[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.

Offered DRM-free worldwide, available at Amazon.

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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.

Offered in the UK only, available at selected retailers.

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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.

Offered in the UK and other selected countries worldwide (excluding North America), available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] Code of Conduct by Kristine Smith [Science Fiction Thriller]

Code of Conduct by Kristine Smith, the 2001 recipient of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, is the 1st novel in her Jani Kilian Chronicles of far-future science fiction thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of the author herself via the backlist author re-publishing consortium Book View Café.

This was originally published in 1999 by Avon’s Eos imprint. The series contains space opera, MilSF, and political intrigue elements, and stars a disgraced former captain turned fugitive cyborg, The Six Million Dollar Man-style. This installment has a touch of murder mystery in it, as a former lover who managed to track her down asks her to help him find his wife’s killer, and she must secretly return to the Commonwealth she once fled in order to do so.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through the month of March, available directly from the publisher as well as via several other retailers.

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[Free eBook] dozens of freebies during Smashwords Read an Ebook Week sale [Fiction & Non-Fiction]

Today is the last day of the annual Smashwords Read an Ebook Week Sale, and dozens of previously-published free ebooks are being given away (alongside thousands more by indie authors). These are all DRM-free, available worldwide, and will require signing up for an account with them (no payment info needed), ending midnight tonight (March 11th), probably Eastern Time (possibly Pacific).

For free, Canadian backlist publisher BevEditions has an excellent selection of Canadian fiction and non-fiction in many genres, including history, biography, true crime, mysteries, historical and literary fiction, mostly previously published during the 1980s and 1990s by major publishers such as Doubleday and HarperCollins, including works by historian Marian Fowler, Arthur Ellis Award-winning mystery author Lyn Hamilton, Jewish-Canadian Order of Canada recipient Morley Torgov (whose works have been adapted into film), and many more. I’ve read several of these in the past, and highly recommend picking up the lot if you can get it.

I apologize for the very short notice on this. My internet has been down, and I’m posting this from the library. NB: Smashwords’ site is currently buggy, so to get the freebies (or purchase discounted books), you’ll have to add the book to your cart by choosing to ignore the expired coupon warning, then manually apply the coupon code (e.g. SFREE) from the book’s product page, to see the discount price appear before checking out. For the most efficient “shopping”, add a bunch of stuff to your cart first, and then copy-paste the coupon code into their respective boxes, and hit “Apply Coupon” at the bottom to have them all discount at once.

To browse the other freebies offered, start here at the Smashwords Read an EBook Week Sale dedicated promo page, then you can pick a genre category from the sidebar, and use the price/coupon categories to refine your results. I advise checking the SFREE 100% off category first, as the regular Free page will pull up things which are not necessarily part of the limited-time promo, but offered free as their usual price.

Also, if you are interested in reprints of 1980s/1990s science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mystery, the following imprints are offering 50% off previously-published works by authors such as Craig Shaw Gardner (humorous light fantasy formerly out from Ace Books), Elizabeth Ann Scarborough (Nebula-nominated, and one of my favourite fantasy authors), Bill Pronzini, Melissa Scott (John W. Campbell Best New Writer winner, and also a Lambda Literary Award-nominee), World Fantasy Award winner Robert Holdstock, and many more: Crossroad Press, Untreed Reads, Infinity Plus, Gypsy Shadow Publishing

If you happen to miss something, many of these publishers also participate in the Smashwords July sale, and will probably also do Read an Ebook Week next year as well.

[Free eBook] Die Now, Live Later by Basil Copper [Mystery/Crime Thriller]

Die Now, Live Later by the late British author Basil Copper, perhaps best known for his contributions to the Solar Pons series which was a popular Sherlock Holmes pastiche back in the day, is the 5th novel in his Mike Faraday series of vintage mystery/crime thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1968 by Robert Hale. The long-running series stars a gritty P.I. based in Los Angeles, California. This story takes a bit of a technothriller twist as he investigates a dodgy cryogenics firm, and finds the threads of a conspiracy that may intend more than just fleecing the gullible soon-to-be-deceased.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] The Actress by Elizabeth Sims [Murder Mystery]

The Actress by Elizabeth Sims, a Lamdba Literary Award-winning author and regular contributor to Writer’s Digest, is the 1st novel in her Rita Farmer series of contemporary murder mysteries, free for a limited time courtesy of the author herself via her self-publishing imprint Spruce Park Press.

This was originally published in 2008 by St. Martin’s Press’s Minotaur imprint. The series is a humorous one which stars a part-time actress and single mother who is saving up for law school and in the meantime puts her acting skills to unusual use. This installment has a celebrity defense lawyer hiring her to coach his client to give a greater appearance of innocence at an upcoming murder trial, and Rita finds herself getting involved with more than just the optics of yet another Hollywood tabloid case.

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[Free eBook] Signatures by James A. Hetley [Urban Fantasy Murder Mystery]

Signatures by James A. Hetley is his standalone contemporary urban fantasy murder mystery novel, free for a limited time courtesy of the author himself via the Book View Café backlist author re-publishing consortium.

This is a police procedural set in a magical version of our world, starring a retired police forensic wizard tracking down the culprit behind the mysterious dreams of an old, dead criminal whose magical signature is now adorning new murder victims.

Offered DRM-free worldwide, available through the month of February directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] The Lying Game by Sara Shepard [YA Teen Murder Mystery Drama]

The Lying Game by bestselling YA author Sara Shepard is the 1st novel in her The Lying Game series of YA high school drama novels with supernatural murder mystery elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’ HarperTeen imprint.

This series, which is the basis of the eponymous ABC TV show, is centred around the mystery of who killed a popular teen girl, narrated by the ghost of the murder victim as her secret twin sister takes her place in an attempt to flush out the killer. This installment sets up the series by having the surviving twin apparently witness the murder of her heretofore unknown sister, and proceed to invisibly step into and publicly live her sister’s life as a decoy, attempting to keep up appearances with friends and family even as she tries to find and outwit the murderer.

Offered in the US only, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] Scratch on the Dark by Basil Copper [Vintage Crime Mystery]

Scratch on the Dark by the late British author Basil Copper, perhaps best known for his contributions to the Solar Pons series which was a popular Sherlock Holmes pastiche back in the day, is the 4th novel in his Mike Faraday series of vintage crime mystery/thrillers free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’s Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1967 by Robert Hale. The long-running series stars a gritty P.I. based in Los Angeles, California. This story takes place in and around Hollywood, as a search for a former movie star wife who has absconded with her estranged husband’s money puts him on the trail of a lucrative and potentially deadly underground filming racket.

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