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Newly Free Cozy Kindle Books for 2021-01-12

Red Velvet and Revenge (Peridale Cafe Cozy Mystery Book 16)
by Agatha Frost
$0.00, 342 pages, 4.8 out of 5.0 (270 reviews), #49 in Cozy Crafts & Hobbies Mystery


The 16th book in the BESTSELLING Peridale Cafe Cozy Mystery Series!

When Julia South-Brown is asked to judge the first Peridale Bake Off competition alongside local radio DJ, Tony Bridges, she expects it to be some light village fun while her new husband, Barker Brown, finishes work on his second novel. However, it ends up being anything but when Tony shows he is nothing like his charming radio personality. When someone takes advantage of his severe and well-publicised peanut allergy with a contaminated red velvet cake in the middle of the competition, Julia isn't surprised to find herself with another murder mystery to solve!

With Tony having mistreated everyone from his wife, ex-wife, assistant, and most people unlucky enough to have crossed his path, Julia isn't short of suspects. But, what should be a cut and dry investigation turns into something wholly more complicated thanks to Julia suddenly being responsible for her baby brother when her father and step-mother find themselves indefinitely stranded in Ibiza thanks to a banana boat and a broken leg.

While juggling a baby, a complicated case, and a slew of other personal dilemmas, Julia is forced to face tough decisions that will impact the rest of her life. Family proves more important than ever, but can Julia hold hers together? With her sleuthing putting her in increasingly more treacherous situations with each passing day, can Julia stay safe, or will this prove one case too far?

Book 16 in the Peridale Cafe Cozy Mystery series! Can be read as a standalone but will be enjoyed more as part of the series. A light, cozy mystery read with a cat loving and cafe-owning amateur female sleuth, in a small village setting with quirky characters. Written in British English. No cliffhanger, swearing, gore or graphic scenes! Contains mild peril.

Other books in the series:
1. Pancakes and Corpses
2. Lemonade and Lies
3. Doughnuts and Deception
4. Chocolate Cake and Chaos
5. Shortbread and Sorrow
6. Espresso and Evil
7. Macarons and Mayhem
8. Fruit Cake and Fear
9. Birthday Cake and Bodies
10. Gingerbread and Ghosts
11. Cupcakes and Casualties
12. Blueberry Muffins and Misfortune
13. Ice Cream and Incidents
14. Champagne and Catastrophes
15. Wedding Cake and Woes
16. Red Velvet and Revenge
17. Vegetables and Vengeance
18. Cheesecake and Confusion

On the Run (Lethal in Love Book 1)
by Susan Amanda Kelly
$0.00, 126 pages, 4.6 out of 5.0 (99 reviews), #3 in Mystery Romance

Minerva Coolidge is one catwalk show away from becoming a supermodel and burying her biker-princess past forever. Until her outlaw family’s turf war turns her into a target, and Daddy orders her home for good. Now she’s fleeing a biker gang, her psychotically over-protective brother and a family-assigned bodyguard the size of a small hut. All without carbs.

When Minnie is snatched, the small hut rescues her. Big Mike is six-foot-six of tattooed, ex-biker, ex-Special-Forces muscle. Rowr. Plainer than homemade yogurt with a personality to match and zero small-talk, Big Mike is so much like the hard men Minnie was raised amongst that she finds him near-irresistible. But the last thing she needs is another autocratic protector. And he knows nothing about fashion. Nothing.

When Big Mike proves impossible to ditch, Minnie is forced to accept his help. They team up to stay one step ahead of her kidnappers, save her cat, dispose of a body and evade the paparazzi. On the run with Big Mike, Minnie comes to realize that the quiet giant poses the biggest threat to her freedom. And heart.

Download ON THE RUN for a wild ride today.

Glazed (A Charlie Cooper Mystery, Volume 4)
by Deany Ray
$0.00, 266 pages, 4.6 out of 5.0 (39 reviews), #3 in Cozy Culinary Mystery
Over 200,000 Charlie Cooper books are now in the hands of mystery readers!

Fans of Stephanie Plum will get hooked on this quirky cast of characters and their mishaps.

Charlie’s life in her hometown, Springston, is not by far as dull as she expected it to be. Stumbling over dead bodies, being held at gunpoint or getting kidnapped in the back of a van would actually qualify as a pretty exciting life. If you like to live on the edge.

Still, Charlie hopes her next case would not include dead people, guns or exploding cars. Well…one could at least hope.
When Celeste’s nephew, Lucas, is suspected of attempted bank robbery and CMC Services – a.k.a. Charlie and her best friends, Marge and Celeste – is called in to help, the girls launch into crime-fighting mode yet again. Apparently, Lucas could be a key witness in what seems to be the new crime wave in Springston.

Charlie soon finds herself trying to solve another murder, causing a small explosion involving one particular item in Marge’s black hole of a purse, dodging the advances of Celeste’s cousin, Eddy, and trying to get on board with her mom’s new healthy diet. All the while with Alex, Springston’s hot detective, right on her heels.
Running low on caffeine and running out of time, Charlie has to step up her game and out-step a killer.

Glazed is a fast-paced, stress-free humorous mystery with a touch of romance and compelling twists and turns. A light read with no gore or foul language, this book is perfect to unwind at the end of the day.

Fans of Janet Evanovich, Jana DeLeon, Liliana Hart, Gina LaManna, Gretchen Archer, Gemma Halliday and JB Lynn will get hooked on this quirky cast of characters and their mishaps.

Whom Dog Hath Joined (Cozy Dog Mystery): Golden Retriever Mystery #5 (Golden Retriever Mysteries)
by Neil S. Plakcy
$0.00, 381 pages, 4.5 out of 5.0 (104 reviews), #4 in Cozy Animal Mystery
Reformed computer hacker Steve Levitan still gets a thrill from snooping into places online where he shouldn’t be. When his golden retriever Rochester discovers a human bone at the Friends Meeting during the Harvest Days festival, these two unlikely sleuths are plunged into another investigation.
They will uncover uncomfortable secrets about their small town’s past as they dig deep into the Vietnam War era, when local Quakers helped draft resisters move through Stewart’s Crossing on their way to Canada. Does that bone Rochester found belong to one of those young men fleeing conscription? Or to someone who knew the secrets that lurked behind those whitewashed walls?
Steve’s got other problems, too. His girlfriend Lili wants to move in with him, and his matchmaking efforts among his friends all seem to be going haywire.
Whether the death was due to natural causes, or murder, someone in the present wants to keep those secrets hidden. And Steve and Rochester may end up in the crosshairs of a very antique rifle if they can’t dig up the clues quickly enough.

Bodies, Baddies, and a Crabby Tabby (A Bliss Bay Village Mystery Book 1)
by Sherri Bryan
$0.00, 391 pages, 4.3 out of 5.0 (102 reviews), #4 in International Mystery & Crime
Ideal for the beach, or curling up on the couch with a duvet and a cuppa, the Bliss Bay Village Mystery Series will take you sleuthing with no strong profanity, violence, or sex!

Murder in an English village. Unsolved mysteries. An empty-nester longing for a quiet life. What could possibly go wrong?
Megan Fallon is in a pickle.
As if empty-nest syndrome wasn't bad enough, she's joined the ranks of the unemployed, and her fiancé’s run off with her hairdresser.
In desperate need of a change of scene, she heads back to her childhood village home for some long-overdue friends and family time.
Things are looking up until members of the community start getting bumped off at an alarming rate, and Megan finds herself at the heart of an investigation that has her suspecting everyone.
As she becomes involved in the hunt for a murderer, it’s not long before she finds out that some of the villagers are harbouring shocking secrets...
Will you guess whodunnit?
This is a clean, lighthearted, mystery read with no strong profanity, violence, or sex, and is written in British English.

