The Third Marshview Book is Out!

Cold Case, in which Sheriff’s Deputy Sam Arnold unravels the mystery of why an ordinary old man had a dead body in the freezer on his back porch, is now available on Amazon.

This one was harder to write because I kept changing my mind as to the cause of death and who the murderer was. Set in the present day in central Florida, the book teems with interesting local characters and intriguing plot twists.


Another Semi-Finalist: Further Investigation

My mystery novella, Further Investigation, is also a semi-finalist in the Florida Writers Association’s Royal Palm Literary Awards competition! The book grew out of the research I did for My Writer’s Sampler: Exercises in Learning to Write Fiction, and apparently is strong enough to stand on its own.

Free Book

I’ve published my first mystery novella, Further Investigation. People who have read it have surprised me with their enthusiasm. They seemed sincere, so I started writing another one. The Kindle version of Further Investigation will be free from tomorrow, the 6th, through April 10th, if you’d like to check it out.


52 Weeks: Recreation – Reading

A few years ago when I was thinking of getting rid of my car, I looked around for ways to get books without driving. gives away the Kindle reading application software free. Go to to their Kindle store. Click on “free reading apps” below the search box. I downloaded the free software to my laptop. There was no need to buy an actual Kindle device.

Amazon gives away many Kindle books free. Those that are not free are still less expensive than physical books. I downloaded a number of free classics as well as several mystery fiction books. Public libraries also now lend eBooks. Kindle has a built in dictionary. You can click a word in the text and it will look in the dictionary for you! You can easily adjust the font size and color, page width and style; it’s terrific.

Project Gutenberg at has hundreds of books that are out of copyright in the U.S. They recently added a section of current, self-published books. They offer works in a variety of languages as well. You can search alphabetically by author or title. You can browse the most recent additions or the most popular items. Many entries also offer a link to a Wikipedia article about the author. These don’t require the Kindle app; they appear on the screen at the web page.



Marie Brack is the author of Frugal Living for the 21st Century: Adventures in Using Your Money Wisely. It’s available on in both Kindle and paperback versions.

Wonderful review

I am so moved by this review. “Tightwad Gazette of the 21st Century” is exactly what I wanted people to think about it:

“Great book!, February 18, 2014

By Lita McRiley “Sorlina”See all my reviews

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This review is from: Frugal Living for the 21st Century: Adventures in Using Your Money Wisely (Kindle Edition)

This book is jam-packed with tips, ideas, and strategies for saving money. It’s the Tightwad Gazette of the 21st century… internet addresses for DIY help, encouragement for readers, personal anecdotes, this book has it all. To top it off, it’s delivered in a light, easy to read style that isn’t preachy or judgmental. A very helpful, and enjoyable, read!”

The Tightwad Gazette has been the “bible” of thrifty living. My hope was to make it the ‘old testament’ and mine the ‘new testament’, and it seems I have succeeded.


Free books!

I have a book a day habit. When I looked around for additional sources of free books besides the public library I learned that any device can function as a Kindle. gives away the Kindle reader app for free and you can download it to any computer, tablet or smart phone. Go to and type ‘free Kindle app for pc’ (or tablet or whatever you have) in the search box.

Once your device has the Kindle app on it you can download and enjoy hundreds of free Kindle books from Amazon in many genres. They offer current fiction, mysteries, romances, historical fiction and more. They have all the classics, books that are out of copyright like Pride and Prejudice, A Christmas Carol and hundreds more. There is quite a lot of free non-fiction too.

In addition to all the free content the Kindle section has current fiction and non-fiction, some by well-know authors, at less than half the cost of a physical book. A friend of mine just paid $40 for the electronic form of a textbook that costs $130 in physical form. My library now lends Kindle books online also.

I really love the freedom and expansion created by electronic technologies.