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FOF Agata Stanford is giving away a signed set of five of her Dorothy Parker Mystery novels (Retail value: $105). Enter to win by answering this question in the comments below: What’s your favorite novel?

The Algonquin Hotel became a part of Agata Stanford’s life at a young age. “I went to the High School of Performing Arts in New York City when it was on 46th street,” says Agata. “I used to pass the hotel often.” Being a drama major, Agata knew about all the members of the Algonquin Round Table, a group of celebrated writers, critics, actors and wits from the 1920s. “They met every day for lunch at one o’clock,” says Agata, “and their conversations were published in newspaper columns across the country. Everyone knew what they said at lunch.”

Agata went on to enjoy a career in the arts. She performed in and directed equity plays, toured as an actress, and appeared in over fifty films. After her kids were grown, Agata found herself in need of a new project.  ”I thought about doing a one woman show on [poet] Dorothy Parker,” says Agata. “I started to read intensely about her life.” About four years ago, Agata decided she wanted to do something fun with her love of mystery novels.  ”I wanted to do a series, something humorous and fun to read, something that I would want to read, and it just popped into my head: Dorothy Parker and the Algonquin Round Table.”

The Dorothy Parker Mystery series features real characters from the Algonquin Round Table. Set in the 1920s, Dorothy Parker is the amatuer sleuth. “I wrote these books in first person so Dorothy Parker is telling the story,” says Agata. “I combine the famous lines that she said within the text of the books.”

Since she published her first book in 2010, Agata has sold over 2,000 copies. Her novels are sold online on Amazon and iTunes, worldwide, and in major brick and mortar stores such as Barnes & Noble.  There are currently five novels in the series, but Agata doesn’t plan on stopping there. “When I run out of ideas or things to say, I’ll stop writing,” says Agata. “Right now, it’s a journey. It has been so much fun.”

Enter to win a signed copy of the Dorothy Parker Mystery Novels Collection by answering this question in the comments below: What’s your favorite novel?

One FOF will win. (See all our past winners, here.) (See official rules, here.) Contest closes November 1st, 2012 at midnight E.S.T. Contest limited to residents of the continental U.S.



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  1. Toni Haffey says:

    Andrea Kane The line between here and gone

  2. kmariem18 says:

    Lost Horizon

  3. Debra Simning-Chapman says:

    The 1920′s is my favorite era! The book that is my favorite is Gracie by George Burns. I love the way it is written because I feel like George and I are friends and he is telling me about the love of his life.

  4. Phoenix says:

    Lord of the Rings

  5. sandram says:

    The Help–a southern jewel.

  6. carol donnermeyer says:

    It is my collection of Agatha Christie novels. All of them including the plays. And my love affair with the mystery genre has not abated since I have many more authors I love.

  7. Dorothy Campbell says:

    To Kill A Mockingbird

  8. Sharron says:

    Little Women ~ LOVE that era. There were good times and there were hard times, but they had each other! It’s wonderful, especially seeing the different personalities between the sisters. LOVE the clothes from the movie too!

  9. Debbie Chaney says:

    The Help

  10. ticki566 says:

    Any Agatha Christie novel and “Gone With The Wind”

  11. edith greene says:

    Please include me in the giveaway for a Dorothy Parker mystery.

  12. Karen Cunningham says:

    The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean

  13. Merna says:

    Pride and Prejudice

  14. nancy dockry says:

    lithium for medea

  15. sussexr says:

    My favorite novel is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. The story is timeless, family, heartbreak, struggle. I read it every 5 or so years and watch the DVD.

  16. RED says:

    Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

    This set looks lovely … thanks for letting us know about it! I especially love the covers (and, yes, I admit I sometimes do judge a book by its cover!)

  17. sandy haber says:

    Oultander by Diana Gabaldon — got me totally hooked on the series.

  18. Nancy Luebke says:

    Haven’t had a chance to read one of her books yet but sounds like one of my favorite types of reads. Thanks for this great giveaway.

  19. Suzanne B says:

    Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

  20. Valorie Davis says:

    I like mysteries, and I like series where the characters are developed with each book. If I can identify with the main character that is a bonus. I just finished reading ‘Lover’s Knot’ by Clare O’Donohue and really enjoyed it.

  21. Sheila Chaffins says:

    Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice.

  22. Sandy says:

    I LOVE mysteries. I’m reading several right now. I’d love to try these out. As to favorite book: Terry Pratchett’s books are all good. But I still come back to “Perfume: Story of a Murderer” by Patrick Suskind.

  23. jo.godfrey says:

    The Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling

  24. mandradany says:

    Gone with the Wind is a forever classic to read and revisit. Most of all, it transcends to different generation and a common bond of Reading conversation shared with my family.

  25. Margarida says:

    My favourite novel is the one I wrote this year, “My Edelweiss Boys.” It is a gripping adventure of resistance, survival and adventure set dramatically aginst WW II Germany. This engaging novel is available as an ebook.

  26. Ruth Sklar says:

    My all time fav novel is Madame Bovary. Since I taught French, I find it especially wonderful in French with the sound and rhythm of the language adding a whole new dimension to the novel.

