Sunday, March 17, 2013

Bargain Kindle books - mystery edition! (Sunday Mar 17)

Here is today's selection of bargain Kindle books!

Dead Case in Deadwood (Deadwood Humorous Mystery Series #3), by Ann Charles. (Still $0.99?)

A delight mix of fun and suspense, this engaging mystery has over 100 five-star reviews! 99 cents today.

"This book is total entertainment. I love Violet, Doc and all the Deadwood gang. I'm hooked on Violet's growing romance with Doc and all the other rich and quirky relationships in Violet's circle. I really miss them when I finish and it's so good I finished it too darn fast. The story flowed so well I found myself swinging from laugh out loud funny (the séance is hysterical) to delicious suspense in the blink of an eye as events moved through some really unique twists." -- Amazon reviewer

**DEAD CASE IN DEADWOOD has been selected as one of Suspense Magazine's BEST OF 2012 books!**

"Masterful storytelling. Masterful suspense. Masterful humor. You name it, Ms. Charles has mastered it. And to have such tension and mystery in a third book in a series' Like I said ... Masterful." ~Carolyn McCray, #1 Kindle Bestselling Author of 30 Pieces of Silver

"Ann Charles has penned another wickedly funny, smart, unforgettable story. Dead Case in Deadwood is impossible to put down." ~P. J. Alderman, New York Times Bestselling Author

"Nothing good ever happens at the butt-crack of dawn. No doubt, the headless corpse on the autopsy table in front of me would agree."--Violet Parker

Real estate agent, Violet "Spooky" Parker stumbles upon a body-part theft ring at the local funeral parlor and suspects her caustic coworker has a hand in it--or maybe a foot. Can Violet discover what's in the crates the crooks are sneaking out of the mortuary in the dark of night? Or will she end up in one of them herself ... in pieces?

357 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 254 reviews.

The Beekeeper (The First Detective Elizabeth Stratton Mystery), by Juliet Moore. (Still $0.99?)

This police procedural bestseller is the first in the Elizabeth Stratton mystery series. Get it today for 99 cents!

"This is a well written and thought out book. Fast paced, always some thing going on .... From affairs to hurricanes! Then there's the murders and the chase... The twist in the end will probably surprise some, I guessed what was comming, but this book is written well enough that most won't. Looking forward to more books from this author... Worth the read!" -- Amazon reviewer

A trigger-happy young detective becomes immersed in a world of bees and mad honey in order to catch a murderer.

Miami homicide detective Elizabeth Stratton knows she's lucky to still have a job, but she's tired of only getting the easy cases. She'll never be able to regain the respect of her colleagues without a chance to prove she's no longer an anxious mess who shoots at anything that moves.

Her opportunity comes during a routine check at a near-abandoned hotel. While trying to save the living, she finds the dead. In the midst of a bee infestation is the body of a young woman, her mouth filled with honey.

Elizabeth is grudgingly allowed to keep the case, which rapidly becomes compelling when the honey is found to be poisonous and the bees follow her home.

But just when she's closing in on the killer, he targets her new friend and Elizabeth must brave the high winds of a category four hurricane to save her.

147 pages, with a 3.9-star rating from 54 reviews.

The Dark Monk: A Hangman's Daughter Tale (US Edition), by Oliver Pötzsch. (Still $0.99?)

"Brilliantly crafted," this second book in the Hangman's Daughter series has over 200 five-star reviews... and is just 99 cents today!

"The story is a maze of mystery and intrigue with a dash of romance. I adore Magdalena, Jakob's daughter. She is a passionate, intelligent woman who I admire for her strength of character. Her lover Simon, the town doctor, is certainly a more interesting character because of her presence in his life. She gives him depth, and he gives her an ounce of respectability, which is virtually impossible for a woman in her social position in that time period. Being the daughter of the hangman was certainly a fact that made people fear her, and gave her little options in life. Her relationship with Simon really mixes things up a bit in this story, especially when the beautiful Benedikta Koppmeyer arrives in town." -- Amazon reviewer


1660: Winter has settled thick over a sleepy village in the Bavarian Alps, ensuring every farmer and servant is indoors on the night a parish priest discovers he's been poisoned. As numbness creeps up his body, he summons the last of his strength to scratch a cryptic sign in the frost.
Following a trail of riddles, hangman Jakob Kuisl, his headstrong daughter, Magdalena, and the town physician’s son team up with the priest’s aristocratic sister to investigate. What they uncover will lead them back to the Crusades, unlocking a troubled history of internal church politics and sending them on a chase for a treasure of the Knights Templar.

