Cozy mysteries from Kensington Books available in audio via Audible UK.

An update on the original post.

As most readers of my blog and fb page are aware, I’m an big advocate of the audio book.  Being an avid reader of what the Americans call the ‘Cozy’ (murder/mystery) genre, I thought it would be good to share with other audio listeners a list of ‘Cozy’ authors and their books that are available to download from Audible.co.uk.

Audible members, if there are any authors or books that are in audio, but are not available to you/us outside of the USA.  Do get in touch with Audible and ask if they could possibly acquire it/them.  They are always looking for New stock, and it is always worth asking.

Another avenue to pursue is getting in contact with the publisher.  I recently did this with Kensington Books, and the outcome was that we now have many of their audio books available to us.

If you use Audible, no matter whether here in the UK or any Worldwide location, please do leave a review after listening.  Thanks.

I apologise in advance, if I miss anyone out.

I will put K/A at the end of all those audio books that are available cheaper when you purchase a Kindle edition.

To the Authors:  If you are listed below, please be aware that you have access to these International Audible free codes – you should get these on top of your Audible.com free codes.   Ask your agent or publisher about them…they are yours to use.

These are ideal to be given to your International readers to listen and review…the more exposure that you get Internationally, the more readers you attract.  Also ideal as competition gifts for your International readers.

Audible

You Do Not have to have a members plan to use Audible.

If you have never tried audio books before, Audible do give you a FREE audio book to try in the first month.  You can cancel that trial at any time within the 30 days trial period, and you get to keep the audio book!

You also keep the registered account that can be used to purchase audio books, as and when you choose.  The only thing that you will not receive is the ‘Members Benefits’.

The benefits for me is that I get 2 audio credits a month for £14.99, that works out at £7.50 per audio book, and as most of the cozy mysteries are in the excess of £10.00 and above, that means I get a audio book cheaper than the hardback, paperback or kindle edition a lot of the time.

The other benefits include offers like, ‘Buy One Get One Free’, ‘3 for the price of 2’, ‘Buy 3 in a set time and get £10.00 credit’ (which is handy if you have brought a kindle edition and the audio book is offered at a reduced price).

The offers at times, are handy, but I only use mine as and when they have something that appeals to me.  So it isn’t a biggie if you would rather not go the ‘Members’ route.

As I have mention Kensington Books above.  I will start with them, and include Lyrical Underground which is part of the Kensington group.

I apologise in advance, if I miss anyone out.

I will put K/A at the end of the author listing, which means that those audio books are available at a reduced price when you purchase the Kindle edition.

Kaitlyn Dunnett  – Kilt at the Highland Games – Book #10 in the Liss MacCrimmon Scottish Mystery series.  (On my Wish List.  Would love to see more of this series in audio).

Kate Dyer-Seeley – Scene of the Climb – Book 1 in the A Pacific Northwest Mystery series – K/A  (On my Wish List.  Hope more of this series will become available Internationally on audio)

Catherine Lloyd – the first 2 books in the Kurland St. Mary Mystery series – K/A  (Have read the books, but haven’t listen to any of this series yet.  Both on my Wish List.  Wish that more of the series will appear in audio and available Internationally)

Laurien Berenson – All 18 Melanie Travis Mysteries are available.  Books 1, plus 13 to 18 are K/A  (Not tried, yet).

Mollie Cox Bryan – Books 1 to 4 0f the Cumberland Creek Mystery series are available.  – only books 3 and 4 are K/A  (Got book #1 on my TBLT pile.  The others are on my Wish List.  Was hoping her New Series would be in audio as well…I can only wish and hope).

Sally Goldenbaum – All 11 of the Seaside Knitters Mystery series are available.  (I have listened to book #1…loved it.  The others are still sitting on my Wish List)

Nancy Coco – The first 3 books are available. K/A  (I have book 1 on my TBLT pile…the others are on my Wish List)

Isis Crawford – A Catered Mother’s Day – Book 11 in the Mystery with Recipes series.  (I have this audio, sitting in my TBLT pile.  Book #12 is available in audio, but not Internationally).

