I have created a Good Books for 99 cents (and under), but of course, not all good books are only 99 cents. This list is just a start on books that I’ve read and enjoyed that cost under five dollars. This list will be longer, but I haven’t put in all the books that I’ve read yet!
Always verify price after you click; prices sometimes change rapidly. I’ll be adding to the list and reposting as I find new bargains.
Anything by Frank Tuttle
Most of Tuttle’s books are under 5. His entire Markhat series is 5 dollars or under. I loved every one of them. Urban fantasy with a great mystery; the occasional ghost, some spooky plots; great atmosphere…these are must reads. The first three are in one volume in paperback.
They are also sold stand alone as ebooks and are very affordable. Here are the titles:
The Mister Trophy
Dead Man’s Rain
The Cadaver Client
For those first three, the order isn’t terribly important (I read them: Dead Man’s Rain, Cadaver Client and then The Mister Trophy).
For the next ones, you’ll want to read in order as there is a side plot/romance and some further development of Markhat associates that you’ll want to follow:
Hold the Dark (Book 4)
The Banshee’s Walk (Book 5)
The Broken Bell (Book 6)
Unicorn on Speed Dial – Jeanette Cottrell – Oh how I loved this book. It’s fantasy, it’s cozy, it’s a little bit soccer mom. Top read. Runs about $2.99. Not the best cover in the world, but ignore it. This is must-read fun stuff.
Joe Nassise The Heretic This is Urban Fantasy with a military bent; good thriller. I don’t like the new cover; the old one was prettier, but ignore the cover if you’re looking for a very fast-paced harrowing read with a tough hero.
The Man Who Crossed Worlds by Chris Strange – a good rollicking adventure from a New Zealand author. This is a bit of pulp fiction wrapped up in urban fantasy; mystery, corruptions and a touch of noir.
Under Witch Moon and Under Witch Aura from the Moon Shadow series – An urban fantasy series centering around an earth witch. There are shifters, voodoo and a romantic subplot running through the novels.
All the Paths of Shadow by Frank Tuttle – This is a cozy fantasy. There’s a touch of steampunk, a lot of fun and a talking plant as a familiar. Good stuff. When the book came out it was 9.99, but lately it’s been seen at $3.99.
Dragons of Wendal – A fantasy adventure with a side helping of romance. Can Zoe undo her cousin’s dangerous spells and learn enough of her own to graduate mage school?
Fatherly Love by B.A. Wallace This is a modern day “pulp” mystery with an Australia setting. It’s a decent little read for the price.
Michelle Scott The Lilith Straight books are a bit cozy, a bit chick-lit BUT there is definitely a dark side. If you don’t like noir, skip the first book and go straight to the second, Straight to Heaven. Of course, since book two is already out, book one doesn’t end on quite the cliffhanger since you can find out what happens next!
A Gift of Ghosts by Sarah Wynde I enjoyed it quite a bit–fun, quick read with enough mystery to keep the whole thing moving along. The romance is mostly a sweet romance, but falls short of being completely young adult appropriate. Cozy/chick-lit/romance.
Karen Cantwell I enjoyed all three Barbara Marr books with book one being my favorite. These are cozy/chick-lit books.
No One to Trust by Julie Moffet A totally fun spy/cozy mystery. Loved it!!! This is the second in the series. The first is: No One Lives Twice (I haven’t read it yet, because I accidentally read book 2 before book 1.
Executive Retention and Executive Sick Days from the Sedona O’Hala Series, the second and third books in the series; zany fun capers as Sedona tries to solve mysteries and keep her job. The romance is woven through all three of the books; Executive Lunch is the first and is also 2.99 cents.
Catch an Honest Thief (A Haven Mystery) A quick read that isn’t cozy and isn’t a thriller with a romantic subplot. This is what happens when an amateur sleuth tries to steal the treasure to protect it and the chaos that ensues keeping it safe. Spy caper.
I’m kind of ambivalent about memoirs really; they aren’t my favorite genre. But if you’re looking for some inexpensive wanderings through time, these were decent reads; something I pick up and browse through when I’m in the mood for a magazine/quick read.
Kathy Sue Loudermilk – Lewis Gizzard A kind of memoir of a journalist talking about the things he misses from childhood, columns he wrote, bygone days. It’s kind of a nostalgic read with liberal doses of humor. I’m not done with it yet, but enjoying what I’ve read so far.
Learn Me Good by John Pearson This one is quite cute and high in humor. It’s a nice little read for a plane ride when you’re looking for something light and funny. A new teacher learns the ropes! A mix of exaggerated truths.
Recollections by Jim Chambers. A nostalgic walk down memory lane of the 50s.
Homemade Pastrami and To-Die-For Corned Beef by David Cowles. I haven’t tried the recipes yet, but really enjoyed finding this little gem and reading the recipes. I hope to try the corned beef one!
Goblin Tales by Jim Hines I can’t promise every story in this antho is good because I read a lot of Hines’ short stories from other venues before they were pulled into an anthology. However I really enjoy his fantasy writing style and his Goblin series was very good. None of his novels are under five dollars, however. Goblin Quest is the first in the series at $7.99. It was a delightful read and good for adults or YA.
Backlash by Nancy Fulda This is a novelette (short novel) but it’s a good sci/fi thriller.
Tracking Magic Five detective stories ranging from zany capers to more serious crimes. All involve Max Killian an urban fantasy detective; humor.
Sage A collection of fantasy novellas; fantasy/mystery/intrigue–plant magic.