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Kobo books is doing a 30 percent off book sale this weekend. Use code GET30 at checkout on this List of Fabulous Books.

The Outcast Dead by Elly Griffiths (book 6) is on sale for 2.99. We’ve talked about this series before and these books are 9.99 or more most of the time. If you are adding to your collection, now is a good time to grab this book!

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Posted: March 28, 2015

Tracker, Mark Knopfler Review

saving Mark Knopfler’s Latest Album finally showed up a few days ago. I’ve listened to it two or three times now. Yes, of course, I LOVE it!

I love the surprises in Knopfler’s music. He isn’t afraid to experiment with styles, sounds, instruments or story topics. There’s some beautiful music on this album and no single style rules. The stories in his songs are like a short novel, leaving you wanting more, making you wonder about the people, the places and the time. There’s a song in there about a writer that was of particular interest to me — Beryl. She won the Booker Award after she was dead — after being nominated many times while she was still alive. Like many of his songs, Beryl manages to convey a large story with a few well-chosen words. You will find yourself wondering about the details, about who Beryl was. Mark talked about Beryl and her background in a documentary he did about this album. I found it very interesting how he mentioned that all the Booker judges had gone to University and Beryl had not. The song and his thoughts on the subject hint at the dichotomy of those who exist on one side of the world, but are judged by those who come from and live on a different side.

If you buy the CD, there’s a wonderful tribute to Mark written by Richard Ford at the back. Like everything else Knopfler produces, the lyric pamphlet is put together with thought and care and contains some great background pictures. Since the music and stories are often about life’s journeys, it was a nice touch to see pictures of Mark when he was young, when he was older and shots of people that fit the stories behind the songs. The music is at times whimsical, always heartfelt and a blend of talents. There’s more than one song that carries you to places you’ve been and people you miss. Thanks for the great journey. I’ll be listening again.

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Posted: March 26, 2015

Influential Writers and Books

There’s a thread on one of the book sites I sometimes visit asking for nominations for the most important books of each decade starting from 1900. I didn’t do all the decades, but submitted one for the 70s:

1971-80 – Crocodile on the SandbankElizabeth Peters (A number of them are on sale for 2.99 and 3.49). I actually think Peters body of work represents “some of the greatest” of a certain era, but this first book in the Amelia Peabody series was published in 1975 so I shall nominate it in that category. While she was far from the first cozy writer, she was a forerunner in historical cozies with the Amelia Peabody series (Egypt specifically although other locals are covered in some of the books). She was also a forerunner in her use of humor. While I probably actually enjoyed her Vicky Bliss series more for the humor, that style is evident in much of her work (excluding some of the Barbara Michaels Gothic works).

There are probably many other better known books/authors that had an impact on other genres (Tolkien, Donaldson, etc) but I think Peters had an incredible impact on the mystery writing world partially because she didn’t stay in one sub-genre (Gothic/horror, humor, historical, cozy) and also because she was prolific and so very good at story telling and characterization. She also wrote from a time when female authors were not taken as seriously as their male counterparts. Her very education in Egyptology and other areas was rare, yet she turned it into a very long-running and entertaining series. The style in which she wrote opened up a whole new freedom for authors to explore the idea of humor in mysteries from coy, silliness, outrageous — all the way through to and including dry wit.

For those who don’t read mysteries, or cozies specifically, her impact was probably negligible, but for those of us who do, well, what a wonderful treat to have discovered and read along as her style morphed and as her characters grew and changed.

I didn’t want to nominate a specific book, because really it’s her entire batch of work that is so important, but I had to work within the framework of the question.

So tell us, readers–what writer or book has influenced you? What book(s) or authors of the last century are the most important?

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Posted: March 25, 2015

The Whole Cat On Sale

The Whole Cat and Caboodle by Sophie Ryan is on sale today! It’s the first in a new series. Some days it feels like cats are just everywhere…!

Edited to add: The biography on Steve Jobs that is supposedly liked by those who knew him is out today: Becoming Steve Jobs.

There is also a new Jana DeLeon out! Soldiers of Fortune Is that a beaver on the front? Or a gopher? We all know Miss Fortune has trouble with gators…and fish…and now…???

Secret of the Painted Lady by Christina Burke and Elisabeth Ashley is now out!

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Posted: March 23, 2015

Monday, How You Loathe Me

IMG_1714Monday is up to its usual tricks. Oh, you know how it is. You get a nice quiet Monday or two and then Monday conspires with the cats to smack you upside the head.

Husband headed for the kitchen while I headed for the shower.

“What the hell?” from the living room.

I pause, one foot in the air. “What does that mean?” I asked.

“WHAT is all this stuff? What happened here?”

