[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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[Free eBook] At Dusk All Cats Are Grey by Jerrard Tickell [Vintage Literary Espionage Novel]

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 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 Audiobooks] 5 books from Audible for World Book Day [Science Fiction, Literary, Spy Thriller, Children’s Classics]

As a special treat to promote the 20th anniversary of UNESCO’s international World Book Day, Audible, an audiobook company acquired by Amazon, is making 5 audiobook titles free for a limited time.

These include classics of children’s literature and spy & science fiction, as well as a popular modern novel which has been adapted to film. The free books are as follows:

  1. Peter Pan, the classic children’s fantasy by J. M. Barrie
  2. Watership Down, the classic children’s fantasy about a society of intelligent rabbits, by Richard Adams
  3. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, the classic science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein
  4. Casino Royale, the 1st novel in the iconic James Bond espionage action thriller franchise by Ian Fleming
  5. The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick, a bestselling contemporary literary fiction novel and basis of the eponymous film

Offered in at least Canada & the US throughout April 23rd, available via Audible’s special World Book Day promo page here (probably requires a linked Amazon account before you can checkout after using all the Add to Cart buttons).