Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Tuesday Aug 26)

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Paper Phoenix: A Mystery of San Francisco in the '70s (A Classic Cozy--with Romance!), by Michaela Thompson. (Still free?)

"Michaela does her magic taking you to a wonderful city and meeting a new group of friends with a very suspenseful story. I truly enjoyed another wonderful book from the master of storytelling, Michaela Thompson." -- Amazon reviewer

First comes divorce, then comes murder…

…or at least sweet thoughts of murder. Maggie Longstreet has plenty of them after slimy, ambitious Richard trades her in for a more recent model. She’s so depressed she can barely get out of bed when Larry Hawkins, a seemingly not-at-all depressed acquaintance, commits suicide out of the blue. Suddenly Maggie goes on high alert, remembering something her evil ex said about Larry—something highly suspicious.

And from there, it's just a short segué to a bracing new development:

“When some women get divorced they go back to school, I thought. Some do volunteer work at the hospital, or join communes and learn to birth calves. Some have affairs with inappropriate men. My new interest is burglary. Maggie Longstreet, former wife and mother, past president of the Museum Guild, now starting a career as a second-story woman.”

Fortunately, Maggie isn’t alone in her adventure—a very attractive, much younger man proves a lot more fun than Richard ever was. In fact, the real delight of this witty, sly mystery is seeing Maggie come alive again after a suffocating marriage. Set in the’70s, it has a bit of that Mad Men feel of women on the brink of something big. And completely unexpected.

You know Maggie’s going to be okay when she says: “I’d rather have had one of those cute little guns with a mother-of-pearl handle, but this (diamond pin) would have to do. I concealed it in my hand. At least now I was armed—or pinned.”

183 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 32 reviews.

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Likely Suspects, by G.K. Parks. (Still 0.99?)

"Perhaps my new favorite crime/mystery series! The seriousness of the investigation coupled with the banter between the female lead and her new employer makes for a fresh, interesting story with deep character development. Highly recommended!" -- Amazon reviewer

Leaving the Office of International Operations seemed like a great way to avoid bureaucratic hassles, red-tape, and murderous psychopaths. Unfortunately, things don't always work out the way they should.


Meet Alexis Parker, former OIO operative, currently trying to make a name for herself in the private sector. With a limited job history, the state of the economy, and her own internal struggle concerning her competence as an investigator, Alex is forced to take the only job she is offered.


Enter eccentric, playboy, CEO James Martin. Martin Technologies is a multi-million dollar corporation that James Martin has nurtured from the ground up with his workaholic tendencies. But now that Mr. Martin's life is being threatened, what's a guy to do besides hire an attractive, feisty, former federal agent to be his new security consultant and personal bodyguard.

As Alex attempts to navigate the minefield of potential suspects, she gradually begins to uncover an underlying conspiracy that has been brewing at Martin Technologies for almost half a decade. Anyone could be involved, making all of Martin's closest friends, acquaintances, and employees possible suspects. What starts out as a single death threat quickly morphs into a plot to overtake his entire company. Once the pieces start to fall into place, things begin to explode, both literally and figuratively for Alex, as the physical danger looms ever more menacingly overhead. This outwardly simple case quickly becomes something neither Alex nor Martin ever imagined as the situation continues to escalate rapidly out of control. It will take all of Alex's training and instincts to be able to track down the criminal mastermind and stop the assassination plot before it's too late.

Likely Suspects is a witty page-turner, containing sharp dialogue, three-dimensional characters, and nonstop action that will keep readers intrigued until the very end.

321 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 20 reviews.

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Finding Home, by Jackie Weger. (Still 2.99?)

"This wasn't just a great love story, with characters you get to know so well and feel so much for, it was an amazing work of art. I was thoroughly impressed by the authors ability to really convey the realism with her use of language. It takes a lot to impress me with writing, and I must say, this is one of the best!! Very original and had me hooked pretty quick! Five stars all the way. " -- Amazon reviewer

Twenty-four year old Phoebe Hawley is on a quest to find her family a home. On the road with two siblings, twelve year-old Maydean and five year-old Willie-Boy, Phoebe is out of money, out of gas and out of patience. Now the only things she owns in abundance are Hawley backbone and Hawley pride--neither of which she can trade for food or gas.

A collision with Gage Morgan puts Phoebe's mission in even worse jeopardy--until Phoebe discovers Gage Morgan owns the perfect place for the Hawley clan. But! Gage Morgan has a bruised ego, a tight fist on his land and an iron fist on his heart and is the unlikeliest man in the universe to succumb to her schemes. Phoebe wields all of the pride, backbone and country smarts she owns to claim his home, plow his land and pilfer his heart. Nothing works. With time running against her family, she plies one last inducement—her scarce feminine wiles…Will it be enough?

296 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 275 reviews.

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Fresh Doubt (Ingrid Skyberg FBI Thrillers - Book 1), by Eva Hudson. (Still free?)

"This kept me interested from the beginning to the end, although it felt it's ending was rushed somewhat, but if you like crime thrillers this books for you. The characters are well written and bring you into the story easily. I'm already reading the second book, Kill Plan, so far it has been just as promising. Great job." -- Amazon reviewer

A story of lies, secrets and deadly mind games
Brilliant American psychology student Madison Faber is in police custody - a potential murder suspect. Two hours ago she found her roommate lying in a pool of blood.

Special Agent Ingrid Skyberg is assigned to investigate the case on behalf of the US embassy. Tasked with supporting a terrified Madison Faber and uncovering the truth behind her friend's death, Ingrid quickly discovers a sinister extremist group operating out of Faber's London college.

Up against the obstructive attitude of the Metropolitan Police and defying the wishes of the embassy, Ingrid must navigate through a minefield of fear and mistrust to discover the killer's true identity. But in order to ensure justice is served, she is forced to operate so far beyond the law that she may never get back again.

366 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 104 reviews.

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