Mary Marks – Books 1 & 2 of the Quilting Mysteries series.  K/A  (I have book #2 on audio.  Book #1 is on my Wish List…I have read the first 3 books and also listened to book 2.  I love this series.  Would love to see more of them come out in audio)

Alyssa Maxwell – First 4 books in the Gilded Age Mystery series. (I have all 4, but only listened to Murder at Breakers…the others are in the TBLT pile.  A great historical series, and one I enjoy listening to. – Murder Most Malicious: A Lady and Lady’s Maid Mystery, Book 1 is in audio, but not available Internationally).

Laura Levine – All 14 books are available in Jaine Austen Mystery series.  Some are K/A and some are not.  (I have the audios for books 13 & 14…listened to book #14.  These are a great and funny series to listen to.  The rest are in my Wish List)

Lee Hollis – Books 1 to 7 are available in the Hayley Powell Food and Cocktails Mystery Series.  K/A  (All in my wish list.  Itching to try! lol)

Rose Pressey – Book 1, 2 & 4 in the Haunted Vintage Mystery series – Books 1 & 2 in the Maggie, P.I. Mystery series – Books 1 & 2 in the Trash to Treasure Crafting Mystery series – Books 1 & 2 of the Haunted Renovation Mystery series – K/A  (I have all 3 that are available in the Haunted Vintage series, wish that book 3, that is audio, will also become available to us Internationally.  This is a fun and enjoyable series, have listened to books 1 &2.  Have yet to try any of the others series, yet).

Barbara Allan – Antiques Fate – Book 11 in the Trash ‘n’ Treasures Mystery Series.  (I have this on audio, very funny mother and daughter duo.  I have read a few more of these books.  Wish there were more available in audio Internationally).

G.A. McKevett – All 21 of the Savannah Reid Mystery Series are available.  Some are K/A  (I love this fun series.  I have books 1, 2 & 20 in my Audible library, listened to #20.  The others are sitting waiting in my Wish List).

Joanne Fluke – Books 9.5, 13.5, and books 16 to 21 of the Hannah Swensen Mystery series are available.  Some are K/A – All the missing numbered books are in audio, but are not available Internationally.

Annelise Ryan – Books 1 to 6 and 8, are available in the Mattie Winston Mystery Series.  All are K/A  Book #7 is in audio, but not available Internationally.  (I have this series in my Wish List).

Hy Conrad – Toured to Death – Book 1 of the Amy’s Travel Mystery Series.  (I have this in my audio library, TBLT.  Have read book #2, and this is a great series.  Wish that more of this series was available on audio).

Barbara Ross – Books 1 to 4 are available of the Maine Clambake Mystery series.  (I have read a couple of the books, but the audios are still in my Wish List).

Waverly Curtis – Books 1 to 4, plus 3.5 of the Barking Detective Mystery Series are available.  Book #5 is in audio, but not available Internationally.  All are K/A except book #2.  (I have book #1 on kindle in my TBR pile…but the audios are still waiting for me on my Wish List).

June Shaw – Cealie Gunther Mystery Series Books 1 & 2 (have not tried these yet).

 

Series that are in audio, but NOT available Internationally are:

Leslie Meier – Lucy Stone Mystery series – Books #10, 14, & 18 to 23.

Cheryl Crane – Nikki Harper Mystery series – Books 1 to 3.

Carol J. Perry – Witch City Mystery series – Books 1 to 4 (I love this series, and have been lucky to have had ARC’s to this series via NetGalley, but would love to be able to listen to them).

Lea Wait – Mainely Needlepoint Mystery Series Books 1 & 2 (this is a great series and I have been lucky in following it from the beginning, via NetGalley ARC’s, but would love to be able to listen to them) – Shadows on the Ivy: An Antique Print Mystery.

