[Free eBook REPEAT] Adios Muchachos by Daniel Chavarría [Award-Winning Latin American Literary Crime Comedy]

Adios Muchachos by Cuba-resident Uruguayan author Daniel Chavarría is his award-winning comedic literary mystery novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Akashic Books, who are generously running a holiday advent calendar promotion.

This is an English-language translation of his Spanish-language novel Adiós muchachos, originally written in 1991, which won the 2002 Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original in this translated version, and is being made free again (previously offered part of as a holiday advent calendar celebration a few years ago) to promote National Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs until October 15th.

The story is a zany screwball literary fiction/crime mystery hybrid, set in a post-Cold War Cuba, which embarks on a suspenseful comedy of errors as a local prostitute and a foreign businessman inadvertently cause an accidental death, which they turn into an opportunity to MAKE MONEY FA$$$T, via a clever scheme which does not exactly go as planned.

Offered DRM-free through midnight October 15th (probably Eastern Time), available worldwide directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] The Blackhouse by Peter May [Award-Winning Scottish Crime Mystery]

The Blackhouse by Scottish expat France-resident author Peter May is the 1st novel in his Lewis Trilogy of police procedural mystery/crime thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Quercus’ Riverrun imprint.

This novel was originally translated into French for its initial release and won two French literature prizes, the Prix des Lecteurs at Le Havre, a festival prize, and the national Cezam Prix Littéraire Inter CE, and also won the US’ Barry Award for Crime Novel of the Year upon English publication.

The trilogy is set on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, starring a locally-raised Inspector returning from Edinburgh. This first novel sees him draw back to his home island to investigate a murder which finds him becoming hunted by something sinister as old skeletons in the close-knit community are revealed.

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

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[Free eBook] Beyond Grace’s Rainbow by Carmel Harrington [Contemporary Literary Fiction with Romance]

Beyond Grace’s Rainbow by Irish author Carmel Harrington is her standalone contemporary literary fiction heartwarming tearjerker novel with f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’s HarperImpulse.

This was the featured Free Book of the Week in the iTunes UK store, and won the Book of the Year in the 2013 Kindle Book Awards and was also Winner of the Romantic eBook of the Year at the Festival of Romance 2013..

The story is set in Ireland, starring a young single mother diagnosed with cancer, whose best hope is finding a compatible bone marrow transplant, and accordingly goes on a quest to find more of her biological relatives with the help of friends, uncovering the obligatory family secrets along the way while dealing with the concerned renewed attention of her ex and son’s father.

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

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[Free eBook] Seven Views of Olduvai Gorge by Mike Resnick [Award-Winning Science Fiction]

Seven Views of Olduvai Gorge by Mike Resnick, prolific Hugo & Nebula Award-winning author, is a standalone novella in his Birthright Universe setting of far future science fiction, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Phoenix Pick Press.

This was originally published in 1994 by Pulphouse Publishing’s Axolotl Press imprint, and also appeared in the Magazine of Science Fiction & Fantasy and won both the Nebula & Hugo Awards, as well as receiving a number of other prize nods.

The story is set in the very far future, starring aliens archaeologists visiting Earth long after humanity and its Empire are gone, and making discoveries which tell them things about various eras of the long-vanished world, from the artifacts they find.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through September as their featured Free eBook of the Month selection, available directly from the publisher.

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[Free Audiobook] A Strangeness in My Mind by Orhan Pamuk [Award-Winning Turkish Literary Novel]

A Strangeness in My Mind by Turkish author Orhan Pamuk, recipient of the 2005 Nobel Prize for Literature, is his standalone literary fiction novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Penguin Random House Audio.

The novel is set in and around the city of Istanbul, Turkey, and is a coming of age journey of self-discovery tale, taking place over the course of four decades from 1969 to 2012. It was shortlisted for the 2017 International Dublin Literary Award, and also won two Turkish literary awards, the Erdal Öz Prize and the Aydın Doğan Foundation Award in 2015, as well as Russia’s Yasnaya Polyana Literary Award in the Foreign Literature category in 2016.

The story uses a cast of characters to tell from different viewpoints the core story of a misfit boy who grows to manhood through various experiences and mishaps, never ceasing to restlessly wander the streets and ponder the feeling of difference which sets him apart from everyone else, until he finally uncovers what it is he has always truly wanted out of life.

Offered worldwide until 11:59 AM Eastern Time on September 29th, available as a DRM-free MP4 download directly from the publisher and in their app.

