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Initial post: Sep 14, 2012 12:46:36 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 14, 2012 12:46:58 AM PDT
Cphe says:
Hi Everyone - there is already a thread dedicated to the wonderful Poisoned Pen Press here on the KBF.

So this thread is for readers who have come across other "free" or bargain ebooks and want to share with other like minded souls.

It is a place to discuss wonderful mystery books that you have found and want to share, or you may have come across a publishing house that has bargain mystery books.

Please post your recommendations. I know there are other readers like me who hate to miss out on a bargain and you might find something that you didn't know about.

Please feel free to post the gems that you have found. Stop in and have a coffee and a chat.

But please no self promotion.

Posted on Sep 14, 2012 5:00:44 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 14, 2012 5:01:06 AM PDT
In2books says:
Ghost Hall (The Ghost Files #4)
12 DAYS (Detective Jim Jovian Mystery)
Sloane Monroe Series Boxed Set (Books 1-3)
The Moses Legacy (Daniel Klein mysteries)

I haven't read any of them so I can't comment on how good they are,
just some I found this morning.

Posted on Sep 14, 2012 10:20:57 AM PDT
Miss M says:
Just popping in for a quick wave, Cphe, and thanks for starting the thread. Back later today when I have a little more time...

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 14, 2012 3:52:38 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 14, 2012 3:54:59 PM PDT
Cphe says:
Thanks and welcome In2books
I have put the Sloane book on by TBR pile.
Unfortunately the Moses Leacy isn't available to my region as yet - don't you hate it when that happens?

Posted on Sep 14, 2012 4:13:39 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 14, 2012 4:19:02 PM PDT
Sires says:
This is total mess but I'll try to explain it. I love Phil Rickman's Merrily Watkins mysteries. Phil Rickman is a British author who lives on the Welsh border. His mysteries straddle the line between horror and mystery, some more on one side than the other, but they are elegantly written and more scarey than blood spattered. He depends a lot on local lore and characters.

Merrily Watkins is a female vicar who comes to Lewardine with her young daughter to take over the living there. The first book is Wine of Angels (Merrily Watkins 1) and it's not available on Kindle. The second book though, Midwinter of the Spirit (Merrily Watkins 2) is available on Kindle and on Audible. The Kindle book is a reasonable $5.61. In this book Merrily is reluctantly appointed to the position of Diocesan exorcist or (more politically correct) deliverance minister. This book is followed by ten more books. Three of them for some reason aren't available on Kindle.

The ones that are available range in price from $4.25 to $5.99 except for To Dream of the Dead which is $8.50.

One recurring character in the series is Lol Robinson, a musician who had some success as a very young man with a group called Hazey Jane, but his career was cut short by scandal which was followed by trying to cope with depression and rejection by his parents who had joined a overzealous christian group. There's lots of references to Nick Drake in the earlier books.

Rickman has produced three CDs, two of which are available on Amazon as MP3 downloads which are supposedly the ones mentioned in the series as done by Lol Robinson and Hazey Jane II. Songs From Lucy's Cottage and A Message From The Morning. I just found these were available today when I started to type this up and did some searching on Amazon. I bought them both, they are folky and I'm enjoying listening to them. The third one (not yet available on Amazon in the US) contains songs referenced in his latest Merrily Watkins mystery (which is not available on Kindle in the US, but has just appeared an Audible) Secrets of Pain (Merrily Watkins 11).

There's definitely some supernatural aspects of the books. Rickman treats all of his characters' religious beliefs with sensitivity, whether Christian, Pagan, or Other but doesn't hesitate to skewer the ridiculous, pompous and venal.

I recommend this series to people who don't mind going outside the cozy zone and like some Mystery with their mystery.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 14, 2012 5:01:39 PM PDT
Those sound really interesting. Can book 1 be skipped, since it's not available for kindle (bummer, that).

Posted on Sep 14, 2012 5:10:39 PM PDT
Good evening all, Thanks for starting this thread Cphe. What kind of coffee am I being offered? I could use a pick me up. For those who like their mysteries a little on the cozy side, free at this time are:

Progressive Dinner Deadly (A Myrtle Clover Mystery) by Elizabeth Spann Craig

Dog River Blues (A Wes Darling Mystery) by Mike Jastrzebski and

The Ghost Orchid Murder (Jillian Bradley Mysteries, No. 2) (The Jillian Bradley Mystery Series) by Nancy Jill Thames.

Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 14, 2012 5:12:54 PM PDT
In2books says:
Thanks. Since I'm in the US I'm lucky enough that most are available, but I understand the frustration. I feel bad for the ones who want the new kindles but can't get them yet. What type of mystery do you prefer?

Posted on Sep 14, 2012 5:16:53 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 14, 2012 5:26:50 PM PDT
Cphe says:
I love all mysterys, but since the "cozy mystery" thread on the MOA, I've been following those recommendations.

