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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Accused by Mark Toscano, a pseudonym for Italian author Salvo Toscano is the 3rd novel in his Corsaro Brothers series of mystery/crime thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Head of Zeus’ Aria imprint for digital first publications by newer and translated authors.
This was originally published in 2015 by Italian publisher Newton Compton as Insoliti sospetti, and is translated by Marco Condorelli. The series is set in modern-day Italy, centred around two brothers, who are a crime reporter and a criminal lawyer, respectively, and is very popular in its original country, said to have a literary noir flavour with many Italian cultural references.
This adventure takes place in Sicily, and sees the reporter brother finding dead a wrongfully imprisoned man he was intending to interview and is himself accused of the murder, which his criminal lawyer brother and a policeman must clear him of, by delving into the victim’s past, which puts them on the dangerous trail of a prominent man’s secrets.
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Brothers & Sisters by Irish author Adele O’Neill is her standalone police procedural psychological suspense thriller, free for a limited time courtesy of Head of Zeus’ Aria imprint for digital first publications by newer and translated authors.
The story takes place in Ireland, and explores the darker side of family relationships as a police detective becomes drawn into the secrets of an elderly brother and sister, when an investigation reveals that a recently-found body is that of their uncle, missing since the 1970s.
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Boystown: Three Nick Nowak Mysteries by Marshall Thornton, a Lambda Literary Award-winning novelist and screenwriter, is the 1st book in his Boystown series of gritty retro-historical private investigator mystery/crime thrillers with m/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of the author himself.
This was originally published in 2011 by now-defunct LGBT specialty publisher Torquere Press, and was a finalist for the 2012 Lambda Literary Awards in the Gay Mystery category. The series is set in Chicago during the 1980s and stars an ex-cop turned hard-boiled PI.
This installment contains 3 novella-length adventure cases in which he solves assorted crimes, even as he explores uneasy relationships with other men he meets in the course of investigation. NB: the cover image has some mild artistic nudity which may be NSFW depending on workplace, if someone’s browsing over your shoulder.
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The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting is the 1st novel in her The Body Finder series of young adult paranormal urban fantasy with strong f/m romantic suspense elements, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’ Harper Teen imprint.
This is a contemporary urban fantasy series starring a teenaged heroine has an unusual secret ability to sense the dead bodies of people and animals who have been killed. This installment is a suspenseful one which pushes her into trying to actively use her abilities to catch a serial killer, with the help of her best friend who has a crush on her, while trying not to become the killer’s next victim.
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Stealing Mr. Right by Tamara Morgan is the 1st novel in her Penelope Blue series of mystery/heist/chase thrillers with strong f/m romantic suspense elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Sourcebooks’ Casablanca imprint.
The series stars a secret cat burglar who is married to an FBI agent who does not (yet) know what she is, and apparently future installments see them pursuing other thieves together. This one begins their flirtatious cat-and-mouse adventures as she takes advantage of his professional connections to keep one step ahead of the law, even as he is trying to catch the elusive jewel thief.
Offered worldwide through August 3rd as part of a special series-introductory promotion, available at multiple retailers.
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Stone of Blood by author and noted filksinger Juanita Coulson is her contemporary gothic supernatural suspense/horror novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.
This was originally published in 1975 by Ballantine’s Beagle Books imprint as #3 in their Birthstone Gothic line. The story is set in the Deep South, on a showboat said to be haunted by a long-ago Native American chieftain’s daughter who died under mysterious circumstances, where after a series of disturbing incidents, the star entertainer uncovers the terrifying truth behind her demise.
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City of Golden Shadow by Tad Williams is the 1st part in his Otherland tetralogy of science fiction suspense thrillers comprising a single long, complex story, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Penguin Random House Audio.
The series is set in the near future, where full-immersion virtual reality has begun to dominate all aspects of society, allowing the expression of personal freedoms unheard of before.
This installment involves the discovery of a chilling conspiracy which threatens the stability of both real and virtual worlds. The story is read by actor George Newbern (voice of Superman on the Justice League cartoon).
Offered worldwide until 12 PM Eastern Time on July 28th, available as a DRM-free MP4 download directly from the publisher and in their app.
Free for a limited time, available worldwide until 12 PM Eastern Time on July 28th directly @ the publisher’s dedicated promo page (DRM-free MP4 format approx ~411 mb, in exchange for newsletter signup with your valid email address; right click to Save As the download, which may otherwise try loading directly in your browser)
You can also read more about the book on its regular catalogue page, or download via the PRH’s Volumes app for iDevices and Android (Canada & US-only)
ANYONE CAN GO THERE… COMING BACK IS ANOTHER STORY.
The first in a four-audiobook series, Otherland: City of Golden Shadow is a complex suspense novel of the near future, where virtual reality has expanded to encompass all aspects of society — and national, physical, and mental boundaries are limited only by the virtue or darkness of the imagination, offering an entirely new level of freedom to people in all walks of life. But a blood-chilling conspiracy involving the world’s most powerful individuals now threatens to shatter this world to its very core….
The Visitor by Evey Brett is her standalone gothic dark fantasy suspense short with possible m/m romantic elements, free again for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.
The story stars a man unable to remember how he came to be wandering injured and alone, who gets taken in by the obligatory mysterious local manor with lurking secrets as he slowly unravels whatever is going on. NB: despite the references to “tender, erotic comfort” and “man he’s forbidden to love” in the blurb, this story is actually only filed under the Dark Fantasy and Gay Fiction categories at Amazon and none of the actual romantic and/or erotic romance ones, so YMMV if you were hoping for a steamy supernatural love story with an HEA.
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Corruption of Faith by Brenda English is the 1st novel in her Sutton McPhee series of murder mystery/crime thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of the Jabberwocky Literary Agency, a backlist author/agent re-publishing consortium.
This was originally published in 1997 by Berkley’s Prime Crime imprint. The series stars a (non-crime) news reporter for a Washington, D.C. paper.
This case has her pursuing a twisty path down the road of investigating the local ties between religion and crime, as her own sister, a church secretary, is murdered in a bank parking lot for no immediately apparent reason, the uncovering of which will also put her own life at risk.
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