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  • Network Effect

    Network Effect by Martha Wells

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Network Effect by Martha Wells is $2.99! This is a Kindle Daily Deal, so grab it while you can. This is the first full-length Murderbot novel, which Sarah reviewed. Sarah also has these glowing things to say:

    I cannot encourage you more vociferously to grab this on sale, and read the series (possibly more than once). It, no exaggeration, got me through 2020, it is the series I find comfort in, and I cannot recommend it with more affection. Please do not miss out on this sale.

    You know that feeling when you’re at work, and you’ve had enough of people, and then the boss walks in with yet another job that needs to be done right this second or the world will end, but all you want to do is go home and binge your favorite shows? And you’re a sentient murder machine programmed for destruction? Congratulations, you’re Murderbot.

    I’m usually alone in my head, and that’s where 90 plus percent of my problems are.

    When Murderbot’s human associates (not friends, never friends) are captured and another not-friend from its past requires urgent assistance, Murderbot must choose between inertia and drastic action.

    Drastic action it is, then.

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  • Mexican Gothic

    Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

    Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia is $2.99! Not sure if this is a leftover KDD from yesterday or over the weekend. I loved this book and all of its atmospheric detail. Have you read it? We also recommended it in our Horror Romance Rec League.

    From the author of Gods of Jade and Shadow comes a reimagining of the classic gothic suspense novel, a story about an isolated mansion in 1950s Mexico — and the brave socialite drawn to its treacherous secrets.

    He is trying to poison me. You must come for me, Noemí. You have to save me.

    After receiving a frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She’s not sure what she will find — her cousin’s husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noemí knows little about the region.

    Noemí is also an unlikely rescuer: She’s a glamorous debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick are more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. But she’s also tough, smart, and has an indomitable will, and she is not afraid: Not of her cousin’s new husband, who is both menacing and alluring; not of his father, the ancient patriarch who seems to be fascinated by Noemí; and not even of the house itself, which begins to invade Noemi’s dreams with visions of blood and doom.

    Her only ally in this inhospitable abode is the family’s youngest son. Shy and gentle, he seems to want to help Noemí, but might also be hiding dark knowledge of his family’s past. For there are many secrets behind the walls of High Place. The family’s once colossal wealth and faded mining empire kept them from prying eyes, but as Noemí digs deeper she unearths stories of violence and madness.

    And Noemí, mesmerized by the terrifying yet seductive world of High Place, may soon find it impossible to ever leave this enigmatic house behind.

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  • The Chocolate Kiss

    The Chocolate Kiss by Laura Florand

    RECOMMENDED: The Chocolate Kiss by Laura Florand is $1.99! This is what Sarah had to say:

    I love this book. When I talk about traveling through the books I read, this is a title that comes to mind first. It’s a contemporary romance set in Paris, and it’s the second in a series though I didn’t read the first and was just fine here. 

    The Heart of Paris

    Welcome to La Maison des Sorcières. Where the window display is an enchanted forest of sweets, a collection of conical hats delights the eye and the habitués nibble chocolate witches from fanciful mismatched china. While in their tiny blue kitchen, Magalie Chaudron and her two aunts stir wishes into bubbling pots of heavenly chocolat chau.

    But no amount of wishing will rid them of interloper Philippe Lyonnais, who has the gall to open one of his world famous pastry shops right down the street. Philippe’s creations seem to hold a magic of their own, drawing crowds of beautiful women to their little isle amidst the Seine, and tempting even Magalie to venture out of her ivory tower and take a chance, a taste. . .a kiss.

    Parisian princesses, chocolate witches, pâtissier princes and sweet wishes–an enchanting tale of amour et chocolat.

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  • Murder on Black Swan Lane

    Murder on Black Swan Lane by Andrea Penrose

    Murder on Black Swan Lane by Andrea Penrose is $1.99! This is the first book in the historical mystery Wrexford & Sloane series, which I think Ellen enjoys. They may have mentioned a later book in the series on the site.

    In Regency London, an unconventional scientist and a fearless female artist form an unlikely alliance to expose unspeakable evil . . .

