As Kingfishers Catch Fire and Dragonflies Draw Flame by Ulster-born England resident author Philip McCormac a standalone supernatural horror police procedural crime thriller, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.
The story is a hybrid of supernatural horror and police procedural crime thriller, mixing in political tensions in Northern Ireland, when a demon bound during the 17th century finds a way to wreak havoc between Catholics and Protestants in modern Ulster, as detectives investigate the disappearance of local children belonging to a religious youth group amidst threats from the IRA and conflict with the Catholic Church which no longer acknowledges the possibility of demonic influence or the usefulness of exorcism.
Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.
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As a special treat for Independent Bookstore Day on April 27th, audiobook distributor Libro.fm is offering 5 free audiobook titles from major publishers.
The titles are a mix of self-help non-fiction, mystery/thriller, literary fiction, and horror video game tie-ins, plus a sampler, and can also be gifted to your friends. Here’s the promo featured on their front page, and links to the individual titles below:
- Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…And Maybe the World by William H. McRaven, read by the author himself, a motivational self-help book of tips and life lessons, based on a popular commencement speech to a university’s graduating class.
- The Blackhouse by Peter May, read by Peter Forbes, the Barry award-winning 1st novel in the Lewis Trilogy of police procedural mystery/thrillers set in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides islands, starring a native islander detective returning home from Edinburgh to investigate a suspiciously similar killing while delving into the depths of his own past.
- Hello Neighbor: Missing Pieces by Carly Anne West, a prequel novel setting up the premise for the hit horror video game where you play an aggrieved homeowner determined to rid yourself of the annoying people around you.
- Mother’s Group by bestselling author Liane Moriarty, read by Caroline Lee, a contemporary literary short story with a twist, centred around a group for new moms, one of whose members seems to be hiding a secret.
- Penguin Random House Audio Story Sampler 2019, a collection of extended excerpts from some of their popular bestsellers across many categories.
Offered through midnight Pacific Time on April 27th, available DRM-free worldwide from Libro.fm (requires account signup with billing address but no payment info).
Cop Killer by the late James Holding, one of the authors behind the “Ellery Queen” shared pseudonym, is vintage standalone mystery/crime thriller short story, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press. as one of their sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Mystery Community for vintage pulp mystery/crime thriller reprints.
This was originally published in 1962 in the November issue of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine magazine.
The story stars a beat cop assigned to a bad neighbourhood working to thwart an old high school rival who has become a deadly dangerous petty criminal.
Offered worldwide through April 22nd (probably; sometimes they stay for a few extra days or until the next week), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.
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The Longest Pleasure by Douglas Clark is the 15th novel in the Masters & Green series of police procedural mystery/crime thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.
This was originally published in 1981 by Victor Gollancz. The series stars a pair of Scotland Yard investigators called in to investigate crimes around Britain.
This case sees them looking into simultaneous outbreaks of botulism which have arisen in different parts of the country which have a suspiciously coincidental identical method of delivery possibly indicating a culprit up to no good, complicating the investigation as this information is suppressed from the public to prevent panic.
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The Floater by Jonathan Craig, one of the mystery and western-writing pseudonyms for the late Frank E. Smith a former Pentagon analyst who was briefly an adviser to President Truman, is a standalone police procedural murder mystery novelette, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press.
This was originally published in 1955 in the January issue of Manhunt magazine, and is being made free as one of their sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Mystery Community for vintage pulp mystery/crime thriller reprints.
The story is a police procedural murder mystery, starring a detective in New York investigating the murder of a missing teenager found in the harbour, whose various acquaintances seem almost suspiciously indifferent to her fate.
Offered worldwide through March 4th (possibly even later), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.
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Black Run & Adam’s Rib by Italian author Antonio Manzini are the 1st & 2nd novels in the Rocco Schiavone series of contemporary police procedural mystery/crime thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’ Harper imprint.
These were originally published in Italian by Sellerio as Pista nera and La costola di Adamo in 2013 and 2014 and are translated by Anthony Shugaar. The 2nd novel is Barnes & Noble’s featured Free Fridays selection for the weekend and is probably a glitch, as only the 1st novel is free in other stores as well (as is usual for the B&N Free Fridays book). This is apparently being made free to help promote the upcoming release of the 3rd novel’s translation, Out of Season, expected in October.
The series is set in the Italian ski resort town of Aosta in the Alps, starring a deputy police prefect who is exiled there after running afoul of the wrong people in Rome. These installments see him making the adjustment, as he gets to know the town, its history, and people in the course of solving the case of a mangled body found in the mountains, and then a burglary.
Offered in the US only, available at multiple retailers.
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Into the Woods by Ireland resident expat American author Tana French, who has been referred to as “the First Lady of Irish Crime”, is the 1st novel in the Dublin Murder Squad series of contemporary police procedural murder mysteries, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Penguin Random House Audio.
This is their featured Free Book of the Month offer for August and is narrated by Steven Crossley. The novel won four awards in the Best First Novel category, including the 2008 Edgar, Barry, Macavity, and Anthony Awards, and is being offered to help promote the author’s upcoming standalone thriller, The Witch Elm, released later this year.
The series is set in Ireland, and alternates cases spotlighting the various detectives in the Dublin Murder Squad. This first case has psychological suspense thriller elements, and follows two detectives who investigate a girl’s murder, whose death seemingly has links with one of the detectives’ pasts which may provide clues to solve the crime.
Offered worldwide until noon Eastern Time on August 23rd, available as a DRM-free MP4 download directly from the publisher and in their app.
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For Reasons Unknown by British author Michael Wood is the 1st novel in the DCI Matilda Darke series of contemporary police procedural mystery/crime thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’ Killer Reads imprint.
This is the featured Free Book of the Week in the iTunes UK store and is being made free to help promote the upcoming 4th novel, The Hangman’s Hold, released later this month. The series is set in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, starring an overstressed policewoman returning from a break to investigate crime once more.
This installment sees her easing back into the job with a cold case looking into dark secrets present and past as the long-ago murder of a local couple, witnessed by their young son, turns out to be more complicated than it appears.
Offered in the UK and select other regions worldwide (excluding North America), available at multiple retailers.
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