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Books on Sale: Mysteries, and Southern Women’s Fiction

Book Gods in AlabamaGods in Alabama is $2.99 right now. This is an extraordinary book, with one of the most powerful voices I've read. It's not a romance, but it's pretty freaking amazing and well worth $3. This would make a great gift for your friends who love the South or who love a good mystery – or both.  

For 10 years Arlene has kept her promises, and God has kept His end of the bargain. Until now. When an old schoolmate from Possett turns up at Arlene's door in Chicago asking questions about Jim Beverly, former quarterback and god of Possett High, Arlene's break with her former hometown is forced to an end. At the same time, Burr, her long-time boyfriend, has raised an ultimatum: introduce him to her family or consider him gone.

Arlene loves him dearly but knows her lily white (not to mention deeply racist)Southern Baptist family will not understand her relationship with an African American boyfriend. Reluctantly, Arlene bows to the pressure, and she and Burr embark on the long-avoided road trip back home.

As Arlene digs through guilt and deception, her patched-together alibi begins to unravel, and she discovers how far she will go for love and a chance at redemption.  

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Book Have No ShameHave No Shame is Southern historical fiction, with a romance and some mystery, set in a small town in Alabama. It's on sale for .99c.  

The racially-charged prejudice of the deep South forces eighteen-year-old Alison Tillman to confront societal norms—and her own beliefs—when she discovers the body of a hate crime victim, and the specter of forbidden love turns her safe, comfortable world upside down.

Alison has called Forrest Town, Arkansas home for the past eighteen years. Her mother’s Blue Bonnet meetings, her father toiling night and day on the family farm, and the division of life between the whites and the blacks are all Alison knows. The winter of 1967, just a few months before marrying her high school sweetheart, Alison finds the body of a black man floating in the river, and she begins to view her existence with new perspective. The oppression and hate of the south, the ugliness she once was able to avert her eyes from, now demands her attention.

When a secretive friendship with a young black man takes an unexpected romantic turn, Alison is forced to choose between her predetermined future, and the dangerous path that her heart yearns for.

HAVE NO SHAME is an emotionally compelling coming of age novel featuring a young woman who cannot reconcile the life she wants with the one she’s been brought up to live.Have No Shame will resonate with anyone who has ever fallen in love, and those who have been forced to choose between what they know in their hearts to be true, and what others would like them to believe. 

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Book An Affair to DismemberAn Affair to Dismember is .99c right now. This is a contemporary romance/mystery with a lot of humor. It was published earlier this year and has a 3.85 average on GR.  

Three months has been Gladie Burger’s limit when it comes to staying in one place: She’s always been a temp agency kind of girl, ever ready to move on. That’s why Gladie is more than a little skeptical when her eccentric Grandma Zelda recruits her to the family business in the quaint small town of Cannes, California. Gladie is also highly unqualified: Her beloved grandmother’s business is matchmaking, and Gladie has a terrible track record with romance. Still, despite evidence to the contrary, Zelda is convinced that her granddaughter has “the gift.” But when the going gets tough, Gladie wonders if this gift has a return policy.

When Zelda’s neighbor drops dead in his kitchen, Gladie is swept into his bizarre family’s drama. Despite warnings from the (distractingly gorgeous) chief of police to steer clear of his investigation, Gladie is out to prove that her neighbor’s death was murder. It’s not too long before she’s in way over her head—with the hunky police chief, a dysfunctional family full of possible killers, and yet another mysterious and handsome man, whose attentions she’s unable to ignore. Gladie is clearly being pursued—either by true love or by a murderer. Who will catch her first? 

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Book Miss Buncle's Book

 

Miss Buncle's Book by D.E. Stevenson is $2.99. This book has a pile of glowing reviews, and was originally published in 1934. Readers loved the humor and the book within the book. Oh, so tempting for me. Dang it.  

The storyline of Miss Buncle's Book (1934) is a simple one: Barbara Buncle, who is unmarried and perhaps in her late 30s, lives in a small village and writes a novel about it in order to try and supplement her meagre income.

Miss Buncle's Book was the most popular of the author's novels because it has a completely original plot and a charming and delightful central character. 

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    CarrieS says:

    Miss Buncle’s Book is wonderful!

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    Heather S says:

    My “lady writer” book of the moment is “I Capture The Castle” by Dodie Smith – found a copy squirreled away on the literature shelf at a used book store recently. Maybe I’ll pick up “Miss Buncle’s Book”, if I decide “authoress heroine” is my reading glom of the day. LOL

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    ohhellsyeah says:

    Is is weird that I’ve always had deep affection for the South despite having never been there?  The first book sounds interesting but (as a super emotional person) I don’t think I could deal with the finding the victim of a hate crime aspect of the second. I’ve had enough feelings in the past week to last me a month.

    Also, it is worth pointing out that these issues are not unique to the South.  I live in Asia and have a number of friends who have broken off relationships with blacks/hispanics due to family pressure.  It’s a lot harder to buck tradition in (certain countries) in Asia.  It depends on the country, obviously.  However, if you prioritize your family over your own beliefs/desires, I can understand why that happens.

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    Kilian Metcalf says:

    OMG! Tears of joy seeing D E Stevenson’s books coming to Kindle. I have been reading her for 50+ years and hated that her books weren’t available for Kindle. I’m setting aside my price limit for her books on Kindle. I don’t care how much they cost. MUST HAVE D E STEVENSON. Please, book Gods, do The English Air next so I can die happy. I’ve been waiting and waiting for the ebook world to discover Stevenson. I do have the handful of books that have been converted, but I want more, more, more.

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