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Bargain: Mystery

This looked intriguing. Body in the Transept

For Dorothy Martin, a widowed American who’s moved to the England she so loves, the Christmas service is painful enough. It is her first holiday without Frank. And stumbling over the body of Canon Billings does nothing to improve her mood. Of course, she does get to meet Chief Constable Alan Nesbitt, and a good mystery on a chilly English night does have some appeal . . .


Posted: October 20, 2017
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Book Discussion: Pinned Post Week 13

Oh, what to read this week! Last week, I read The Professor and the Bootlegger. I’d had it on my kindle for a while and somehow forgot all about it! Cute story, definitely a sweet romance, and because of the bootlegging angle it has more action than most. If you like romance books, you’ll like this one as a quick and fun historical beach read.

This week, I’m in the mood for…chocolate. But that doesn’t help with my reading selection! Just in time for Halloween–this ghost story sounded quite interesting!

’til Death

Sam Rockwell is a fledgling private investigator specializing in Returns, or, recently deceased ghosts with unfinished business. After his no-nonsense father is murdered and comes back, Sam takes the case hoping for a big break and a chance to win the heart of his Girl Friday.

Short on experience and long on the swagger of the dog-eared pulp fiction he keeps in his desk, Sam sets out to find his father’s killer only to find himself caught up in a madcap game of Cold War Intrigue as the Doomsday Clock inches close.

Secrets of the Past

Charlie Gilchrist has the unique gift, or curse, of retrocognition. Objects and artefacts are enough to trigger visions and he can see scenes from the past play out in front of him. When his brother asks him to meet an old friend who is managing a historical home, he has no idea what’s in store. Astrid Buchanan, estate manager at Addleston House, is struggling to make the venue a profitable tourist attraction. But Addleston has no real history or mystery behind it, and that’s a problem.

When a box of old letters and a diary is found under some floorboards, Astrid gets Charlie to look at them, thinking he might be able to unearth something from the house’s history to build on. But when Mrs. Toon, her colleague, gets wind of Charlie’s unorthodox methods, Astrid finds herself fighting for her job. As Charlie reads, he discovers that Richard Tunney – who used to own the house – was a difficult man, and cruel to Amelia, his second wife. Amelia hides herself in these long letters to her true love, Harry Bramall.
But Richard Tunney knows something is up, and tells a woman only identified as ‘Mary Ellen’, that she must read all letters Amelia sends and receives.

When disaster strikes, can Amelia and Harry’s love survive the trials of her vindictive husband? Who is Mary Ellen and what brought her to Addleston? And will Charlie solve the mystery before Astrid finds herself out of a job?

A sad love story set during the Regency period becomes a modern day mystery that will make Charlie Gilchrist confront his past, and come to terms with the gift that has kept him an outsider his entire life.

Posted: October 14, 2017
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A Freebie Cozy and New Release

The first in the Sally Nimitz series is free: The Death of Amelia Marsh

Sally Nimitz is a widow living in a small mid-western town with a satisfying ordinary life. She is invited to visit her neighbor one afternoon, an elderly lady with a charming English accent. When she arrives for the appointment, the lady is lying on her kitchen floor, dead from a blow to the head. Sally finds herself drawn into the puzzling crime; why would anyone want to kill Mrs. Marsh? As she looks for answers, Sally discovers a talent dormant within herself for solving such a puzzle. With the aid of two friends this budding female sleuth learns Amelia Marsh’s life was a mystery in itself, and there are secrets hidden in her past.

The latest two in the series are Ending the Varney Curse and Who Was Nathan Spencer?

Ending the Varney Curse

Sally is asked to assist in an ongoing undercover operation investigating shipping magnate Jock Varney. All she has to do is slip away to Phoenix for a few days to fill in as caregiver to Varney’s elderly mother, Elizabeth. And while doing that, carry out her primary assignment. It all goes smoothly.
So why, less than two weeks later, is Mrs. Varney’s regular companion standing at Sally’s front door with a suspicious mind and a lot of questions? One reason: her employer is dead and the loyal Vera Riley isn’t convinced it was natural causes.
And no wonder. The Varney family has experienced more than its share of sudden deaths. Sally and her two loyal assistants travel to California where they team up with Mrs. Riley to find out the truth. Who or what is behind the dark events plaguing the Varneys?

