[Free eBook] Treachery in Bordeaux by Jean-Pierre Alaux & Noël Balen [Foodie Travel Detective Mystery]

Treachery in Bordeaux by French author Jean-Pierre Alaux & French author Noël Balen is the 1st novel in their Winemaker Detective (Le sang de la vigne) series of gastronomical travel investigative mysteries, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Le French Book.

This is an English translation of Mission à Haut-Brion, originally published in 2004 by French publisher Fayard. This long-running series, which stars a master winemaker and his apprentice who travel to various wine-making regions and events, is highly popular in its original France, where several installments have been adapted to TV.

The story sees them looking into a case of barrels of wine turning sour at the Château Haut-Brion, a prestigious viticulture estate in Bordeaux, to discover whether this is result of negligence or deliberate sabotage of a lucrative luxury product.

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[Free eBook] Valérian et Laureline T01: The City of Shifting Waters [French Science Fiction Comics]

The City of Shifting Waters (La Cité des eaux mouvantes) by the French creative team of author Pierre Christin & artist Jean-Claude Mézières is the vintage 1st album in their long-running Valérian et Laureline bande dessinée series of science fiction time travel adventure comics, free for a limited time in both languages courtesy of publisher Dargaud’s Cinebook imprint.

This was originally published way back in 1970 and is the start of one of the major classic Franco-Belgian comic book series, which is being made free to promote an upcoming film adaptation. The series stars spatio-temporal agents from a 28th century Terran Empire who protect the past. This adventure sends them back in time to New York City in 1986 (as envisioned in 1970), in order to thwart a rogue time traveler who seems to have already changed the future.

Offered in selected countries worldwide (mostly North America & Europe) in both the original French and an English-language translation, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] Living Wellsprings: The Hymns, Songs and Poems of N.F.S. Grundtvig [19th C Danish Literature]

Living Wellsprings: The Hymns, Songs and Poems of N.F.S. Grundtvig edited and translated by Edward Broadbridge, British expat and long-term resident of Denmark, is the 2nd volume in the N.F.S. Grundtvig: Works in English series collecting and translating the works of the noted Danish historical figure, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This volume in the series contains the translated poetry, psalms, and other songs written by N. F. S. Grundtvig, a highly influential 19th century Danish author, philosopher, and teacher whose proposed models for continuing education are still used today, and includes an introduction by author Uffe Jonas, who has composed a number of musical settings for Grundtvig’s words. While not exactly an annotated edition, many of the psalms and poems are footnoted with brief but helpful explanations for references and imagery which might not be obvious to a non-Danish, non-19th century, non-religious reader; and there’s a listing of the context of each work as it fits into the late author’s personal timeline and creative intentions.

Offered through the month of March, available DRM-free worldwide.

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[Free eBook] The Fear of Barbarians: Beyond the Clash of Civilizations by Tzvetan Todorov [Political Philosophy]

The Fear of Barbarians: Beyond the Clash of Civilizations by Tzvetan Todorov, an award-winning Bulgarian-French historian, critic, and essayist, is his political philosophy book tying together historical attitudes leading into current events, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher University of Chicago Press.

This is an English-language translation of the original French La peur des barbares : au-delà du choc des civilisations, published in 2008 by Robert Laffont, translated by Andrew Brown. Apparently, this book gives a slightly different take on the roots of the current tensions between Middle East and West, drawn from the author’s own personal experience growing up in communist Bulgaria and immigrating to France, evaluating and arguing for a shift in the balance between fear of imported ideology and ideals of freedom and tolerance, as used by western locals and applied to foreign immigrants.

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

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[Free eBook] NOiSE: Vol. 1 by Tsutomu Nihei [Science Fiction Mystery Manga]

NOiSE: Vol. 1 (ノイズ) by popular Japanese mangaka Tsutomu Nihei (弐瓶 勉), is the English-language collected edition of his eponymous science fiction manga series, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Kodansha.

This is a one-volume tie-in to his cyberpunk manga series Blame! (ブラム!), a prequel story where a police officer solves a gang murder.

Offered DRM-free worldwide, available through January 12th until 11:59 AM Pacific Time as a free taster for the Humble Book Bundle Science Fiction Manga by Nihei.

