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Deadly Magic is only 99 cents. I’ve seen her other series, but not read either–anyone have an opinion? Chime in!

A night of magic turns into a night of murder.

It’s Halloween night and the normally unhappy co-workers of the Straker Toy Company are eagerly looking forward to the celebration of their tyrannical boss’ fiftieth birthday. None more so than Grace Holliday. After all, it’s not every day she gets invited to the annual costumed bash at the Dragon’s Lair, the premier magic theater in Manhattan.

What promises as a night of magic and mystery, quickly turns into a night of mayhem and murder when the boss’ equally tyrannical wife dies on stage.

According to the police, it was an obvious suicide. Now it’s up to Grace to discover which one of her co-workers pulled off the trick of the year before she becomes the killer’s next victim.

Shit My Dad Says – I always wanted to read this book. I doubt it will be as interesting as shit MY dad says, but it’s possible, right??? Plus, I think the dad in this book uses foul language and my dad rarely does. Never had to. He always got his points across with either a look or a rebel yell. You just never argued with either.

On sale for $1.99 today.


Bargain: Urban Fantasy

This book comes highly rec’d by April the Dragon. I’ve had my eye on it for a while, but it was one of those 12.99 books, so I ignored it. Well, today it is $2.99 (along with the next two in the series.)

Three Parts Dead

A god has died, and it’s up to Tara, first-year associate in the international necromantic firm of Kelethres, Albrecht, and Ao, to bring Him back to life before His city falls apart.

Her client is Kos, recently deceased fire god of the city of Alt Coulumb. Without Him, the metropolis’s steam generators will shut down, its trains will cease running, and its four million citizens will riot.

Tara’s job: resurrect Kos before chaos sets in. Her only help: Abelard, a chain-smoking priest of the dead god, who’s having an understandable crisis of faith.

When Tara and Abelard discover that Kos was murdered, they have to make a case in Alt Coulumb’s courts?and their quest for the truth endangers their partnership, their lives, and Alt Coulumb’s slim hope of survival.

Set in a phenomenally built world in which lawyers ride lightning bolts, souls are currency, and cities are powered by the remains of fallen gods, Max Gladstone’s Craft Sequence introduces readers to a modern fantasy landscape and an epic struggle to build a just society.

Posted: March 20, 2017
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Bargain Cozy Recommendation

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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Bargains: Mysteries

Checking through new releases for the upcoming week always reveals first in series books that I haven’t read. The Skeletons of Scarborough is a 99 cent bargain and it’s the first in the series. Book two, Mystery at Maplemead Castle, comes out Tuesday.

Scarborough House is haunted, and it’s not doing much for Donovan Scarborough’s investment portfolio. No one wants to buy a place with levitating crockery, or (the wrong kind of) rhythmic pounding throughout the night.

Luckily, Melody “I-See-Dead-People” Bittersweet has just launched her own ghostbusting agency with best friend Marina, geeky, keen Arthur, and a one-eared pug called Lestat. They’re quick to take the case, even if it has already sort of (definitely) been given to Leo Dark, Melody’s rakish, despicable ex.

Melody soon discovers the resident phantoms are three brothers, one who was murdered at twenty, while the others lived to old age. But did the family exile the right person, or did the true killer get away with it?

Donovan Scarborough doesn’t care who solves the case. Whoever gets rid of the ghosts gets paid.

Can Melody and her new crew untangle the mystery, and bring the brothers peace, before Leo? Or will his distracting sexiness and Melody’s bonkers family cause the agency to fall at its first hurdle?

I’ve talked about the No Game for a Dame series before (really fun reads!) and the third book in the series, Don’t Dare a Dame, is on sale for 99 cents today!

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: Historical Mystery

Love this cover! She means BUSINESS! Lady Cop Makes Trouble

After besting (and arresting) a ruthless silk factory owner and his gang of thugs in Girl Waits with Gun, Constance Kopp became one of the nation’s first deputy sheriffs. She’s proven that she can’t be deterred, evaded, or outrun. But when the wiles of a German-speaking con man threaten her position and her hopes for this new life, and endanger the honorable Sheriff Heath, Constance may not be able to make things right.

Lady Cop Makes Trouble sets Constance loose on the streets of New York City and New Jersey–tracking down victims, trailing leads, and making friends with girl reporters and lawyers at a hotel for women. Cheering her on, and goading her, are her sisters Norma and Fleurette–that is, when they aren’t training pigeons for the war effort or fanning dreams of a life on the stage.

Based on a true story, Girl Waits with Gun introduced Constance Kopp and her charming and steadfast sisters to an army of enthusiastic readers. Those readers will be thrilled by this second installment–also ripped from the headlines–in the romping, wildly readable life of a woman forging her own path, tackling crime and nefarious criminals along the way.

The first in the series is quite famous: Girl Waits with Gun I also noticed that the paperback for the second book (Lady Cop Makes Trouble has already gone back up in price–if you want the ebook sale, you better grab it fast!)

Bargain: Cozy Boxed Set

The Maggie Newberry Series is on sale for 99 cents–all three books!

Murder travels nicely in this popular mystery series featuring ex-pat Maggie Newberry who lives in France with her vintner French chef husband. Enjoy the sights and smells of Provence, the Côte d’Azur and Paris as Maggie uses her amateur (and very American) sleuthing skills to detect and confront the vilest murderers on the continent! Check out the series for yourself with the the first three books, bundled together and priced at the cost of less than two books at full price!
Warning: This series is set in France so do NOT read hungry!

Bargain: Finally on Kindle – Mystery

This one is a reprint–finally out on Kindle for the first time. The Far Cry by Fredric Brown. It’s considered noir, and it takes place in Taos, NM!

When George Weaver decides to move to Taos, New Mexico for some well-needed rest, he gets more than he’s bargained for.

After buying a remote house, he learns of the mysterious murder of Jenny Ames. Something of a local legend, the murder haunts the town having remained unsolved for eight years.

With nothing to do but drink and sit with his thoughts, Weaver decides to accept his friend’s offer of uncovering and writing the story of the missing girl.

What seems a dead-end at first becomes a thrilling mystery leading Weaver across the country and down a rabbit hole of lies, hidden identities and an unknown past. Weaver slowly becomes wrapped up in the case, but will he be able to uncover the truth after all these years?

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?”

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