[Free eBook] The Architect of Murder by Rafe McGregor [Edwardian Historical Crime Thriller]

The Architect of Murder by UK-resident author Rafe McGregor, a former police officer in South Africa turned criminology lecturer at Edge Hill University, is a standalone historical mystery/crime thriller novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 2009 by Robert Hale.

The story is set circa the coronation of King Edward VII at the beginning of the 20th century as the late Victorian era was ending, providing a globe-trotting adventure through various parts of the British Empire as a war hero soldier and former policeman returns from South Africa after his sister’s death, which begins to look suspicious when sorting out her affairs which may have been linked to the imperialist legacy of a prominent personage, putting him on the trail of an international intrigue apparently reaching from the highest classes to the depths of the criminal underworld.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[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] Moonshine by Gil Brewer [Vintage 1950s Pulp Crime Short]

Moonshine by the late Gil Brewer is a standalone pulp crime 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 1955 in the March issue of Manhunt magazine.

The story stars a man who decides to confront someone sneaking out of his house, only to have the situation spiral out of control.

Offered worldwide through May 13th (probably), available DRM-free directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] As Kingfishers Catch Fire and Dragonflies Draw Flame by Philip McCormac [Supernatural Horror Police Procedural]

As Kingfishers Catch Fire and Dragonflies Draw Flame by Ulster-born England resident author Philip McCormac a standalone supernatural horror police procedural crime thriller, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

The story is a hybrid of supernatural horror and police procedural crime thriller, mixing in political tensions in Northern Ireland, when a demon bound during the 17th century finds a way to wreak havoc between Catholics and Protestants in modern Ulster, as detectives investigate the disappearance of local children belonging to a religious youth group amidst threats from the IRA and conflict with the Catholic Church which no longer acknowledges the possibility of demonic influence or the usefulness of exorcism.

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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 Audiobooks] Othello by William Shakespeare & You by Charles Benoit [Young Adult, Classics, Plays, Crime Thriller]

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 outsiders with treacherous friends, available until 7am Eastern Time on May 9th, are as follows:

  • Othello by William Shakespeare, the classic play of the Moorish commander Othello undermined by his treacherous subordinate Iago via his jealousy about his beloved Desdemona, from the Donmar Warehouse performance in London during the 2007-2008 season; read by a full cast including actors Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ewan McGregor, and Kelly Reilly, from Naxos Audiobooks, available worldwide
  • You by Charles Benoit, a young adult noir thriller, told in the second person, by an underacheiving teen in a dreary high school who finds his life becoming less boring and more bloody as he gets caught up in the schemes of the new kid at school; read by David Baker, from Full Cast Audio, available Canada & US only

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on May 9th, 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] Witchfinder General by Ronald Bassett [Film-Adapted 17th C Historical Thriller]

Witchfinder General by the late British author Ronald Bassett, an historical novelist who also wrote under the pseudonym William Clive, is a standalone historical biographical horror thriller novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1966 by Herbert Jenkins and was adapted into the eponymous cult classic horror film (marketed in the US as The Conqueror Worm) directed by the late Michael Reeves and starring Vincent Price.

The story is a heavily fictionalized and sensational retelling of the exploits of the real life Matthew Hopkins, a 17tth century British lawyer who became a self-appointed fanatic witch-hunter during the English Civil War. NB: This was originally promoted as a horror novel due to some violent content considered worthy of warning more sensitive readers about at the time (circa the 1960s), which would probably be considered fairly tame today. YMMV.

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[Free Audiobooks] Swing by Kwame Alexander & Blink and Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones [Young Adult, Coming of Age Poetry, Crime Thriller]

AudioFile’s annual SYNC Summer of Listening promotion for young adults has returned for 2019, and 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 close friendships surviving stressful circumstances, available until 7am Eastern Time on May 2nd, are as follows:

  • Swing by Kwame Alexander with Mary Rand Hess, a jazz-inspired standalone poetic literary fiction novel-in-verse about the friendship between two boys with different personalities and interests as they come of age together through difficult high school experiences; read by the author himself, from Blink, available worldwide
  • Blink & Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones, YA contemporary crime thriller novel starring two street kids on the run, who separately ran afoul of the wrong ruthless people, teaming up into an uneasy partnership which might hold a chance of redemption for both; read by MacLeod Andrews, from Candlewick on Brilliance Audio, available worldwide

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on May 2nd, 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 eBooks] 9 books from AmazonCrossing for World Book Day [International Mystery, Biography, True Crime, Historical, Literary, LGBT]

As a special treat to celebrate World Book Day on April 23rd, Amazon is once again making free 9 Kindle ebooks in selected countries from its exclusive Amazon Crossing imprint for world literature in translation, which includes many notable and award-winning international authors.

