Sunday, March 24, 2013

Mystery lovers! Free and and bargain Kindle books (Sunday Mar 24)

It's Mystery day here on KBoards. Here are eight highly-rated mysteries! 

Free today!

Murder on the Côte d'Azur (Maggie Newberry Mysteries), by Susan Kiernan-Lewis. (Still free?)

A romantic suspense set in the exotic locale of the French Mediterranean. Free today!

"I love reading MURDER mysteries and this one combined romance and family with it which made it very enjoyable reading. This is my first book by this author, however not my last." -- Amazon reviewer

Maggie Newberry is sheltered, privileged but also a whip-smart advertising copywriter who’s fast on her feet and a little stunned to realize that she’s 34 years old and still hasn’t found “the one.” When her long-missing sister ends up dead in Maggie’s trendy Atlanta condo, Maggie finds herself flying to the south of France to find the little niece that up until then no one in the family even knew existed. Along the way, she finds handsome Laurent Dernier, a sexy if nefarious Frenchman who it’s not clear is there to help or hinder Maggie’s search for the girl. Meanwhile, her sister’s murderer sets his sights on the little girl—and Maggie. The first book of the Maggie Newberry Mystery Series, Murder on the Côte d’Azure won 3rd prize in the National Writer’s Competition in 2001 in manuscript.

330 pages, with a 3.4-star rating from 71 reviews.

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Family Case of Murder (A Lacy Steele Mystery, Book 3), by Vanessa Gray Bartal. (Still 1.99?)

Lacy Steele's attempt to reconcile with her sister gets complicated when murder strikes... and she's the prime suspect. Another fun read in the Lacy Steele mystery series!

"Oh how I love this book. The setting is wonderful and the characters are just that - characters! With a budding romance for Lacy and a good plot, I just think this is one of Bartal's best books to date." -- Amazon reviewer

Lacy Steele has been dispatched to the Hamptons with the tall order to make amends with her estranged sister, Riley, and her ex-fiancé, Robert. The time has come to decide which of her friends to take as her date: Tosh or Jason. As if to add to her already high stress level, she'll be spending the weekend with Robert's certifiable family, and his aunt has declared a ban on dessert.

Sugarless and forced to deal with Riley's never-ceasing drama, Robert's inappropriate advances, and his crazy family's odd behavior, Lacy thinks things can't get any worse until she becomes the suspect in a murder. Now she must unravel the clues to clear her name, but the only way to do that is to become a target herself.

154 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 80 reviews.

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Fatal Liaison, by Vicki Tyley. (Still 0.99?)

Megan joins a dinner dating club, where she meets Greg... and finds that other club members are being murdered and disappearing. Acclaimed mystery writer Vicki Tyley serves up another engaging mystery in this award-winner. Available today for 99 cents.

"One of this author's true talents is presenting a beginning that draws readers into the story and keeps them engaged until the very end." -MotherLode blog 

"Tyley's ability to plot a story is the envy of many of her peers. Fatal Liaison keeps this streak alive." -BigAl's Books and Pals


The Kindle Book Review Best Indie Books of 2012 Semifinalist

"It's easy, enjoyable, captivating reading, and I am eagerly awaiting the release of her fifth..." -Book Boogie

"Vicki Tyley is the Australian P.D. James - a writer whose work is a can't miss read." -American Editor

"...easy, fluid readability factor. I didn't want to put the book down, and it was immensely enjoyable." -MotherLode blog

The lives of two strangers, Greg Jenkins and Megan Brighton, become inextricably entangled when they each sign up for a dinner dating agency. Greg's reason for joining has nothing to do with looking for love. His recently divorced sister Sam has disappeared and Greg is convinced that Dinner for Twelve, or at least one of its clients, may be responsible. Neither is Megan looking for love. Although single, she only joined at her best friend Brenda De Luca's insistence. When a client of the dating agency is murdered, suspicion falls on several of the members. Then Megan's friend Brenda disappears without trace, and Megan and Greg join forces. Will they find Sam and Brenda, or are they about to step into the same inescapable snare?

75,000 words (approx 300 pages)

218 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 42 reviews.

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The Gauguin Connection (Genevieve Lenard), by Estelle Ryan. (Still 3.99?)

