New selections from Little, Brown & Company, as well as Grand Central Publishing. Expect more sale titles to come in the new few days. Here are the ones that caught my interest:
A Question of Blood (Inspector John Rebus Series #14) by Ian Rankin ($1.99)
When a former soldier and recluse murders two 17-year-old students at a posh Edinburgh boarding school, Inspector John Rebus immediately suspects there is more to the case than meets the eye.
The 14th novel to feature the always compelling (and, as his name suggests, perpetually puzzling) John Rebus begins with what seems to be a uniquely American crime: a madman enters a school and starts shooting, killing two students and wounding a third before turning the gun on himself. But we're in Rankin country-a perpetually damp and morally bankrupt Edinburgh-with Rebus and Siobhan Clarke searching for the real story behind what seems an act of sheer madness. This immensely satisfying police procedural has plenty of forensic science, but Rebus knows that "none of it might make them any the wiser about the only question that mattered....The why." Why did Lee Herdman, a drop-out of the U.K. version of the Special Forces, go on a rampage? Why was James Bell, the son of a self-righteous Scottish M.P., merely wounded? And why are two Army investigators sniffing around the case? A subplot has Rebus himself under suspicion of murder: a minor criminal is found dead, burned in an apartment fire, and Rebus shows up with heavily bandaged hands the next morning. The detectives encounter every stratum of contemporary Scottish society, from angry teenage toughs and petty criminals to the privileged and the powerful. It's a complex narrative, perhaps too much so at times, but the plot is less important than Rebus himself, a brilliantly conceived hero who is all too aware of his own shortcomings. In an essentially amoral society, his moral compass is always pointed steadily towards the truth. (Feb. 9) Forecast: According to the English newspaper The Guardian, Rankin books account for 10% of all crime book sales in the U.K. Already a #1 bestseller in Britain, A Question of Blood is bound to enfold more American readers in the Rankin cult. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Scandal Takes a Holiday (Marcus Didius Falco Series #16) by Lindsey Davis ($2.99)
Ancient Rome's organized crime syndicates have never been more dangerous or more conning than in this latest adventure featuring First Century sleuth Marcus Didius Falco.
The Rome of Vespasian and Titus comes to life in Davis's entertaining 16th entry in her popular ancient historical series (after 2003's The Accuser) featuring "finder" Marcus Didius Falco. The staff of the official government newspaper retains Falco when Diocles, the paper's gossip columnist, disappears while on a visit to Ostia. At the seaport, a cesspool of corruption, Falco follows up on rumors that pirates, supposedly put out of business by Pompey the Great decades earlier, are engaged in smuggling and a kidnapping racket. Utilizing his street smarts and well-earned cynical view of humanity, Falco moves in and out of dives and places of worship on the trail of a mysterious figure who acts as the middleman between the kidnappers and the victims' families. Disturbingly, some of the clues point to one of the detective's disreputable relatives. Longtime fans will enjoy the additional background on Falco's family, but first-timers, aided by a family tree and an introductory cast of characters, will be able to plunge right in. Unlike Steven Saylor in his Roma Sub Rosa series, Davis makes less use of the history of the time. While her deliberately modern colloquialisms ("Go with the flow, man," Falco is told) take a little getting use to, they help maintain the light arch tone that also distinguishes these fun novels from Saylor's more serious tales. Agent, Jane Chelius. (Sept. 23) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Edge of Sight (Guardian Angelinos Series #1) by Roxanne St. Claire ($1.99)
The killer she can't escape . . .
The heartbreak she can't forget . . .
The one man who can stop them both.
When Samantha Fairchild witnesses a murder in the wine cellar of the restaurant where she works, the Harvard-bound law student becomes the next target of a professional assassin. Desperate for protection the authorities won't provide, Sam seeks help from Vivi Angelino, an investigative reporter who recruits her brother, Zach, to protect Samantha. A Special Forces vet with the scars to prove he's equally fearless and flawed, Zach takes the job, despite the fact that he and Sam once shared a lusty interlude that ended when he left for war and disappeared from her life. Now, as they crack a conspiracy that leads to Boston's darkest corners, Sam and Zach must face their fears, desires, and doubts, before a hired killer gets a second shot...
Bestseller St. Claire (The Bullet Catchers) touches off a bold new series with this taut, complex and intelligent page-turner, skillfully blending deep romance with labyrinthine mystery and hard-boiled action. Law student Samantha Fairchild witnesses the brutal murder of a popular newspaper columnist, but the Boston police refuse to protect her. She turns to her old friend, investigative reporter Vivi Angelino, and inadvertently walks right into the path of Vivi's brother Zach, a Special Forces officer who broke her heart when he went off to overseas combat and never wrote or called. As a killer stalks Sam and Zach and a vast conspiracy unfolds around them, the former lovers must confront their mutual attraction and their troubled pasts. Readers will thrill to this dynamic tale and its nonstop action, sweet and sexy romance, lively characters, and celebration of family and forgiveness. (Nov.)
My usual list links:
- Best Nookbook Bargains mostly fiction
- Even more Nookbook Bargains again mostly fiction
- Best Fiction NB Bargains (third list) more fiction
- Best Fiction NB Bargains continued (4th list!) even more fiction!
