[Free eBook] How the Hula Girl Sings by Joe Meno [Literary Suspense Novel]

How the Hula Girl Sings by Chicago-based novelist and playwright Joe Meno, a recipient of the Nelson Algren Literary Award and a Pushcart Prize, is his standalone contemporary literary suspense novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Akashic Books.

This was originally published in 2001 by small press Punk Planet. This is a literary novel set in small town Illinois exploring the aftermath of a crime, for which one of the participants, now out on parole, embarks on a localized journey of self-discovery to find hope in the wreckage of his life.

Offered DRM-free through midnight December 21st, available worldwide directly from the publisher as part of their holiday advent calendar promotion.

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[Free eBook] Sunset Island by Elliot Mackle [LGBT Historical Mystery]

Sunset Island by Elliot Mackle, a former US Air Force captain turned journalist and novelist, is the 3rd novel in his Caloosa Club Mysteries series of historical investigative mystery with m/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.

This is the series for which the author was nominated for the Lambda Literary Award for the 1st novel, and won the International Rainbow Award for the second in the Best Gay Mystery/Thriller category. The series is set in 1950s Florida, specifically dealing with post-WWII fallout military/civilian societal fallout issues and assorted war-related crimes, starring an ex-Navy officer turned hotelier of the aforementioned club and an ex-Marine turned county detective. This installment continuing their investigative adventures, apparently featuring several sets of cases rather than focusing on a single overarching crime.

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[Free eBook] Brussels Noir [Belgian Mystery Anthology]

Brussels Noir edited by Belgian author Michel Dufranne, a scripter for various bandes dessinées, is a Belgium-set installment in the Akashic Noir of award-winning mystery anthologies, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Akashic Books.

This is an excellent location-themed series featuring stories set in and around the titular cities, often by well-known authors native or resident to their respective countries, and one of my personal favourites for discovering foreign authors. This one contains mystery and suspense short stories set in and around Brussels, Belgium from historical times through to the present day, and includes stories in English translation by prize-winning Belgian authors such as Barbara Abel (Prix des lycéens de littérature belge) and the late Ayerdhal (Grand prix de l’Imaginaire, a prestigious science fiction award).

Offered DRM-free through midnight December 19th, available worldwide directly from the publisher as part of their holiday advent calendar promotion.

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[Free eBook] Hundreds of Free Books from Open Road Media [All Genres Fiction & Non-Fiction]

As a special holiday treat, publisher Open Road Media is making free literally hundreds of ebooks in every genre, for a limited time.

ORM was founded by ex-Random House editors, and has made a specialty of bringing back into print older works by well-known authors in their fields, as well as publishing newer works by them as well.

The freebies in their catalogue includes authors such as Howard Fast (author of Spartacus, the novel which the movie was based upon), Alice Walker (author of The Color Purple, also the basis of a film), Pearl S. Buck (Nobel Prize winner), and many more.

A very brief sampling of the genres and authors available (there’s literally probably something for every taste):

  • For non-fiction: history (Walter Lord, author of A Night to Remember, which a film about the Titanic was based upon); political history (Rebecca West); literary & arts criticism (Mary McCarthy); travel writing (Laurence Durrell); cookbooks (James Beard); biographies (Marion Meade); autobiographies (Candy Darling, a celebrity involved with Andy Warhol); author advice (Richard Curtis, a former literary agent)
  • For fiction: science fiction & fantasy (Andre Norton, Jane Yolen, Robert Silverberg, Poul Anderson, all SFWA Grandmasters); historical fiction (Cecelia Holland); westerns (Paul Lederer); murder mystery novels (Susan Dunlap); suspense thrillers (Geoffrey Household); LGBT novelists (National Book Award-winner Paul Monette, Jane Rule, and more); romance (Elizabeth Chadwick); YA suspense (Caroline B. Cooney); YA fantasy (Bruce Coville); YA horror (Diane Hoh); childrens’ picture books (The Berenstain Bears series)

Offered in the US only, at Amazon only, through December 20th or 21st. Unfortunately, it looks like the promotion was withdrawn early on the 19th. Nice while it lasted, though.

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[Free eBook] Mesopotamia by Arthur Nersesian [Literary Thriller Satire]

Mesopotamia by Armenian-American author Arthur Nersesian, a recipient of the Anahid Literary Prize for Armenian literature, is his standalone contemporary literary mystery/thriller satire, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Akashic Books.

This is a satirical literary fiction novel which skewers the modern prediliction towards celebrity-oriented news media via a murder mystery thriller setup. The story stars a down-and-out journalist who takes a freelance assignment near her childhood small hometown in Tennessee, which in a roundabout way results in her amateur-sleuthing an impromptu investigation into the murders of Elvis impersonators at a local festival, in the process uncovering a fantastic story which she can never reveal.

