[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 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.

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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] 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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[Free eBook] Assassins Don’t Die In Bed by Michael Avallone [Pulp Mystery/Spy Thriller]

Assassins Don’t Die In Bed by the late Michael Avallone is the 17th 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 1968 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 spy thriller-ish adventure sees him bodyguarding an American diplomat crossing the Atlantic via a ship with a rather eccentric passenger list, which Noon must secretly protect his client from.

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[Free eBook] Nicor! by Peter Tremayne [Creature Horror Mystery Thriller]

Nicor! by British author Peter Tremayne, perhaps best known as the author of the popular Sister Fidelma historical mystery series, is his standalone monster horror thriller with murder mystery elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1987 by Sphere. The story takes place on an oil rig in the Carribean, which in addition to experiencing a series of murders under investigation, also finds itself under attack from a possibly demonic sea monster they have awakened by drilling too far into the depths.

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