Maddie Day (aka Edith Maxwell) – Country Store Mystery series, books 1 to 3.  (I luckily have had ARC’s to this series, via NetGalley)

Lynn Cahoon – Tourist Trap Mystery series, books 1 to 7 – Cat Latimer Mysteries, books 1 and 2.  (I would love to be able to listen to both of these series.  I have been lucky in having a number of Lynn’s books on ARC, via NetGalley).

Anna Lee Huber – Lady Darby Mystery series, books 1 to 5.

Janet Finsilver – Kelly Jackson Mystery Series, Book 1 (this is a very good series.  I have been lucky to have had ARC’s for a 4 books in the series, via NetGalley.  Would love to be able to listen to the narrated stories as well)

I have been very fortunate in the fact that I have had ARC’s from Kensington Books (including Lyrical Underground), and have had the chance to sample New series from the beginning, plus some series that I had already been following.  Many of which I have since brought and either sit on my book shelves, on my Kindle or in audio format via Audible.co.uk.

Being dyslexic, physical reading is a challenge at the best of times, so being read to is for me bliss.  With the words flowing through my ears, I escape into the world the author has created, for just a few hours the real world and it’s problems disappear.

Although I read a lot of Cozy mysteries, I do read other genres as well…I like to swap and change the pace.

In my ideal world, and certainly in this day and age of computer and internet.  Books would be in all formats and available Worldwide…I can dream, can’t I?

 

Doctor Who: Code of the Krillitanes by Justin Richards

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“I blame those new Brainy Crisps. Since he started eating them, he’s been too clever by half.”

Can eating a bag of crisps really make you more clever? The company that makes the crisps says so, and they seem to be right.

But the Doctor is worried. Who would want to make people more brainy? And why? With just his sonic screwdriver and a supermarket trolley full of crisps, the Doctor sets out to find the truth. The answer is scary — the Krillitanes are back on Earth, and everyone is at risk!

Last time they took over a school. This time they have hijacked the internet. Whatever they are up to, it’s big and it’s nasty. Only the Doctor can stop them — if he isn’t already too late…

A short novella in the Doctor Who series of books, starring the 10th Doctor (David Tennant), where he comes face to face with the Krillitanes once again.

An enjoyable short read, which is well plotted and written by Justin Richards.

5 Stars*****

Cozy Mysteries – and breaking into the International Market – Part 2

As I waffled on a bit in Part 1, I need to get straight to the point in this second part.

I had been talking (Lorraine Bartlett aka Lorna Barrett) about finding a way for authors to break into the International Market with their books.

As I have had a few weeks to mull over this problem, while moving my mum from a 2 bed bungalow (single lever ranch style house), to a 1 bed ground floor flat (apartment)…I do so hate the moving process and it’s aftermath.

The UK book market has opened up a bit on the ‘cozy’ mysteries.

Constable & Robinson (which has just recently been taken over by Little, Brown Book Group), have been publishing Historical cozies for a few years now, with authors like Carola Dunn, Emily Brightwell, Kerry Greenwood and recently started publishing Robin Paige (aka Susan Wittig Albert), and many others.

Little, Brown BG, DO publish the more modern cozy mysteries as well, with authors like M. C. Beaton (both the Hamish MacBeth and Agatha Raisin books), and Hannah Dennison.

Severn House is another option.  They have been publishing Clea Simon books for some time, and the last 2 books in Tamar Myers, Pennsylvania Dutch mystery series, both Cathy Ace series, and the latest in Casey Daniel’s Pepper Martin mysteries – Graveyard Shift.

It is always worth a try (if you haven’t already), and you have nothing to lose…and everything to gain.  Like getting your books visually seen in book shops and libraries Nationwide.

And although we do seem like ‘stuffed shirts’ *grins* at times over here in the UK.  I do believe that our publishing companies do share with their counter parts within the Common Market (ie, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, etc…).

Other than that, all that I can think of is finding readers in different countries that will promote the hell out of your books for you.

