Jeff Bezos on 60 Minutes
CBS’s 60 Minutes featured Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in a segment of their show Sunday evening. With 225 million customers, Amazon’s goal of selling everything to everyone appears to be on target.
Amazon’s warehouse and delivery efficiency was highlighted in the program. Eighteen years ago, Bezos delivered packages to the post office each day. Today Amazon is using its seventh generation of fulfillment center that has such improved efficiency that they warehouse two times the product of five years ago.
Bezos introduced one of Amazon’s futuristic delivery channels – the octocopter – an 8-armed, remote-controlled drone device that would deliver packages weighing up to five pounds within a 10-mile radius of a fulfillment center. The optocopter literally flies from the center to the customer’s front door within 30 minutes, releases the package and returns to the fulfillment center.
Amazon has named the process as Prime Air. Read more about here.
Bezos admitted the device is several years away from implementation and needs additional refinement to be successful. The announcement has created quite a stir: The US Senate wants to hold hearings; Huffington Post questions CBS credibility; and Wired provides the physics of the process. Others are mocking the idea, such as Dennis Miller and Bill O’Reilly.
My thoughts: This isn’t an option to use when you wake one morning and realize you are out of coffee. Optocopter service probably won’t be included in $79 Amazon Prime. The delivery cost will be significant and only critical purchases will use the option. Examples of customers who might use the service are businesses that need emergency digital storage capacity or a machine part needed to keep a production line operational.
I love innovation so the optocopter is an exciting concept. Even if Amazon doesn’t bring this to fruition, the drone may have other uses. GPS coordinates are entered into the optocopter and off it goes. Perhaps it could deliver critical medicines to remote areas or when roads are unavailable such as after an earthquake. Keep working on the idea, Amazon. Your innovation may save lives.
Bernie Rhodenbarr is the protagonist of the Burglar series of comic mystery novels by Lawrence Block. Bernie Rhodenbarr is a New York City-based thief who excels in lockpicking and breaking and entering, and who is addicted to the thrill it provides. He served time in prison in his youth, and since then has resolved to avoid getting caught again.
Bernie’s burglary operations are usually well-planned and tidily executed, from the initial surveillance of the target site to the escape route afterwards. –Wikipedia
The first ten novels in the series (published 1977-2004) are selling for $1.99 each. You can pre-order the 11th book – The Burglar Who Counted the Spoons – today for $9.99 and receive it on Christmas Day. If you love a good mystery with a sense of humor, buy the series and be prepared for the winter reading season.
Auto-buy authors and genre
Do you have favorite authors or subjects that are auto-buys? You know how it is – when the price is right, you buy the e-book and are glad to have it in your Kindle library.
I have a few authors that I buy when the price is right. Agatha Christie is one of my favorite mystery writers and I love when any of her books sells for $2.99. If a Georgette Heyer book is below $5, I buy it – romance, historical fiction or historical mystery. Genre doesn’t matter because I love her writing style.
I enjoy Terri Blackstock’s inspirational fiction, but will only buy if the subject is appealing. Ms. Blackstock is best known for her inspirational suspense. Readers of inspirational fiction are often loyal fans of their favorite authors.
A friend who is a retired Air Force officer has every Lee Child novel and thirsts for more. He is such a fan that price doesn’t matter.
Some readers are so drawn to certain plotlines, they will give any author a try. A few that come to mind are the romance sub-genre of marriage of convenience and/or mail-order bride. Others will buy historical mysteries from the 1900s to the 1940s. A surgeon friend has the goal of buying every book written about WWII naval battles.
Almost every serious reader has a favorite genre or author that has become an auto-buy for them. Who is your auto-buy author? Or if you are a genre buyer, what is the subject? Has an auto-buy author disappointed you?
Bonus inspirational book posts
Many faith-based publishers are offering great prices on Kindle books during the Black Friday shopping weekend. We will feature posts of these great reads overnight as the prices are changed, starting with a few tonight. Tomorrow morning you can scroll down through our regular posts to find these great deals. Here’s a sneak peek of what is being offered:
The Chair (99 cents Audiobook $3.99) If you were given an ancient-looking chair and told Jesus Christ made it, would you believe it?
When an elderly lady shows up in Corin Roscoe’s antiques store and gives him a chair she claims was crafted by Jesus, he scoffs. But when a young boy is miraculously healed two days after sitting in the chair, he stops laughing and starts wondering . . . could this chair heal the person whose life Corin destroyed twelve years ago?
