[Free eBook] A Known Evil by Aidan Conway [Serial Killer Crime Thriller]

A Known Evil by British author Aidan Conway is the 1st novel in the Detective Michael Rossi series of police procedural serial killer thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’ Killer Reads imprint.

This is apparently being made free to promote the upcoming 2nd novel, A Cold Flame, expected next week. The series is set in Rome, starring a maverick Detective Inspector and his partner.

This installment sees them on the trail of the obligatory serial killer who leaves crytic messages, and shortly targets Rossi’s girlfriend, making it personal as he and the killer become each others’ new obsessions.

Offered in the UK and select other regions worldwide (excluding North America), available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] Thubway Tham Goes to the Races by Johnston McCulley [Vintage Pulp Crime Mystery]

Thubway Tham Goes to the Races by the late Johnston McCulley, a novelist and screenplay writer who created the iconic character Zorro, is the self-contained short story in the Thubway Tham series of vintage pulp mystery/crime adventure thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press.

This was originally published in 1921 in Detective Story Magazine under the title “Thubway Tham Goeth To The Ratheth”, and is one of Wildside’s sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Mystery Club for vintage pulp/mystery reprints.

The series stars a good-hearted trickster pickpocket with a lisp, who works in the subways of New York and often targets deserving criminals while attempting to outwit the cops assigned to his case. This adventure sees him taking refuge at a horseracing track while eluding Detective Craddock, and teaching a lesson to the swindlers he finds there.

Offered worldwide through July 2nd (probably), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Where the Shadows Lie by Michael Ridpath [Iceland Murder Mystery]

Where the Shadows Lie by English author Michael Ridpath is the 1st novel in the Fire & Ice aka Magnus Iceland series of international Nordic mystery/crime thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Atlantic Books’ Corvus imprint.

This is part of a special giveaway to help promote the upcoming 5th novel, The Wanderer, expected in September. It’s also one of my personal favourite series, which I highly recommend if you’re interested in Nordic Noir-styled detective mysteries with a bit of an outsider perspective on both modern and historical Icelandic culture (and in this case, a nod to its influence on the works of J. R. R. Tolkien).

The series stars an Icelandic-American immigrant cop who grew up in the States, returning to Iceland as part of a international detective exchange cum protection program after he angers the wrong set of deadly criminals in Boston, helping his new colleagues in Reykjavik solve local mysteries in the meantime as well as getting back in touch with his roots.

This first case sees him investigate the murder of an Old Icelandic literature expert, uncovering unexpected connections between ancient Norse tales and a now-famous mid 20th-century English professor and fantasy author’s research, which may provide motivation for the baffling crime, even as he uncovers the secrets of his estranged family’s past.

Offered worldwide, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] 5 titles from Candy Jar Books [Mystery & Sci-Fi Doctor Who Tie-In]

As a special treat for their fans over the Father’s Day long weekend, publisher Candy Jar Books are doing a giveaway of 2 novels + 1 short story + 1 collection in their Lethbridge-Stewart line, an officially-licensed spinoff tie-in to the popular British science fiction series Doctor Who, plus 1 unrelated modern mystery/crime thriller novel, good through June 17th according to their newsletter.

The contemporary mystery/crime novel is:

  • The Release by Alistair Moore, starring a down-and-out man who one day agrees to help a bereaved father, in exchange for money that could change his life as much what he finds while exploring the underworld in search of another man’s revenge.

The Lethbridge-Stewart series offerings (set on Earth mostly circa the 1960s/70s), starring side characters from the original show, are:

  • ’48 Crash’ by Mark Carton, a short story which celebrated the 50th anniversary of BBC Radio 1 by having aliens visit the show.
  • Mind of Stone by Iain McLaughlin with a foreword by actor Victor Pemberton, a novel-length tale of two missions with an unexpected connection, one performed undercover in a prison, while the other takes place in Egypt
  • The Dreamer’s Lament by Benjamin Burford-Jones with a foreword by actor Shaun Russell, a novel featuring an investigation connecting mysteries past and present with strange disappearances through the ages and a Bermuda Triangle-like village full of zombies
  • The HAVOC Files by various authors, a collection of short stories set throughout time and space at various points in Lethbridge-Stewart’s career

If you’re interested, the publisher also has a dedicated blogsite for the series where they offer free bonuses like character guides and deleted scenes from the stories, and also offer downloadable wallpapers with the cover art on their main website as well.