Physical ARC’s are not an option, as the shipping prices are huge.

But e-book downloads can be done, through places like NetGalley or sending them a copy direct to the reader via email. *Can it be done?  Don’t ask me, I’m technically challenged!*

Audio books as well can be done that way too.  And with audio books on a steady rise, with more and more people listening to books, it is worth finding out if your audio book/s are ‘Territorial’ (only available within the 50 States) or International.

If you have audio books available Internationally, you should also have access to your free codes like you get from Audible.com, but for Audible.co.uk and other Audible worldwide locations.  They are yours…so go get them, as you need to get UK and International listeners to review on their Audible location site, NOT the US site.

A side note here…

If you are unsure whether your audio books are available Internationally, go to Audible.co.uk and put the name you are looking for in the ‘search’ box (word to the wise, if you have a Audible.com account, sign out first before looking at the UK site, as it will only take you back to Audible.com, not Audible.co.uk….I know, as I have to make sure that I have logged of my UK account before I can see what I can’t get hold of on the US listings!).  Also check the reviews at the bottom of each title for Audible UK, not Audible.com reviews…I’m listening as quick as I can, but I’m just one person and they haven’t invented a time machine yet!   Where is the Doctor and the TARDIS when you need them! *grin*

Authors…a note on audio books and for that matter kindle/e-book editions (as they are not all available Internationally, either).  When negotiating a new book contract, go for audio rights, and push for “International Rights” or as Leslie Budewitz just reminded me today of another term, “World English”.   This should ensure that your audio books and Kindle/e-books are available Worldwide.

Another option is finding few of your International followers and sending them a copy of the book when it comes out via The Book Depository, as they do FREE shipping Worldwide, to read, review and pass around.

Unfortunately you can not ‘Gift’ a kindle edition, as Amazon UK does not support it (as one author and I have found out…and we were both disappointed.  I have since brought both of her Kindle books), I don’t know whether it’s the same in other Amazon countries.

And that is the best that I can come up with at the moment.

I have been thinking about opening a FB page for Murder, Mystery & More…International, to promote awareness of authors and their books.  But I’m clueless on how to go about it.

The Diva Runs Out of Thyme (A Domestic Diva Mystery #1) by Krista Davis.

First book in the Domestic Diva mystery series.

Some Dishes Are Best Served Cold…

Few can compete with Natasha Smith when it comes to entertaining, but her childhood rival, Sophie Winston, certainly tries. Natasha may have stolen the spotlight, and Sophie’s husband, but Sophie is determined to rob her of the prize for the Stupendous Stuffing Shakedown. She just needs the right ingredient.

But Sophie’s search for the perfect turkey takes a basting when she stumbles across a corpse. And when the police find her name and photo inside the victim’s car, Sophie will have to set her trussing aside to solve the murder, or she’ll be serving up prison grub.

Loved this first book in the series, with hosting tips heading every chapter.  With a Great set of recipes that I will trying out in time.

NB –  I preferred Sophie’s tips more than Natasha’s, as I’m like Sophie, keeping it plain and simple.

With a strong set of characters, well plotted and written.

A really enjoyable mystery, and will be reading more of this series.

Published by Berkley Prime Crime, this book can be purchased from most book sellers.  Also available from Amazon in paperback, kindle and audio CD’s.  It is also available to download via Audible.com (but not available Internationally).

I managed to purchase the MP3 when it came up on offer on Amazon UK.

Narrated by Hillary Huber, and I must say that she made listening very enjoyable.

5 Stars*****

Cozy Books availability – ~USA verses the rest of the World.

This morning a lady in Australia asked a question on the ‘Save Our Cozy’ fb site, about audiobooks.  And there were some lovely replies and suggestions.

Unfortunately most of them were not viable to readers outside the USA.

So I feel the need to clarify the situation on USA publications and their availability outside the USA.

