[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] Except For One Thing by John Russell Fearn [Vintage Crime Thriller]

Except For One Thing by the late British author John Russell Fearn is his vintage standalone crime thriller novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1947 by Stanley Paul using the pseudonym Hugo Blayn. The plot of the story is a precursor to such suspense/crime thrillers such as Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film Dial M For Murder, and is the tale of a man planning to commit “the perfect crime” of ridding himself of his fiancée, with the unwitting aid of a Scotland Yard friend, whose budding suspicions may not come soon enough to stop him in time.

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[Free eBook] Secret Strangers by Thomas Tessier [Psychological Suspense Horror Thriller]

Secret Strangers by Thomas Tessier, a two-time recipient of the International Horror Guild Award, is his standalone horror suspense thriller novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1990 by Macdonald This is a psychological horror crime novel (apparently non-supernatural, despite having been filed as a paranormal) centred around a teenager who uncovers a secret about their neighbours which she and her boyfriend decide to use for blackmail, only to find the tables turning upon them as events spiral out of control.

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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.

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[Free eBook] Cold Granite by Stuart MacBride [Police Procedural]

Cold Granite by Scottish author Stuart MacBride is the 1st novel in his Logan McRae series of police procedural crime thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins.

This long-running series is set in Aberdeen, Scotland and start a Detective Sergeant, and this installment won the Barry Award for Best First Novel in 2006. The story involves DS McRae returning to service after a year off sick, and having to hunt down a serial killer who preys on missing children.

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[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.

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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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[Free eBook] No Flowers for the General by Basil Copper [Vintage Mystery/Crime Thriller]

No Flowers for the General 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 3rd novel in the Mike Faraday series of gritty hard-boiled mystery/crime thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1967 by Robert Hale. This long-running popular series (over 40 books published between the 1960s and the 1980s) stars a hard-boiled California P.I. with a sharp sense of humour. The story takes him out of his native Los Angeles to the small town of Mudville, where there is no joy today when a missing persons investigation turns into an escalating murder case.

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[Free eBook] Night Frost by Basil Copper [Vintage Mystery/Crime Thriller]

Night Frost 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 2nd novel in his Mike Faraday series of gritty hard-boiled mystery/crime thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1966. This long-running popular series (over 40 books published between the 1960s and the 1980s) stars a hard-boiled California P.I. with a sharp sense of humour. The story takes him out of Los Angeles, to a busman’s holiday in the Bahamas, where what he’d hoped would be a relaxing getaway embroils him into solving a mafia murder.

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[Free eBook] The Executioner by Chris Carter [Police Procedural Thriller]

The Executioner by Chris Carter, (no relation to the eponymous creator of The X-Files), is the 2nd novel in his Robert Hunter series of police procedural thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Simon & Schuster UK.

The series stars a Los Angeles police detective vs assorted serial killers. This installment pits him against a murderer who at first appears potentially ritualistic but may in fact be terrifyingly random, with an uncanny ability to seemingly read his victims’ minds.

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