I retrieve my glasses and warily enter the living room. I can see…”What is that? Pillow stuffing?” I creep closer, cautious. “The speakers are intact.” But the fluff coming from the back door, trailing all through the living room and around the corner, is gray just like the speaker front. Leo had been caught recently caught scratching it…”Uh-oh.”

“Yeah.” Husband followed the trail into the entryway.

“It’s a bird, isn’t it?” I said with extreme dismay.

“Well, it WAS a bird,” he said.

“Oh, don’t move your foot,” I advised as I peered into the entryway. “That looks like a major piece of it there by your slipper.”

“LEO,” Husband scolded. “NO BIRDS IN THE HOUSE.”

That’ll fix it.

At least my living room is nicely vacuumed all before 8 a.m.

I also received this email from April the Dragon–so beware. Monday is out there. It will get you.

I left for work. Halfway down the second block the trunk opened and began flapping. A certain unnamed person (we’ll just call him Dipstick) forgot to tell me the trunk wasn’t latching properly, and he also apparently forgot to fix it. So I had to stop and secure the thing in my work clothes in the half morning light unless I wanted to drive forty minutes to work with the thing illegally opening and closing like a giant yapper the entire way. Yes, I got it latched, but then it started raining. Of course, someone had taken my umbrella from the cafeteria where I left it last week. By the time I arrived at work, it was pouring steadily. There I was with no umbrella and a five hundred yard dash ahead of me. Well, it is Monday. What can I expect?

And a Good Morning to y’all. Watch out for Monday. She’s on a tear.

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Posted: March 23, 2015

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Posted: March 22, 2015

Cat Picks the Read

savingNot as low as some bargains, but a decent bargain. Scamper picked this read: Curiosity Thrilled the Cat

And this book is on sale and sounded cute: Turn Up the Heat It’s a Zebra though, so that means romance! May or may not have a mystery!

For SCI/FI fans, Charles Stross’ first in the Laundry series is on sale: The Atrocity Archives

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Posted: March 22, 2015

A New Book Bargain Site and Other Deals

Bargain Books!

There’s a new bargain book site in town designed to help you find free and bargain reads! BettyBookFreak works like many of the services–sign up for the genres you like and you’ll get one email a day with the best bargains. I like the name of this one. I know I can be a bit of a freak when it comes to my reading hobby!!

Beautiful Easter Candy
You know I love See’s Candies–and this time of year they make some of the prettiest chocolates!! Just gorgeous! And…delicious!

B&N Books
B&N is highlighting some best selling romance books on sale for today only: Angel in Scarlet – usually 7.99 is $1.99 today. Matched at Amazon.

Kobo Contest! Win coupons and maybe an e-reader!

At NOON your local time a new trivia contest starts at Kobo! Win coupons (we need some good coupons!) and maybe an e-reader or the grand prize of 1000 dollars (I need that last one…)

Find of the Day
And you know I browse books all the time. I came across this interesting thriller the other day while browsing around BigAlandPals site.

savingThe Fix by Keith Nixon. It might be good. Anyone read it? It costs way more on Kobo so I don’t know if that means it will soon go off sale or what. I really despise when publishers price differently all over town.

Vera Bradley
I’m not sure there is much interest in this one, but it was emailed to me this morning so I’m adding it to the post: Gift With Purchase. Get the Cooler Tote free with any purchase of $125 or more. March 19th-22nd.

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Posted: March 20, 2015

Another Harper Collins Sale

salesignYesterday, I posted about Harper Collins and Avon 99 cent sales (still going on if you missed the Avon post–I didn’t find that until later see the post below this one for the direct links). TODAY, there is another set of books from both at $1.99. These sales could end any time.

HarperCollins 1.99 List

Several Terry Pratchett novels can be had for $1.99 in this deal (Guards, Guards, Sourcery, Reaper Man).

Steampunk (April the Dragon, this one is for you.): The Clockwork Dagger

Cooking the Roman Way (Would that be Italian???)

Avon 1.99 list

Last Ditch looked pretty good and cozy!

Who the Hell is Wanda Fuca? is book one and is also on sale for 2.00.

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Posted: March 19, 2015

Harper Collins Sale

There’s a large number of popular Harper Collins books on sale today for 99 cents. Get’m while they are hot! (I saw an Ilona Andrews title in there, but I cannot, in good faith, blog a book with a title, “Burn for Me.” Because they are a fabulous writing team, I am sure the book is good, but Burn for Me? Really???) Edited to add: Lindis says the book is good in the comments, so I will link to it.

For cozy lovers: Murder on a Girl’s Night Out (Anne George)– is one on sale! I’ve read it–very good geezer lit. :)

An interesting steampunk? novel: The Janus Affair

The Ilona Andrews (and others) are actually Avon books–here’s a link to that list.

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Posted: March 18, 2015
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