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Posted on Jun 15, 2012, 6:33:46 PM PDT
Biker Babs says:
Entangled (A Fredrickson Winery Novel)
One lost summer is time best left forgotten...

When Minneapolis attorney, Billie Fredrickson, inherits her uncle's small California winery, she has no intention of actually moving to the west coast and starting a new life. Her only thought is to get it off her hands as quickly as possible. But her return to the winery after an absence of twenty years opens up more than the reading of her uncle's will. Childhood memories, long-buried, begin to surface, prompting questions that no one is able or willing to answer.

A late night prowler, a break-in at the winery, and an unearthed box of shocking photographs is someone's way of pulling the welcome mat out from under Billie's feet, but it only makes her dig her heels in deeper.

Secrets lie buried beneath Fredrickson Winery's innocent facade and Billie intends to get to the root. But disturbing the past lays bare the skeletons of others, including her mother's. Can she live with the consequences of full disclosure or will she run home where everyone is Minnesota nice?
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Crushed (A Fredrickson Winery Novel) $3.99

Creating the perfect wine can sometimes be murder...

When Adam Fredrickson shows up at his sister's California winery, footloose and carefree, looking for a temporary job and a chance to play his music, he doesn't expect to find the winery struggling financially, or that the girl next door might just be the girl of his dreams.
Margaret Parker, a single mom, newly hired as chief winemaker at Fredrickson's, finds her simple world put to the test when her father is unexpectedly released from prison, and the man who got her pregnant at fifteen, shows up from Italy wanting to play daddy nine years too late.
It's crush time at Fredrickson Winery and everyone is working feverishly to get the grapes in and ensure a great vintage. No one expects murder to be part of the joyous harvest season.

Posted on Jun 16, 2012, 8:28:06 AM PDT
Spin a Wicked Web (A Home Crafting Mystery) by Cricket McRae
and
Dutch Me Deadly (A Passport to Peril Mystery) by Maddie Hunter
are available for $1.99 each at this time.

Posted on Jun 16, 2012, 12:54:44 PM PDT
George Gently Omnibus (Books 1-4) by Alan Hunter is currently available for $9.79. This looks like a good deal.

Posted on Jun 16, 2012, 5:40:09 PM PDT
Susanna and the Spy by Anna Elliott is free again today.

Posted on Jun 18, 2012, 12:12:07 PM PDT
book reader says:
Bumping post.

EEK <<Does that make me a spammer?>>

Posted on Jun 19, 2012, 9:50:27 AM PDT
Mrs. McGillocotty Finds A Body

.99

Some of the neighbors believe Mrs. McGillicotty is a little addlepated.

Mrs. Elva McGillocotty and her sister are finding dead men
in their boarding house and for the life of them they can't figure out why.

They are determined to dispose of these bodies before the Constable finds out.

But who is the killer?

Let's just say you will love the boarders.

PG-13. No sex, some mild language

Posted on Jun 19, 2012, 5:54:16 PM PDT
Just got Mrs. McGillocotty Finds A Body by Miss Emily Pickle. Looks like fun to me.

Posted on Jun 19, 2012, 6:08:59 PM PDT
Death of the Couch Potato's Wife: A Suburban Suspense, Women Sleuths, Cozy Murder Mystery by Christy Barritt is free this evening.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 19, 2012, 6:23:27 PM PDT
Darn it, Michigan Rural Reader - I started out earlier today trying to find this thread so I could post the Couch Potato book. Wanted to say thank you because I've been following your posts for a while but haven't contributed anything. Anyway, I couldn't find it and then got side-tracked - will start subscribing and hope to be a better participant in the future. :)

Anyway, despite all that, many thanks to you and all the other posters here.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 19, 2012, 6:24:07 PM PDT
Picked up Mrs McGillocotty too...can never resist the word addlepated.

Posted on Jun 19, 2012, 7:07:48 PM PDT
Thanks for the oportunity to post. And, my sincere thanks to all the Kindlers who've bought my books.

CleanReadingMimi.com says: this is a great read for mystery buffs! The author is really good at weaving the story and setting up the characters so you care deeply about each one of them. I love this series! Just so you know, if you are an Amazon Prime customer and a kindle owner, you can borrow this book for free!

Readmedeadly.com says about this series, "For nature lovers, Annis Ward Jackson's Rachel Myers semi-cozy novellas, set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Appalachia, can be as addictive as popcorn. The author clearly knows and loves this haunted, story-soaked country; and sometimes touches - lightly and deftly - on the many environmental issues that plague the area."

