MM - September 19th

This week's Mailbox Monday turned out very exciting to write. I scored some great finds at - of all places - the local dollar store. I hadn't been there before but was dropping my fiance off at his friend's and we stopped in for some charcoal. My eye caught a Hard Case Crime book on a small shelf and my mouth soon dropped. The Colorado Kid by Stephen King.....the first year Dorchester released Hard Case Crime, I was thrilled by the resurrection of the old penny dime novels. King apparently was too, as he penned a crime novel for the line. I've always wanted it and have had it on the wishlist for a few years. Now, here it was, staring at me - and for only $1.95. Really? Yes. Not only that, but there was another one by it, another Hard Case, for $1.95. Their small selection of books was intriguing - I was able to nab some cozy  mysteries (my firsts for awhile) for small change. I was hooked by the adorable cover of Chick with a Charm, which is part of the series Babes on Brooms. The cover even has stick-up effects similar to the old Sookie Stackhouse novel covers before they changed over. It's the second in the series and I hate reading out of order, but it's only the second in for $3.00, couldn't resist. Also, there stood Murder on a Hot Tin Roof for 1.95, another mystery that grabbed me, and for the same price, Who Killed the Queen of Clubs? (Book 7 in Thoroughly Southern Mystery series.)

On an island off the coast of Maine, a man is found dead. There's no identification on the body. Only the dogged work of a pair of local newspapermen and a graduate student in forensics turns up any clues.

But that's just the beginning of the mystery. Because the more they learn about the man and the baffling circumstances of his death, the less they understand. Was it an impossible crime? Or something stranger still...?
No one but Stephen King could tell this story about the darkness at the heart of the unknown and our compulsion to investigate the unexplained.

With echoes of Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon and the work of Graham Greene, one of the world's great storytellers presents a surprising tale that explores the nature of mystery itself...

Mystery novelist and crime reporter Paige Turner is thrilled to see the hottest show on Broadway-but when she visits the star the next morning, he's been prematurely chilled. With her friend Abby, Paige embarks on a quest for the killer that has her springing all over the city like an overheated feline.
State bridge champion and club woman Edie Whelan Burkett has been dealt many a bad hand, but after being widowed, the only things she has to sustain herself are a job at the library and a thousand-acre pecan grove. And just when the stress of it all seems too much, the grove's foreman dies...followed by Edie-and not by natural causes. Now, county magistrate Mac Yarbrough is on the case to prove the foreman's son innocent of murder, and figure out who's playing with a full deck-and who's not

Lily Revere is free-spirited and fun-loving-two dangerous qualities in a witch. Lily needs a date for her sister Anica's engagement party, and she's determined to bring hot Griffin Taylor. But the jaded divorce lawyer claims his job has warned him off romance. Slipping a love elixir into Griffin's drink may not be the noble thing to do-but it sure works! There's just one problem: Are Griffin's feelings the result of some truly good witchcraft-or could he really be in love?



A New York bar bouncer with dreams of being more, Tommy Russo jumps at the chance to join a horse-owning syndicate. But to do so he’ll have to pony up $10,000 – and that’s money he hasn’t got. So what’s an ambitious young man to do? Anything he has to…

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