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Newly Free Cozy Kindle Books for 2020-08-10

Ain't Seen Muffin Yet (Lexy Baker Cozy Mystery Series Book 15)
by Leighann Dobbs
$0.00, 216 pages, 4.9 out of 5.0 (60 reviews), #4 in Women Sleuths (Kindle Store)
The Brook Ridge Falls Retirement Center is still reeling over the death of one of their own when Lexy and her senior detective friends are asked to investigate another murder. Muriel Maguire insists that her grandson, Henry, has been framed for the murder of his wife, but the clues all point to Henry, and the police already have him in custody.



The suspect list is long, including members of the victim’s family who have a very unusual and suspicious profession. Too bad the husband had motive and his alibi is flimsy. Is he guilty, or is he being framed? 



When the investigation leads them to a mysterious woman, the case takes a curious twist, and a contact inside the prison reveals stunning information that turns the case on its head. Plus, there is one odd clue the police have overlooked—a corn muffin.



Little Feather: A Miranda Riley Paranormal Cozy Mystery (Miranda Riley Paranormal Cozy Mysteries Book 1)
by Dianne Harman
$0.00, 152 pages, 4.8 out of 5.0 (86 reviews), #1 in Paranormal Vampire Romance
All it takes is one phone call to change your life.

Miranda Riley is a blackjack dealer in Las Vegas when she receives a call from the police that her mother, Eve, is missing. She rushes home to Little Feather, Oklahoma, hoping to quickly find her mother so she can return to her life in the big city.

But once Miranda begins to search for her, she finds there is much more to Little Feather and her mother than she originally thought. First, the city is an oasis for supernatural creatures, and secondly, her mother was the Paranormal Investigator who kept them all in line.

As a P.I., it was her mother's job to make sure the paranormal creatures stayed out of view from humans and didn't commit any crimes. But now that she's gone that’s changing.

Miranda finds herself caught up in a world she never knew existed. She needs to find her mother before paranormal things get out of hand in Little Feather, and two very attractive men are willing to help her.

Dianne Harman is a USA Today Bestselling Author and Amazon All-Star.


Peaches and Scream (Apple Orchard Cozy Mystery Book 8)
by Chelsea Thomas
$0.00, 268 pages, 4.7 out of 5.0 (71 reviews), #25 in General Humorous Fiction
Life's a peach. Murder is the pit.

Peaches are back in season at the orchard and everyone's got that warm, fuzzy feeling.

Miss May throws a "Peach Party" to celebrate. The whole town turns up for the bash. They munch on Peach pie, they drink Peach Sangria. Everything is, well, peachy. Until...

...a dead body turns up in the bakeshop.

The shop is locked from the inside and there are no signs of a struggle. But it's clear to everyone that this was a murder.

One big problem...

...Chelsea and Miss May are the only people who have keys to the building.

Will Chelsea end up in prison for a crime she didn't commit?

You'll love this story because it has a mystery that's tough to solve, plus a peach pie recipe that's been in the family for generations.

FREE to read on Kindle Unlimited. Grab it now.


I'm Kona Love You Forever (Islands of Aloha Mystery Series Book 6)
by JoAnn Bassett
$0.00, 302 pages, 4.5 out of 5.0 (126 reviews), #23 in Cozy Mystery
Maui wedding planner Pali Moon gets stuck with lousy chores all the time: refereeing bridesmaid cat fights, sobering up grooms, and battling Botoxed m-o-t-b’s over where the stepmother sits at the rehearsal dinner. But this one beats all. In early January she has to tell a Kona-born bride-to-be she’s dead. The fine folks at the Vital Records Office insist the birth certificate the bride’s using belongs to a dead baby and they won’t issue her a marriage license. The wedding can’t go on without a license, so Pali goes to Kona to track down the paperwork. Seriously, how hard can it be to locate a certified birth record issued by the State of Hawaii? Turns out, nearly impossible. But worse, people are dying to keep it hidden.


GOD Plague (Viral Thrillers Book 1)
by Phoenix Sullivan
$0.00, 298 pages, 5.0 out of 5.0 (8 reviews), #142 in Cozy Animal Mystery
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A vet first described the lethal disease that seems to mimic rabies--right down to its aggressive form--as a globulin obstructive disorder. That was 12 weeks ago, before it swept across America, ravaging the canine population. Before lawmakers made it a crime to own a dog and greenlighted a shoot-on-sight policy. Before the media pounced on the term, and the GOD Plague name was born.

