[Free eBook] Persecution Trail by Denis Hughes [Western with Mystery]

Persecution Trail by the late British author Denis Hughes is his vintage standalone western historical action adventure novel with strong investigative mystery elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Pioneering imprint.

This was originally published in 1956 by Herbert Jenkins using the pseudonym Ken Kester. The story is a hybrid western detective adventure, starring an ex-Federal Marshall who sets up shop as investigator with an old partner, as they take on what should be a simple case of tracking down some cattle, which sparks their suspicions and leads them os the trail of something deeper and darker.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Best Gay Stories: 2008 [LGBT Multi-Genre Anthology]

Best Gay Stories: 2008 edited by Steve Berman is an installment in the annual themed anthology series collecting the year’s best previously-published short stories across multiple genres, free again for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty Lethe Press.

This contains stories by LGBT authors and others writing about gay characters and themes across multiple subgenres, spanning from literary to mystery to speculative to erotic. Contributors include Lambda Literary Award-winning author Tom Cardamone, popular YA author Holly Black, m/m romance author Erastes, and many more.

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[Free eBook] Underneath It All by by Jack Bumgardner [LGBT Detective Mystery]

Underneath It All by Jack Bumgardner is a short story in his Crosby Comeaux series of investigative mysteries, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.

The series stars the owner of the only gay detective agency in a small town. This adventure sees him acting on a tip about a double murder, which in turn uncovers a deeper conspiracy plot which threatens the town.

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[Free Audiobooks] 2 free titles from AudioSYNC Summer of Reading [Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romantic Suspense]

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 June 15th, are as follows:

  • Plus One by Elizabeth Fama, a standalone sfnal adventure story with romantic elements, set in an alternate America where humans are rigidly divided into night and day dwellers who work and live only during their allotted hours, starring a girl who intends to kidnap her newborn niece to visit her dying grandparent, but winds up breaking the all-important curfew and going on the run with a boy in similar straights, discovering more about the conspiracy underlying the dysfunction of their world; read by Julia Whelan
  • If I Run by Terri Blackstock, the 1st novel in an eponymous contemporary suspense series with f/m romantic elements, starring a woman who flees a crime scene covered with her DNA, and the man tasked to bring her in, who begins to believe that the supposed evidence doesn’t add up; from Zondervan (a religious imprint of HarperCollins), read by Nan Gurley

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on June 15th, 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] Core of Evil by Nigel McCrery [Synaesthestic Police Procedural]

Core of Evil by British author Nigel McCrery, is the 1st novel in his DCI Mark Lapslie series of police procedural crime thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Quercus.

This is the featured Free Book of the Week in the iTunes UK store. The series is set in Essex, England, and stars a chief inspector with synaesthesia, a neurological condition which makes his senses respond with additional associations for stimuli (e.g. also experiencing the sight of colours as scents or music).

This installment sees him coping with the new diagnosis of his condition, in addition to trying to figure out what association draws him back to a fatal traffic accident which he is sure is more than it seems.

Offered in the UK & Europe and many other regions worldwide (excluding North America and Oceania), available at multiple retailers.

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[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] Ghosts in the Wind by Marguerite Labbe [Paranormal Suspense with LGBT Romance]

As part of their 10th anniversary celebration, LGBT specialty publisher Dreamspinner Press is holding a giveaway promotion for selected m/m romance titles throughout May 30th and 31st.

Each title is free for only 1 hour. The current (and final) title is:

Ghosts in the Wind by Marguerite Labbe, a paranormal suspense with strong m/m romantic elements (this is part of their Bittersweet Dreams line which explores love stories but does not have a traditional HEA), starring a man who sees ghosts, including that of his murdered lover who was killed while performing a good deed for a stranger, and who haunts him in order to help track down the culprit and the missing children he kidnapped @ the publisher’s webstore

Andrei Cuza and Dean Marshall celebrated their tenth anniversary only to have their happiness shattered by a random, insane event: On his way home from closing a business deal, Dean stops on the parkway to help a young mother with her flat tire, and her ex arrives, murders them, and takes off with his two kids.

Ghosts have haunted Andrei all his life. He bears the guilt for his sister being stuck in limbo, because ghosts are frozen at the moment they died, unable to adapt to the changes in their living loved ones. When Dean returns to Andrei as a ghost, the double punch of losing him and having to watch him founder if he doesn’t move on is almost more than Andrei can bear.

Despite dangers in limbo—Jackal Wraiths that devour souls are hunting him—Dean isn’t going anywhere until he helps Andrei track down the missing children. Andrei is in danger as well when he pays dearly to feel Dean’s touch one last time. Time is slowly running out as Dean and Andrei try to say good-bye while they track a killer who’s more than happy to kill again.

Offered until 10 PM Eastern Time on May 31sh, available DRM-free worldwide directly from the publisher’s webstore (requires account signup with billing address but no payment info).

[Free eBook] Murder Most Gay by John Simpson [Police Procedural with LGBT Romance]

As part of their 10th anniversary celebration, LGBT specialty publisher Dreamspinner Press is holding a giveaway promotion for selected m/m romance titles throughout May 30th and 31st.

Each title is free for only 1 hour. The current title is:

Murder Most Gay by John Simpson (himself a former police officer and federal agent; this novel is loosely based on a real life case he investigated in the 1980s), 1st in his eponymous series of police procedural murder mysteries with m/m romantic suspense elements starring a duo of gay cops who are professional partners who eventually establish personal relationships with other men @ the publisher’s webstore

A serial killer is targeting gay men, preying on them in popular bars and parks. Assigned to the case, rookie cop Pat St. James feels all too close to the victims. He’s gay and firmly in the closet at work. The fact that he’s sent undercover as a gay man is a stroke of irony.

Pat and his fellow cop, Hank, are hanging out in bars, trying to get a lead on the killer. At the same time, Pat’s looking for Mr. Right – juggling three men, hoping he’ll find the perfect match for himself. He picked up Bill at a bar, Dean’s a longtime friend … and in yet another ironic twist, his partner, Hank, is also gay and on the list of possible beaus.

As the killer continues to rampage, strangling and raping his victims, Pat has to focus on his work and hope that his personal life survives the stress. But when his hopes and dreams for happiness overlap with the investigation, Pat may be headed for big trouble.

Offered until 12 PM Eastern Time on May 31sh, available DRM-free worldwide directly from the publisher’s webstore (requires account signup with billing address but no payment info).

[Free eBook] Mission of the Brains by Sydney J. Bounds [Science Fiction Murder Mystery]

Mission of the Brains by the late British author Sydney J. Bounds, a prolific multi-genre author whose influence has been honoured by the creation of the British Fantasy Awards’ Sydney J. Bounds Best Newcomer Award, is his vintage mystery thriller with strong sfnal elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1957 by Leicester as part of their Linford Mystery Library line. The story is centred around solving the puzzle of the murders of scientists across the country, apparently using an advanced technological heat weapon, which seems to be linked to a touring fair with a mysterious mental act which may have sinister origins not of this Earth.

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