[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] Coyote Brand by John Glasby [Western Historical Action Novel]

Coyote Brand by the late British author John Glasby is his vintage standalone western historical action adventure novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Pioneering Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1964 by John Spencer under the title Showdown using the pseudonym Chuck Adams and later republished by Robert Hale using its current title as part of their Black Horse Western line using the pseudonym C. J. Beaton. The story pits a lone gunslinger against entrenched outlaws, as a team of cattle drivers taking their herd on the trail finds that the town at the only safe crossing has been taken over by a gang whom none dare stand against, except for one man with a mission…

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[Free eBook] Hidden Guns by Gordon Landsborough [Western Historical Action Novel]

Hidden Guns by the late British author Gordon Landsborough is his vintage standalone western historical action adventure novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Pioneering Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1961 by Brown, Watson Ltd.. The story is one of sibling vengeance as a deadly gunslinger must solve the mystery of his brother’s abrupt murder, meanwhile foiling a greater plot as well, which may be preying upon the troubles of a nearby Apache reservation. NB: This was written during the 1960s and uses some terms to describe assorted ethnic groups which are no longer acceptable usage today, as well as a few stereotypically clichéd depictions which were unfortunately widespread for the time. YMMV if it’s not the sort of thing that you want to come across in your leisure entertainment reading, even if said groups are not villainized in the story.

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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] Midnight Dancer by Annie Ayre [Historical Drama Novel with Romance]

Midnight Dancer by Annie Ayre, a pseudonym for author Rosemary Kingsland, is her standalone historical literary drama novel with strong f/m romantic suspense elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1980 by Sphere under the title Hussy using the Rosemary Kingsland name and is a novelization of the eponymous film starring Helen Mirren. The story is set during the 1960s in London, and stars a hostess at an exotic club where drugs and prostitution are on the menu, who strives for a better life for herself and her young son, and falls in love with a co-worker who wants to take her away from it all, but may not be able to do so as both their shady pasts catch up with 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] Rattlesnake by John Russell Fearn [Western Historical Action Novel]

Rattlesnake by the late British author John Russell Fearn is his vintage standalone western historical action adventure novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Pioneering Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1950 by Scion and later republished by Robert Hale as part of their Black Horse Western line using the pseudonym Hugo Blayn. The story is centred around a dispute over the discovery of gold lurking in an old mine, which leads to an estranged son’s attempt to claim both justice and treasure in the wake of his father’s untimely related death.

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[Free eBook] The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell [Historical Fiction]

The Last Kingdom by British author Bernard Cornwell, a recipient of the Order of the British Empire for his literary contributions, is the 1st novel in his The Last Kingdom (formerly known as The Saxon Stories) of series of epic historical novels, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins.

The series is set in Anglo-Saxon England of the 9th and 10th centuries, and follows the rise and reign of King Alfred the Great and his descendants through the eyes of various characters living during those times, and is the basis of the popular BBC TV series. This installment begins by introducing one of the main characters, an English boy captured and raised by Viking Danes, as he grows up and comes into contact with the figures who will change his world.

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[Free eBook] Troubleshooter by Alan David [Western Historical Action Novel]

Troubleshooter by Alan David, a pseudonym for prolific multi-genre British author Donald S. Rowland, is the 1st novel in his Chet Manning trilogy of western historical action adventure novels, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Pioneering imprint.

This was originally published in 1979 by Magread under the title Iron Rails using the pseudonym Bart Shane. The trilogy stars a gunslinging troubleshooter for the South and West railroad company. This installment sets up the rivalry between S&W and a competitor with ambitions of being the first to lay tracks to a certain area by whatever means necessary, and Manning’s attempts to defend his own company from an opposite number determined to put them out of business, starting by targeting S&W’s chief troubleshooter.

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[Free eBook] Deluge! by John Russell Fearn [Western Historical Action Novel]

Deluge! by the late prolific multi-genre British author John Russell Fearn) is his vintage standalone western historical action adventure novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Pioneering imprint.

This was originally published in 1949 by Muir-Watson under the title Gunsmoke Valley, and was later reprinted by Robert Hale as part of their Black Horse Western under its current title using the pseudonym Arnold Ryden. The story centres around a resource dispute between landowners, starring a wandering mining engineer who finds a night’s shelter with an old rancher (with the requisite beautiful daughter) whose property is suffering from a lack of water supply, apparently the work of a ruthless neighbour, whose sabotage the engineer takes it upon himself to remedy, no matter what the cost.

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