[Free eBook] Winter Tide by Ruthanna Emrys [Lovecraftian Alternate Historical Fantasy with Spy Mystery]

Winter Tide by Ruthanna Emrys is the 1st novel in her The Innsmouth Legacy series of alternate historical dark fantasy with strong horror, mystery, and espionage thriller elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tor Books.

This is a special time-limited promotion, being made free to boost the upcoming 2nd novel, and this edition includes a bonus short story. The series is set in the late H. P. Lovecraft’s popular Cthulhu Mythos, varying it as an alternate hidden history where during the 1920s, the U.S. government secretly rounded up the population of the seaside village of Innsmouth, long since hybridized with the mystical Deep Ones of the oceans, into desert internment camps.

This story takes place a generation later during the late 1940s as the Cold War is getting underway, when an FBI agent believing that Communists spies have stolen dangerous magical secrets from the legendary Miskatonic University, calls upon one of the few survivors of the camps for help, who must return to her ruined home and uncover the remaining scraps of her suppressed personal and ancestral history to face the threat.

Offered DRM-free through 12 PM EST on October 20th, available worldwide, directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Death Dives Deep by Michael Avallone [Comedic Pulp Espionage Mystery]

Death Dives Deep by Michael Avallone is the 21st novel in his Ed Noon series of vintage pulp mystery/crime thrillers with comedic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Story Merchant.

This was originally published in 1971 by Signet. The popular, long-running pulp mystery/crime series stars a P.I. in New York City, who often takes on cases with oddball clients, leading to zany adventures.

This case is a nautical adventure on the spy thriller side, seeing the P.I. take on an assignment from the US President, looking into sinister goings-on involving submarines in the Bermuda Triangle, and a story-within-a-story which leads him to uncover a top secret plot.

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[Free eBook] 66 Metres by J. F. Kirwan [Action Spy Thriller]

66 Metres by J. F. Kirwan is the 1st novel in his Nadia Laksheva series of contemporary spy thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Harlequin UK’s Carina.

This was the featured Free Book of the Week in the iTunes UK store, and if you are interested, there’s a mini-profile of the star character on the author’s website. The series stars an abruptly-orphaned Russian girl who grows up reluctantly following in her ex-Spetsnaz operative father’s footsteps in order to survive.

This adventure sees her working off a long indenture to a dangerous boss with what should be one final mission to go after a military weapon which only embroils her further into global espionage. NB: if you are interested in diving, apparently the author makes use of it in this story, incorporating his own extensive experience.

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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] Shoot It Again, Sam by Michael Avallone [Comedic Mystery/Espionage Thriller]

Shoot It Again, Sam by Michael Avallone is the 23rd novel in his Ed Noon series of vintage pulp mystery/crime thrillers with comedic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Story Merchant.

This was originally published in 1972 by Curtis. The popular, long-running pulp mystery/crime series stars a P.I. in New York City, who often takes on cases with oddball clients, leading to zany adventures.

This adventure is on the wacky espionage thriller side, with Noon escorting a movie star’s corpse for burial, only to find himself caught up in a strange Hollywood scheme which sees him kidnapped and transformed into a brainwashed assassin targeting the President of the United States.

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[Free eBook] Psi Hunt by Michael Kurland [Occult Military Conspiracy Thriller]

Psi Hunt by Michael Kurland, perhaps best known as the author of an Edgar Award-nominated series of Moriarty-based Sherlock Holmes pastiches, is his standalone sfnal conspiracy thriller, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1980 by Berkley Books.

The story involves occult supernatural and/or alien elements, starting with the investigation of an incident which may indicate psychic spying upon a secret society in the US Navy by Chinese forces, leading to revelations which could spark a potential war between the two countries.

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[Free eBook] Wallis’s War: A Novel of Diplomacy and Intrigue by Kate Auspitz [Alternate History Spy Thriller Satire]

Wallis’s War: A Novel of Diplomacy and Intrigue by Kate Auspitz, a political historian who formerly taught at Harvard University and also writes mysteries as Sophie Belfort, is her standalone alternate history drama novel with satirical espionage thriller elements, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.

This is their featured Free Book of the Month for August.

The story is set during the 1930s and written in the form of a comedic faux-memoir by Wallis Warfield Simpson, the American divorcée who eventually married the abdicated British King Edward VIII and posits an alternative secret history in which she was an undercover agent tasked with removing the pro-German future monarch from the throne.

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[Free eBook] The Vanishing Man by Sydney J. Bounds [Science Fiction Thriller]

The Vanishing Man by the late British author Sydney J. Bounds is his vintage standalone science fiction adventure thriller, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1953 by Hamilton & Co. under the title Dimension of Horror.

The story has a touch of espionage mystery in it, starring a man on an undercover mission to Mars, where the colonists seem to have nefarious plans to attack Earth, of which his attempts to investigate lead him to a strange and terrible case.

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[Free eBook] The Alarming Clock by Michael Avallone [Comedic Pulp Mystery Thriller]

The Alarming Clock by the late Michael Avallone is the 5th novel in his Ed Noon series of vintage pulp mystery/crime thrillers with comedic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Story Merchant Books.

This was originally published in 1961 by Curtis. The popular, long-running pulp mystery/crime series stars a P.I. in New York City, who often takes on cases with oddball clients, leading to zany adventures.

The case is an espionage-related one (later books in the series take on a spy thriller tone), where a mysterious message leads him on the trail of murderous ex-Nazis and a plot to sabotage a crucial atomic bomb test.

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[Free eBook] Assassins Don’t Die In Bed by Michael Avallone [Pulp Mystery/Spy Thriller]

Assassins Don’t Die In Bed by the late Michael Avallone is the 17th novel in his Ed Noon series of vintage pulp mystery/crime thrillers with comedic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Story Merchant Books.

This was originally published in 1968 by Signet. The popular, long-running pulp mystery/crime series stars a P.I. in New York City, who often takes on cases with oddball clients, leading to zany adventures. This spy thriller-ish adventure sees him bodyguarding an American diplomat crossing the Atlantic via a ship with a rather eccentric passenger list, which Noon must secretly protect his client from.

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