Monday, August 19, 2013

Bargain Kindle books! (Monday Aug 19)

Jazz Funeral: An Action-Packed New Orleans Mystery (Skip Langdon #3) (The Skip Langdon Series), by Julie Smith. (Still 0.99?)

"I really like Julie Smith's character Skip Langdon, homicide detective on the New Orleans Police Department, pretty, sexy, insecure, six-foot tall, who lived in her one-room studio rented from her gay landlord friend and fashion consultant. This book is rich in New Orleans, with a setting in Jazz Fest, po-boys from Mumfreys, and the musicians who swarm here. The book takes us to the darker side of the city, the world of the runaways and the "Cov" where they can find refuge. Langdon is a pro. She collects her evidence step-by-step, each piece a part of a story, one with characters who rise out of the steam of a dangerous New Orleans summer afternoon." -- Amazon reviewer

The THIRD book in the Edgar Award-winning Skip Langdon mystery series by Julie Smith.

“A genuinely moving mystery ... It's always a pleasure to spend time with Skip, a no-nonsense, level-headed heroine in a wild and reckless city." –The Baltimore Sun

"A super protagonist, well-defined characters, and musical highlights make this essential." -Library Journal

EVERYBODY LOVED EASYGOING HAM BROCATO, PRODUCER OF THE FAMED NEW ORLEANS JAZZFEST. SO HOW DID HE END UP STABBED TO DEATH ON HIS KITCHEN FLOOR?

New Orleans Homicide Detective Skip Langdon just happens to be on hand when Ham’s body is discovered in the middle of his own party the evening before the Fest. To complicate the already murky case, the victim's sixteen-year-old blues musician sister has disappeared, and Skip suspects that if the young woman isn't the murderer, she's in mortal danger from the person who is. So Task One is finding Melody, ambitious, unhappy at home, and determined to break from her family.

As she probes the victim's tangled relationships, Skip finds a Southern family to rival any in Tennessee Williams, including Ham's live-in lover, feisty and swiftly rising star Ti-Belle Thiebaud; his father George, enmeshed with family members in a bitter disagreement over the family's lucrative Po' Boy chain; and Patty, his distraught stepmother.

In this tale of southern kinships gone awry, she's assisted by her long-distance love, Steve Steinman, and her gay landlord, Jimmy Dee. Meanwhile, Melody's dangerous yet exhilarating journey tugs at the heart and raises the pulse rate.

“Smith’s Big Easy setting is a lively blend of big city and gossipy small town.” –Publishers Weekly

Fans of Laura Lippman, Ace Atkins, James Lee Burke, and the HBO series Treme will adore this satisfying and complex cop whodunit. And fans of YA fiction will fall in love with Melody!

368 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 76 reviews.

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Stone and Silt, by Harvey Chute. (Still 2.99?)

Just released, this historical mystery is $2 off, today and tomorrow only.

A ruthless murder and a stolen shipment of gold.

At school, sixteen-year-old Nikaia Wales endures the taunts of bullies who call her a “half-breed.” At home, she worries about how her family will react if she reveals her growing feelings for the quiet boy next door.

Those are soon the least of her troubles. Nikaia discovers a hidden cache of gold, and when police find a corpse nearby, her father becomes a suspect. Worse, Elias Doyle is circling, hungry to avenge his brother’s death.

Nikaia desperately searches for clues to save her father. In her quest to find the killer, she learns about the power of family, friendship, and young love.

211 pages.

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Echo (Species Intervention #6609 Book Two), by J.K. Accinni. (Still 0.99?)

"Fantastic book. Well written. Wish I could be a little book fairy and crawl into the book and really hurt some people! As I am reading the book I can see the characters and scenes playing in my head..she makes it so real! Ordering book 3." -- Amazon reviewer

Voted #1 on 14 Goodreads lists. 


A gripping psychological thriller on the inherent greed and evil of man, dooming the planet.

Two hundred years of tender love between man and alien, political downfalls, wanton violence of unspeakable order
tempered with laughter, family loyalty and hope is the thrilling vehicle by which Ms. Accinni conveys her cautionary tale of the merciless disrespect man
gives his planet and the vulnerable creatures entrusted to him.

This charming, yet brutal saga will chill and surprise you as it foretells the selfishly destructive path man has followed since his species evolved. It pulls no punches while allowing Netty and Baby's influence to transcend mortal life as the world dances toward depraved indifference, introducing other characters along the ride that readers will laugh, shed tears with and learn to despise.

What lengths will Baby and Echo go to complete their mission? Will it spell Armageddon for the
beleaguered planet with its vulnerable and exploited creatures or will man tip the scales himself, leaving those that love the creatures to salvage the pitiful ruins?

Netty's influence transcends a full century as the United States evolves to a point of politically driven economic collapse. The year is 2033 as a young mother, abused by her shiftless husband, heroically decides to remove her two sickly children, Scotty and Abby, from the mean streets of their government subsidized tenement town of Short Hills, New Jersey to the hills and old farmland of Sussex County. There they unite with a Latino family that adopted Jose, a young boy from Costa Rica, traumatized at the age of seven by the brutal murder of his parents and the kidnapping of his infant sister.
 

The two families unite to pool finances, creating the love and bonds that will enable them to survive the psychotic attention of Armoni, a soul damaged beyond redemption, discovery of Baby's miraculous offspring, Echo; and their subsequent body changes. Through the efforts of Echo who develops an unexplained passion for the curly haired dog, Barney, they flee the clutches of Armoni after the murder of Armoni's sidekicks by Echo, to Sarasota, Florida, one of the last remaining enclaves of wealth in the U.S.
 

Scotty learns to utilize Echo as a co-conspirator in his intrigue to thwart the efforts of heinous people that prey on the lives of creatures in their environmentally rich new home, where the insidious miscreant, Armoni, tracks them; dragging along Ginger Mae, a New York City prostitute looking for opportunity with her mute child, Daisy; bringing brutality and violence to all.
 

Having fallen in love, the young Abby and Jose draw close, only to be separated by the transcendental Netty, who tries to use Abby as a conduit in her plan to rescue as much wildlife as they can before despicable political events bring on the specter of Armageddon.

222 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 116 reviews.

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TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE, by Marta Tandori. (Still 3.00?)

"Too Little, Too Late was way more than I expected. It grabbed my interest from the first chapter and didn't disappoint. Twists and turns, mystery and more fill the pages. It was a great read and I look forward to reading more from this author!" -- Amazon reviewer

A young runaway takes refuge in a makeshift shack under the Hollywood Freeway, forcing the autistic woman in it to find milk for her sickly newborn – a search that ultimately ends in tragedy when the woman is run down by a hit-and-run driver after a violent confrontation with several teenagers. When one of those teenagers, seventeen-year-old Karen Devane, is implicated in the woman’s homicide, the tabloids are quick to exploit the tragedy, thanks to Karen’s recent antics as a spoiled Tinseltown “celebrat” riding on the coattails of her famous grandmother, the legendary Kate Stanton. Complicating matters is the dead woman’s daughter, who’s determined that Karen be held accountable for her mother’s death, even after the charges against Karen are dropped. With tensions between Karen and her family near breaking point and the paparazzi relentlessly hounding her every move, Karen makes a startling discovery which finally puts her on the road to redemption – and links the dead woman to her beloved grandmother.

Karen’s discovery raises a host of troubling questions for Kate, forcing her to revisit the horrors of her past in search of answers. But Kate soon realizes that some questions are better left unasked after a seemingly random shooting leaves her granddaughter fighting for her life and Kate scrambling to stay one step ahead of a killer who’s determined to end her life in order to save his own.

266 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 30 reviews.

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