First let it be said that the entries to this contest were amazing--and so much fun to read! You've proven once again that social media can indeed be murder. We hope you all are writing these books like mad because we want to read them. And if you don't write, them we will:).
And now a drum roll please...
FIRST PLACE goes to Silver James:
The Bluebird Murders
Self-appointed arbiter of internet manners, Reggie Van Pelt tracks miscreants misusing Twitter. His wicked barbs in 140 characters can eviscerate even the most clueless. When the worst offenders mysteriously die, a series of emails to local police detective Jamie Grimm puts her on the trail. Is Van Pelt a vigilante or a hero? And who is the guy shadowing Jamie’s every move? Is he really from the FBI’s cyber crime unit or is Dan Owen an internet stalker homing in on Jamie and her investigation? A technophobe at heart, Jamie has to take a crash course in all things social media in order to track the killer before she becomes his next victim.
(Silver, please contact Hallie Ephron for your prize.)
SECOND PLACE goes to Linda Leszcluk:
Tara Cauldfield, wealthy and pampered, is used to getting what she wants. But what she wants this weekend is to go away with her very unapproved of boyfriend. Thinking to fool her wealthy parents, Tara gives her cell phone to Kristen Trace, a scholarship student at Morningshade School, along with $100. Kristen’s job – to send regular text messages to Tara’s parents telling them what fun Tara is having on her weekend with “the girls”. What neither girl knows is Tara has been targeted by kidnappers who have tapped the GPS code on her cell phone to track her movements. When FBI Special Agent John Trace is called in on the case, he has no way of knowing it’s not the Cauldfield’s daughter he’s searching for but his own.
(Linda, please contact Julia Spencer-Fleming for your prize.)
THIRD PLACE goes to CPatLarge:
So I’m a hacker – get over it. Not all of us are nerdy, unwashed males hanging out in questionable Internet chat rooms because we’re socially inept. Some of us are reasonably articulate, employed, and civic-minded. And we’re female. My friend Carmen and I work in the college computer lab to pay our way through school. We like to explore the system, see what we can learn, expose security weaknesses, not create havoc for havoc’s sake. Never expected to find our director using the network to tap into classified materials at the Air Force base east of town. Now the bastard killed Carmen and thinks he can frame me for the whole mess. Not happening. As my Gypsy grandma always says, karma’s a bitch. In this case, her name’s Fatal Woods.
(Pat, please contact Hank Ryan for your prize.)
FOURTH PRIZE goes to Sapphire Savvy:
A lady finds that her dead child's name is being used on facebook, and this person uncannily knows information that only the child did. When she finally decides to seek their banning or to find their IP address she finds it is coming from somewhere within her own house.
(Please contact Roberta Isleib for your prize.)
FIFTH PLACE goes to Edith Maxwell:
The Feoffees are a secretive cabal entrusted for more than 3 centuries with a prime piece of real estate. Feelings run high in the town because the Feoffees have not been transferring rents from the trust to the schools, as is their mission. In an attempt to gain support, they form a Facebook community page. A citizen opposed to their secrecy creates a false identity and begins posting facts about the unsavory lives of the three men. When one of the Feoffees turns up dead on the beach and linguist Lauren Rousseau is accused of the murder, she tracks down the killer by analyzing the language used in the accusatory posts.
(Edith, Please contact Jan Brogan for your prize.)
HONORABLE MENTIONS--we loved them all, you guys are amazing!