He turns to the one person he can trust, a college history professor who knows more about the legend of the chair than he’ll reveal. Corin’s life shatters as he searches for the truth about the artifact and the unexplained phenomena surrounding it. What’s more, he’s not the only one willing do almost anything to possess the power seemingly connected to the chair.
Black Friday on Amazon
Amazon is promising great buys across all their product lines on Black Friday. If we find great deals on Kindles, Kindle accessories, Kindle books, apps, movies and music for your Kindle Fire, we’ll let you know.
Hercule Poirot Short Story Collection by Agatha Christie
HarperCollins has published the complete Hercule Poirot short story collection in one e-book file – nearly 900 pages of great mysteries. The stories sell individually for 99 cents each; so buying the collection of 51 stories for $11.89 is a bargain.
Hercule Poirot: The Complete Short Stories ($11.89) At last, a single volume that gathers together all of the short stories featuring Agatha Christie’s most famous creation: Hercule Poirot. The dapper, mustache-twirling little Belgian with the egg-shaped head and curious mannerisms has solved some of the most puzzling crimes of the century—and, in his own humble opinion, is “probably the greatest detective in the world.”
In this complete collection of stories, ranging from short tales to novellas, Poirot faces violent murders, poisonings, kidnappings, and thefts—all solved with his characteristic panache. Only Agatha Christie could have devised cases worthy of Hercule Poirot’s skill and “little gray cells.”
Amazon has developed a wonderful way for you to know what Kindle books you own have companion audiobooks with Whispersync for Voice which allows you to switch between professional narration and reading on your Kindle.
Follow this link to the Audible matchmaker. You will need to sign in and then watch the matchmaker scroll through your most recent acquisitions to display the available audiobooks.
If you purchased The Lincoln Lawyer ($1.99) by Michael Connelly, the matchmaker will show you that you can purchase the audiobook for $8.49.
The matchmaker will only review a few books at a time so you may have to click on the LOAD MORE button many times.
You can conveniently purchase the audiobook from this page. I recommend that you purchase from Audible.com as you will want to read reviews of the audiobook.
The Book Industry Study Group has found that for the last year e-book sales have been flat at 30% of the books sold. That’s a far cry from the 80% that was projected several years ago.
The group also reported that about a third of the people in the United States own a tablet or an e-reader. Forty percent of U.S. adults who have read e-books own a Kindle, compared to 27 percent who own an iPad.
Housekeeping Next Week
As next Thursday is the Thanksgiving holiday, we will post a light Housekeeping on Wednesday. Amazon will be featuring Black Friday Deals all week long and we’ll try to let you know about the ones related to Kindle.
Buy a cozy mystery or two for the upcoming holiday weekend. Each book below is only 99 cents today.
Audible.com and Commissioning
Amazon has been the leader in providing readers with multiple ways to enjoy books. Whispersync with audiobooks is an innovative way to listen to a book and then read on your Kindle from the point that you stopped listening.
I listen to audiobooks while driving and have had the commute end at a critical point in the book. I will admit to driving 30 miles out of the way to finish a book. For those who listen to audiobooks while exercising, have you ever put in an extra 30 minutes on the treadmill?
Daily Cheap Reads is happy to provide information of companion audiobooks for Kindle books in our posts when the price of the audiobook is $5 or less. We also feature the Audible.com daily deal.
Daily Cheap Reads is an associate of Audible.com and we will receive a commission if you buy through our links to Audible. Even though Amazon features a very easy way for you to purchase the audiobook after you have one-clicked to download the Kindle book, we do not receive commission when you purchase from the Kindle page.
We would appreciate if you would purchase your audiobooks via our links that look like this: Audiobook. Next week I’ll tell you about a nifty way to know what Kindle books you own have a companion audiobook.
Update on Apple Settlement
Publisher’s Weekly gave an update to the Apple e-book case settlement. The last paragraph in the article tells the story:
In October, an expert for the states [that had filed suit] had put Apple’s damages at roughly $308 million, which after trebling could rise as high as $924 million, Apple attorneys acknowledged in a filing. Apple, meanwhile, has remained defiant, and has been fighting hard in the damages phase, not only contesting its liability, but also challenging class certification in the class action case.
The final decision of damages assessed to Apple will be made by the federal judge who presided over the trial.
