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Undercover agent “Lucy” writes in to recommend “Death by Chocolate.” The book–not dying that way. Although…never mind.

Lindsay’s only secret is the recipe for her chocolate chip cookies, but she is surrounded by neighbors with deadly secrets. Suddenly she finds herself battling poisoned chocolate, a psycho stalker, and a dead man who seems awfully active for a corpse.

Her best friend and co-worker, Paula, dyes her blond hair brown, hides from everybody and insists on always having an emergency exit from any room. Secrets from Paula’s past have come back to put lives in jeopardy.

Determined to help Paula, Lindsay enlists the reluctant aid of another neighbor, Fred, an OCD computer nerd. In spite of his mundane existence, Fred possesses tidbits of knowledge about such things as hidden microphones, guns, the inside of maximum security prisons and how to take someone down with a well-aimed kick to his chin.

As Lindsay battles the elusive stalker, poisoned chocolate, and the dead man, she will need more than a chocolate fix to survive. But that’s always a good start

Posted: March 19, 2017
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Non-Fiction Bargain: Cruise Ships

The Truth About Cruise Ships – Ah, yes, a peek into the kitchen…and the reality of those glamorous cruise ships! I’ve been on a couple of cruises. I didn’t particularly like being trapped on a ship and a look at the faces of the workers always made me feel as if they were overworked and possibly underpaid. The food was delicious however. The accommodations were small. The entertainment was generally boring by my categories and the ship movement made me seasick when I tried to read. And guess what? Reading is my main entertainment so you can see some of my hesitation in recommending a cruise.

I’m not sure the focus is on cruise secrets, but it was recommended as non-fiction on my reading group.

Posted: March 2, 2017
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Recommended Bargain Cozy: Bed and Breakfast and Murder

Bread and Breakfast and Murder comes highly recommended by one of the readers I follow. Since the price is 99 cents it’s pretty irresistible!

I tried not to look down the mouth of hell staring back at me from inside the glaringly pristine outer ceramic shell of the white throne, my throat catching, stomach doing half flips and a rather impressive rollover routine that would have gotten at least a 9.5 even from the Russian judges. Instead, I forced myself to smile and swallow and remind myself the elbow length yellow rubber gloves grasping the handle of the standard issue plunger were all that stood between me and Pooageddon.

Suck it up, Fee. Big girl panties and adulting and all that.

“At what point,” I waved the dripping plunger, wincing as droplets of yuck flew, “did I think owning a bed and breakfast was going to be glamorous and romantic?”

Bargain: Cozy Mystery

The Crepes of Wrath 99 cents!

When Marley McKinney’s aging cousin, Jimmy, is hospitalized with pneumonia, she agrees to help run his pancake house while he recovers. With its rustic interior and syrupy scent, the Flip Side Pancake House is just as she pictured it—and the surly chef is a wizard with crêpes. Marley expects to spend a leisurely week or two in Wildwood Cove, the quaint, coastal community where she used to spend her summers, but then Cousin Jimmy is found murdered, sprawled on the rocks beneath a nearby cliff.

After she stumbles across evidence of stolen goods in Jimmy’s workshop, Marley is determined to find out what’s really going on in the not-so-quiet town of Wildwood Cove. With help from her childhood crush and her adopted cat, Flapjack, Marley sinks her teeth into the investigation. But if she’s not careful, she’s going to get burned by a killer who’s only interested in serving up trouble.

Historical Mystery

A freebie today that comes recommended by someone in my reading group: Tempest in the Tea Room


Bargain: Historical Romance

I came across this while looking for a completely different book! Servant of the Crown.

Alison Quinn, Countess of Waxwold, is content with her bookish life—until she’s summoned to be a lady-in-waiting to the Queen of Tremontane’s mother for six months. Even the prospect of access to the Royal Library doesn’t seem enough to make up for her sacrifice, but Alison is prepared to do her service to the Crown. What she’s not prepared for is Prince Anthony North, Queen Zara’s playboy brother, who’s accustomed to getting what he wants—including the Countess of Waxwold.

When the fallout from an unfortunate public encounter throws the two of them together, Alison has no interest in becoming the Prince’s next conquest. But as the weeks pass, Alison discovers there’s more to Anthony than she—or he—realized, and their dislike becomes friendship, and then something more—until disaster drives Alison away, swearing never to return.

Then Alison is summoned by the Queen again, this time to serve as Royal Librarian. A threat to Tremontane’s government, with her treasured Library at stake, draws Alison into the conflict…and into contact with Anthony once more. Can they work together to save the Royal Library and Tremontane? And can she open her heart to love again?

Bargain: Historical Mystery, Cozy Mystery

A Curious Beginning Another great looking historical mystery on sale (this is one a few people on one of the forums has been waiting for).

The New York Times bestselling author of the Lady Julia Grey mysteries, returns once more to Victorian England…and introduces intrepid adventuress Veronica Speedwell.

London, 1887. As the city prepares to celebrate Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee, Veronica Speedwell is marking a milestone of her own. After burying her spinster aunt, the orphaned Veronica is free to resume her world travels in pursuit of scientific inquiry—and the occasional romantic dalliance. As familiar with hunting butterflies as she is fending off admirers, Veronica wields her butterfly net and a sharpened hatpin with equal aplomb, and with her last connection to England now gone, she intends to embark upon the journey of a lifetime.

