Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Great Kindle Deals Newsletter - Tuesday, 7th June 2011

Hello everyone, welcome to the latest edition of Great Kindle Deals. There's no news on the Kindle front this week, so instead we've some Kindle tips and tricks, and the usual free and cheap books.

Kindle Tips and Tricks:
1. Web browsing - Got your Kindle with you when out and about? If you have a 3G version you can access web pages on it wherever you are. Make sure 3G is switched on, then go to Menu > Experimental > Web Browser. The browser is basic but if you need it, it's better than nothing.

2. Two games on your Kindle - On the main page with your book listings press Alt, SHift and M at the same time and you can play minesweeper, instructions are at the bottom of that page. Press G and you can play noughts and crosses.

3. Instant dictionary definitions - Use the arrow keys to find a word you dont know, place it over the word and at the bottom (or top) a definition will come up. Press return and a full definition will be expanded, then press back to get back to your original book.

4. Turn pages automatically - A tip from TechRadar: "Can't be bothered pressing the next page button? Trigger the text-to-speech function (press the Aa button, then turn on text to speech) and then turn the volume down until you can't hear anything. Pages will now turn automatically... eventually"

Cheap books:

1. Catch Your Death (for Fans of Dan Brown and Stieg Larsson) - £0.95
Rated 5 stars average from 3 reviews
Synopsis: "A secret conspiracy. A killer virus. A race to save the world.

Imagine if Dan Brown, Steig Larsson and Michael Crichton sat down together to write a fast-paced medical conspiracy thriller set in the English countryside, featuring evil scientists, stone-cold killers, a deadly virus and a beautiful but vulnerable Harvard professor.

That's CATCH YOUR DEATH, the new novel from Louise Voss and Mark Edwards, the writing team behind the Amazon Top 50 thriller KILLING CUPID.

Esteemed virologist Kate Maddox thought she was escaping to a new life. But before she can face the future she must deal with the ghosts of the past.
20 years ago, Kate was a volunteer at a research unit in the English countryside where scientists experimented to find a cure for the common cold. That summer, Kate fell in love with a handsome young doctor, Stephen. But her stay at the unit ended in Stephen's tragic death and Kate fled to Boston and a new life at Harvard.

Now, Kate is back in England and on the run again – this time, from her cruel husband – and trying to find a fresh start for her and her young son. But a chance encounter with Stephen’s twin brother, Paul, sets her on a terrifying path of discovery. What really happened at the Cold Research Unit two decades ago?

As Kate and Paul travel across England in search of the answers, they are unaware they are being hunted. Pursued by both her estranged husband and a psychopathic killer who has an unhealthy obsession with his quarry, Kate must fight to solve the puzzles of the past – uncovering a sickening betrayal and a truth she never dreamed possible."
Free books:

2. Life and Laughing: My Story by Michael McIntyre - £3.99
Rated 5 stars average from 167 reviews
Synopsis: "Michael McIntyre has become Britain�s biggest comedy star. His debut stand-up DVD, Live & Laughing, was the fastest selling of all time, only to be eclipsed by his second, Hello Wembley, that sold over 1.4 million copies and was the 2009 Christmas number one. He hosts his own BAFTA nominated BBC1 series, Michael McIntyre�s Comedy Roadshow, and won the British Comedy Award for Best Live Stand-up in 2009 following his record breaking fifty-four date Arena tour.
But how did he get there?
Michael reveals all in his remarkably honest and hilarious autobiography Life & Laughing. His showbiz roots, his appalling attempts to attract the opposite sex, his fish-out-of-water move from public to state school and his astonishing journey from selling just one ticket at the Edinburgh Festival to selling half a million tickets on his last tour. Michael�s story is riveting, poignant, romantic and above all very, very funny."

3. The Confession by John Grisham - £3.59
Rated 4 stars average from 71 reviews
Synopsis: "An innocent man is days from execution.Only a guilty man can save him. Travis Boyette is a murderer. In 1998, in the small East Texas city of Sloan, he abducted, raped, and strangled a popular high-school cheerleader. He buried her body so that it would never be found, then watched and waited as police and prosecutors arrested Donte Drumm, a local football star with no connection to the crime. Tried, convicted and sentenced, Drumm was sent to death row: his fate had been decided.Nine years later, Donte Drumm is four days from execution. Over 400 miles away in Kansas, Travis faces a fate of his own: an inoperable brain tumour will soon deliver the end. Reflecting on his miserable life, he decides to do what’s right. After years of silence he is ready to confess. But how can a guilty man convince lawyers, judges and politicians that they’re about to execute an innocent man?"

Free books: 
1. Murder on the Mind
Rated 5 stars average from 1 review
Synopsis: "Jeff Resnick hardly knew his well-heeled half-brother. But after suffering a fractured skull in a vicious mugging, he reluctantly accepts the fact that he has a long and brutal recovery to face—and his closest of kin can provide him with the time and place to do it.

Now, Jeff is haunted by unexplained visions of a heinous crime—a banker, stalked, killed, and eviscerated like a ten-point buck. When Matt Sumner’s murder is discovered, a still-recovering Jeff realizes this was what he had seen. Jeff must not only convince himself of his new-found psychic ability, but also his skeptical brother Richard Alpert. Since Sumner was Richard’s banker, both brothers have a stake in finding out what happened. With Richard’s reluctant help, Jeff’s investigation leads him to Sumner’s belligerent family and hard-nosed business associates, none of whom want him snooping around.

When Jeff discovers a second victim, he knows he must relentlessly chase his quarry even if it means risking his brother’s life."

2. Guilty as Sin
Rated 3.5 stars average from 6 reviews
Synopsis: " When seventeen-year-old Danielle Levy goes missing one lunchtime, DS Wendy Knight and DCI Jack Culverhouse believe they have a routine case on their hands. When a prominent local businessman is found dead in his warehouse, however, the case takes a whole new disturbing turn as Knight and Culverhouse begin to unravel the connections between the two cases which lead to a dark and disturbing secret."

3. L.A. Nore: The Collected Stories
Rated 5 stars average from 1 review
Synopsis: "Rockstar Games has partnered with Mulholland Books to publish a collection of short fiction expanding the world of the newest groundbreaking achievement in storytelling: the interactive crime thriller L.A. Noire. 1940s Hollywood, murder, deception and mystery take center stage as readers reintroduce themselves to characters seen in L.A. Noire. Explore the lives of actresses desperate for the Hollywood spotlight; heroes turned defeated men; and classic Noir villains. Readers will come across not only familiar faces, but familiar cases from the game that take on a new spin to tell the tales of emotionally torn protagonists, depraved schemers and their ill-fated victims. With original short fiction by Megan Abbott, Lawrence Block, Joe Lansdale, Joyce Carol Oates, Francine Prose, Jonathan Santlofer, Duane Swierczynski and Andrew Vachss, L.A. NOIRE: THE COLLECTED STORIES breathes new life into a time-honored American tradition, in an exciting anthology that will appeal to fans of suspense and gamers everywhere."

See you next week!

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