Monthly Archives: October 2012

Get your thinking caps (or Google fingers) on…

[Edited to say: THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED. Thanks for taking part]

… and win a free copy of Sleepyhead!

For those who missed the first round of freebies, we have a few copies left and will give them away to the first people to get the following questions right (PLEASE DON’T PUT THE ANSWERS IN A COMMENT HERE!)

Email your numbered answers to – if you’re a winner we’ll be in contact to ask for your address and will send you the book.

Crime Writing Quiz

Sleepyhead, by Mark Billingham1. What is the name of the detective in most books by Mark Billingham?

2. In the London based series by Ben Aaronovitch, PC Peter Grant takes up an unusual apprenticeship. What does he become?

3. M.C. Beaton is the author of the popular series about amateur sleuth Agatha Raisin. In which area of Britain are the stories set?

Flash and bones, by Kathy Reichs4. Who was the author of the Inspector Morse books, played by John Thaw in the TV adaptations?

5. What nationality is crime writer Camilla Lackberg?

6. What is the profession of Dr Temperence Brennan, the heroine of the books by Kathy Reichs?

Agatha Raisin and the deadly dance, by MC Beaton7. During the reign of which monarch are the ‘Thomas Chaloner’ stories by Susanna Gregory set?

8. The Crime Writers Association awards annual ‘Dagger’ awards for the best crime writing in various categories. Who won the 2012 ‘Dagger in the Library’ award judged by librarians?

Easy eh?


What are you reading?


As the weekend approaches, and while those of you who have won free copies await their arrival – what are you reading at the moment? Anyone got started on Sleepyhead?

Win a free copy of ‘Sleepyhead’ – quick!

We’ve got a few more copies of Sleepyhead to give away to the first UK-based people who join the group. Do it now!

Sleepyhead by Mark Billingham

Sleepyhead, by Mark BillinghamThe first Text Tribe book.

Have you read it?

Do you plan to read it?

What did you think?

Will you read more in the series – or more by the same author?

Talk about it here!

[Please avoid posting spoilers if possible – or label them as such]

Text Tribe is ON

Today is the 1st of October and as of today Text Tribe is officially ‘live’!

It doesn’t matter if you’ve joined because you’re a Mark Billingham fan, or because you have’t got time to go to a book group. Whether you’re at home looking after the kids or working long or unsociable hours, whether you want to discuss books with likeminded people or hear the views of a wide range of other readers – this group is for you. Welcome.

If you’d like to share a bit about yourself and your reading habits, join the Introductions post.

Introduce yourself!

We’d like to build a friendly group – if you’d like to share a little bit about who you are and what you like to read, do it here!

Protect yourself online – please be aware that this is a public site, so please don’t give out any personal information (contact details etc.).

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