But fate has other plans, as Veronica discovers when she thwarts her own abduction with the help of an enigmatic German baron with ties to her mysterious past. Promising to reveal in time what he knows of the plot against her, the baron offers her temporary sanctuary in the care of his friend Stoker—a reclusive natural historian as intriguing as he is bad-tempered. But before the baron can deliver on his tantalizing vow to reveal the secrets he has concealed for decades, he is found murdered. Suddenly Veronica and Stoker are forced to go on the run from an elusive assailant, wary partners in search of the villainous truth.

Book 2, A Perilous Undertaking is also on sale (This appears to be one of THOSE books that was out at well over 10 dollars and is currently on sale alongside the first.)

And a cozy!

Better Homes and Corpses

After Meg Barrett found her fiancé still had designs on his ex-wife, she decided it was time to refurbish her life. Leaving her glamorous job at a top home and garden magazine, she fled Manhattan for Montauk, only to find decorating can sometimes lead to detecting…

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?

New Cozy Release and a Historical Romance

Into the Wilderness A bargain at only $1.99

When Elizabeth Middleton, twenty-nine years old and unmarried, leaves her Aunt Merriweather’s comfortable English estate to join her father and brother in the remote mountain village of Paradise on the edge of the New York wilderness, she does so with a strong will and an unwavering purpose: to teach school.

It is December of 1792 when she arrives in a cold climate unlike any she has ever experienced. And she meets a man different from any she has ever encountered–a white man dressed like a Native American, tall and lean and unsettling in his blunt honesty. He is Nathaniel Bonner, also known to the Mohawk people as Between-Two-Lives.

Determined to provide schooling for all the children of the village–white, black, and Native American–Elizabeth soon finds herself at odds with local slave owners. Much to her surprise, she clashes with her own father as well. Financially strapped, Judge Middleton has plans for his daughter–betrothal to local doctor Richard Todd. An alliance with Todd could extract her father from ruin but would call into question the ownership of Hidden Wolf, the mountain where Nathaniel, his father, and a small group of Native Americans live and hunt.

As Judge Middleton brings pressure to bear against his daughter, she is faced with a choice between compliance and deception, a flight into the forest, and a desire that will bend her hard will to compromise and transformation. Elizabeth’s ultimate destiny, here in the heart of the wilderness, lies in the odyssey to come: trials of faith and flesh, and passion born amid Nathaniel’s own secrets and divided soul.

For the latest cozy, we have FIVE books for the price of one: Target Practice Mysteries 1-5 releases tomorrow–all five in one volume!

Death on the Range: Di has a new job, is moving in with a new roommate, and has been adopted by a new dog. But the biggest change is when she finds a dead body.

Death at the Summit: A snowstorm during a brand summit strands everyone at the training center with a dead body. Di, Mary and Moo are on the case to find the killer.

Death at the Trade Show: The whole crew is taking a trip to a trade show where Di finds herself in a familiar situation, investigating a dead body at the hotel.

Death Indoors: The first big tournament of the season is being held at the training center. Di will need to balance her shooting jitters with an investigation when a dead body is found in the snow.

Death in the Casino: When the crew heads to Vegas for one of the largest tournaments in the world, Di tries to protect a friend when accidents and murder is targeting his division mates.

More New Cozy Releases – Feb 2017

And on this first day of Feb (where did Jan go?) here are a couple more new releases in the cozy genre.

Almost Sleighed (A Maple Syrup Mystery). This is book 3 at a great price. Book one is: A Sticky Inheritance.

Former lawyer Nicole Fitzhenry-Dawes has finally settled in to her new home in Fair Haven, and her first maple syrup season is upon them. It’s not going as smoothly as she’d hoped.

Their sap lines keep springing leaks, and as if that wasn’t enough, Nicole finds their groom-mechanic, Noah, apparently trampled in one of the horse stalls.

Fair Haven’s interim police chief is ready to declare it an accident, but Nicole believes otherwise. With Noah in a coma, she’s determined to figure out who wanted to kill him before the perpetrator can return and finish the job.

But whoever attempted to kill Noah has other ideas and is willing to do whatever it takes to stop Nicole from discovering the truth—even destroy Sugarwood and the man Nicole loves.

Rats.
This next one I was GOING to post because I thought I’d found a real gem, is a MacMillian release. I’m not going to post it. They have gotten COMPLETELY out of control with their pricing. The book is 15 dollars! FIFTEEN DOLLARS for a kindle cozy. That’s utterly ridiculous. Sure, it’s English countryside, which we all like, but 15 dollars? Forget it.

I think I’ll pick a nice, well-reviewed and affordable historical mystery (Victorian) instead!!!

Blackstone and the Rendezvous with Death The body of a young man fished out of the Thames is of little interest to Londoners caught up in the excitement of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Yet to Inspector Sam Blackstone, the case is as puzzling as any he has ever come across.

Why should a corpse dressed the in rags of a commoner have the face of a gentleman?

And if this man does belong to noble stock, why has no one come forward to claim the body?

As his investigation proceeds, Blackstone finds himself entering the world of the aristocracy—in which the presence of an ordinary policeman is far from welcome—and tramping the dangerous streets of London’s Little Russia—where English law and order are not welcome.

Death seems to stalk him, and as each new clue leads to nothing more than a new murder, Blackstone comes to realize that he is caught up in what may turn out to be the most horrendous crime of the century…

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