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 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. Offered DRM-free, available worldwide @ Amazon.
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Wildside Press Presents: Discover A New Author: Josh Pachter by Josh Pachter is another volume in their series introducing readers to new authors , free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press.
This volume contains four short mystery stories originally published in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and other venues. Offered DRM-free, available worldwide.
Wildside Press are additionally offering one free Megapack (containing short stories by living authors in many genres, or collected works of deceased classic ones) of your choice and 20% off everything else in their store, through June 20th as a Father’s Day promotion.
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The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths is the 1st novel in her Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries series of contemporary police procedural murder mysteries, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Quercus.
This series stars a forensic archaeologist in Norfolk, England, and this story involves the discovery of bones which may be those of a missing person whose case has haunted a local DCI for years. Offered in the UK, Europe, and Oceania at multiple retailers.
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Ruth’s First Christmas Tree: A Dr Ruth Galloway Short Mystery by Elly Griffiths is is a short story in her Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries series of contemporary police procedural murder mysteries, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Quercus.
This series stars a forensic archaeologist, and this is a festive holiday installment set at a family gathering in Norfolk. Offered in the UK, Europe, Oceania, and other worldwide regions outside North America, at multiple retailers.
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Privileged Lives by Edward Stewart is the 1st novel in his Vince Cardozo Mysteries series of mystery/crime thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Open Road Media.
This was originally published in 1988 by Delacorte Press and was a bestseller at the time. Though the series is described as police procedural, I’ve actuallly read this one a long time ago, and would place it closer in tone to a Hollywood-style blockbuster sort of thriller with plenty of sensationalism and supposedly shocking sex content and not so much detective legwork.
The story involves an NYPD cop investigating a kinky-looking murder which may be tied to the recent awakening of a high society heiress from a years-long coma, with whom he finds himself getting too involved. Offered in the US only through June 2nd, available at multiple retailers.
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Door Into Terror by Juanita Coulson is her gothic mystery/suspense novel with supernatural horror elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.
This was originally published in 1972 by Berkley’s Medallion imprint. The standalone story appears to be set in contemporary times, and involves a woman who moves to an isolated island to tutor an old friend’s son, only to uncover disturbing secrets and perhaps even evil forces in the mysterious and possibly haunted mansion.
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The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by the late Stieg Larsson is the 1st novel in his Millenium trilogy of Nordic Noir crime thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher MacLehose Press.
This story sets up the iconic characters in the best-selling series by teaming them up to figure out the long-ago disappearance of a woman whose uncle suspects that another family member had killed her. This is the featured Free Book of the Week in the iTunes store for the UK and Australia, and is also offered free in other countries at multiple retailers in many worldwide regions outside Canada & the US.
available at multiple retailers in most countries worldwide outside Canada & the US
The Second Rufus King Minipack™ by the late Rufus King is a mini-collection sampler of two of his vintage golden age mystery/crime shorts, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press.
This contains two stories originally published in 1925 and 1926. Offered free worldwide through March 9th.
available worldwide DRM-free through March 9th
The Hollow Needle by the late Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award recipient George Harmon Coxe is the 10th in his Kent Murdock series of vintage golden age pulp mystery/crime thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of Open Road Media’s Mysterious Press imprint.
This was originally published in 1948 by Knopf, and is set in Boston, starring a photographer who winds up taking a job which entangles him with a mysterious and potentially murderous family. Offered free through February 18th in the US & Canada.
available through February 18th in the US & Canada
Easy Street by Lambda Literary Award-winning author Elizabeth Sims is the 4th novel in her Lillian Byrd Crime series of humorous mystery, free for a limited time courtesy of the author herself.
This was originally published in 2005 by LGBT specialty publisher Alyson Books, and is set in the Detroit area, involving a lesbian freelance writer turned amateur sleuth who inadvertently gets mixed up in yet another zany case when an offer to help a retired police detective friend renovate ends up uncovering a new corpse in the old house.
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