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The Vault Ruth RendellThe Vault by Ruth Rendell. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

From “the reigning queen of crime fiction” (Time Out), a sequel to A Sight for Sore Eyes, one of Rendell’s most beloved novels—featuring the retired Inspector Wexford.

In the stunning climax to Rendell’s classic A Sight for Sore Eyes, three bodies—two dead, one living—are entombed in an underground chamber beneath a picturesque London house. Twelve years later, when a manhole cover is pulled back, the house’s new owner makes a grisly discovery. Only now, the number of bodies is four. How did somebody else end up in the chamber? And who knew of its existence?

With their own detectives at an impasse, police call on former Chief Inspector Wexford, now retired and living with his wife in London, to advise them on the unsolved murders. Wexford, missing the thrill of a good case, jumps at the chance to sleuth again. His dogged detective skills and knack for figuring out the criminal mind take him to London neighborhoods, posh and poor, as he follows a complex criminal trail back to the original murders.

But just as Wexford’s case gets hot, a devastating family tragedy pulls Wexford back to Kingsmarkham, and for the first time in his life, Wexford finds himself transforming from investigator into victim. Masterfully plotted, The Vault will satisfy both longtime Wexford fans and new Rendell readers.

The cover is very atmospheric. One review says “I wouldn’t recommend this book for survivors of intimate partner violence because Inspector Wexford engages in some *nasty* victim-blaming.”

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Collision      by Jeff AbbottCollision by Jeff Abbott. $ 2.99

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From New York Times bestselling author Jeff Abbott… Ben Forsberg is a successful corporate consultant who is mourning the murder of his new bride. Pilgrim is a former CIA agent who is weary from the long years of living in the shadows. When Ben’s business card turns up in the pocket of a dead hit man, Ben and Pilgrim, two complete strangers, realize that they’ve been framed in an elaborate setup.

Unsure who to trust–and pursued by a brutal and vengeful killer–the unlikely partners have no choice but to work together to discover who’s targeted them for elimination–and why. But with everything at stake, Ben has no idea that Pilgrim is harboring some shocking secrets of his own–secrets that will soon force Ben to confront the blurred line between best friends and bitter enemies.

Optioned for film, the reviews indicate that this is a fast paced action thriller in the vein of Lee Childs.  While the plot is twisty, the story is formulaic.

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What Price Paradise      by     Katherine AllredWhat Price Paradise by Katherine Allred. $ 1.49

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All his life Tate McCullom has been taught to be responsible, and he is the very model of what a respectable man should be. Until the night he gets drunk and sleeps with a woman he barely knows.

Now, six weeks later, she’s pregnant, alone, and broke. Once again, Tate must take responsibility for his actions, and makes plans to marry his child’s mother. There’s only one problem…he has to tell his fiancée.

Abby Grayson hasn’t had an easy life. As the daughter of the town whore, people either avoid her or think she’s like her mother. For Abby, it’s a struggle just to fill her belly and keep a roof over her head.

Loneliness and a secret yearning for this man she thought she’d never have led her to spend the night with Tate. But the last thing she needs is a baby when she can barely take care of herself. Desperate, but too proud to ask for help, she finally agrees to accept a job from Tate ? the job of being his wife. Now she has almost everything she’s ever dreamed of.

Unfortunately, only one thing will gain her Tate’s love – his realization that the night he spent with her was no drunken accident. It was a last-ditch attempt to win the woman he really wanted.

Allred is known for emotionally touching stories similar to Deborah Smith (some say too similar). One review said that it was only the sample but I purchased the book and it appears to be full length. This is the Blush line so it is kisses only. No explicit love scenes.

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2940013215849_p0_v1_s260x420Dancing on Coals by Ellen O’Connell. $ 2.99.

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After escaping robbers intent on murder, Katherine Grant says, “I jumped from the frying pan into the fire. Before long I’ll be dancing on the coals.” The highwaymen were the frying pan; the handsome young Apache who saved her from them was the fire; and the coals? Gaetan.

Rage against the enemies of his people has consumed Gaetan from boyhood. The only use he ever found for any white was to test the sharpness of his knife. Forced by his brother to endure Katherine’s company, Gaetan tries to deny what he sees – the white woman has a man’s temper and a lion’s courage. She has an Apache heart.

In spite of hate, distrust and fear, surviving in the rugged country of southern Arizona and northern Mexico forges a strange bond between Katherine and Gaetan. When the bond turns to love, can they admit it? Can they bear the consequences?

Sensuality warm. 92,000 words.

Robin reviewed Ellen O’Connell’s “Eyes of Silver, Eyes of Gold” and said that despite problems O’Connell was a compelling writer.

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She 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

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