Who Was Nathan Spencer?

Miss Anne Carey’s affluent brother Ira consults her for advice. Should he loan his son Craig thirty thousand dollars although he cannot say what the money is for? This isn’t like Craig at all. Decidedly odd, agree Anne’s friends Sally Nimitz and George Thomas.

Craig gets the loan, and what began as puzzling quickly turns deadly. The money disappears, Craig is fighting for his life, and the name of an elusive older brother crops up in connection with the whole mess. Sally and George step up to help their dear friend’s family find answers. Who was Nathan Spencer? Was he responsible for robbery, kidnapping, and murder?

Posted: October 14, 2017
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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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Book Review: Murder on Black Swan Lane

Murder on Black Swan Lane is on a great sale for 2.99. It’s a reasonably decent read. It’s a Regency mystery, although I’d say it skirts being steampunk. If there were a dirigible in there, it’d be steampunk. The alchemy and chemistry mentioned is on the glossed over hocus pocus side. The main male character is not well-portrayed in the first few chapters. In what was probably an attempt to create the stereotypical powerful, rich and well-educated Earl, he comes across as arrogant, annoying, and stupidly interested in boring pursuits such as gambling, drinking and womanizing. His “brilliant” supposed chemistry talent is glossed over. Once past that misstep, the characterization was stronger. The main female was delightful most of the time, and it was easy to sympathize with her plight. The mystery itself morphed into about three different mysteries with a confusing cast of characters. The characterization of the main and side characters was enough to propel me through the story–as was the absence of romance. The author was particularly skilled at turning the two main characters into friends. It was very interesting to me how they were attracted to one another, but they were very much bound by, and accepting of, their class status. Ms. Sloane never once considered any kind of romantic dalliance. She was too worried about her next meal and the meals of those she was responsible for. In that aspect, she was realistic in a way that I don’t usually see in Regency mysteries or romance. As for the main, if he considered her a romantic interest, he never acted on it. He was too busy trying to stay out of the gallows. I enjoyed this focus quite a bit as it struck me as far more realistic than most books where “irresistible” urges take over the story at the most ridiculous times.

That said, much of the mystery was quite unrealistic with great leaps of luck and quite a bit of the denouements coming from the bad guys answering questions at the end of a gun or right before planning on killing the hero. There was more introspection scattered about than I like to read, and the end action scene was so improbable and cliched I had to wonder if the author had simply written too many of them to come up with any special touches.

But, it was entertaining enough to finish and a good price. I give it 3 stars.

Posted: September 29, 2017
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Bargain: Freebie and a New Release

Author MaryJo Dawson has a new release out in her Sally Nimitz mystery series! Who Was Nathan Spencer? just released!

And if you haven’t started this series, there’s good news–the first is free. I brought this along on my kindle, but haven’t had a chance to read yet!

The Death of Amelia Marsh

Sally Nimitz is a widow living in a small mid-western town with a satisfying ordinary life. She is invited to visit her neighbor one afternoon, an elderly lady with a charming English accent. When she arrives for the appointment, the lady is lying on her kitchen floor, dead from a blow to the head. Sally finds herself drawn into the puzzling crime; why would anyone want to kill Mrs. Marsh? As she looks for answers, Sally discovers a talent dormant within herself for solving such a puzzle. With the aid of two friends this budding female sleuth learns Amelia Marsh’s life was a mystery in itself, and there are secrets hidden in her past.

And the latest release–I’m not sure I’d lend him the money…

Who Was Nathan Spencer? the seventh book in the series is now out and on sale for a great price of $2.99.

Miss Anne Carey’s affluent brother Ira consults her for advice. Should he loan his son Craig thirty thousand dollars although he cannot say what the money is for? This isn’t like Craig at all. Decidedly odd, agree Anne’s friends Sally Nimitz and George Thomas.

Craig gets the loan, and what began as puzzling quickly turns deadly. The money disappears, Craig is fighting for his life, and the name of an elusive older brother crops up in connection with the whole mess. Sally and George step up to help their dear friend’s family find answers. Who was Nathan Spencer? Was he responsible for robbery, kidnapping, and murder?

