Today on The Rockville 8: Five Places to Find Bargain eBooks

Monday, August 4, 2014

WomanReadingBeach-cropped I love a good bargain, don’t you? Regardless of what we’re buying, saving a few bucks always makes the find even sweeter. And as for books… well, books are pretty much the greatest things in the universe, am I right?

So I’m blogging with The Rockville 8 today, sharing Five Places to Find Bargain eBooks. Books and bargains, what could be better? Hope you’ll stop by and say hello!

Book Love: The Complete Sherlock Holmes (Audiobook version) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Friday, May 23, 2014

CompleteSherlockHolmesI was hoping to get this post up yesterday, in honor of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 155th birthday. But it’s never a bad time to share a good book, right? And in this case, the “good book” is actually a collection of stories about the greatest fictional detective of all time. What a way to start the holiday weekend!

My parents were the ones who introduced me to Sherlock Holmes. My mother read the Holmes stories when she was pregnant with me, and when I was a little girl my father would assuage the boredom of long car trips by telling me The Hound of the Baskervilles. So essentially, I’ve been a Holmes fan since I was in the womb, and I more or less came into the world wanting to smoke a pipe and wear a deerstalker cap. (Although, of course, the cap wasn’t in the Doyle stories: it became associated with Holmes due to illustrations in The Strand magazine.)

I started reading the stories for myself when I was about twelve, but until recently it had been years since I’d spent any quality time with Holmes and Watson. You can imagine how thrilling it was to find The Complete Sherlock Holmes in audiobook form. Now I can listen to the intrepid duo while I’m working, driving, cooking, sleeping… okay, maybe not while I’m sleeping. I’m currently about three-quarters of the way through the collection, and am loving every minute of it. I hope you will too!

Where can you find it? On Audible (downloadable audiobook) and Amazon (ebook, hardcover, and audio CD).

What stories come with the collection? For the answer to that question, I’m going to refer to a very helpful review from Audible listener Sante Fe Painter. You can find his full review here, and a relevant excerpt is below.

Have a wonderful weekend, my friends! Here’s the review excerpt:

The Audible Part/Chapter Notes refer to the 7-part download…. My notations for (Part # Chapter #) refer to the Audible download “Part” and the “Chapter” within each part.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR (Part 1 Chapter 1)

VOLUME I

A STUDY IN SCARLET
Part 1 BEING a REPRINT
1 Mr. Sherlock Holmes
2 The Science of Deduction (Part 1 Chapter 2)
3 The Lauriston Garden Mystery (Part 1 Chapter 3)
4 What John Rance Had to Tell (Part 1 Chapter 4)
5 Our Advertisement Brings a Visitor (Part 1 Chapter 5)
6 Tobias Gregson Shows What He Can Do (Part 1 Chapter 6)
7 Light in the Darkness (Part 1 Chapter 7)
Part 2 The COUNTRY of the SAINTS (Part 1 Chapter 8)
1 On the Great Alkali Plain
2 The Flower of Utah (Part 1 Chapter 9)
3 John Ferrier Talks with the Prophet (Part 1 Chapter 10)
4 A Flight for Life (Part 1 Chapter 11)
5 The Avenging Angels Part 1 Chapter 12)
6 A Continuation of the Reminiscences of John Watson, M.D. (Part 1 Chapter 13)
7 The Conclusion (Part 1 Chapter 14)

THE SIGN OF FOUR (Part 1 Chapter 15)
1 The Science of Deduction
2 The Statement of the Case (Part 1 Chapter 16)
3 In Quest of a Solution (Part 1 Chapter 17)
4 The Story of the Bald-Headed Man (Part 1 Chapter 18)
5 Tragedy of Pondicherry Lodge (Part 1 Chapter 19)
6 Sherlock Holmes Gives a Demonstration (Part 1 Chapter 20)
7 The Episode of the Barrel (Part 1 Chapter 21
8 The Baker Street Irregulars (Part 1 Chapter 22)
9 A Break in the Chain (Part 1 Chapter 23
10 The End of the Islander (Part 1 Chapter 24)
11 The Great Agra Treasure (Part 1 Chapter 25)
12 The Strange Story of Jonathan Small (Part 1 Chapter 26)

ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES (Part 1 Chapter 27)
A Scandal in Bohemia
The Red-Headed League (Part 2 Chapter 2)
A Case of Identity (Part 2 Chapter 3)
The Boscombe Valley Mystery (Part 2 Chapter 4)
The Five Orange Pips (Part 2 Chapter 5)
The Man with the Twisted Lip (Part 2 Chapter 6)
The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle (Part 2 Chapter 7)
The Adventure of the Speckled Band (Part 2 Chapter 8)
The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb (Part 2 Chapter 9)
The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor (Part 2 Chapter 10)
The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet (Part 2 Chapter 11)
The Adventure of the Copper Beeches (Part 2 Chapter 12)

VOLUME II (Part 3 Chapter 1)

MEMOIRS OF SHERLOCK HOLMES (Part 3 Chapter 2)
Silver Blaze
The Yellow Face (Part 3 Chapter 3)
The Stock-Broker’s Clerk (Part 3 Chapter 4)
The “Gloria Scott” (Part 3 Chapter 5)
The Musgrave Ritual (Part 3 Chapter 6)
The Reigate Puzzle (Part 3 Chapter 7)
The Crooked Man (Part 3 Chapter 8)
The Resident Patient (Part 3 Chapter 9)
The Greek Interpreter (Part 3 Chapter 10)
The Naval Treaty (Part 3 Chapter 11)
The Final Problem (Part 3 Chapter 12)

THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES (Part 3 Chapter 13)
Dedication THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES
1 Mr. Sherlock Holmes
2 The Curse of the Baskervilles (Part 3 Chapter 14)
3 The Problem (Part 3 Chapter 15)
4 Sir Henry Baskerville (Part 3 Chapter 16)
5 Three Broken Threads (Part 3 Chapter 17)
6 Baskerville Hall (Part 4 Chapter 2)
7 The Stapletons of Merripit House (Part 4 Chapter 3)
8 First Report of Dr. Watson (Part 4 Chapter 4)
9 Second Report of Dr. Watson (Part 4 Chapter 5)
10 Extract from the Diary of Dr. Watson (Part 4 Chapter 6)
11 The Man on the Tor (Part 4 Chapter 7)
12 Death on the Moor (Part 4 Chapter 8)
13 Fixing the Nets (Part 4 Chapter 9)
14 The Hound of the Baskervilles (Part 4 Chapter 10)
15 A Retrospection (Part 4 Chapter 11)

VOLUME III (Part 4 Chapter 12)

THE RETURN OF SHERLOCK HOLMES
The Adventure of the Empty House
The Adventure of the Norwood Builder (Part 4 Chapter 13)
The Adventure of the Dancing Men (Part 4 Chapter 14)
The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist (Part 4 Chapter 15)
The Adventure of the Priory School (Part 4 Chapter 16)
The Adventure of Black Peter (Part 4 Chapter 17)
The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton (Part 5 Chapter 2)
The Adventure of the Six Napoleons (Part 5 Chapter 3)
The Adventure of the Three Students (Part 5 Chapter 4)
The Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez (Part 5 Chapter 5)
The Adventure of the Missing Three-Quarter (Part 5 Chapter 6)
The Adventure of the Abbey Grange (Part 5 Chapter 7)
The Adventure of the Second Stain (Part 5 Chapter 8)

THE VALLEY OF FEAR (Part 5 Chapter 9)
Part 1 THE TRAGEDY OF BIRLSTONE
1 The Warning
2 Sherlock Holmes Discourses (Part 5 Chapter 10)
3 The Tragedy of Birlstone (Part 5 Chapter 11)
4 Darkness (Part 5 Chapter 12)
5 The People of the Drama (Part 5 Chapter 13)
6 A Dawning Light (Part 5 Chapter 14)
7 The Solution (Part 5 Chapter 15)
Part 2 THE SCOWRERS (Part 5 Chapter 16)
1 The Man
2 The Bodymaster (Part 5 Chapter 17)
3 Lodge 341, Vermissa (Part 5 Chapter 18)
4 The Valley of Fear (Part 6 Chapter 2)
5 The Darkest Hour (Part 6 Chapter 3)
6 Danger (Part 6 Chapter 4)
7 The Trapping of Birdy Edwards (Part 6 Chapter 5)
Epilogue (Part 6 Chapter 6)

VOLUME IV

HIS LAST BOW
PREFACE His Last Bow
The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge
The Adventure of the Cardboard Box (Part 6 Chapter 7)
The Adventure of the Red Circle (Part 6 Chapter 8)
The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans (Part 6 Chapter 10)
The Adventure of the Dying Detective (Part 6 Chapter 11)
The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax (Part 6 Chapter 12)
The Adventure of the Devil’s Foot (Part 6 Chapter 13)
HIS LAST BOW An Epilogue of Sherlock Holmes (Part 7 Chapter 2)

THE CASE BOOK OF SHERLOCK HOLMES (Part 7 Chapter 3)
PREFACE The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes
The Adventure of the Illustrious Client
The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier (Part 7 Chapter 4)
The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone (Part 7 Chapter 5)
The Adventure of the Three Gables (Part 7 Chapter 6)
The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire (Part 7 Chapter 7)
The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (Part 7 Chapter 8)
The Problem of Thor Bridge (Part 7 Chapter 9)
The Adventure of the Creeping Man (Part 7 Chapter 10)
The Adventure of the Lion’s Mane (Part 7 Chapter 11)
The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger (Part 7 Chapter 12)
The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place (Part 7 Chapter 13)
The Adventure of the Retired Colourman (Part 7 Chapter 14)

Book Love: A Reason to Live by Matthew Iden

Thursday, May 1, 2014

A Reason to Live (Marty Singer #1)A Reason to Live by Matthew Iden

What’s it about?

In the late nineties, a bad cop killed a good woman and DC Homicide detective Marty Singer watched the murderer walk out of the courtroom a free man.

Twelve years later, the victim’s daughter begs for help: the killer is stalking her now. But Marty has retired to battle cancer. A second shot at the killer – and a first chance at redemption – Marty has A Reason to Live.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am a lifelong fan of detective-genre mysteries, and this book reminds me of some of my old favorites, especially good old Lawrence Block. The prose is clean and concise; the story is deep and heartfelt; the hero is both flawed and stouthearted. This book was a pure pleasure to read. Very highly recommended!

Where can you find it? The ebook is free (my favorite price!) and is available from: Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iTunes, and Smashwords. It’s also available in audiobook from Audible and iTunes.

View all my reviews on Goodreads

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