Last year was surprisingly bountiful for me as far as giveaways went. Among other things, I got a beautiful kalamkari apron from Sailu's Kitchen, Ashok Banker's Dance of Govinda from Itchy, a StyleMe giveaway via Kiran and a review copy of Chanakya's Chant by Ashwin Sanghi. I think such luck should be passed along so I'm happy to announce my first ever giveaway --
Go on, get cracking:
Two copies of The Reluctant Detective by Kiran Manral
for two lucky lovers of mystery fiction!To try for a free copy for yourself, see how many of the following fictional detectives (reluctant or not) that you can identify. Comments will not be approved for the duration of this contest and if you have problems commenting you can always mail me your answers at email@example.com . Please do not forget to mention your email id or some other contact information so that I can let you know if you've won.
- The names of the commentors with 4 or more correct answers will be handed to my five year old son on slips of paper and he will choose one winner. He can't read yet, so you can be sure he will be unbiased!
- Those who get 10 correct answers will get two slips each in their name for the draw while those who get all twelve will have three chances.
There is one mystery prize whose rule I will explain when I announce the prize itself. :)
Go on, get cracking:
- This female bounty hunter of part Italian, part Hungarian descent has a propensity to have things blown up, set on fire or otherwise destroyed when she is near.
- Prudence Cowley wouldn’t give you two pence for tracking her down. If you’re still wondering where to look, you’ll find her by the pricking of your thumbs.
- Way back in the 1930s this young German lad found himself turning detective in Berlin when a stranger on a train made off with all his money.
- Hardboiled and philosophical, our man is not fazed by the big sleep of pornographers. Need another clue? He shares a surname with a colourful personality from Elizabethan England.
- Born of Edward Stratemeyer, the many cases of this young girl detective and her friends Bess and George were famously filed by ghostwriters.
- Single and shrewd with it, this little old lady from St Mary Mead has a particularly sharp eye for the idiosyncrasies that characterise people.
- This famous fictional detective has authored, anthologised as well as edited novels, short stories, anthologies and magazines from the 1920s to the ‘70s. Care to fit the hat on this Roman mystery?
- Guided by their F.A.T. leader, this merry band of children love uncovering mysteries, sometimes in disguise and almost always pitted against a Goon.
- This half Italian lawyer-turned-detective loves her morning runs in the Windy City chill. While she’s no comforting old aunty, there’s nobody you’d rather have on your side when things are at a deadlock.
- First featured in Le Petit Vingtième this young reporter shares a country and its language with the older and equally renowned M. Poirot.
- Occasionally associated with the California Fidelity insurance company, this female detective is famous for shooting her assailant from inside a dustbin.
- The ten books featuring this policeman not only set the tone for contemporary police literature but also relentlessly noted the changes seen in the social and political spheres of Sweden from the 1960s to ‘70s.