Posted: September 12, 2017
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Book Discussion: Pinned Post Week 8

Another one of those HUGE collections of 20 books is on sale (pre-order) for a limited time offer of 99 cents. (I think the price changes when the set goes live, but in general the way these sets work is they are offered for a short time at a low price. One of the sets I was watching was listed for about 2 months and then it completely disappeared from Amazon. I don’t know if they are all such a sort listing, but they are limited from what I understand.) This one is scifi and paranormal romance. I did one of these during the July extravaganza…no, I haven’t actually read any of the books in that set, but for 99 cents, there is bound to be one or two gems! I like the idea of “crafty hackers” myself.

Other Worlds

Journey into a multiverse beyond the boundaries of your imagination…

21 award-winning and best-selling authors bring you the best of PARANORMAL and SCI-FI ROMANCE in this boxed set of exclusive epic adventures.

Rogue spaceship captains, dark vampire lords, supernatural hunters, crafty hackers, uncompromising alien alphas, fearless shifters, and MORE await in this collection that includes BRAND NEW romantic, otherworldly tales!

At Google Play
At Kobo
B&N

And look what else I found! I’ve been watching this one forever and finally figured out it was out in kindle (it was originally with a publisher that priced it at 14.99 or some fool thing.)

Haunting Jordan

Welcome to Port Chatham…a charming little town with a lot of spirit!
Jordan Marsh has left L.A. for the quaint Pacific Northwest town of Port Chatham in pursuit of some much-needed R&R. As the prime suspect in her cheating husband’s murder, she’s hoping to immerse herself in the restoration of the charming Victorian she’d just bought–and put all talk of homicide investigations behind her. But as she soon discovers, the coldest of cases cry out to be solved, too.

For this old house comes furnished–with two garrulous ghosts who have a century-old murder of their own they’d like her to look into. Now, if Jordan can keep the L.A. police at bay and sort through a suspect list of shady characters circa 1890, she might just clear a wrongly accused man’s name–and her own.

Your turn! What are you reading this week and is it any good???

Cobwebs and a Scottish Mystery Bargain

Now here’s an interesting font (and there’s 3 fonts for $4 dollars so it’s not a bad deal either!) Just in time for Halloween. I like it!

If you need Halloween artwork, this bundle is a nice one.

Written in Bone This sounds like it’s definitely noir. Tibet, have you read this one?

Dr. David Hunter should be in London with the woman he loves and a past he can’t quite shake off. Instead, as a favor to a beleaguered cop, Hunter travels to a remote island in the Outer Hebrides to inspect a baffling set of remains. A forensic anthropologist, he has seen bodies destroyed by all forms of violence, but even he is surprised at what he finds: human remains burned beyond recognition—all within the confines of an otherwise undamaged, unoccupied cottage. Local police want to rule the death accidental. But Hunter’s examination of the victim’s charred skull tells him that this woman, no doubt a stranger to the close-knit island of Runa, was murdered by someone nearby.

Within days, two more people are dead by fire. Hunter’s job is to coax the dead into telling their stories—but now that he’s beginning to hear them, he is staggered by the truth. Working with only the barest of clues, he peels back the layers of mysteries past and present, exposing the tangle of secrets at the heart of this strange community—from the deceptions of a wealthy couple to the bitterness of an ex-cop and the secrets of a lonely single mother—as a tale of rage and perversion comes full circle…then explodes in a series of violent acts and shocking twists.

Posted: September 1, 2017
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Bargains: Mysteries

This one sounds rather thriller paced. What She Knew

In a heartbeat, everything changes…

Rachel Jenner is walking in a Bristol park with her eight-year-old son, Ben, when he asks if he can run ahead. It’s an ordinary request on an ordinary Sunday afternoon, and Rachel has no reason to worry—until Ben vanishes.

Police are called, search parties go out, and Rachel, already insecure after her recent divorce, feels herself coming undone. As hours and then days pass without a sign of Ben, everyone who knew him is called into question, from Rachel’s newly married ex-husband to her mother-of-the-year sister. Inevitably, media attention focuses on Rachel too, and the public’s attitude toward her begins to shift from sympathy to suspicion.

