I will admit this out loud: I did not understand the depth and length of stress in October 2019 with my post, “Read away your stress for only $24.04.”. THIS IS IT. This COVID19. This America. This summer. All are extraordinarily stressful. One layered upon the other.
NOW. I am reading more widely and a variety of titles simultaneously in order to de-stress, yet still within a budget. I admit to holding the line thanks to these authors, which I am sharing here. Some I have read; others, not yet. The books are all piled high on a bedside table with the e-Reader alongside and its multitudinous titles.
I am a sucker for a good mystery, romance-mystery, chick-lit mystery, especially when the first in a series is free or less than $10. Thanks to Barnes&Noble, I downloaded these titles in order to escape the here and now before I drifted off into another surreal world of dreams. Listed here in no particular order:
(many are free both for Nook & Kindle)
Some of these titles are short in length, really novellas; others, full length novels. Check on Goodreads for your preference.
- Death in the Park: Firefly Junction series #1 by London Lovett – I enjoyed this SO much, that I bought two more in the series for $3.99; I intend to keep going!
- A Spy In the House: The Agency series #1 by Y.S. Lee
- Murder In the Manor: A Lacey Doyle Cozy Mystery series #1 by Fiona Grace
- Motherless Child: An RJ Franklin Mystery series #2 by V.M. Burns
- Fall of Angels: An Inspector Redfrye Mystery series #1 by Beverly Cleverly
- A Strange Scottish Shore by Juliana Gray
- Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys – Written by an outstanding author for Young Adult literature
Recommended by my sister, these are not the type of books I read (honestly, I am such a snob!), but I so enjoyed them. You were right, sista!
- Spying In High Heels: High Heels Mystery series #1 by Gemma Halliday
- Dying For a Date: Laurel McKay Mystery series #1 by Cindy Sample
- A Honeybun and Coffee: a Honeybun Heat series #1 by Sam Cheever
I started reading each one twice before I put down the books. I am wedded to reading these through to the end even if it is to figure out why I am having to struggle. Sometimes, I wonder if it is the cover art that grabs me. Hmmm….
- A Death at Eastwick: The Eastwick Mansion Mystery series #1 by L.C. Warman
- The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes: a mystery by Leonard Goldberg
- Irreparable Harm: Sasha McCandless by Melissa F. Miller
Stay tuned for Stress relief with the print word: Part 2 coming soon.
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