Friday, December 31, 2010

Dirty Business Giveaway: The Big Dirt Nap and Dead Head by Rosemary Harris

Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (February 17, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0312369689
ISBN-13: 978-0312369682
2nd in A Dirty Business mystery series.

Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (April 13, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0312569947
ISBN-13: 978-0312569945
3rd in the series

Nominated for both the Agatha and the Anthony award, Rosemary Harris writes the Dirty Business cozy mystery series set in Connecticut.

The main character, Paula, a feisty, take charge kind of woman, owns her own landscaping business and somehow manages to get in the middle of crime scenes. Of course, she has to use her smarts to help solve the crime.

I think that's why I liked her so much. She's not some wishy-washy character. Rosemary does an excellent job of bringing Paula, her landscaping business  and the fun characters she hangs out with to life. I espcially liked the realism of owning a seasonal business as we see Paula deal with financial issues. Some cozy authors have characters that are so unrealistic, it takes away from the story but not so with this series. This one  will keep any cozy fan amused and delighted.

The two mysteries I read kept me glued to the pages as I read one book right after another. The pacing of the well constructed plot was excellent and I never guessed "whodunnit". Just the way I like it!

To read more about Rosemary, you can visit her web page. Check out her upcoming book, Slugfest, which is due out in April, which by the way sounds like a lot of fun.

Rosemary is being extremely generous in allowing me to give away three copies of her books: one copy of Pushing up Daisies, one copy of  The Big Dirt Nap and one copy of Dead Head.

Open to US only. Deadline to enter is January 9th at 5 PM est. Be sure to leave an e mail address in your comment.

Bonus Entries available:

+2 Being a follower of PPP - be sure to tell me how you follow and under what name whether you are a new follower or a long time follower. This can all be put in one box.
+2 Tweeting or posting about the contest - leave me a link please
Good Luck!

Disclosure: Review copies of books were provided by the author, Rosemary Harris at no charge to me for my honest opinion.


  1. These all sound like great books, I'd love to read any of them.

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  2. No need to enter me (I'm in Canada) but I just wanted to wish you a very happy new year and a very happy 2011!

  3. Paula's stories sound great, would love to catch up before the next one comes out!

    +2 GFC follower as holdenj

    Happy New Year to you!

  4. Don't count me in as I am overseas. Both books sound really great.

    Wishing you and your husband the best for 2011 especially good health.

  5. I love the way you described Paula, she sounds like a person I would totally dig!!!

  6. some cozy mystery solvers are way too cozy indeed. I like realistic characters so sure! throw my name in please :)

    I follow as jennygirl

    Happy new year Kaye :)

  7. Yes, i would love to win this Dirty Business Giveaway! The books sound like good reads. Thanks!

    I am an old follower with GFC

    gcpeach17 at aol dot com

  8. Please enter me for these awesome books.

    +2 old gfc follower under martha lawson

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

  9. Sounds like a cute series.

    Hope you had a wonderful and safe Christmas and New Years.

    While I may not comment as much anymore I do still lurk and follow your blog. Keep up the good work!


  10. Happy New Year to you! Love your penquin NY graphics! :-D

  11. I would love to read these books—please enter me to win!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

  12. Happy New Year! Thanks for the chance to win these books.

    I am a long time follower/lurker. :)

  13. Happy New Year! These books all look for interesting.

    +2 Long time follower under pbclark


  14. I never got copies of my own so I'm going to have to enter. I know how much you enjoyed these so I'm looking forward to reading them myself. Great review! I can't wait to dive in! Happy New Year!!

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    + added to sidebar


  15. These sound like the kind of cozies that I like to read, too!.

    +2 "Old" GFC follower as Karen B.


  16. these sound really fun. thanks for the giveaway!

    lauren51990 at aol dot com

  17. I would love to read these books!

    I'm a long time follower on GFC-Carol M

    mittens0831 at aol dot com

  18. Thanks for the review...these sound so appealing. Rosemary has a free short story on her website so I'm off to check it out!

  19. Happy New Year, Kaye!

    Please enter me! +2 for being an old follower (drey)...

    dreyshouse at gmail dot com

  20. The titles of her books all sound like such fun stories.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  21. Count me in please, +2 follower Brenda kittycrochettwo at msn dot com

  22. Please enter me!!

    I'm a follower through GFC (Becca)

    I Tweeted here:


  23. What a fun series! I'd love a chance to win!

  24. +2 Tweet!/chickitsarita/status/22654299028852736

  25. I visited Rosemary's website...great stuff, including a free short story. I'd love to read this book too. Thank you!

  26. For the overseas folks and people who might like to get a head start on the series, there's a free short story on my website (Thanks for mentioning moonsword!)
    It's a prequel to the first book.

  27. Hi, I'm just about at the end of Susan Wittig Albert's China Bayle's series and would love to start another with a heroine that cherishes her green thumb. China is in Texas, would be fun to read of a New England plant lover close to home.

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  28. I love the bonus that cozies give, in this expertise in gardening. Please enter me in this contest.

    +2 GFC follower of PPP Cozy giveaway!
    My Twitter name is Carolee 888.

    +2 Tweet

  29. I've never read any of her books, but this series sounds great!

  30. Please include me in your giveaway. I love audio books.

    I am an old follower.

  31. A good friend of mine recommended Rosemary Harris for a great read. I'd love to win one of this and give her a try! Thanks for the chance to win.

    +2 GFC follower - Susan

    +2 Tweeted here:!/susanobryant/status/23550578869149696

    safoga at gmail dot com

  32. I've been hearing about Rosemary Harris for some time and would love to try these titles.

    Following you as marthalama, I'm so glad I found your blog.

  33. These sound like great books!! Thanks for the chance to win!!


  34. Would love to read these books. I'm a follower summergal05



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