    I also love mystery novels, especially by women writers. They seem to have an instinct about how things work the best and again, add a dimension not seen in books by me.

  27. Linda White says:

    A Walk to Remember

  28. beth says:

    any John Irving, wierd, I know.

  29. AnnaLeaf says:

    The Black Stallion, I still remember rereading it several times as a child & it pulled me into reading more & more.

  30. SUSAN G says:

    I used to re-read the Hobbit and all the Tolkien books every summer during college… I love to be transported! Heck, I would love to read a book again. Period! Haven’t had time or dedication to sitting still, but these books would definitely keep my attention.

  31. kath says:

    The Tender Bar, which showed some of the softer sides of men, which is rare.

  32. cathylwood says:

    The novel I reread every other year or so is “The Fountain Overflows” by Rebecca West. It’s a never-fail blend of political and social history, family bonds & family dysfunction and that shadowy fifth dimension that lurks just out of sight.

  33. Cassi says:

    I’m fond of the Portable Dorothy Parker.

  34. Susan Krich says:

    The Good Earth

  35. Faith Moeller says:

    The Agatha Christie novels are gems that are timeless. I love Sherlock Holmes, the Spencer series, and the Michael Connelly series, too!

  36. eddyrobey says:

    The Magic Mountain by Mann

  37. kls_sea says:

    O boy, if is difficult to choose. Surprisingly I am a big fun of my kids favorite Twilight books.

  38. Debra Hall says:

    i really dont have a favorite

  39. Brenda says:

    Love to read mysteries as there are so many fantastic authors to choose from. My favorite is Janet Evanovitch because she makes me laugh. Stephanie Plum is a character I love.

  40. Min says:

    These days, I’m enjoying Daniel Silva’s latest.

  41. jean says:

    To Kill A Mockingbird

  42. Pamela Moresby says:

    I like the idea of these Bat Wing novels, and I really enjoy any novel that interests me from start to finish. There are so many great books it is hard to chose, but I like one that is a good read without too much fluff.

  43. carol s says:

    I enjoy most mysteries novels and that includes
    the Mystery Book Club at the local library.

  44. kls_sea says:

    O, boy. It is impossible to choose. Right now I am a surprisingly huge fan of Twilight series – Stephenie Meyer

  45. Larisa Khodorkovskaya says:

    Daniel Silva’s Gabriel Allon series

  46. kls_sea says:

    O boy. It is difficult to choose, since I love to read. But recently and surprisingly I am a huge fan of my kids favorite
    Twilight series – Stephenie Meyer

  47. Melissa B. Tubbs says:

    While mysteries are what I read the most and love, I also love to read books that make me laugh out loud. Right this minute that would have to be “Raney” by Clyde Edgerton. The first time I read it I was on an airplane and I am sure that everyone around me thought I had a screw loose. I’ve been laughing every time read it ever since.

  48. Mia says:

    ‘The secret history’ by Donna Tartt

  49. Grace Scott says:


  50. Laura McDonald says:

    The Mater of All Desires, it is funny, historical, and very unique.

  51. Pearl says:

    I love all sorts of mysteries by women authors. I started off with Nancy Drew then Agatha Christie and many other authors, my latest is Laurie R. King. I would love to read Agata Stanford’s Dorothy Parker mysteries.

  52. susan beamon says:

    my favorite novel is the one that I am reading right now. Since I read, on average, 50 books a year, that is a lot of favorites. But the one that I would read again, on purpose, is “Through The Looking Glass” by Lewis Carroll.

  53. KARENLEE says:


    • Agata Stanford says:

      Your post is amazing! I don’t know whether to laugh or cry! Good luck, Karenlee. I hope my books give you joy and make you laugh.


  54. Beth Lowe says:

    Love books period, but Mystery books are my favorite. I loved The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo books.

  55. Kai W. says:

    The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

  56. Patricia Nicklas says:

    Difficult to pick just one, but The Poisonwood Bible is a favorite.

  57. Rebecca Pint says:

    My favorite novel is “Mystic Mah Jong”.

  58. Ashlea H says:

    Today my favorite novel is Jane Eyre. It changes daily.

  59. Maureen O'Neal says:

    Gone with The Wind!!

  60. fancynancygordon@yahoo.com says:

    This is such a hard question! I love almost any mystery novel and I love the mystery set in almost any age. I guess I have to go with any Agatha Christie that has Hercule Poirot!

  61. Diane says:

    The Catcher in the Rye.

  62. Toni says:

    I could never pick a favorite…never

  63. Carol says:

    “Wild Seed” by Octavia Butler. I am not generally a fan of the sci-fi genre, but I loved/love this book and she was the first Black female science fiction author!

  64. jhendon60 says:

    “Paris Never Leaves You” by Adreana Robbins

  65. Patricia says:

    All the Jane Austen’s novels

  66. Barb says:

    Mists of Avalon is my favorite novel.