Like his fellow virologists, Trevor Cole is desperate to create a vaccine. Not just for Buddy, his golden retriever and the focus of his bachelor life, but because the GOD virus is showing an uncanny ability to mutate. To create new strains. And with thousands of combinations of viral RNA strands to test, it doesn't help that researchers are suddenly dying by violence, that China's making threats, or that somewhere in West Virginia, the virus has just jumped species.

Deputy Kate Harmon isn't one to believe the sheriff's conspiracy theories about who's behind the GOD Plague. But when she meets Trevor and his fellow scofflaws--ordinary people whose lives have been deeply impacted by their canine companions, and who're harboring them illegally in a remote compound--her beliefs about terrorists, the law and the basic nature of humanity are put to the test.

Because nature isn't the only force manipulating the virus. Even in their small town, bio-warfare threats reverberate. Drones are in the air, and someone who wants to make damn sure a vaccine doesn't happen is gunning for Trevor.

Because sometimes conspiracy theories are true.

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Two-book series. No cliffhangers.

Book 1: GOD Plague
Book 2: Lazarus Rising


Candy Coated Murder: A Pumpkin Hollow Mystery, Book 1
by Kathleen Suzette
$0.00, 142 pages, 4.4 out of 5.0 (44 reviews), #22 in Holiday Fiction (Kindle Store)

“Hazel Martin is the meanest woman in all of Pumpkin Hollow,” I said. Everyone knew it. But I may have said it one time too many, because when she turned up dead, the police were looking at me.

Mia Jordan has just moved home after being gone ten years, and when she discovers a neighbor has been murdered, it casts a shadow on the town's year-round Halloween theme. Can Mia find the killer and save the town's Halloween celebration before it's too late?

Halloween is celebrated all year long in Pumpkin Hollow. There are no paranormal elements, just good clean fun! And a murder, of course.



Missing: A Finn Delaney New York City Mystery Book 1
by Robert L. Bryan
$0.00, 198 pages, 4.5 out of 5.0 (23 reviews), #2 in Biographies of White Collar Crime

Sometimes, life doesn’t turn out the way we expect it to, and we are forced to unravel the mysteries we stumble upon.

In Missing, private detective Finn Delaney leads us through a tale of danger, darkness, and corruption, and he seems to be way off the course he expected to find himself on.

We’re taken on a journey into a spiderweb of international crime, and through the murkiest corners of New York City.

Finn is a man who had his hopes, dreams, and family tradition of police work snatched from him, and who has to deal with his lot the best way he can. We follow his journey into the world of private eye detecting, and feel his frustration at not following the previous four generations of his family into the NYPD. However, things quickly take a turn for the surprising… and we’re taken on a roller coaster ride of dark turns and shocking twists.

Finn’s lack of enthusiasm for his new job as a private detective is palpable. In over his head, out of his depth, and totally lacking experience, the shock that Finn gets when a vast, sprawling case lands in his lap is a truly thrilling one.

With a price on his head, and the flood level of murderous danger and revenge constantly rising, Finn works his way through the network of lies and peril, and finds his calling as a PI.

With a missing girl, some dodgy cops, and a case which continues to become more than it first appears, Finn Delaney has more on his plate than he expected.

With the clock ticking, and a personal vendetta against him, can this frustrated detective solve the mystery? Or will it take him to places he might not be ready to face, and challenge the pride his family had always held in the NYPD?

Make no mistake, this is a crime novel for today’s discerning reader, and with its undercurrents of suspicious communities, endemic police corruption, and plenty of dynamic comic relief (especially in the form of Finn Delaney’s best friend, Kevin), it zips along at a breakneck pace that will keep even the most jaded reader on the edge of their seat.

Buy Missing to learn the outcome of this exciting mystery!




Death Is Always a Resident
by Lorraine Jeffery
$0.00, 238 pages, 4.5 out of 5.0 (18 reviews), #19 in Cozy Mystery
“I could hear breathing on the line and then a man said real low, ‘Did you get my little present?’ He sounded so scary.”
“I said, ‘What present?’ And he didn’t say anything for a minute. Then he laughed and said, ‘This is Heather, isn’t it?’ I was too scared to answer but he knew who I was.”
Jan caught her breath and pulled Heather to her, hugging her tight . . .
“Did he say anything else?” Jan asked her daughter.
Heather looked at the floor. “He said, ‘Your mother kills old people.’ ”

Jan Myers has dedicated her career to helping the elderly. But after one of the elderly residents under her care mysteriously dies, Jan’s career, her daughter, and everything she loves is suddenly in jeopardy.

