[Free eBook REPEAT] Adios Muchachos by Daniel Chavarría [Award-Winning Latin American Literary Crime Comedy]

Adios Muchachos by Cuba-resident Uruguayan author Daniel Chavarría is his award-winning comedic literary mystery novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Akashic Books, who are generously running a holiday advent calendar promotion.

This is an English-language translation of his Spanish-language novel Adiós muchachos, originally written in 1991, which won the 2002 Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original in this translated version, and is being made free again (previously offered part of as a holiday advent calendar celebration a few years ago) to promote National Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs until October 15th.

The story is a zany screwball literary fiction/crime mystery hybrid, set in a post-Cold War Cuba, which embarks on a suspenseful comedy of errors as a local prostitute and a foreign businessman inadvertently cause an accidental death, which they turn into an opportunity to MAKE MONEY FA$$$T, via a clever scheme which does not exactly go as planned.

Offered DRM-free through midnight October 15th (probably Eastern Time), available worldwide directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Envy of Angels by Matt Wallace [Supernatural Foodie Urban Fantasy]

Envy of Angels by Matt Wallace is the 1st novel in his Sin Du Jour series of satirical urban fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tor Books.

This is a special flash giveaway, being made free to promote the upcoming 6th novel in the series, which comes out later this year. The series is centred around the adventures of a supernatural catering company in New York City.

This story involves a foodie challenge to create a dinner with a unique ingredient for a high-stakes diplomatic banquet, under the pressure of defusing a potential war between two rival demon gangs.

Offered DRM-free through 12 PM EST on September 29th, available worldwide, directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] The Mules of Borgo San Marco by W. H. Canaway [WWII Adventure Thriller Satire]

The Mules of Borgo San Marco by the late English author W. H. Canaway, a novelist and screenwriter who had one of his own novels adapted into film, is his standalone historical adventure thriller with satirical literary fiction elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1967 by Hutchinson & Co.

The story is a comedy of errors which takes place in Italy, near the end of WWII, as two isolated German and English commanders are cut off from their respective armies and take each other prisoner with the co-operation of the local Countess, whose favour they must return when the mules bearing an essential load of olive oil for her tiny village go missing and must be retrieved, the search taking the men on wild adventures.

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[Free eBook] Villa Mimosa by Jerrard Tickell [WWII Literary Thriller Satire]

Villa Mimosa by the late Irish author Jerrard Tickell, whose WWII comedy novel Appointment with Venus has been twice adapted to film, is his standalone historical literary fiction heist thriller, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1960 by Hodder & Stoughton.

The story is a literary novel with satirical elements, framed as a heist thriller, taking place in occupied France during World War II, and is centred around a daring British military operation to rescue a group of eccentric civilians from an area previously thought safely evacuated.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] At Dusk All Cats Are Grey by Jerrard Tickell [1940s Literary Spy Thriller Satire]

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 again 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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[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 Audiobooks] 2 free titles from AudioSYNC Summer of Reading [Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Plays, Satire]

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][sync-list]).

This week’s two selected titles, available until 7am Eastern Time on July 6th, are as follows:

  • American Night: The Ballad of Juan José by Richard Montoya, a satirical play about US history from the perspective of a Mexican immigrant cramming for his citizenship test; from L. A. Theatre Works, performed by a full cast
  • My Name Is Not Easy by Debbie Dahl Edwardson, a National Book Award finalist YA historical drama novel about the experiences of Iñupiat Alaskan teens attending a Catholic-run residential boarding school during the 1960s, which attempts to sever their ties with their native Iñupiaq language and culture; from Brilliance Audio, read by Nick Podehl & Amy Rubinate

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on July 6th, 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 Hero of Saint Roger by Jerrard Tickell [Vintage Post-WWII Literary Satire]

The Hero of Saint Roger by the late Irish author Jerrard Tickell, whose WWII comedy novel Appointment with Venus has been twice adapted to film, is his vintage standalone literary fiction novel with satirical elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Odyssey imprint.

This was originally published in 1954 by Hodder & Stoughton.

The story is set several years after World War II, on a fictional Caribbean island which is a popular tourist destination which one day experiences a disaster which forces them to rebuild. With resources difficult to obtain, the islanders hatch a scheme to deceive the outside world into aiding them, which some islanders begin to have second thoughts about even as it gets underway, in a story that both explores and skewers life in both the wartime and postwar years.

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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 eBook] A Footman for the Peacock by Rachel Ferguson [Vintage Literary Satire]

A Footman for the Peacock by the late English author Rachel Ferguson, an early 20th century journalist and novelist whom Booker Prize-winning author A. S. Byatt cites as a literary influence, is her vintage literary fiction satire novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Dean Street Press.

This was originally published in 1940 by Jonathan Cape, and this new edition has a retrospective introductory foreword about the author’s works, by social historian Elizabeth Crawford, who has contributed to the official British government history blog. The story is a satirical class comedy depicting the foibles of an unpleasant upper-crust family dodging their responsibilities during WWII, centred around their absurd indulgence of a peacock on their estate which may not only be a reincarnation of a centuries-deceased servant, but possibly also aiding the Nazi cause.

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