Free Kindle books & bargains for Thursday, March 23, 2017

Murder in White Lace: A Bridal Shop Cozy Mystery

 Mystery > Amateur Sleuths
Author: Karen Sue Walker
FREE

Murder in White Lace: A Bridal Shop Cozy Mystery

Max Walters is a talented bridal consultant with dreams of moving to New York and being a designer, even if it means leaving behind her serene California seaside home.

When a shocking murder rips the tranquil veneer of Crystal Shores to shreds, she discovers there is more to her home town than meets the eye. With her friend arrested for murder and the police refusing to search for another suspect, Max quickly discovers the only way to clear his name is to investigate for herself. Despite the concern of the handsome Detective Cruz, Max weaves together a list of suspects that puts her on the path to the real killer.

Room With a Clue (Pennyfoot Hotel Mystery Book 1)

 Mystery > Historical
Author: Kate Kingsbury
FREE

Room With a Clue (Pennyfoot Hotel Mystery Book 1)

Lady Eleanor Danbury thoroughly enjoyed the view of the ocean from the rooftop garden of the Pennyfoot Hotel, until someone pushed her over to fall four stories to her death. In order to keep secret the goings-on of her illustrious guests, Cecily takes on the task of tracking down a killer. There are no shortage of suspects, since Lady Eleanor managed to alienate everyone with whom she came in contact. That includes the downstairs staff of the hotel, the fellow aristocrats staying at the hotel, and even her own husband.

Deadly Lies

 Thrillers > Psychological
Author: Chris Patchell
FREE

Deadly Lies

As a teenager, Jill Shannon fell victim to her stepfather’s cruel abuse. Now as an adult, Jill’s made it – she has a successful career and a solid, if not static, marriage to Detective Alex Shannon. Together they live out what seems to be a perfect life in Seattle.

The vow she made as a teenager to never again be a victim lies dormant – until one day a reporter lures her to his hotel room under the pretense of an interview – and suddenly all of it comes rushing back. Jill seeks revenge on the reporter, triggering a series of events that leads Jill down a wormhole of retribution, forcing her to spin an ever-widening web of lies.

Mermaid Inc.

 Fantasy > Fairy Tales
Author: Caroline Mickelson
FREE

Mermaid Inc. (A Romantic Comedy)

Adamantly opposed to commercial whaling, Miranda happily trades her fin for human legs when she’s given the opportunity to work as a maid for a man in charge of public relations for a large Japanese whaling firm. Miranda soon finds out that she loves pedicures, favors bikinis over clamshells, and that she’s a natural disaster when it comes to human housework. There’s so much about the human world she doesn’t understand. Why does Justin Lockheed, her handsome boss, make her heart race and her knees weak? And just what is she supposed to do when it comes time to choose between advancing her cause and destroying his career?

Headed for the Win (Nadia and Winny Book 1)

 Fiction > Sports
Author: Rachael Eliker
FREE

Headed for the Win (Nadia and Winny Book 1)

Nadia Wells has spent her life trying to convince her parents that horses are a necessity but despite her best efforts, they see them only as an extravagant luxury. After landing her dream job mucking stalls in exchange for riding lessons, a wealthy philanthropist recognizes Nadia’s talent and decides to invest in her. Purchasing a mare nicknamed Winny, Nadia is sure she’s bound for equestrian greatness but on the cusp of their most challenging three-day event yet, Winny bucks Nadia off in front of a crowd of her peers. Humiliated and fuming, Nadia makes a birthday wish that she could better understand her horse.

Cursed Beauty: A Cinderella Story (A Fairy Retelling Book 1)

 Fantasy > Fairy Tales
Author: Dorian Tsukioka
FREE

Cursed Beauty: A Cinderella Story (A Fairy Retelling Book 1)

Adelaide has lived her entire life cursed with a birthmark that makes people shy away. When an invitation to the Elder Prince’s ball falls in her lap, she knows attending would only cause people to shun her more.

A fairy godmother feels her pain and offers her a pair of glass slippers that not only transform her ragged dress to an elegant gown, but also removes the mark that covers her face. However, Adelaide soon learns that the beautiful slippers can steal away more than just her birthmark, leaving her cursed in a far worse way.

Kind of Blue (An Ash Levine Thriller Book 1)

 Thrillers > Crime
Author: Miles Corwin
Regularly $7.99, Today $0.99

Kind of Blue (An Ash Levine Thriller Book 1)

When a legendary ex-cop is murdered in L.A., the pressure’s on to find the killer. Lt. Frank Duffy needs his best detective on the case, but his best detective, Ash Levine, quit a year ago.A tenacious, obsessive detective, Ash resigned after Latisha Patton, the witness in a homicide case he was working, was murdered. Without his job, Ash is left unanchored-and consumed with guilt that he somehow caused Latisha’s murder.When he’s asked to rejoin the force, Ash reluctantly agrees. Getting his badge back could give him the chance to find Latisha’s killer.