Offered DRM-free through midnight December 15th, available worldwide directly from the publisher as part of their holiday advent calendar promotion.

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[Free eBook] Havana Noir [Cuban Mystery Anthology]

Havana Noir edited by Cuban-American author and translator Achy Obejas, a two-time recipient of the Lambda Literary Award and also a shared Pulitzer Prize for team journalistic work, is a Cuba-set installment in the Akashic Noir of award-winning mystery anthologies, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Akashic Books.

This is an excellent location-themed series featuring stories set in and around the titular cities, often by well-known authors native or resident to their respective countries, and one of my personal favourites for discovering foreign authors. This one contains mystery and suspense short stories set in and around Havana, Cuba from historical times through to the present day, and includes stories in English translation by prize-winning Cuban authors such as Yoss, and in English by Cuban-American authors such as Achy Obejas, Pablo Medina, and many more.

Offered DRM-free through midnight December 13th, available worldwide directly from the publisher as part of their holiday advent calendar promotion.

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[Free eBook] Barcelona Noir [Spanish & Catalan Mystery Anthology]

Barcelona Noir edited by Adriana V. López & Carmen Ospina, who are a magazine editor and a Random House digital program director, respectively, is a Spain-set installment in the Akashic Noir of award-winning mystery anthologies, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Akashic Books.

This is an excellent location-themed series featuring stories set in and around the titular cities, often by well-known authors native or resident to their respective countries, and one of my personal favourites for discovering foreign authors. This one contains mystery and suspense short stories set in and around Barcelona, Spain from historical times through to the present day, and includes stories in English translation by prize-winning Spanish & Catalan authors such as Isabel Franc, Santiago Roncagliolo, Lolita Bosch and many more, as well as in English by other authors such as Valerie Miles.

Offered DRM-free through midnight December 9th, available worldwide directly from the publisher as part of their holiday advent calendar promotion.

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[Free eBook] Rome Noir [Italian Mystery Anthology]

Rome Noir edited by Chiara Stangalino, a literary and arts festival organizer, & British author Maxim Jakubowski, is an Italy-set installment in the Akashic Noir series of award-winning mystery/suspense anthologies, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Akashic Books.

This is an excellent location-themed series featuring stories set in and around the titular cities, often by well-known authors native or resident to their respective countries, and one of my personal favourites for discovering foreign authors. This one contains mystery and suspense short stories set in and around Rome, Italy (there’s also a separate Venice volume) from historical times through to the present day, and includes stories in English translation by prize-winning Italian authors such as Antonio Scurati and many more, as well as in English by other authors such as Maxim Jakubowski.

Offered DRM-free through midnight December 8th, available worldwide directly from the publisher as part of their holiday advent calendar promotion.

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[Free eBook] Tango for a Torturer by Daniel Chavarría [Award-Winning Cuban Political Thriller Comedy]

Tango for a Torturer by Cuba-resident Uruguayan author Daniel Chavarría is his standalone black comedy political suspense thriller, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Akashic Books.

This is an English-language translation of his Spanish-language novel El rojo en la pluma del loro, originally written in 2001, which was honoured with the Casas de las Américas and Premio de las Crítica literary prizes. This is a darkly comedic action thriller suspense novel with strong political elements set in Cuba and exploring the effects of Latin American dictatorships in a somewhat satirical manner. The story stars a former Argentine revolutionary who travels to Havana on vacation, where he finds out that his nemesis, a former Uruguayan military torturer, has been living under a false identity and promptly drops his holiday plans to go on the hunt for him.

Offered DRM-free through midnight December 6th, available worldwide directly from the publisher as part of their holiday advent calendar promotion.

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[Free eBook] Moscow Noir [Russian Mystery Anthology]

Moscow Noir edited by Natalia Smirnova & Julia Goumen, who run a literary agency in Russia, is a Russia-set installment in the Akashic Noir series of award-winning mystery anthologies, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Akashic Books.

This is an excellent location-themed series featuring stories set in and around the titular cities, often by well-known authors native or resident to their respective countries, and one of my personal favourites for discovering foreign authors. This one contains mystery and suspense short stories set in Moscow, Russia (there’s also a separate St. Petersburg volume) from historical times through to the present day, and includes brand-new stories in English translation by prize-winning authors such as Irina Denezhinka and many others.

Offered DRM-free through midnight December 5th, available worldwide directly from the publisher as part of their holiday advent calendar promotion.

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