When a book is published in the USA, and you live in the USA, you can walk into a bookstore and pick up a copy of the latest hardback or paperback, or go to you local library and pick it off the shelf or request a purchase of it into stock.

For those of us that live outside of the US, we can’t.

Our book shops/stores for the most part do not stock them.  Our libraries do not buy them in for reading.  The only availability for us, is to order it through internet book selling sites.

Now we come to Kindle/ebooks and audiobooks.  Only about 60% Kindle and 40% audio are available outside of the USA.

For example…We can not buy any Jenn McKinlay, kindle/ebooks or audiobooks downloads.  And that is just one of many, many examples I could throw out to you here.

It’s all due to “Territorial Rights”… Which basically means that these items can not be sold outside of the 50 States of the USA.

It is all due to the red tape publishers have used for years in their contracts with authors. Which was originally set up to secure ‘Royalties’ to the publisher (most important) and the author (less important)…

To me the author is the most important person, as it is their blood, sweat and tears, that they give to us in their written work, for our benefit. 

Now you can see why more and more authors are turning to ‘self publishing’.

The only visual example that I can think of (you might find it on ‘that video site’ or your dvd collection), is an episode from ‘Murder She Wrote’.

The episode is the one with William Conrad (Canon) as a KGB agent keeping a watchful eye on a troupe of Russian ballet dancers…and 2 escape.  And a conversation between Conrad’s character and Jessica goes…

Conrad character – “Mrs. Fletcher, I have enjoyed all your books.  I have read them all in Russia”.

Jessica – “Well thank you.  But it would be nice if Russia paid the Royalties that are due!”

‘Territorial Rights’ or ‘International Copyright Law’, were sound policies in the day of years gone by.  But now, with the internet they are antiquated and outmoded, as sales worldwide can be easily tracked via online sales.

But some of the older ‘established’ publishers still use the ‘old’ contracts.  Possibly because they hate spending their profits in updating anything.  A bit like them not spending money on promoting genre authors, who are NOT International Best Sellers…I don’t think they have ever heard of the saying “using a sprat to catch a mackerel”!

So to just clarify things…outside the USA,

We can not walking into a book shop/store and purchase physical books published from the USA (for the most part…some book shops in major cities might stock a few…if you are lucky!).

We can not borrow hardbacks, paperbacks, ebooks or audiobooks from our cozy authors from our libraries (Hoopla and Overdrive are not available outside of the USA).  Some libraries might (and only might), be able to get some Large Print editions, that are published outside the USA.

I hope this helps people understand what we, the International reader go through to get our fix. *smile*

 

Audio book decisions…do I get now or wait? A life of a Book-a-holic (bibliophile).

What a wonderful surprise to find this morning on Audible.co.uk, not 1 but 2 New audio releases available later on today (that had not appeared on the ‘Coming Soon’ page)…well it is 06:50 in the morning and the New audios can not be purchased until 9am…you can pre-order of course

And yes, most of the sites I visit are book orientated, well I am a book-a-holic (bibliophile)…what do you expect?!

Released today are…

Pekoe Most Poison by Laura Childs.

and

Spouse on Haunted Hill by E. J. Copperman.

I have 3 credits left, and my new credits don’t go in until the 19th (I have a 2 credit a month automatic purchase account).

Do I buy today or wait until the weekend and see what offers are available (if any)…

decisions, decisions, decisions.

I want both *grabby hands*

Books purchased….Feb 2017

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It’s been a good month for me purchase wise.  I had some credit left over from Amazon Gift Cards, and the price has just been right or reduced on most of the above books.

I just love bargains…don’t you?

So what did I get this month?

In Paperbacks and Hardbacks…

The Madness of Mercury – by Connie di Marco – 1st book in the Zodiac Mystery series.

Death of A Robber Baron – by Charles O’Brien – Book 1 in the Gilded Age Mystery series.

