Free, Cheap, or On-Sale Kindle Mysteries AND Free, Cheap, or On-Sale Nook Mysteries – July 17, 2014

Tragic Topping by Jessica BeckHere are the Free, Cheap, or On-Sale Kindle Mysteries that I have recently found. This list is made up of the Kindle (and Nook) mysteries that cost less than $5.00.

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Libi Astaire
EZRA MELAMED MYSTERY Series:

Tempest in the Tea Room ….. $3.99 (book #3)

The Doppelganger’s Dance ….. $3.99 (book #4)

Too Many Coins ….. $0.99 (story)

General Well’ngone In Love ….. $0.99 (novella)

Libi Astaire on Nook

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David Baldacci

FaceOff ….. $4.99 (stand alone)

David Baldacci on Nook

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Linda Barnes
CARLOTTA CARLYLE Series:

A Trouble of Fools ….. $4.74 (book #1)

Steel Guitar ….. $3.79 (book #4)

Hardware ….. $4.74 (book #6)

Deep Pockets ….. $3.79 (book #10)

Linda Barnes on Nook

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Aileen G. Baron
LILY SAMPSON MYSTERY Series:

A Fly Has a Hundred Eyes ….. $2.99 (book #12)

The Torch of Tangier ….. $4.99 (book #12)

STAND ALONES:

The Gold of Thrace ….. $0.99 (stand alone)

Aileen G. Baron on Nook

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L.L. Bartlett (aka Lorraine Bartlett & Lorna Barrett)
JEFF RESNICK MYSTERY Series:

Murder on the Mind ….. FREE (book #1)

Dead in Red ….. $4.99 (book #2)

Room at the Inn ….. $4.99 (book #3)

Cheated by Death ….. $4.99 (book #4)

Bound by Suggestion ….. $4.99 (book #5)

Dark Waters ….. $4.99 (book #6)

When the Spirit Moves You ….. $1.49 (novelette)

Bah! Humbug ….. $0.99 (story)

Cold Case ….. $0.99 (story)

Evolution ….. $2.99 (short stories)

We’re So Sorry, Uncle Albert ….. $0.99 (stand alone story)

The Cozy Chicks Kitchen ….. $2.99 (stand alone)

L.L. Bartlett on Nook

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JoAnn Bassett
ISLANDS OF ALOHA MYSTERY Series:

Maui Widow Waltz ….. $3.99 (book #1)

Livin’ Lahaina Loca ….. $3.99 (book #2)

Lana’i of the Tiger ….. $3.99 (book #3)

Kaua’i Me a River ….. $3.99 (book #4)

O’ahu Lonesome Tonight? ….. $3.99 (book #5)

ESCAPE TO MAUI MYSTERY Series:

Mai Tai Butterfly ….. $3.99 (book #1)

JoAnn Bassett on Nook

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Jessica Beck
DONUT SHOP MYSTERY Series:

Tragic Toppings ….. $4.99 (book #5)

Killer Crullers ….. $1.99 (book #6)

Deadly Donuts ….. $4.99 (book #10)

Assault and Batter ….. $4.99 (book #11)

Sweet Suspects ….. $4.99 (book #12)

Deep Fried Homicide ….. $4.99 (book #13)

CLASSIC DINER MYSTERY Series:

A Chili Death ….. $4.99 (book #1)

A Deadly Beef ….. $4.99 (book #2)

A Killer Cake ….. $3.99 (book #3)

A Baked Ham ….. $4.99 (book #4)

A Bad Egg ….. $4.99 (book #5)

A Burned Out Baker ….. $4.99 (book #7)

GHOST CAT COZY MYSTERY Series

Ghost Cat: Midnight Paws ….. $4.99 (book #1)

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PIZZA MYSTERY Series:

A Slice of Murder ….. $4.30 (book #1)

Written as Elizabeth Bright:
CARD-MAKING MYSTERY Series:

Invitation to Murder ….. $0.99 (book #1)

Deadly Greetings ….. $2.99 (book #2)

Murder and Salutations ….. $2.99 (book #3)

Written as Tim Myers:
LIGHTHOUSE INN MYSTERY Series:

