[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] Waiting for Callback by Perdita & Honor Cargill [YA Teen Career Dramedy]

Waiting for Callback by the British mother/daughter team of Perdita Cargill & Honor Cargill is the 1st novel in their Waiting for Callback series of YA teen career life experience comedy/drama, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Simon & Schuster’s Children’s UK imprint.

The series stars an aspiring teen actress from an ordinary, non-acting background. This installment sets up the girl-next-door with her big break as an acting agent discovers her, only for her to discover that the world of auditions is much tougher to succeed in than she thought it would be, with a side of personal drama besides. Apparently, this is being made free to promote the recently-released 2nd-in-series, Take Two, which came out in January.

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[Free eBook] The Roar of the Tiger by Annie Ayre [Historical Comedy Novel]

The Roar of the Tiger by Annie Ayre, a pseudonym for author Rosemary Kingsland, is her satirical literary historical novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1985 by Penguin’s Viking imprint under the title After the Ball Was Over using the Rosemary Kingsland name. This is a farcical comedy set in the fictional English settler township of Jamalpur in Northern India in the 1930s (the author herself was born and raised in India before her family resettled in the UK), which maintains the equipment of a railway company. The story focuses on the various eccentric characters who both live there and are brought in by the trains, and the many odd things that happen in and around and because of them.

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[Free eBook] A Small Death in Berlin by Annie Ayre [Literary Satire Historical Novel]

A Small Death in Berlin by Annie Ayre, a pseudonym for author Rosemary Kingsland, is her standalone satirical literary historical fiction novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1979 by Corgi under the title Just a Gigolo using the Rosemary Kingsland name, and is a loose novelization of the eponymous film starring the late rock star David Bowie and also featuring classic Hollywood actress Marlene Dietrich. This is a darkly comedic novel about the effects of war which has been likened to Evelyn Waugh’s classic Sword of Honour trilogy. The story takes place in the aftermath of WWI, when a Prussian officer returning home to Berlin finds everything seemingly changed for the worse, and also that he has no prospects for employment besides the local brothel, and begins embarking on a surprising and increasingly strange lifestyle path.

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[Free eBook] Chocolate Lenin by Graham Diamond [Science Fiction Satire]

Chocolate Lenin by British author Graham Diamond is his standalone satirical science fiction novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally self-published in 2012 by the author’s own Lion Books imprint. This is a speculative fiction satire set in a near-future version of Russia. The story revolves around a mad scientist’s decision to resurrect the titular communist leader in the form of a sapient chocolate being, and explores the revolutionary upheavals which follow.

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[Free eBook] Adventures: Volume I: 1922-1926 by Mike Resnick [SFnal Historical Pulp Fiction Satire]

Adventures: Volume I: 1922-1926 by Mike Resnick, a prolific Hugo & Nebula Award-winning author, is the 1st collection in his The Chronicles of Lucifer Jones series of satirical sfnal pulp fiction adventure tales, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Phoenix Pick Press.

This was originally published in 1985 by Signet’s New American Library imprint. The series consists of retro-historical interconnected short stories starring an unrepentant conman plying his trade in situations which comedically spoof old school pulp fiction adventure tropes, including encounters with science fiction and fantasy elements such as aliens and dragons (not in this particular volume, IIRC). Each volume takes our “hero” to a different continent, and this one has stories set mostly in and around Africa during the 1920s, and features cameo appearances from pastiches of classic characters such as Tarzan. NB: although the send-ups of unfortunately period-accurate social and other prejudices are mostly meant as satire, YMMV if you understandably just don’t want to read about stereotypical colonialist and sexist attitudes in your leisure entertainment.

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[Free eBook] A Night In With Audrey Hepburn by Lucy Holliday [Chick-Lit Magical Realism Comedy]

A Night In With Audrey Hepburn by British author Lucy Holliday, a pseudonym for young adult science fiction novelist Angela Woolfe, is the 1st novel in her A Night In With series of chick-lit magical realism with f/m romantic comedy elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’s Harper imprint.

This series combines Hollywood nostalgia with humour and magical realism elements, and stars aspiring actress Libby Lomax, who takes inspiration from the classic film stars, who show up to give her advice. This installment has the heroine experiencing an especially low point in her career and personal situation, whereupon the spirit of Audrey Hepburn—ghostly, hallucinatory, or the after-effect of inhaling fumes from lying on the dodgy second-hand couch in her new flat, who knows?—shows up to guide her into turning her life around.

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