Free Kindle Mystery Books & Cheap Kindle Mystery Books – Jan. 2, 2013

BB has been so good about writing and telling us about all of the FREE and Cheap Kindle Mystery Book deals.

Thank you, BB!

Here is the latest installment:

Free Kindle Mystery Books & Cheap Kindle Mystery Books – Jan. 2, 2013

(I am currently working on another list, and hopefully it won’t take me as long to post it as this last one.)


  1. BB says

    Some 99¢ PPP deals for today:
    – Murder in Montparnasse: Phryne Fisher #12 (Phryne Fisher Mysteries) by Kerry Greenwood
    – The Arsenic Labyrinth: A Lake District Mystery (Lake District Mysteries) by Martin Edwards
    – Close Call: A Jack Doyle Mystery (Jack Doyle Series) by John McEvoy

    And, some of Marcia Talley’s Hannah Ivey books have been gradually dropping. Here’s the latest:
    – All Things Undying (Hannah Ives Mysteries) by Marcia Talley – $4.29
    -A Quiet Death (Hannah Ives Mysteries) by Marcia Talley – $4.39

  2. BB says

    The author categorizes this as a cozy mystery:
    Bats and Bones (The Frannie Shoemaker Campground Mysteries) by Karen Musser Nortman – FREE

  3. BB says

    Today’s PPP 99¢ deals:
    – Carnage on the Committee: A Robert Amiss/Baroness Jack Troutbeck Mystery (Robert Amiss/Baroness Jack Troutbeck Mysteries) by Ruth Dudley Edwards

    – Past Imperfect: A John McIntire Mystery (John McIntire Mysteries) by Kathleen Hills

    – Relative Danger by Charles Benoit

    Elena Santangelo – $2.99
    – By Blood Possessed (A Pat Montella Mystery) By: Elena Santangelo
    [Finalist 1999 Agatha Award for Best First Novel]

    – Hang My head And Cry (A Pat Montella Mystery)

  4. BB says

    Here are a couple of FREEBIES for today (maybe repeats):
    – A Famine of Horses: A Sir Robert Carey Mystery (Sir Robert Carey Series) by P F Chisholm
    – Earthly Delights: Corinna Chapman #1 (Corinna Chapman Mysteries) by Kerry Greenwood

  5. BB says

    Dead In Red (The Jeff Resnick Mysteries) by L.L. Bartlett – $1.99
    [today’s KDD, good for today only]

    I’m not going to list these since I haven’t seen any that fit our < = $5 criteria, but thought I'd let you know. There appears to have been a price drop of Grand Central Publishing and Little, Brown and Company books. With reductions on books by Elizabeth Peters, Marcia Muller, Margaret Maron, Walter Mosley, and more. Some of the drops are pretty substantial going from $12.99 to $6.99, many are from $7.99 to $6.64-6.99. You can do an advanced search on these publishers and sort by price to see some of the lowest. If I notice any cheapies, I may come back and post.

    • Danna - cozy mystery list says

      Thanks, again, BB – for telling us about all of these Free and Cheap Kindle mystery book deals.

    • BB says

      Just found out this one is FREE again:
      – Murder on The Mind (A Jeff Resnick Mystery) by L.L. Bartlett

      So, for today, you can get the first TWO books of the Jeff Resnick Mysteries for $1.99!

  6. BB says

    Several FREEBIES for today:
    – Slickrock (Gail McCarthy Mystery) by Laura Crum
    – The Dunn Deal (A Christine Sterling Mystery) by Catherine Leggitt
    – Heaven Preserve Us: A Home Crafting Mystery (A Home Crafting Mystery) by Cricket McRae
    – Discovering Nowhere by Lisa Bork

  7. BB says

    – What Did You Do Before Dying? (A Marge Chirstensen Mystery) by Patricia K. Batta

    Ruth Dudley Edwards [some may be repeats]:
    – Corridors of Death: A Robert Amiss Mystery #1 (Robert Amiss Mysteries) – $0.99
    – The Saint Valentine’s Day Murders: A Robert Amiss Mystery #2 (Robert Amiss Mysteries) – $2.99
    – The English School of Murder (Robert Amiss Mysteries) – $2.99
    – Clubbed To Death: A Robert Amiss Mystery #4 (Robert Amiss Mysteries) – $2.99
    – Matricide at St. Martha’s: A Robert Amiss/Baroness Jack Troutbeck Mystery #5 (Robert Amiss/Baroness Jack Troutbeck Mysteries) – $2.99
    – Carnage on the Committee: A Robert Amiss/Baroness Jack Troutbeck Mystery #10 (Robert Amiss/Baroness Jack Troutbeck Mysteries) – $0.99

  8. BB says

    – English Tea Murder (Lucy Stone Mysteries) by Leslie Meier
    – $1.99

    – Going Organic Can Kill You (A Blossom Valley Mystery) by Staci McLaughlin – $2.99 [repeat]

    – A Drop of the Hard Stuff (Matthew Scudder) by Lawrence Block – $1.99 [KDD good for today only]
    (author on site, but sure this series is not cozy)

  9. BB says

    Some of these are repeats.