The Hen of the Baskervilles & The Good, the Bed, and the Emus – by Donna Andrews – Books 15 & 17 in the Meg Langslow mystery series

The Skeleton Haunts a House – by Leigh Perry (AKA Toni L.P. Kelner) – 3rd book in the Family Skeleton Mystery series.  I’m so pleased that Toni/Leigh is going to continue this series…I love Sid and the gang.

A Dollhouse to Die For & Lie of the Needle – by Cate Price – Books 2 & 3 of the Deadly Notions Mystery series.  Have all 3 books now, but as of yet, not started them.

Deadly Notions – by Elizabeth Lynn Casey (AKA Laura Bradford) – Book 4 of the Southern Sewing Circle Mystery series.  Still not started this series yet, even though I have had the first couple for some time since they came out.  So no Laura, I’m not reading them out of order…I’m filling in the gaps! 😀

Thyme of Death – by Susan Wittig Albert – Book 1 of the China Bayles Mystery Series – gifted my original set to a friend a few years ago.  And now I want to re-read the series…so buying again.  Oh well *sighs* 😀

The Darling Dahlias and the Texas Star – By Susan Wittig Albert – Book 4 in the Darling Dahlias Mystery Series.  Got the first 4 books…but still sitting on the TBR pile.

Doubled Booked for Death – Ali Brandon – Book 1 in the Black Cat Bookshop Mystery series.  Finally getting to try this series out…after being pushed into it by the Cozy Once A Month Reading Group on FB. 😉

Suddenly in her Sorbet & Dying Well – By Joyce Christmas – Books 1 & 10 in the Lady Margaret Priam Mystery Series.  Had this series tucked away in one or the boxes upstairs, but be blowed if I could find the first and last book in the series…and I can’t have that!  And I had only read the first one, many, many moons ago! lol

In Kindle…

Clara Benson’s 3-in-1 set…it was free! lol

Murder at the Courthouse – by A. H. Gabhart – Book 1 in the Hidden Springs Mystery series.

Tastes Like Murder – By Catherine Burns.

Murder on the East Coast – By Dianne Harmon – it was free.

Agnes Grey – By Anne Bronte – it was free and came with free audio narration.

Audio Books…

I like to keep a small stock of credits on hand…as you never know when Audible.co.uk will have an offer going!  But this last time, I did purchase 3 extra credits for £17.00, which is always a bargain!  And they were also doing, buy 3 audio books within a set time period, and get a £10.00 credit.  Which is always nice, as I normally have a number of books I have brought in Kindle format, that have audio narration to them.

And I do love my audio books! 🙂

And what did I get?

Lady of Ashes – By Christine Trent – Book 1 of the Lady of Ashes Mystery Series.  Been eyeing this one up for soooo long, that I just had to have it!

Murder in G Major – By Alexia Gordon – The first book in the Gethsemane Brown Mystery series.  This looked so good, that I had to have it to try…will let you know what I think when listened to. 🙂

Owls Well That Ends Well – By Donna Andrews – Book 6 in the Meg Langslow mystery series.  I have never tried any of the Meg Langslow series, but the recommendations of the series from other readers, has pushed me into giving them a go.

She Stopped Death – By Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli – Book 2 in the Little Library Mystery Series.

An Unseen Attraction – By KJ Charles – Sins of the Cities, book 1.  A New M/M trilogy from the supreme KJ Charles.

Now I just need to find the time to read and listen to them!

Books purchased….Feb 2017

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It’s been a good month for me purchase wise.  I had some credit left over from Amazon Gift Cards, and the price has just been right or reduced on most of the above books.

I just love bargains…don’t you?

So what did I get this month?

In Paperbacks and Hardbacks…

The Madness of Mercury – by Connie di Marco – 1st book in the Zodiac Mystery series.

Death of A Robber Baron – by Charles O’Brien – Book 1 in the Gilded Age Mystery series.

