Monday, May 5, 2014

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Monday May 5)

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Just Add Water (Hetta Coffey Series), by Jinx Schwartz. (Still free?)

"Schwartz has not only hit a home run, her first book is out of the ballpark. This book is a refreshing antidote to the seriousness of the mystery genre. Readers will fly through the pages in anticipation of what Hetta will do and say next. Schwartz ties up all the loose ends at the conclusion of the book, leaving readers eagerly anticipating Book Two of the Hetta Coffey series." -- Amazon reviewer

HETTA COFFEY IS A SASSY TEXAN WITH A SNAZZY YACHT, AND SHE'S NOT AFRAID TO USE IT!
 

Just Add Water, winner of the National EPPIE Award for BEST MYSTERY.

Hetta Coffey is a globe-trotting civil engineer with a swath of failed multi-national affairs in her jet stream.

Plying the San Francisco waterfront, trolling for triceps, her attention is snagged by a parade of passing yachts--especially their predominantly male skippers--and experiences a champagne-induced epiphany: If she had a boat, she could get a man.

In spite of a spectacular ignorance of all things nautical, Hetta buys her dream boat, but a shadowy stalker, an inconvenient body, and Hetta's own self-destructive foibles imperil her goal. Hetta Coffey brings a whole new meaning to the phrase "┼ôsink or swim!"

430 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 217 reviews.

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Alan Lennox and the Temp Job of Doom (The Future Next Door), by Brian Olsen. (Still 0.99?)

"New York "millennials" navigating quotidian, ennui, existential crisis and a corporation with body count. What's not to love? This was a thoroughly enjoyable read. Olsen's writing is taut, the action kinetic, all encompassed with a warm and sardonic wit. Utterly delightful and look forward to more of The Future Next Door." -- Amazon reviewer

Alan Lennox has been assigned yet another soul-crushing temp job, keeping him from his first loves -- drinking, playing video games, and looking for a boyfriend. But Alan's new job proves to be anything but boring when his co-workers start turning up dead. The mysterious megacorporation Amalgamated Synergy has taken a deadly interest in Alan and his three roommates, and the hapless quartet are woefully unequipped to deal with the psychotic secretaries, murderous middle managers, and villainous vice-presidents hunting them down.

Their investigation leads them deep into Amalgamated Synergy's headquarters, but can Alan and his friends stay alive long enough to discover who -- or what -- waits for them on the top floor?

Alan Lennox and the Temp Job of Doom is the first book of The Future Next Door, a contemporary urban science fiction comedic thriller series in four parts.

Book One: Alan Lennox and the Temp Job of Doom
Book Two: Caitlin Ross and the Commute from Hell
Book Three: Mark Park and the Flume of Destiny (coming 2014)
Book Four: Dakota Bell and the Wastes of Time (coming 2014)

312 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 20 reviews.

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The Pitcher, by William Hazelgrove. (Still 4.99?)

"William Hazelgrove has fashioned a near classic baseball story." -- San Francisco Review of Books

"With tense moments, unexpected twists, and a few humorous and joyful reprieves, Hazelgrove's writing reflects the dramatic arc of a baseball game." -- Junior Library Guild

A boy with a golden arm, but no money for lessons. A mother who wants to give her son his dream before she dies. A broken down World Series pitcher who cannot go on after the death of his wife. These are the elements of The Pitcher. A story of a man at the end of his dream and a boy whose dream is to make his high school baseball team. In the tradition of The Natural and The Field of Dreams, this is a mythic story about how a man and a boy meet in the crossroads of their life and find a way to go on. You will laugh and you will cry as The Pitcher and Ricky prepare for the ultimate try out of life.

252 pages, with a 4.5-star rating from 82 reviews.

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Death By A HoneyBee 1: Josiah Reynolds Mystery, by Abigail Keam. (Still free?)

"With this we are introduced to a cast of characters and a storyline that, like honey, is sweet and delicious." -- Linda Hinchcliffe, CHEVY CHASE MAGAZINE

The Josiah Reynolds series is not just another formulated cozy mystery series. They are not cozy or fuzzy, but they do try to be humorous and witty. Most times, they succeed. Each novel/novella has a stand-alone mystery, but the stories are also about the continuing life saga of a middle-aged Southern woman as she faces many serious obstacles. Josiah faces the world with sarcastic humor and a number of quirky, oddball friends that can only be found in the Southern town of Lexington, the heart of the Kentucky horse country. Some mysteries end with a bang, some are not solved at all and one ends with a cliff hanger, but they always entertain in the sassy, humorous and suspenseful world as Josiah goes about sleuthing. The Josiah Reynolds Mystery Series is just like fried chicken . . . finger-licking good! Add some sweet tea and a piece of chocolate pecan pie with a scoop of ice-cream and you got yourself some tasty reading.

Description

Josiah Reynolds is a beekeeper trying to stay financially afloat by selling honey at the Farmers' Market. She finds her world turned upside down when a man is found dead in her beeyard, only to discover that the victim is her nemesis.

The police are calling the brutal death murder and Josiah is the number one suspect! Josiah makes the rounds of quirky characters that can only be found in the lush Bluegrass horse country. Fighting an unknown enemy in the glamorous world of Thoroughbreds, oak-cured bourbon and antebellum mansions, Josiah struggles to uncover the truth in a land that keeps its secrets well.

223 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 520 reviews.

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