[Free eBook] The Butchers of Berlin by Chris Petit [WWII Historical Murder Mystery]

The Butchers of Berlin by English author Chris Petit is the 1st novel in his Schlegel & Morgen series of historical murder mystery/crime thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Simon & Schuster UK.

This was last week’s featured Free Book of the Week selection in the iTunes UK store and was apparently made free to promote the newly-released 2nd in series, Pale Horse Riding. The series is set in Germany during World War II, investigating crimes taking place domestically within the country, starring a civilian investigator and an SS officer.

This story begins their unusual partnership with an odd string of murders which leads the investigator, who normally pursues financial crimes, to be assigned to a homicide case which becomes ever more mysterious as they delve deeper into whatever’s really going on.

Offered in the UK only, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Hot Off the Presses by Elliott Mackle [LGBT 1990s Literary Drama Novel]

Hot Off the Presses by Elliott Mackle, a Lambda Literary Award finalist, is his standalone recent historical political/personal drama literary fiction novel with suspense and m/m romantic elements; free again for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.

The story is set in Atlanta in the period shortly before the hosting of the 1996 Olympic Games, and follows a gay newspaper editor as he deals with journalistic ethics complications surrounding coverage of the closeted athlete he’s falling for, alongside investigating assorted controversial issues having to do with the upcoming Olympics. This is partially based upon the author’s own real-life experiences as a journalist in the city during the time period.

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[Free Audiobook] A Strangeness in My Mind by Orhan Pamuk [Award-Winning Turkish Literary Novel]

A Strangeness in My Mind by Turkish author Orhan Pamuk, recipient of the 2005 Nobel Prize for Literature, is his standalone literary fiction novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Penguin Random House Audio.

The novel is set in and around the city of Istanbul, Turkey, and is a coming of age journey of self-discovery tale, taking place over the course of four decades from 1969 to 2012. It was shortlisted for the 2017 International Dublin Literary Award, and also won two Turkish literary awards, the Erdal Öz Prize and the Aydın Doğan Foundation Award in 2015, as well as Russia’s Yasnaya Polyana Literary Award in the Foreign Literature category in 2016.

The story uses a cast of characters to tell from different viewpoints the core story of a misfit boy who grows to manhood through various experiences and mishaps, never ceasing to restlessly wander the streets and ponder the feeling of difference which sets him apart from everyone else, until he finally uncovers what it is he has always truly wanted out of life.

Offered worldwide until 11:59 AM Eastern Time on September 29th, available as a DRM-free MP4 download directly from the publisher and in their app.

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[Free eBook] The Mules of Borgo San Marco by W. H. Canaway [WWII Adventure Thriller Satire]

The Mules of Borgo San Marco by the late English author W. H. Canaway, a novelist and screenwriter who had one of his own novels adapted into film, is his standalone historical adventure thriller with satirical literary fiction elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1967 by Hutchinson & Co.

The story is a comedy of errors which takes place in Italy, near the end of WWII, as two isolated German and English commanders are cut off from their respective armies and take each other prisoner with the co-operation of the local Countess, whose favour they must return when the mules bearing an essential load of olive oil for her tiny village go missing and must be retrieved, the search taking the men on wild adventures.

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[Free eBook] Silk Purse by Jerrard Tickell [Vintage 1930s Literary Novel]

Silk Purse by the late Irish author Jerrard Tickell, whose WWII comedy novel Appointment with Venus has been twice adapted to film, is his vintage literary fiction novel with f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1937 by William Heinemann.

The story is a coming of age novel taking place in early 20th century London, starring a boy from a neglectful family who was once the ringleader of a youth criminal gang, until one day he has a life-changing encounter resulting in a new home and upwardly mobile schooling until he becomes an accomplished man with a promising career, never forgetting the lofty aristocrat’s granddaughter with whom he became infatuated as a child.

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[Free eBook] Villa Mimosa by Jerrard Tickell [WWII Literary Thriller Satire]

Villa Mimosa by the late Irish author Jerrard Tickell, whose WWII comedy novel Appointment with Venus has been twice adapted to film, is his standalone historical literary fiction heist thriller, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1960 by Hodder & Stoughton.

The story is a literary novel with satirical elements, framed as a heist thriller, taking place in occupied France during World War II, and is centred around a daring British military operation to rescue a group of eccentric civilians from an area previously thought safely evacuated.