    – Killer Cupcakes (A Lexy Baker Bakery Cozy Mystery) by Leighann Dobbs

    – Death Before Facebook (Skip Langdon #4) (Skip Langdon Mystery) (The Skip Langdon Series) by Julie Smith

    – Hazardous Duty (Christian mystery) (Squeaky Clean Mysteries) by Christy Barritt

    – I Shall Not Want: The Psalm 23 Mysteries #2 by Debbie Viguie

    • BB says

      According to the author, this is a cozy mystery series…

      – In Dulce, Disturbed: A New Mexico Short Mystery (#1 Cinnamon/Burro Top Mystery) by Tower Lowe

  10. BB says

    May be repeats

    – Death of a Lovable Geek (Dotsy Lamb Travel Mysteries) by
    Maria Hudgins

    – Strictly Murder by Lynda Wilcox [self-described cozy series by author]

    – Stormy Weather ((A Dark Side of the Moon Mystery)) by
    Terri Main [claims to be a cross between cozy mystery and sci-fi…interesting]

  11. BB says

    FREEBIES by Jo Dereske:
    – Miss Zukas and the Raven’s Dance (Miss Zukas mysteries)

    – Savage Cut (Ruby Crane mysteries)

  12. BB says

    Margery Allingham – $1.79:
    – The White Cottage Mystery

    Edmund Crispin – $1.99:
    – Frequent Hearses

    – Beware of the Trains

    – The Glimpses of the Moon (Bloomsbury Reader)
    [Finalist 1977 Gold Dagger Award]

    – Fen Country (Bloomsbury Reader)

  13. BB says

    Julie Smith:
    – The Sourdough Wars (Rebecca Schwartz Mystery #2) – FREE [repeat]

    – Death Turns A Trick (Rebecca Schwartz #1) – 99¢

  14. BB says

    Charles Todd – $2.99 (may be repeats):
    – A Duty to the Dead (Bess Crawford Mystery) [Finalist 2010 Macavity Award for Best Historical Novel]
    – An Impartial Witness: A Bess Crawford Mystery (Bess Crawford Mysteries)
    – A Bitter Truth: A Bess Crawford Mystery

    – Big Easy Bonanza [omnibus by Julie Smith and Tony Dunbar]

    – Party Crashers (humorous romantic mystery) by Stephanie Bond

  15. BB says

    – Death on the Aegean Queen (Dotsy Lamb Travel Mysteries) by Maria Hudgins [repeat]
    – Dead Air Can Kill You (A Jake Russo Mystery) by Phil Edwards [classified as a “cozy adventure”]

    Danna notes that this author’s books aren’t cozies, but thought I’d mention this one since it is an Edgar Award finalist and meets the <=$5.00 guideline (and the author is on-site):
    – Sleepwalker (Nightwatcher) by Wendy Corsi Staub – $4.74

  16. BB says

    – Down Home and Deadly (Sleuthing Sisters Mysteries) by Christine Lynxwiler, et al.
    [part of Christian cozy mystery series written by real life sisters – Death on a Deadline (Sleuthing Sisters Mysteries) was previously listed]

    – Final Appeal (Rosato & Associates) by Lisa Scottoline
    [1995 Edgar Award for Best Paperback]

  17. BB says

    – Crescent City Connection (Skip Langdon Mystery #7) (The Skip Langdon Series) by Julie Smith [repeat]

    Father Koesler series by William X. Kienzle – $3.82:
    – Death Wears a Red Hat
    – Mind over Murder
    – Shadow of Death
    – Kill and Tell
    – Sudden Death
    – Deathbed
    – Deadline for a Critic
    – Marked for Murder
    – Eminence
    – Masquerade
    – Chameleon
    – Body Count
    – Dead Wrong
    – Bishop as Pawn
    – Call No Man Father
    – Requiem for Moses
    – The Man Who Loved God
    – The Greatest Evil
    Books 1 and 4 are still $4.29 (a good price!) and the remaining four in the series must still be in the process of being Kindlized.

