Thanks so much for all your support today, here and over on the Facebook page for the launch of Murder at the Maples. It’s currently riding high at #37 in the Amazon bestseller chart for Women Sleuths – which is way beyond my expectations for today!


If you haven’t got your copy yet, here is the link 😉 Murder at the Maples And now it’s time to announce the winners of today’s competitions:

Well, of course you’ve all worked out by now that the answer was that the fireman was the only man in the room and the other poker players were women. 10 of you got it right – well done to Linda Gillard, Debbie YOung, Cathy Bramley, Bee Lewis, Mandy Baggot, Charlie Plunkett, Lynne Callister, Bev Howard, Matt Johnson and Jane Williams. I put your names in a hat and pulled out … (drum roll) Bee Lewis! Bee is the lucky soon-to-be recipient of a Murder at the Maples mug. But what about the notebooks?

This was really hard! We had some fantastic entries for favourite fictional sleuths, both here and on Facebook, including some I’d never heard of but will definitely check out.

The four winners are: Columbo (how could I not?) nominated byKatharine Smith; Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes (my hubby is called Jeremy, ahh) nominated by Kathryn Guare; Nancy Drew, a childhood favourite, nominated by Angela Pennington; and Poirot, bless him, nominated by Louise Wykes.


Well, I promised more and here it is. Until Sunday night, anyone who buys a copy of Murder at the Maples can get a free Kindle copy for a friend. All you have to do is email me – joanne g phillips (at) gmail (dot) com – your Amazon receipt along with the email address of a friend you think would enjoy the book. I’ll then send your friend a copy for their Kindle – easy! My great friend Pauline Wiles did this for her fantastic debut novel, Saving Saffron Sweeting, and I know she won’t mind me stealing her idea and sharing the love 🙂

Thanks for sharing launch day with me *big hugs*. The #FloraLively conversation will continue on Twitter tomorrow, and next week the blog will return to its usual schedule of random – and hopefully useful and interesting! – posts. Bye for now x