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[Free eBook] Caesar is Dead by Jack Lindsay [Vintage Historical Fiction]

Caesar is Dead by the late Australian expat UK-resident author Jack Lindsay, a prolific author and activist with an early specialty in the Greek and Roman classics, is his vintage historical political drama novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1934 by The Edinburgh Press.

The story takes place in ancient Rome, just after the assassination of Julius Caesar, and explores the reactions of the city in mourning, as well as the precarious positions of the competing allies and foes left behind as they scheme to fill the power vacuum against the resentment of common citizens.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] At Dusk All Cats Are Grey by Jerrard Tickell [1940s Literary Spy Thriller Satire]

At Dusk All Cats Are Grey by the late Irish author Jerrard Tickell, whose WWII cow-rescue comedy novel Appointment with Venus has been twice adapted to film, is his vintage literary espionage thriller novel, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour’s The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1940 by Chapman & Hall Ltd. This is a hybrid humorous literary novel cum serious spy thriller, and tells a tragicomic tale taking place on the eve of WWII, as some Britons began to experience increasing unease about the pre-war European political scene.

The story is centred around a young British woman whose talent for languages gets her in over her head, as the eccentric characters at the advertising agency where she works take on a more sinister cast as they recruit her to inform upon the issues of a group of Austrian refugees.

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[Free eBook] The King’s Bed by Margaret Campbell Barnes [Tudor Historical Drama with Romance]

The King’s Bed by the late English author Margaret Campbell Barnes, is her vintage standalone historical personal drama novel with strong f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1961 by Macdonald & Co. The novel is set in medieval England, taking place during the transition from the Wars of the Roses under Richard III to the Tudor ascension under the future Henry VII.

The story centres around a young woman of commoner birth, who is swept up in turbulent events of the years going by as she becomes enamoured of a young man who is closely involved with them due to a lingering secret which may prove to endanger their lives as well as chance of happiness. NB: Unless you want to be spoiled for the charater’s mysterious secret, which is a pretty significant reveal, avoid reading the customer reviews.

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Description
For seventeen-year-old Tansy Marsh, life centres upon her father’s inn, The White Boar, in Leicester.

Richard III sits upon the throne of England, and all seems well.

But the threat of the would-be usurper, Henry Tudor, looms like a gathering storm. And soon the eye of that storm is uncomfortably close to Tansy, disrupting her reassuringly ordinary life.

Once King Richard is defeated, that life becomes even less ordinary.

For Tansy has met Dickon Broome, the man who will change her existence forever.

And while life goes on under the Tudor, Dickon has particular reason to bear a grudge.

Meanwhile in Leicester, Tansy’s beloved father dies, and she is left at the mercy of her self-absorbed, self-interested stepmother.

Until her stepmother also dies, in a most horrible way, and Tansy finds herself terrifyingly close to the centre of that drama.

It soon becomes clear that there is nothing more for Tansy in her childhood home. She travels to London, to Dickon, and to a future that will be marked by some of the most noted events in England’s history.

For Dickon, Broome is not quite all that he seems, and the quality that sets him apart forces him to take some difficult decisions; decisions that affect Tansy as much as himself.

While the couple seems happy, Dickon’s secret has the power to destroy them. Will he allow that to happen, or will he come to terms with some of the nation’s most famous historic events, and live out a quiet and happy life with his beloved Tansy?

Only one man can decide.

[Free Audiobooks] 2 free titles from AudioSYNC Summer of Reading [Young Adult, WWII, History, Memoir, Historical Fiction]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2017 promotion for young adults continues, which offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or non-fiction, 1 modern—as free MP3 downloads, usually available worldwide (some titles are subject to geo-restrictions, and you can see the planned release schedule here).

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of World War II homefront wartime atrocities and the enduring spirit of humanity, available until 7am Eastern Time on August 10th, are as follows:

  • Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys, is her young adult historical fiction novel set in the Soviet Union, starring an artistic Lithuanian girl whose family is separated and sent to Siberian work camps, where she records everything that happens in secret drawings; from Listening Library, read by Emily Klein
  • In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer by Irene Gut Opdyke with Jennifer Armstrong, is the memoir of a Catholic Polish woman who as a teenaged girl was forced to work for the German Army, and ended up using her position to secretly steal supplies for Jewish persons in the ghettoes, some of whom she was eventually able to help to hide and smuggle out; from Listening Library, read by Hope Davis

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on August 10th, available in selected countries worldwide (requires installing Overdrive Media console software on your PC, Mac, Android, or iDevice, and you need to finish downloading before the time limit).