[Free Audiobooks] Mark of the Raven by Morgan L. Busse & Easy Prey by Catherine Lo [YA Fantasy & Contemporary Whodunnit Mystery Drama]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2020 promotion for young adults offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or non-fiction, 1 modern—available worldwide for a limited time courtesy of participating major publishers, and you can see the planned release schedule here.

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of decisions with life-changing consequences, will be available to claim until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on June 17th.

  • Mark of the Raven by Morgan L. Busse read by Jaimee Draper from Oasis Audio. 1st novel in The Ravenwood Saga trilogy of YA fantasy with f/m romantic elements, set in a world where one House has a particular family gift which can enter and manipulate people’s dreams and desires. This installment stars the young heiress to the House becoming acquainted with her newly-activated hereditary gift of dreamwalking and its potentially fatal dark side, even as she encounters a young man tormented by his own dubiously harmful ability and its past results.

  • Easy Prey by Catherine Lo, read by Nick Mondelli, Elizabeth Cottle, and Jack Meloche from Dreamscape Media. A YA contemporary teen drama whodunnit mystery/thriller addressing social issues, told in time-jumping tripartite POVs providing accounts of what happened (and clues) from the three student suspects accused of leaking a teacher’s risqué sexting photos which went viral.

This year, they’ve switched over to requiring the Overdrive Sora app available for iOS and Android (previously, these were available as DRM-free MP3s with a time-limited download period to your computer/device), but once added to your in-app library, these will remain permanent titles that you can re-download at any time at your leisure.

You’ll need to signup with a valid email address on AudioFile’s front page for the promotion, and then enter the setup code audiobooksync in the Sora app when asked, and then claim each week’s featured title using the Borrow function on its page in the app, more details available on their FAQ page for the promotion.

Offered until just before midnight Eastern Time on Wednesday, June 17th, available worldwide.

[Free eBook] The Road to Ithaca by Ben Pastor [Classics-Inspired WWII Crete Murder Mystery]

The Road to Ithaca by Italian author Ben Pastor, a recipient of the Premio Flaiano international literature prize, is the 5th English-available novel in the Martin Bora series of historical murder mysteries, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Bitter Lemon Press.

The series (written out of chronological order with each adventure self-contained) stars a morally troubled German Wehrmacht officer of Prussian aristocratic background (apparently based on Claus von Stauffenberg), stationed in assorted countries at various points in his career prior to and during World War II, who finds himself growing increasingly uneasy with the growing Nazi influence and excesses of fascism even as he tries to maintain his belief in the ideals of his beloved homeland, and is also one of my favourite historical mystery series.

This installment takes place in occupied Crete in 1941, and finds him investigating the murder of a Red Cross representative with the reluctant help of an American archaeologist, following a trail into the hostile territory of the mountains amidst local bandits and resistance fighters in a journey of (self-)discovery reminiscent of Homer’s classic The Odyssey.

Offered in US & UK only, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free Audiobooks] Stalking the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco & Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe [YA Historical Horror Thriller & 19th C German Classic Play]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2020 promotion for young adults offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or non-fiction, 1 modern—available worldwide for a limited time courtesy of participating major publishers, and you can see the planned release schedule here.

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of dubious partnerships with morally suspect entities, will be available to claim until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on May 20th.

  • Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco, read by Nicola Barber, from Hachette Audio. A Victorian-era YA historical thriller with horror elements and f/m romantic elements, starring an a high society lord’s daughter who secretly studies forensic medicine in her uncle’s laboratory alongside his apprentice, and finds herself on the trail of a serial killer.

  • Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, performed by a full cast including veteran actor Derek Jacobi, from Naxos Audiobooks. T he 19th century German classic play based on the even older legend of a man who is tempted to sell his soul to a devil for power and pleasure, which he begins to regret upon falling in love.

This year, they’ve switched over to requiring the Overdrive Sora app available for iOS and Android (previously, these were available as DRM-free MP3s with a time-limited download period to your computer/device), but once added to your in-app library, these will remain permanent titles that you can re-download at any time at your leisure.

You’ll need to signup with a valid email address on AudioFile’s front page for the promotion, and then enter the setup code audiobooksync in the Sora app when asked, and then claim each week’s featured title using the Borrow function on its page in the app, more details available on their FAQ page for the promotion.

Offered until just before midnight Eastern Time on Wednesday, May 20th, available worldwide.

