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Monday, March 5, 2012

Must Read Monday: Favorite 99 cent Kindle Mystery Bargains

Mr. and Mrs. MRM here, and today on the blog we tick off our favorite 99 cent Kindle buys that are still priced at 99 cents.  Oftentimes 99 cents books are priced that way for a limited time, but the books below are all ones that we have particularly enjoyed and have kept the bargain price for months:

James Reasoner's Tractor Girl, a tight, taut little thriller that could have been a 50s Gold Medal paperback.

Edward Grainger's (aka David Cranmer) The Adventures of Cash Laramie and Gideon Miles Volume I, a collection of western noir short stories.  Volume 2 of Cash and Gideon's adventures, plus Heath Lowrance's Miles to Little Ridge and Wayne Dundee's Manhunter's Mountain are also terrific 99 cent buys from the series.

Jessie Crockett's Live Free or Die, a Granite State cozy mystery with a convincing and sympathetic heroine.  We are really looking forward to the second book in this series.

Parnell Hall's Detective, the first book his deftly plotted and humorous Stanley Hastings series.  The second book, "Murder", is also 99 cents as are the first two books in his Steve Winslow series.

Nigel Bird's Dirty Old Town, a collection of 9 dark slices of (low) life from the award winning short story writer. The stories are nicely varied in tone and structure. My favorites are the deeply sad tale of a school janitor's last day "Taking a Line for a Walk" and the humorous tale of father/son thieves "Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight)".

Jennifer Becton's Absolute Liability, the first book in her Southern Fraud cozy mystery series.

Karen Cantwell's Take the Monkeys and Run, the hilarious first book in her Barbara Marr series.

Lawrence Block's Afterthoughts.  Not a mystery, but a collection of 40+ afterwords from his books that reads like a particularly revealing memoir.

P.B. Ryan's Still Life with Murder, the first book in her Gilded Age historical mystery series featuring Boston governess Nell Sweeney.


Scottish author Allan Guthrie's terrific crime novella Bye Bye Baby, told from the point of view of the victim of the crime.  Also includes the short story the novella is based on, told from the point of view of a completely different character.

Do you have any 99 cent favorites that we have missed?


  1. Simply and absolutely thrilled to be here.


  2. I really enjoyed "Smoke" too Nigel, though I went to point someone to it at amazon the other day and could not find it.

  3. All of the Cash Laramie/Gideon Miles books are great, as is Nigel Bird's. Glad to see them here. I'll have to try some of the others on the list. Thanks for compiling this.

  4. To promote the distribution of A View to Die For on all major eBook sites, the price has been lowered to 99 cents on all platforms. This includes Amazon, B&N, Apple, etc. This a test promotion. If it works, I will keep the 99 cent price; otherwise, it will go back to $2.99



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