[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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[Free eBook] Assassins Don’t Die In Bed by Michael Avallone [Pulp Mystery/Spy Thriller]

Assassins Don’t Die In Bed by the late Michael Avallone is the 17th 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 1968 by Signet. 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 spy thriller-ish adventure sees him bodyguarding an American diplomat crossing the Atlantic via a ship with a rather eccentric passenger list, which Noon must secretly protect his client from.

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[Free eBook] Born Bad by Marnie Riches [Crime Thriller Comedy]

Born Bad by by Manchester-resident British author Marnie Riches, is her standalone noir crime thriller novel with satirical elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’ Avon imprint.

This is apparently a darkly comedic gritty tale of (dis)organized crime set in Manchester, as a family-run criminal gang engages in a turf war after their leader is stabbed. NB: both the customer and editorial reviews tend to note that this is very violent, but also very funny. YMMV.

Offered in the UK and selected other countries (excluding North America), available at multiple retailers.

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[Free Audiobooks] 2 free novels from AudioSYNC Summer of Reading [Science Fiction, Comedy, Young Adult]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2017 promotion for young adults continues, which offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic, 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 May 11th, are as follows:

  • Feed by M. T. Anderson, a dystopian YA drama novel set in a future where humans have computer chips implanted in their brains to provide the titular “feed” which monitors and regulates their thoughts and emotions, and a group of teens who, after experiencing a mishap when a hacker makes their feeds malfunction, begin to fight against the very notion of their control, from Listening Library, read by David Aaron Baker with a full cast
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by the late Douglas Adams, his classic science fiction comedy novel about the galaxy-spanning adventures of the hapless Arthur Dent, who discovers that a friend of his is secretly an alien, and is plucked off the planet just before the Earth is demolished to make way for a hyperspace bypass, from Random House Audio, read by British comedian Stephen Fry

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on May 11th, 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] 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 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.

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[Free Audiobooks] 6 audiobooks from Libro.fm for Bookstore Day 2017 [Historical Fiction, Humour, Young Adult, Non-Fiction]

As a special treat to promote Bookstore Day 2017, audiobook retailer Libro.fm is offering 6 free audiobooks, as incentive for visiting your local independent bookstore (which may also offer cards to redeem additional titles).

The titles available as part of the online offer are from a variety of genres and age levels, and can be downloaded via the Libro.fm app available for iTunes and Android devices, or as DRM-free MP3s on your computer.

  • **A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again ** by the late literary fiction author David Foster Wallace, a humorous non-fiction essay about a Carribean cruise experience, exclusive to this Bookstore Day 2017 offer
  • Hachette Audio Story Sampler, another Bookstore Day 2017 exclusive, containing selected short works read by comedian David Sedaris, the late musician Pete Seeger, and the late actor Alan Rickman
  • Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School by John Medina, a self-improvement guide
  • The Women in the Castle by Jennifer Shattuck, an historical drama about three widows in Germany at the end of World War II
  • Shadow House #1: The Gathering by Dan Poblocki, horror adventure novel for tweens, involving a haunted house
  • Tomb Quest #1: Book of the Dead by Michael Northrup, pulp adventure novel for tweens, involving Egyptian mythology
  • Penguin Random House Audio Story Sampler, another Bookstore Day 2017 exclusive, but this one just consists of introductory chapters from their bestsellers

Offered in many regions worldwide, until midnight PST on April 29th, directly from Libro.fm (requires account signup but no payment info)

[Free eBook] At Dusk All Cats Are Grey by Jerrard Tickell [Vintage Literary Espionage Novel]

At Dusk All Cats Are Grey by the late Irish author Jerrard Tickell, whose WWII cow-rescue comedy novel Appointment with Venus has been twice adapted to film, is his vintage literary espionage thriller novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour’s The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1940 by Chapman & Hall Ltd. This is a hybrid humorous literary novel cum serious spy thriller, and tells a tragicomic tale taking place on the eve of WWII, as some Britons began to experience increasing unease about the pre-war European political scene.

The story is centred around a young British woman whose talent for languages gets her in over her head, as the eccentric characters at the advertising agency where she works take on a more sinister cast as they recruit her to inform upon the issues of a group of Austrian refugees.

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