Some reader comments on this series:
* "The descriptions of the scenery and mountains are wonderful!"
* "Murder mysteries are not my usual reading choice but Annis Ward Jackson could make me a convert!"
* "I am really enjoying this series and I highly recommend these books. The only thing that makes me happy when I finish a book is the knowledge that the next in the series awaits me!"
* "I love the descriptions of the horses and trail rides in your books as well as the gardening. My father is from West VA. I am a nurse. . .and that all just makes me love your books all the more. Your characters are wonderful!!! Thanks for such great books!"

#1 Blind Malice (Rachel Myers Murder Mysteries) Rachel, returning to her birthplace to bury her blind father and arrange for the running of his farm, discovers that he may have been murdered in a particularly cruel but unprovable way and that his financial affairs are in severe disarray. She and Isaac, her father's octogenarian friend and farmhand, set out to find the killer and save the farm from salivating creditors. Old grudges and new money cast long shadows in these lovely mountains

#2 Blue Ridge Parkway Plunge (Rachel Myers Murder Mysteries) In the middle of settling in after moving from Arizona back to Sheppard County in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina where she was born, Rachel's late father's best friend since before she was born entreats her to investigate the death of an elderly friend who was found at the foot of a cliff on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and which has been ruled accident or suicide.

#3 Christmas Tree Wars (Rachel Myers Murder Mysteries) Christmas trees are a big industry in the Appalachians. How far would a grower go to put his competition out of business? Myers' garden designer friend is missing, his wallet and cell phone are found in a field of dead Christmas trees, and she feels compelled to find him.

#4 The New River Blues (Rachel Myers Murder Mystery Series) Myers' friend, Aubrey Royce, concert violinist and naturalist, had made his life's ambition to protect his beloved New River. Now he lies waterlogged on its bank while she looks on in horror. Rachel butts heads with a chief deputy who takes exception to a private citizen who is also female becoming involved in the search for the killer.

#5 Appalachian Trail Mix (Rachel Myers Murder Mysteries) Robby Barnett has taken a job half way across the country and Rachel Myers must deal with the empty space he left behind. Will he ever return? Hiking the Appalachian Trail, Myers discovers the mutilated body of a high school girl. There is no shortage of suspects but the killer may be closer than Rachel thinks.

#6 Mountain Mourning (Rachel Myers Murder Mysteries) In an effort to accommodate a friend who has just died under questionable circumstances, Rachel must go back thirty years to what may not even have been a murder. She learns how immutable the green-eyed monster can be and the violence it can spawn, even after three decades.

#7 High Country Coverup (Rachel Myers Murder Mystery Series) Myers ucovers corruption at the highest level of law enforcement when she learns that an innocent man has been tried and convicted, and sits in jail waiting to be sentenced.

#8 Mahogany Rock Falls: Satan's Casket (Rachel Myers Murder Mysteries) The chief of staff of Sheppard County Memorial Hospital has been found dead at the foot of a waterfall on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Myers is asked to find a nurse who went missing at the same time. Will the nurse be implicated?

#9 Brown Mountain Breakdown (Rachel Myers Murder Mysteries) Rachel's friend, a young deputy sheriff, has committed suicide but Myers and Detective Robby Barnett find inexplicable discrepancies that they cannot bring themselves to ignore. While trying to learn what drove their young friend to kill himself, they come up against the late deputy's lover, a woman well-schooled in the art of murder.

New on Kindle - #10 Highland Games (Rachel Myers Murder Mysteries) The amateur sleuth is weary from overseeing a new wing being added to the retirement center where she is administrator. And she hasn't been sleeping well. Then her attention is diverted by a more chilling problem -- her inexplicable forgetfulness! Is it a case of exhaustion or is she threatened by someone from her past? Detective Robert "Robby" Burnett moves in to help Myers sort out the problem and identify the culprit before the plot takes a more violent turn!

$2.99 each, only on Kindle

Posted on Jun 20, 2012, 5:38:42 AM PDT
Cindy V says:
Free today, June Wednesday June 20:

Earthly Delights: Corinna Chapman #1

Deadly Nightshade (A Martha's Vineyard Mystery Book 1)

Posted on Jun 20, 2012, 10:06:42 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 20, 2012, 10:24:16 AM PDT
@ Miss Mitford and Cindy V.
I owe a big thank you to both of you for all the great deals I've learned about from your posts on the other threads and especially to you Miss Mitford for explaining to me how to post a link in the first place. ( I'm assuming that was you under a slightly different name). i've become familiar with your kindness and am very grateful.

ET correct spelling. Talk about addlepated.

Posted on Jun 20, 2012, 1:14:09 PM PDT
Cindy V says:
Mich. Rural Reader, you are welcome. Cozy mysteries are my favorite type of fun reading, and I've found some goodies on this thread. (BTW, I am a Michigan rural reader too.)

