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[Free eBook] Where the Shadows Lie by Michael Ridpath [Iceland Murder Mystery]

Where the Shadows Lie by English author Michael Ridpath is the 1st novel in the Fire & Ice aka Magnus Iceland series of international Nordic mystery/crime thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Atlantic Books’ Corvus imprint.

This is part of a special giveaway to help promote the upcoming 5th novel, The Wanderer, expected in September. It’s also one of my personal favourite series, which I highly recommend if you’re interested in Nordic Noir-styled detective mysteries with a bit of an outsider perspective on both modern and historical Icelandic culture (and in this case, a nod to its influence on the works of J. R. R. Tolkien).

The series stars an Icelandic-American immigrant cop who grew up in the States, returning to Iceland as part of a international detective exchange cum protection program after he angers the wrong set of deadly criminals in Boston, helping his new colleagues in Reykjavik solve local mysteries in the meantime as well as getting back in touch with his roots.

This first case sees him investigate the murder of an Old Icelandic literature expert, uncovering unexpected connections between ancient Norse tales and a now-famous mid 20th-century English professor and fantasy author’s research, which may provide motivation for the baffling crime, even as he uncovers the secrets of his estranged family’s past.

Offered worldwide, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] Follow Me Back by A. V. Geiger [YA Epistolary Fandom Suspense Thriller]

Follow Me Back by A. V. Geiger is the 1st novel in the Follow Me Back duology of YA mystery/suspense thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Sourcebooks’ Fire imprint.

The story is told in an epistolary format with tweets, police transcripts, and other false documents interspersed with the narrative as what really happened is gradually pieced together, and explores the dark side of celebrity fandom, starring a housebound agoraphobic girl who finds her online interactions a comfort and escape, and a pop star frightened by his obsessive fans.

This first installment sees them coming into conflict as in a protective move after a fellow celebrity is murdered by a fan, the pop star tries to discourage a potential copycat by ruthlessly trolling his top social media followers in the hopes of driving them toward other interests, instead sparking an unexpected connection which might prove deadly for them both.

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[Free eBook] The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang [Chick-Lit Romantic Comedy]

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang is the 1st novel in the The Kiss Quotient series of chick-lit contemporary fiction with strong f/m romantic comedy elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Atlantic’s Corvus imprint.

The series is apparently centred around characters with assorted autism spectrum disorders learning to better understand themselves as well as finding potential loves.

This installment stars a wealthy, successful woman with Asperger’s whose mother is after her to settle down and find a husband, who decides that the most logical way to handle the awkwardness of the dating scene is to hire a male escort to teach her how things are done.

Offered in the UK, Europe, and select regions worldwide (excluding North America), available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] A Company of Heroes: The American Frontier, 1775-1783 by Dale Van Every [US Western & Native History]

A Company of Heroes: The American Frontier, 1775-1783 by the late Dale Van Every, an early Hollywood screenwriter and film producer, is a vintage US history, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Endeavour Media imprint.

This was originally published in 1962 by William Morrow.

The book explores the lesser-known western frontier of the US Revolutionary War in the “backcountry” regions where the British also recruited Native American allies into their brutal conflict with the rebellious colonials, focusing especially upon the exploits of Mohawk leader Joseph Brant and American officer George Rogers Clark

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free Audiobook] First Comes Love by Emily Giffin [Sibling Drama Novel]

First Comes Love by Emily Giffin is a standalone contemporary literary fiction novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Penguin Random House Audio.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month offer for June and is narrated by Emily Foster & Catherine Taber. Apparently, it’s being offered to help promote the author’s next novel, All We Ever Wanted, expected later this month.

The story is a sibling relationship drama, centred around two formerly-close sisters who became estranged by a tragedy, reuniting them fifteen years later when their paths have diverged and both have become dissatisfied with their respective personal lives, even as they confront the lingering issues of their shared past.

Offered worldwide until 11:59 AM Eastern Time on June 21st, available as a DRM-free MP4 download directly from the publisher and in their app.

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[Free eBook] Grace After Henry by Eithne Shortall [Replacement Relationship Drama]

Grace After Henry by Irish author Eithne Shortall is a chick-lit flavoured literary/contemporary fiction drama novel with f/m romantic comedy elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Atlantic’s Corvus imprint.