    The Earl of Wrexford possesses a brilliant scientific mind, but boredom and pride lead him to reckless behavior. So when pompous, pious Reverend Josiah Holworthy publicly condemns him for debauchery, Wrexford unsheathes his rapier-sharp wit and strikes back. As their war of words escalates, London’s most popular satirical cartoonist, A.J. Quill, skewers them both. But then the clergyman is found slain in a church—his face burned by chemicals, his throat slashed ear to ear—and Wrexford finds himself the chief suspect.

    An artist in her own right, Charlotte Sloane has secretly slipped into the persona of her late husband, using his nom de plume A.J. Quill. When Wrexford discovers her true identity, she fears it will be her undoing. But he has a proposal—use her sources to unveil the clergyman’s clandestine involvement in questionable scientific practices, and unmask the real murderer. Soon Lord Wrexford and the mysterious Mrs. Sloane plunge into a dangerous shadow world hidden among London’s intellectual enclaves to trap a cunning adversary—before they fall victim to the next experiment in villainy . . .

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  1. 1
    spinster.revival says:
    +15

    Hench is $2.99 on Amazon! I loved this book (female rage and spreadsheets FTW!) and got the rec here from Sarah; her podcast author interview was great too.

  2. 2
    Batman says:
    +4

    I’ve been wanting to read the Murderbot series but I’m confused about where to dive in- should I start with Network Effect or is there a novella I’m supposed to read first?

  3. 3
    SB Sarah says:
    +16

    Hey Batman! There are four novellas, starting with All Systems Red. It’s ideal to read those first, as you will understand the context and the relationships in the novel better, and I promise they’re REALLY fun. Plus your library might have them!

  4. 4
    Penny says:
    +8

    @Batman definitely start with the novellas first. There are 4 but together they basically make a slightly episodic “book 1” of the series. I’d still say to pick up Network Effect on sale though!

    I’m so excited to see Hench on sale! It’s been on my to buy list for a while now…

  5. 5
    Cristie says:
    +8

    Omg Network Effect is finally on sale! I have it in print but have been dying for a digital copy so thank you for the heads up!

  6. 6
    Darlynne says:
    +10

    I read the first of Drew Williams’ The Universe After space opera series a while ago and liked it enough to buy the second, still unread. Now all three books–The Stars Now Unclaimed, A Chain Across the Dawn, The Firmament of Flame–are available in a bundle at Amazon US for $2.99. Also available at Amazon UK for .99 each.

    Does anyone else do this? I have book 1 from one seller, book 2 from another, and now have to decide if being lazy and buying a 3-book bundle so they’re all in one place is its own reward. Yes, I use Calibre and MoonReader, but B&N doesn’t allow downloading so I do a lot of hunting to find my books in their respective apps. Thankfully, this is all I have to complain about today.

  7. 7
    KatiM says:
    +11

    I’m reading Mexican Gothic right now and I can’t recommend it enough. It’s wonderfully atmospheric and really creepy.

  8. 8
    Kay says:
    +8

    Man, it’s been a while since I’ve heard anything about Laura Florand. She went on a year hiatus three years ago and she hasn’t posted on her blog/Twitter for two years. I wonder if she’s still writing.

  9. 9
    Egged says:
    +4

    @kay I was wondering the same – she posted a very quick response to a fan who asked how she was on her FB page several months ago. I hope she’s still writing, her books are some of my comfort reads.

    I have a few of those authors that I check on occasionally, hoping they’ll release something new. It reminds me of how traumatized I was when I used to be into fanfic and an author would disappear in the middle of a series, LOL.

  10. 10
    Deborah says:
    +2

    Thank you for this awesome recommendation. I started All Systems Red today and am loving it.

  11. 11
    Sydneysider says:
    +2

    Mexican Gothic is GREAT. I one-clicked the Florand!

  12. 12
    Jill-Marie Jones says:
    +2

    I was so enjoying “The Chocolate Touch,” which is the book after this one (so it’s fine to read/listen to each one by itself, YMMV), on Audible. Except. EXCEPT. Audible changed all its subscriptions, and I was literally a couple of chapters away from finishing it. UGH.

    So I have to figure out whether to buy the audiobook at $18, “waste” a credit to get it, pay $6 for the Kindle version or just decide I don’t give a serious fuck about what happens next.

    Imma gonna assume they all lived happily, sexily and chocolately ever after.

    (And that’s a lesson for subscription services everywhere.)

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