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[Free eBook] The Inheritance by Angie Coleman [Chick-Lit Romantic Comedy]

The Inheritance by Angie Coleman, a pseudonym for Italian author Angela Iezzi is her standaloe chick-lit-flavoured workplace rivalry f/m romantic comedy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Head of Zeus’ Aria imprint for digital first publications by newer and translated authors.

This was originally published in 2017 by Italian publisher Newton Compton as Gli effetti speciali dell’amore, and is translated by Marco Condorelli. It was a recipient of the 2016 Premio Ilmioesordio, which appears to be a publisher prize for best manuscript submission.

The story is an enemies-to-lovers workplace tale of a woman expecting to eventually take over the running of the family business, who finds that her father’s will leaves her resented rival in place as director, only allowing her to inherit small share and that little on the stipulation that she work and live with him under the same roof for a year.

Offered in the UK only, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Boystown: Three Nick Nowak Mysteries by Marshall Thornton [Award-Nominated LGBT 1980s Historical Mystery]

Boystown: Three Nick Nowak Mysteries by Marshall Thornton, a Lambda Literary Award-winning novelist and screenwriter, is the 1st book in his Boystown series of gritty retro-historical private investigator mystery/crime thrillers with m/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of the author himself.

This was originally published in 2011 by now-defunct LGBT specialty publisher Torquere Press, and was a finalist for the 2012 Lambda Literary Awards in the Gay Mystery category. The series is set in Chicago during the 1980s and stars an ex-cop turned hard-boiled PI.

This installment contains 3 novella-length adventure cases in which he solves assorted crimes, even as he explores uneasy relationships with other men he meets in the course of investigation. NB: the cover image has some mild artistic nudity which may be NSFW depending on workplace, if someone’s browsing over your shoulder.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through August 8th, available at Amazon.

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[Free Audiobooks] 2 free titles from AudioSYNC Summer of Reading [Young Adult, Fantasy, Award-Winning Steampunk Alternate History]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2017 promotion for young adults continues, which 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 alternate historical fantasy, available until 7am Eastern Time on August 3rd, are as follows:

  • Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott, is her fantasy novel set in a world based loosely on feudal Japan, where a girl trained in the illusion-casting art of shadow weaving must discover her own identity, even as she seeks revenge for the death of her family; from Brilliance Audio, read by Amy Rubinate
  • Airborn by Canadian author Kenneth Oppel, who was the recipient of Canada’s prestigious Governor General’s Literary Award for this in 2004, is the 1st novel in his eponymous trilogy of steampunk sci-fantasy which take place in an alternate history version of Canada, starring a cabin boy aboard an airship who rescues a traveler in a balloon, thereby setting off a series of adventures; from Full Cast Audio, read by David Kelly and others

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on August 3rd, 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 REPEAT] Trysts: A Triskaidecollection of Queer and Weird Stories by Steve Berman [LGBT Fantasy & Horror]

Trysts: A Triskaidecollection of Queer and Weird Stories by Steve Berman, a Shirley Jackson and Lambda Literary Award-nominated editor and author, is a collection of 13 speculative fiction short stories about supernatural encounters, free again courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.

This was a double-nominee in two categories for the 2002 Spectrum Awards recognizing LGBT-themed works of speculative fiction, and includes dark & urban fantasy and psychological horror stories reprinted from Strange Horizons magazine and other genre outlets.

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[Free eBook] Richard’s Feet by Carey Harrison [Award-Winning Post-WWII Literary Identity Thriller]

Richard’s Feet by British author Carey Harrison, a multiple award-winning playwright and novelist who is also the son of classic actor Rex Harrison (of My Fair Lady and Cleopatra fame), is the 1st novel in his The Heart Beneath quartet of historical literary thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Odyssey imprint.

This was originally published in 1990 by Mackays of Cheltham and won the UK Society of Writers’ Encore Award in 1990 and was also longlisted for the Booker Prize. The novel explores themes of post-World War II identity and starts in the late 1940s, set in England and Soviet-dominated Germany and continues there for some decades after, with references back to events during the 1930s.

The story stars an Englishman who goes in search of a woman he once loved during the pre-war years, hoping to find her in Soviet Germany, and eventually becomes a boss in the criminal underworld of Hamburg after faking his death and adopting a new identity, though he finds out he cannot fully escape the influence of the life he had before.

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