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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: Cozy with Cats

Murder in Cherry Hills

Kat Harper has only just returned to her small hometown of Cherry Hills, Washington when she discovers the dead body of her neighbor, Mrs. Tinsdale. Matilda, Mrs. Tinsdale’s orphaned rescue cat, just might be the only eyewitness to the murder. But how do you convince a cat to reveal “whodunit”?

Bargains: All About Cozy Mysteries

I went through the new releases lists and it looks like 9.99 is the new “release price” for a lot of books, including cozies. Thrillers are worse–their new price appears to be 12.99 for a new release. SO, I decided to look for some books that were bargains. I perused my “recommended” lists on the forums and found this one:

D.I.C.Ks Case 1: Holy Murder I don’t think I’ve read a book where the first thing the investigators do is hide the body…probably not my first reaction if I stumbled across one!

When three friends and co-workers stumble upon a murder, they decide to hide the body until they can find their kidnapped Pastor before he meets the same fate. With humor and a little love along the way, the newly formed D.I.C.KS., Dames Investigating Crimes and Killers, stumble upon a prescription drug ring that leads them to break and enter buildings, follow criminals to an adult bookstore, and be betrayed by the most unlikely of suspects.

I picked this next one because I like “thief” books vanishing or otherwise.

The Vanishing Thief

Georgia Fenchurch appears to be an unassuming antiquarian bookseller in Victorian London, but the life she leads is as exciting as any adventure novel. For Georgia is a member of the Archivist Society, a secret association of private investigators led by the mysterious Sir Broderick.

Posted: February 14, 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?

Tuesday – New Mystery Releases

Tell Me No Lies For some reason, I really like the cover on this one. The blurb is good too. (Many of these are only a low price for pre-order and a few days after they release so if you are interested, you might want to snap it up!)

Ava Logan, single mother and small business owner, lives deep in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, where poverty and pride reign. As publisher of the town newspaper, she’s busy balancing election season stories and a rash of ginseng thieves. And then the story gets personal. After her friend is murdered, Ava digs for the truth all the while juggling her two teenage children, her friend’s orphaned toddler, and her own muddied past. Faced with threats against those closest to her, Ava must find the killer before she, or someone she loves, ends up dead.

Not on sale, but too cute to pass up, we have A Wee Homicide in the Hotel Book one is A Wee Murder in My Shop

Hamelin is overflowing with tourists enjoying the Scottish-themed games—and most of them are donning tartans from Peggy Winn’s ScotShop. And her fourteenth-century ghostly companion, Dirk, has been indispensable, keeping an eye out for shoplifters and matching customers’ family names to their clan plaid.

Adding to the chaos is Big Willie, a longtime champion of the games, but not everyone is happy to have him in town. So when he misses the first event of the weekend, Peggy senses something is awry. After Willie is discovered dead in his hotel room, the victim of a bagpipe-related crime, Peggy decides it’s up to her and Dirk to suss out a murderer.

Best Read 2016 – Margaret Lake

Today, Margaret Lake shares with us her very favorite read of 2016. Of course, she actually shared more than one title, forcing me to select JUST one. Even by selecting one, it suggests all 6 in the series. Margaret never did figure out the proper order (perhaps it doesn’t matter in this case. Older series weren’t quite as concerned about the timeline as we are today). So, here it is:

Mrs. Pargeter’s Principle by Simon Brett

A cozy and funny mystery!


Posted: December 21, 2016
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Out of Print Now on Kindle: Lorna Bartlett

For a full list of authors I’ve found who now have backlist on Kindle see here.

Someone I was chatting with was waiting for these. Unfortunately, I cannot remember who it was. Maybe they follow my blog!

Lorna Bartlett has gone Kindle!

Cold Case (A Jeff Resnick Mystery) This one looks right up my alley and at 99 cents??? Who can resist?

This next one appears to be the first in a series. She sometimes writes under L.L. Bartlett so I had to search on both “L.L” and “Lorna” to find all her titles:

Murder on The Mind (A Jeff Resnick Mystery) This one looks a little less cozy and more mystery. Sounds very good and is also reasonably priced (currently $2.99).

Next we have what appears to be a seasonal mystery entry for the series, but it’s only 99 cents: Bah! Humbug (The Jeff Resnick Mysteries)

Out-of-Print Now on Kindle

More backlist books on Kindle! (For a full list of authors I’ve found who now have backlist on Kindle see here.)

Donna Ball actually has several she brought back, but her Raine Stockton Dog Mysteries are her most popular. The first two were out of print, but are now on Kindle.

A little bit of cozy suspense:

Smoky Mountain Tracks (Raine Stockton Dog Mysteries)

The second in the series: Rapid Fire (Raine Stockton Dog Mystery)

There are more books in the series, but since those aren’t out of print, the Kindle editions are priced in the 6 and 7 dollar range. Still, the first two are a reasonable $2.99 and that ought to be enough to tell if you’ll like the series!

She has several romance books she has republished in Kindle as well.

Posted: February 5, 2011
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More Backlist – Georgette Heyer

For a full list of authors I’ve found who now have backlist on Kindle see here.

In my quest for backlist titles this morning, I found this 89 cent bargain by Georgette Heyer (This is one of her Regency Romance titles, not her cozy mystery titles.)

The Black Moth (The romance classic!)

Most of her other titles are $7.99 to $9.99, but at least they are available on Kindle. Here are some of her mystery titles:

They Found Him Dead
Footsteps in the Dark
Detection Unlimited
Why Shoot a Butler?
Behold, Heres Poison
Unfinished Clue
Duplicate Death

Many (if not all) of her romance books appear to be available as well.

Out-of-Print Books Now on Kindle

For a full list of authors I’ve found who now have backlist on Kindle see here.

There are a lot of authors bringing their out-of-print books back to Kindle. A series I love has shown up:

Elisabeth Cosin —Zen and The Art of Murder: A Zen Moses Mystery What a writer! I loved this book. I think she only wrote two books, but they are both very good and worth getting your hands on. They were out of print…but! They are now out for Kindle:
If you liked Sue Grafton, Marcia Mullner, Jan Burke–any of the top female sleuth writers, give these a look. Zen and the City of Angels: A Zen Moses Mystery

I know a third was in the works that never came to be. I hope that these showing up on Kindle means the author will put the third one up on her own!

Posted: January 14, 2011
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