[Free eBook] Winter Tide by Ruthanna Emrys [Lovecraftian Alternate Historical Fantasy with Spy Mystery]

Winter Tide by Ruthanna Emrys is the 1st novel in her The Innsmouth Legacy series of alternate historical dark fantasy with strong horror, mystery, and espionage thriller elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tor Books.

This is a special time-limited promotion, being made free to boost the upcoming 2nd novel, and this edition includes a bonus short story. The series is set in the late H. P. Lovecraft’s popular Cthulhu Mythos, varying it as an alternate hidden history where during the 1920s, the U.S. government secretly rounded up the population of the seaside village of Innsmouth, long since hybridized with the mystical Deep Ones of the oceans, into desert internment camps.

This story takes place a generation later during the late 1940s as the Cold War is getting underway, when an FBI agent believing that Communists spies have stolen dangerous magical secrets from the legendary Miskatonic University, calls upon one of the few survivors of the camps for help, who must return to her ruined home and uncover the remaining scraps of her suppressed personal and ancestral history to face the threat.

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[Free eBook] Death Dives Deep by Michael Avallone [Comedic Pulp Espionage Mystery]

Death Dives Deep by Michael Avallone is the 21st 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 1971 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 case is a nautical adventure on the spy thriller side, seeing the P.I. take on an assignment from the US President, looking into sinister goings-on involving submarines in the Bermuda Triangle, and a story-within-a-story which leads him to uncover a top secret plot.

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[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.

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[Free eBook] Rinzler by Raya Jones [Science Fiction Murder Mystery Technothriller]

Rinzler: A Noir Sci-Fi Thriller by Welsh author Raya Jones, a Reader in Social Studies at the University of Cardiff, is her standalone science fiction thriller with strong mystery/crime elements done in a noir style, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This is one of their original publications from a newer author, who is also currently doing scholarly research into studying social robotics in the context of psychology, according to her bio-blurb.

The story takes place in a future post-apocalyptic world which uses androids, starring the titular freelance PI looking into the murder of a clerk working for a corporation which may or may not have assassinated her, and finding his investigation landing him in the midst of a potential conflict between artificial intelligence and humanity.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Accused by Mark Toscano [Italian Mystery/Crime Thriller]

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 again 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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[Free eBook] Dead Blossoms: The Third Geisha by Richard Monaco [Japan Historical Fantasy with Mystery]

Dead Blossoms: The Third Geisha by Richard Monaco, a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist for his Parsival saga of Arthurian novels, is his apparently standalone historical fantasy novel with strong mystery elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally self-published in 2012 by by the author himself, via Lulu Press. NB: This may have only very mild sfnal elements, since nothing overtly fantastical is mentioned in the blurb or customer reviews, but the publisher has still filed it under several Fantasy categories. YMMV.

The story takes place in 16th century feudal Japan, starring a ronin who also claims to be a ninja, who finds himself being hired by a nobleman to investigate the mysterious disappearance of another’s daughter, undertaking a journey in pursuit of uncovering the terrible truth behind it.

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[Free eBook] The Blackhouse by Peter May [Award-Winning Scottish Crime Mystery]

The Blackhouse by Scottish expat France-resident author Peter May is the 1st novel in his Lewis Trilogy of police procedural mystery/crime thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Quercus’ Riverrun imprint.

This novel was originally translated into French for its initial release and won two French literature prizes, the Prix des Lecteurs at Le Havre, a festival prize, and the national Cezam Prix Littéraire Inter CE, and also won the US’ Barry Award for Crime Novel of the Year upon English publication.

The trilogy is set on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, starring a locally-raised Inspector returning from Edinburgh. This first novel sees him draw back to his home island to investigate a murder which finds him becoming hunted by something sinister as old skeletons in the close-knit community are revealed.

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[Free eBook UPDATE] Return to Sender by Dick Cluster [1980s Jewish Travel Murder Mystery]

Return to Sender by Dick Cluster is the 1st novel in his Alex Glauberman series of retro-contemporary (circa the 1980s) murder mystery, free for a limited time courtesy of the author himself via backlist author republishing consortium BooksBNimble.

This was originally published in 1988 by Dutton. The series stars a Jewish auto mechanic turned globe-trotting private investigator, taking place during the late 1980s when the series was originally written, and apparently this case has further historical elements tying back to WWII.

This first case gets him involved in the crime-solving business, as a well-intentioned offer to mail a package for a stranger leads him on an international trail to clear his name for murder, taking him to London and Berlin (circa the fall of the Berlin Wall) to trace the mysterious dangerous package while uncovering the various secrets of the parties involved, some of them buried in the long-ago past.

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[Free eBook] The Dark Destroyer by John Glasby [Supernatural Mystery Horror]

The Dark Destroyer by the late British author John Glasby is his standalone supernatural horror novel with investigative mystery elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally posthumously published in 2007 by Linford’s Linford Mystery Library line, and is said to include minor links to H. P. Lovecraft’s popular extended Cthulhu Mythos, to which the late author contributed a number of tales.

The story deals with uncovering the mystery surrounding the obligatory ancient awakening evil stalking some quaint village, with possible ties to an extinct old family with rumoured unsavoury practices, the source of which the locals must figure out before it’s too late.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] 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 again 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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