Cheap Reads – Two book bundles today for only 99 cents each
Double action thrillers by the classic adventure writer set in Italy and South America. Buy the two novels in one e-book file for only 99 cents – SuperCheap!
The Golden Keel / The Vivero Letter (99 cents) The Golden Keel: When the Allies invaded southern Italy in 1943, Mussolini’s personal treasure was moved north to safety under heavily armed guard. It was never seen again. Now, an expedition plans to unearth the treasure and smuggle it out of Italy. But their reckless mission is being followed – by enemies who are as powerful and ruthless as they are deadly…
The Vivero Letter: Jeremy Wheale’s well-ordered life is blasted apart when his brother is murdered. The killer was after a family heirloom – an antique gold tray – which sets Wheale on a trail from Devon to the tropical rainforest of Yucatan. There he joins the hunt for a lost Mayan city. But in the dense cover of the jungle a band of vicious convict mercenaries are waiting to strike…
Includes a unique bonus – Desmond Bagley’s rare introduction to these books.
This eBook edition includes two complete classic novels that are referenced in The Solitary House: Charles Dickens’s Bleak House and Wilkie Collins’s The Woman in White!
The Solitary House(99 cents) London, 1850. Charles Maddox had been an up-and-coming officer for the Metropolitan police until a charge of insubordination abruptly ended his career. Now he works alone, struggling to eke out a living by tracking down criminals. Whenever he needs it, he has the help of his great-uncle Maddox, a legendary “thief taker,” a detective as brilliant and intuitive as they come.
On Charles’s latest case, he’ll need all the assistance he can get.
To his shock, Charles has been approached by Edward Tulkinghorn, the shadowy and feared attorney, who offers him a handsome price to do some sleuthing for a client. Powerful financier Sir Julius Cremorne has been receiving threatening letters, and Tulkinghorn wants Charles to—discreetly—find and stop whoever is responsible.
Intricately plotted and intellectually ambitious, The Solitary House is an ingenious novel that does more than spin an enthralling tale: it plumbs the mysteries of the human mind.
If digital books aren’t real, what are they?
It’s been a bit of a mystery since I uncovered some new research. A study found that people who read material from a printed page understand it better than those who read the same material on a screen. As this article explains, “reading is a bodily activity.”
This surprised me, as I spend lots of time reading books on the Kindle Fire and never found the experience lacking.
A clue emmerged in a blog interview where suspense author Brandilyn Collins described why she decided to go indie after her publisher closed its fiction line. Collins said she gave the matter much consideration and number crunching. She has a good grasp of changes within the industry and plans to price her books in the range of $2.99 to $4.99.
That’s the sweet spot for ebook buyers and Daily Cheap Reads fans. Which made me reconsider that maybe digital books aren’t “real” because I don’t want to pay “real book” prices.
The answer hit me as I accessed my Amazon Prime account to watch an episode of Sherlock.
Mystery solved! When a reader shells out money for a print book, they are buying a thing. A thing that can be shelved in the den, that can be passed to a friend, that can be enjoyed for years to come.
An ebook, on the other hand, is not a thing; it’s an experience. Like watching a movie. When watching the latest blockbuster, does anyone complain because they didn’t get to hold the movie in their hands?
I’ve found ebooks work best for novels, perfect for when I just want to be entertained and check out of reality for a little while. Is it coincidence that buyers like us gravitate toward books in the same price range as a movie rental? But it’s an even better deal because most books take more than 90 minutes to read, so you get more entertainment for your dollar.
It’s elementary, my dear Watson. Just as I delighted in reading Sherlock Holmes in musty old books from a garage sale, I now eagerly await season three of the BBC series. Print books and digital books just fill different roles.
For some popcorn-worthy reading, checking out Brandilyn Collins’ last traditionally published book, which is ironically about a terrorist threat to destroy the electrical grid. Dark Justice is selling for $4.99.
Her first indie is a departure from her suspense style. That Dog Won’t Hunt features the Dearings, a crazy, loving, boisterous family in small-town Mississippi with a Yorkie who thinks she’s royalty.
With poignancy and humor, the book explores the complexities of relationships and the inner strength needed to overcome a difficult childhood. It is selling for $2.99.
For just 99 cents, you can also get Sherlock Holmes: The Ultimate Collection. You get the complete text of all four novels and forty-four short stories starring Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle. It also includes links to free, full-length audio recordings of the novels and stories in this collection.