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[Free eBook] Brussels Noir [Belgian Mystery Anthology]

Brussels Noir edited by Belgian author Michel Dufranne, a scripter for various bandes dessinées, is a Belgium-set installment in the Akashic Noir of award-winning mystery anthologies, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Akashic Books.

This is an excellent location-themed series featuring stories set in and around the titular cities, often by well-known authors native or resident to their respective countries, and one of my personal favourites for discovering foreign authors. This one contains mystery and suspense short stories set in and around Brussels, Belgium from historical times through to the present day, and includes stories in English translation by prize-winning Belgian authors such as Barbara Abel (Prix des lycéens de littérature belge) and the late Ayerdhal (Grand prix de l’Imaginaire, a prestigious science fiction award).

Offered DRM-free through midnight December 19th, available worldwide directly from the publisher as part of their holiday advent calendar promotion.

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[Free eBook] Havana Noir [Cuban Mystery Anthology]

Havana Noir edited by Cuban-American author and translator Achy Obejas, a two-time recipient of the Lambda Literary Award and also a shared Pulitzer Prize for team journalistic work, is a Cuba-set installment in the Akashic Noir of award-winning mystery anthologies, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Akashic Books.

This is an excellent location-themed series featuring stories set in and around the titular cities, often by well-known authors native or resident to their respective countries, and one of my personal favourites for discovering foreign authors. This one contains mystery and suspense short stories set in and around Havana, Cuba from historical times through to the present day, and includes stories in English translation by prize-winning Cuban authors such as Yoss, and in English by Cuban-American authors such as Achy Obejas, Pablo Medina, and many more.

Offered DRM-free through midnight December 13th, available worldwide directly from the publisher as part of their holiday advent calendar promotion.

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[Free eBook] Barcelona Noir [Spanish & Catalan Mystery Anthology]

Barcelona Noir edited by Adriana V. López & Carmen Ospina, who are a magazine editor and a Random House digital program director, respectively, is a Spain-set installment in the Akashic Noir of award-winning mystery anthologies, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Akashic Books.

This is an excellent location-themed series featuring stories set in and around the titular cities, often by well-known authors native or resident to their respective countries, and one of my personal favourites for discovering foreign authors. This one contains mystery and suspense short stories set in and around Barcelona, Spain from historical times through to the present day, and includes stories in English translation by prize-winning Spanish & Catalan authors such as Isabel Franc, Santiago Roncagliolo, Lolita Bosch and many more, as well as in English by other authors such as Valerie Miles.

Offered DRM-free through midnight December 9th, available worldwide directly from the publisher as part of their holiday advent calendar promotion.

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[Free eBook] Rome Noir [Italian Mystery Anthology]

Rome Noir edited by Chiara Stangalino, a literary and arts festival organizer, & British author Maxim Jakubowski, is an Italy-set installment in the Akashic Noir series of award-winning mystery/suspense anthologies, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Akashic Books.

This is an excellent location-themed series featuring stories set in and around the titular cities, often by well-known authors native or resident to their respective countries, and one of my personal favourites for discovering foreign authors. This one contains mystery and suspense short stories set in and around Rome, Italy (there’s also a separate Venice volume) from historical times through to the present day, and includes stories in English translation by prize-winning Italian authors such as Antonio Scurati and many more, as well as in English by other authors such as Maxim Jakubowski.

Offered DRM-free through midnight December 8th, available worldwide directly from the publisher as part of their holiday advent calendar promotion.

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[Free eBook] Tango for a Torturer by Daniel Chavarría [Award-Winning Cuban Political Thriller Comedy]

Tango for a Torturer by Cuba-resident Uruguayan author Daniel Chavarría is his standalone black comedy political suspense thriller, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Akashic Books.

This is an English-language translation of his Spanish-language novel El rojo en la pluma del loro, originally written in 2001, which was honoured with the Casas de las Américas and Premio de las Crítica literary prizes. This is a darkly comedic action thriller suspense novel with strong political elements set in Cuba and exploring the effects of Latin American dictatorships in a somewhat satirical manner. The story stars a former Argentine revolutionary who travels to Havana on vacation, where he finds out that his nemesis, a former Uruguayan military torturer, has been living under a false identity and promptly drops his holiday plans to go on the hunt for him.

Offered DRM-free through midnight December 6th, available worldwide directly from the publisher as part of their holiday advent calendar promotion.

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