[Free eBook] Love and Other Wounds by Jordan Harper [Literary Crime Thriller Stories]

Love and Other Wounds by Jordan Harper is a collection of his literary thriller short stories, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Simon & Schuster UK.

This is the featured Free Book of the Week in the iTunes UK store. The collection contains short stories mainly exploring the human condition via crime themes, with an occasional touch of romance gone wrong.

Offered in the UK only, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] The Unquiet Spirit by Marguerite Steen [Vintage 1950s Supernatural Thriller]

The Unquiet Spirit by the late English author Marguerite Steen, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature whose works enjoyed a period of popularity in the 1930s and 1940s, is her vintage standalone gothic-ish supernatural thriller novel, apparently with f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ THe Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1955 by Collins.

The story takes place at an English countryside home where all is not what it appears, when an old schoolfriend invited to stay for the weekend finds himself following a strange and spooky drama being played out, where local family conflicts apparently centred around an unusual child turn into a battle against supernatural forces.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Little Boy Found by LJ Fox [Psychological Crime Thriller]

Little Boy Found by LJ Fox, a pseudonym for British author Christopher Fowler, perhaps best known for his award-nominated Bryant & May mysteries, is his standalone psychological suspense crime thriller, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Quercus.

This is the featured Free Book of the Week in the iTunes UK store, and is also being promoted in other countries worldwide. The story is the obligatory missing child case with a twist, as the true suspense apparently starts after the boy is found again.

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

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[Free eBook] The Doom that Came to Dunwich: Selected Stories of Lovecraftian Mystery by Richard A. Lupoff [Horror & Suspense]

The Doom that Came to Dunwich: Selected Stories of Lovecraftian Mystery by Richard A. Lupoff, a recipient of a 1963 Hugo for a co-edited fanzine and acknowledged expert on the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs, is a themed collection of his sfnal mystery/horror shorts, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This collection contains stories in homage to the works of the late H. P. Lovecraft, especially involving his popular Cthulhu Mythos, with a new introduction to author Lupoff and his works by fellow science fiction author Philip Harbottle.

The title story was originally published as a bonus in a previous collection of the author’s in 1996 and later picked up for inclusion in the Return to Lovecraft anthology, and the others were printed in various magazines and anthologies over the decades, from the 1960s to the 2010s.

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[Free eBook] The Curse of Loch Ness by Peter Tremayne [Gothic Suspense Horror]

The Curse of Loch Ness by British author Peter Tremayne, perhaps best known as the author of the popular Sister Fidelma historical mystery series, is his standalone contemporary gothic-ish horror suspense thriller, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1979 by Sphere.

The story stars a London woman who unexpectedly inherits a Scottish castle from a distant relative, which comes with the obligatory ominous atmosphere and unhelpful locals and mysterious secret which she must uncover. NB: According to one of the customer reviews, this is high on stranger uncovering regional mystery/suspense elements and low on actual creature feature horror, so YMMV.

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[Free eBook] Brothers & Sisters by Adele O’Neill [Psychological Suspense Crime Thriller]

Brothers & Sisters by Irish author Adele O’Neill is her standalone police procedural psychological suspense thriller, free for a limited time courtesy of Head of Zeus’ Aria imprint for digital first publications by newer and translated authors.

The story takes place in Ireland, and explores the darker side of family relationships as a police detective becomes drawn into the secrets of an elderly brother and sister, when an investigation reveals that a recently-found body is that of their uncle, missing since the 1970s.

Offered in the UK only, at Amazon.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Stone of Blood by Juanita Coulson [Gothic Suspense Horror]

Stone of Blood by author and noted filksinger Juanita Coulson is her contemporary gothic supernatural suspense/horror novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1975 by Ballantine’s Beagle Books imprint as #3 in their Birthstone Gothic line. The story is set in the Deep South, on a showboat said to be haunted by a long-ago Native American chieftain’s daughter who died under mysterious circumstances, where after a series of disturbing incidents, the star entertainer uncovers the terrifying truth behind her demise.

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[Free Audiobook] City of Golden Shadow by Tad Williams [Science Fiction Suspense Thriller]

City of Golden Shadow by Tad Williams is the 1st part in his Otherland tetralogy of science fiction suspense thrillers comprising a single long, complex story, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Penguin Random House Audio.

The series is set in the near future, where full-immersion virtual reality has begun to dominate all aspects of society, allowing the expression of personal freedoms unheard of before.

This installment involves the discovery of a chilling conspiracy which threatens the stability of both real and virtual worlds. The story is read by actor George Newbern (voice of Superman on the Justice League cartoon).

Offered worldwide until 12 PM Eastern Time on July 28th, available as a DRM-free MP4 download directly from the publisher and in their app.

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Free for a limited time, available worldwide until 12 PM Eastern Time on July 28th directly @ the publisher’s dedicated promo page (DRM-free MP4 format approx ~411 mb, in exchange for newsletter signup with your valid email address; right click to Save As the download, which may otherwise try loading directly in your browser)

You can also read more about the book on its regular catalogue page, or download via the PRH’s Volumes app for iDevices and Android (Canada & US-only)

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ANYONE CAN GO THERE… COMING BACK IS ANOTHER STORY.

The first in a four-audiobook series, Otherland: City of Golden Shadow is a complex suspense novel of the near future, where virtual reality has expanded to encompass all aspects of society — and national, physical, and mental boundaries are limited only by the virtue or darkness of the imagination, offering an entirely new level of freedom to people in all walks of life. But a blood-chilling conspiracy involving the world’s most powerful individuals now threatens to shatter this world to its very core….

[Free eBook] The Visitor by Evey Brett [LGBT Gothic Fantasy Suspense with Romance]

The Visitor by Evey Brett is her standalone gothic dark fantasy suspense short with possible m/m romantic elements, free again for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.

The story stars a man unable to remember how he came to be wandering injured and alone, who gets taken in by the obligatory mysterious local manor with lurking secrets as he slowly unravels whatever is going on. NB: despite the references to “tender, erotic comfort” and “man he’s forbidden to love” in the blurb, this story is actually only filed under the Dark Fantasy and Gay Fiction categories at Amazon and none of the actual romantic and/or erotic romance ones, so YMMV if you were hoping for a steamy supernatural love story with an HEA.

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[Free eBook] The Fatal Series: Books 1-3 by Marie Force [Police Procedural Suspense with Romance]

The Fatal Series: Volume 1 by Marie Force is an omnibus edition which comprises the first 3 novels in her Fatal series of contemporary mystery/crime suspense with strong f/m romantic elements or f/m contemporary romantic suspense with strong police procedural elements, depending on how you want to look at it, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Harlequin’s Carina Press.

The series, which began in 2010 and is now up to 11 books, is set in Washington, D.C., and split almost co-equally between suspense and romance, starring a Metro Police Detective who solves politically-oriented crime cases even as her growing relationship with a Senator begins and deepens throughout the series and they both advance in their careers and as a couple.

These first few novels see them encountering and getting to know each other over the cases of the Senator’s murdered colleagues, various public officials in high positions with secrets to hide.

Offered DRM-free worldwide, available at multiple retailers. This is apparently being made free as a special treat for the fans, and also to promote the upcoming release of the 12th book, Fatal Chaos.

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