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Old 07-18-2017, 08:24 PM   #1
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Last week during Prime Day I succumbed to the temptation to get Kindle Unlimited at a discount for 2 years. Let's not debate if KU is worth it or not (or how much you need to read to make it worthwhile); at that price I could not resist.

Finding novels to read seems like a real problem. I start searching and I can't tell the good from the bad. So I'm looking for recommendations in fiction, mystery, suspense, although I also read SF and fantasy stuff.

I found one which I started: Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine.
https://www.amazon.com/Stillhouse-La.../dp/B01MFGX5GI

I initially resisted this but it's good so far.
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I suspect you will find you start far more books than you finish! But I think KU is great for new and independent authors.

recently reviewed "The Day After Never" series book 1 by Russell Blake. Which I enjoyed very much.

https://www.mobileread.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=287234

You might like "The Golden Horde" Series by Peter Morwood. It mixes Russian history with magic. An unusual book series. I haven't reviewed it yet.

I've been very impressed with "The Moondark saga" by Don McQuinn, I reviewed it here: https://www.mobileread.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=279651
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Patricia Wentworth was one of the golden age authors whose work is often on KU. I haven't found a had one yet if that genre suits you. Mystery, crime, on the cosy side.
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Last week during Prime Day I succumbed to the temptation to get Kindle Unlimited at a discount for 2 years. Let's not debate if KU is worth it or not (or how much you need to read to make it worthwhile); at that price I could not resist.

Finding novels to read seems like a real problem. I start searching and I can't tell the good from the bad. So I'm looking for recommendations in fiction, mystery, suspense, although I also read SF and fantasy stuff.

I found one which I started: Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine.
https://www.amazon.com/Stillhouse-La.../dp/B01MFGX5GI

I initially resisted this but it's good so far.
I'm just coming off a few months of KU, when I read a lot of mystery-suspense with female protagonists. Some authors I liked are Sibel Hodge, Kathryn Croft, Catherine McKenzie, Shalini Boland, Claire Seeber, Minka Kent, A. J. Waines, Jane Holland, and Louise Jensen.

For the most part these had accompanying audiobooks, so I listened rather than read. They are on a par with Lifetime movies--entertaining and fun, decently crafted, but not top-tier suspense.

I did not like books I sampled by Sharon Potts, Maggie James, or K. L. Slater.
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Here are a few mystery series that I have read and enjoyed.

The Loon Lake Mystery series by Victoria Houston:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B015AEXJ4Y/
https://www.goodreads.com/series/419...n-lake-mystery

The Skip Langdon series by Julie Smith:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B011M9BQ6E/
https://www.goodreads.com/series/83970-skip-langdon

The Stacy Justice series by Barbara Annino:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B010G8Q9D2
https://www.goodreads.com/series/623...ustice-mystery
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Thanks guys! I will check out those novels. LOL, Lifetime TV movie is a good description for some of them.

Some other things are mystifying. For example ebooks with audio narration. This link shows you KU books with narration.

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=lp_9069...&tag=eflyus-20

On some of these titles, clicking on them you will find "Read and Listen for free" and you will get the title on your Audible app.

On others, such as Markus Sakey's Afterlife, it just says "Read for free" and the audiobook costs you $1.99.

https://www.amazon.com/AFTERLIFE-Mar...n%3A6577679011

Is there a way to search and just find the "Read and Listen for free" titles?
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Old 07-19-2017, 05:24 PM   #7
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Ah, I think I found it. This link for Books with Narration in Kindle Unlimited:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/s/ref=dbs_...search&page=1&
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Kindle Unlimited used to have some really bad titles way back when it started, and it's still hit or miss sometimes, but I've come across some pretty good reads (in the "popcorn movie" vein, for the most part). Some that I liked (with the first book linked below):

Infiltration Game: A Think Tank Novel. Espionage/Thriller type book (think black ops team) https://www.amazon.com/Infiltration-...sap_bc?ie=UTF8

Tier One series - same author as above. Two books out, one coming in December. This are same type of books, but I liked these a lot better than Think Tank one.
https://www.amazon.com/Tier-One-Thri...sap_bc?ie=UTF8

Black Fleet Trilogy - Military SciFi. Pretty good read.
https://www.amazon.com/Warship-Black...trilogy+book+1

Onset series - Urban fantasy, sort of. About a team that fights against supernatural beings. Something kind of like the TV show Grimm.
https://www.amazon.com/ONSET-Serve-P...+glynn+stewart

Bobiverse series - SF. Kind of an odd one. About a guy that wakes up after "dying" and finds himself as an AI for a ship. Fun series, but some people get annoyed by the character, he's kind of an ass sometimes. But I like the series.
https://www.amazon.com/Are-Legion-Bo...ords=bobiverse

Beneath a Scarlet Sky - this is an AMAZING book. WWII Historical novel based on a true story. I think this is coming out as a movie soon.
https://www.amazon.com/Beneath-Scarl...+a+scarlet+sky

Blood Defense - Legal thriller series. Not bad.
https://www.amazon.com/Blood-Defense...y+marcia+clark

The Neon Lawyer series - another Legal thriller series. Also not bad.
https://www.amazon.com/Neon-Lawyer-V...he+neon+lawyer

Jack Daniels series - Serial Killer/Detective series. Very good.
https://www.amazon.com/Whiskey-Sour-...+series+kindle
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If you like scary killers, here you go.
https://www.amazon.com/Serial-Killer...dp/B004YDNNK8/
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https://www.amazon.com/Serial-Killer...dp/B004YDNNK8/
What other kind of killers are there?
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Appreciate all the tips!

I read A Criminal Defense, legal thriller, which had some good plot twists...

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01KXQ8SS6...ng=UTF8&btkr=1
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More of a cozy mystery person myself. I read about three of those John Sanford books and realized it’s a new serial killer in each one. Got tired of it. Give me a Colombo or Monk or Stephanie Plum.

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I read A Criminal Defense, legal thriller, which had some good plot twists...

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01KXQ8SS6...ng=UTF8&btkr=1
For legal thrillers, look for John Ellsworth. He is an attorney turned writer. I do believe he is in KU.
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