GIVEAWAY: Books for armchair travelers from Soho Press (contest ended)

December 18, 2015
A comfy spot to read on the Crystal Symphony
A comfy spot to read on the Crystal Symphony

A comfy spot to read on the Crystal Symphony

A spectacular holiday giveaway of

Books for armchair travelers sponsored by Soho Press

Congratulations to the three winners of the Soho Press crime sweepstakes:

1-Summer D

2-Debbie Wellenstein

3-Kimberly Hilbert

When you aren’t able to travel, the next best thing is reading an engrossing novel with an authentic sense of place that transports you somewhere else around the world.

(Actually, the best of all worlds might be sitting in a big armchair on the bow of the Crystal Symphony with a suspenseful book in hand!)

In a case of it’s nice to know people in high places, the wonderful editor of my book on female friendship, Juliet Grames, now associate publisher of Soho Press (known for its award-winning international crime fiction), graciously agreed to sponsor this holiday giveaway for readers of More Time To Travel.


  • One lucky reader will be randomly selected to win a set of the hardcover versions of all five of these Soho crime titles.
  • Two other readers will be be selected to choose one of these novels each.


Skim the list of Soho crime titles below and in the comments section below, enter the name of the literary destination you would most like to visit.

Leave your comment on or before December 31. Sorry, limited to U.S. and Canada addresses only.

Winners will be randomly selected and announced here soon after the New Year.

Good luck!

Murder in the Marais (Paris, France)

Do you love Paris? Then you must read Cara Black’s MURDER IN THE MARAIS, the first book in the Aimee Leduc detective series. Aimee, who is a chic, fashionable private investigator, takes you to the darker side of the City of Light in this splendidly atmospheric classic noir mystery series. Each book is set in a different arrondissement (neighborhood) of Paris, and reveals all its secrets. In Murder in the Marais, Aimee investigates a murder in Paris’s historic Jewish quarter, unearthing secrets that date back to Vichy France and the forced disappearance of Paris’s Jews.

The Tooth Tattoo (England)

Peter Lovesey’s mysteries set in Bath, England, are perfect for Anglophiles and Agatha Christie fans! Each mystery is a Golden Age style fair-play puzzle mystery, and each book is imbued with tons of trivia about lovely Bath. In The Tooth Tattoo, the curmudgeonly detective Peter Diamond investigates the suspicious death of a woman who has come to Bath because she is a devoted fan of a classical music quartet that is performing there. Music afficianados will take extra delight in this story!

Getaway (Puerto Vallarta, Mexico)

The ultimate beach read–a story of a Mexican vacation gone terribly awry. When Michelle Mason, a young, wealthy California widow, takes a de-stressing vacation to the paradise beach community of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, she accidentally crosses paths with a shady group of expats and finds herself tangled in a deadly web of spies and drug dealers. She’ll have to survive by her wits, and her wild adventure reveals the lovely and the sinister sides of this stunning city.

The Coroner’s Lunch (Laos)

There aren’t many books about Laos, but if you are headed there, you must read Colin Cotterill’s impeccable and award-winning mystery series set there. If you aren’t planning a trip to Laos yet, you certainly will after you read The Coroner’s Lunch! Set in the late 1970s, just after the establishment of the new Lao communist government, this whimsical and sensory-packed novel follows the career of the seventy-something Dr. Siri, who is forced to become the National Coroner. The mystery touches upon the legacies of colonial war in Southeast Asia and will make you eager to see this fascinating place for yourself.

Murder at Cape Three Points (Accra, Ghana)

Murder at Cape Three Points is set in Accra, Ghana. This detective novel features Inspector Darko Dawson, a clever, dedicated detective and family man who solves some of the Ghanaian federal police’s trickiest cases. In this novel, his investigation takes him to the lush Ghanaian coast, where oil rigs have begun to displace tribal fishing communities. The book is a terrific traditional mystery full of fascinating characters. But even better, it is gold-star armchair travel, packed with the sights, smells, and especially the tastes of Ghana. You’ll close the book hungry for okra and fufu!

If these books sparked your interest, see the list of other titles in the Soho Crime Series.

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    Shannon Baas
    December 19, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    Puerto Vallerta.

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    Sandy Klocinski
    December 19, 2015 at 2:50 pm


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    December 19, 2015 at 10:13 pm


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    Debbi Wellenstein
    December 20, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    Definitely Paris.

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    Brittney House
    December 20, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    I would say London

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    Christine Geaney
    December 21, 2015 at 9:08 am

    I would start with Hyde Park Corner, check out Surrey Hills and then of course all of the rest of exciting London England

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    Michele Peterson
    December 21, 2015 at 9:49 am

    I’d love to read Getaway, the book set in Puerto Vallarta – viva Mexico!

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    Suzanne Stavert
    December 21, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    I LOVE to read – any of them would make me happy. However if I had to choose – Paris!

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    Anita @ No Particular Place To Go
    December 21, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Bath, England but I had a hard time choosing between it and Paris!

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    Donna Janke
    December 21, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    I think England. I was there a couple of months ago and visited Bath. And I read a Peter Lovesey novel before I went. But Puerto Vallart and Accra sound appealing too!

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    Amy G
    December 21, 2015 at 4:50 pm


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    beth shepherd
    December 22, 2015 at 11:20 am

    Paris would be amazing. Thank you

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    Sue Reddel
    December 22, 2015 at 11:32 am

    The Marais is one of my favorite spots to explore in Paris. Thanks for the terrific list of books to add to my wish list on Amazon!

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    Janice Chung
    December 22, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    Paris, bien sûr!

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    December 23, 2015 at 12:47 am


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    Annmarie Bernard
    December 23, 2015 at 10:20 am


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    Kay Lynn
    December 24, 2015 at 7:08 am


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    December 24, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    Paris, France

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    December 25, 2015 at 2:33 am

    Based on the descriptions of these books, I would choose Accra, Ghana!

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    Tricia Andrews
    December 25, 2015 at 11:29 am

    I’d love to go to Accra, Ghana!! But any of these destinations would be great. I live 10 minutes from an international airport, have my passport and all my travel vaccines already! But being transported by a book is just as good!

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    December 25, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    Laos all the way!

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    Kimberly Hilbert
    December 26, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    Murder in the Marais (Paris, France)
    It may seem like a dumb reason, but I hear their Macarons are awesome in Paris. I love cookies, what can I say?

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    Patti Morrow
    December 27, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    Getaway (Puerto Vallarta, Mexico) — sounds like a great mystery in one of my favorite Mexican beach destinations!

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    Lorena Keech
    December 27, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    I’d like to visit England.

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    December 29, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    I’d most like to re-visit England. I have not yet been to Bath, England.

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    Daniel M
    December 29, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    always wanted to see paris

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    susan smoaks
    December 30, 2015 at 9:16 am

    Murder in the Marais (Paris, France) because it sounds interesting.

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    karen mayernick
    December 30, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    I would absolutely adore a trip to England! Thank you for the opportunity!

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    Laurie Emerson
    December 30, 2015 at 11:25 pm

    I have always wanted to visit Paris, France.

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    Leslie Davis
    December 30, 2015 at 11:48 pm


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    Miz Vickik
    December 31, 2015 at 1:56 am

    Accra, Ghana would be my pick!

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    Stephanie Liske
    December 31, 2015 at 2:02 am

    I like the The Coroner’s Lunch (Laos).

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    Lisa Walker
    December 31, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    I would love to visit Paris.

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    Susan Smith
    December 31, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    Paris, France

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    Summer D
    December 31, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    I would love to visit Paris, France.

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