Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween, Blogiversary, The Boy in the Snow, and a Giveaway

Today’s post, like many I’ve had lately, is a mixture of various things that at first glance have no connection with each other. At the same time, all things I will tell you about today do interact sort of like Six Degrees of Separation.

happy-halloween-42First, for all of those throughout the U.S. – young and old alike – who are celebrating today…HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

This day of fright and candy lends its self to so many books and movies featuring mysteries, thrillers, and even comedies. It’s a day youngsters get treats for playing pranks and adults get to dress up like kids again and revisit a bit of their own youth.

Wonder what will be the most popular costume this Halloween? Are you dressing up and if so, as who or what? Do you have a fun Halloween story you’d like to share with us? Well, I’m wearing my witch’s hat today so HAPPY TRICK OR TREATING to all.

Next up, a blogiversary. Today (Oct. 31st) marks four years since I ventured into the wonderful, zany world of blogging. I can’tcandles believe it’s been that long, but I can believe I still don’t have a clue what I’m doing. This is my 1,349th post. WOW, where has the time gone?

I have meet such wonderful readers, authors, book promoters, publicists and publishing representatives throughout these years that it’s overwhelming. I can’t say THANK YOU enough to all the amazing people who visit this blog. Y’all are truly awesome. I could ramble on for weeks and never completely express my appreciation to everyone. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH for your support and feedback.

Now for the main focus of this blog, a review (and a giveaway) of a new crime thriller, THE BOY IN THE SNOW by M.J. McGrath. Thanks to Laura and the fine folks at Penguin Group, I have 2 print copies of this intriguing book to giveaway. Please see the end of the post for the details.


boy in the snow coverReaching for a throw to ward off the chill, I realized I had been captivated not only by the story but also by the setting in author M.J. McGrath’s latest novel, THE BOY IN THE SNOW.

In this second Edie Kiglatuk mystery, McGrath has cast the Alaskan setting as much a character as her protagonist Edie. Her vivid descriptions brings the setting to life placing the reader in the middle of the snow and cold Edie calls home.

Half-Inuit Edie Kiglatuk is on her way to help her ex-husband Sammy in his bid to win the famous Iditarod dog sled race when she gets a bit sidetracked. Lead by a spirit bear, Edie discovers a dead infant in a small wooden box in the forest.

Officials believe the death has something to do with the Dark Believers, a sinister offshoot of a Russian Orthodox sect since it was discovered on their land. However, Edie doesn’t see it that way as she believes there’s more to it.

Meanwhile, the office of Alaska governor is up for grabs and the election is heating up. The last thing Anchorage Mayor Chuck Hillingberg wants is Edie’s discovery made public.

THE BOY IN THE SNOW is a gripping mystery that will have you clinging to the edge of your seat. The story flows smoothly and at a quick pace. The twists keep you guessing as painful secrets aren’t revealed until the last few pages.

McGrath has developed realistic and likable characters. She has given them strengths, but also faults and worries that readers can relate to. An eye for detail, McGrath surrounds the reader with the Alaskan territory, its people and ways.

This is the second installment in the Edie Kiglatuk Mystery series, but can be read as a standalone. Make sure you have a cup of hot coffee and a blanket handy as you immerse yourself in the tranquil beauty of Alaska and this enthralling tale. 

The Boy in the Snow by M.J. McGrath, An Edie Kiglatuk Mystery, Penguin Books, @2013, ISBN: 978-0143124146, Paperback, 400 Pages 

FTC Full Disclosure - This book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.

This giveaway is for two print copies of THE BOY IN THE SNOW. The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only.

To enter this giveaway, please send me an e-mail ( with the subject line, “Win The Boy in the Snow.” Your message should include your name and mailing address. The deadline to enter this giveaway for a chance to win a copy of THE BOY IN THE SNOW is 8 p.m. (EST) on Friday, Nov. 8.

Well, it’s been a long post today but I bet you’ve figured out the common connection these three things have in common --- books. Do you see any other connections? Thanks again for stopping by today and every day. Y’all are THE BEST!!


  1. Mason - Congratulations on your blogoversary! That's wonderful! May you be blogging for many years to come. And I'm so glad you're telling folks about this series and about The Boy in the Snow. It's a really well-done series with a remarkable sense of setting.

    1. Margot, thanks for the kind words. I agree that this is a well-done series and the setting is awesome.

  2. HAPPY HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY! We just celebrated our 4th on the 25th!!!!! Glad to be a part of your journey!

    1. Caren, thanks for the wishes and thanks for being along for the journey. Happy Belated Blogoersary to you as well. If you're like me, these four years have flown by.

  3. Happy Blogiversary!

  4. I couldn't finish reading this book. I gave up. The opening scene was enough to tell me I wouldn't like it, but I read further and didn't change my mind.

    This book begins with a ridiculously unrealistic scene that put a bad taste in my mouth right away. But I hoped the story would redeem itself. Instead, it seemed young adult, what I might have read when I was 12.

    I don't need easy reading. So I stopped wasting my time.

    I won this book on

    1. techeditor, sorry you didn't like the book. But that's the wonderful thing about books - there's something for everyone and everyone doesn't have to like every book. Hopefully you found a book you could enjoy instead.

  5. I love the title "The Boy in the Snow." It looks like a good read.

    Sorry I haven't been here in a while. I'm getting back in the groove, though. Getting reacquainted with blogger friends is high on my list of priorities.


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