- Best Nookbook Bargains, continued mostly non-fiction
- Best Nonfiction NB Bargains, continued more non-fiction
- Best NB Bargains (out of print) To get a physical book, you'll have to buy it used...
- Best NB Bargains (indie) Well-rated and cheap ebooks from small presses and indie authors
New list links by category:
- Best Nookbook Bargains (Biography & History 1) history and biography, obviously!
- Best Nookbook Bargains (Business 1 currently no sale titles
- Best Nookbook Bargains (Children's 1) fiction and non-fiction children's books
- Best Nookbook Bargains (Fiction - general interest - 1) general fiction
- Best Nookbook Bargains (Fiction - men's interest - 1) fiction that appeals primarily to men (currently no titles)
- Best Nookbook Bargains (Fiction - women's interest - 1) chick lit, and fiction that appeals primarily to a feminine audience
- Best Nookbook Bargains (Historical Fiction 1) historical fiction sale titles
- Best Nookbook Bargains (Horror 1) horror (sometimes empty, but not currently)
- Best Nookbook Bargains (Mystery & Thrillers 1) my favorite of the bargain lists!
- Best Nookbook Bargains (Nature/Science 1) science, nature, and sports interest
- Best Nookbook Bargains (Religion & Self-Help 1) non-fiction religion and self improvement books
- Best Nookbook Bargains (Religious Fiction 1) adult fiction published by religious presses
- Best Nookbook Bargains (Romance 1) romance (including historical romance, romantic suspense, and sci-fi fantasy-based romances)
- Best Nookbook Bargains (SciFi/Fantasy 1) science fiction or fantasy titles (some with romantic themes but with a predominantly scifi focus)
- Best Nookbook Bargains (Teen 1) fiction (including religious fiction) and non-fiction for young adult and teen audiences
And just a couple special links:
- Best Nookbook Bargains (Kirsty's Picks 1) sale books that I recommend or think are especially noteworthy
- Nookbook Bargains (bundles)this list is a work in progress (they're definitely bundles, but I can't guarantee that all of them are bargains)
My ebook original novel WATERBURY(Do You Know the Killer Beside You?) is available on the Nook as of today! It isn't available anywhere else at the moment, so you'll be the first. Like my other ebooks, it's only 99 cents through autumn. Enjoy!
Who will live and who will die?
A family gathers for Thanksgiving in rural Connecticut, bringing with them confessions, accusations, demands. But suddenly personal agendas become meaningless as the priority shifts to survival. Two burglars break in, believing the house to be empty. In their panic they take the family hostage—and the crime that follows spirals out of control.
Praise for Katia Lief’s novels:
“Your heart will be pounding long after you’ve turned the final page.” –Lisa Gardner
“Brilliant.” –Suspense Magazine
“Suspense at a high level.” --Midwest Book Review
“Exhilarating.” –The Mystery Gazette
“Taut, clean storytelling.” –Publishers Weekly
“Readers will want to read more of this talented writer’s work.” –New York Journal of Books
Consider adding this one to your list, it's been only 99c for quite awhile and has been very very popular with Nook readers the last few months:
Yes, it's mine, but I do guarantee highest literary quality and a uniquely memorable read. I'm basically giving it away (as close as they'll allow anyway), so please don't say I'm promoting my own profit here. I love to provide great fiction to discerning readers. A Life's passion, and that's all. The business part of writing will never be half a squeak compared to my day job, which I'll always need because I'm a Dad.
Best way to describe this title is...a story about a man whom every woman needs on her darkest day, and whom every man becomes in his finest hour.
A great source of bargain books...Thanks again!
B&N has this and several other Philip K. Dick novels for only $3.99. (And these are from a quality publishing house, not like the public domain short stories that keep getting put up by people that have no sense of proofing or editing.)
This doesn't seem to be Agency, so maybe B&N just dropped their regular price. But who knows how long that may last. Grab 'em while you can.
It's a busy time of year, so I haven't had time to update my lists (plus, the way B&N changed the website makes it more difficult to add things to lists)... BUT I just had to mention these. HarperCollins has a number of sale eBooks right now (and St. Martins' Press has beefed up its numbers, too). I was very excited to see a couple of my favorite paranormal teen books on the sale lists -- I read both of these in the past year and highly recommend them:
Delirium: The Special Edition by Lauren Oliver (2011, HarperCollins; currently on sale for $2.99)
Ninety-five days, and then I'll be safe.
I wonder whether the procedure will hurt.
I want to get it over with.
It's hard to be patient.
It's hard not to be afraid while I'm still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn't touched me yet.
Still, I worry.
They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness.
The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't.
Lauren Oliver astonished readers with her stunning debut, Before I Fall. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly called it "raw, emotional, and, at times, beautiful. An end as brave as it is heartbreaking." Her much-awaited second novel fulfills her promise as an exceptionally talented and versatile writer.