Vertical Gardening: Grow Up, Not Out, for More Vegetables and Flowers in Much Less Space

 Gardening & Landscape Design > By Technique > Container Gardening
Author: Derek Fell
Regularly $23.99, Today $0.99

Vertical Gardening: Grow Up, Not Out, for More Vegetables and Flowers in Much Less Space

The biggest mistake gardeners make each season is starting out too big and then quickly realizing their large plot requires too much weeding, watering, and backbreaking labor. Vertical gardening guarantees a better outcome from the day the trowel hits the soil–by shrinking the amount of “floor” space needed and focusing on climbing plants that are less prone to insects, diseases, and animal pests.

Notable author and gardener Derek Fell has tried and tested thousands of varieties of vegetables, flowers, and fruits and recommends the best plants for space-saving vertical gardening.

Corsets and Codpieces: A History of Outrageous Fashion, from Roman Times to the Modern Era

  Social Sciences > Customs & Traditions
Author: Karen Bowman
Regularly $16.99, Today $1.99

Corsets and Codpieces: A History of Outrageous Fashion, from Roman Times to the Modern Era

Have you ever wondered why we wear the type of clothes we do? Packed with outlandish outfits, this exciting history of fashion trends reveals the flamboyant fashions adopted (and discarded) by our ancestors.

In the days before cosmetic surgery, people used bum rolls and bombastic breeches to augment their figures, painted their faces with poisonous concoctions, and doused themselves with scent to cover body odor.
Take a fresh look at history’s hidden fashion disasters and discover the stories behind historical garments:
– How removing a medieval woman’s headdress could reveal her as a harlot
– Why Tudor men traded in their oversized codpieces for corsets
– How crinoline caused a spate of shoplifting among Victorian ladies

Fair Game (All’s Fair Book 1)

 Fiction > LGBT > Gay Fiction
Author: Josh Lanyon
Regularly $3.49, Today $0.99

Fair Game (All's Fair Book 1)

A crippling knee injury forced Elliot Mills to trade in his FBI badge for dusty chalkboards and bored college students. Now a history professor at Puget Sound university, the former agent has put his old life behind him—but it seems his old life isn’t finished with him.

A young man has gone missing from campus—and as a favor to a family friend, Elliot agrees to do a little sniffing around. His investigations bring him face-to-face with his former lover, Tucker Lance, the special agent handling the case.

Things ended badly with Tucker, and neither man is ready to back down on the fight that drove them apart.

Just a Kiss (A Summer Harbor Novel)

 Christian Fiction > Romance > Contemporary
Author: Denise Hunter
Regularly $7.99, Today $1.99

Just a Kiss (A Summer Harbor Novel)
Watching the love of his life falling for his brother was enough to send Riley straight to boot camp. But over a year later, he’s officially a marine, and Beau and Paige are no longer an item. When Riley’s tour in Afghanistan is up, he intends to confess his feelings to Paige and win his best friend’s heart once and for all.
But all that changes when an IED takes the life of a comrade and leaves Riley an amputee. Now he’s heading home, injured and troubled. His plans to win Paige are a distant dream. She deserves so much more than the man that’s left. All he can do now is put some healthy distance between them. But upon his return he discovers his family has arranged for him to stay with Paige.

Failure of Justice: A Brutal Murder, An Obsessed Cop, Six Wrongful Convictions

 Biographies & Memoirs > True Crime
Author: John Ferak
Regularly $6.84, Today $0.99

Failure of Justice: A Brutal Murder, An Obsessed Cop, Six Wrongful Convictions

Everyone felt the same way: small-town Nebraska widow Helen Wilson didn’t have an ounce of meanness inside her body. Then on February 5, 1985, one of the coldest nights on record, the unthinkable happened. The sixty-eight-year-old resident was murdered inside her second-floor apartment, but why?

Local residents were floored. What type of monster would target a vulnerable widow to fulfill his homicidal sexual fantasies? The crime scene was eerily ritualistic. The trail of evidence turned frustratingly cold until an astonishing breakthrough occurred four years later. A torn scrap of money recovered at the crime scene became the presumed smoking gun that helped solve the hideous crime.

Just Friends

 Romance > Contemporary
Author: Monica Murphy
Regularly $3.99, Today $0.99

Just Friends

It’s the end of summer. Just before I start senior year with my two best friends in the whole world. Dustin and Emily are everything to me. We’ve been inseparable since middle school, and when we’re together, nothing can go wrong.

But things aren’t always what they seem. Em’s turned into a drunken mess who parties too much. Dustin and I have hooked up a few times—and now he’s ready to take our relationship to the next level. Yet I’m not sure I want things to change. I’m scared if I take it any further with Dustin, our friendship will be ruined forever. Then there’s Ryan. The new guy. He’s hot. He flirts way too much. And Em has totally set her sights on him.

He Belongs to Me

 Literary Fiction > Romance
Author: Theresa Rizzo
Regularly $4.99, Today $0.99

He Belongs to Me

Forced to leave her baby and tricked into relinquishing her parental rights, four years later Catherine Boyd is back and she’ll do anything to regain custody of her son–even reconcile with the husband accused of killing their son’s twin.

Catherine graduates from college, eager to start a new life with her six-year-old son, Drew. But when she tries to bring him home, her parents refuse to relinquish control of the grandson they’d raised.

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