Jill’s Saturday Kindle Steals

Instead of doing a monthly Kindle post I’m going to see how it goes spreading the deals over the month and also picking up on shorter term offers. Consequently the number of books on offer each day will vary and occasionally might include only one.

As usual the choices will reflect books that I’d be tempted by and not just any books that are on offer. I want to stress I am not advocating that books should be 99p, I’m merely sharing those that are.

The price quoted is that given at time of posting, please always check before buying as some prices can change quickly.

Bargain Reads

(NB This post features Affiliate links from which I earn a small commission on qualifying purchases)

The Madness of Crowds by Louise Penny (Chief Inspector Gamache Novel Book 17)

When Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is asked to provide crowd control at a statistics lecture given at the Université de l’Estrie in Quebec, he is dubious. Why ask the head of homicide to provide security for what sounds like a minor, even mundane lecture?

But dangerous ideas about who deserves to live in order for society to thrive are rapidly gaining popularity, fuelled by the research of the eminent Professor Abigail Robinson. Yet for every person seduced by her theories there is another who is horrified by them. When a murder is committed days after the lecture, it’s clear that within crowds can lie madness.

To uncover the truth, Gamache must put his own feelings about the divisive Professor to one side. But with her ideas gaining ground, the line separating good and evil, right and wrong, is quickly blurring – especially when the case leads unexpectedly close to home …


Gallows Rock: A Nail-Biting Icelandic Thriller With Twists You Won't See Coming (Freyja and Huldar Book 4) by [Yrsa Sigurdardottir]

Gallows Rock by Yrsa Sigurdardottir

On a jagged, bleak lava field just outside Reykjavik stands the Gallows Rock. Once a place of execution, it is now a tourist attraction. Until this morning, when a man was found hanging from it…

The nail embedded in his chest proves it wasn’t suicide. But when the police go to his flat, a further puzzle awaits: a four-year-old boy has been left there. He doesn’t seem to have any link with the victim, his parents cannot be found, and his drawings show he witnessed something terrible.

As detective Huldar hunts the killer, and child psychologist Freyja looks for the boy’s parents, the mystery unfolds: a story of violence, entitlement, and revenge.


The Lost Homestead: My Mother, Partition and the Punjab by [Marina Wheeler]

The Lost Homestead by Marina Wheeler

On 3 June 1947, as British India descended into chaos, its division into two states was announced. For months the violence and civil unrest escalated. With millions of others, Marina Wheeler’s mother Dip Singh and her Sikh family were forced to flee their home in the Punjab, never to return.

As an Anglo-Indian with roots in what is now Pakistan, Marina Wheeler weave’s her mother’s story of loss and new beginnings, personal and political freedom into the broader, still highly contested, history of the region. We follow Dip when she marries Marina’s English father and leaves India for good, to Berlin, then a divided city, and to Washington DC where the fight for civil rights embraced the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi.

The Lost Homestead touches on global themes that strongly resonate today: political change, religious extremism, migration, minorities, nationhood, identity and belonging. But above all it is about coming to terms with the past, and about the stories we choose to tell about ourselves.


One of the Family: Why A Dog Called Maxwell Changed My Life - The Sunday Times bestseller by [Nicky Campbell]

One of the Family by Nicky Campbell

The brave and moving memoir by Long Lost Family presenter and Radio 5 breakfast show host Nicky Campbell reveals how the simple unconditional love of Maxwell, his Labrador, turned his life around and helped him come to terms with his difficult journey as an adopted child.

Raw, honest and courageous in One of the Family, Nicky opens up about how being adopted has made him always feel like an outsider; the guilt he has carried towards his Mum and Dad for needing to trace his birth mother, and the crushing disappointment he felt when he finally met her. And for the first time, he writes about his emotional breakdown and how he has learned to live with a late diagnosis of bipolar.

Through it all his passion for dogs and animals has been a lifeline. It is Maxwell’s magic, a lesson from a Labrador in simple unconditional friendship, that has allowed him to see all the good in his life: from the security and safety of his childhood home, the love of his wife and four daughters and above all, to better understand the decisions taken by his birth mother to give him up for adoption.


Waiting for the Miracle: The uplifting and funny new novel from the bestselling Irish author by [Anna McPartlin]

Waiting for the Miracle by Anna McPartlin

Two women, decades apart, united by hope.

All Caroline wants is to be a mum – that shouldn’t be too much to ask, should it? But after years of trying, she’s had no luck – oh, and to make matters worse her husband is leaving her.

Determined to not give up on her dream, Caroline turns to her last lifeline, the women of her infertility support group.

While the women could not be more different, they form an unbreakable bond. There’s Natalie, accountant by day, pub quiz whiz by night and whose girlfriend seems much less excited about having children than her. There’s the quiet-spoken Janet, whose suffered so much loss but retains a sense of humour and a core of steel. And then there’s Ronnie, mysterious, glamourous, jet-setting Ronnie, who is happy to share everything but her story.

Decades earlier, unbroken and embattled, Catherine rebuilds her life in the big city lights of Dublin. Cast out by her family and shunned for having a baby at sixteen, she finds, joy, acceptance and her tribe in a band of fellow outcasts. Catherine dreams of being reunited with the baby that was so cruelly taken from her. A dream that she is willing to sacrifice almost everything and everyone for.

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