Innkeeping With Murder ….. $0.99 (book #1)

Reservations for Murder ….. $2.99 (book #2)

Murder Checks Inn ….. $2.99 (book #3)

Room for Murder ….. $2.99 (book #4)

Booked for Murder ….. $2.99 (book #5)

Key to Murder ….. $3.99 (book #6)

Ring for Murder ….. $2.99 (book #7)

SOAPMAKING MYSTERY Series:

Dead Men Don’t Lye ….. $4.49 (book #1)

A Pour Way to Dye ….. $2.99 (book #2)

A Mold for Murder ….. $2.99 (book #3)

CANDLEMAKING MYSTERY Series:

At Wick’s End ….. $0.99 (book #1)

Snuffed Out ….. $2.99 (book #2)

Death Waxed Over ….. $2.99 (book #3)

A Flicker of a Doubt ….. $2.99 (book #4)

Waxing Moon ….. $0.99 (short story)

STAND ALONES:

A Family of Strangers ….. $2.99 (stand alone)

Volunteer for Murder ….. $2.99 (stand alone)

Coventry ….. $2.99 (stand alone)

Jessica Beck on Nook

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Cindy Bell
BEKKI THE BEAUTICIAN MYSTERY Series:

Hairspray and Homicide ….. FREE (book #1)

A Dyed Blonde and a Dead Body ….. $2.99 (book #2)

Mascara and Murder ….. $2.99 (book #3)

Pageant and Poison ….. $2.99 (book #4)

Conditioner and a Corpse ….. $2.99 (book #5

Mistletoe, Makeup and Murder ….. $2.99 (book #6)

Hairpin, Hair Dryer and Homicide ….. $2.99 (book #7)

Blush, a Bride and a Body ….. $2.99 (book #8)

Shampoo and a Stiff ….. $2.99 (book #9)

Cosmetics, a Cruise and a Killer ….. $0.99 (book #10)

HEAVENLY HIGHLAND INN MYSTERY Series:

Murdering the Roses ….. $0.99 (book #1)

Dead in the Daisies ….. $2.99 (book #2)

Killing the Carnations ….. $2.99 (book #3)

Drowning the Daffodils ….. $2.99 (book #4)

Suffocating the Sunflowers ….. $2.99 (book #5)

DUNE HOUSE MYSTERY Series:

Seaside Secrets ….. $0.99 (book #1)

Boats and Bad Guys ….. $0.99 (book #2)

WENDY THE WEDDING PLANNER MYSTERY Series:

Matrimony, Money and Murder  ….. $0.99 (book #1)

Cindy Bell on Nook

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Stephanie Bond
BODY MOVERS MYSTERY Series:

4 Bodies and a Funeral ….. $3.82 (book #4)

5 Bodies to Die For ….. $3.82 (book #5)

6 Killer Bodies ….. $3.82 (book #6)

6 1/2 Body Parts ….. $2.99 (Novella)

VOODOO MYSTERY Series:

In Deep Voodoo ….. $3.99 (book #1)

STAND ALONES:

Kill the Competition ….. $4.99 (stand alone)

Party Crashers ….. $2.99 (stand alone)

Whole Lotta Trouble ….. $4.99 (stand alone)

Our Husband ….. $4.99 (stand alone)

I Think I Love You ….. $3.99 (stand alone)

License to Thrill ….. $2.99 (stand alone)

Stephanie Bond on Nook

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Christianna Brand
INSPECTOR COCKRILL MYSTERY Series:

Death of Jezebel ….. $4.99 (book #4)

Christianna Brand on Nook

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Kerry J Charles
DULCIE CHAMBERS MYSTERY Series:

Portrait of a Murder ….. $2.99 (book #1)

From the Murky Deep ….. $3.99 (book #2)

Kerry J Charles on Nook

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Leslie Charteris
THE SAINT MYSTERY Series:

Enter the Saint ….. $1.99 (book #3)

Featuring the Saint ….. $1.99 (book #5)

Alias the Saint ….. $1.99 (book #6)

Angels of Doom ….. $1.99 (book #8)

Getaway ….. $1.99 (book #10)