The Burnt Island Burial Ground: Lindsay Harding Mystery Series (Reverend Lindsay Harding Mystery Book 3)
by Mindy Quigley
$0.00, 236 pages, 4.2 out of 5.0 (36 reviews), #4 in Native American Literature
“We hid the body. The money belonged to everyone, but we stole it for ourselves. You have to help me give it back before it’s too late. If I don’t stop this, that money’s gonna drag us all straight down to hell.”

With these words, whispered to hospital chaplain Lindsay Harding as part of a cryptic confession, the stage is set for another intricately-plotted Mount Moriah mystery. All signs point to murder, but no one can find any trace of a body. Lindsay’s sure not all is as it seems, but she’ll need true grit and quick wit to follow a trail back through history to Burnt Island, a remote patch of North Carolina swampland.

Lindsay’s task is complicated by the shifting landscape of her personal life. After pre-wedding jitters jeopardize a relationship that seemed destined to be her best shot at happily-ever-after, Lindsay falls under the spell of a charming stranger. Whether she gets another chance at love will depend on following her heart…and on whether she can keep that heart beating long enough to unlock the mystery of Burnt Island.

Light in the Dark: Detective Mystery & Romance
by Melanie Purser
$0.00, 312 pages, 4.2 out of 5.0 (6 reviews), #61 in Mystery Romance
After a rough childhood and a continuous streak of bad relationships, fate brings Sophia Morgan face to face with the sexy and charming Adam Pierce. He's a man who knows what he wants, but she's not sure she has anything left to give.

Adam is a former Marine and now works as a detective in Oklahoma City. With his focus on his job, he keeps his heart locked up tight. When he meets an alluring beauty with a refreshing sense of humor, he can't stop thinking about her.

Afraid of getting hurt, they try to keep their distance, but Sophia is confronted with painful memories of her past when she is attacked by a masked man. When Adam rescues her, neither of them can deny their feelings any longer.

Their relationship is put to the test when the case of murders Adam has been working on shows signs of Sophia being one of the killer's targets.

Can Sophia embrace her past before it's too late and seek justice for the victims, or will she and Adam be forever separated from the love they never thought they would find?

Light in the Dark is a steamy and thrilling tale of a man and woman overcoming their dark pasts to survive a serial killer. If you like thrilling mysteries, witty characters, and romance, you'll love this suspenseful storm of emotions by Melanie Purser.

**Trigger Warning** Sexual abuse, murder/violence, and kidnapping. Also contains strong language and sexual content.

THE DESPAIR RIDDLES an enthralling crime mystery full of twists (Gracie Greene Mystery Book 2)
by Jack Parker
$0.00, 288 pages, 3.8 out of 5.0 (29 reviews), #28 in Heist Crime
Do you love murder mysteries? Then discover Gracie Greene, a feisty female detective with a talent for uncovering the truth.

Gracie Greene has secrets..

A teacher was found dead and a lot of other students have had accidents, some serious. Gracie Greene's not so sure they were accidents, but can she find the pattern and motive before someone else dies?

by Patricia Snelling
$0.00, 178 pages, 4.7 out of 5.0 (4 reviews), #51 in Private Investigator Mysteries
A cozy satire that is both thrilling and heart-warming.
The village brass band soon learn that mayhem and murder do not make a harmonious melody, especially when the tuba player gets off on a very bad note.
Retired as a Detective Inspector, Ann Grieves enjoys her cottage by the sea. When she isn’t sleuthing unfaithful spouses and small-time crooks, she enjoys a laid-back life walking the promenade with Scout, her ex-police Beagle dog Until a body turns up in her friend’s band room.

Marilyn Marsh Mysteries: Book 2: Murder in Palletino
by Gemma Shepherd
$0.00, 130 pages, 4.0 out of 5.0 (1 reviews), #60 in Crime Fiction
Join Marilyn Marsh in book two of this murder mystery series.

As a romantic Italian vacation with her new boyfriend Simon draws to a close, Marilyn believes it to be fate when she is confronted with yet another murder. A glamorous fashion designer is found strangled to death at the resort where she is staying. Despite being advised to steer clear of investigative crime journalism, Marilyn can’t help but be intrigued. Can she resist the urge to get involved? Is she willing to risk her first steady relationship in years to take on another mystery?

Death on the Seine: A delightful cozy mystery set in Paris (A Paris Booksellers Mystery Book 1)
by Evan Hirst
$0.00, 299 pages, 3.2 out of 5.0 (30 reviews), #4 in Cozy Crafts & Hobbies Mystery
A beautiful spring day in Paris... What could possibly go wrong?

For Ava Sext, a transplanted Londoner who sells books from an outdoor stand overlooking the Seine, her day goes from bad to worse when the tall handsome stranger whose appearance her horoscope predicted disappears after he is almost killed before her eyes. ...And that's before she discovers that he supposedly died weeks earlier.

With the help of her fellow bookseller, Henri DeAth, a former notary in a country where notaries are a powerful caste, Ava attempts to find her not-so-dead man before he turns up dead for real while she tries to remain alive.

Death on the Seine is a light-hearted cozy mystery set in Paris, a city where food, wine and crime make life worth living… along with a few books and Mercury, the cat.


Books in The Paris Booksellers Mystery series are stand-alones and can be read in any order.

Book 1: Death on the Seine
Book 2: Death in the Louvre
Book 3: Death on the Quai
Book 4: Death in Montmartre
Book 5: A Little Paris Christmas Murder - a 90-minute holiday short read
Book 6: Death at the Eiffel Tower

Evan also writes the Isa Floris thrillers; thrillers that blend together far-flung locations, ancient mysteries and fast-paced action in an intriguing mix of fact and fiction aimed at keeping you on the edge of your seat. Books are stand-alones and can be read in any order.
Book 1: The Aquarius Prophecy
Book 2: The Paradise Betrayal

Death at Whispering Lake
by Joanna Carns
$0.00, 180 pages, 0.0 out of 5.0 (0 reviews), #26 in Cozy Mystery
Harley Kennedy has a serious case of the post-holiday blues: her love life is in the dumps, she lives downstairs to her overbearing mother, and her estranged uncle has recently died, leaving her to handle the estate in the Michigan hinterlands in the dead of January. The more she learns about her uncle’s death, the more suspicious she is that it’s related to an upcoming city council vote on a development deal. The only problem is the small-town policeman can’t be bothered to investigate. Harley has to find the answers herself, but her efforts are hindered by the arrival of her mother and the distraction of a certain handsome restaurant owner. As the time ticks down to the council vote, Harley has to rush to find her uncle’s killer - before the killer finds her.

A fast and fun read, Death at Whispering Lake is the debut novel of an exciting new voice in the cozy mystery world! Featuring quirky characters and snappy dialogue, this is sure to be one of your favorite cozy mystery reads for 2021!

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Dared to Fly: A Kate Anderson Short Read
by J.J. Clarke
$0.00, 33 pages, 4.4 out of 5.0 (12 reviews), #4 in One-Hour Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Short Reads

For Fans and New Readers Alike
Kate Anderson, a young woman on the run for a murder she didn’t commit, longs to come home. Her mentor’s funeral creates the chance, but the lies of a powerful law enforcement officer stand in her way to freedom. She must rely on a secret network of women, a troupe of Dolly Parton impersonators, and an old friend with a crop duster plane to escape.

J.J. Clarke, award-winning author and best seller on Amazon, brings it home with Dared to Fly, a thriller short read that is like a highlight reel from a movie script.
The first Kate Anderson mystery, Dared to Run, ended with a cliff hanger and fans clamored for more—more inside scoop, behind-the-scenes drama, and romance.

Dared to Fly delivers for fans and new readers alike. Clarke’s punchy dialogue and humor reflect her authentic style and law enforcement experience. It is a satisfying "journey home" story, with enduring themes of loyalty, friendship, and family.

Rough Country: A gripping crime thriller
$0.00, 314 pages, 4.1 out of 5.0 (41 reviews), #3 in Hard-Boiled Mysteries

A young girl murdered. A town with a dark secret.