But they’re not the only ones after the legendary fortune. A team of dangerous and mysterious monks is always close behind, tracking their every move, speaking Latin in the shadows, giving off a strange, intoxicating scent. And to throw the hangman off their trail, they have ensured he is tasked with capturing a band of thieves roving the countryside attacking solitary travellers and spreading panic.

Delivering on the promise of the international bestseller The Hangman’s Daughter, Oliver Pötzsch takes us on a whirlwind tour through the occult hiding places of Bavaria’s ancient monasteries. Once again based on prodigious historical research into Pötzsch’s family tree, The Dark Monk brings to life an unforgettable, compassionate hangman and his tenacious daughter, painting a robust tableau of a seventeenth-century Bavaria and quickening our pulses with a gripping, mesmerizing mystery.

516 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 500 reviews.

Alice in Deadland: The Complete Trilogy, by Mainak Dhar. (Still $0.99?)

Save $5 on this mystery in celebration of its reaching 100,000 sales. 99 cents!

"This series has quickly climbed the ranks to be one of my top ten series. I am a huge fan of dystopias and this series does not disappoint. I felt like I was a resident of Deadland. I cheered for the doctor, Alice, and the rabbit. If you are looking for some quality zombie novels, read the series immediately!" -- Amazon reviewer

Alice in Deadland was released in November 2011 and quickly became an bestseller, selling more than 50,000 copies in its first three months. It was followed by its sequel, 'Through The Looking Glass' and 'Off With Their Heads', the prequel to Alice in Deadland. Now, get all three novels in the Alice in Deadland Trilogy in one single omnibus edition and immerse yourself in this bestselling adventure.

Alice in Deadland

Civilization as we know it ended more than fifteen years ago, leaving as it's legacy barren wastelands called the Deadland and a new terror for the humans who survived- hordes of undead Biters.

Fifteen year-old Alice has spent her entire life in the Deadland, her education consisting of how best to use guns and knives in the ongoing war for survival against the Biters. One day, Alice spots a Biter disappearing into a hole in the ground and follows it, in search of fabled underground Biter bases.

What Alice discovers there propels her into an action-packed adventure that changes her life and that of all humans in the Deadland forever. An adventure where she learns the terrible conspiracy behind the ruin of humanity, the truth behind the origin of the Biters, and the prophecy the mysterious Biter Queen believes Alice is destined to fulfill.

A prophecy based on the charred remains of the last book in the Deadland- a book called Alice in Wonderland.

Through The Looking Glass: Alice in Deadland Book II

More than two years have passed since Alice followed a Biter with bunny ears down a hole, triggering events that forever changed her life and that of everyone in the Deadland. The Red Guards have been fought to a standstill; Alice has restored some measure of peace between humans and Biters; and under Alice, humans have laid the foundations of the first large, organized community since The Rising- a city called Wonderland.

That peace is shattered in a series of vicious Biter attacks and Alice finds herself shunned by the very people she helped liberate. Now she must re-enter the Deadland to unravel this new conspiracy that threatens Wonderland. Doing so will mean coming face to face with her most deadly adversary ever- the Red Queen.

Off With Their Heads: The Prequel to Alice in Deadland

A few months before Alice was born and fifteen years before the dramatic events depicted in Alice in Deadland, there was The Rising. A few days that destroyed human civilization as we know it, reducing much of the world to a radioactive wasteland teeming with hordes of undead Biters and controlled by a shadowy Central Committee.

