Some good e-book bargains: George, Crombie and Matar

Believing the Lie: An Inspector Lynley Novel: A Lynley Novel by [George, Elizabeth]Elizabeth George is the prolific author of the Inspector Lynley/Barbara Havers series.  Many of the books are excellent in my opinion, while a few are less strong.  Here is a chance to try one for $1.99.

The critics say:

“A multiplicity of subplots and a richness of physical detail . . . The terrain and the weather are objective correlatives to the characters’ stormy patches. Meanwhile, the story strands are untied and retied in satisfying and often moving ways.” —The Wall Street Journal

“Elizabeth George is a superstar of the crime-fiction world, British Inspector Division. Deservedly so: Her tales always provide nuanced character studies and insights into social issues along with their intricate mysteries.” —The Seattle Times

“Devilishly complicated.” —Entertainment Weekly

“A dense, twisty plot with characters who reveal the sad spectrum of human dereliction.” —People

Garden of Lamentations: A Novel (Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James Novels) by [Crombie, Deborah]Both Deborah Crombie and the above noted, Elizabeth Geroge, are Americans who write Britain based mysteries.  You would think they were British if you did not know better.  I have loved every book in the Duncan Kincaid and Gemma Jones series.  This one is on sale today for $1.99.

From the Back Cover

On a beautiful morning in mid-May, the body of a young woman is found in one of Notting Hill’s private gardens. To the surrounding residents, the pretty girl in the white dress looks as if she’s sleeping. But Reagan Keating has been murdered, and the lead detective, DI Kerry Boatman, turns to Gemma James for help. She and Gemma worked together on a previous investigation, and Gemma has a personal connection to the case: Reagan was the nanny of a child who attends the same dance studio as Toby, Gemma and Kincaid’s son.

Gemma soon discovers that Reagan’s death is the second tragedy in this exclusive London park; a few months before, another victim died in an accident. And when still another of the garden residents meets a violent end, it becomes clear that there are sinister forces at play within the intimate walls of this private square. Boatman and Gemma must stop the killer as Gemma realizes she holds a child’s fate in her hands.


The Return (Pulitzer Prize Winner): Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between by [Matar, Hisham]This one is non-fiction and also $1.99 today.  It deservedly won the Pulitzer prize.  I heard the author speak and he was most impressive.  This is an amazing (really!), heartbreaking and inspiring read about fathers and sons, freedom and confinement, letting go and choosing life.  Highly recommended.

Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times • The Washington Post • The Guardian • Financial Times

“A tale of mighty love, loyalty and courage. It simply must be read.”The Spectator (U.K.)

“Wise and agonizing and thrilling to read.”—Zadie Smith

“[An] eloquent memoir . . . at once a suspenseful detective story about a writer investigating his father’s fate . . . and a son’s efforts to come to terms with his father’s ghost, who has haunted more than half his life by his absence.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

“This outstanding book . . . roves back and forth in time with a freedom that conceals the intricate precision of its art.”The Wall Street Journal

“Truly remarkable . . . a book with a profound faith in the consolations of storytelling . . . a testament to [Matar’s] father, his family and his country.”The Daily Telegraph (U.K.)


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