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Oodles of Mysteries on Sale

Remember a few weekends ago when I posted a link to a bunch of fantasy and scifi that was on sale? Weeeeelll, we now have an entire page of Mysteries on Sale! This weekend only, authors have marked down their mysteries.

Cozies! Thrillers! Paranormal! All at 99 cents!

Just like I did for the fantasy, I’ve picked a couple that look good to me, but click through and select a few of your own favorites.


The Tarkington Treasure

A spooky old house, rumors of a hidden Civil War treasure, a neighbor’s murder, and an ex-fiancé falling unconscious at her feet—Charlotte Ross has her hands full when she’s invited to stay at her friend, Jane Marshall’s home while her apartment is being renovated.

Jane and her new fiancé have sold everything to move to the large estate she’d just inherited near the small town in Illinois, where she grew up. She’s always loved the house, but the cost of living in, and fixing up, a deteriorating old mansion is more than both their incomes combined. If she can’t come up with the money for the next property tax payment, she’ll be forced to give it up.

Charlotte is intent on winning back her ex, but her efforts are stymied when he’s suspected of murder.

The two couples soon discover the rambling old house holds more than one secret when they join forces to find the real killer—and the elusive, Tarkington treasure.

Crafts, Cat Burglars and Murder

Note: This is book 4 in the series, but it is the one on sale for 99 cents. The first is Steps from Death

Georgina starts volunteering at the local animal shelter in an effort to find balance in her life. When cats start disappearing, she takes it upon herself to find out what’s going on. When she tracks down the cat burglar, events take a deadly turn. Can Georgina find the killer before he lands on his feet and gets away?


Bargain: Mystery, Comedy and Southern Charm

I Still Dream About You

The beloved Fannie Flagg is at her irresistible and hilarious best in I Still Dream About You, a comic mystery romp through the streets of Birmingham, Alabama, past, present, and future.

Meet Maggie Fortenberry, a still beautiful former Miss Alabama. To others, Maggie’s life seems practically perfect—she’s lovely, charming, and a successful agent at Red Mountain Realty. Still, Maggie can’t help but wonder how she wound up living a life so different from the one she dreamed of as a child. But just when things seem completely hopeless, and the secrets of Maggie’s past drive her to a radical plan to solve it all, Maggie discovers, quite by accident, that everybody, it seems, has at least one little secret.

I Still Dream About You is a wonderful novel that is equal parts southern charm, murder mystery, and that perfect combination of comedy and old-fashioned wisdom that can be served up only by America’s own remarkable Fannie Flagg.

Posted: April 30, 2017
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Out of Print – Cat Detective Now on Kindle!

Caronline Haines has regained the rights to her out-of-print series, Fear Familiar, and it’s on sale for 99 cents. I’ve read some of her work and I’d call it more mystery than cozy, although she always has some cozy elements.

When Eleanor Duncan rescues the unusual black cat from a university parking lot, she suspects he has run through at least eight of his lives. But it’s his ninth, and potentially last, that concerns her most. Alarming events appear to have followed him into her life. Eleanor is assaulted by a stranger and interrogated by the CIA. More terrifying is her husband’s seeming return from the dead.

A trip to veterinarian Peter Curry reveals an even deeper secret. Familiar is an escaped research animal. The secret he carries opens the door to conspiracy, danger, and romance. Peter and Eleanor are determined to save the black cat’s life and prevent his return to the lab. Their decision to help Familiar turns their world upside down—and begins the saga of Familiar, the black cat detective.

Posted: April 10, 2017
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Bargain: Mystery by Lee Harris

These look really good–and the first, The Good Friday Murder, is 99 cents right now! I love the solving of very old mysteries.

Christine Bennett has left the cloistered world of nuns for the profane world of New York State, where murder and madness are often linked. At a town meeting, Christine volunteers to investigate a forty-year-old murder case long since closed. Now she’ll move heaven and earth to exonerate a pair of retarded savant twins, now senior citizens, of their mother’s murder on Good Friday in 1950.
Also at Kobo for that great price!

Also at GooglePlay.


Bargain: Mystery, Humor

The Man Who Died Laughing looks like it could be good and possibly funny (although I suspect dark wit).

Stewart Hoag’s first novel made him the toast of New York. Everyone in Manhattan wanted to be his friend, and he traveled the cocktail circuit supported by Merilee, his wife, and Lulu, his basset hound. But when writer’s block sunk his second novel, his friends, money, and wife all disappeared. Only Lulu stuck by him.