Off With Their Heads brings to life the final harrowing days of The Rising through four shorts, each depicting events through the eyes of one pivotal character in the Alice in Deadland series. See how Dr. Protima became the Queen of the Biters; feel the pain of a young man's sacrifice as he becomes the bunny-eared Biter whom Alice later follows down a hole; follow the rise of Chen from a conflicted young Chinese Army officer to a General in the Red Guards; and finally share in the dramatic escape of Alice's parents from a city overrun by Biters.

396 pages, with a 4.9-star rating from 12 reviews.

Murder, Money & Marzipan (A Lexy Baker Bakery Cozy Mystery), by Leighann Dobbs. (Still $2.99?)

This delightful cozy mystery is part of the Lexy Baker Bakery series. A fun, short read and available today for $2.99.

"A stadium full of bakers all dying to get their hands on the $100,000 grand prize in a bakery competition. Sound like a good motive for murder? You bet it is. And when the competition's most-hated judge turns up dead, all evidence points to Lexy Baker. Problem is, Lexy is in Las Vegas. And she doesn't really want Jack (her hunky detective boyfriend back home) to know that she's involved in yet another murder. Meanwhile, the gorgeous detective handling the murder seems to have a mysterious past with Jack... and it's driving Lexy crazy. Fortunately, Lexy has a grandmother who solves murders using an iPad and a little amateur sleuthing. Between Lexy's cake getting sabotaged, a detective who's fingering Lexy as the prime suspect, and an uncomfortably close encounter with the real killer, Lexy needs all the help she can get. Sound intriguing? It is! This is a fun book, great for a bit of light reading in the afternoon." -- Amazon reviewer

When Lexy Baker makes it to the finale of America’s most prestigious bakery contest, Bakery Battles, she thinks her biggest dream has finally come true…

Until she stumbles across the dead body of judge Amanda Scott-Saunders. 

What starts out as a bad day for Lexy becomes even worse when the police discover the judge was strangled with Lexy’s apron. Now Lexy’s sitting at the top of the suspect list with a motive, means and opportunity… but no solid alibi.

Lexy soon finds herself in a race against time to find the real killer before she ends up disqualified from the contest, or worse, in jail. But that’s no easy task. There’s a bakery competition full of suspects who all hated the victim and have a $100,000 motive for murder. And then there’s the gorgeous, smart police detective who has mysterious ties to Lexy’s boyfriend and thinks Lexy is the killer.

Luckily Lexy has a secret weapon -- her iPad-toting grandmother. As long as Lexy can lure Nans away from the slot machines, she and her gang of senior citizen amateur detectives can help Lexy sift through the clues to uncover the startling truth about the real killer.

With a $100,000 grand prize at stake and the search for the killer heating up -- will Lexy clear her name in time to grab the prize… or will her dream turn into a nightmare?

This is book 3 in the Lexy Baker Bakery Cozy Mystery Series.

101 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 28 reviews.

Murder on Potrero Hill (A Peyton Brooks' Mystery), by M.L. Hamilton. (Still $2.99?)

A full length, highly-rated mystery for $2.99, from the acclaimed author of Ravensong.

" The author did a phenomenal job capturing Jake's emotion. Part of the reason she succeeds in evoking the response is her proficient flashbacks into Jake and Zoe's life. You believe him when he says he loves her. His pain is palpable especially as heartrending secrets are revealed. As the noose tightens, you can't help but feel sorry for him. The detectives, Peyton and Marco are likable and believable. They competently work through the case to uncover the truth. Though they have their minds made up, they are never careless in their efforts. I appreciated that the violence was not gratuitous or gory. Additionally, the language was appropriate to the circumstances but was not offensive. Overall this was a quick, enjoyable read. I look forward to exploring Peyton's character further in book #2." -- Amazon reviewer

Peyton knows the first suspect is always the husband, but Jake Ryder isn’t acting like a typical suspect. Jake truly loved his wife. So what went wrong?

Stepping into the circle of the social elite, Peyton finds that things work differently when you’re at the top. And Jake Ryder seems to be caught in the epicenter.