A young girl, Kasey, is murdered in the woods of northern New York, a strange symbol carved into her stomach.

Investigator Reed Raleigh, Major Crimes, is tasked with finding the killer.

Reed has his own troubles. He’s in therapy, divorced, estranged from his son. But he desperately needs to solve this case - his own stepdaughter vanished when she was a teenager and Reed knows all about the agony of having no closure. No way is he letting Kasey’s mother go through that.

But as Reed begins to dig, the case grows ever more complex. Why is Kasey’s boyfriend acting so strangely? And why is her mother lying to the police?

As evidence of Kasey’s bizarre secret life starts to emerge, Reed realises this case isn’t just about a dead girl. There’s something much bigger at play in this small rural town, a decades old secret that needs to be protected. At any cost.

What readers are saying about Rough Country:

“…absorbing tale of simple, or maybe not, country folk, with big secrets. There are plenty of twists and turns, none of which I foresaw, so I was glued to the pages.” -Netgalley

“I loved the dark gritty intense atmosphere created by the location in a small rural town and the suffocating and desolate feel it creates. The small rural town gives you a real sense of the community the story is set in which makes it feel very believable. The lead investigator Reed Raleigh is a great lead character with an intensity of his own and a troubled history and I hope to meet him again sometime soon.” -Netgalley

“This book starts breathlessly and never lets up. It's an intriguing tale that keeps you guessing and lays out a trail of procedural breadcrumbs that keep you reading. I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. TJ Brearton has a knack for creating compelling characters and writing prose that's a joy to read.” -Netgalley

"Fast paced and tense the book delivers a great read that will keep the reader immersed and provide hours of enjoyable reading." -Books Behind the Title

"To say that reading ‘Rough Country’ became addictive is a bit of an understatement. If I wasn’t reading this book, then I would be thinking about the book." -Ginger Book Geek

"This book is so well written and exciting that I read the whole thing in three sittings." -Cookie Biscuit’s Blog

"Rough Country is a fast-paced story that pulls you into the story from the first page with the use of unexpected twists and turns. The plot is well written and entertaining" -Quirky Book Reads

"Rough Country is one of those crime thrillers that stays with you. The emotions run high in this novel, and the twists and turns leave you guessing until the very end." -My Bookish Bliss

A Tale of German Torture: A trained slavegirl, left behind by a killer - SXXL sampler
by Rodrigo Thalmann
$0.00, 18 pages, 0.0 out of 5.0 (0 reviews), #71 in Hard-Boiled Mysteries
XXL-Sampler for:
A Tale of German Torture: The Lost Sex Slave
About 130 pages!
A serial killer with several women as victims. A journalist investigating his left-behind dungeon. A female victim, still being alive, retrieved by the reporter. She being trained to be a perfect sex slave. Requesting harder and harder treatment and tortures. But it really all the way it seems?
He makes her do things. Or is it her controlling him? Their sado-masochistic depravity sends them on a spiral towards doom and the end is much different than he imagined first, when he found this naked thing in the cellar.

BEHIND THE MASK: Mystery , Miracle and Mirror..
by K.R. Paul
$0.00, 42 pages, 0.0 out of 5.0 (0 reviews), #xx in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Hard-Boiled
The story begins with the scene of the death of a boy of eighteen years old.Initially all the surrounding evidence predominate in the case of the boy's suicide. But the question is, did the boy really commit suicide or was he the victim of a conspiracy?

Police emphasize both issues in investigation.

Arguments In Favor Of Suicide

1.The boy cut the vein in his hand spontaneously. According to the postmortem report, the boy had definitely committed suicide.

2.The room where the incident took place was locked from inside. So it was not possible for anyone to kill him from outside.

Arguments In Favor Of Murder conspiracy

1. At the top of the list of suspects , there is the name of an influential person with whom the history of their family relationship is quite bitter.

2. The role of housemaid and doorman of the family is also quite dubious. But their motive behind this is quite unpredictable.

3. The secret of a triangular love. Maybe the boy was forced to commit suicide at the persuasion of second lover.


Question No 1. If it is assumed that the boy has committed suicide, what was the reason behind it?

Question No 2. If someone murdered the boy, then who was the killer? What was the motive behind killing the boy?


Everything seems as clear as water, but you can't make any conclusions. You must wait until the end of the story.So good advice to you, prepare yourself mentally before entering the story.

Newly Free Private Investigators Kindle Books for 2021-01-12

The Appearance of Mystery (Rockpools Book 3)
by Gregg Dunnett
$0.00, 414 pages, 4.7 out of 5.0 (284 reviews), #6 in Heist Crime
How do you catch a killer, when you’re just a kid?

Now sixteen years old, Billy Wheatley has given up all thoughts of childish detective work in favor of his emerging scientific career. He lands a coveted place on a research ship studying great white sharks a hundred miles off the Australian coast. But when he manages to find evidence of a crime even out here, he can’t help but investigate. The only problem – in these shark-infested waters – he quickly bites off more than he can chew.

Meanwhile back on Lornea Island, the arrival of a mysterious outsider causes no more than a ripple in the cool off-season calm. It’s a young man, charming, and just rebellious enough to catch the eye of Billy’s best friend Amber. But when the ripple disturbs someone in the island’s murky underworld, dangerous forces are quietly put into action. Who exactly is Amber’s new friend? Why is he really here? And why do some very powerful people want him dead?

Despite Billy and Amber’s commitment to get out of the crime-busting business, they quickly find themselves dragged deeper than they’ve ever been before.

Because this time they’re not just up against one crazy psychopath, but a whole army of them.

The Appearance of Mystery is the third book in the international best-selling Rockpools series.

Old Flame: a Bean Counter mystery (Bean Counter Mysteries Book 3)
by T. A. Clark
$0.00, 304 pages, 4.7 out of 5.0 (5 reviews), #5,343 in Private Investigator Mysteries

What do you say when a beautiful Hollywood star comes to you for help?
What if she’s also the college girlfriend who broke your heart?

If you’re chronically underemployed forensic accountant Nick Rohmer, happily living with your new girlfriend, you say, “Sure, why not?”

Which is the wrong answer.

Young, beautiful, and famous, Mai Linh is in South Florida to film a new season of her TV show. She turns to Nick when she discovers that someone has stolen her life savings. And, she’s pretty sure that she knows who did it – septuagenarian Hollywood producer Derrik Sinclair, who also happens to be her husband.

Then things get serious when a dead body turns up in Mai’s apartment.

As usual, Nick tries to help. But with the paparazzi on his doorstep, old feelings welling to the surface, and a seriously pissed off girlfriend, things get complicated fast.

Will Nick find the money, solve the murder, and get the girl before time runs out? And if he gets the girl, which one will it be?

