[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] 100 Hours by Rachel Vincent [YA Suspense/Survival Thriller]

100 Hours by Rachel Vincent is the 1st novel in the 100 Hours duology of young adult contemporary suspense/survival thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’ Katherine Tegen Books imprint.

This is Barnes & Noble’s featured Free Fridays selection for the weekend. The duology stars six Florida teens from Miami on a spring break vacation in Colombia, who are kidnapped for ransom and held for ransom deep in the jungle in a seemingly random move, but of which one teen knows a secret reason why they were targeted.

This installment sets up the tensions in the group as well as their kidnapping, and their initial attempts to thwart and escape their captors, only to find the jungle possibly deadlier as they try to survive.

Offered in the US only, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free Audiobooks] The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde & The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson [Young Adult Paranormal Suspense Thriller & Classic Gothic Satire]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2019 promotion for young adults 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 being haunted by ghosts, both real and of reputation, available until 7am Eastern Time on July 11th, are as follows:

  • The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson, a YA contemporary paranormal suspense thriller with f/m romantic elements, starring a Louisiana girl transplanted to a London boarding school, just as an outbreak of murders mimicking the infamous Jack the Ripper case begins, leaving the baffled police without leads even as she begins to believe that she is the only one who has seen the suspected killer and has become his target in turn; read by Nicola Barber, from Brilliance Audio, available worldwide
  • The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde, a classic short story, originally published in 1887, which is a satirically comedic take on the conventional gothic ghost story trope, as the residents of a haunted castle do not seem to be particularly bothered by the antics of the ghost; read by Rupert Degas, from Naxos Audiobooks, available worldwide

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on July 11th, 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).

[Free eBook] The Birthday Girl by Sue Fortin [Psychological Suspense Thriller]

The Birthday Girl by Sue Fortin is a contemporary psychological suspense thriller novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’ HarperImpulse imprint.

This is the featured Free Book of the Week in the iTunes UK store.

The story stars four women who are ostensibly friends, reluctantly attending an isolated weekend birthday party where one intends to reveal a secret about another, to deadly effect.

Offered in the UK only, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] Love Will Find A Way by David Alexander [Vintage 1960s Mystery/Suspense Short]

Love Will Find A Way by the late [David Alexander][author-link], a journalist and newspaper editor and creator of the reporter sleuth Bart Hardin, is a standalone mystery/suspense short story, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press. as one of their sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Mystery Community for vintage pulp mystery/crime thriller reprints.

This was originally published in 1961 by Roy in the author’s short story collection Hangman’s Dozen.

The story explores the tensions of the aftermath of a disastrous avalanche in Switzerland, which traps a vacationing group with little hope of rescue, contemplating plans to survive at any cost.

Offered worldwide through July 8th (probably), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free Audiobooks] Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach & The Golden Day by Ursula Dubosarsky [Science Travelogue & Young Adult Historical Suspense]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2019 promotion for young adults 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 uncovering secret stories behind processes and events, available until 7am Eastern Time on June 20th, are as follows:

  • Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach, a science travelogue and history, taking a tour of the alimentary canal, going worldwide and back over the ages to explore both beliefs and modern researchers uncovering how each part of it works; read by Emily Woo Zeller, from Tantor Audio, available worldwide
  • The Golden Day by Ursula Dubosarsky, a YA historical coming of age suspense thriller set during the Vietnam War era, centred around a group of schoolchildren on a secret field trip, whose teacher suddenly disappears, who try to figure out wat actually happened that day and to whom they can talk about it; read by Kate Rudd, from Candlewick on Brilliance Audio, available worldwide

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on June 20th, 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).

[Free eBook] The Aztec Skull by Anthea Goddard [Vintage 1970s Kids/YA Suspense Thriller]

The Aztec Skull by Australian author Anthea Goddard is a vintage standalone kids/YA suspense thriller, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1977 by Walker.

The story, which seems to be at the tween level, stars a young runaway who finds an unoccupied house to live in, which contains the titular mysterious and priceless Aztec skull, a hidden artifact stolen from Mexico and now sought by its angry owners who will stop at nothing to get it back.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Her Darkest Nightmare by Brenda Novak [Psychological Suspense Thriller]

Her Darkest Nightmare by Brenda Novak, an award-winning romance novelist, is the 1st novel in the Evelyn Talbot series of psychological suspense thrillers with f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Headline’s Eternal imprint.

This is the featured Free Book of the Week in the iTunes UK store. The series is set in Alaska, starring a psychiatrist in charge of a mental institution specializing in treating dangerous offenders.

This story features the past returning to haunt her, as the discovery of a mutilated body in her hometown brings back horrific memories of her then-teenaged boyfriend, a psychopathic torturer who disappeared before he could be caught.

Offered in UK and selected regions worldwide including Europe, South America and Japan (excluding North America), available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] Rendezvous with Murder by Rufus King [Vintage Mystery Suspense Short]

Rendezvous with Murder by the late Rufus King, a prolific author of early detective and pulp mystery tales, is a standalone mystery/suspense thriller short story, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Wildside Press as one of their sporadic weekly giveaways to help promote their Black Cat Mystery Community for vintage pulp mystery/crime thriller reprints.

This was originally published in the August 1958 issue of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine magazine.

The story is a combination of mystery puzzle and suspense thriller, with the investigation centred around the case of a wealthy young heiress who discovers she has a fatal heart condition as well as being in danger from someone looking to speed up her demise.

Offered worldwide through April 8th (maybe; sometimes they stay for another few days or a week), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Who I Am by Sarah Simpson [Psychological Suspense Thriller]

Who I Am by Cornwall-resident British author Sarah Simpson is a standalone psychological suspense thriller novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Head of Zeus’ Aria imprint.

The story is set in Cornwall, starring a woman whose seemingly perfect family life comes under attack as someone begins to target her, in relation to secrets surrounding a long-ago tragedy involving her best friend from university.

Offered in the UK only, available at Amazon.

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