The story deals with themes of loss, bereavement, and recovery using a somewhat comedic take, as shortly after the sudden death of her boyfriend, a grief-stricken woman meets a man who is his near-double and gives in to the temptation to resurrect what she just lost with this too-familiar-seeming stranger—even if it means sacrificing the potential of new love to the memory of the old.

Offered in UK, Europe, and most other regions worldwide (excluding North America), available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] Who Would Have Daughters? by Marguerite Steen [1930s Literary Novel]

Who Would Have Daughters? by the late English author Marguerite Steen, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature whose works enjoyed a period of popularity in the 1930s and 1940s, is a standalone vintage literary fiction novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1937 by Collins.

The story is a 1930s-contemporary family/social drama which is as much a coming of age for a proud but traditionally-minded father as his three very different daughters, raised in a sheltered environment in an old-fashioned manner which makes it difficult to adapt to the changing times.

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[Free eBook] Reckless Hearts by Heather Van Fleet [New Adult Contemporary Romance]

Reckless Hearts by Heather Van Fleet is the 1st novel in the Reckless Hearts trilogy of New Adult f/m contemporary romance, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Sourcebooks’ Casablanca imprint.

This is apparently being made free to help promote the upcoming 3rd novel, Recklessly Ever After, expected in October, and the 2nd novel is also discountted on sale.

The series is a take on the comedy film Three Men and a Baby, and stars a group of young friends who return from military service to unexpectedly find themselves raising a child together. This first installment sets up the first of the friends with said baby, the legacy of his late girlfriend who died while he was stationed overseas, and the obligatory hot young nanny who shows him the ropes of caring for her.

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[Free eBook] 5 titles from Candy Jar Books [Mystery & Sci-Fi Doctor Who Tie-In]

As a special treat for their fans over the Father’s Day long weekend, publisher Candy Jar Books are doing a giveaway of 2 novels + 1 short story + 1 collection in their Lethbridge-Stewart line, an officially-licensed spinoff tie-in to the popular British science fiction series Doctor Who, plus 1 unrelated modern mystery/crime thriller novel, good through June 17th according to their newsletter.

The contemporary mystery/crime novel is:

  • The Release by Alistair Moore, starring a down-and-out man who one day agrees to help a bereaved father, in exchange for money that could change his life as much what he finds while exploring the underworld in search of another man’s revenge.

The Lethbridge-Stewart series offerings (set on Earth mostly circa the 1960s/70s), starring side characters from the original show, are:

  • ’48 Crash’ by Mark Carton, a short story which celebrated the 50th anniversary of BBC Radio 1 by having aliens visit the show.
  • Mind of Stone by Iain McLaughlin with a foreword by actor Victor Pemberton, a novel-length tale of two missions with an unexpected connection, one performed undercover in a prison, while the other takes place in Egypt
  • The Dreamer’s Lament by Benjamin Burford-Jones with a foreword by actor Shaun Russell, a novel featuring an investigation connecting mysteries past and present with strange disappearances through the ages and a Bermuda Triangle-like village full of zombies
  • The HAVOC Files by various authors, a collection of short stories set throughout time and space at various points in Lethbridge-Stewart’s career

If you’re interested, the publisher also has a dedicated blogsite for the series where they offer free bonuses like character guides and deleted scenes from the stories, and also offer downloadable wallpapers with the cover art on their main website as well.

Offered through June 17th (midnight Pacific Time), available DRM-free at Amazon.

[Free eBook] Hue & Cry by Thomas B. Dewey [Vintage Bibliophile Murder Mystery]

Hue & Cry by the late Thomas B. Dewey is the 1st novel in the Singer Batts series of vintage amateur sleuth detective thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press.

This was originally published in 1944 by Grosset & Dunlap, and is being offered as one of Wildside’s sporadic weekly promotions for their Black Cat Mystery Club for vintage mystery/crime and pulp adventure reprints.

The series is set in small-town Ohio and stars a bibliophile hotel owner and Shakespearean scholar who prefers the company of his books, but keeps getting drawn into solving murders with the help of his hotel manager, who narrates the novels. This first adventure sets up his amateur sleuthing investigations with an on-site murder.

Offered worldwide through June 17th (probably), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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