Gifted with powerful mental abilities, the autistic Genevieve finds herself immersed in the high-stakes world of European art, tracking down the murder of a young artist. This first book in the Genevieve Lenard series is highly-rated and praised by its readers as "ingenious," "original," and "exciting."

"The author paints a sympathetic portrait of a highly intelligent yet beautiful young woman's predicament and the way she works on herself to rise above her social demeanor. Ms Ryan who has done a wealth of research which gives authenticity to this, her first literary foray into the crime scene, and together with her ability of telling a good story, this book pulls the reader ahead within a well balanced mixture of the high life, intellectual repartee, political low ground and empathy between the very interesting group of characters thrown together to form a highly unlikely investigative team. The latter makes for intrigue and keeps the reader's interest in place." -- Amazon reviewer

Murdered artists. Masterful forgeries.
Art crime at its worst.

A straightforward murder investigation quickly turns into a quagmire of stolen Eurocorps weapons, a money-laundering charity, forged art and high-ranking EU officials abusing their power.

As an insurance investigator and world renowned expert in nonverbal communication, Dr Genevieve Lenard faces the daily challenge of living a successful, independent life. Particularly because she has to deal with her high functioning Autism. Nothing - not her studies, her high IQ or her astounding analytical skills - prepared her for the changes about to take place in her life.

It started as a favour to help her boss' acerbic friend look into the murder of a young artist, but soon it proves to be far more complex. Forced out of her predictable routines, safe environment and limited social interaction, Genevieve is thrown into exploring the meaning of friendship, expanding her social definitions, and for the first time in her life be part of a team in a race to stop more artists from being murdered.

440 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 47 reviews.

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Double or Nothing, by Meg Mims. (Still 2.99?)

This historical mystery continues the engaging adventures of Lily Granville in the 1860s American west.

"You can't help but root for Lily Granville, Meg Mims's heroine from Double Crossing who is once again in over her head in Double or Nothing. Featuring murder, action, and a strong sense of time and place, this series will appeal to Western, romance and mystery fans, or those who just like a great read.- Six-time Spur Award winner Johnny D. Boggs Prepare yourself for another wild ride featuring heiress Lily Granville and the Texas opportunist, Ace Diamond. Skullduggery abounds, with Lily hardly knowing who to trust. And just when Ace finally whisks her away to safety in his arms, he is charged with murder. Well-Lily isn't about to stand for that! Appealing characters in an action-packed plot proves Mims has written the second winner in her "Double" series.- Carol Crigger, author of Three Seconds to Thunder" --

A mysterious explosion. A man framed for murder. A strong woman determined to prove his innocence.

October, 1869: Lily Granville, heiress to a considerable fortune, rebels against her uncle's strict rules. Ace Diamond, determined to win Lily, invests in a dynamite factory but his success fails to impress her guardian. An explosion in San Francisco, mere hours before Lily elopes with Ace to avoid a forced marriage, sets off a chain of consequences.



When Ace is framed for murder before their wedding night, Lily must find proof to save him from a hangman's noose. Will she become a widow before a true wife'



259 pages, with a 5-star rating from 2 reviews.

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Defensive Wounds, by Lisa Black. (Still 1.99?)

In this fourth novel in Lisa Black’s captivating suspense series, forensic investigator Theresa MacLean finds herself embroiled in a case in which high-powered defense attorneys start turning up dead. Theresa’s investigation takes on a whole new urgency as authorities suspect they have a serial killer on their hands. But as she searches for the connection between the victims, Theresa begins to fear that both she and her daughter are closer to danger than they realize.

"There are many forensic experts. There are many writers. Rarely, however, do the two meld as seamlessly and synergistically as Lisa Black." —Sacramento Book Review

"She is, quite simply, one of the best storytellers around." —Tess Gerritsen


A former forensic scientist with the Cleveland coroner’s office, Lisa Black knows the world she writes about, as she has proven in the past with her gripping thrillers featuring Theresa MacLean (Takeover, Evidence of Murder, Trail of Blood). With Defensive Wounds, Black delivers possibly her most sensational crime fiction masterwork to date—a stunning tale of forensic expert MacLean’s investigation into the brutal murder of a criminal defense attorney at a Cleveland convention that reveals the frightening presence of a serial killer prowling the city. The forensic police thriller remains one of the most popular sub-genres in contemporary mystery fiction, and Defensive Wounds once again proves that Lisa Black is one of the “big guns,” in the top tier alongside Patricia Cornwell, Kathy Reichs, Jefferson Bass, and Michael Connelly.