The Saint and Mr. Teal ….. $1.99 (book #11)

The Saint: The Brighter Buccaneer ….. $1.99 (book #12)

The Saint Intervenes ….. $1.99 (book #13)

The Saint Goes On ….. $1.99 (book #14)

The Saint in New York ….. $1.99 (book #15)

The Saint Overboard ….. $1.99 (book #16)

The Saint Bids Diamonds ….. $1.99 (book #18)

The Saint Plays with Fire ….. $1.99 (book #19)

Follow the Saint ….. $1.99 (book #20)

The Happy Highwayman ….. $1.99 (book #21)

The Saint in Miami ….. $1.99 (book #22)

The Saint Goes West ….. $1.99 (book #23)

The Saint Steps In ….. $1.99 (book #24)

The Saint on Guard ….. $1.99 (book #26)

The Saint Sees It Through ….. $1.99 (book #27)

Call for the Saint ….. $1.99 (book #28)

Saint Errant ….. $1.99 (book #29)

The Saint in Europe ….. $1.99 (book #30)

The Saint on the Spanish Main ….. $1.99 (book #31)

The Saint Around the World ….. $1.99 (book #32)

Thanks to the Saint ….. $1.99 (book #33)

Señor Saint ….. $1.99 (book #35)

The Saint to the Rescue ….. $1.99 (book #37)

Trust the Saint ….. $1.99 (book #38)

The Saint in the Sun ….. $1.99 (book #39)

Vendetta for the Saint ….. $1.99 (book #40)

The Saint on TV ….. $1.99 (book #41)

The Saint Returns ….. $1.99 (book #42)

The Saint and the Fiction Makers ….. $1.99 (book #43)

The Saint Abroad ….. $1.99 (book #44)

The Saint in Pursuit ….. $1.99 (book #45)

The Saint and the People Importers ….. $1.99 (book #46)

The Saint and the Hapsburg Necklace ….. $1.99 (book #47)

Catch the Saint ….. $1.99 (book #48)

Send for the Saint ….. $1.99 (book #49)

The Saint in Trouble ….. $1.99 (book #50)

The Saint and the Templar Treasure ….. $1.99 (book #51)

Count on the Saint ….. $1.99 (book #52)

Salvage for the Saint ’83 ….. $1.99 (book #53)

Leslie Charteris on Nook

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Joanne Clarey
HUMMINGBIRD FALLS MYSTERY Series:

The Mysteries of Hummingbird Falls ….. $2.99 (book #1)

Riddled to Death ….. $2.99 (book #2)

The Fall Hunt ….. $2.99 (book #3)

Cold Call ….. $2.99 (book #4)

DR. CHRISTIE McMORROW THRILLER Series:

Twisted Truth ….. $3.99 (book #1)

Skinned ….. $3.99 (book #2)

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Alisa Craig (aka Charlotte MacLeod)
GRUB-AND-STAKERS MYSTERY Series:

The Grub-and-Stakers House a Haunt ….. $1.99 (book #5)

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Elizabeth Spann Craig (aka Riley Adams & Elizabeth Craig)
MYRTLE CLOVER MYSTERY Series:

A Dyeing Shame: Death at the Beauty Box ….. $2.99 (book #1)

Progressive Dinner Deadly ….. $2.99 (book #3)

A Body in the Backyard ….. $0.99 (book #4)

Death at a Drop-In ….. $2.99 (book #5)

A Body at Book Club ….. $3.99 (book #6)

Elizabeth Spann Craig on Nook

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Kathi Daley
ZOE DONOVAN MYSTERY Series:

Halloween Hijinks ….. $0.99 (book #1)

The Trouble with Turkeys ….. $2.99 (book #2)

Christmas Crazy ….. $2.99 (book #3)

Cupid’s Curse ….. $2.99 (book #4)

Big Bunny Bump Off ….. $2.99 (book #5)

Beach Blanket Barbie ….. $2.99 (book #6)

Maui Madness ….. $2.99 (book #7)

Derby Divas ….. $2.99 (book #8)

TJ JENSEN PARADISE LAKE MYSTERY Series:

Pumpkins in Paradise ….. $2.99 (book #1)