Ultimately, Peyton finds that you never know what darkness lurks in the human mind and that some will murder to keep that darkness hidden.

246 pages, with a 4-star rating from 24 reviews.

Bangkok Burn (Bangkok Series), by Simon Royle. (Still $4.99?)

Part of Simon Royle's Bangkok series, this riveting mystery is set in the exotic streets of Thailand's capitol city. Over 30 five-star reviews. $4.99.

"A red-hot thriller set against the exotic backdrop of Bangkok, this is a blistering read from start to finish. The hero, or maybe anti-hero, is Chance, a farang (foreigner) and an orphan who was raised by a Bangkok mafia family. Though he wants out of a life of crime to keep the love of his life, Pim, that proves difficult when he is variously double-crossed, blown up, shot at and dropped off cliffs. Meanwhile, a war is taking place in the streets of Bangkok as political cliques fire bullets and rockets at each other. The real culture and current affairs of the country are every bit as vital to this novel as the characters, and as vibrant and challenging as the plot. Written by a man who clearly has an intimate knowledge of Bangkok, from its elite down to its underbelly, you will wonder how much of Chance's story is true. You'll also sweat every heart-stopping moment with him, every heart-breaking revelation, every shock and wound incurred by his attempts to save his family and discover the astonishing truth." -- Amazon reviewer

12 May 2010
A war is taking place on the streets of Bangkok as political cliques fire bullets and rockets at each other.
Mysterious 'Men in Black' snipe combatants from both sides.

It is a good time to settle old scores.
Take a walk on the darkside with Chance. An enigma: family-orientated, loyal and loving... and a cold-blooded killer.... This chilling, high-octane thriller takes you to parts of Bangkok no tourist should ever go, a world where life is cheap and morality non-existent.

328 pages, with a 4-star rating from 89 reviews.

A DANGEROUS HARBOR (Pilgrim's Progress), by RP Dahlke. (Still $2.99?)

From the much-loved RP Dahlke, get this cozy romantic mystery today for $2.99!

""This is an engaging, well-written mystery with characters that took up residence in my imagination; moving in with all their baggage and quirks. I found them incredibly difficult to dislodge even several days after I had finished reading the book. I loved the setting; the beauty of the waters and the lovely hillsides existing alongside the abject poverty and ugliness of the slummy, sleazy habitats of those less fortunate. The day to day uncertainly of life is realistically portrayed in an area where powerful drug cartels operate from shadowy positions in almost all levels of government." -- Night Owl Reviews, Top Pick

Here's the set-up:

Bleary-eyed and sleep deprived after a long overnighter into Mexico, solo sailor and SFPD police detective, Katrina Hunter, thinks the mermaid twenty yards behind her thirty-two foot Westsail is nothing more than a sailor's hallucination But everything she knows about floaters convinces her to turn her boat around for another look.

Now, alone and isolated in the Mexican port's police station for six hours she's convinced that reporting a floater to authorities was a mistake. Even the arrival of a handsome, if somewhat dour, Mexican/Italian investigator does nothing to dispel her growing anxiety that she's about to be charged with the murder.

Chief Inspector, Raul Vignaroli, is as surprised by the attractive solo-sailor as he is to find that she's a respected member of the San Francisco police force, and after some well-placed phone calls he's sure that he's found the perfect partner to help him solve a murder, if not the cure for his broken heart.

Released, she's free to go. But leaving the police station hits a snag when two policemen march in, dragging a listless prisoner between them. But before Katy can dodge them for the exit, the prisoner raises his head and a startling pair of aquamarine eyes meet hers.

He straightens his back, wincing at the angle of his cuffed wrists. "What the... Whisper'"

Suddenly, the sound of the ceiling fan is terribly loud. Blood pounds in her ears, her mouth goes dry, her palms are damp and her feet are nailed to the floor. In a knee jerk reaction, she hisses, "Don't call me that!"

278 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 86 reviews.

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1 comment:

  1. wonderful selection today, thanks for pulling out all the stops and showing us a good goup of "reads"!