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Book Discussion: Pinned Post Week 11

As you may have guessed from my review, I finished up Murder on Black Swan Lane this week. I’ve been in the mood for mysteries, so this week, I found some more possible selections:

Edinburgh Twilight Love the cover and the price is good too.

As a new century approaches, Edinburgh is a city divided. The wealthy residents of New Town live in comfort, while Old Town’s cobblestone streets are clotted with criminals, prostitution, and poverty.

Detective Inspector Ian Hamilton is no stranger to Edinburgh’s darkest crimes. Scarred by the mysterious fire that killed his parents, he faces his toughest case yet when a young man is found strangled in Holyrood Park.

With little evidence aside from a strange playing card found on the body, Hamilton engages the help of his aunt, a gifted photographer, and George Pearson, a librarian with a shared interest in the criminal mind. But the body count is rising. As newspapers spin tales of the “Holyrood Strangler,” panic sets in across the city. And with each victim, the murderer is getting closer to Hamilton, the one man who dares to stop him.

Here’s another interesting mystery–and it’s only 99 cents. It may not stay on sale long though. Check prices before clicking buy.

All that Glitters

Just arrived from New York, Broadway actress Laura Wilson is slated to star in Hollywood’s newest screwball comedy. At her side, of course, is Jake Donovan, under pressure to write his next mystery novel. But peace and quiet are not to be had when an all-too-real murder plot intrudes: After a glitzy party, the son of a studio honcho is discovered dead from a gunshot wound. And since Jake exchanged words with the hothead just hours before his death, the bestselling author becomes the LAPD’s prime suspect.

In 1930s Tinseltown, anything goes. Proving his innocence won’t be easy in a town where sex, seduction, and naked power run rampant. With gossip columnist Louella Parsons dead-set on publicizing the charges against him, Jake has no choice but to do what everyone else does in the City of Angels: act like someone else. Blackie Doyle, the tough-talking, fist-swinging, womanizing hero from Jake’s novels wouldn’t pull any punches until he exposed the real killer—nor will Jake, to keep the role of a lifetime from being his last.

The first in the series is: The Yankee Club

What are you reading this week?

Posted: October 2, 2017
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Historical Mystery Bargain

I have a soft spot in my heart for thief stories.

The Richmond Thief

England, 1811. At a carriage stop on the way to London, the newly widowed Lady Althea Trent meets Mr. Read of the Bow Street Runners, England’s first detectives. As an amateur scientist hoping for admission to the all-male Royal Society, Althea is intrigued by Read’s description of the Richmond Thief—a mysterious criminal stealing jewels from the aristocracy. In London, Althea’s host Lady Levanwood becomes the thief’s latest victim, and Bow Street is called in to investigate. Given Althea’s intelligence and position within society, Read enlists her help, pairing her with another Bow Street agent, the wealthy and inscrutable Duke of Norwich.

Despite an initial antipathy, Althea and the duke set out to ensnare the criminal. Plans go awry when Althea comes face to face with the masked Richmond Thief, who stirs her heart and slips through her fingers. Then two servants disappear from the Levanwood household, perhaps murdered by the thief. Althea must use all of her scientific acumen to unlock the thief’s secrets, unmask a murderer, and untangle a strangely complicated relationship with Norwich. In the process of cracking the case, Althea will pioneer forensic science and crack open the doors of the Royal Society as well.

Posted: April 27, 2017
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Irresistible Historical Mystery Bargain

A Company of Roses — Okay, I love the cover. I love the blurb. I have a feeling I’ll love the book!

A relentless treasure hunt, an ancient secret, a deadly inheritance…

Shy and chaotic, Cas is happy to play sidekick to charismatic, beautiful friend Lacey. When Lacey goes missing, leaving behind a trail of destruction and a set of enigmatic clues Cas is drawn into a hunt for an Elizabethan treasure. A treasure that holds the answer to a very modern, very dangerous, conspiracy.