Snowmen in Paradise ….. $2.99 (book #2)

Bikinis in Paradise ….. $2.99 (book #3)

ROAD TO CHRISTMAS Series: (not mysteries)

Road to Christmas Past ….. $2.99 (book #1)

Kathi Daley on Nook
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Casey Daniels
PEPPER MARTIN MYSTERY Series:

The Chick and the Dead ….. $4.74 (book #2)

Casey Daniels on Nook
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Rae Davies

DUSTY DEALS MYSTERY Series:

Loose Screw ….. $0.99 (book #1)

Cut Loose ….. FREE (book #2)

Loosey Goosey ….. $3.99 (book #3)

Let Loose ….. $4.99 (book #4)

A Fatal Four-Pack ….. $0.99 (Book set including Loose Screw, plus 3 other works by P. B. Ryan, L. L. Bartlett, and Deb Baker)

Rae Davies on Nook

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Lesley A. Diehl
EVE APPEL MYSTERY Series:

A Secondhand Murder ….. $4.95 (book #1)

MICROBREWERS MYSTERY Series:

A Deadly Draught ….. $2.99 (book #1)

Poisoned Pairings ….. $2.99 (book #2)

BIG LAKE MYSTERY Series:

Grilled, Chilled and Killed ….. $2.99 (book #2)

STAND ALONES:

Angel Sleuth ….. $4.99 (stand alone)

The Killer Wore Cranberry ….. $2.99 (Anthology)

The Killer Wore Cranberry: A Second Helping ….. $2.99 (Anthology)

The Killer Wore Cranberry: Room for Thirds ….. $4.99 (Anthology)

Lesley A. Diehl on Nook
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Sharon Fiffer
JANE WHEEL MYSTERY Series:

Dead Guy’s Stuff ….. $1.99 (book #2)

The Wrong Stuff ….. $1.99 (book #3)

Hollywood Stuff ….. $1.99 (book #5)

Scary Stuff ….. $2.99 (book #6)

Backstage Stuff ….. $2.99 (book #7)

Sharon Fiffer on Nook
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Honora Finkelstein and Susan Smily
ARIEL QUIGLEY MYSTERY Series:

The Chef Who Died Sautéing ….. $1.99 (book #1)

The Lawyer Who Died Trying ….. $1.99 (book #2)

The Reporter Who Died Probing ….. $1.99 (book #3)

Honora Finkelstein on Nook
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Elaine Flinn
MOLLY DOYLE MYSTERY Series:

Dealing in Murder ….. $2.99 (book #1)

Deadly Collection ….. $2.99 (book #3)

Elaine Flinn on Nook

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Joanne Fluke
HANNAH SWENSEN MYSTERY Series:

Sugar Cookie Murder ….. $4.99 (book #6)

Cream Puff Murder ….. $4.92 (book #11)

Plum Pudding Murder ….. $4.92 (book #12)

STAND ALONES:

Sugar and Spice ….. $4.92 (anthology w/ Fern Michaels, Beverly Barton, & Shirley Jump)

Candy Cane Murder ….. $4.99 (anthology w/ Leslie Meier and Laura Levine)

Joanne Fluke on Nook

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J. G. Goodhind
HONEY DRIVER MYSTERY Series:

Something in the Blood ….. $0.99 (book #1)

A Taste to Die For ….. $2.99 (book #2)

Walking with Ghosts ….. $2.99 (book #3)

Deadly Lampshades ….. $2.99 (book #5)

Murder by Mudpack ….. $2.99 (book #6)

J.G. Goodhind on Nook

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Carolyn Haines
SARAH BOOTH DELANEY Series:

Bones to Pick ….. $4.58 (book #6)

Ham Bones ….. $4.89 (book #7)

Wishbones ….. $4.99 (book #8)

Greedy Bones ….. $3.79 (book #9)

Bone Appetit ….. $2.99 (book #10)

Bones of a Feather ….. $2.99 (book #11)

Shorty Bones ….. $0.99 (novella)

STAND ALONES:

Skin Dancer ….. $2.99 (stand alone)

Carolyn Haines on Nook

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Joan Hess
CLAIRE MALLOY MYSTERY Series:

Roll Over and Play Dead ….. $3.79 (book #6)

Death By the Light of the Moon ….. $1.99 (book #7)

Poisoned Pins ….. $1.99 (book #8)

Tickled to Death ….. $4.99 (book #9)

Closely Akin to Murder ….. $4.74 (book #11)

A Holly, Jolly Murder ….. $4.74 (book #12)

A Conventional Corpse ….. $3.79 (book #13)

Out On A Limb ….. $4.74 (book #14)

Joan Hess on Nook

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Julie Hyzy
ALEX ST. JAMES MYSTERY Series:

Deadly Blessings ….. $4.99 (book #1)

Deadly Interest ….. $4.99 (book #2)

Dead Ringer ….. $3.99 (book #3)

STAND ALONES:

Artistic License ….. $4.99 (stand alone)

Julie Hyzy on Nook

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Roberta Isleib
GOLF LOVERS’ MYSTERY Series:

Six Strokes Under ….. $3.99 (book #1)

Roberta Isleib on Nook

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Brian Kavanagh
BELINDA LAWRENCE MYSTERY Series:

Capable of Murder ….. $3.99 (book #1)

The Embroidered Corpse ….. $3.99 (book #2)

Bloody Ham ….. $3.99 (book #3)

A Canterbury Crime ….. $3.99 (book #4)

Brian Kavanagh on Nook
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Camille Minichino (aka Margaret Grace & Ada Madison)
PERIODIC TABLE MYSTERY Series:

The Hydrogen Murder ….. $2.99 (book #1)

The Helium Murder ….. $3.99 (book #2)

The Boric Acid Murder ….. $2.99 (book #5)

The Carbon Murder ….. $1.99 (book #6)

The Nitrogen Murder ….. $1.99 (book #7)

The Fluorine Murder ….. $1.00 (story)

Written as Margaret Grace:
MINIATURE MYSTERY Series:

Mix-up in Miniature ….. $2.99 (book #6)

Camille Minichino on Nook
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Beverle Graves Myers
TITO AMATO BAROQUE MYSTERY Series:

Interrupted Aria ….. $0.99 (book #1)

Painted Veil ….. $4.99 (book #2)

Cruel Music ….. $4.99 (book #3)

The Iron Tongue of Midnight ….. $4.99 (book #4)

Her Deadly Mischief ….. $4.99 (book #5)

Beverle Graves Myers on Nook
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Dana Stabenow
KATE SHUGAK MYSTERY Series:

A Cold Day for Murder ….. FREE (book #1)

A Fatal Thaw ….. $4.99 (book #2)

Dead in the Water ….. $4.99 (book #3)

A Cold-Blooded Business ….. $4.99 (book #4)

Play with Fire ….. $4.99 (book #5)

Blood Will Tell ….. $4.99 (book #6)

Midnight Come Again ….. $3.79 (book #10)

The Singing of the Dead ….. $1.99 (book #11)

A Grave Denied ….. $1.99 (book #13)

Though Not Dead ….. $2.99 (book #18)

Any Taint of Vice ….. $0.99 (story)

LIAM CAMPBELL MYSTERY Series:

Fire and Ice ….. FREE (book #1)

So Sure of Death ….. $4.99 (book #2)

Nothing Gold Can Stay ….. $4.99 (book #3)

Better to Rest ….. $4.99 (book #4)

Dana Stabenow on Nook

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J. B. Stanley (aka Ellery Adams, J.B. Stanley, Jennifer Stanley, & 1/2 of Lucy Arlington)

Carbs and Cadavers ….. $3.99 (book #1)

Fit to Die ….. $3.99 (book #2)

Chili Con Corpses ….. $3.99 (book #3)

COLLECTIBLES MYSTERY Series:

A Killer Collection ….. $2.99 (book #1)

A Fatal Appraisal ….. $3.99 (book #2)

A Deadly Dealer ….. $3.99 (book #3)

J. B. Stanley on Nook

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Ann Summerville
LOWENNA MYSTERY Series:

A Graceful Death ….. $2.99 (book #1)

High Tide  ….. $2.99 (book #2)

