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Post by Mythica » Fri November 23rd, 2012, 10:59 am

Black Friday Sale on US Kindle - the "daily deal" includes 25 books, a few of them are history related.

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Post by Susan » Fri November 23rd, 2012, 12:48 pm

[quote=""Mythica""]Black Friday Sale on US Kindle - the "daily deal" includes 25 books, a few of them are history related.[/quote]

I see Mariana by Susanna Kearsley is there for $1.99. That was one of my favorites reads of this year.
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Post by Mythica » Fri November 23rd, 2012, 6:27 pm

Another bargain: The Cater Street Hangman by Anne Perry - $3.00 (keep in mind the author of this is a convicted and confessed murderer herself!)

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Post by Susan » Fri November 23rd, 2012, 6:32 pm

[quote=""Mythica""]Another bargain: The Cater Street Hangman by Anne Perry - $3.00 (keep in mind the author of this is a convicted and confessed murderer herself!)[/quote]

This is the first in the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt mystery series. I love those two characters! I started reading this series more than 20 years ago, but I've never read the last five or so.
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Post by Mythica » Fri November 23rd, 2012, 7:20 pm

[quote=""Susan""]This is the first in the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt mystery series. I love those two characters! I started reading this series more than 20 years ago, but I've never read the last five or so.[/quote]

I read the first one, thought it was good but there are mysteries with better romantic duos which aren't written by a murderer: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_Perry ... _and_trial

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Post by Vanessa » Sat November 24th, 2012, 10:53 am

I've read The Cater Street Hangman - I enjoyed it. And, yes, I know who Anne Perry is - there is a film, Heavenly Creatures with Kate Winslet. I don't condone what they did - but they were only 15 and so deserve a second chance.
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Post by Mythica » Sat November 24th, 2012, 7:35 pm

[quote=""Vanessa""]I've read The Cater Street Hangman - I enjoyed it. And, yes, I know who Anne Perry is - there is a film, Heavenly Creatures with Kate Winslet. I don't condone what they did - but they were only 15 and so deserve a second chance.[/quote]

It's not that I don't believe she deserves a second chance, I just find it disturbing that she's writing about murder. If she was writing about anything else, it wouldn't bother me to buy or enjoy her novels. But I find it hard to believe that someone who felt genuine remorse over murdering someone could write about it fictionally for entertainment as much as she does. I think it suggests that she has no conscience and no remorse for what she did - and knowing that, I think if I tried to read her novels now, it would disturb me too much.

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Post by SonjaMarie » Sun November 25th, 2012, 3:11 am

My problem, regardless of age, was the premeditation for such a stupid reason (ok to 15 year olds it probably didn't seem stupid), and the viciousness of the murder itself. I think if it had happened in the US, they'd have been tried as adults and either given life without parole (or at least a very long spell in prison) or the death sentence (depending on the state).

I think I will forgo her books.

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Post by Mythica » Sun November 25th, 2012, 11:13 am

[quote=""SonjaMarie""]My problem, regardless of age, was the premeditation for such a stupid reason (ok to 15 year olds it probably didn't seem stupid), and the viciousness of the murder itself. I think if it had happened in the US, they'd have been tried as adults and either given life without parole (or at least a very long spell in prison) or the death sentence (depending on the state).

I think I will forgo her books.

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Yes, the nature of the murder itself also disturbs me - they didn't just murder someone, they brutally attacked someone they knew. 45 blows with a brick... 45 times they chose to commit the act. You don't just suddenly grow a conscience after that no matter how old you are. By 15, you know how very wrong that is but they seemingly did not care.

Even so, I think I could separate that from her novels if they weren't about murder. But since they are about murder... how does one separate them? I can't get my head around that. I'm pretty sure Perry must be a sociopath or psychopath in order to detach herself from her own crime to write murder mysteries.

Okay, rant over.

On another note, a whole bunch of history books from Acheron Press are free - it looks like they are public domain so they might be found free elsewhere but that is not always the case.

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Post by Vanessa » Sun November 25th, 2012, 12:43 pm

Perhaps writing about murder is her way of coming to terms with what she did. It was a terrible act that they both carried out - I am sure she does regret what she did, she can't pretend she didn't do it so maybe puts a brave face on it. It sounds like she's turned to religion as well. She lives as a recluse so must live a very lonely life.
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