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n a Dry Season (Inspector Banks Novels) by Peter RobinsonIn a Dry Season (Inspector Banks Novels) by Peter Robinson. $ 1.99

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In the blistering, dry summer, the waters of Thornfield Reservior have been depleted, revealing the ruins of the small Yorkshire village that lay at its bottom, bringing with it the unidentified bones of a brutally murdered young woman. Detective Chief Inspector Banks faces a daunting challenge: he must unmask a killer who has escaped detection for half a century. Because the dark secret of Hobb’s End continue to haunt the dedicated policeman even though the town that bred then has died—and long after its former residents have been scattered to far places . . . or themselves to the grave.

From an acknowledged master writing at the peak of his storytelling powers comes a powerful, insightful, evocative, and searingly suspenseful novel of past crimes and present evil.

The negative reviews say that the unique way that the cold case was solved didn’t quite make up for the dryness. Another one said “very British.”

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Knave's Wager by Loretta ChaseKnave’s Wager by Loretta Chase. $ 2.99

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“Live the romance. Read Loretta Chase” — Christina Dodd

The traditional English Regency from New York Times bestselling author, Loretta Chase, is back…

Lilith Davenant, has ample reason to detest Julian Wyndhurst, Marquess of Brandon: he’s exactly the kind of man who hastened the demise of her profligate husband, and the debt he owed to Julian has forced her to an engagement with a wealthy suitor for the sake of supporting her beloved nieces and nephews. Besides that, Lord Julian somehow manages to ignite disturbing… feelings … she’s never felt before!

Lord Julian used his considerable skills and cunning in the war against Napoleon. Now he’s obliged to use the same talents to save his young cousin from a disastrous marriage to a scheming mistress — who makes him a wager: If Julian can seduce the famously icy Lady Lilith Davenant, the lady will release his cousin from the engagement.

But very quickly, Julian discovers Lilith’s hidden warmth, kindness and humor. Will he be able to prove his heart to her before she learns of his recklessly shameless wager?

Okay, so you can get the paperback with the Sandalwood Princess and Knave’s Wager for $1.99 but if you want a digital copy of your Loretta Chase library, Knave’s Wager is on sale. So is Viscount Vagabond, The Sandalwood Princess, The Devil’s Delilah, and the English Witch.

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Delirium (Delirium Series #1) by Lauren OliverDelirium (Delirium Series #1) by Lauren Oliver. $ 2.99

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Love. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don’t.
In Lauren Oliver’s stunning second novel, love has been declared a dangerous disease, and the government forces everyone who reaches eighteen to have a procedure called the cure. Lena Haloway is very much looking forward to being cured and living a safe, predictable life. But then she meets enigmatic Alex, who lives under the government’s radar. What will happen if they do the unthinkable and fall in love?

Lauren Oliver follows up her incandescent debut, the New York Times bestseller Before I Fall, with this extraordinary novel about a high-stakes romance set in a dystopian United States. Delirium presents a world as terrifying as The Hunger Games and a romance as true as Romeo and Juliet.

Delirium received starred reviews from Kirkus and School Library Journal, and was named a Best Book of the Year by USA Today, Kirkus,, YALSA, and the Chicago Public Library and was selected as one of NPR’s Top 100 Best Ever Teen Novels.

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Only Time Will Tell (Clifton Chronicles Series #1) by Jeffrey ArcherOnly Time Will Tell by Jeffrey Archer. $ 1.99.

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From the internationally bestselling author of Kane and Abel and A Prisoner of Birth comes Only Time Will Tell, the first in an ambitious new series that tells the story of one family across generations, across oceans, from heartbreak to triumph.

The epic tale of Harry Clifton’s life begins in 1920, with the words “I was told that my father was killed in the war.” A dock worker in Bristol, Harry never knew his father, but he learns about life on the docks from his uncle, who expects Harry to join him at the shipyard once he’s left school. But then an unexpected gift wins him a scholarship to an exclusive boys’ school, and his life will never be the same again.

As he enters into adulthood, Harry finally learns how his father really died, but the awful truth only leads him to question, was he even his father? Is he the son of Arthur Clifton, a stevedore who spent his whole life on the docks, or the firstborn son of a scion of West Country society, whose family owns a shipping line?

This introductory novel in Archer’s ambitious series The Clifton Chronicles includes a cast of colorful characters and takes us from the ravages of the Great War to the outbreak of the Second World War, when Harry must decide whether to take up a place at Oxford or join the navy and go to war with Hitler’s Germany. From the docks of working-class England to the bustling streets of 1940 New York City, Only Time Will Tell takes readers on a journey through to future volumes, which will bring to life one hundred years of recent history to reveal a family story that neither the reader nor Harry Clifton himself could ever have imagined.

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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. Liz Mc2
    Feb 26, 2014 @ 16:34:58

    I really like Robinson’s Inspector Banks series (although I burned out a few books ago–15 books is plenty for me with any characters!). And I thought this book was about where it went from “good British-style police procedural” to “stand-out.” But it is a mid-series book, and character relationships grow and develop a lot over the books. So while it could stand alone, people who need to read in order shouldn’t start here. I did not find it dry, except thematically. Reginald Hill has an even better mystery (well into the Dalziel/Pascoe series) inspired by the 1995 Yorkshire drought, ON BEULAH HEIGHT. Obviously the drought got some imaginations going.

    And I loved KNAVE’S WAGER. A great, witty traditional Regency with an interesting twist on the “bet I can seduce her” trope.

  2. Susan
    Feb 26, 2014 @ 16:39:24

    A long time ago, I worked for a utility that (purposely) flooded towns when they created a series of dams. Decades later, some of the towns were uncovered again when the water levels were temporarily drawn down (for maintenance, I think). The people who’d once lived there were eager to see what remained after all that time. I was utterly fascinated and thought it would be a great setting for a mystery, so I was delighted when Robinson’s book came out. Here it was! Sadly, even tho I generally like the Banks series, I was let down by this book. I’m sorta glad to see it wasn’t just me having unrealistic expectations. IMO, Amanda Stevens did a much better job with the sunken town idea in The Kingdom (part of her Graveyard Queen series), even if hers did remain underwater.

  3. SAO
    Feb 27, 2014 @ 00:45:08

    Knave’s Wager is one of Chase’s best. It’s one of the first I read and I’ve often been a bit disappointed since.

  4. Nicole
    Feb 27, 2014 @ 06:31:06

    I read one Inspector Banks novel and the plot was OK but I found the writing rather plodding, to the point where my irritation totally distracted me from the story. I can’t remember what it was called; maybe it was an early book and he got better?

  5. Jane Lovering
    Feb 27, 2014 @ 07:08:08

    I’ve read a few of the inspector Banks books (they’re a TV series now too) because they’re set near where I live in rural Yorkshire. I don’t know how ‘British’ they are (I’m British, so I can’t tell) but I do find them a bit lacking in the ‘characterisation’. The actual crime and solving part is fine, but I think Robinson tends to build character by listing – which I’ve always thought is quite a ‘male writer’ attribute; the character drinks x brand whisky, listens to y jazz music and wears w clothes.

  6. Janine
    Feb 27, 2014 @ 12:07:57

    Knave’s Wager is terrific, I agree. I have a review here.

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