Yesterday’s $2.90 Books
Yesterday we posted more than a dozen popular books selling for only $2.90 each. Then the prices started going up on each of the books. By evening only two of the books were still selling for $2.90.
We can’t control the prices and we are sorry if you missed the great price. This morning, five of the original books were back at $2.90. It’s a hit or miss situation!
Busy Day on the Site
You will want to scroll down through all the posts today as it has been a busy day so far. Announcements, free apps, great reads . . . Lots of treats and no tricks.
Make Me a Match
Earlier this week Amazon launched Kindle MatchBook– a program that readers have asked for since the introduction of the Kindle. If a customer purchases the print edition of over 70,000 books, they will be able to purchase the Kindle edition for $2.99, $1.99, $0.99, or free.
The very good news is that Amazon will allow customers to match the reduced-price Kindle version to books purchased as long ago as 1995.
Follow this link to learn more about Kindle MatchBook and to click on the gold button FIND YOUR KINDLE MATCHBOOK TITLES. The systems will search your book purchases and return the list of your books eligible to purchase the Kindle version.
BTW – I love the name of this program – Matchbook. So clever.
Yesterday (Wednesday, October 30) Amazon Publishing announced Day One - a weekly digital publication that features short fiction and poetry. The literary journal is dedicated to debut and emerging writers as well as English translations of stories from around the world. Each week one writer and one poet will be showcased and includes interviews with authors.
Day One also features cover art commissioned from emerging artists and illustrators, and each week readers will learn about the artist and the genesis of the cover.
The first issue is available now and includes the short story “Sheila,” by Rebecca Adams Wright, and “Wrought,” a poem by Zack Strait.
For a limited time, Day One will be available for $9.99 for an annual subscription of 52 issues. After the introductory price expires, the rate increases to $19.99. This journal will be available to most Kindle devices and apps.
I subscribed for two reasons: I want to support fresh voices in literature and art and 19 cents an issue is very cheap reading.
Pre-order these Christmas reads today for only 99 cents each. Delivery dates are from November 5 thru December 3. You will be getting a present on your Kindle on delivery day.
The price of free shipping
Tuesday (October 22) was the first day of Amazon’s policy change of requiring $35 in purchases to qualify for free shipping to addresses within the United States. Amazon had announced earlier in the year that this increase was coming.
Free shipping for the customer is expensive for Amazon. In the last three months of 2012 Amazon paid $1.8 billion on shipping, but did not state how much of that was for those eligible for free shipping.
Amazon Prime members will continue to receive free shipping on millions of items. You can sign up for a free 30-day trial and receive free shipping on eligible items during that time. Go here to read why I love Amazon Prime, still only $79 a year.
Series – All in a Row
Have you seen a graphic similar to this when you have been searching for a book in the Kindle Store?
Amazon has recently made improvements to help readers know the books in a series. Other improvements that have been made is identifying the series after the title, such as The Hunt for Red October (Jack Ryan). Even better is when the title includes the order in the series of the book as in this example: Die Trying (Jack Reacher, No. 2).
These are welcome improvements to readers’ shopping experience. Now, not to be too demanding, but if the books in a series would appear in order in my archive, that would be sweet.
Apple Price Fixing Update
According to Publishers Weekly:
A revised filing from the plaintiff states and consumer class made public this week puts the total damages in their lawsuit against Apple over fixing e-book prices at more than $307 million. While it is unclear what percentage of those damages could ultimately be assessed to Apple following a damages trial, suffice it to say it is a big number considering that Judge Denise Cote can potentially triple the final damage award.
The publishers have settled the charges against them, and have paid over $166 million. The final two settlements, Macmillan and Penguin, are set for a final hearing on December 6, after which payouts to consumers could begin.
Amazon and others respond to pressure
Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other e-book retailers have responded to the pressure brought by technology news site The Kernel after the news site identified titles depicting rape, incest and bestiality available for downloading to e-readers. Both Amazon and B&N claim they have removed the identified books from their on-line stores.
WH Smith, an on-line retailer in the United Kingdom that receives its e-books from Kobo Books, has taken its e-book website down until the offensive books can be identified and removed. The retailer vowed to stay off-line until all self-published books are removed.
Amazon’s self-publishing guidelines state that Amazon “doesn’t accept pornography or offensive depictions of graphic sexual acts.” However, Amazon has not provided information regarding how the company ensures that the books in their on-line store meet their guidelines.
The search function on Amazon automatically finds explicit topics while using innocuous keywords and are completed without verification of age.