Unearthly by Cynthia Hand (2011, HarperCollins; currently on sale for $0.99)
When Clara Gardner learns she's part angel, her entire life changes. She now has a purpose, a specific task she was put on this earth to accomplish, except she doesn't know what it is. Her visions of a raging forest fire and a mysterious boy lead her to a new high school in a new town but provide no clear instruction. As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she'd have to make—between the boy in her vision and the boy in her life, between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. . . . When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?
If you want to check out the HarperCollins teen eBook sale for yourself (there are also some adult historical romances and an occasional mystery or sci-fi title as well), follow this link:
- HarperCollins sale eBooks search check out the great titles on sale now!
HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE
Tomorrow is my birthday so I'm doing my final holiday pitch today for WATERBURY: a holiday crime novel. What do you think of the brand new cover design?
Hope you mystery lovers download your copy today, or give one as a gift. It's only 99 cents!
What Nook readers are saying so far:
This author writes a great mystery. Moves right along. Have read all her books and have love them all
Really great short read for a cold wintery night
Suspenseful to the max
Very good mystery, I love the writing style of this author. [/b][/color]She brings depth to the characters and develops a very realistic storyline that kept me on edge. Loved it.
Great psychological suspense...couldn't put this down
Great book, especially for the holidays!
This really suspenseful thriller revolves around a family at the holidays. The plot builds to a boil in this exciting book.
This is a Pubit book but it's actually been out in print for awhile. I've been waiting for it to be published as an ebook version, so I'm happy to see it here now! It's currently only $3.99. (I'm hoping her newest book in the series, The Faerie Hills will also be available as an ebook in the near future.)
Short Synopsis/Flap Copy
Scotland 1373: Crispinus, the head of Oronsay Priory, is found dead, strangled and battered, his mouth stuffed with sand, in the middle of the tidal strand separating the holy island of Oronsay from the larger island of Colonsay. The Lord of the Isles, overlord of the islands, assigns the task of finding the killer to Muirteach, the Prior’s bastard son.
Since breaking with his father and leaving the monastery, Muirteach has spent his time acting as scribe for his uncle, an island chieftain. Muirteach’s father, a powerful churchman, leaves behind a mistress and several other bastards as well as his embittered eldest son, who is thankful he will never hear the words, “My bastard son, the cripple” again.
As Muirteach seeks to find his father’s murderer he is helped by the physician Fearchar Beaton, and his daughter Mariota. Muirteach himself is suspected of the murder, as are the Prior’s mistress, her family, and the sub-prior. The killer strikes again, His Lordship wants the mystery solved before the Pope and the King in Edinburgh learn of it, and Muirteach himself must come to terms with his own troubled relationship with his father. Muirteach’s investigation submerges him deep into a whirlpool of deceit, long buried sins, and treachery, from which no one emerges unscathed.
Good news: I'm extending the 99 cent price on many of my ebooks! (Not sure how long the sale will last.)
"Nail-biting suspense." (Richard Montanari)
"Mesmerizing." (Lisa Gardner)
"A new force to reckon with in...suspense." (Donna Anders)
"Suspense at a high level." (Midwest Book Review)
"Taut, clean storytelling." (Publishers Weekly)
Excellent thread! Thanks to everyone for contributing!
This is free today! http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/pictures-of-the-mind-miriam-boleyn-fitzgerald/1101910511?ean=9780137054480&itm=1&usri=pictures+of+the+mind. Sorry I have no clue on how to post the picture. Nancy
Everyone knows it's hard to enter high school. But no one knows better than Stanley Hoff. It doesn't help that at night he wants to howl up at the moon. Or that in his vegetarian household, Stanley has a horrible secret that makes it hard to sit down at the dinner table and bless the veggie burgers prepared by his Wiccan mother.
As they say in New England, Stanley Hoff is WICKED HUNGRY.
In fact, he's filled with forbidden cravings. And not for tofu pups. For meat. How much beef jerky, how many Slim Jims can Stanley hide in his room, in his locker at high school?
When a very hairy showdown with a school bully sets in motion a great chain of events that include an invitation to cheerleader Meredith's Halloween party, Stanley has to ask himself some important questions. Can he overcome his shyness and get the girl? Save his family, his community and his diverse group of friends from the growing supernatural threat? All while figuring out how to control the beast within?
The characters in The Tea Series are people you'd like to know and part of a family that welcomes you with open arms. More than 80,000 copies of the books in this series have been sold. You will find that each book in the series is a fast and fun read. Each installment of the series is a hybrid of the traditional novel and the serial novel (each is a full-length novel and leads directly into the next installment.) Each book is just 99 cents.
More of a serial novel than a series, please meet Cara and Teagan O'Flynn.
Three careers, a new guy, and things are only getting more complicated...
More questions than answers, but the pieces are finally coming together, maybe.
Things rarely happen the way you expected, but for Cara, that might be best.
They didn't count on things changing so much while they were gone. One bad guy out of jail, another unaccounted for and just what did their mother do with their boyfriends?
One of Cara's greatest fears seems to be coming true - Teagan has decided to move away and Cara has no idea how she is going to deal with it.
The first four books of the Tea Series discounted to just $3.59I hope you will give them a try. =)Sheila