Offered through June 17th (midnight Pacific Time), available DRM-free at Amazon.

[Free eBook] The Faster She Runs by Robert Colby [1960s Pulp Mystery/Thriller]

The Faster She Runs by the late Robert Colby, a notable pulp fiction author, is a standalone vintage mystery/crime thriller novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press.

This was originally published in 1963 by Monarch, and is one of Wildside’s sporadic weekly giveaway promos to help boost their Black Cat Mystery Club for vintage pulp/crime fiction reprints.

The story is very briefly blurbed as the tale of a thrill-seeking woman who comes across possibly more violence and danger than she can handle.

Offered worldwide through June 12th, available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Murder Money by Jay Bennett [Vintage Crime Thriller]

Murder Money by the late Jay Bennett, a two-time winner of the Edgar Award, is a standalone pulp mystery/crime thriller novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press.

This was originally published in 1963 by Crest and is one of Wildside’s sporadic weekly free giveaways, meant to promote their “Black Cat Mystery Club” for vintage mystery/crime reprints.

The story stars an impoverished and down-on-his-luck fighter who stumbles across a briefcase full of money which he hopes will be the saving of him, which causes even more problems as the bills turn out to be not as untraceable as he believed.

Offered worldwide through June 4th, available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free Audiobooks] Johnny Get Your Gun by John Ball & On Two Feet and Wings by Abbas Kazerooni [Mystery & War Refugee Memoir]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2018 promotion for young adults 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, which have a theme of children caught up in conflicts, available until 7am Eastern Time on May 17th, are as follows:

  • Johnny Get Your Gun by the late John Ball, is the 3rd novel in his Virgil Tibbs mystery/crime thriller series starring an African-American police detective (the Edgar Award-winning 1st novel, In the Heat of the Night, was adapted into an Oscar-winning film), with this story, originally published in 1969, exploring racial tensions and childhood gone awry in Pasadena, California, when a nine-year-old boy shoots an older child; read by Dion Graham, from Brilliance, available worldwide
  • On Two Feet and Wings by Abbas Kazerooni, is a memoir of the author’s boyhood during the height of the Iran-Iraq War in the 1980s, when as a 10-year old he is forced to flee Tehran in order not to becoming drafted as a child soldier, leaving his parents and friends behind to seek a refuge among strangers in Istanbul; read by the author himself, from Brilliance, available in Canada & US only

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on May 17th, 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] Un-Dressed to Kill by Richard Deming [1960s Mystery/Crime Thriller]

Un-Dressed to Kill by the late Richard Deming is a vintage pulp mystery/crime thriller short novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press.

This is their weekly free selection, meant to promote their Black Cat Mystery Community ebook club, and was originally published in the June 1963 issue of Men’s Magazine.

The story stars a night club owner who finds that his newest employee is harbouring a secret that might get her killed, and him as well.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through May 14th, available directly from the publisher.

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[Free Audiobook] The Heist by Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg [Action Thriller with Romantic Comedy]

The Heist by Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg is is the 1st novel in the Fox & O’Hare series of humorous action/crime thriller novels with strong f/m romantic comedy elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Penguin Random House Audio.

This is their featured Free Audiobook of the Month offer for April and is an unabridged recording, read by award-winning voice actor Scott Brick.

The series stars an FBI special agent teaming up with the international crook she’s chased for years, as he convinces to offer him a job chasing down even bigger crooks. This story sets up the beginning of their shared professional and romantic partnership, as they pursue a corrupt investment banker hiding away overseas.

Offered worldwide until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on April 27th, available as a DRM-free MP4 download directly from the publisher and in their app.

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[Free eBook] A Spring Betrayal by Tom Callaghan [Central Asia Mystery/Crime Thriller]

A Spring Betrayal by English author Tom Callaghan is the 2nd novel in the Inspector Akyl Borubaev series of international police procedural mystery/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 and is being made free to promote the upcoming 4th novel, An Autumn Hunting, due to be released in August.

The series is set in the Central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan, starring a local Inspector in the modern post-Soviet era, investigating murders and also exploring some of the social and political fallout of its collapse. This installment sees the Inspector apparently in disgrace and exiled to and investigating murders in a far corner of the country, struggling to solve the case and clear his name even as enemies frame him for involvement in hideous crimes.

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

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