You can read more about The Kernel’s findings by searching for the article on the web under the title of “An Epidemic of Filth”. Warning: The article has explicit book covers and titles.
My thoughts: Many states have laws that require all businesses that sell print or electronic products considered pornography to verify the age of the person in the store – whether it is a brick-and-mortar or on-line store. Amazon must take steps to identify the material that is subject to state law, segregate it in a manner that does verify age before displaying any of those titles, and diligently monitor new additions of self-published material.
Children and teens should be protected from being one click away from being exposed to explicit photographs or downloading explicit e-books as some of these books are offered free. If Amazon is unable to provide the filter or barrier needed to protect them, then Amazon should remove all material and stop profiting from its sale.
Coming Soon: Organize Your Books
Here’s another way Amazon has responded to readers. The All-New Kindle Paperwhite, as reported on Amazon’s product description, has a “coming soon” feature to organize your books. The site states: ”As your collection grows, use Cloud Collections to arrange titles in custom categories and see your collections on your other Kindle devices and reading apps.”
This is a long-awaited development for many of our Daily Cheap Reads users. We’ll be waiting eagerly to see how useful this feature is and hope it works across all devices.
Cheap Reads – Post WWII Mysteries
Gordon Ferris “electrifies readers …a rising star of Scottish literature”. Gordon writes crime/thrillers set in post-war Britain; a natural ‘noir’ period of social upheaval and violence.
The Unquiet Heart ($1.44) London and Berlin, 1946. The perfect partnership – gang-busters by day, lovers by night…Danny McRae, private detective scraping a living in ration-card London.
Eve Copeland, crime reporter, looking for new angles to save her career.
It’s an alliance made in heaven.
Until Eve disappears, a contact dies violently and an old adversary presents Danny with some unpalatable truths.
His desperate search for his lover draws him into a web of black marketeers, double agents and assassins, and hurls him into the shattered remains of Berlin, where terrorism and espionage foreshadow the bleakness of the Cold War. And Danny begins to lose sight of the thin line between good and evil…
Truth Dare Kill ($1.44) 1946: The war’s over. But there are no medals for Danny McRae. Just amnesia and blackouts; twin handicaps for a private investigator with an upper-class client on the hook for murder.
Danny’s blackouts mean that hours, sometimes days, are a complete blank. So when news of a brutal killer stalking London’s red light district start to stir grisly memories, Danny is terrified about what he might discover if he delves deeper into his fractured mind.
As the two bloody sagas collide and interweave, Danny finds himself running for his life across the bomb-ravaged city. The only escape is through that gap in his memory…
Will his past catch up with him before his enemies? And which would be worse?
While growing up I enjoyed listening to Paul Harvey each morning as we prepared for school. He was well-known for saying, “Page 2” as he would tell us the news for the day.
We want to encourage you to go to Page 2 also. Our webpage displays 10 posts on the first page. Some days we have as many as 12 to 13 posts as several publishers offer free books on the same day. To catch all the great deals, scroll down or to the next page until you come to a post that you have read previously.
Book v. E-Book Fun
Buzzfeed has a fun list of the ten reasons why a real book is better than an e-book. Personally I love all books – traditional print and e-books. Each has strengths and weaknesses. I read both.
Heather Newman has written a compelling list of reasons for the real book. Here are a few:
2. No need to turn off your book on a plane! We all fear that moment when the pilot asks us to kindly turn off all of our devices, don’t we? Of course you would only need to turn off your e-reader for a few minutes, but what if that’s the most tantalizing part of the book? Books don’t need to be put away ever. Read on, book buddy!
9. They inspire tattoos!
When was the last time you saw someone with a Nook tattooed on them? Exactly. You haven’t. Because books are cooler.
10. Books don’t die.
Pages may fall out and covers may get ripped, but books won’t just die on you. There is nothing more frustrating than getting to a juicy part of a story and having your e-reader’s battery die. Printed books won’t fail you.
Read the complete list in the article. (I love the tub on Reason 1.)
Cheap Reads – The Hearts of Oak Trilogy
The Hearts of Oak trilogy explores three of the most iconic and yet largely unexplored stories of the ‘Great Age of Sail’. The Fighting Temeraire, Admiral Benbow and The Glorious First of June, are the biographies of a ship, a man and a battle that will splice together to form a narrative of an era that stretches from the English Civil War of the 1640s to the coming of steam two centuries later.
