[Free eBook] Mind the Posies by Talmage Powell [Vintage Mystery/Suspense]

Mind the Posies by the late Talmage Powell, a prolific multi-genre pulp fiction author, is a standalone vintage pulp mystery/suspense thriller short story, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press.

This was originally published in 1965 in the June issue of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, and is being offered by Wildside as one of their sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Mystery Community for vintage pulp mystery/crime reprints.

The story stars a woman who receives an anonymous tip regarding her husband’s activities, from a source whose intentions might not be as benevolent as they pretend.

Offered worldwide through July 16th (probably), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[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] The Cask by Freeman Wills Crofts [Vintage 1920s Mystery]

The Cask by the late Irish author Freeman Wills Crofts, who was a prominent member of the Detection Club alongside fellow golden age mystery authors Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers and wrote novels which are considered precursors to the modern style of police procedural, is a vintage standalone detective mystery, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press.

This was originally published in 1920 by Collins, and is one of Wildside’s sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Mystery Club for vintage mystery/crime and pulp fiction reprints.

The story stars a Scotland Yard detective on the case of a mysterious cask found at the shipping yard, which was supposed to contain a statue, but instead held a dead body under a pile of gold coins, and has now vanished, leaving him to follow the trail and piece together clues towards the murdered woman’s identity and her killer’s.

Offered worldwide through July 9th (probably), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Hades Rising by Aden Polydoros [YA Sci-Fi Suspense Thriller]

Hades Rising by Aden Polydoros is a prequel novella in the Assassin Fall series of YA dystopian science fiction mystery/suspense thrillers with f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Macmillan’s Entangled: Teen imprint.

This is apparently being made free to promote the upcoming 2nd novel, Project Prometheus, due in August. The series is centred around the premise that vulnerable teens in foster care are being kidnapped and brainwashed to be used as assassins by a mysterious organization which they must gradually uncover the truth about even as they try to shut it down.

This prequel tells the backstory of one such teen assassin who initially embraces his training, as he comes into conflict with the goals of the program when another assassin he’s fallen for tries to escape.

Offered worldwide, 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] Mystery in Old Quebec by Mary C. Jane [Vintage Children’s Vacation Mystery]

Mystery in Old Quebec by the late New England-local author Mary C. Jane, with illustrations by Ray Abel, is a standalone vintage children’s investigative mystery adventure novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press.

This was originally published in 1955 by J. B. Lippincott and was the author’s first novel and is being offered as one of Wildside’s sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Mystery Club for vintage mystery/pulp fiction reprints.

The story is an investigative destination adventure, set in Quebec City circa the 1950s, starring two children visiting their father, who notice odd behaviours and happenings which lead them to uncover a clever deception, in between exploring the city.

Offered worldwide through June 25th (probably), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] The Secret Life of Violet Grant by Beatriz Williams [Historical Literary Mystery Drama]

The Secret Life of Violet Grant by Beatriz Williams is the 1st novel in the The Schuyler Sister Novels trilogy of literary historical fiction with investigative mystery and f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins.

The series is centred around the women of a particular family, exploring their lives and the secrets of either their own pasts or those of enigmatic strangers they encounter and trace throughout the decades.

This installment is set during the 1910s and 1960s, moving back and forth between Kennedy-era Manhattan and World War I Europe, as a young woman becomes increasingly obsessed with discovering what happened to the long-disappeared aunt she never met.

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

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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] Follow Me Back by A. V. Geiger [YA Epistolary Fandom Suspense Thriller]

Follow Me Back by A. V. Geiger is the 1st novel in the Follow Me Back duology of YA mystery/suspense thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Sourcebooks’ Fire imprint.

The story is told in an epistolary format with tweets, police transcripts, and other false documents interspersed with the narrative as what really happened is gradually pieced together, and explores the dark side of celebrity fandom, starring a housebound agoraphobic girl who finds her online interactions a comfort and escape, and a pop star frightened by his obsessive fans.

This first installment sees them coming into conflict as in a protective move after a fellow celebrity is murdered by a fan, the pop star tries to discourage a potential copycat by ruthlessly trolling his top social media followers in the hopes of driving them toward other interests, instead sparking an unexpected connection which might prove deadly for them both.

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.