Miss M has steered me towards some "beauties"

I really, really enjoyed
The Figurehead An historical mystery in 1840 Aberdeen, very well written.

Meant to also say - That I love the old Mary Stewart mystery. They are like a comfort read to me. I love the exotic locations.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 14, 2012 5:18:13 PM PDT
Cphe says:
@Mayhem - glad you dropped by.
BTW, I very much enjoyed the HH book (Pendragon)

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 14, 2012 5:19:37 PM PDT
Cphe says:
@MRR - the beverage doesn't have to be coffee.

I like the cuppa tea and Tim Tams myself

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 14, 2012 5:20:16 PM PDT
Thanks for this ...the series sounds more than a little interesting, and, though it isn't all on Amazon, or all available to US readers, I'll certainly give it a careful look/hear. (I use TTS exclusively, so that's what I do :).)

Also, this looks like a fun forum!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 14, 2012 5:20:31 PM PDT
Miss M says:
Cphe,
Did you see this historical romance on the free list today? Supposedly it was previously in DTB.
The Rose of York: Love & War - Sandra Worth

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 14, 2012 5:21:34 PM PDT
Cphe says:
@Sires - I've got The Chalice on pre order.
But I intend to look at the series you have put up

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 14, 2012 5:21:41 PM PDT
Miss M says:
Thanks for the Myrtle Clover, MRR, I have a couple of these now; look like a good companion to the Southern Sisters series...

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 14, 2012 5:23:35 PM PDT
Cphe says:
@Miss M - I downloaded it, Thank you

Posted on Sep 14, 2012 5:35:18 PM PDT
Miss M says:
Hope Michigan Rural Reader doesn't mind if I post this - on another thread a couple of days ago, she pointed out there's a new Lady Julia Gray novella coming up for Christmas. I know a lot of us are fans, so will re-post here:

Silent Night: A Lady Julia Christmas Novella

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 14, 2012 5:49:42 PM PDT
Miss M says:
Ugh, don't get me started on US/UK non-availability (though I know Cphe and her fellow-Australians have it much worse, including prices.) Luckily I've had a couple of trips to Germany, and when I switch my regional setting that also gives me access to many UK-published titles. And when push comes to shove, I still pre-order from Book Depository.

So, I do have the first Merrily Watkins on kindle and really enjoyed it (though more for the clerical/cozy/characters aspect than the supernatural which is really not my cup of tea.) Had no idea of Rickman's musical background - am getting the sense he must be an aging rocker of some type, if only a wannabe (?) - I have 'December' (unread) as well, which is about a rock band getting back together. Thank you for the musical info, will check it out.

Another clerical series I would recommend is D.M. Greenwood's Deacon Theodora Braithwaite.
Another series that's only partially kindle-ized - I picked up the rest from a variety of online used sellers.
Looks like these are loanable - if anybody's interested I've got all four on kindle.
Clerical Errors

Posted on Sep 14, 2012 6:55:32 PM PDT
Scamp says:
Thanks for the awesome thread, Cphe. :)

I'll stop back by later. I'm loving these recs already. And I'm getting the Lady Julia novella for sure. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 14, 2012 7:51:12 PM PDT
Cphe says:
I meant to add before,

If anyone should come across any of the Barbara Michaels books (I loved Ammie Come Home) discounted in price could they please let me know?

She is another old mystery/romance author that I used to love.

Posted on Sep 14, 2012 8:17:47 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 15, 2012 7:51:13 AM PDT
luv2read says:
Hello, nice to see a friendly thread devoted to any free or cheap mystery. :-) I'll cross-post from the regular Kindle forum threads.

G.M. Ford - all previously $4.99, currently $2.99
Who In Hell Is Wanda Fuca? (A Leo Waterman Mystery) 1996 finalist for several mystery awards
Cast In Stone (A Leo Waterman Mystery)
The Bum's Rush (A Leo Waterman Mystery)
Slow Burn (A Leo Waterman Mystery)

ETA: current discounted price. Posting too late last night!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2012 5:17:02 AM PDT
Sires says:
I hate that The Wine of Angels isn't available. It sets up a lot of characters and continuing situations, but I think each of the books can stand alone so it could be skipped. No cliffhangers in this series.

Posted on Sep 15, 2012 8:09:26 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2012 8:27:48 AM PDT
Scamp says:
Please delete your self-promo.

The original post that started this thread specifically asked that no self-promo be posted here. In addition, self-promotion is against the Amazon Terms of Service for posting on its forums. The only place you are permitted to post advertisements about your book is the Meet Our Authors forum.

Thank you in advance for deleting your post.

Posted on Sep 15, 2012 9:15:36 AM PDT
Pink Kitty says:
Hi,
the cuppa tea sounds heavenly...I'd like that, please. What a nice thread. I enjoy the PPP one as well. One day I'm gonna find a book to tell you about... =)
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