  67. ida says:

    Harry Potter series – J.K. Rowling

  68. jennifer t. schultz says:

    My favorite novel is to kill a mockingbird
    I am an avid reader and would love these books. I am a huge mstery fan, patricia cornwall, the series that the tv show rizzoli and isles is based on jonathon kellerman
    also bloody be my thoughts a historical true story about john wilkes booth and his brother.

  69. Francie says:

    It is my complete collection of Agatha Christie novels. I love the way mystery novels take you to another dimension. Pair a great mystery novel with a good cup of coffee, a comfy chair and you’ve got the makings for a fabulous “excursion”.

  70. Patricia Hight says:

    I really love to read, and a whole set of books is awesome!

  71. christy r. says:


    My favorite novel is Jane Eyre.

    Thanks for the Giveaway !

  72. Audrey says:

    I really couldn’t pick just one book…. it’s like asking to pick your favorite child!

  73. Annette McKinnon says:

    My favourite novel is High Stakes by Dick Francis

  74. Elaine says:

    The Sunday Philosophy Club by Alexander McCall Smith

  75. Patricia Hachey says:

    The Cube People

  76. Connie Williamson says:

    A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

  77. Neen says:

    Without question, Persuasion.

  78. ACeeKayWa says:

    The Hunt for Red October! A classic.

  79. glorious says:

    What an awesome collection!

  80. hofken says:

    My favorite novel is Lonesome Dove


    • Tha says:

      It is rather funny, I never was a reader, really tried to avoid it when at all possible. In the last few years I have taken to it like a fish to water. I have started reading about anything I can get my hands on at this point! Just another thing turning 50 has done to me! :)

  81. AJB says:

    It’s hard to pick one but “The Fountainhead” was very good.

  82. mary branham says:

    Forever Amber

  83. smfsprout says:

    My favorite book is The Penny by Joyce Meyer.

  84. Barb Puhala says:

    My favorite novel is The Forgotten Garden

  85. grammarista says:

    How about favorite novel(s)? I’ve been reading since I was 4 or 5, and I’m now 58 – my favorites change over the years. When I was a kid, though, my favorite novels were mysteries: Agatha Christie, Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, and as I got older, Dorothy Sayers. At the age of 55 I discovered J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, and right now I have to say that those are some of my all-time favorites. I also enjoyed her new book, “The Casual Vacancy.”

  86. Sonja Turetsky says:

    A ny book that has a hero in it, aka, a JD Robb book featuring the handsome face of Roarke. Also Ann rice’s “the Mummy”. Love a good looking hero. Must be my age as I have reached 70 and a six pack is what i find in the fridge, not on a man……………….LOL

  87. Carol says:

    My favourite book is gone with the wind.

  88. Patricia Maher says:

    My favorite novel is “The Last Convertible” by Anton Myrer. It had it all: interesting characters, a romantic sense of time and place, and compelling stories that took me away. Can’t wait to start reading your books!

  89. karin says:

    Poisonwood Bible. Very powerful.

  90. mmimilinda says:

    Since I love to read, especially novels, it is difficult to choose just oe favorite. But in the blur of titles, one surfaces always-Gone with the Wind.

  91. suerae01 says:

    So many books so little time. This is a toughie. “The Eyre Affair” by Jasper FForde -

  92. Diana says:

    I love too many books to list them. Essentially, the books that I am reading are always, at the time, my favorite books. Since I am always reading one on my Kindle, one in my hand and listening to one in the car it means I read a LOT of books. TIME AND AGAIN is one that stands out in my mind. Perhaps because I love to read about time travel and believe in love….even love that seems impossible.

  93. Mary A. says:

    Lord of the Rings!!!!

  94. Lori says:

    I can’t pick a favorite so I’ll mention just one of my favorites – Doomsday Book by Connie Willlis. I re-read it every other year or so. It’s wonderful to read at Christmas!

  95. Michelle says:

    The next one. I think I have hit the jackpot with a book, then I read another and that becomes my favorite. Reading has been my passion for 50 years.

  96. Nancy M says:

    I do like the Harry Potter series of books, along with Mary Higgins Clark books.

  97. Maci Berkeley says:

    Any Agatha Christie or Jane Austen! Love mysteries unless they get too creepy – like the puzzle, not the gore!

  98. lisa mcfarland says:

    agatha christie novels

  99. Catherine K says:

    My favourite (this week) is The Handmaid’s Tale.

  100. Mimi says:

    It would be like picking my favorite child! I have so many. My latest favorite was The Help.

  101. hananghaddar says:

    Pride and Prejedous.

  102. nancy dockry says:

    atlas shrugged

  103. Betty says:

    Contest CLOSED November 2012 then WHY is this still on the web site???????????????

  104. Susan says:

    Probably my favorite novel of all time was Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird”. Having grown up in the South during the Jim Crow era…I had a great appreciation for the truth of the story. I am only sorry that I did not see more novels by Harper Lee. Look forward to reading your series! Thanks for the opportunity to read them.

  105. Sunn ymay says:

    My favorite romantic novel is It’s All Steamy by Louisa Edwards which also involves a chef, so there’s food – always a plus in my book.

  106. Cece says:

    Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger a very lovely novel of secrets and love.. also The House of Sand and fog by Andre Dubus 111.