It's the first of the month! And in this case, the first day of the year. Happy New Year to all of our reader friends!

Since this is a holiday and it's the Year 2015, I'm giving you a chance to win an e-gift card for $20.15 to the bookstore of your choice.

This is how it works: I post a few lines from a mystery. Usually, it's a cozy, but not this month. This month, the mystery is a thriller/suspense novel. You post the title and author in the comment section. Then, I'll draw a random name from the winning guesses and post that person's name on this page and on Facebook by 10 p.m. on January 2nd.

Okay, here we go! Here are the lines from this month's mystery:

**"'Richard Hannay,' I kept telling myself, 'you have got into the wrong ditch, my friend, and you had better climb out.**

**"**

__Ellery's helpful hint__- This "book" began as a serial in

*Blackwood's Magazine*and was published in book form in Scotland later in that same year. The Year 1915. That's why I chose it. 100 years ago, this famous story was born. Good luck!

## 65 comments:

John Buchan - ?The Thirty-Nine Steps?

Gram is right. The book is The Thirty-nine Steps by John Buchan. Happy New Year!

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Yep, John Buchan wrote The Thirty Nine Steps. Good book!

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I think it is The THIRTY NINE STEPS by John Buchan

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The 39 Steps by John Buchan.........

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Right along with the others, The 39 Steps!

Wow, The 39 Steps by John Burchan. I haven't thought of that in a long time.

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Happy New Year!

Angela

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The librarian in me had to do some fact-checking and confirmed that yes! It is The 39 Steps by John Buchan. Thanks for the fun. rencw@verizon.net

The Thirty-Nine Steps by Buchan.

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Yes, The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan. Which reminds me that I need to reread this, it's been years.

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I just recently read this one. It's The Thirty Nine Steps by John Buchan.

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The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan

Who am I to disagree with The thirty-Nine steps. Particularly with Robert Powell (sigh) as Richard Hannay in the TV series.

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The Thirty-nine steps by John Buchan

The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan.

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Thanks for the chance.

Congrats, Becky! You're my winner! Happy New Year, everyone and thanks for playing!

Good grief, an ancestor . . Is it still available to purchase so I can read it? Blessings, Janet

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