Book Three in the Bean Counter Mystery series

Mystery and suspense categories:

  • Mystery humor
  • Mystery thriller and suspense
  • South Florida mystery
  • South Florida authors

ARTHUR MORRISON Ultimate Collection: 80+ Mysteries, Detective Stories & Supernatural Tales: Illustrated Edition: Adventures of Martin Hewitt, The Red Triangle, A Child of the Jago...
by Arthur Morrison
$0.00, 2264 pages, 5.0 out of 5.0 (1 reviews), #72 in Private Investigator Mysteries
This carefully crafted ebook: "ARTHUR MORRISON Ultimate Collection: 80+ Mysteries, Detective Stories & Supernatural Tales in One Volume (Illustrated)" is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents.
Arthur Morrison (1863-1945) was an English author known for his detective stories, featuring the detective Martin Hewitt, realistic, lower class answer to Sherlock Holmes. Martin Hewitt stories are similar in style to those of Conan Doyle, cleverly plotted and very amusing, while the character himself is a bit less arrogant and a bit more charming than Holmes. Morrison is also known for his realistic novels and stories about working-class life in London's East End, A Child of the Jago being the best known.
Table of Contents:
Martin Hewitt Series:
Martin Hewitt, Investigator
The Lenton Croft Robberies
The Loss of Sammy Crockett
The Case of Mr. Foggatt
The Case of the Dixon Torpedo
The Quinton Jewel Affair
The Stanway Cameo Mystery
The Affair of the Tortoise
Chronicles of Martin Hewitt
The Ivy Cottage Mystery
The Nicobar Bullion Case
The Holford Will Case
The Case of the Missing Hand
The Case of Laker, Absconded
The Case of the Lost Foreigner
Adventures of Martin Hewitt
The Affair of Mrs. Seton's Child
The Case of Mr. Geldard's Elopement
The Case of the Dead Skipper
The Case of the "Flitterbat Lancers"
The Case of the Late Mr. Rewse
The Case of the Ward Lane Tabernacle
The Red Triangle
The Affair of Samuel's Diamonds
The Case of Mr. Jacob Mason
The Case of the Lever Key
The Case of the Burnt Barn
The Case of the Admiralty Code
The Adventure of Channel Marsh
A Child of the Jago
To London Town
Cunning Murrell
The Hole in the Wall
Short Story Collections:
Tales of Mean Streets
The Dorrington Deed Box
The Green Eye of Goona (The Green Diamond)
Divers Vanities
Green Ginger
Uncollected Stories
Other Works:
The Shadows Around Us

Beyond Good and Evil
by Steve Attridge
$0.00, 247 pages, 3.5 out of 5.0 (9 reviews), #76 in Private Investigator Mysteries
Paul Rook is back...

He is a cynical philosophy professor, who delights in winding up his colleagues, and insists on punishing himself by relentlessly pursuing his uninterested ex-wife.

With his personal life in tatters, and his reputation at the university not much better, he has thrown himself into Rook Investigations - his private investigation service.

Armed with a quick, inquisitive mind, an arsenal of philosophic quotations and an addiction to fear, he is willing to embroil himself in any sticky situation which comes his way.

Rook’s latest job is for Andy Hebden, who hires him to find his brother Marty. Marty had been selling Warhol prints and, after going to meet a client, Jacques Brissot, he disappeared, along with the paintings and half a million in cash.

But before Rook can find Marty, Andy turns up dead.

Brissot proves almost impossible to track down, and before he knows it, Rook has become the target of one of Brissot’s men…

Can Rook find Marty before the killers find him?

Or will this philosophical investigation be his last…?

‘Beyond Good and Evil’ is the third detective novella featuring Paul Rook. It follows ‘Philosophical Investigations’ and ‘The Natural Law’.

Praise for Steve Attridge:

'A brilliantly original detective.' - Robert Foster, best-selling author of 'The Lunar Code'.

Steve Attridge is an award-winning screen writer and novelist. His television dramas include Hawkins and The Boot Street Band and his other books include 'Waking Dreams', 'Behind Closed Doors', and 'Bottom of the List'.

Dead Below Zero (Frozen Blood Book 3)
by Sten Ostberg
$0.00, 109 pages, 0.0 out of 5.0 (0 reviews), #12 in Private Investigator Mysteries
Underneath a freezing Norwegian blizzard murderous passions are burning …

The snowstorm is at its height when Karl and Marte Vollan are dragged from their beds by a frantic phone call from Marte’s older sister Brynja. The couple must immediately leave their isolated farmhouse in rural Norway and head out into the raging storm. Why? And where are they going? They are bound for the luxurious home Brynja shared with her husband, Kjell and teenage son, Vigar, on the outskirts of Tromso just 15 minutes away.

When they get there, they find a murder scene. And Karl is a policeman. But this, he discovers, is a family affair and the instinct to protect is strong.

There is a body in a car, in a frozen pond...

Only it’s not that simple.

As Karl and Marte wrestle to understand what has happened some unpleasant secrets begin emerge. As the sense of inescapable claustrophobia tightens, is it possible that any of them are not guilty of hiding the truth about themselves and their relationships?

It is certainly a classic case of Arctic whiteout meets Nordic noir in Dead Below Zero , is a taut psychological thriller.

Praise for Sten Ostberg

‘Chilling and haunting with a twist I never saw coming ...’ - Tom Kasey, best-selling author of Trade Off.

Sten Ostberg is a journalist and author and lives with his wife and three children in Tromso, Norway. Blood Ran Cold is his first novel and this was followed by another thriller featuring Karl Vollan Chill the Bones .

Bound By Blood (The Dresden Island Book 1) (The Dresden Island Series)
by Clara Lewis
$0.00, 54 pages, 0.0 out of 5.0 (0 reviews), #32 in 90-Minute Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Short Reads
Olivia Hudson is called back to her childhood home on the tiny island of Dresden at the request of a mysterious employer. However, Dresden holds only bad memories and Olivia wants nothing to do with the island, and even more so, its residents.

As a former FBI agent, Olivia has seen much worse cases. This case means nothing to her and she could easily refuse it. Yet the description of a young woman found dead on the estate of the wealthiest family in town has led her to an unfortunate possibility. The body could belong to Poppy, Olivia’s twin sister, who had gone missing years ago when they were teenagers.

With the help of a former friend, Sheriff Jordan Peters, Olivia must unravel the clues and find the person responsible for the crime, all the while searching for her missing sister.

Employed by a powerful, secretive family and fueled by personal feelings, Olivia must remain alert to stay on top of this complex case that leaves her with more questions than answers. Will Olivia finally find the peace she has been yearning for all these years, or will she stumble upon a sinister motive surrounding the island?

RAVEN'S REWARD: A Between the Novels Raven Tales Novella (The Raven Tales Between the Books Book 1)
by J.B. Dane
$0.00, 55 pages, 0.0 out of 5.0 (0 reviews), #158 in 90-Minute Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Short Reads

It's been nearly four quiet weeks since Bram Farrell, aka The Raven, was yanked from the printed page into the real world, but his first Thanksgiving on this side of the seam-stitched binding is something he figures he'll only be thankful about when it's over.

There's a dangerous item with creation roots in Heaven that has gone missing and those who want control of it are way above his weight bracket.

There's Samael, The Devil, who just knows there is something among the items in the demon yard sale Bram hosts on Thanksgiving Day - because Thursday is accounted the perfect day to unload things, particularly when no humans will be allowed through the gates - that calls to him.

There's an archangel who thinks the item needs to be back inside the Pearly Gates and sees no problem with simply taking it - if he can get his mits on it.

Then there's the dragon who simply likes shiny things, and has a collection he'd like to add the thing to. He's buddies with the local vampire mafia, which is never a good thing where Bram is concerned.

If he's guessing right on what the thing can do, Bram doesn't want any of them to get hold of it. Which means he has to find it first.

And maybe destroy it.

Raven's Reward falls between the first two Raven Tales novels, Raven's Rest and Marked Raven and introduces a few new characters . . . ones that will turn up in the second book and, likely, those after it.

About the Author:

J.B. Dane is a pseudonym of a multi-published, multi-genre novelist with over 30 titles to her name. In addition to urban fantasy P.I. mystery comedy, she also spins tales with other snarky sleuths or with dragons with agendas or ghosts or clones or just felons attempting to go straight. Visit her at, or on Facebook at J.B. Dane Writer or Twitter @JBDaneWriter.

Newly Free Detectives Kindle Books for 2021-01-12

Out of the Limelight (Farrow and Flint series Book 1)
by James Bagworth
$0.00, 395 pages, 4.2 out of 5.0 (52 reviews), #6 in Traditional Detective Mysteries
When a flower girl is killed on the streets of Victorian London, two innocent comedians stand accused of her murder. Vilified by their audience, and hounded by a police sergeant seeking promotion, they find themselves in a murky world of deceit and lies; a world of conspirators and aristocrats, lovers and killers...