Posted on Jun 20, 2012, 3:47:14 PM PDT
Hi to both MRR and Cindy V - and many thanks for your posts. I like both the cozies and the police procedurals...I usually only stay away from the more grizzly, gore, thriller types. Yes, I did change my username slightly - after being called "bloke" and similar things a couple of times, thought I'd at least make it clear I'm female... ;)

BTW, in case you haven't seen yet, there's another good deal today - Donna Leon's most recent, Beastly Things, has been reduced to $1.99 (it's a price match to a special that Google Play is having, so may only be today.)

Beastly Things: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery (Commissario Guido Brunetti Mysteries)

Posted on Jun 20, 2012, 3:52:25 PM PDT
To be fair, I prob should post an indie author recommendation too. This is more of a straightforward PI story, about a Polish immigrant in London who helps out a priest in the community to help find a missing woman. He also gets caught up in present day politics in Poland, with flashbacks to his involvement in the Solidarity uprisings. It's a little harder-edged than a cozy, but very well-written.

Where the Devil Can't Go

Posted on Jun 20, 2012, 3:55:24 PM PDT
Cindy V says:
Miss Mitford, I like police procedurals too, as long as they are not overly descriptive when it comes to the crimes. I also avoid serial killers and any books dealing with crimes that involve children.

Posted on Jun 20, 2012, 4:15:46 PM PDT
Miss Mitford, Thanks for the heads-up on Beastly Things and the one from Anya Lipska. I've actually been eyeing that one up for a while. I also enjoy police procedurals as long as they are not overly graphic.

Cindy V, my SO's daughter is also a Cindy V. Its a small world.

Posted on Jun 21, 2012, 9:08:39 AM PDT
I'm the same when it comes to avoiding the gory books/sections - worst case I just fast forward through the pages...

It's interesting to see people's definition of "cozy" mysteries - before I started taking part in forums or blogs, I always thought of cozies as little old ladies solving crime, preferably in a lovely English village (Hazel Holt's Mrs Malory is my all-time favorite), now I understand it's much broader than that. Although I do think it gets stretched a bit - can't think of a good example right now but am surprised sometimes when a type of book I think of as harder-edged gets described as cozy - sometimes seems like anything that's not police/PI gets lumped together now.

Am working my way through a cold war era thriller series right now, so don't have much new to recommend, but I did see this one on the free list today:
The Ambush of My Name (US Grant mysteries)

TTYL

Posted on Jun 21, 2012, 2:13:13 PM PDT
Free today is Mango Bob by Bill Meyers.

I am not always sure how to catagorize a cozy either. So many fall under the women sleuths or British mystery heading or are actually a little hard boiled to be cozy. I don't think even the authors are all that sure themselves sometimes. When in doubt I usually just take a chance on it anyway.

Posted on Jun 21, 2012, 5:50:27 PM PDT
Jodi Picoult's Plain Truth is now available for $3.99.

Posted on Jun 22, 2012, 5:28:54 AM PDT
Two free choices for today are:

Let Us Prey (Book 1, Gotcha Detective Agency Mysteries) (Gotcha Detective Agency Series)
and
My Particular Friend (A Charlotte House Affair)

Posted on Jun 22, 2012, 6:58:14 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 22, 2012, 7:10:37 AM PDT
Cindy V says:
Most definitons of cozies that I have seen, involve an amateur sleuth, someone whose "real life" has nothing to do with detection. However, I think of cozies more as mysteries that that do not rely on lots of violence, lots of distasteful descriptions, and so forth to tell a story. I do especially like the books that feature amateur detectives, particularly women, but some police procedurals are pretty close to my own idea of a cozy, since the focus in those books is often on the actual work of solving the crime, rather than the crimes themselves. Some books about private investigators also fit my personal definition of a cozy, even though the sleuth is not an amateur. For instance Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot, is a detective, but I would characterize those books as cozies.

Anyhow, to get back to the point of my post, here are a couple of books that are offered free today. Both have been offered before so you may have read them already.

Madeline Mann (The Madeline Mann Mysteries)

Death By A HoneyBee 1 (Josiah Reynolds Mysteries)

Posted on Jun 22, 2012, 7:26:22 AM PDT
Only fifty pages long and listed under humor is this collection of short stories from Mary Wimborne: The Body in the Shed

@ Cindy V. That is a very good description of a cozy mystery. Sometimes they seem kind of few and far between. I wish more people were writing them today. One of my old favorites is Ngaio Marsh.

Posted on Jun 22, 2012, 7:50:08 AM PDT
Cindy V says:
I like Ngaio March a lot too, and her series detective, Roderick Alleyn is a professional not an amateur. I also like Margery Allingham's Albert Campion stories. Actually I like a lot of the police procedurals set in Britain.
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