475 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 13 reviews.

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Whole Lotta Trouble (a humorous romantic mystery), by Stephanie Bond. (Still 1.99?)

A humorous romantic mystery from best-selling author Stephanie Bond.

"When three young female New York editors come up with a sassy scheme to publicly expose a notoriously womanizing literary agent, little do they imagine he'll end up not just naked (and tied up in S/M gear) but dead. Confessing that they were the last to see their tormentor alive is likely to make them prime suspects, even in the eyes of Tallie's protective new cop boyfriend. But if they stay silent, they may wind up being the real murderer's next victims. The overall tone is deliciously frothy, and small comedic details abound. And though romance is not the book's main focus, there's enough love between the laughs to keep relationship-minded readers happy." -- Publishers Weekly

WHOLE LOTTA TROUBLE is a laugh-out-loud romantic mystery!

"Deliciously frothy, and small comedic details abound." -Publishers Weekly

Sometimes the best laid plans go sideways . . .

Three female mystery book editors in Manhattan have personal and professional problems galore--which intersect with one bad-boy agent. When they set out to humiliate their problematic playboy, their plans go horribly awry. The women suddenly realize that when it comes to friendship, flirtation and felony, they're in a WHOLE LOTTA TROUBLE!



Praise for WHOLE LOTTA TROUBLE:

"A fun plot, a great cast of characters and a small glimpse into the world of publishing." --The Best Reviews

"Stephanie Bond seems to get so much enjoyment out of writing her stories that the joy spills over to the reader. If you like a dash of mystery, outlandish situations, great characters, and enjoy laughing, then this is the book for you." --AOL Romance Fiction Forum

"An author who has remained on my 'must-buy' list for years." --Romance Reviews Today


Looking for a good laugh tonight? A little romance? A little murder? If so, WHOLE LOTTA TROUBLE will fill the bill!

384 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 109 reviews.

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Heart-Shaped Box, by Joe Hill. (Still 1.99?)

An aging rock star buys a haunted suit online... Over 300 five-star reviews for this acclaimed book, by the son of Stephen King!

"There are Amazon readers who will give you a better plot summary. Don't read them too closely because Joe Hill provides plenty of fun surprises. Heart-Shaped Box is a true spine-tingler. I don’t use that hyphenated word much anymore. We have seen and read it all, haven't we? But right away, in the first chapter, there was a subtle line that made the hairs on the back of my neck go up in a way I haven't experienced since I first discovered great horror as a teenager." -- Harlan Coben


Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre: a cookbook for cannibals . . . a used hangman's noose . . . a snuff film. An aging death-metal rock god, his taste for the unnatural is as widely known to his legions of fans as the notorious excesses of his youth. But nothing he possesses is as unlikely or as dreadful as his latest discovery, an item for sale on the Internet, a thing so terribly strange, Jude can't help but reach for his wallet.
I will "sell" my stepfather's ghost to the highest bidder. . . .
For a thousand dollars, Jude will become the proud owner of a dead man's suit, said to be haunted by a restless spirit. He isn't afraid. He has spent a lifetime coping with ghosts—of an abusive father, of the lovers he callously abandoned, of the bandmates he betrayed. What's one more?

But what UPS delivers to his door in a black heart-shaped box is no imaginary or metaphorical ghost, no benign conversation piece. It's the real thing.

And suddenly the suit's previous owner is everywhere: behind the bedroom door . . . seated in Jude's restored vintage Mustang . . . standing outside his window . . . staring out from his widescreen TV. Waiting—with a gleaming razor blade on a chain dangling from one bony hand. . . .
A multiple-award winner for his short fiction, author Joe Hill immediately vaults into the top echelon of dark fantasists with a blood-chilling roller-coaster ride of a novel, a masterwork brimming with relentless thrills and acid terror.

389 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 664 reviews.

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