The Hen of the Baskervilles & The Good, the Bed, and the Emus – by Donna Andrews – Books 15 & 17 in the Meg Langslow mystery series

The Skeleton Haunts a House – by Leigh Perry (AKA Toni L.P. Kelner) – 3rd book in the Family Skeleton Mystery series.  I’m so pleased that Toni/Leigh is going to continue this series…I love Sid and the gang.

A Dollhouse to Die For & Lie of the Needle – by Cate Price – Books 2 & 3 of the Deadly Notions Mystery series.  Have all 3 books now, but as of yet, not started them.

Deadly Notions – by Elizabeth Lynn Casey (AKA Laura Bradford) – Book 4 of the Southern Sewing Circle Mystery series.  Still not started this series yet, even though I have had the first couple for some time since they came out.  So no Laura, I’m not reading them out of order…I’m filling in the gaps! 😀

Thyme of Death – by Susan Wittig Albert – Book 1 of the China Bayles Mystery Series – gifted my original set to a friend a few years ago.  And now I want to re-read the series…so buying again.  Oh well *sighs* 😀

The Darling Dahlias and the Texas Star – By Susan Wittig Albert – Book 4 in the Darling Dahlias Mystery Series.  Got the first 4 books…but still sitting on the TBR pile.

Doubled Booked for Death – Ali Brandon – Book 1 in the Black Cat Bookshop Mystery series.  Finally getting to try this series out…after being pushed into it by the Cozy Once A Month Reading Group on FB. 😉

Suddenly in her Sorbet & Dying Well – By Joyce Christmas – Books 1 & 10 in the Lady Margaret Priam Mystery Series.  Had this series tucked away in one or the boxes upstairs, but be blowed if I could find the first and last book in the series…and I can’t have that!  And I had only read the first one, many, many moons ago! lol

In Kindle…

Clara Benson’s 3-in-1 set…it was free! lol

Murder at the Courthouse – by A. H. Gabhart – Book 1 in the Hidden Springs Mystery series.

Tastes Like Murder – By Catherine Burns.

Murder on the East Coast – By Dianne Harmon – it was free.

Agnes Grey – By Anne Bronte – it was free and came with free audio narration.

Audio Books…

I like to keep a small stock of credits on hand…as you never know when Audible.co.uk will have an offer going!  But this last time, I did purchase 3 extra credits for £17.00, which is always a bargain!  And they were also doing, buy 3 audio books within a set time period, and get a £10.00 credit.  Which is always nice, as I normally have a number of books I have brought in Kindle format, that have audio narration to them.

And I do love my audio books! 🙂

And what did I get?

Lady of Ashes – By Christine Trent – Book 1 of the Lady of Ashes Mystery Series.  Been eyeing this one up for soooo long, that I just had to have it!

Murder in G Major – By Alexia Gordon – The first book in the Gethsemane Brown Mystery series.  This looked so good, that I had to have it to try…will let you know what I think when listened to. 🙂

Owls Well That Ends Well – By Donna Andrews – Book 6 in the Meg Langslow mystery series.  I have never tried any of the Meg Langslow series, but the recommendations of the series from other readers, has pushed me into giving them a go.

She Stopped Death – By Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli – Book 2 in the Little Library Mystery Series.

An Unseen Attraction – By KJ Charles – Sins of the Cities, book 1.  A New M/M trilogy from the supreme KJ Charles.

Now I just need to find the time to read and listen to them!

🙂

Break over…can I get back to my reading now?

Break over!

If clearing and moving your mum from a 2 bed bungalow, to a one bed ground floor flat (apartment to you over the Pond) can be called a break!  Also clearing books from 2 friends houses who have recently passed away. 😦

My sister and eldest nephew helped with the main move of furniture and belongings, and getting her settled in, so mum didn’t have a lot to do…she 76, and this is her first (and hopefully last) move now she is on her own.  She and my dad had been married for 56 years, but together for 61 years.  It’s a hard readjustment for her, and also the rest of the family…even 10 months on.  😦

As for me.  I had all the rest to clear up!  A garage full of car bits and pieces…lots and lots of pieces!  And tons of wood.  I have now got a wood pile that should keep me going through next winter!  Also the sheds and garden.  And that has been slow going, as I’m not in the best of health myself.  I have been very lucky, in having the help from my friend Julie over the past weekend.