As she desperately pieces together the threadbare clues, Rachel realizes that nothing is quite as she imagined it to be, not even her own judgment. And the greatest dangers may lie not in the anonymous strangers of every parent’s nightmares, but behind the familiar smiles of those she trusts the most.

Where is Ben? The clock is ticking…

Fatal Fiction – an interesting cozy. Sounds like this could have a little more depth than usual.

Charli agrees to sell off the family bookstore, housed in a barn, and settle her estranged dad’s debt—if only so she can ride into the sunset and cut ties with Hazel Rock forever. But the trip is extended when Charli finds her realtor dead in the store, strangled by a bedazzled belt. And with daddy suspiciously MIA, father and daughter are topping the most wanted list . . .

Forging an unlikely alliance with the town beauty queen, the old beau who tore her family apart, and one ugly armadillo, Charli’s intent on protecting what’s left of her past . . . and wrangling the lone killer who’s fixin’ to destroy her future . . .

The back to school deals have started at Amazon. Who knew that backpacks could cost as much as $221?? (free shipping with Prime or 25 dollars).

Not to be outdone, Walmart has their school deals as well. (Free shipping at 35).

Posted: August 10, 2017
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Book Discussion: Pinned Post Week 3

I didn’t end up reading either of the books on last week’s discussion. I did a lot of sampling this week and then this last time I went to read, my kindle needed recharging. What is up with that! (I left the wifi on. The battery drains much faster when it’s on because Amazon downloads ads and checks on me.)

So what are the possibilities for this week!

The Murder Wall – This might be a bit too dark for some, but I’ve heard the author and books described as the English version of Nordic mysteries. I do like the occasional Nordic crime novel if they aren’t too depressing. It can be a fine line. The characters have to carry it and always have a sense of hope and cleverness. This one also happened to be on sale, so it seemed like a good book to investigate!


After the above seemed a bit dark, but a possibility, I came across this one! Dead Dancing Woman – Not British or Nordic, but intriguing!

Following an ugly divorce and the death of her father, Emily Kincaid decides what she needs most is peace and quiet and time to think, so the part-time journalist and full-time struggling mystery writer relocates to a remote house in the woods of northern Michigan. When a severed head shows up in her garbage can, Emily knows she’s been singled out, and suddenly her peaceful solitude feels a lot like isolation and vulnerability.

Discovering that the victim was a member of the Women of the Moon, a group of older local ladies who sing and dance around a bonfire in the woods late at night, Emily’s at a loss to know why anyone would want to hurt one of them. The women claim it’s a harmless act in praise of Mother Earth, a way to feel young again, but certain townspeople don’t see it that way. As Emily digs deeper, more of the women are turning up dead.

Knowing she’ll have to root out a killer to save her peaceful paradise, Emily teams up with the cantankerous Deputy Dolly and begins navigating between eccentric town gossips and reclusive neighbors who would rather be left alone. When the killer gets too close for comfort, Emily knows she’ll have to put aside her fears before the natural life she’s chosen comes to a grisly and very unnatural end.

Here’s a cozy pick. I don’t generally like antiques mysteries. No idea why. Maybe I haven’t found a good one? Death is a Cabaret has a great cover and it’s also on sale for a very cheap 99 cents. And I love the cover!


Okay obviously I’m undecided this week because I also came across this one. It’s ALSO on sale and this series is usually 6 or 7 dollars! Miss Silver Deals with Death

Update: When I went to sample the above, it was no longer on sale, but book 3, Lonesome Road, is on sale so I am sampling that one instead!

Maud Silver, governess-turned-sleuth, investigates a case of blackmail in a once-grand London apartment house.

Vandeleur House was great once. The home of a prominent court painter, its ballroom and parlors hosted the brightest of the Victorian era. Now divided into eight flats, it is an apartment building whose glorious façade conceals a nest of diabolical intrigue.

There is Maude, a young woman who was crossing the Atlantic when her steamer was struck by a Nazi torpedo. She survived; her husband did not. Then there’s Ivy, a sleepwalking maid with a curious past. And last there is Mrs. Underwood, a snobbish woman dreadfully embarrassed that she is being blackmailed by another resident. And all that drama in just one flat. There are many secrets in Vandeleur house, and it will take the full force of gentlewoman detective Maud Silver’s intuition to unravel them.

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