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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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.
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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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On Location by Elizabeth Sims, a Lamdba Literary Award-winning author and regular contributor to [Writer’s Digest][site-link], is the 3rd novel in her Rita Farmer series of comedic murder mysteries, free again for a limited time courtesy of the author herself via her Spruce Park Press self-publishing imprint.
This was originally published in 2010 by St. Martin’s Press as part of their Minotaur Books imprint. The series stars a single mother law student who moonlights as an actress to pay the bills and also solves cases with a humorous bent.
This case sees her doing a favour for her sister’s wealthy new boyfriend by reading for a part in his family’s amateur art film, only to find the chore becoming more complicated as they become missing persons while on a location scouting wilderness trip and foul play may be involved.
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The Perfect Husband by Lisa Gardner, is the 1st novel in her FBI Profiler series of police procedural crime thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Headline.
This is the featured Free Book of the Week in the iTunes UK store, apparently to promote the new novel which came out this year. The long-running series, which started in 1997 and has been recently revived, stars an FBI crime profiler who travels around, aiding local law enforcement in solving difficult crimes.
This story sees him working with a small town sherriff’s office on a manhunt to track down an escaped serial killer, protecting the likely next victim of his former wife, with the aid of a local officer who has known the culprit since childhood and can provide special insight.
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Dark Legion by the late British author John Glasby is his standalone mystery thriller with possible paranormal dark fantasy/horror elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.
This was originally published in 2009 by Ulverscroft as part of their Linford Mystery Library line.
The story is set in the British countryside, and stars a man who investigates the mysterious death of his brother at the local standing stones formation, who may or may not have been killed as part of a superstitious ritual by the locals who are acting rather suspiciously, possibly under the influence of an evil force, or perhaps simply from their own very human murderous intent.
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Ghost Town by the late British author S. J. Bounds is his standalone western historical action adventure novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Pioneering imprint.
This was originally published in 2000 by Robert Hale as part of their Black Horse Western line using the pseudonym Will Sutton.
The story involves strong mystery elements, starring an ex-New York cop who changes profession to become a dentist in a mining town the Wild West, and comes across a supposed haunting keeping the town empty, while someone seems to be suspiciously buying up property, both of which lead his ex-cop instincts to investigate.
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