Been living on pain killers for most of the time.  Did have a day when I felt really crappy, then found out that I had missed taking my meds the day before…NOT a good idea, not when you are on heart pills!  My memory and concentration are shot to pieces…oh the joys of becoming an old fart!

Thanks to my youngest nephew, the last 3 items of, a car engine and 2 car doors, have now been picked up and are gone to scrap heaven!

Now all that is left to do, is sort everything out that has ended up at and in my house!!!

This is the now-ish pictures (I have cleared a bit since these were taken, and more stuff has taken there place!).  Will post new pictures, when I have my living room and dining room back in order!  And don’t ask about the garden!!!

I do so hope that my front bedroom floor will hold out under the weight!  You need a map to find your way through!  It does not look like I will be getting anywhere near my sewing machine for quite a while, so that’s quilting up the spout.  *sighs*

Luckily, I sleep in the smaller back bedroom!

At least I can listen to books whilst working, instead of trying to hear over the noises of a hoover (vacuum cleaner), saw, babble, or someone always asking me something or rabbiting on about nothing! 😀

I have actually cooked and eaten a proper meal today (the first in I think about 10 days, unless TV dinners count?)…if you call baked chicken and mushrooms in butter, and chips (fries), a proper meal. 😀

And I have just turned off the heat on a big pan of Bolognese (UK version with minced beef), ready for eating tomorrow.  I always think it tastes better when it has been left to sit for a day and then reheated.  And before you ask…I am not going to eat it all at once!  The rest will be boxed/bagged up and froze. 😀

I’m so behind on my reading, that it will be good to get back into the swing.  I have so, so many books half started…but nothing completed.

Just been the fridge to get milk for my coffee, and all I can smell is a half jug of decanted red wine for cooking, half of it went into the Bolognese and the other half will go into the stew I will be making on Friday.  As for drinking it…Nah, I don’t think so!  Give me a descent bottle of med dry white or Rose…or better still Gin and Tonic, with ice and a slice! 😀

Off to bed soon, as I need to get this body onto the heat pad (electric blanket), to ease the tension in my back, neck, hip, legs, that hurt in places that I never knew I had muscles in!

Will hopefully be posting some review very soon.

Good night for now.

 

The Green Mill Murder (Phryne Fisher #5) by Kerry Greenwood

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Phryne Fisher is doing one of her favourite things dancing at the Green Mill (Melbourne’s premier dance hall) to the music of Tintagel Stone’s Jazz Makers, the band who taught St Vitus how to dance. And she s wearing a sparkling lobelia-coloured georgette dress. Nothing can flap the unflappable Phryne especially on a dance floor with so many delectable partners. Nothing except death, that is.

The dance competition is trailing into its last hours when suddenly, in the middle of Bye, Bye, Blackbird a figure slumps to the ground. No shot was heard. Phryne, conscious of how narrowly the missile missed her own bare shoulder, back, and dress, investigates. This leads her into the dark smoky jazz clubs of Fitzroy, into the arms of eloquent strangers, and finally into the  sky, as she follows a complicated family tragedy of the great War and the damaged men who came back from ANZAC cove.

Phryne flies her Gypsy Moth Rigel into the Australian Alps, where she meets a hermit with a dog called Lucky and a wombat living under his bunk .and risks her life on the love between brothers.”

These books are enjoyable, entertaining, and well worth reading.

As always Kerry Greenwood plots a well written, crafted mystery, with a good set of characters.  With historical settings, that make you want to find out more about that time period.

This reprint edition is published by Poisoned Pen Press, and is available in hardback, paperback, Kindle/e-book and audio download.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. Published by Poisoned Pen Press and download via NetGalley.

5 Stars*****