Pursued by a criminal gang, then hunted by a former Russian spy, Cas will have to find a courage and resourcefulness she’s never known before if she’s going to survive Lacey’s enemies and solve the puzzle. It’s a good thing intelligence agent Reuben is there to watch her back. But can she really trust him?

The end of the journey is more personal than she could ever have imagined as she finally unearths the British Government’s most well-kept secret, and faces the organisation sworn to protect it.

A tense historical conspiracy thriller and a race across the stunning English landscape for readers who love strong female characters, with appearances from Mary Shelley, Queen Elizabeth I, and many forgotten heroines from British history.

Historical Mystery – Bargain!

Intrigue! Limelight

How did an actress die twice?

London, 1883. Actress Lizzie Dixie drowned in the River Thames, so how was she murdered five years later in Highgate Cemetery?

Intrepid Fleet Street reporter Penny Green was a friend of Lizzie’s and Scotland Yard needs her help. Does Penny unwittingly hold clues to Lizzie’s mysterious death? Penny must work with Inspector James Blakely to investigate the worlds of theatre, showmen and politicians in search of the truth.

But who is following her? And who is sending her threatening letters?

Penny is about to discover that Lizzie’s life was more complicated, and dangerous, than she could ever have imagined.


Bargain: Historical Mystery

Marriage can be MurderThis has one of the most interesting blurbs I’ve read in a while. How intriguing!

Murder in Haunted Cornwall

On the eve of World War II, Dr. Benjamin Bones is at war with himself. While most young men are being sent away to fight the Germans, Ben is chosen to serve on English soil. Ordered to move to wild, beautiful Cornwall, he must trade his posh London office and stylish city life for the tiny village of Birdswing, population 1,221 souls. But leaving his home and shelving his career ambitions aren’t the only sacrifices facing Ben. His unfaithful wife, Penny, is accompanying him to Cornwall in a last-ditch effort to save their marriage. But moments after their arrival, Penny is run down in the street, and Ben is almost fatally injured. And while the villagers assume Penny’s death to be an accident, Ben quickly deduces it was murder.

As he convalesces in Fenton House, which the locals call haunted, Ben meets Birdswing’s eccentric inhabitants. Mr. Gaston, the volunteer air warden, obsessed with defending his remote village against Nazi spies; Mrs. Cobblepot, a thoroughly practical housekeeper who believes in fairies; and Lady Juliet Linton, a prickly, headstrong aristocrat who won’t take no for an answer. While adapting to life during Britain’s “War at Home,” a time of ration books, victory gardens, bomb shelters, and the Blackout, Ben sets about solving the mystery of Penny’s murder—with a little help from Lady Juliet and the Fenton House ghost.

Bargain: Historical Mystery

Today’s bargain: The Wayward Apprentice

Stephen Attebrook, a crippled knight facing poverty and ruin, seems condemned to a quiet life when he takes a position as deputy coroner in the small town of Ludlow.

But instead, he plunges into a web of murder and intrigue.

A death Attebrook rules an accidental drowning turns out to be a murder, and he must find the killer with little evidence pointing the way.

Then a commission to return a runaway apprentice pitches him into the midst of a conflict between a rebellious earl and King Henry III that is about to erupt into civil war.

Caught up in the twilight struggle among spies readying for war, Attebrook races to defend the apprentice against a charge of murder while dodging killers in the employ of one of the factions.

Bargain: Historical Mystery

Murder on Astor Place I wasn’t going to post this even though the series came recommended on my forum because it was 7.99. Weeeeelll, today is our lucky day! It’s on sale!!!

As a midwife in turn-of-the-century New York, Sarah Brandt has seen pain and joy. Now she will work for something more–a search for justice–in a case of murder involving one of New York’s richest families.


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…

Bargains: Historical Mysteries

The Palace Tiger – a good sale for $1.99 – Historical mystery/adventure – British Detective (This is book four. Book four and Book 5, The Bee’s Kiss are on sale so pick them up now if you like this kind of historical mystery. Book one is: The Last Kashmiri Rose.

