Review: Bacon’s Dozen by Anna Castle

This collection of thirteen stories is a must-read for fans of the Francis Bacon mysteries. Some of the short works are mysteries featuring Bacon. Others star major characters from the series, and one features the woman who does his laundry. My favorite series-linked short is All Englishmen Look Alike, not only for the colorful adventure, but for what it reveals that the main characters in the books don’t know. Yet.

The short works not related to the Bacon series are also historical with one exception. They range from the tale of a Mayan beekeeper coping with the arrival of the Spanish in Mexico to a Western caper set in northern New Mexico on Jicarilla Apache land. There’s also a sample Moriarty mystery, a chance to discover Castle’s other historical series. The non-historical exception is Extinction, a mystery with a subtle paranormal touch set in modern Austin TX. The Sneeze is a hybrid of modern Texas and Elizabethan England. If you’ve ever experienced the pollen of the Southwest in early spring, you’ll appreciate this one. Or if you’ve ever gotten lost in your research.

I strongly recommend this collection for an intelligent, original escape from 2020.

 

The Giveaway: #Free books on #Nook, #Kobo, #iTunes Bookstore and more

Quite a few of the ongoing characters in my murder-less mystery series are Apache, and one of their customs is the giveaway. On special occasions, the family at the center of the event gives gifts to the community. Nothing necessarily expensive, but practical, simple things anyone can use. I like the idea of celebrating by giving. The release date for my next book is approaching, and I just had a birthday, so I decided to celebrate both these events by giving books away.

Three books will be free for sixty days. (Guess my age.) The Calling, book one in the Mae Martin Psychic Mystery Series, The Outlaw Women, the short prequel to the series, and Bearing, the standalone short read based on Apache myths. I call Bearing “subtle horror.” No gore or monsters, just the scare that creeps up.

Help yourself to one or to all three. Just click on the titles to find download links to all retailers. (Despite my requests, Amazon has not made The Outlaw Women free yet at the time of this posting, but heck, this blog is for people who don’t have Kindles, right?)

Happy reading, and happy Halloween. Any authors with free books that are available on Nook, Kobo and Apple, feel free to reply with the buy links from your web site.

The Calling

 The first Mae Martin Psychic Mystery

Obeying her mother’s warning, Mae Martin-Ridley has spent years hiding her gift of “the sight.” When concern for a missing hunter compels her to use it again, her peaceful life in a small Southern town begins to fall apart. New friends push her to explore her unusual talents, but as she does, she discovers the shadow side of her visions— access to secrets she could regret uncovering.

Gift or curse? When an extraordinary ability intrudes on an ordinary life, nothing can be the same again.

The Mae Martin Series

No murder, just mystery. Every life hides a secret, and love is the deepest mystery of all.

Two Reviews: Short and Sweet, Short and Scary

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Lois Winston’s Crewel Intentions is a mini-sequel to the first book in the Anastasia Pollock crafting mystery series. It’s light, tight and cozy, with the mystery neatly set up and solved in a few chapters. Anastasia is as delightful a narrator as ever, with her humor and knowledge of crafts. A fun read for anyone who enjoyed Assault with a Deadly Glue Gun, and is curious about what happened to Erica next.

Many of Winston’s books are listed on this site with buy links:

https://everywhereindies.wordpress.com/books-by-genre-mystery

https://everywhereindies.wordpress.com/books-by-genre-romantic-suspense

https://everywhereindies.wordpress.com/short-story-singles-and-collections

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DV Berkom’s Let Sleeping Dogs Lie is a chilling mystery/thriller set in the Arizona desert.

Skinwalkers, A woman kidnapped by a bad boyfriend. Clues in petroglyphs behind an abandoned gas station.

I kept wondering how Berkom could tie it up in twenty-three pages—it just kept rolling, getting more intense. But she pulls it off brilliantly. This was my first venture into the Kate Jones series, and won’t be my last. A boxed set is in my Nook and I’ll be reading it soon.

Buy links and information about Berkom’s other books can be found at http://dvberkom.com

You’ll also find some of her work on the mystery page on this site.

https://everywhereindies.wordpress.com/books-by-genre-mystery

Happy Halloween—New #Horror Story for #99cents

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New release from Amber Foxx

Bearing

 A tale of paranormal horror based on Native American myths.

Mikayla, young Apache woman attending a powwow with her family, becomes entranced by an outsider, a Cree man who shows up without his Apache girlfriend. As her fascination consumes her, Mikayla changes in ways both pleasurable and frightening, powerless to overcome his dark magic until it may be too late.

*****

On Kobo, Barnes and Noble, Apple and more.

Includes bonus material from The Calling, book one in the award-winning Mae Martin Psychic Mystery Series.  Learn more at http://amberfoxxmysteries.wordpress.com

See sales links for this and other short fiction bargains on

https://everywhereindies.wordpress.com/short-story-singles-and-collections/

Many of these singles are series introductions, so you can sample a new series for a low price or free.

Everywhere #Bargains #99cents and #free #e-books

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Everything listed on this site is a bargain, of course, indie prices being what they are, but these are a few of the super-bargains.

 99 cents:

Chains of Prophecy by Jason Crawford

Sales links: https://everywhereindies.wordpress.com/books-by-genre-urban-fantasy

Reprobate by Martyn v. Halm

Sales links: https://everywhereindies.wordpress.com/suspense-and-thriller

Time Shifters by Shanna Lauffey

sales links: https://everywhereindies.wordpress.com/books-by-genre-science-fiction/

  Free:

The Outlaw Women by Amber Foxx

Fundamental Error by Martyn v. Halm

both can be found on: https://everywhereindies.wordpress.com/short-story-singles-and-collections

and one of the books I just reviewed, Lost Cause by J.L. Simpson

download links: https://everywhereindies.wordpress.com/books-by-genre-mystery