Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Bargain Kindle books! (Tuesday Sep 17)

Huckleberry Fiend (Paul Mcdonald Mystery #2) (The Paul Mcdonald Series), by Julie Smith. (Still 0.99?)

"I have been a long time Julie Smith fan, but her Paul McDonald series might be my favorite.... okay, I love this one, but still New Orleans Mourning is my very, very favorite. This one does everything I love about Smith's work..vivid, nail-on-the-head descriptions of people, places and things like in the Skip Langdon's series (some people think my hair and Skip's bear a strong resemblance), but Paul is Skip's quirky cousin: smart, quick, sarcastic and wry. Huckleberry Fiend is a multi-layered read. I loved learning about Huck Finn (another great read, do that again), especially about some of the edits found in the original manuscript. This is a writer's novel. A winning combination of reverence for great literature plus a suspenseful modern mystery. And funny. Do yourself a favor, curl up with your favorite reading device, a tall something and take a ride with Paul and his crazy friends." -- Amazon reviewer

A deftly plotted mystery…a delightful book.” —San Antonio Express News

“A literary romp…a bright, light, cleverly written tale.” —Cincinnati Post


Paul Mcdonald has a book—and he really shouldn't have it! In between much-needed therapy sessions, his neurotic friend Booker the burglar stole it from his dad’s girl friend’s roommate Beverly, and now wants sometime-sleuth Paul to find its rightful owner. Because he’s pretty sure Beverly’s not it.

Paul is so awed he can hardly bring himself to touch it. It’s none other than the missing holograph of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, possibly the most priceless American manuscript in existence. And Beverly’s no librarian, she’s a flight attendant, so Booker suspects chicanery. He’s only too right: Beverly, it turns out, is dead. Murdered for the manuscript, if Paul’s guess is right.

He finds out it’s in high demand from a zany collection of collectors, Huckleberry Fiends of all stripes of crazy, every single one of them capable of murder.

Suddenly he’s the protagonist of A Literary Nightmare, surrounded by Mysterious Strangers, playing out A Double-Barrelled Detective Story involving A Stolen White Elephant and pretty much Roughing It with Homicide Inspector Howard Blick. It’s truly, A Murder, a Mystery, and a Marriage….no, not a marriage, a manuscript! But Paul does have his eye on tough and savvy Sardis Kincannon…

The liberally-sprinkled Mark Twain quotes and references make this witty yarn a treat for the literary-minded, and better yet, the twisty plot will satisfy the pickiest mystery fiend.

223 pages, with a 5-star rating from 3 reviews.

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Murder Most Magic, by Audrey Mackaman. (Still 2.99?)

"I loved this fantasy where women had all the magical powers. The main character, Diana Thoth Goodfarmer, has this exciting power to read people's deaths through their handwriting. Figuring out who murdered the victim kept me guessing all the way to the end in this fast paced, entertaining fantasy." -- Amazon reviewer


Diana “Thoth” Goodfarmer reads death through handwriting. That is, she sees the last minutes of a person’s life when she reads anything they write. But in a world where women shoot fire from their hands, move heavy objects with their minds, and control others through careful incantations, this ability is hardly considered impressive. Everything changes when recent widow Freyja Truearrow shows up at Thoth’s door claiming that her husband’s suicide was, in fact, murder.

Without evidence or a culprit, Thoth takes it upon herself to seek justice. The police dismiss her prodding, even after she discovers her murder victim’s double life: newspaper journalist by day, prizefighter by night. As suspects begin to turn up—a vicious female fighter void magic, a male consort who allegedly heard the murder taking place, a chain-smoking newspaper editor, a mysterious boy with a mysterious power—so do more bodies.

With a serial killer on the loose, it’s ultimately up to Thoth and Domidi, a boy with the ability to destroy everything he touches, to unmask the culprit before magic makes murder.

169 pages, with a 5-star rating from 5 reviews.

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Rising Sun, Falling Star, by Vickie Hall. (Still 0.99?)

"Rising Sun, Falling Star is a fictional novel based on historical events. The story tells of racial prejudice towards the Japanese people of America during World War ll. American Citizens of Japanese decent and their families denied their constitutional rights are sent to internment camps for the duration of the war. The novel starts with the lives of one family in California, the Onishi's are like any other family living in the United States. But the parents are Japanese nationals and their children USA citizens. The family, as other Japanese families, are made to leave their homes, businesses, work, and schools and forced by the US government to live in 'Relocation Centers'. Circumstances the families had to tolerate are heartbreaking. The amazing tolerance and indomitable characteristics of the internees is clear throughout the book. Rising Sun, Falling Star tells of love, forgiveness, hardship, and determination of ordinary people." -- Amazon reviewer

The lives of Kenji and Aiko Onishi and their American-born children are about to unravel when the United States is thrust into war with Japan. Confronted by insurmountable prejudice and fear, the family is ripped from their California home without just cause by the American government and sent to an internment camp "for their own protection."

Based on true and tragic events that transpired during World War II, Rising Sun, Falling Star is a heart-rending story of one family's struggle to survive uncalculated loss and emotional destruction.

332 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 13 reviews.

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Operation Dinner: How to Plan, Shop & Prep for Easy Family Meals, by Lori Loomis. (Still 0.99?)

"The author is very informative and gives loads of tips along the way. She starts out with her own story of how family dinner had gone out of the window and how she set out on a quest to bring her family back to the table for dinner. This book is her system on how to accomplish this in today's hectic world. She covers meal planning and encourages shopping once a month with a few mini-trips for perishables in between for maximum time and money savings. Dinner prep is explored and wonderful tips for prepping ingredients as soon as you return from the store are included. There are great tips for how to shop and freeze all types of food. I loved the diagrams of beef and pork that explained the cuts and where they are located on the animal. I will come back to this book again and again and I am now inspired to get my kitchen and menu more organized and try once a month shopping again. Read this book, there truly is something in it for everyone from the beginner to the old pro." -- Amazon reviewer

Bring your family back to the dinner table every night with a few simple strategies. Operation Dinner shows you:

• The Essential Elements of Meal Planning
• Strategies for Monthly Shopping
• How to Make a Meal Planning Binder
• Organizing Your Kitchen
• How to Prep Your Ingredients for a Months Worth of Meals
• Interpreting Food Labels
• Choosing the Right Cuts of Meat

You’ll also find over 75 recipes with shopping lists included for each.

166 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 145 reviews.

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