[Free eBook] Evil Things by Katja Ivar [1950s Finnish Lapland Police Procedural Mystery]

Evil Things by Moscow-born Paris resident author Katja Ivar is the 1st novel in the Hella Mauzer trilogy of Nordic Noir-styled historical police procedural mystery/crime thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Bitter Lemon Press.

The series is set throughout Finland during the 1950s, starring the former first-ever female Inspector for the Helsinki police’s Homicide Unit, who was dismissed from the force under the excuse of “emotional instability” and now must find a way to prove herself and her skills against prejudice while investigating crimes involving the complicated post-war conditions. This is apparently being made free to help promote the upcoming 2nd novel, Deep as Death, which will be released in June.

This first installment takes place in the far north of Finland in 1952, in the Lapland area populated by the indigenous Sami, as Hella jumps at the chance to look into a seemingly simple missing persons’ case in a small village on the Soviet Russian border, which apparently harbours far more terrible secrets and crimes to uncover.

Offered in US & UK (possibly other countries worldwide excluding Canada), available at multiple retailers.

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[Free Audiobooks] Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson & The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater [YA Mystery Drama & LGBT True Crime Journalism]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2020 promotion for young adults offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or non-fiction, 1 modern—available worldwide for a limited time courtesy of participating major publishers, and you can see the planned release schedule here.

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of repercussions happening beyond school grounds, will be available to claim until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on May 6th.

  • Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson, read by Imani Parks, free courtesy of publisher HarperAudio. A YA high school mystery drama novel starring a learning-challenged African-American teen who begins to dig into the disappearance of her best friend, who has abruptly vanished at the start of the school year.

  • The 57 Bus by investigative journalist Dashka Slater, read by Robin Miles, free courtesy of publisher Recorded Books. This is a true crime account of an incident in Oakland, California, where an LGBT agender teen was set on fire by another teen on a school bus.

This year, they’ve switched over to requiring the Overdrive Sora app available for iOS and Android (previously, these were available as DRM-free MP3s with a time-limited download period to your computer/device), but once added to your in-app library, these will remain permanent titles that you can re-download at any time at your leisure.

You’ll need to signup with a valid email address on AudioFile’s front page for the promotion, and then enter the setup code audiobooksync in the Sora app when asked, and then claim each week’s featured title using the Borrow function on its page in the app, more details available on their FAQ page for the promotion.

Offered until just before midnight Eastern Time on Wednesday, May 6th, available worldwide.

[Free eBooks] 9 books from AmazonCrossing for World Book Day [International Literary & Genre Fiction & Non-Fiction]

As a special treat to celebrate the United Nations’ annual World Book Day event, 9 titles from assorted countries in various genres of fiction and non-fiction from the exclusive Amazon Crossing and Amazon Crossing Kids translation imprints are being given away, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Amazon.

The selection includes a sampling of international goodies for all ages and genres, from kids’ picture books to literary fiction from award-winning authors as well as genre thriller, romance, and historical sagas, and also true crime and memoir.

All the titles are listed with their Kindle store links @ the special World Book Day promotion page (change your local store as applicable from the provided drop-down; selection may vary by country) and include:

Non-Fiction:

  • Out of the Silence: After the Crash by Uruguayan rugby player Eduardo Strauch with Uruguayan-Argentinian author Mireya Soriano, a memoir about his experiences as a survivor of the famous 1972 plane crash carrying his rugby team in the snowbound Andes mountain, which left them stranded for months before rescue
  • The Man Who Played with Fire: Stieg Larsson’s Lost Files and the Hunt for an Assassin by Swedish author Jan Stocklassa, a retrospective true crime recounting of the late bestselling Swedish crime novelist of the acclaimed “Millenium” trilogy’s pre-fame journalistic attempt at investigating Swedish prime minister Olof Palme‘s unsolved murder

Fiction:

  • Along the Tapajós by Brazilian author Fernando Vilela, a children’s picture book recounting two siblings’ adventures along a river to rescue their pet tortoise
  • Life by the late Mao Dun Literature Prize-winning Chinese author Lu Yao, a 1980s-era retro-historical contemporary literary novel about a stubbornly idealistic young man from a rural village trying to make it in the big city
  • The Girl in the Tree by Yudus Nadi Literature Award-winning Turkish author Şebnem İşigüzel, a contemporary literary coming of age novel with f/m romantic elements about two young people in Istanbul during a time of violent unrest and political upheaval
  • The First Mrs. Rothschild by Israeli author Sara Aharoni, a Steinmatzky Prize-winning epistolary historical biographical novel with f/m romantic elements about young lovers in starting in a Jewish German ghetto in the 1770s, who eventually rise to found the famous banking dynasty over the course of the ensuing decades, told in the form of the titular character’s journals
  • The Price of Paradise by Spanish author Susana López Rubio, an historical f/m romantic saga, about the decades-long forbidden love affair between a young Spanish immigant and a local mobster’s wife, starting in 1940s Cuba
  • Your Perfect Year by pseudonymous German author Charlotte Lucas, a heartwarming contemporary literary novel about second chances
  • Hard Rain by South African author Irma Venter, 1st in the Rogue series of mystery/thrillers with f/m romantic elements starring a journalist and a photographer set throughout Africa, with this installment introducing to each other on an assignment in Tanzania as one of them becomes a suspect in the murder of an IT billionaire

Offered in most countries worldwide through just before midnight Pacific Time on Friday, April 24th, available at Amazon.

[Free eBook] The Last Straw by Paul Gitsham [Police Procedural]

The Last Straw by Paul Gitsham, a former biologist turned science teacher, is the 1st novel in the DCI Warren Jones series of police procedural mystery/crime thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’ HQ Digital imprint.

This is the featured Free Book of the Week in the iTunes UK store. The series stars a recently-appointed Detective Chief Inspector in England, and is apparently somewhat forensically focused due to the author’s scientific background.

The case involves the murder of a high-profile microbiology professor where the clues seemingly point towards revenge but may be a smokescreen concealing financial motivations connected to his pioneering research, as political interference muddies the waters.

Offered in the UK only, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] The Fallen Omnibus by Robert Don Hughes [Sci-Fi Conspiracy Thriller]

The Fallen Omnibus by Robert Don Hughes is a collected edition comprising the 1st & 2nd novels in his The Fallen duology of science fiction conspiracy thrillers with strong theological and time travel elements, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture Press imprint.

This contains The Fallen and The Eternity Gene, both originally published in 1995 & 1999, respectively, by Broadman & Holman, a dedicated religious publisher imprint. The author has also written mainstream fantasy novels for Ballantine’s Del Rey imprint, which are also reprinted by Venture.

The duology stars an academic pastor who gets caught up in a supposed alien abduction scheme with a strange agenda, and ends up taking time-traveling journeys to uncover the truth, which may not involve actual aliens at all. The original novel of the abduction and the mystery behind it was written standalone, and in the follow-up sequel, he discovers the root of the conspiracy and its intended plans.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Wraith of Vengeance by Edmund Glasby [Horror Mystery Collection]

Wraith of Vengeance by British author Edmund Glasby is a paranormal mystery/horror fiction collection short story collection, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This contains six dark tales with horror and speculative/paranormal mystery themes, including stories previously published in various small-press anthologies.

The title piece takes place in Venice, which is experiencing a spate of mysterious drowning deaths of burn victims in the canals, starring an inquisitive tour company adviser looking to plunder the stock of the latest victim, a shady antiques dealer storing his wares on an island abandoned since an outbreak of plague in the Middle Ages, who may just find more than he bargained for.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Cusp of Night by Mae Clair [Supernatural Investigative Mystery/Thriller]

Cusp of Night by Mae Clair is the 1st novel in the Hode’s Hill series of supernatural investigative mystery/thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Kensington’s Lyrical Press imprint.

This is Barnes & Noble’s featured Free Fridays selection for the weekend. The series is set in modern-day Pennsylvania in a small town where a recent arrival has become fascinated by the local folklore, which includes supernatural creatures.

This installment sees her turned amateur sleuth to uncover the truth behind an assault upon a prominent citizen during the annual “Fiend Fest” commemorating a dreadful local legend, as she seeks the truth behind who might have it out for the members of the town’s founding family and the long-ago secrets tied up with assorted disappearances and murders, with the aid of the journal of a 19th century spiritualist who once inhabited her newly moved-into house and was believed to have been one of the fiend’s victims, who might not have disappeared from this mortal plane just yet.

Offered in the US only through Sunday (Eastern Time), exclusively at B&N.

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