Gwinnel Gardens ….. $2.99 (book #3)

Trouble at the Manor ….. $2.99 (book #4)

STAND ALONES:

Storms & Secrets ….. $2.99 (stand alone)

The Berton Hotel ….. $2.99 (stand alone)

Ann Summerville on Nook

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Susan Sundwall
MINNIE MARWOOD MYSTERY Series:

The Red Shoelace Killer ….. $2.99 (book #1)

The Super Bar Incident ….. $2.99 (book #2)

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Josephine Tey
ALAN GRANT MYSTERY Series:

The Man in the Queue ….. $3.99 (book #1)

To Love and Be Wise ….. $3.99 (book #4)

Josephine Tey on Nook

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Nancy Jill Thames
JILLIAN BRADLEY MYSTERY Series:

Murder in Half Moon Bay ….. FREE (book #1)

The Ghost Orchid Murder ….. $3.99 (book #2)

From the Clutches of Evil ….. $3.99 (book #3)

The Mark of Eden ….. $3.99 (book #4)

Pacific Beach ….. $3.99 (book #5)

Waiting for Santa ….. $3.99 (book #6)

The Ruby of Siam ….. $3.99 (book #7)

The Long Trip Home ….. $3.99 (book #8)

Nancy Jill Thames on Nook

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(All of these mystery Kindle and Nook books are on sale right now, but I don’t know how long this will last, so please check the price before you get one. Also, if you take a look at some of the older Free and Cheap Kindle/Nook mysteries, you may find some that are still under $5.00. The link is below.)

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♦For more Free and Cheap Kindle Mystery Books click here.♦

It Looks Like We Know When Enough is Enough!

loveFirst of all, let me tell you ALL how much I have enjoyed reading all of your comments to the last entry posted! Donna, you certainly had a great idea! (When Is Too Much Romance Not a Good Thing?) Usually, I try to answer all of your comments (other than the monthly recommendations entry), but this particular entry seemed to just take off. So I’m going to address the general impressions I got from your comments:

I just re-read all of your comments, and it looks like the majority of us don’t mind a little romance, but we don’t want it to become a major component in our Cozy Mysteries. We don’t mind it, but it’s not a definite requirement. Most of us agree there is a definite difference between a Cozy Mystery and a Romance novel with a little mystery in it. We are reading Cozy Mysteries because they are, indeed, mysteries!

Several of the comments reflect that one of the reasons we like the Cozy Mystery genre is because of the fleshing-out of the characters and their relationships with other characters, whether they are romantic interests, or not. We want our characters to interact with each other; to be like the type of people we know in “real life”.  (After all, not all of the people we know “in real life” have significant others.)

I love that some of you were able to cite some really iconic sleuths who have loving, committed relationships. Those of us who are Ngaio Marsh fans can remember how smitten Roderick Alleyn was with Agatha Troy; however none of us was privy to their “romantic” life. It wasn’t a subject which took up a lot of the books. Same goes for Dorothy L. Sayers’ Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane. We see the same thing with Agatha Christie’s Tommy and Tuppence. The authors focused on the mysteries, not the couples’ courtships and/or marriages. The authors’ abilities to write good mystery novels with engaging mysteries is what keeps us coming back for more.

P.S. As an aside to love triangles, which were brought up a few times:  It looks like a lot of us agree that you should be able to decide on one suitor. It’s realistic that you would have a few doubts, and that it might take you a little time to find the person who is right for you, though here’s a thought >>> If you can’t decide between two potential love interests, then neither of them is probably right for you! (Maybe I’m just jealous, though. I don’t remember any time in my life where I had two men who desperately wanted to be with me, and who didn’t mind that I was dating the other!)

When Is Too Much Romance Not a Good Thing?

loveA little while ago, Donna wrote me a letter asking me about romance in our Cozy Mystery series. Hmmm… I know there is some romance in most of the series I read, but note, I said some. I find that in the series I follow, there may be a possibility of a romance evolving (usually between the sleuth and a person who is in a law enforcement line of work – sheriff, detective, lawyer, judge, ETC.) However, in some of my series there is a definite couple. But the series I read don’t dwell a lot on the couple or the courting/possibility. Let me get to Donna’s question.