*** Set in the rumbustious Music Hall of the late 19th century, 'Out of the Limelight' is a tale of conspiracy, murder and love. This is a gripping read - a Victorian novel with a contemporary flavour, full of colourful characters, warmth, wit and humour. ***

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Death Saint (Manny Rivera Mystery Series Book 6)
by Rich Curtin
$0.00, 279 pages, 4.7 out of 5.0 (225 reviews), #15 in Police Procedurals
DEATH SAINT was selected as a Finalist for Best Mystery in the 2016 New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards.

New clues in an old, unsolved murder case lead Deputy Sheriff Manny Rivera from Moab, Utah, to a small, remote village in the mountains of northern New Mexico. With reluctant and sometimes non-existent assistance from the local sheriff, he enters a community of people unwilling to open up with him because of a centuries-old distrust of outsiders--outsiders were the ones who stole their land grant.

He slowly penetrates their hardened attitude toward strangers and learns about a series of bizarre events which took place there fifteen years ago. As layers of the case are peeled away, he begins to understand the complexities behind a number of mysterious deaths. Local cultural beliefs--superstitions, witches, evil spells, owl power, a secret religious organization, and a strange saint--stymie his progress, complicate his investigation, and threaten his life.

Torpedo (The Gabriel Wolfe Thrillers Book 9)
by Andy Maslen
$0.00, 422 pages, 4.7 out of 5.0 (218 reviews), #1 in Political Fiction
"You shouldn't have killed my friend, Max..."

Gabriel Wolfe is back in action in a three-way clash between a drug cartel, a triad and the Russian Mafiya. When he hired an assassin to kill Gabriel, Russian crime boss Max Novgorodsky made a big mistake. The assassin’s bullet missed Gabriel but took the life of one of his closest and dearest friends. Now the former SAS member has one thing on his mind. Vengeance.

Heads, you lose

Halfway round the world, Colombian cartel boss Martin Ruiz sits down in a Japanese tea house to be served by his favourite geisha. But only one of them will leave in one piece.

The cartel are engaged in a bloody turf war with the White Koi triad. The stakes are sky-high: control of a global drug trafficking route.

Tails, I win

Gabriel's partner is Eli Schochat. She’s a real badass with an IDF and Mossad background. Together, they travel to Saint Petersburg, then a diamond mine in the far east of Russia.

Gabriel's skills extend from unarmed combat to knife-fighting and automatic weapons. From espionage to covert surveillance. Foreign languages to hypnosis. He'll need them all on this single-minded pursuit of justice for his dead friend.

"I want to go to prison"

Gabriel’s plan is simple. Novgorodsky’s organisation – Kuznitsa, “the Forge” – recruits its muscle from one of the worst penal colonies in Russia. Gabriel aims to get inside.

The three opposing forces, with Gabriel caught in the crossfire, come together at Max’s country house outside Moscow in an explosive climax.

If you like your action intense

As a Department operative, Gabriel is expected to play by the rules - even if they're written by an off-books outfit run by his former CO. But this is no Department mission. This is personal. And there's only one rule. Keep going until Max is dead, or you are.


The Haunting of Thackery School (A Riveting Haunted House Mystery Series Book 14)
by Skylar Finn
$0.00, 308 pages, 4.6 out of 5.0 (87 reviews), #23 in Women's Literary Fiction
Frances Teller has been running from the past since the tragic fire that killed two of her friends as a teenager.

When Frances Teller accepts a job teaching at the prestigious Thackeray School in Vermont, she learns that the ghosts who haunt the hallways have adirect connection to her dangerous past. Now Frances must come to terms with the crime she committed as a student--before history repeats itself.

M-9: A Chelmin and Spaulding CID Mystery
by Marvin J. Wolf
$0.00, 435 pages, 4.9 out of 5.0 (15 reviews), #3,484 in Military Thrillers
Two unlikely partners find themselves in the crosshairs of a ruthless international gang in this thriller.
Veteran author Wolf has created an intriguing odd couple in this first volume of his new series. Wily detective Rudy Chelmin joined the Army Criminal Investigation Division after losing his leg in action in 1991. Rudy discovers a new partner in recruit Will Spaulding, who finds a woman’s naked body in a boxcar full of Army boots. Will enlisted in the Army after getting run out of Barstow, California, after daring to arrest a guilty but privileged scion. The two pair up to solve the murder of Kendra Farrell, the naked woman who died from hypothermia. But their efforts attract the attention of M-9, a dangerous Salvadoran gang, which blows up Will’s Camaro with an RPG. Kendra worked at a base that was the Marine equivalent of, handling orders for all sorts of items. So first the investigators have to determine whether Kendra was involved in or stumbled onto something shady. Next, they have to figure out which of the police with whom they have been working may be in league with M-9, striving to block their investigation. Finally, Rudy disappears and Will has to locate him before he ends up exactly like Kendra. Wolf, who was an Army combat photographer in Vietnam, draws on his experiences to lend authenticity to his descriptions of the military and its infrastructure. But he also shines at research, painting a vivid picture of M-9 and its associates. Between his knowledge and his inquiries, the author has fashioned a well-woven tapestry that Rudy and Will must unravel in order to solve their case. The well-drawn Rudy and Will are the winning foundation on which this intricate thriller is built. Rudy is set in his ways, drawing on his instincts as an investigator. He’s a widower who lost his wife in a suspicious tank accident but starts to find love again in this story. Will is more of an inexperienced plodder but he still manages to intellectually challenge Rudy. They are an enjoyable team that readers will want to visit with again.—Kirkus Reviews

TEN TIMES GUILTY: A Gripping Crime Thriller of Passion, Brutality, and Rage
by Brenda Hill
$0.00, 274 pages, 4.5 out of 5.0 (59 reviews), #101 in Police Procedurals

A serial rapist finds his new victim: struggling single mother Tracy Michaels.

Tracy' desperately wants to change her life to better provide for Ritchie, her baby son, so she switches hours at work. While hurrying home from a late shift, her world shatters when she's attacked, beaten, and sexually assaulted. If she goes to the police, he'll kill Ritchie, but the SVU team is alerted. When the detectives show up at the hospital, she panics: does he know? A delivered note taunts her. He's watching. Desperate to keep her baby from harm, she escapes from the hospital and seeks shelter for Ritchie and herself in a safe house for battered women.

He finds her.

Will she and her baby ever be safe? There's only one thing to do.

"Hill mesmerizes with the horrific details of rape, self-blame, and the will to live. A compelling tale of pain, courage, and hope."
RT Book Reviews

"A great read! Ms Hill is a cross between Iris Johansen and Nora Roberts. The tension kept me spellbound until the end."
Claire M Teeters,
Yucaipa/Calimesa News Mirror

Tracy Michaels is a single mother with self-determination and spunk.... even if she doesn't know it. After a life changing event, Tracy is forced to come to terms with her own past in order to protect her son's future. With the help of her friends and one great police Sergeant, Tracy will take control of her destiny.

This meticulous research done for this book was obvious and impressive. The background information on rape standards was very well put together and fit perfectly into the story. And I loved the character Sergeant Reese Sanders. He was wonderfully flawed, an unlikely hero on the verge of self-destruction. Even though you are introduced to the perpetrator early on in the story, there is still the element of suspense and you will find yourself rooting for Tracy right from page one! This author has just been put on my list of favorites. I will be looking for many more books from Brenda Hill-Seaman and recommend that everyone else does too!
By C.C.

