, OR, for winning yesterday’s draw for a free book! A signed proof of THE GIRL BURIED IN THE WOODS (Detective Matt Jones Book 3) will be shipped this week! While this novel is available for pre-order right now, the Kindle and paperback editions aren't coming out until October 3rd!  So I’m really excited that you guys will get a sneak-peek at what I think is my best thriller so far!





I’m also more than proud to say that this Book Contest has been running for one month more than a year, and there are no plans to stop! For more info about entering the draw on the 1st and 15th of each month, please stop by my website.


Thanks for being such great fans!
Cheers to a good read!
Robert















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Robert Ellis: LAWRENCE BLOCK



Lawrence Block
I have always been a big fan of Lawrence Block’s work. I met him twice at book signings, once at a Barnes & Noble in Bryn Mawr, PA, and a second time at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena, CA. There’s the work, and then there’s the man with the wonderful personality that I grew to know listening to his audiobooks. Most if not all are from the Bernie Rhodenbarr series (a gentleman burglar who by day owns a used bookstore). These are light, entertaining novels, that seem made to be listened to as well as read. In this case I find the audiobooks to be the better choice. They’re fascinating and very special because of all things, Lawrence Block is narrating them himself. (I have noticed that this isn’t the case every time, so you need to hunt them down to find them.) Lawrence Block has written over fifty novels. Unlike many these days, if Block’s name is on the book, he wrote every word on every page.




I mention this because Lawrence Block always seems to be full of surprises, and a new one came up about ten days ago. Block has accepted a position as writer-in residence at Newberry College in South Carolina. But even more, in his announcement he released the reading list for one of two courses he will be teaching: THE PLEASURES OF CRIME FICTION. The list of books he selected seems as if it might be a collection of personal favorites, which I found fascinating in and of itself. But it’s the titles he didn’t include that I thought he might that make this list even more thought provoking.


For the record, the titles IN CAPITAL LETTERS are the assigned books; after each in italics is a second book by the same author, suggested for those who like what they've read and want to keep going.
 

Agatha Christie: THE MURDER OF ROGER ACKROYD, The Body in the Library
Dashiell Hammett: THE MALTESE FALCON, The Glass Key
Ellery Queen: THE ROMAN HAT MYSTERY, Queens Full
Raymond Chandler: THE LONG GOODBYE, The High Window
Erle Stanley Gardner: THE CASE OF THE SULKY GIRL, Crows Can’t Count
Fredric Brown: THE FABULOUS CLIPJOINT, The Wench is Dead
Craig Rice: THE RIGHT MURDER, Home Sweet Homicide
Evan Hunter: LAST SUMMER, Let’s Hear It for the Deaf Man
Walter Mosley: DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS, John Woman
Ross Thomas: THE FOOLS IN TOWN ARE ON OUR SIDE, The Eighth Dwarf
Donald E. Westlake: DROWNED HOPES, The Rare Coin Score
Sue Grafton: A IS FOR ALIBI, K Is For Killer
James Sallis: DRIVE, The Long-Legged Fly
Ian Rankin: KNOTS AND CROSSES, The Black Book


Cheers to the Pleasures of Crime Fiction!
Robert Ellis 
https://www.robertellis.net/


















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