With more than a century of professional naval history to draw from together with new access to previously restricted archives, now is the time to look afresh at those stories of heroism from the perspective of the modern historian; now is the time to understand how and why The Fighting Temeraire, The Admiral Benbow and The Glorious First of June became legends.
Heart of oak are our ships, jolly tars are our men,
We always are ready; Steady, boys, steady!
We’ll fight and we’ll conquer again and again.
D. Garrick ‘Heart of Oak’
The Fighting Temeraire ($2.26) Sam Willis tells the real-life story behind this remarkable painting. The 98-gun Temeraire warship broke through the French and Spanish line directly astern of Nelson’s flagship Victory during the Battle of Trafalgar (1805), saving Nelson at a crucial moment in the battle, and, in the words of John Ruskin, fought until her sides ran ‘wet with the long runlets of English blood… those pale masts that stayed themselves up against the war-ruin, shaking out their ensigns through the thunder, till sail and ensign dropped.’
The Admiral Benbow ($2.26) For the very first time, Sam Willis tells the extraordinary story of Admiral Benbow through an age of dramatic change, from his birth under Cromwell’s Commonwealth; to service under the restored Stuart monarchy; to the Glorious Revolution of 1688; to the French wars of Louis XIV; and finally to the bitter betrayal of 1702. The Admiral Benbow covers all aspects of seventeenth century naval life in richly vivid detail, from strategy and tactics to health and discipline. But Benbow also worked in the Royal Dockyards, lived in Samuel Evelyn’s House, knew Peter the Great, helped to found the first naval hospital, and helped to build the first offshore lighthouse.
The Glorious First of June ($2.26) In The Glorious First of June Sam Willis not only tells, with thrilling immediacy and masterly clarity, the gripping story of an epic and complex battle, he places it within the context of The Terror, the survival of the French Revolution and the development of both British and French sea-power in this critical period before the rise of both Nelson and Napoleon. Using countless new sources the human experience and cost of the battle in both Britain and France is described in fascinating detail.
Why Amazon bought Goodreads
In March of this year, Amazon paid out $150 million for Goodreads, the on-line social site for book lovers. Many of you post your reviews and the books you have read on the popular site. You may participate in forums with other readers and discuss books, authors, and other topics. Authors also host discussions about their books, interacting with readers in real time.
Readers enjoyed Goodreads because it was independent of Amazon, the biggest force in on-line book selling. Honest opinions and open discussion about Amazon, its practices and personal experiences were shared between members.
With the purchase, the independence is gone. But why did Amazon want Goodreads? Did they just want to stop the unflattering discussions? No, probably not.
According to this article in The Atlantic, Amazon wants access to the super-readers who are using social media more and more to determine what they will buy and read next.
The article includes 2010 census data of the number of books Americans read each year. Nearly half of adults did not read a single book that was not required reading. Another third of the population read one to twelve books in a year. Less than 20% of adult Americans read more than a dozen books in a year. That means that “according to Codex (industry researcher) just 19 percent of Americans do 79 percent of all our (non-required) book readin’.”
Codex surveyed 30,000 readers and learned that more and more readers are using social media and author websites to find their next read, shifting from brick-and-mortar stores and “recommendation engines from online booksellers.”
The article has other interesting information about our reading habits. The bottom line is that they believe that Amazon wants to capitalize on social media to sell more books and Goodreads is the website of mega-readers.
Cheap Reads – Two Sophisticated Mysteries
Social Crimes ($1.99 Audiobook $2.99) When Jo Slater, one of New York’s premier socialites and a patron of the arts, befriends a French countess, she ignores warnings from friends about the mysterious newcomer. Soon, the young woman knocks Jo off her Park Avenue throne. But using her knowledge of the greatest historical swindle of all time—a true story involving Marie Antoinette—Jo sets out to reclaim her fortune and her place in society.
For the plan to work, however, she must resort to the most desperate of measures: murder. Social Crimes is a savvy social satire bursting with money, betrayal, and passion that will thrill readers of sophisticated mysteries.
Trick of the Eye ($1.99) Trompe l’oeil artist Faith Cromwell is hired to paint the famed ballroom of an opulent Long Island estate, but her patron is obsessed with the long-unsolved murder of a daughter, and soon Faith begins to piece together the details of the grisly, shocking crime.
The deeper Faith delves into the house’s mystery, the more she realizes that she has inadvertently stepped into the starring role of a bizarre, and quite possibly fatal, charade.