Donna:

I would love to know if any of the other readers enjoy when there is romance involved with the main characters. I have been reading one series for several years but the last book I read I felt like I was reading a romance book. In fact, I forgot someone had been murdered. The theme seemed to be more on if the main character and her boyfriend were going to get back together and if they had sex yet. Needless to say as much as I enjoyed the series at the beginning I will most likely not continue with it. There is another series I read and the focus seems to be more on their relationship instead of the mystery. Does anyone else feel this way?

So, what do you all think? Do you like your Cozies to have a lot of romance in them? Or is too much romance not at all appealing in your Cozy Mysteries?

If You Missed the Cozy-Mystery Information, Here’s What I Suggest You Do

nancydrew14June141359090900-I posted some information about an upcoming mystery movie on the Turner Classic Movies channel the other day, and unfortunately not everyone on Facebook got the notice early enough to either watch the movie live or to set up their DVRs to tape the movie. Here is a comment I received:

Lynn:

Ohhh, FB is so awful about showing posts in a timely manner that I missed this posts and the second movie is over! Do you know if they will re-broadcast the first two?

Here is my response:

Danna (Cozy-Mystery):

Lynn, I posted the entry yesterday on my website, so that everyone would have time to set up their DVRs. I’m sorry you missed the notice. I would suggest that you go to my website’s blog area and sign up for the emails. Everything (all new Cozy Mystery authors, new Cozy Mystery themes, the free and cheap Kindle/Nook lists, the monthly mystery movies on television, etc.), everything I add to the Cozy-Mystery.com site comes out in my entry emails. That way, you’ll be ahead of the game! I do a monthly list of the television mystery movies that I post, so if these two Nancy Drew movies are on again, I will be posting them. (Again, I’m sorry you missed them.)

We have a lot of different Cozy Mystery readers who come to the blog and post comments, which are very informative and interesting to read.

And, for those of you who are reading this entry on the actual Cozy Mystery blog, thank you for all your terrific, informative comments. (I wish I could say “terrifically” – but I doubt that’s a word. It just feels like it’s grander than “terrific” – which is how I feel about your participation in, as well as your additions to – the blog!) You ALL are a wonderful source of interesting conversation, as well as a whole lot of great Cozy Mystery information.

Thank you ALL, again!

Most of Us Started with Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, Right?

Nancy Drew... Reporter on TCMI have got to tell you, I am so happy I did this month’s Upcoming Television Mystery list! I wonder if I would have watched the 1938 movie called Nancy Drew… Detective if we hadn’t had the comments about how good these movies are!

Thank you, Patti S and Pamela, for telling us how much you enjoyed these Nancy Drew movies with Bonita Granville. I was in the same boat as Sheila, who told us she hadn’t watched these particular movies. Sheila mentioned that she was looking forward to seeing them, and after reading the comments, so was I!

On July 5th, they aired the first of these movies Nancy Drew, Detective. This week, on a day when I didn’t feel like doing much, I decided to watch it. I had read my older sister’s Nancy Drew mysteries when I was little, so wasn’t quite sure how they would hold up for me now that I’m “not so little”!

Let me just say déjà vu (!), and I loved it! I immediately loved Bonita Granville’s depiction of Nancy, and I thought Ted (Frankie Thomas) and her dad (John Litel) were perfect, as well.

I want to hurry up and get this entry posted, since I see that tomorrow morning, at 9:45 (Central time zone) they will be airing the 1939 Nancy Drew, Reporter. Then, next week (Saturday, July 19) they will be airing the 1939 Nancy Drew… Trouble Shooter at 9:45 AM (Central time zone). The following Saturday (July 26) they’ll be airing the 1939 Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase at the same time.

I just looked Bonita Granville up, and it looks like TCM is going to be showing all of the Nancy Drew movies in which she starred. There are only four.

Well, if you decide to watch these movies, you may find yourself going back, some of us going back farther than others! Enjoy!

