[Free eBook] Core of Evil by Nigel McCrery [Synaesthestic Police Procedural]

Core of Evil by British author Nigel McCrery, is the 1st novel in his DCI Mark Lapslie series of police procedural crime thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Quercus.

This is the featured Free Book of the Week in the iTunes UK store. The series is set in Essex, England, and stars a chief inspector with synaesthesia, a neurological condition which makes his senses respond with additional associations for stimuli (e.g. also experiencing the sight of colours as scents or music).

This installment sees him coping with the new diagnosis of his condition, in addition to trying to figure out what association draws him back to a fatal traffic accident which he is sure is more than it seems.

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[Free eBook] Murder Most Gay by John Simpson [Police Procedural with LGBT Romance]

As part of their 10th anniversary celebration, LGBT specialty publisher Dreamspinner Press is holding a giveaway promotion for selected m/m romance titles throughout May 30th and 31st.

Each title is free for only 1 hour. The current title is:

Murder Most Gay by John Simpson (himself a former police officer and federal agent; this novel is loosely based on a real life case he investigated in the 1980s), 1st in his eponymous series of police procedural murder mysteries with m/m romantic suspense elements starring a duo of gay cops who are professional partners who eventually establish personal relationships with other men @ the publisher’s webstore

A serial killer is targeting gay men, preying on them in popular bars and parks. Assigned to the case, rookie cop Pat St. James feels all too close to the victims. He’s gay and firmly in the closet at work. The fact that he’s sent undercover as a gay man is a stroke of irony.

Pat and his fellow cop, Hank, are hanging out in bars, trying to get a lead on the killer. At the same time, Pat’s looking for Mr. Right – juggling three men, hoping he’ll find the perfect match for himself. He picked up Bill at a bar, Dean’s a longtime friend … and in yet another ironic twist, his partner, Hank, is also gay and on the list of possible beaus.

As the killer continues to rampage, strangling and raping his victims, Pat has to focus on his work and hope that his personal life survives the stress. But when his hopes and dreams for happiness overlap with the investigation, Pat may be headed for big trouble.

Offered until 12 PM Eastern Time on May 31sh, available DRM-free worldwide directly from the publisher’s webstore (requires account signup with billing address but no payment info).

[Free eBook] Perfect Remains by Helen Fields [Police Procedural]

Perfect Remains by by British author Helen Fields, is the 1st novel in her DI Callanach series of police prodecural serial killer thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’ Avon imprint.

The series is set in Scotland, starring a Detective Inspector formerly from Interpol, settling into a new job in Edinburgh. This is apparently being made free to promote the upcoming 2nd novel, out in July.

This first case pits him against a ruthless killer who abducts victims and leaves dead bodies to be identified in their place, while secretly keeping them alive in anticipation of an even more nefarious fate.

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[Free eBook] 2 Holmes on the Range books by Steve Hockensmith [Historical Western Mystery]

As a special treat for Sherlock Holmes fans, author Steve Hockensmith is offering two titles in his Holmes on the Range series of Sherlock Holmes pastiche tribute mystery novels, free for a limited time.

This historical mystery series stars two brothers who are cowboys in Montana during the 1890s who are also Sherlock Holmes fanboys inspired to become detectives from reading his stories. They solve cases in the Wild West using the principles of deduction set forth by their role model, as well as often referring to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original tales throughout their own adventures.

On the Wrong Track, the 2nd novel in the series, was originally published in 2007 by Macmillan’s Minotaur Books imprint, and Dear Mr. Holmes: Seven Holmes on the Range Stories is a collection of shorts self-published by the author, containing tales which originally appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and other outlets.

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[Free eBook] Cliffhanger by T. J. Middleton [Literary Crime Thriller Satire]

Cliffhanger by T. J. Middleton, a pseudonym for Tim Binding, an award-nominated literary fiction author and screenwriter for assorted British TV comedies, is the 1st novel in his Cliffhanger series of satirical literary fiction crime thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Ipso Books.

The series is a literary fiction black comedy take on crime thrillers, which explores the slightly demented psyche of middle England via wacky crime hijinx. This installment is a modern-day tale of a man planning the “perfect crime” with the intention of murdering his wife, but initially failing to succeed despite his best efforts, which are further complicated by the eccentricities of his nosy neighbours, leading to escalating crime upon crime as he commits further ones to try and cover up the tracks of the previous.

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[Free eBook] Except For One Thing by John Russell Fearn [Vintage Crime Thriller]

Except For One Thing by the late British author John Russell Fearn is his vintage standalone crime thriller novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1947 by Stanley Paul using the pseudonym Hugo Blayn. The plot of the story is a precursor to such suspense/crime thrillers such as Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film Dial M For Murder, and is the tale of a man planning to commit “the perfect crime” of ridding himself of his fiancée, with the unwitting aid of a Scotland Yard friend, whose budding suspicions may not come soon enough to stop him in time.

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[Free eBook] Secret Strangers by Thomas Tessier [Psychological Suspense Horror Thriller]

Secret Strangers by Thomas Tessier, a two-time recipient of the International Horror Guild Award, is his standalone horror suspense thriller novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1990 by Macdonald This is a psychological horror crime novel (apparently non-supernatural, despite having been filed as a paranormal) centred around a teenager who uncovers a secret about their neighbours which she and her boyfriend decide to use for blackmail, only to find the tables turning upon them as events spiral out of control.

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[Free eBook] Watch Me by James Carol [Serial Killer Crime Thriller]

Watch Me by British author James Carol is the 2nd novel in his Jefferson Winter series of contemporary mystery/crime thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Faber & Faber’s Crime imprint.

This is the featured Free Book of the Week in the iTunes UK store, but is also available elsewhere. The series stars a former FBI profiler who now travels the world hunting serial killers, and has the unusual background of having been the son of one. This story takes him to consult for the sheriff in a small town in Louisiana, where a mysterious murder—which may be tied to a past secret—threatens to escalate.

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[Free eBook] Cold Granite by Stuart MacBride [Police Procedural]

Cold Granite by Scottish author Stuart MacBride is the 1st novel in his Logan McRae series of police procedural crime thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins.

This long-running series is set in Aberdeen, Scotland and start a Detective Sergeant, and this installment won the Barry Award for Best First Novel in 2006. The story involves DS McRae returning to service after a year off sick, and having to hunt down a serial killer who preys on missing children.

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[Free eBook] With Our Blessing by Jo Spain [Police Procedural Mystery]

With Our Blessing by Irish author Jo Spain is the 1st novel in her Inspector Tom Reynolds of series of police procedural mysteries, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Quercus.

The series stars a Detective Inspector in Ireland. This story sees him investigating the murder of an elderly woman, which he suspects is linked to Ireland’s notorious historical Magdalene Laundries which forcibly housed “fallen” women as a source of free labour under extremely harsh conditions, only to find out that the killer is not content with burying grievances with the past.

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