The giveaway lasts for another day through April 24th-25th depending on your timezone, and you can see the special Read the World promo pages for it with more info on the works, authors, and translators, here at the Amazon US main, Amazon Canada, and Amazon UK stores.

Here are some auto-search links to pull up what’s free in the participating local stores for US, Canada, UK, Australia, India, and I’ve direct-linked the free titles to the main US or UK store as applicable (change the country code in the URL to get your local store).

Available in all participating countries:

  1. An American Princess: The Many Lives of Allene Tew, a biography about a young New Yorker who rose to great social heights during the Gilded Age, by Dutch author Annejet Van Der Zijl

  2. The Hangman’s Daughter, 1st in the eponymous 16th century Germany historical mystery series, by German author Oliver Pötzsch (illustrated “Kindle in Motion” version for Canada & US only; regular version for UK, Australia, and India)

  3. The Murmur of Bees, literary fiction by Mexican author Sofia Segovia

  4. All This I Will Give To You, award-winning crime thriller set in Spain and starring an LGBT man who has discovered a trail of secrets behind his late husband’s death, by Spanish autho Dolores Redondo

  5. About the Night, historical fiction set in 1940s Jerusalem by Israeli author Anat Talshir

Only free in North America (2 expections for India):

  1. The Dark Heart: A True Story of Greed, Murder and an Unlikely Investigator, true crime about the 2012 Swedish case of a missing and presumably murdered millionaire landowner whose body could not be found, by Swedish author Joakim Palmqvist (also free for India)

  2. Go: A Coming of Age Novel, literary fiction dealing with social and cultural issues surrounding a Korean student in a Japanese high school, by Japanese author Kazuki Kaneshiro (also free for India)

  3. The Passion According to Carmela, historical fiction set durnig the Cuban Revolution by Argentinian author Marcos Aguinis

  4. This Next Life or the Other, contemporary literary fiction about a radicalized and disillusioned youth fighting in Syria, by Norwegian author Demian Vitanza

Only free in other countries including UK, Australia/New Zealand, and India.

  1. Winter Men, historical fiction set in mid-century Germany dealing with the conflicts between two opposing brothers during the rise and defeat of Nazism, by Danish author Jesper Bugge Kold (not free in India)

  2. Still Waters, 1st in Sandhamn Murders mystery series by Swedish author Viveca Sten (not free in India; I’ve read this, and it’s the start of an enjoyable series which is on sale for just $0.99-$1.99 in Canada & US this month)

  3. The House by the River, a family saga following five sisters in Greece, by Greek author Lena Manta

  4. The Great Passage, award-winning literary fiction about an unexpected friendship that springs up between a retiring Japanese dictionary compiler and his eccentric co-worker, by Japanese author Shion Miura

Additionally still free in Canada & Australia (leftovers from a previous world literature promotion):

  1. Pathological, a biomedical science fiction thriller by Chinese author Wang Jinkiang

  2. Valley of Terror, a biomedical horror thriller by Chinese author Zhou Haohui

Offered through midnight Pacific Time on April 24th, available at Amazon.

[Free eBook] The Longest Pleasure by Douglas Clark [Police Procedural Crime Thriller]

The Longest Pleasure by Douglas Clark is the 15th novel in the Masters & Green series of police procedural mystery/crime thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1981 by Victor Gollancz. The series stars a pair of Scotland Yard investigators called in to investigate crimes around Britain.

This case sees them looking into simultaneous outbreaks of botulism which have arisen in different parts of the country which have a suspiciously coincidental identical method of delivery possibly indicating a culprit up to no good, complicating the investigation as this information is suppressed from the public to prevent panic.

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