The only opportunity left is ghostwriting—an undignified profession that still beats dental school. His first client is Sonny Day, an aging comic who was the king of slapstick three decades ago. Since he and his partner had a falling out in the late 1950s, Day has grown embittered and poor, until the only thing left for him to do is write a memoir. Hoagy and Lulu fly to Hollywood expecting a few months of sunshine and easy living. Instead they find Day’s corpse, and a murder rap with Hoagy’s name on it.

Posted: March 7, 2017
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Bargain: Mystery

A review of this book caught my eye. It sounds very intriguing. The cover is a bit dark for my tastes, but I like the blurb.
Ghost Walk

Lacey Fitzpatrick is an ex-LAPD detective with an axe to grind. Tainted by the betrayal of her drug-dealing cop boyfriend, she’s on a quest to prove to herself—and the world—that she’s still a competent crime-fighter. In order to do that, she teams up with Sam Firecloud, a half-Navajo man who communicates with ghosts. With his talent and her research, they tackle troubling unsolved crimes, but their latest case is the toughest. They have to solve a murder—where no record of a murder even exists. Can Sam glean enough information from the victim’s ghost to unravel the mystery, and can Lacey convince the authorities that the murder actually happened?

Bargain Books – Historical Mysteries

Look! I found another one! A Quiet Life in the Country (A Lady Hardcastle Mystery 1). Okay, I’m not too sure about the martial arts angle back then, but I bet it adds some interesting scenes! Good cover on this one too.

Lady Emily Hardcastle is an eccentric widow with a secret past. Florence Armstrong, her maid and confidante, is an expert in martial arts. The year is 1908 and they’ve just moved from London to the country, hoping for a quiet life.

But it is not long before Lady Hardcastle is forced out of her self-imposed retirement. There’s a dead body in the woods, and the police are on the wrong scent. Lady Hardcastle makes some enquiries of her own, and it seems she knows a surprising amount about crime investigation…

As Lady Hardcastle and Flo delve deeper into rural rivalries and resentment, they uncover a web of intrigue that extends far beyond the village. With almost no one free from suspicion, they can be certain of only one fact: there is no such thing as a quiet life in the country.

And here’s an Elizabethan one:

Murder at Hatfield House — I like the cover on this one too. More contemporary feel, but nicely done. It’s possible the red-riding-hood cape is a bit much.

1558. Kate Haywood, a simple musician in the employ of a princess, will find herself involved in games of crowns as she sets out to solve the murder of the queen’s envoy….

England is in tumult under the rule of Queen Mary and her Spanish husband. Confined to house arrest at Hatfield House, young Princess Elizabeth is the country’s greatest hope. Far from court intrigues, Elizabeth finds solace in simple things: the quiet countryside and peaceful recreation, including the melodies of her chief musician and his daughter, Kate Haywood.

But Kate will prove herself most valuable when an envoy of the queen—sent to flush out heretics in the princess’s household—is found dead on the grounds of Hatfield. Acting as Elizabeth’s eyes and ears, Kate is sent out on the trail of a killer whose mission could destroy her family, friends—and the future of England.

New Aimee Gilchrist – Part of a Series

savingThere’s a Hawaii series out called Aloha Lagoon. Each book is written by a different author. Book 5, Mele Kilikimaka Murder is by Aimee Gilchrist! You may remember how much I loved her Tell Tale Con. Right now Mele is only 99 cents! These apparently don’t have to be read in order, but the first is Ukulele Murder.

Review: Tilt a Whirl by Chris Grabenstein

Tilt a Whirl by Chris Grabenstein is a solid mystery tale–not cozy, not thriller, but somewhere in-between. The characters are wonderfully cozy for the most part; people you can easily like. The two main characters are funny and endearing. The mystery itself starts out looking like a simple murder, but the latter half of the book is darker and definitely not cozy. The pacing is also in-between. At times it’s racing along in thriller mode, while at others we’re seeing the breakfast side of life. For the most part I’d say cozy readers would enjoy this mystery and so would thriller readers. There’s enough humor that I laughed out loud a couple of times.

My only knock against it is a couple of things that stretched my believability or didn’t quite fit. There were a couple of characters that could have used some fleshing out. They seemed a bit “convenient” in their reactions at times. As for clues, I thought they led to the ending quite well. I wasn’t surprised and the ending fit. The characters are interesting enough to have me check out the next in the series.

And last but not least, this book will make my 99 cent bargain reads because it’s only 99 cents!

Posted: May 8, 2012
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