Sunday, August 9, 2015

Un-Taxed Used Books

Tax-free weekend saw me taking on a local used bookstore–just to make sure I took advantage of such a money-saving opportunity. With little in mind book-wise (partly because Sue Grafton’s latest doesn’t come out until two weeks), I decided to spend the early part of Saturday afternoon hunting for a few Nevada Barr books. You know, because Track of the Cat served.

So first I got A Superior Death, book number two in Barr’s Anna Pigeon series. It took a little hunting, but I found it in the stacks (not one to give up). Evidently, A Superior Death sees park ranger, and back country amateur sleuth, Anna Pigeon, down at Isle Royale National Park in Michigan. The kick is Anna will be scuba diving.  She discovers a crew of dead, buried underneath a wrecked ship. It screams adventure, and I always love a good water-time mystery.

Next I found book number three in the Anna Pigeon series. Ill Wind has Anna at the Mesa Verde National Park, located in Montezuma County, Colorado. Apparently, Ill Wind sees visitors of the park falling sick to some mysterious illness. Top on the accidental death of a child, along with one of Anna’s ranger friends, and we’re in for a mystery with a Native American twist.

Had I found the fourth book in the series, I would’ve grabbed that one next. But I didn’t.

So I browsed a little more trying to catch up on some Alt, Muller, Gaines, Peters, and Neely. I found myself unsuccessful with them all. However, the first book in Susan Wittig Albert’s China Bayles mystery series found me. I’ve heard of Albert, but never explored her character and stories. Led by curiosity, I grabbed the book. 

Apparently, her series takes place in small-town Texas. A 42-year-old attorney named China Bayles narrates the series. And her first investigation revolves around the death of her friend, Jo Gilbert. Jo’s battling cancer, until she’s found dead from sleeping pills washed down with vodka. Claims are that it’s suicide. However, China Bayles knows differently.  Color me excited to start a new series–while saving a penny or two.

Here goes last week's endeavors (since I missed posting them)...

Read any of these books?  Sound off in the comments below!

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