  18. BB says

    – Overdue for Murder (Pecan Bayou) by Teresa Trent
    – Handle With Care (Teatime Mysteries) by Elizabeth Wells

    *Our* Donna has two on sale for $2.99:
    – A Distant Murder: a sparrow falls mystery #1
    – Butler Did It: a sparrow falls mystery #2

  19. BB says

    Not all of these are cozy, but all the authors are listed on-site:
    – Swan Peak by James Lee Burke – $4.99

    – Postmortem (Kay Scarpetta Mysteries) by Patricia Cornwell – $3.99
    1990 New Blood Dagger Award
    1991 Edgar Award for Best First Novel
    1991 Anthony Award for Best First Novel
    1991 Macavity Award for Best First Novel

    – Lake of Sorrows by Erin Hart – $3.99

    • BB says

      – False Mermaid by Erin Hart – $3.99

      – Christmas in Knavesborough (Gershwin & Penrose mystery) by Dorte Hummelshoj Jakobsen – FREE
      [short stories from a cozy series]

    • BB says

      Wow, another one just popped up…
      – Sweetheart in High Heels (a humorous romantic valentine’s mystery) (High Heels Mysteries) by Gemma Halliday – FREE

  20. BB says

    As of this morning, the first Maguire/Gavin mystery, “Haunted Ground,” by Erin Hart has also been reduced to $3.99. It was a Finalist 2003 Agatha Award for Best First Novel and Finalist 2004 Anthony Award for Best First Novel.

  21. BB says

    FREEBIES (some repeats):
    – Hide In Plain Sight by Marta Perry [Love Inspired books (romantic suspense), part of the Three Sisters Inn series]

    – The Chronicles of Marr-nia (Short Stories Starring Barbara Marr) by Karen Cantwell
    [Elaine just recommended one of her books on the January list]

    – Death By A HoneyBee (Josiah Reynolds Mystery 1) (A Josiah Reynolds Mystery) by Abagail Keam
    [From the author, “If you are tired of reading ‘formulated’ cozy mysteries, then follow me into the rabbit hole.”]

    – The Lincoln Lawyer: A Novel (A Lincoln Lawyer Novel) by Michael Connelly
    [not cozy, but author on-site]

  22. BB says

    Since this thread is so far back and no one but Danna and me sees it, I’m going to do a little experimenting today.

    Ruth’s First Christmas (short story) by Elly Griffiths
    Several of Ms. Griffiths books have gone on sale the past week but I haven’t posted them because she’s not on-site; however, today I decided to throw caution to the wind – afterall, she has won the Mary Higgins Clark Award
    Missed by Lisa Bork

    Sweet Hearts: The Fourth Samantha Sweet Mystery (The Samantha Sweet Mysteries) by Connie Shelton
    Take the Monkeys and Run (A Barbara Marr Murder Mystery #1) by Karen Cantwell
    Citizen Insane (A Barbara Marr Murder Mystery #2) by Karen Cantwell

    The Crossing Places (Ruth Galloway) by Elly Griffiths
    [2011 Mary Higgins Clark Award]
    Sketch a Falling Star (A PORTRAIT OF CRIME MYSTERY) by Sharon Pape
    All Sales Fatal (MALL COP) by Laura DiSilverio
    Justice Denied (J. P. Beaumont Mysteries) by J. A. Jance
    [KDD – good for today only]

    The Janus Stone (Ruth Galloway Mysteries) by Elly Griffiths
    The House at Sea’s End (Ruth Galloway Mysteries) by Elly Griffiths
    [Finalist 2012 Barry Award for Best British Crime Novel]
    The fifth Galloway book, A Dying Fall, is set to release next month

  23. BB says

    The Drop – Free Preview: The First 11 Chapters (A Harry Bosch Novel) by Michael Connelly

    The Saint Valentine’s Day Murders: A Robert Amiss Mystery #2 (Robert Amiss Mysteries) by Ruth Dudley Edwards

  24. BB says

    My experimenting continues…

    Some repeats


    NO COLDER PLACE (Bill Smith/Lydia Chin novels) by SJ Rozan
    Death of a Lovable Geek (Dotsy Lamb Travel Mysteries) by Maria Hudgins
    Earthly Delights: Corinna Chapman #1 (Corinna Chapman Mysteries) by Kerry Greenwood
    The Axeman’s Jazz (Skip Langdon Mystery Series #2) (The Skip Langdon Series) by Julie Smith


    A Fatal Waltz (Lady Emily Mysteries, Book 3) by Tasha Alexander

  25. BB says

    With html to see if I can format posts. You’ve mentioned before that you have italics and other options available. We don’t, so I was seeing if I could manually create formatting. So far, I’ve found that I can make text bold and italic, but not underline. I also can’t do bulleted items. Got the idea from the fact our manual smilies are converted to icons.

