Oline Cogdill

Here’s a contest that should attract many mystery readers: Win a trip to Florida to attend a private event with Lisa Unger, left, and Michael Connelly, below.

The event is on a private yacht in Clearwater, Florida, on January 9, 2014.

Think about it.

It’s Florida.

And it’s January.

And it’s Unger and Connelly.

Enough said.

The event is a book launch of Unger’s next novel In the Blood, which is a continuation of her series set in the idyllic sounding town of The Hollows. This series is quite interesting as Unger, a best-selling author, looks at different residents of this town.

Here's a review of Unger's Darkness, My Old Friend and Heartbroken. And here is a review of Fragile, the first in The Hollows.

Connelly—for those three readers who have never heard of him—is the best-selling author of the Harry Bosch series. His latest novel, The Gods of Guilt, features his Lincoln Lawyer character Mickey Haller and just came out this month.

Here's my review of The Gods of Guilt. And here's the review of The Gods of Guilt that we ran in Mystery Scene magazine.

connelly_michael.jpgThe contest is co-sponsored by Simon & Schuster.

The contest’s grand prize includes a three-night stay in a hotel and round-trip airfare from any state in the connected 48 states.

The winner will get to share a cocktail with the authors before the book launch begins.

In Florida.

In January.

On a yacht.

Ten other winners will receive a signed copy of In the Blood.

Details are here.

Hurry, the contest’s deadline is Dec. 15, 2013. Talk about a great holiday gift.