You will not walk home alone for a very long time after reading Brenda Hill's book, Ten Times Guilty. You will get inside the mind of serial killer and rapist, Karlton Wolfe, and there you will see pure evil. Not since Truman Capote's, In Cold Blood, has the mind of a maniac been more laid bare. You will go through the trauma of rape and fear of the victims. Ms. Hill has written this story with the flair of a seasoned writer, and leaves nothing out. I found myself thinking about Ten Times Guilty during the day while at work, and once I turned off the light at night, I was still going over it in my mind. Ten Times Guilty is a powerful experience, one not easily forgotten.
Betty Fasig
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The Watched (CSI Reilly Steel Book 4)
by Casey Hill
$0.00, 337 pages, 4.4 out of 5.0 (204 reviews), #1 in Noir Crime
From the USA TODAY bestselling author. "If you like Patricia Cornwell or Kathy Reichs, you'll love this." LOVEREADING.
Get Books 1 - 3 in the CSI Reilly Steel box set & save 50%

Quantico-trained forensic investigator Reilly Steel is back in the country of her birth. Unsure about both her future and her position within the Dublin police force, Reilly hopes that a relaxing stay at the Florida beach home of her old FBI mentor Daniel Forrest will help get her thoughts together.

When Daniel's son, policeman Todd, is called to the scene of a gruesome murder where the body of a beautiful woman has literally been torn in two, he is stopped in his tracks. Not just because of the grotesque and theatrical nature of the crime but because he recognizes the victim.

In an attempt to find swift resolution on her old friend's behalf, Reilly finds herself drawn into the investigation.
And when another disturbing murder occurs soon after, she can't help but feel that she has come across something like this before. But where?

And will Reilly's brief hiatus in the US force her into a decision about her future in Dublin, and the unfinished business she has there?

An Unkindness of Ravens (The Birdwatcher Series Book 1)
by European P. Douglas
$0.00, 334 pages, 4.6 out of 5.0 (17 reviews), #27 in Police Procedurals
A Serial Killer from her past; an FBI Agent with a personal agenda, and an Investigative Journalist determined to get the story at any cost.

While she was out enjoying her senior prom, Sarah Brighwater's mother was murdered in their home. The serial killer was known to the police but never caught. Now, fifteen years later, Sarah is an FBI Agent in the Behavioral Science Unit tracking down killers like the one who killed her mother.

When a new string of murders begins and bodies are dumped near her old home town, Sarah wonders about the re-emergence of her lifelong tormentor. Could it be him?

Tyler Ford is a respected investigative journalist working for a less than respected Newspaper. He too sees the links to Sarah's past and wonders. He knows he has to keep close to her to find out the real story. But when the killer contacts him, Tyler finds that she needs him more than he needs her.

The pair race against time to find the killer before he disappears once more into the dark underworld that hides him so well.

Can two people with opposing goals work together well enough to bring down a serial killer? Read on to find out!

Designer Dirty Laundry: A Samantha Kidd Mystery (The Samantha Kidd Mysteries Book 1)
by Diane Vallere
$0.00, 246 pages, 4.1 out of 5.0 (297 reviews), #8 in General Humorous Fiction
She expected the fashion industry to be ruthless. She wasn't prepared for it to turn deadly.

Ready to redesign her life, style expert Samantha Kidd accepts a job in her Pennsylvania hometown as a trend specialist. But her first day goes completely A-line when she stumbles across her legendary boss dead in the elevator. And after the body disappears, she can't help but pull on the mystery's thread and unravel an entire wardrobe of suspects.

Supervising her deceased employer's vogue competition, Samantha tries to hem in a sexy shoe designer and countless ego-driven creatives to stitch together the clues. But when her own name appears on the police's suspect list, the sleuthing fashionista's days on the catwalk could be numbered.

Can Samantha put a killer in the spotlight before she's sewn up for a crime she didn't commit?

Designer Dirty Laundry is the first book in the feel-good Samantha Kidd mystery series. If you like witty protagonists, clever dialogue, and fashion-forward drama, then you'll love Diane Vallere's chic story.

Buy Designer Dirty Laundry for this season's murder couture today!

COLLECTOR'S EDITION – COMPLETE RAFFLES SERIES & SHERLOCK HOLMES ADVENTURES: 60+ Novels & Stories in One Volume (Mystery & Crime Classics): Including The ... Co., and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
by E. W. Hornung
$0.00, 1086 pages, 4.7 out of 5.0 (8 reviews), #37 in Mystery Anthologies
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The Amateur Cracksman
The Ides of March
A Costume Piece
Gentlemen and Players
Le Premier Pas
Wilful Murder . . .
The Black Mask; or Raffles: Further Adventures
No Sinecure
A Jubilee Present
The Fate of Faustina
The Last Laugh
To Catch a Thief . . .
A Thief in the Night
Out of Paradise
The Chest of Silver
The Rest Cure
The Criminologists' Club
The Field of Philippi . . .
Mr. Justice Raffles (Novel)
Mrs. Raffles
The Adventure of the Herald Personal
The Adventure of the Newport Villa
The Adventure of Mrs. Gaster's Maid
The Pearl Rope of Mrs. Gushington-andrews . . .
R. Holmes and Co.
Introducing Mr. Raffles Holmes
The Adventure of The Dorrington Ruby Seal
The Adventure of Mrs. Burlingame's Diamond Stomacher
The Adventure of The Missing Pendants . . .
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
A Scandal in Bohemia
The Red-Headed League
A Case of Identity
The Boscombe Valley Mystery
The Five Orange Pips
The Man with the Twisted Lip
E. W. Hornung (1866–1921) was an English author and poet and also brother-in-law to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Hornung is known for writing the A. J. Raffles series about a gentleman thief based on a deliberate inversion of the Sherlock Holmes series. Hornung dedicated his creation as a form of flattery to Doyle.
John Kendrick Bangs (1862–1922) was an American author, editor and satirist.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859–1930) was a British writer and physician, most noted for creating the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes and his partner Dr. Watson which is generally considered milestones in the field of crime fiction.

The Things you find in Rockpools Boxset: The Rockpools Series books 1 - 3
by Gregg Dunnett
$0.00, 1238 pages, 4.4 out of 5.0 (16 reviews), #16 in International Mystery & Crime
The international best-seller with thousands of five-star reviews - now available as a complete boxset!

Meet Billy Wheatley. At just eleven years old, he’s a little young to play detective, but he’s kind of a child prodigy, or at least he thinks he is. So when a tourist girl goes missing from his local beach, and the police can’t find her, he decides to use his unique skills to solve the case.

With an approach to police work like nothing you’ve ever read before, he makes quick progress – though not always in the right direction. But when the trail of clues leads uncomfortably close to home, he finds himself in terrible danger. Because the person who took the girl isn’t just someone he knows – it’s the only person he thought he could trust.

Billy might just be smart enough to break the case, but is he smart enough to stay alive too?

And how do you catch a killer – when you're just a kid?

The Things you Find in Rockpools is the first in the USA and UK Amazon bestselling Rockpools series with over 100,000 copies sold and thousands of international five-star reviews. This Boxset also includes the highly rated sequel The Lornea Island Detective Club (over 500 reviews, average 4.7 stars) and the brand new release The Appearance of Mystery. Perfect for fans of L.J. Ross, Adam Croft, KL Slater and anyone who loves gripping and utterly engrossing crime thrillers. Here’s just a taste of what readers are saying:

“Hugely enjoyable. This is a cut above your usual thriller, and will keep you guessing until the end.” *****

“Billy has just become my favorite ever character!” *****

“I would give it 6 stars if I could.” *****

"Hands down my best read of the year!" *****

“A fantastic twisting mystery thriller, set on an evocative and lonely island, and featuring the most likable character I’ve read in years.” Amazon Reviewer *****

“I totally and utterly fell in love with Billy Wheatley.” *****

“Hugely enjoyable. This is a cut above your usual thriller, and will keep you guessing until the end.” *****

“Billy has just become my favorite ever character!” *****

“I would give it 6 stars if I could.” *****

"Hands down my best read of the year!" *****

"Amazing! Best sequel Book I’ve ever read!" *****

"Did not disappoint. A fab read!" Shelly *****

"Loved it from start to finish." Gerry *****

"An unusual storyline and lead character. I loved it!" *****

Start reading today, and find out if Billy can unpick the lies – before it’s too late...