India, 1922. In this, the fourth in the acclaimed Joe Sandilands series, Scotland Yard detective Joe arrives in the princely state of Ranipur at the request of the Maharajah, an old ally of the British. The Maharajah is dying, and the succession is unclear. The death of his first son, while panther-wrestling, is suspicious, but as Joe begins to investigate a second son dies dramatically right before his eyes. With only the youngest, aged 12, now left to succeed, can Joe ensure his survival? In the glittering and luxurious setting of the court with its array of powerful, scheming characters, Joe must find his way through the maze of intrigue to trap, at last, the palace tiger.

Cozies/Romantic Comedy
Next up, I found this VERY interesting set of books by Elizabeth Cadell that are finally on Kindle. These appear to be cozies of an old fashioned character-based kind–a mix of romantic comedy, trials and tribulations and fun. Here’s the author bio:

Violet Elizabeth Cadell was born in 1903 in Calcutta, India. During the Great War she studied music in London, but refused a musical career and returned to India where she married and had two children. After she was widowed ten years later, she returned to England.

Elizabeth wrote her first book ‘My Dear Aunt Flora’ during the Second World War in 1946, thereafter producing another 52 light-hearted, humorous and romantic books which won her a faithful readership in England and America. She moved to Portugal in 1960 and subsequently set many of her books in that country. She died in 1989, aged eighty-five.

Here’s the first in one of her books, a romantic comedy:

The Lark Shall Sing There was no money, the family was scattered, and Lucille, who had mothered them all since she was sixteen, was going to be married. So the house must be sold; Lucille knew that was the only sensible things to do, but the family had other ideas.
Home they came by whatever way they could, penniless and bedraggled but with certain new-found friends who were to help them to upset Lucille’s plans—all her plans for a calm, settled and sensible life.


The Fox from His Lair is more of a cozy mystery, but seems to have that same focus on characters. This one also falls under British Amateur Sleuth.

For Anabelle Baird, the fortnight’s holiday with her fiancé, Philip Ancell, in Lisbon has not been a happy one. At the Lisbon airport she has a surprise encounter with Angus Pemberton whom she had last seen seven years ago when he left Steyne under a cloud and went to Brazil. 
Anabelle’s reunion with Angus and her strange meeting with Luis, a small Portuguese boy, are but portents of her involvement in a mystery which pursues her to Steyne and finds its roots there in the home of Angus’ eccentric old grandmother Lady Evelyn Pemberton.


Book Bargains for those Ignoring the SuperBowl

For those of you who don’t plan to watch the superbowl, you might need something to read. I have found a couple of bargains to tide you over!

Another intriguing historical mystery:

The Booksellers Tale I noticed a nice review by one of my blog readers for this book! Obviously a great book!

Oxford, Spring 1353. When young bookseller Nicholas Elyot discovers the body of student William Farringdon floating in the river Cherwell, it looks like a drowning. Soon, however, Nicholas finds evidence of murder. Who could have wanted to kill this promising student? As Nicholas and his scholar friend Jordain try to unravel what lies behind William’s death, they learn that he was innocently caught up in a criminal plot. When their investigations begin to involve town, university, and abbey, Nicholas takes a risky gamble – and puts his family in terrible danger.

And this looks like a good fantasy.
Into the Fae – It has very good ratings/reviews and is a bargain at 99 cents. Ofttimes, if a book has editing problems, it’s the kiss of death–this one looks like it was very popular despite initial problems that have since been corrected.

With peace finally descending on the Romanian Grey Wolves, longtime fae ambassador to the wolves, Perizada, has been given a new mission by the Great Luna. But Peri’s desire for revenge against her sister, Lorelle, burns in her heart. Further complicating matters, the great white wolf, Lucian Lupei, has been returned to the pack after centuries trapped in the Dark Forest, and it appears he is destined to be with Peri. Can she put aside her thoughts of vengeance long enough to accept Lucian’s love and complete her mission?

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