The purpose of Thrifty Thursday is to read a book which was free (at some point).
Kindle freebie on April 18, 2020 (currently 99¢ and in Kindle Unlimited as of writing this post)
Overall rating 4.28 with 1,416 ratings and 144 reviews
No Simple Death by Valerie Keogh
Series: Garda West #1
on December 4, 2019
Amazon, Audible, Audiobook
When Detective Garda Sergeant Mike West is called to investigate a murder in a Dublin graveyard, suspicion immediately falls on a local woman, Edel Johnson, whose husband disappeared some months before. But then she disappears.
Evidence leads West to a small village in Cornwall, but when he checks in to an Inn, he finds Edel has arrived before him. Her explanation seems to make sense but as West begins to think his suspicions of her are unfounded, she disappears again.
Is she guilty? West, fighting an unsuitable attraction, doesn't want to believe it. But the case against her is growing. Back in Dublin, his team uncover evidence of blackmail and illegal drugs involving Edel’s missing husband. When another man is murdered, she, once again, comes under suspicion.
Finally, the case is untangled, but is it the outcome West really wants?
I’m always in the mood for a police procedural murder mystery, especially if they are in interesting settings. Since I think most places ARE interesting that isn’t too difficult a criteria. No Simple Death is also in Kindle Unlimited and some of these are offered as freebies occasionally.
We get two viewpoints from the two main characters. One is Garda Mike West who is the “police” investigating a crime. The other is Edel Johnson who discovers a body. Edel has not been herself lately as her husband disappeared a few months ago which has destroyed her.
The murder and the disappearance end up having some connection. Edel jumps into the case to try to find her husband and Garda West is in a homicide investigation. The motives become clear and the culprit is reasonably clear but proving things is not as easy. It is all teased out of a twisty set of links.
I felt for Edel but she was a bit naive to the dangers with a killer on the loose. I understood her husband’s choices and felt badly for him, but he wasn’t a great guy. Garda West had great instincts and compassion, but it was a struggle to catch the killer and keep people safe.
I definitely want to read on in the Garda West series. I already have No Obvious Cause through Kindle Unlimited (which wouldn’t count for this meme), but I can recommend No Simple Death which I did purchase for free.
These are only Kindle freebies I get, or ones through author newsletters which anyone can sign up and get for free. I don’t include things like Kindle Unlimited or Prime Free Reading (I do have it). Both Tantor and Audible have occasional free audios (to anyone) and I do include those. Since I one-click on 1-2 freebies a day or probably at least 5 a week, I came up with this feature to make sure I start reading them.
So I have thought about doing a Thrifty Thursday Challenge someday. For now, what I think would be fun is if you have read and reviewed a freebie, link up to your review (Goodreads, blog, facebook or wherever) below.
Add your review link here:
- ICYMI: Hold on Tight by Serena Bell @serenabellbooks @JULIEYMANDKAC @readloveswept - January 23, 2021
- If I Disappear by Eliza Jane Brazier @EJaneBrazier @BerkleyPub - January 22, 2021
- Driven by Rebecca Zanetti @RebeccaZanetti @ZebraPublishing - January 21, 2021
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