THE FORSAKEN INN (Gothic Mystery Classic): Historical Thriller: Intriguing Novel Featuring Dark Events Surrounding a Mysterious Murder
by Anna Katharine Green
$0.00, 238 pages, 4.1 out of 5.0 (150 reviews), #24 in Historical Thrillers
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The Forsaken Inn is a historical mystery novel set in the late 18th century, about a young newly-wed couple staying the night at the Inn, and leaving the next day. Several years later a secret room is discovered with the bride's body in it. But, many people saw the bride leave with her new husband. How is that possible?
Anna Katharine Green (1846-1935) was one of the first writers of detective fiction in America and distinguished herself by writing well plotted, legally accurate stories. Green has been called "the mother of the detective novel". She stamped the mystery genre with the distinctive features that would influence writers from Agatha Christie and Conan Doyle to contemporary authors of suspenseful "whodunits".

Front Page News (London Series Book 1)
by Sadie Gordon Richmond
$0.00, 244 pages, 4.2 out of 5.0 (30 reviews), #4 in Serial Killers
Beautiful and confident, Zoe Mitchell was on the verge of a successful modelling career – until, one night, someone strangled and mutilated the young woman in her bed.

During the early days of their investigation, DCI Lawrence Forrester and his partner DS Rebecca Palmer uncover a string of disloyalties and a family divided by betrayal and cruelty. As more facts filter in, it seems likely that Zoe’s killer is chillingly close to home.

Then, as events take a startling turn, Rebecca finds herself more involved than she could ever have imagined.

Broken Reality: Prologue
by Rhiley McCabe
$0.00, 47 pages, 4.2 out of 5.0 (22 reviews), #4 in Religious Science Fiction & Fantasy
Gary Davis has everything going for him. His wife is a loving, supportive gem and his kids adore him. And he’s about to close an important deal for the family business. It’s the biggest deal of his life; one that will change his life forever—so says his mother.

On his way to the wild African continent to close the deal, the unexplainable happens: the man who had been sitting next to him on the plane disappears. The flight attendants, however, are adamant that Gary had been alone during the entire flight.

As his perception of reality shifts and his world falls apart in a foreign country, Gary turns to the only person he feels he can trust—Amanda Tait. Unsure of Gary’s intentions, she decides to help him figure out what’s happening to him.

Broken Reality: The Prequel is the introduction to Rhiley McCabe’s exciting new five-part mystery thriller series.

Step into Gary Davis’ tumultuous world, where all is not what it seems…

He Huli ʻUlaʻula: A Study in Scarlet (The Adventures of Kamaka Holmes Book 1)
by Fevronia Watkins
$0.00, 151 pages, 4.7 out of 5.0 (5 reviews), #12 in Historical Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Fiction
In January of 1886 I landed in Hilo, the largest city on the Island of Hawaiʻi, and for the first time met my cousin, Lydia Kamakaʻimiʻike Kāwau Holmes. Little did I know that meeting would emboil me in a series of adventures as outré as anything in a London crime paper, as my dear cousin strove to equal the skill and reputation of her distant relative—Mr. Sherlock Holmes!
Kamaka's Father was Brother to my Mother, but the relationship had grown so distant that I was in greatest trepidation during the entirety of my voyage to her isles, and entirely unsure of what welcome I should receive. None in Worcester had mentioned this Uncle, nor his daughter, to me and so I was ignorant of the relationship until after the death of both my parents and I was instructed to pack all of my belongings and leave my dear home.
In the ensuing years I came to love my newfound ʻohana, as family is called in the Hawaiian, and it has afforded me no little pleasure to tell of their adventures in the beautiful islands which became my own adopted homeland.
~Fevronia H. Watkins

“Through the eyes of Kamaka and Fevronia, the enchanting heroines of the story, the reader embarks on a journey to a transitional period in Hawaiian history; the author accurately recounts the social paradigm of the day into a tapestry of spectacular colors interwoven with mystery and a myriad of emotions!”

~ Lucia Tarallo
Author of "Daughters of Haumea"



As a Sherlockian, the father of five daughters, and a resident of Hawai’i, I am delighted that you, dear reader, have chosen to discover this unique version of "A Study in Scarlet." It is always a treat to read The Canon (the original 4 novels and 56 short stories about Sherlock Holmes) and the many pastiches it has inspired. But it is a further joy when young ladies are strong and clever as they come of age in such a story set in the late 19th century.
In the spirit of The Grand Game played by Sherlockians around the globe, I feel a special obligation to recognize the “literary agent” involved with this effort. Her name is D. Leilehua Yuen and she is a fellow member of The Shaka Sherlockians of Hawai’i. Leilehua is a noted Hawaiian historian, educator, artist, and author. This is her first work of fiction—excuse me, her first foray into The Grand Game. As the literary agent Sir Arthur Conan Doyle brought to life the words of Dr. John Watson, so Leilehua Yuen brings to life the words of Miss Fevronia Watkins, chronicler of Miss Lydia Kamakaʻimiʻike Kāwau Holmes.
"He Huli ʻUlaʻula" (A Study in Scarlet) is a timeless adventure which will be embraced by both young adults and adults. The theme of friendship between cousins Fevronia and Kamaka shines through in much the same way it dominates and threads all the stories of The Canon. Readers will learn about life in late 19th century Monarchial Hawaiʻi, while reinforcing their love of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John H. Watson.
Yes, the game is indeed afoot…but this time in Hawaiʻi!

Dr. Joseph T. Page Jr.
Gasogene – The Shaka Sherlockians of Hawai’i
Author of The Kingdom Queen: A Medieval Novella
November 2020

Just Another Domestic (DI Saul Shakespeare Book 2)
$0.00, 102 pages, 5.0 out of 5.0 (3 reviews), #95 in Psychological Fiction

Just Another Domestic is a crime novel that delves deep into the dynamics and secrets of an abusive relationship. It’s the story of two women, Julia Warner and Alison Morley, both of them victims of their psychopathic husband, Max Warner – with, for one of them, catastrophic consequences.
This is the second book featuring Saul Shakespeare, a Detective Inspector leading a cold case team in Stratford-on-Avon and carving a life out for himself in the area. He is separated from his partner Lauren and daughter Jodie, so some tensions arise. In addition, he has ageing parents who are harbouring a secret that will affect him deeply.
The story jigsaw its events together in a reflection of the way a cold case team would typically discover them. Readers are thus given an insightful picture into how a detective team really works – and this picture is one that presents us with a shocking, highly memorable, climax.


Paris: A Curse in the City of the Catacombs: A Short Story of the Macabre
by D. J. Swales
$0.00, 66 pages, 5.0 out of 5.0 (3 reviews), #11 in Historical Fiction Short Stories

Emily in Paris meets Stephen King, Anne Rice, and Clive Barker! ★★★★★

Don't miss this. Will you ever say "I Love Paris" again? Dare to find out . . .

◆ Author D.J. Swales conceived this disturbing tale on a night walk, while working at Paris Fashion Week ◆

A chilling short story, set in the City of Light. The unmissable latest release from the author of BARATANAC (Parts I, II, and III), Book One of Fitzmarbury Witches – the accomplished debut horror thriller novel available on Amazon, Kindle, and Kindle Unlimited.

Ryan is an awkward Irish poet. He moves to Paris on the heels of a messy break up. Ryan's new home is a decaying mansion block, built atop the ruins of a monastery. Nearby, the Paris Metro rattles through Barbès – Rochechouart station at all hours of the night. Ryan finds a job in an Irish pub in Le Marais. He becomes besotted with Constance, his French co-worker from Bordeaux. Lovestruck Ryan’s eccentric Paris neighbour, Madame Blankenfelde, appears at his place of work. She is terrified. Together, Ryan and Constance are quickly drawn into disturbing events beyond their imagining . . . events of an old, malevolent, and determined lineage.