Rough Diamond (USA) Diamond Geezer (UK) Television Series

Rough Diamond with David JasonIt has been a few years since I watched this British television series, however I remember it as a fun show to watch. I had seen every one of the A Touch of Frost episodes, and at the time, I was searching to see if David Jason (Jack Frost) had any other mystery shows I could watch. I was delighted to find Rough Diamond (2008) but wasn’t very happy to see that it only aired one year. (This is not a mystery show. It is more like Mission Impossible, only with thieves.)

The premise of Rough Diamond is this: Des (David Jason) is an “older” (thus the UK’s title Diamond Geezer) Mastermind thief who we first encounter in prison. He seems to have worked his way up the prison’s hierarchical ladder, as he is now in charge of taking around the tea cart. Of course, we hope that his prison time has rehabilitated him!

Upon his “release”, however, Des isn’t content with serving tea. He decides to go back to his old ways >>> since he truly never left them.

The production crew of Rough Diamond must have had great fun coming up with the different disguises Jason donned. David Jason is able to pull off all of the disguises with boyish glee.

I have to admit that this series is pretty zany. I mean, how realistic is it that a 60+ year old man would be able to lead his cohorts on the criminal escapades they go on? It is still a delightful show to me. Even if I had trouble buying that these older men were zipping around, pulling off dangerous capers with the precise punctuality they required, I had a good time watching them. (If television viewers can buy CSI’s and Law & Order’s 60 second DNA test results, then why can’t television viewers equally buy a sixty plus year old cat burglar?!?)

If you decide to watch this British import, suspend your belief, get comfortable, kick your shoes off, and enjoy David Jason >>> again!

P.S. It is available on Netflix.

Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett Interview

Book Clubbed by Lorna Barrett (aka Lorraine Bartlett & L.L. Bartlett)Oh my gosh! Pardon me as if I gush, but I just posted my Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett interview. I have got to tell you, every time I do an interview with a Cozy Mystery author, I am happily surprised by how nice they are, and how gracious they are with their time.

Since Lorraine Bartlett/Lorna Barrett/L.L. Bartlett is one of the Cozy Mystery authors who appears the most frequently on our Cozy Mystery recommendations lists, I am guessing that most of One Hot Murder by Lorraine Bartlett (aka Lorna Barrett & L.L. Bartlett)you already know who this bestselling author is. For those very few of you who don’t know, let me very briefly tell you about her highly popular Cozy Mystery series.

Lorraine Bartlett writes the  Victoria Square Mystery Series. This series features Katie Bonner, a young widow who is an artisan co-op member.  Lorna Barrett pens the Booktown Mystery Series, and stars Tricia Miles, owner of the Haven’t Got a Clue Mystery bookstore. (In a nod to classic Cozies, Miss Marple is not only a character in some of the Dark Waters by L.L. Bartlett (aka Lorraine Bartlett & Lorna Barrett)bookstore’s shelves, she’s also the name of Tricia’s cat.) And, as L.L. Bartlett she writes the Jeff Resnick Mystery Series. Jeff is an insurance investigator who, after being mugged, developed a “sixth sense” which helps him solve mysteries.

I hope you ALL enjoy this Lorraine Bartlett/Lorna Barrett/L.L. Bartlett Interview. Go fix yourself a cup of tea, click on the highlighted link, sit back, and enjoy what this very popular Cozy Mystery author has to say! I think you’ll find it interesting!

P.S.  Since two Cozy Mystery readers have just told me about these great prices for L.L. Bartlett’s Kindle books right now, I thought I would go ahead and add them to this entry.

JEFF RESNICK MYSTERY Series:
Main Character: Jeff Resnick, Insurance Investigator, Mugging Victim who now has a “sixth sense” gift & Richard, Jeff’s brother

  1. Murder on the Mind  FREE
  2. Dead in Red  $4.99
  3. Room at the Inn  $4.99
  4. Cheated by Death  $4.99
  5. Bound by Suggestion  $4.99
  6. Dark Waters  $4.99

When the Spirit Moves You (Novelette) $1.49
Bah! Humbug ’10 (short story after book #5) $0.99
Cold Case ’10 (the 1st chapter in Bound by Suggestion) $0.99
Evolution  (Short Stories) $2.99

L.L. Bartlett on Nook