    Would be nice if we had the buttons to do formatting.

    • BB says

      Well, that was supposed to be a reply to you, Danna. Guess I didn’t click the Reply button. If I could edit, I’d add another wish list feature would be “editing.” Ha!

  26. BB says

    * Calamity Jayne Mysteries Boxed Set (Books 1-6) by Kathleen Bacus – $9.99

    * Apple Turnover Murder (Hannah Swensen Mysteries) by Joanne Fluke

  27. BB says

    Here are some of the books on sale through the end of the month (authors on-site):
    * Bombshell by Barbara Allan

    * Kill My Darling (A Bill Slider Mystery) by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

    * The Crocodile Bird by Ruth Rendell

  28. BB says

    * The Final Arrangement (A Cozy Murder Mystery) by Annie Adams (repeat)

    * Murder at the War A Modern-Day Mystery with a Medieval Setting (Peter Brichter mystery) by Mary Monica Pulver
    [Finalist 1988 Anthony Award for Best First Novel]
    The remainder of this series is cheap, too

    • BB says

      Jonathan Kellerman – $3.99 (non-cozy, on-site)
      * When the Bough Breaks
      1986 Edgar Award for Best First Novel
      1986 Anthony Award for Best First Novel

      * Blood Test

      * Over the Edge

    • BB says

      James Patterson – $4.99 (another non-cozy, on-site)
      * Along Came a Spider (Alex Cross)

      * Kiss the Girls: A Novel by the Author of the Bestselling Along Came a Spider (Alex Cross)

      * Jack & Jill (Alex Cross)

      * Cat & Mouse (Alex Cross)

      * Pop Goes the Weasel (Alex Cross)

      * London Bridges (Alex Cross)

  29. Beth says

    I see the thread, too, BB! I look in the recent comments section on the main page of Danna’s blog to see if you’ve added anything. I was especially happy to see the recent Elly Griffiths books. They are some of my favorites, and while I’d already read them, I loaded up my mom’s Kindle Fire. So thank you both, BB for your bargain hunting and Danna for your awesome website – it is one my favorites and one of the few I check every day!

    • BB says

      Well, that makes me feel better, Beth. Happy you have enjoyed some of the bargains. I read the latest posts listed on the home page, too; however, when there are more than the allotted number by the blog program, I miss them. I’m glad we can choose to be notified when there are additional comments to a thread [having typed that, I just noticed the check boxes are not under this message box now. hmmm…]. Although, since I use my “spam account” address to post here, I usually only see the e-mails about once a week.

    • Danna - cozy mystery list says

      Beth, thank you for the kind words about the site. BB’s bargain hunting is pretty amazing, isn’t it?

  30. BB says

    * Murder, Money & Marzipan (A Lexy Baker Bakery Cozy Mystery) by Leighann Dobbs

    * Justice Denied by J. A. Jance (repeat)

    * Sir Philip’s Folly: A Novel of Regency England – Being the Fourth Volume of The Poor Relation by M.C. Beaton
    M.C. Beaton (aka Marion Chesney)
    Not a mystery, but regency romance by famous mystery author Beaton/Chesney
    KDD – good for today only

  31. BB says

    * Out on a Limb: A Smoky Mountain Mystery by Carolyn Jourdan

    Reviewers classify this as “cozy” and it appears to be an interesting read.

  32. Ellen G says

    At lunch with a friend yesterday I was rhapsodizing about my new love affair with cozies. She asked me what exactly a cozy was, which was easy to answer; I just sent her Danna’s definition from the website and a link to the site.

    Then she asked me where the term “cozy” came from and how long it had been used and I had no idea. Nor could I find an answer on the blog or the website.

    Can somebody enlighten me?


    • Donna says

      Hi Ellen, I’ve wondered the same thing! And I have a friend in the UK who insists that cozy is correctly spelled c-o-s-y, which leads me to wonder if the term originated there, in the land of great mysteries. :-)

      • Danna - cozy mystery list says

        Donna, you could be right. But at the same time, don’t they spell “cozy” (as in snug) with an “s” instead of like we do here, with a “z”…

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