Shudder at this Short Story of the Macabre, the first of D.J. Swales' Bloomsbury Chronicles short stories to be published.

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Doors of the Night (Thriller Classic): Murder Mystery Novel
by Frank L. Packard
$0.00, 308 pages, 4.0 out of 5.0 (15 reviews), #72 in Teen & Young Adult Thrillers & Suspense
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Things don't look good for Billy Kane when his millionaire employer David Ellsworth is found murdered and robbed. All evidences suggest that he is the one who did it, and those circumstances dictate that he must go in hiding. As Billy wonders further in New York's criminal underground, he gets mistaken for a notorious Buddy Morgan, known as The Rat, one of the bosses of the underworld. Seizing on the unlikely opportunity to clear his name Billy decides to pit the underworld in a fight on the side of justice against the police.
Frank Lucius Packard (1877-1942) was a Canadian novelist best known for his Jimmie Dale mystery series. As a young man he worked as a civil engineer for the Canadian Pacific Railway. His experiences working on the railroad led to his writing a series of railroad stories and novels. Packard also wrote number of mystery novels, the most famous of which featured a character called Jimmie Dale, a wealthy playboy by day and a fearless crime fighter by night. Jimmie Dale novels brought the idea of a costume and mask for hero's secret identity, and also established the concept of a hero's secret hideout or lair.

Don't You Want Me?
by Richard Easter
$0.00, 383 pages, 4.3 out of 5.0 (6 reviews), #26 in Police Procedurals
"This is a brilliant book...if I could I would give it 10 stars"- Alison V, Netgalley.
London,1981. As race riots erupt, Prince Charles and Lady Diana prepare to marry & New Romantics dance, an identity-shifting serial killer is operating in plain sight. But no-one has realised except Detective Inspector Anna Leeding, who has secrets of her own…

“Don’t You Want Me?” is a novel for fans of twists, thrillers, history, music, and popular culture.

Richard Easter, author of “The General Theory Of Haunting” & “The Gentle Art Of Forgetting” turns his perspective-and-time-bending literary style to the serial killer genre with “Don’t You Want Me?”
Amid the cultural and social upheaval of 1981,D.I. Leeding suspects apparent accidents and suicides could be subtle acts of revenge, and strange blue charcoal messages may be the key to something bigger and deadlier.
But in this cat-and-mouse story of vengeance, no-one is quite what they seem, and in 1981, when the New Romantics played with image, first appearances can be deceptive.

1981 was not so removed from today, with a highly divisive celebrity President, and race protests filling the streets. A time when gender and sexual identity were openly questioned, and the far right clashed with the far left. There was an existential threat; today, climate change and Covid-19, in 1981,we hoarded food and prepared for when either the U.S or Russian leader pushed the nuclear button.
So to everyone who was there and those for whom this is their first time, “Don’t You Want Me?’ welcomes you to 1981. It was a hell of a year.

Richard Easter’s previous two novels are rated an average of 4.3 and 4.4 on Amazon.

Dead Cold
by Simon Largo
$0.00, 34 pages, 3.8 out of 5.0 (70 reviews), #107 in One-Hour Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Short Reads
On a hot New York summer's day, a corpse is found in a very public place and in unusual circumstances. As the homicide investigation begins, Detective Mason Trent begins to suspect that not everything is as it seems, in this puzzling murder mystery. Dead Cold is an e-short crime thriller.

The Reticent Detective (Time to Say Goodnight Book 1)
by Phil Hughes
$0.00, 351 pages, 4.5 out of 5.0 (4 reviews), #38 in International Mystery & Crime
From the author Camilleri fans are all talking about.

Bobbi is a Neapolitan cop with a past. Rachel is an American cop with a career. He has done what he must to guarantee justice is served. She will do what she must to ensure the future she deserves.

Apart and yet together, they are serving in a cauldron of deceit, corruption, jealousy and murder. Are their paths set to collide, or merge?

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Notes and Tips

I started making these lists for my own use in 2013 when an Amazon policy change gutted all of the web sites that listed free Kindle books. Before the policy change, those sites would get some amount of compensation for directing people to the Amazon web site. After the policy change, they lost all compensation for the month if most of their referrals that month were for free books. So most of those web sites stopped listing the free books.

I use the description "newly free" for these book lists. That means I won't list a book again if I've listed it recently. There are so many books that are permanently free, or frequently free, that it makes it difficult to find "newly free" books manually looking through the Amazon search results. There are just too many repeats every day. But I have included the links to those Amazon searches on the category headers, so you can always click the link to see the full list if you'd like. My process just extracts the "newly free" books from those search results, by keeping a record of books I've listed in the past.

The lists are designed for easy navigation through the books. Clicking on the blurb of any given book will bring the next book in the list up to the top of the screen. This makes it easy to quickly go through them one-by-one. Each category header has an index of the various categories available, and also shows the number of books available in each category. Clicking on the category header itself will bring up the full Amazon search listing of free books for that category.

If you're in Canada, Germany, or the UK, clicking on the "CA" or "DE" or "UK" link in the top right hand corner of the document will change all of the book links from USA to Canada or Germany or the UK. But they may not be free there as they are in the USA. Usually, but not always.

If an author classifies their book as belonging to multiple genres (e.g. fantasy, horror), it will only be listed in the first genre that I process. I process the sub-categories of a major category first, so that the book will be listed in the more specific category.

The rating and # of reviews will be highlighted green to flag ratings above 4.5 stars with more than 50 reviews.

Horizontal bars above the blurbs may be red. You can ignore that. They're just reminders to me that I have already purchased that book.

Free book searches on Amazon

Three ways to search for free (or Prime) books on Amazon:

Currently, there are about 90,000 free Kindle books, a thousand "Prime Reading" books, and over 1.6 million "Prime Eligible" books. With only a few exceptions, "Kindle Unlimited" means "Prime Eligible". "Prime Reading" offers unlimited loans per month, while "Prime Eligible" is just one loan per month.

From the initial search results, you can drill down into categories and use any of the left navigation bar filters.

Those same searches with a keyword:

Click on the "search" part of the "results for" line and you can change the search term to whatever you desire. Then you can continue as before and use the normal drill-down and/or filter choices.

Reddit Groups

There are two Reddit groups that regularly have free Kindle books listed:

Kindle Freebies
Free E-Books


The eReaderIQ web site is a price tracking service for Kindle books. It allows you to set up watch lists for books and authors, and then they will send you an email alert when a book reaches a certain price, or an author has a book with a price reduction.


The BookBub web site will send you email alerts with handpicked recommendations on books, for your selected genres. Some are free, others just have price reductions.

Galaxy Magazine

Galaxy Science Fiction was an American digest-size science fiction magazine, published from 1950 to 1980, and they are now offered free online:

​They can be downloaded as mobi files for the Kindle as well as being read online.​ Used to be one of my favorite SF magazines. I almost always had one with me when I was in high school.


If you're more interested in mainstream books, check to see what options you have from your local library. Many use the Overdrive or Libby sites to loan out Kindle books. If that's not available to you, or your local library has a limited collection, the "Free Library of Philadelphia" has an extensive Overdrive collection, and an out-of-state library card is only $50 per year. Less than half the price of KU.


Project Gutenberg, founded in 1971, is an Internet archive of free public domain books, created via a volunteer effort that digitizes and archives such books. You can download the Kindle format of a book and then transfer the book to your Kindle directly using a USB cable or by emailing it to your Kindle via its Send-to-Kindle email address using your email client or something like the Amazon Send-To-Kindle tool or an eBook management tool like Calibre.


Notifications of new listings will be made in various GoodReads discussion groups (e.g. Amazon Kindle), as well as on the Reddit FreeEBOOKS group. There is also an RSS Feed.