It’s the Blackjack Blog Scavenger Hunt!

blackjack-blog-scavenger-huntIf you’ve been kind enough to read this blog lately, then you may know that my newest Joel Williams mystery, Past Tense, will be coming out on 1 November. Now, a lot of authors like to do blog tours when they have a new novel coming out. I think that’s a terrific idea, and I’ve decided to do it, too.

But this won’t be a typical blog tour, where I visit different blogs. Instead, I thought it’d be fun to do a blog scavenger hunt, so you can perhaps visit some new blogs, and so that some talented and richly-deserving blog friends of mine can get the readership they deserve.

So here it is: Your own game of Blackjack! It’s the Blackjack Blog Scavenger Hunt!

Here’s how it works.

  • I’ll give you a list of 21 clues to a few of the various blogs on my rounds.

  • All you have to do is match the clue to the right blog. I promise: All of the correct answers can be found on the blog roll on my sidebar.

  • When you’ve got all of the answers, email me (margotkinberg(at)gmail(dot)com) your list of blog titles (just the titles will be fine). That’s your entry ticket. On release 3d-past-tenseday (1 November) I’ll draw three lucky names. Each winner will receive a signed copy of Past Tense (Here’s the blurb)! If you’re a winner, I’ll send you your prize no matter where you live.


Already pre-ordered the book? First, thank you! Second, you’re still welcome to play. If you win, that’s one name crossed off your holiday list.

Rather not play? That’s perfectly fine. But I really would appreciate your passing the word along on your social media. Thank you!


Ready?  Here are your clues:


  1. This blogger/author is usually busy ‘Chasing the Cozy Thrill’

  2. This bilingual blog frequently lets readers know: Esta entrada es bilingüe, so that whether you speak Spanish or English, you’ll understand.

  3. This blog’s logo comes straight from Poe. No wonder it features ‘Criminally Good Reads.’

  4. This blog uses tips of a particular kind of hat to rate books and films.

  5. This crime writer’s blog has ‘Murder Down to a Tea.’

  6. This Aussie blog logo includes a magnifying glass and a sketched-out map of Australia.

  7. This blog tells us that ‘Bitter hot tea is the perfect companion’ to a mystery.

  8. This blog includes ‘Reviews of books…and occasional other stuff’ – including Mr. Darcy.

  9. This blog offers ‘One reader’s view’ of books – and shares its name with a famous ancient royal.

  10. This blog is a place ‘Where Mystery Writers Talk Shop,’ and gets its name from the three keys to finding a suspect guilty.

  11. On this blog, Sundays are ‘Dress Down’ days. But of course, the blog’s focus is wardrobe-oriented…

  12. This blog features the beautiful Australian Galah bird. And that makes sense, since the blogger is an Aussie.

  13. Every day’s different on this blog, which features, ‘An Eclectic Mix of Books, Writing, Crafting, Green Living and Nature.’

  14. This blog has a great feature called ‘Logging the Library.’ And it’s a criminal log…

  15. This blog features a Maya Angelou quote that ends: ‘You’ve got to go out and kick a**.’

  16. This blog is ‘A place for my mind to gather its images.’

  17. This blog’s owner just had a new novel, A Deadly Thaw, released.

  18. This blog’s theme features prairie grass, a perfect choice for a blog that comes straight from a Canadian ‘prairie province.’

  19. This blog finds time for ‘Thinking, Writing, Thinking About Writing.’

  20. The logo on this India-based blog urges us, ‘When you write, don’t just write, tell a story.’

  21. This Aussie blog features all sorts of book reviews and recipes. Even its title includes a very nice wine.


Ready to play? Have fun!!  Tell ‘em all Margot sent you!


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38 responses to “It’s the Blackjack Blog Scavenger Hunt!

  1. This is absolutely brilliant Margot and I’m pleased that I instantly recognised a fair few of my favourite bloggers from your clues 😉 I have pre-ordered Past Tense and looking forward to the 1 November so that I can read it.

  2. What a great idea Margot! I love it. I’ll have to get visiting those bloggers and see if I can match them all.

  3. Great idea, Margot! I recognise some of them straight away, but will have to puzzle over the others a little. Looking forward to reading Past Tense when it appears as if by magic on my Kindle on 1st Nov… 🙂

  4. Margot: A clever promotion. I do not recall any other blogger using their blogger connections. Knowing there are so many blogs you visit I expect it was a challenge to keep it to 21 clues.

    • Thanks, Bill. I’m glad you liked this. And as a matter of fact, it was very difficult to choose just 21 blogs. There were several blogs I’d have wanted to include, to be honest.

  5. fun…reminds me of my grandparents when they play bridge,,,

  6. mudpuddle

    really a brilliant idea! although i won’t be doing it (i’m too ignorant of the crime/blog scene) i think the idea is stunningly good!

  7. Col

    Time to get to work…

  8. What a fun and brilliant idea, Margot. A great way to celebrate your upcoming release.

  9. What a brilliant idea Margot – beautifully done. I know quite a lot of the at first pass, but still have some investigating (see what I did there?) to do. And thanks for including me – I hope saying that is allowed! Really looking forward to the book.

    • Thank you, Moira. I’m so glad you liked this idea (and yes, I did see…). It’s not a problem that you’ve mentioned you’re included (how could I not?). And about the book – I hope it won’t disappoint.

  10. Great idea Margot. I’ve sent you my answers. If I win, please, you can send my copy to someone else. I already have pre ordered your book

    • Thank you so much, José Ignacio 🙂 – I truly appreciate your support. And thanks for playing! I’ve had your entry, and I’ll set it aside as you’ve asked.

  11. What a fab idea, Margot! What a terrific roll call of blogs you have. After looking at your “clues,” it struck me how many international peeps you follow, too! Looking forward to your new release! The world needs more professor sleuths. *wink*

    • Thanks very much, Kathy! I’m so glad you liked this idea. And yes, I’m very, very lucky and grateful to have so many blog friends from all over the world. And I couldn’t agree more: professor sleuths are great! 😉

  12. What a super idea! Congratulations on your new release. I see you switched from blogger to WordPress. I’m thinking of doing the same, but the thought is a bit overwhelming. Did it take you long to transfer everything over?

    • Thanks very much, Cluculzwriter. I appreciate it. I did, indeed, switch from Blogger to WP, and I’m very, very glad I did. I had one or two minor ‘bumps in the road,’ but in the main, it went quite well. WP allows one to import blog posts from other sites (Blogger being one of them), so that visitors can see one’s archives, and can access older posts, and I’ve found that to be very useful. It is a major change, and it takes a bit of time to get used to it all. But I had no major trouble transferring things. Within a few hours (perhaps even less; it’s been a few years, so I don’t remember clearly), everything was ‘live.’ I hope that helps.

  13. This will be a challenge I will have to accept just to see if I discover new blogs. Very clever idea, Margot (as usual).

  14. Great invention, Margot! I am in. And hearty congratulations, too, on PAST TENSE! You’re most welcome to drop by on your blog tour and introduce your new Joel Williams mystery to my readers, in your own words. This is a standing invitation.

  15. Congratulations on your upcoming release!

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  17. Fun clues! Congratulations again on your new release. Oh, it’s November 1st. Happy Book Birthday, Margot!!!!

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