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The Anatomist's Apprentice by Tessa HarrisThe Anatomist’s Apprentice by Tessa Harris. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

In the first in a stunning new mystery series set in eighteenth-century England, Tessa Harris introduces Dr. Thomas Silkstone, anatomist and pioneering forensic detective. . .
The death of Sir Edward Crick has unleashed a torrent of gossip through the seedy taverns and elegant ballrooms of Oxfordshire. Few mourn the dissolute young man–except his sister, the beautiful Lady Lydia Farrell. When her husband comes under suspicion of murder, she seeks expert help from Dr. Thomas Silkstone, a young anatomist from Philadelphia.

Thomas arrived in England to study under its foremost surgeon, where his unconventional methods only add to his outsider status. Against his better judgment he agrees to examine Sir Edward’s corpse. But it is not only the dead, but also the living, to whom he must apply the keen blade of his intellect. And the deeper the doctor’s investigations go, the greater the risk that he will be consigned to the ranks of the corpses he studies. . .

PW writes “Silkstone’s attraction to Lady Lydia motivates him to go beyond merely identifying the possible poison responsible for the nobleman’s end and to explore the viability of various suspects. He proves a dogged investigator, even after several attempts to warn him off the case. Harris has more than a few tricks up her sleeve, and even veteran armchair puzzle solvers are likely to be surprised. ”

And Library Journal says it’s a smart book that appeals to Sherlock Holmes fans.

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The Runaway Princess by Hester BrowneThe Runaway Princess by Hester Browne. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

If Amy Wilde’s new boyfriend, Leo, treats her like a queen, that’s because he’s secretly a prince himself: Leopold William Victor Wolfsburg of Nirona, the ninth most eligible royal bachelor in the world. Amy soon discovers that dating an heir to a throne has many charms—intimate alfresco dinners, glittering galas, and, for a girl who lives in jeans and wellies, a dazzling new wardrobe with tiaras to match. But there are also drawbacks: imagine the anxiety of meeting your boyfriend’s parents multiplied by a factor of “riding in a private jet,” “staying in a castle,” and “discussing the line of succession over lunch.” Not to mention the sudden press interest in your very un-royal family. When an unexpected turn of events pushes Leo closer to the throne, the Wolfsburgs decide to step up Amy’s transformation from down-to-earth gardener to perfectly polished princess-in-waiting. Amy would do anything for Leo, but is finding her Prince Charming worth the price of losing herself?

Shelf Awareness says “Browne manages to make all of these relationships completely believable, and downright funny sometimes, in spite of the farfetched fairytale plot. Amy’s anguished internal monologue as she tries to find her own happily-ever-after will keep the reader chuckling.”

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So Pretty It Hurts (Bailey Weggins Mysteries) by Kate WhiteSo Pretty It Hurts by Kate White. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

At long last, the New York Times bestselling author of The Sixes and the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan brings back the sassy crime writer turned amateur sleuth Bailey Weggins in an addictive story involving the mysterious death of a supermodel.

Bailey Weggins, the Manhattan-based thirtysomething true-crime journalist, is in a good place. She’s enjoying her regular gig at Buzz, a leading celebrity magazine, getting freelance work, and hoping her first book will garner attention. In the love department, she’s finally back in the game with her recently-turned-exclusive boyfriend, Beau Regan. When Beau heads out of town one early December weekend, Bailey accepts an invitation from her office friend Jessie to a music mogul’s house in the country, hoping for a fun, relaxing getaway. But a weird tension settles over the houseguests—a glamorous crowd that includes the famously thin supermodel Devon Barr. An impending snowstorm only adds to the unease. So when Devon’s lifeless body is found in her bed, Bailey immediately suspects foul play: she can’t stop thinking of the day before, when a frightened Devon shivered in the woods and pleaded, “I have to get out of here. . . . It’s not safe for me.” When Bailey starts to nose around, she finds herself a moving target—running closer to the truth and straight into danger. With her trademark irreverent wit, Bailey is a heroine who keeps us laughing while on the edge of our seats. New and longtime fans alike will devour this eagerly awaited mystery.

PW says ” While the prose can be more kitsch than clever in this fast-paced, insider look at the seedy underworld of fame, series fans and readers who love tabloid drama will be enthralled. ”

The description doesn’t really match the cover which seems to suggest a darker novel.

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Hell's Knights by Bella JewelHell’s Knights by Bella Jewel. $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Sex. Who really knows sex? I mean, we’ve all had sex, great sex even but when you get down to the details, how many of us actually see sex for the raw, primal act that it is?
I thought I knew sex. I’ve had sex. Heck, I’ve felt lust. Once, I’ve even felt love. I thought I knew exactly what sex was.

Until I met Cade.

He’s the meaning of sex.

He’s a biker.

He’s dangerous.

He’s powerful.

He’s dominant.

He wants me.

My world is about to change, for the better? I don’t know. But here’s my story, I hope you’re ready for it because it’s not the beautiful, heart wrenching story most people have to tell. It’s passionate, forbidden, morally incorrect and downright, fucking beautiful.

I tried this and couldn’t get into it. There was a mix of writing issues and grammatical issues. Not sure if those have been fixed.

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Lynne Connolly
    Dec 17, 2013 @ 14:51:54

    That first one looks interesting! time to go a-shopping!

  2. AlexaB
    Dec 17, 2013 @ 15:50:27

    I LOVED “The Runaway Princess.” It’s more emotional and affecting than the description would have you believe. Very likable characters.

    I used to be a fan of Kate White’s Baily Weggins series, but “So Pretty It Hurts” didn’t do it for me. Rather perfunctory, all the way around.

    SOLD! One copy of “The Anatomist’s Apprentice.” Thanks for the heads-up!

  3. Carolyne
    Dec 17, 2013 @ 17:07:06

    SOLD! Another copy of The Anatomist’s Apprentice. It’s like it was written just for me.

    Oh, wait, apparently it sounds so familiar because I already bought it last year. But did I read it? Oh my. Time to go digging through my TBRs.

  4. etv13
    Dec 17, 2013 @ 18:31:31

    Is the Anatomist’s Apprentice good enough to get me over the hurdle of Sir Edward having a sister called Lady Lydia? (I can imagine ways it’s possible for Sir Somebody to have a sister with a courtesy title, but given the plot summary, it seems unlikely Sir Edward is the younger son of an earl who got himself knighted.)

  5. DS
    Dec 17, 2013 @ 21:05:42

    “Sir Edward” is a problem with the cover copy. In the text he’s actually “the Right Honorable The Earl Crick”.

    I enjoyed the book but I would just mention that it is very graphic about decay. I listened to it in the car and I’m not sure if having it read aloud made it worse or better when it came to disgusting 18th century scenes.

    There’s a sequel but I haven’t got around to finishing it yet and I’ve had it for about 3 months. The sequel’s based on the story of the Irish Giant, Charles Byrne.

    I’ve also read So Pretty It Hurts which is pretty much a typical Bailey Weggins novel. White does a pretty good job of balancing murder and fashion– not cozy, at times grotesque.

  6. Janine
    Dec 17, 2013 @ 21:35:35

    The basic kindle is just $49 right now.

    “Today only” according to Amazon.

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