Daily Deals: Historical and modern day mysteries, interracial tennis romance, and reunited lovers

Daily Deals: Historical and modern day mysteries, interracial tennis romance, and...

To Ruin A Queen: An Ursula Blanchard Mystery at Queen Elizabeth I's Court Fiona BuckleyTo Ruin A Queen: An Ursula Blanchard Mystery at Queen Elizabeth I’s Court by Fiona Buckley. $ 1.99 at AMZN | Apple

From the Jacket Copy:

Her devotion to her family trumps all.

Homesick for England, heartsick at being separated from her young daughter, Ursula Blanchard is struggling to build a new life in France with her husband, Matthew de la Roche. Ursula is devastated when she learns Meg has disappeared from the family that has fostered her since the French civil war forced Ursula to leave her behind. A wanted man in England, Matthew is unable to accompany her as she frantically journeys home.

Upon her arrival, Ursula is stunned to learn that Meg is not missing, but has been sent at the Queen’s behest to Vetch Castle, the home of Philip Mortimer, descendant of Roger Mortimer, who was executed long ago for his part in the murder of Edward II. Ursula treads carefully as she seeks the truth about Philip Mortimer’s schemes to force the Queen to restore his family’s fortunes. But when a murderer strikes, she is quickly ensnared in a web of blackmail and treason that could topple the crown — and cost Ursula her life.

Fiona Buckley’s historical fiction books are priced quite high and this sale is unusual per the commenter who posted this on one of the discount boards I monitor.

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Nine by Jan Burke.Nine by Jan Burke. $ 1.99 at AMZN | Apple

From the Jacket Copy:

On the heels of her soaring bestseller Flight, Edgar Award-winning author Jan Burke reaches new heights of suspense in this ingenious novel of hard-hitting justice and cold-blooded murder.

Los Angeles County Homicide Detective Alex Brandon lives to bring killers to justice — but when unknown assailants begin systematically killing off the FBI’s Most Wanted suspects, Alex sees no cause for celebration. The vigilante slayings eerily echo the work of a serial killer from a decade ago, and convince Alex that “the Exterminators,” as a grateful public has dubbed them, are more ruthless and sadistic than their victims. As the attacks mount, it is the ninth target that pulls Alex into a case that is quickly spiraling into deadly territory — where justice is no longer enough.

I loved the Irene Kelly series. Back in the day (probably late1990s and early 2000s) I read a tony of mystery/thrillers/police detective stories. Irene Kelly was a great protagonist and Burke wrote a nice little romance over the series. I stopped reading her mostly because my interests changed. This is the first the Alex Hartwick series. It won an award and BN calls it original and suspenseful.

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Her Kind of Trouble by Sarah MayberryHer Kind of Trouble by Sarah Mayberry. $ 2.99 AMZN | Apple

From the Jacket Copy:

It takes one to know one

The moment Vivian Walker spies Seth Anderson she knows they’re a match made in hedonistic pleasure. And they both agree their one night together is all about fun, not forever.

Now, years later, Seth remains a favorite memory. Surely the sizzling chemistry has faded, though, right? Apparently not. Because he’s still sinfully attractive, and she likes the man he is. When he suddenly becomes a full-time dad to his newborn daughter, Vivian falls hard. Yet despite the responsibilities, he’s not a good bet for commitment. And she needs to guard her heart before she gets into trouble!

Willaful gives this a B+.

Her Kind of Trouble is about growth and maturity and the ways people change — and the ways they stay the same. In the opening chapter, aspiring fashion designer Vivian meets her new brother-in-law by marriage at her sister’s wedding, and instantly recognizes a rebellious, good-time-seeking kindred spirit in Seth. A very sexy kindred spirit. Over champagne and a joint (Oh Harlequin! I hardly know you!), they share a passionate interlude in a limo, and then cheerfully part.

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Game, Set, Match by Nana MaloneGame, Set, Match by Nana Malone. $ FREE.

From the Jacket Copy:

Off the court, tennis star Jason Cartwright’s playboy image is taking a public beating. On the court, he’s down forty-love. While single-mom, Izzy Connors, sees people for who they really are through the lens of her camera, even without it, she knows Jason isn’t the star he appears to be. Can Izzy put the past behind her and help Jason get his game, and his image, back on track?

Reviewers who liked the book pointed to the deft handling of the interracial relationship as well as how the families meshed.

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