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Daily Deals: Talking to Strange Men by Ruth Rendell and others

Talking to Strange Men Ruth Rendell Talking to Strange Men by Ruth Rendell. $3.99.

This Open Road Media re-release is a Young Adult story. The blurb sounded intriguing and not at all YA. According to the Library Journal review, it’s a psychological suspense novel told through the first person narrative of the man whose wife is leaving him and how his story intertwines with the spy games of the teens

From Jacket Copy:

A man yearns to win back his wife’s love and wreak vengeance on her lover with the help of a secret ring of spies

Dead drops, coded messages, and a safe house—it’s all make-believe for a teenage spy ring. But when John Creevey intercepts the messages and believes them to be the work of a real crime syndicate, the spy games turn deadly serious in a fiery cocktail of obsession and revenge.

Ruth Rendell expertly layers her narrative to reveal the grotesque truths behind her characters’ ordinary lives.

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Wild Montana Sky Debra Holland Wild Montana Sky by Debra Holland. $.99.

It’s a western I thought Jayne might enjoy. This is an Amazon Montlake title but is uploaded at BN by the author through Smashwords which I thought was very interesting.

From Jacket Copy:

When her brother announces his marriage, Elizabeth Hamilton suddenly becomes unwanted and unwelcome in the only home she’s ever known. To escape the new mistress of the house, Elizabeth accepts the invitation of her best friend to journey to Montana.

The dirt streets and wooden storefronts of Sweetwater Springs and the hardships of ranch living are worlds away from the refinements of Gilded Age Boston, yet Elizabeth is filled with new hope—and buoyed by a wealthy banker’s attentions. Yet it’s cowboy Nick Sanders who slowly awakens her heart and helps her recognize her strengths. And when a deadly influenza epidemic strikes, Elizabeth will fight for those she loves—and the life she’s ready to claim.

A USA Today bestseller and winner of Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Award, Wild Montana Sky is historical romance at its best—a warm, uplifting story of new love and second chances.

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Missing (Secrets of Crittenden County Series #1) by Shelley Shepard Gray Missing with Bonus Material: The Secrets of Crittenden County by Shelley Shepard Gray. $1.99.

This author is well reviewed although her books are very niche. I couldn’t find the same volume at retailers like Kobo and Barnes & Noble but it is a price set by the publisher.

From Jacket Copy:

Can two young people survive the suspicions of their friends and neighbors when tragedy strikes a close-knit Amish community?

For a limited time, enjoy bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray’s new Amish mystery Missing, Book One of The Secrets of Crittenden Country series. Plus, receive excerpts from the next two books, Found and The Search, available this summer.

Perry Borntrager had been missing for months from the quiet Amish community of Crittenden, Kentucky, when his body is discovered at the bottom of an abandoned well. The first death from mysterious circumstances in more than two decades brings the scrutiny of the outside world: A police detective arrives to help the local sheriff with the investigation. His questioning begins with Lydia Plank, Perry’s former girlfriend, and Perry’s best friend, the Englischer Walker Anderson.

AmazonBNSonyKobo ARE Not Quite a Gentleman by Jacquie D’Alessandro. $1.99.

Reviewers say that the dialogue is great between the characters and the chemistry felt real.

From Jacket Copy:

Nathan Oliver, younger son of an earl, is content being a country doctor. Years ago he had worked for the Crown, but when a spy mission went awry, he left London for a simpler life. Now his world is turned upside down with the arrival of Lady Victoria Wexhall, a pampered Society miss more suited for the ballrooms of London than the quiet countryside of Cornwall.

Victoria cannot believe her father would send her to the middle of nowhere, and just when the the Season was in full swing! And with Nathan Oliver, no less! Of course, he’s dashing and more interesting than the fops she’s acquainted with in Town, and it would be so easy to fall in love with him. But why does he insist on searching through her luggage in the middle of the night? And why does he insist their lives are in danger?


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. Lil
    Jul 27, 2012 @ 15:59:09

    It’s hard to imagine a Ruth Rendell book as YA.

  2. Susan
    Jul 27, 2012 @ 18:24:06

    I’m going to try the Rendell book. I suspect I’ll either love it or hate it. I’m a huge fan of her Barbara Vine books, too, but often have very extreme reactions to them.

  3. MaryK
    Jul 27, 2012 @ 21:59:24

    Ann Aguirre’s Enclave is 2.99 at Amazon.

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