[Free eBook] Shoot It Again, Sam by Michael Avallone [Comedic Mystery/Espionage Thriller]

Shoot It Again, Sam by Michael Avallone is the 23rd novel in his Ed Noon series of vintage pulp mystery/crime thrillers with comedic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Story Merchant.

This was originally published in 1972 by Curtis. The popular, long-running pulp mystery/crime series stars a P.I. in New York City, who often takes on cases with oddball clients, leading to zany adventures.

This adventure is on the wacky espionage thriller side, with Noon escorting a movie star’s corpse for burial, only to find himself caught up in a strange Hollywood scheme which sees him kidnapped and transformed into a brainwashed assassin targeting the President of the United States.

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[Free eBook] Just Haven’t Met You Yet by Cate Woods [Chick-Lit Comedy with LGBT Romance]

Just Haven’t Met You Yet by British author Cate Woods is her chick-lit personal discovery novel with strong romantic comedy elements (both f/m and f/f), free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Quercus.

This was last week’s featured Free Book of the Week in the iTunes UK store, but is still free at the moment in multiple stores.

The story is centred around humorously exploring the meaning of interpersonal relationships, as a woman with a seemingly idyllic life is approached by an up-and-coming “soulmates” company to test out their perfect match data, which apparently leads to some surprising personal revelations, given that she’s already in a relationship. NB: The reviews say this was full of twists and had a surprising ending, so it may not necessarily end in a standard romantic HEA with either the f/m or f/f love interests. YMMV.

Offered in the UK & Europe, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] Summer at the Dog & Duck by Jill Steeples [Cozy Contemporary Fiction with Romantic Comedy]

Summer at the Dog & Duck by by British author Jill Steeples is the 2nd novel in her Dog & Duck series of heartwarming cozy contemporary/women’s fiction with f/m romantic comedy elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Head of Zeus’ Aria imprint.

The series is set in the British countryside, centred around the often humorous and sometimes poignant adventures of recently-arrived landlady renovating the village pub.

This story finds budding relationships growing ever more complicated, as the landlady’s obligatory love interest’s prodigal younger sister and his glamorous secret-hiding ex both show up to make things interesting, just as the local summer charity ball is getting underway.

Offered in the UK only, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Wallis’s War: A Novel of Diplomacy and Intrigue by Kate Auspitz [Alternate History Spy Thriller Satire]

Wallis’s War: A Novel of Diplomacy and Intrigue by Kate Auspitz, a political historian who formerly taught at Harvard University and also writes mysteries as Sophie Belfort, is her standalone alternate history drama novel with satirical espionage thriller elements, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month for August.

The story is set during the 1930s and written in the form of a comedic faux-memoir by Wallis Warfield Simpson, the American divorcée who eventually married the abdicated British King Edward VIII and posits an alternative secret history in which she was an undercover agent tasked with removing the pro-German future monarch from the throne.

Offered worldwide through August, available directly from the University Press’ website.

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[Free eBook] On Location by Elizabeth Sims [Comedic Missing Persons Mystery]

On Location by Elizabeth Sims, a Lamdba Literary Award-winning author and regular contributor to [Writer’s Digest][site-link], is the 3rd novel in her Rita Farmer series of comedic murder mysteries, free again for a limited time courtesy of the author herself via her Spruce Park Press self-publishing imprint.

This was originally published in 2010 by St. Martin’s Press as part of their Minotaur Books imprint. The series stars a single mother law student who moonlights as an actress to pay the bills and also solves cases with a humorous bent.

This case sees her doing a favour for her sister’s wealthy new boyfriend by reading for a part in his family’s amateur art film, only to find the chore becoming more complicated as they become missing persons while on a location scouting wilderness trip and foul play may be involved.

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[Free Audiobooks] 2 free titles from AudioSYNC Summer of Reading [Young Adult, Teen Drama, Comedy]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2017 promotion for young adults continues, which offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or non-fiction, 1 modern—as free MP3 downloads, usually available worldwide (some titles are subject to geo-restrictions, and you can see the planned release schedule here).

