[Free Audiobook] Final Girls by Riley Sager [Psychological Thriller]

Final Girls by Riley Sager, a pseudonym for journalist and novelist Todd Ritter, is a standalone psychological suspense thriller novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Penguin Random House Audio.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month offer for May, is narrated by Erin Bennett & Hillary Huber and is being made free to help promote the upcoming release of the author’s next novel, The Last Time I Lied, due in July..

The story is centred around three women who were lumped together by the media as the last victims and sole survivors of assorted serial killers during their college years, two of whom are now finally meeting for the first time after the suspicious death of the third, as one struggles to separate truth from lies and recall what actually happened to her all those years ago as well as uncover what the other woman is really after, before it’s too late.

Offered worldwide until noon Eastern Time on May 24th, available as a DRM-free MP4 download directly from the publisher and in their app.

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[Free eBook] The Best of Sydney J. Bounds: Volumes 1 & 2 [Vintage Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror, & Mystery]

The Best of Sydney J. Bounds: Volume 1: The Strange Portrait and Other Stories & Volume 2: The Wayward Ship and Other Stories by the late English author Sydney J. Bounds, edited by British editor Philip Harbottle, are reprint collections of his short stories across various genres (mostly SFnal), free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

These volumes were originally published in 2003 by Wildside Press’s Cosmos Books imprint and have been expanded with even more material in Venture’s new editions. The late Bounds was a prolific multi-genre author, who wrote pulp westerns and crime thrillers pseudonymously from the 1940s onwards, as well as fantasy, science fiction, and horror under his own name. The British Fantasy Awards’ “Sydney J. Bounds Best Newcomer Award” for promising debut novels is named in his honour.

These collections are primarily focused on showcasing his classic science fiction and fantasy work, but also include selected mystery and horror tales from throughout his decades-long career, which editor Harbottle gives an overview of in his introductory essays.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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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] A Girl Called Love by Louise Lee [Comedic Mystery]

A Girl Called Love by British author Louise Lee, herself a former private investigator, is the 1st novel in the Florence Love series of humorous chick-lit flavoured mysteries with f/m romantic comedy elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Headline.

This is the featured Free Book of the Week in the iTunes UK store and is being made free to promote the upcoming 3rd novel, A Whole Lotta Love, due in June.

The series stars an unconventional PI and mistress of disguise who loves ’em and leaves ’em, one after another, while solving assorted (non-murder) investigative cases. This one sees her hired by a celebrity jazz singer’s girlfriend to prove his trustworthiness despite many opportunities to stray, by attempting to tempt him to cheat upon her using one identity or another.

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

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[Free eBook] The Undead by John Glasby [Gothic Mystery/Horror]

The Undead by the late British author John Glasby is a vintage standalone gothic mystery/horror novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1959 by Ulverscroft as part of their Linford Mystery Library line, credited as by John S. Glasby.

The story takes place in modern times (circa the 1950s) centuries after an ancient family line has died out, at the obligatory spooky deserted manor house where strange and terrible occurrences were reputed to still take place, which apparently begin to revive when a woman claiming to be a descendant comes to stay.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Chasing Truth by Julie Cross [YA Mystery with Romance]

Chasing Truth by Julie Cross is the 1st novel in the Eleanor Ames series of young adult investigative mystery/thrillers with f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Macmillan’s Entangled: Teen imprint.

This is apparently being offered free to promote the recent release of the 2nd novel, Hiding Lies, which was released last month. The series is set at a prep school, and stars a teenaged former con artist.

This first installment sees her attempts to reform her past go awry as she begins to investigate the apparent suicide of her boyfriend, and winds up being suspected of his murder by someone else who’s seemingly taken up the case.

Offered worldwide, available at multiple retailers.

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[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 Audiobooks] A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro & The Great War by Various Authors [Young Adult, Mystery, Historical]

AudioFile have started their SYNC Summer of Listening 2018 program for young adults, meant to promote greater literacy. This 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 historical legacies, available until 7am Eastern Time on May 3rd, are as follows:

  • A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro, is the 1st novel in her Charlotte Holmes trilogy of young adult mystery/adventure novel starring the 21st crime-solving duo of Charlotte and Jamie, modern-day teen descendants of Sherlock Holmes and Watson; read by Graham Walstead & Julia Whelan, from HarperAudio, available in most places worldwide & Canada, but not the UK and rest of the British Commonwealth
  • The Great War: Stories Inspired by Items from the First World War by various authors, is a collection of historical literary fiction short stories, accompanied by non-fiction pieces, set during WWI, inspired by ordinary objects which had a connection to the war (the print edition came illustrated with photographs of the objects and explanations for their historical context); read by multiple narrators, from Brilliance Audio, available worldwide

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on May 3rd, 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] Truly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah Jayne [YA Mystery/Thriller]

Truly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah Jayne is a standalone young adult mystery/thriller novel which also explores teen social issues such as bullying, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Sourcebooks’ Fire imprint.

The story stars a high school student who begins receiving a mysterious note after the supposedly perfect, popular boyfriend with whom she had a secretly strained relationship dies in a car accident, with more bodies piling up as the killer begins to target others who have mistreated the student, while framing her for the murders as well.

Offered worldwide, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] Merridrew Follows The Trail by John Russell Fearn [Western Historical Murder Mystery]

Merridrew Follows The Trail by the late British author John Russell Fearn is is a standalone western historical investigative action mystery novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Frontier imprint.

This was originally published in 1953 by World’s Work Ltd, and was later reprinted by Linford as part of their Linford Western Library line.

The story is a hybrid action adventure and murder mystery, where a sheriff and mayor must team up to solve the case when troubles come to town as a new saloon singer and a stranger with a gang of outlaws on his trail arrive, even as local ranch owners start to be mysteriously murdered and their properties burned to hide some sort of possibly-related secret.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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