[Free eBooks] Black Run & Adam’s Rib by Antonio Manzini [Italian Ski Resort Mystery]

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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[Free Audiobook] Into the Woods by Tana French [Award-Winning Irish Mystery/Suspense]

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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[Free eBook] For Reasons Unknown by Michael Wood [Police Procedural]

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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