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Daily Deals: The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie & three historical...

The ABC Murders (Poirot)  Agatha Christie The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie. $1.99.

From Jacket Copy:

Mr. Hercule Poirot—you fancy yourself, don’t you, at solving mysteries that are too difficult for our poor thick-headed British police? Let us see, Mr. Clever Poirot, just how clever you can be. Was the anonymous note a brilliant challenge or a crackpot hoax? The answer is as loud and clear as a woman’s scream—precisely that of Alice Ascher, a shopkeeper in Andover bludgeoned to death on the job. Next to her corpse, a clue that’s as simple as ABC. Alphabetically speaking, the master Belgian sleuth suspects it’s now a matter of one down, twenty-five to go…

I think there were readers looking to replace their print copies with digital ones?


A Game of Scandal (Friends Trilogy) by Kathryn Smith A Game of Scandal (Friends Trilogy) by Kathryn Smith. $1.99.

From Jacket Copy:

He had made a proposal of marriage… to a woman who is now the most scandalous female in London.

When Gabriel Warren, the handsome Earl of Angelwood, offered marriage to Lady Lilith Mallory, he thought his happiness was complete. But then they were, discovered in very compromising circumstances — and she disappeared. Now, years later, Gabriel enter’s a notorious London gaming club to shockingly discover that the innocent woman he’d once wanted for his bride is now its seductive owner.

Lilith is astonished at the sight of Gabriel, and part of her longs to relive the days — and nights — spent in his arms. But the man she once loved can destroy the livelihood she has made for herself. For Gabriel is now a powerful man, one who is determined to shut down her establishment. Yet with each touch, each kiss, she begins to wonder if they could ever have a future — and overcome the scandals of their past.

We are just working our way through the Scandal/Scandalous book sale by HarperCollins.


Confessions at Midnight by Jacquie D'Alessandro Confessions at Midnight by Jacquie D’Alessandro. $.99.

From Jacket Copy:

Carolyn Turner, Viscountess Wingate, is absolutely shocked by the Ladies Literary Society of London’s latest selection. Memoirs of a Mistress is scandalously explicit and downright wicked . . . and it’s stirring feelings within Carolyn that she hasn’t felt . . . well, ever! She’s sure that this steamy read is the only reason she’s succumbing to the charms of notorious rogue Daniel Sutton, Lord Surbrooke. She couldn’t possibly be falling for the rascal and his illicit caresses . . . or could she?

The last thing Daniel wanted was to be shackled by marriage vows. He lusted after Carolyn, sure, but he never imagined that once he lured her to his bed he’d never want to let her go. Yet only when a murderer targets his beloved will he be spurred to confess his true love . . . and claim Carolyn as his bride.

PW says “Though the murder plot proves dispensable, the dialogue between Daniel and Carolyn is charming, and they’re allowed plenty of space to grow as characters. Supporting characters are forgettable, but the love story makes a pleasant diversion that should satisfy fans of the genre. “


An Affair with Mr. Kennedy Jillian Stone An Affair with Mr. Kennedy by Jillian Stone. $1.99.

From Jacket Copy:

London, 1887. Part stoic gentleman, part fearless Yard man, Zeno “Zak” Kennedy is an enigma of the first order. For years, the memory of a deadly bombing at King’s Cross has haunted the brilliant Scotland Yard detective. His investigation has zeroed in on a ring of aristocratic rebels whose bloody campaign for Irish revolution is terrorizing the city. When he discovers one of the treacherous lords is acquainted with his free-spirited new tenant, Cassandra St. Cloud, his inquiry pulls him unexpectedly close to the heart of the conspiracy–and into the arms of a most intriguing lady. Cassie is no Victorian prude. An impressionist painter with very modern ideas about life and love, she is eager for a romantic escapade that is daring and discreet. She sets her sights on her dour but handsome landlord, but after she learns their meeting was not purely accidental, she hardly has a chance to forgive her lover before their passionate affair catapults them both into a perilous adventure.

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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. Joanna
    Aug 08, 2012 @ 15:20:36

    I just picked up An Affair with Mr. Kennedy because it looked different from the usual historical.

    Also, since I first read the great review of it here at DA there is currently an ebook sale at Amazon that includes Barbara Hambly’s Bride of the Rat God for $2.99! The sale is supposed to last until August 13 for anyone who has wanted to pick this one up.

  2. Kate Hewitt
    Aug 08, 2012 @ 17:19:01

    I’ve been on an Agatha Christie binge lately, thanks to Ros Clarke, and I thought this one was particularly clever. I have been, perhaps naively, surprised by the antiSemitism in her early books-but perhaps that was simply the unfortunate norm for that period.

  3. Julia
    Aug 08, 2012 @ 17:21:56

    I am tempted by every one of these deals today. I really enjoyed the ABC murders and An Affair with Mr. Kennedy! Definitely great deals!!

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