Monday, March 29, 2010

Book Giveaway: The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness, and Obsession by David Grann

I'm excited to announce that Judy and DoubleDay are sponsoring this giveaway of 2 copies of David Grann's The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness and Obsession.

The Devil & Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness & Obsession
About the Book:
The world's most renowned Sherlock Holmes scholar, hot on the trail of a priceless cache of long-lost Arthur Conan Doyle papers is found garroted. Was he murdered?

A serial French importer pretends to be a missing American boy and is taken in by the boy's real family. Is he the perfect conman, or is he the one being conned?

In Texas a father is about to be executed for setting a fire that killed his children. But could he be innocent?

A Polish detective, while investigating a brutal slaying, stumbles upon a postmodern novel by a darling of the avant-garde. Does this book hold the key to solving the crime?

Sherlock Holmes once said that "life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent." In that same spirit of curiosity and discovery, David Grann sets out to solve a dozen real-life mysteries in these hypnotic accounts. Whether he is reporting on the infiltration of U.S. prisons by the murderous Aryan Brotherhood, riding a cyclone-tossed skiff with a scientist in search of elusive giant squid, or descending into the secret world of sandhogs hundreds of feet below New York City, Grann explores the nature of obsession and those caught in its grip. The unforgettable characters display the full power, and ofthe the perversity, of the human spirit. The Devil and Sherlock Holmes is a gripping and supremely entertaining work -- a mosiac of ambition, deception, passion, and folly.

ISBN-10: 0385517920 - Hardcover $26.95
Publisher: Doubleday (March 9, 2010), 352 pages.

About the Author, courtesy of the publisher:
David Grann is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of the bestselling The Lost City of Z, which has been translated into more than 20 languages. His stories have appeared in many best American writing anthologies, and he has written for the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and the Republic.


To enter, describe your favorite detective OR name your favorite Sherlock Holmes story.

1. Please include your email address, so that I can contact you if you win. No email address, no entry.
2. You must be a follower to join the contest.

The contest is limited to US residents only. No P.O. boxes. The contest ends at noon on April 30, 2010.

Thank you so much to Judy and to DoubleDay for sponsoring this giveaway!


  1. I really like Sherlock Holmes. I'd say one of my favorite was The Case of the Speckled Band.

    I'm a follower via GFC.


  2. My favorite detective is Nancy Drew.
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  3. Thanks for the giveaway. My fav detective is Alex Cross. I am a follower.

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  4. My favorite Sherlock Holmes story is the Adventure of the Final Problem.

  5. Hello,
    My favorite detective has got to be Nancy Drew. I follow via email and google connect.

  6. My favorite is Sherlock Holmes. I am a follower.

  7. I always like Nero Wolfe's mysteries.

    I am a follower.

    Tracey D
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  8. definitely sherlock holmes thanks for the giveaway minsthins at optonline dot net

  9. I always loved Nancy Drew :)

  10. My favorite detective is FBI Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast!

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  11. I used to love reading Nancy Drew!


  12. My favorite Sherlock Holmes story is A Case of Identity.

    I'm a follower.

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  13. My favorite detective is Columbo.
    GFC follower

  14. Love Sherlock Holmes...Hound of the Baskervilles is a favorite. Favorite recent detective is Alexander McCall Smith's Precious Ramotswe. Please enter me, this one sounds fantastic!


    I'm a follower!! :)

  15. I love Laurie King's The Beekeeper's Apprentice which features Sherlock Holmes.
    I am a follower!

  16. I like nancy drew and I am a follower.


  17. I am fascinated by the omnipotent mind of Mr. Holmes. I have watched many versions of Holmes in movies and TV presentations. My favorite would be the PBS version starring the late Jeremy Brett. Bravo, Jeremy! My favorite Holmes adventure is "The Hound of the Baskervilles".

    Please enter my name in the drawing. US Resident, GFC follower, subscriber.

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  18. My favorite detectives are the ones who really got me hooked on reading as I read everyone of their books: the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew.

    I am a follower.

    Thank you,


  19. I like and miss Monk!

    Google follower!


  20. Growing up, I was a fan of Trixie Belden. These days I love Agent Booth on Bones. Does he count?

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

  21. Nancy Drew was always my favorite growing up. :)

  22. Shawn Spencer from Psych is oour favorite.

    I'm a follower

  23. My favorite besides sherlock holmes is Shawn Spender on Psych.

  24. My favorite detectives are Harry Dresden (The Dresden Files) and Veronica Mars (tv show). :0)

    I follow.

    librarygrinch at gmail dot com

  25. Columbo was always a big hit in our home.

    And I am a follower.


  26. I grew up on Nancy Drew and then moved on to mysteries with characters like Alex Cross and Lincoln Rhyme. Lately, though, I've been in more of a cozy mood as well as historical mysteries -- ones where the characters are people like Jane Austen and Da Vinci :-)

  27. Of the older detective series, I enjoy Hercules Poirot and in the contemporary novels, James Patterson's Alex Cross gets my vote. I follow.

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