This week’s two selected titles, available until 7am Eastern Time on July 13th, are as follows:

  • Remember to Forget by Ashley Royer, her hit Wattpad drama novel about bereavement, starring an Australian teen who moves to Maine for a change of place in an attempt to cope with the sudden tragic death of his girlfriend; from Blink, read by Will Lasley
  • Rebuttal by Jyotsna Hariharan, a dramedy about two teens from different backgrounds with aspirations of winning a debate team competition, both cooperating and competing against each other in turn, as desirable prizes are put up for the stakes; from HarperAudio, read by a full cast

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on July 13th, available in selected countries worldwide (requires installing Overdrive Media console software on your PC, Mac, Android, or iDevice, and you need to finish downloading before the time limit).

[Free eBook REPEAT] You Drive Me Crazy by Anna Premoli [Chick-Lit Workplace Romantic Comedy]

You Drive Me Crazy by by Italian author Anna Premoli, the 2013 recipient of the Premio Bancarella, an Italian literary prize established in 1954, is her standalone chick-lit workplace novel with f/m romantic comedy elements, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Head of Zeus’ Aria imprint.

This is a translation of Come inciampare nel principe azzurro, which was originally self-published in 2012 and was later picked up by Italian publisher Newton Compton.

The story is a multicultural expat workplace comedy set in Seoul, South Korea, starring a London-based investment banker who is transferred to an overseas branch where she has difficulties adapting to the local environment, exacerbated by a the unhelpfulness of her hot new Korean-American boss, with whom she has an enemies-to-lovers flirtation. NB: The author herself is a financial consultant for a private bank, who started writing to alleviate job boredom, so those parts of the novel should be very accurate.

Offered in the UK only, available at Amazon.

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[Free Audiobooks] 2 free titles from AudioSYNC Summer of Reading [Young Adult, History, Fantasy, Comedy]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2017 promotion for young adults continues, which offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or non-fiction, 1 modern—as free MP3 downloads, usually available worldwide (some titles are subject to geo-restrictions, and you can see the planned release schedule here).

This week’s two selected titles—which have a theme of witchcraft, both comedic and serious—, available until 7am Eastern Time on June 29th, are as follows:

  • The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacey Schiff, is her meticulously-researched history, giving a dramatized recounting of the background and details of the Salem witch trials, and the factors and personalities involved as a group of adolescent girls sparked events with accusations, and the community’s panicked response; from Hachette Audio, read by Eliza Foss
  • The Witch’s Vacuum Cleaner and Other Stories by Terry Pratchett is a posthumous collection of tween/YA-level short stories by the late grandmaster of humorously poignant fantasy, many written early in his career; from HarperAudio, read by actor Julian Rhind-Tutt

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on June 29th, available in selected countries worldwide (requires installing Overdrive Media console software on your PC, Mac, Android, or iDevice, and you need to finish downloading before the time limit).

[Free eBook] The Alarming Clock by Michael Avallone [Comedic Pulp Mystery Thriller]

The Alarming Clock by the late Michael Avallone is the 5th novel in his Ed Noon series of vintage pulp mystery/crime thrillers with comedic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Story Merchant Books.

This was originally published in 1961 by Curtis. The popular, long-running pulp mystery/crime series stars a P.I. in New York City, who often takes on cases with oddball clients, leading to zany adventures.

The case is an espionage-related one (later books in the series take on a spy thriller tone), where a mysterious message leads him on the trail of murderous ex-Nazis and a plot to sabotage a crucial atomic bomb test.

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[Free eBook] The Fat Death by Michael Avallone [Comedic Pulp Mystery Thriller]

The Fat Death by the late Michael Avallone is the 15th novel in his Ed Noon series of vintage pulp mystery/crime thrillers with comedic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Story Merchant Books.

This was originally published in 1966 by Curtis. The popular, long-running pulp mystery/crime series stars a P.I. in New York City, who often takes on cases with oddball clients, leading to zany adventures.

The case takes place among the New York City fashion world, where an eccentric self-improvement guru has begun a marketing campaign for promoting a dieting scheme, and becomes one of the P.I.’s clients when unexpected fallout from industry espionage leads to mysterious deaths.

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