It’s up to Jan to piece together the clues and find out what happened before it’s too late!

This cozy mystery is a perfectly thrilling read. With shocking twists and romantic hints, it’s sure to keep you guessing till the very end.


Mud, Muck and Dead Things (A Campbell and Carter Mystery Book 1)
by Ann Granger
$0.00, 356 pages, 4.2 out of 5.0 (98 reviews), #16 in Traditional Detective Mysteries (Kindle Store)

The first thrilling instalment of the Campbell and Carter mysteries.

When the body of a young woman is discovered in the cowshed of Cricket Farm, the tranquility of the British countryside is shattered. Inspector Jess Campbell is on the case, but with few leads, a grumbling partner, and the new superintendent Ian Carter piling on the pressure, she’s beginning to wonder why she chose to be a detective in the first place.

The shifty land-owner Eli Smith seems to have something to hide, and as Campbell delves into the gruesome past of the dilapidated farm, the mystery deepens. A flashy Mercedes spotted fleeing the scene of the crime leads to a suspect, but when another body turns up, it looks as though Campbell’s lead is nothing but a dead end…

Book one in the Campbell and Carter Mysteries, Mud, Muck and Dead Things will thrill fans of M. C. Beaton, Joy Ellis and the Midsomer Murders.

Praise for Ann Granger

'Characterisation, as ever with Granger, is sharp and astringent' The Times

'The story just gets more complex, mysterious and chilling' Good Book Guide

'For once a murder novel which displays a gentle touch and a dash of wit' Northern Echo

'A clever and lively book' Margaret York



Where There's Smoke (Sugar Mountain Book 2)
by Kirsten Fullmer
$0.00, 244 pages, 4.4 out of 5.0 (7 reviews), #122 in Cozy Mystery
A sleepy Mountain Town, sparks of romance, and a secret society of nosy women...

The charming little town of Sugar Mountain NC needs an additional firehouse. Now that the town is bursting with tourists, the fire department is spread too thin. Mayor Winslow and the town council don’t agree, but Sarah, the town’s kindergarten teacher, has seen firsthand the need for more fire fighters. Unable to cope with her fear of fire and dedicated to protecting the children in her charge, Sarah can’t stand by and leave her precious little ones in danger. But once she starts pushing for expansion of the fire department, unexpected peril comes her way in the form of threatening notes. Sarah immediately takes her concerns to the Sugar Mountain Ladies Historical Society, the seemingly mild-mannered group of women who handle the town’s problems behind the scenes.

Hugh Brockman, the second in command at the firehouse, is taking extra shifts to cope with the shortage of firefighters. When he visits Sarah’s classroom to talk to her students about fire safety, he gets caught up with the lovely teacher and her concerns.

Will the secret sleuthing of the historical society get to the bottom of the threats on Sarah’s life? Will Sarah and Hugh find out who is resisting expansion of the fire department? Will Sarah follow her heart and fall in love, or will long buried anxiety hold her back?

Join in the antics of the Sugar Mountain Ladies Historical Society and fall in love along with Hugh and Sarah in this heartfelt and comical romantic mystery.


Behind The Gates (A Maggie McFarlin Mystery Book 1)
by Charisse Peeler
$0.00, 221 pages, 4.3 out of 5.0 (5 reviews), #196 in Cozy Mystery
Banyan Tree Country Club located in Boca Raton, Florida is an unlikely setting for a murder but when Marco Escobar is found dead, an arrow buried deep in his chest, Maggie McFarlin and her two lushy friends decide to investigate.

Maggie McFarlin is a middle aged retired technical writer from Seattle. Along with her friends Alexandra, a classy seventy-something aircraft contractor and Britney, an attractive twenty-nine-year-old hotel lobby designer, they find happy hour entertainment by investigating their fellow club members as likely suspects.

Even when Detective Mike Marker warns the women to stay out of the investigation, they continue their involvement exposing the motives of a colorful cast of suspects that lead the reader through several twists and turns along the way. In this fast paced whodunnit, can you guess who is the real killer is BEHIND THE GATES?


Leger's Summer (Leger Cat Sleuth Mysteries Book 33)
by Lacey Dearie
$0.00, 29 pages, 5.0 out of 5.0 (2 reviews), #76 in Cozy Animal Mystery
Still coming to terms with all the changes in their lives, Annabella decides it's time for the family to take a summer vacation. On the spur of the moment, she takes Leger and Bob back to the island to reconnect with Hugh and reminisce about old times. However, when a mysterious grey-haired man is discovered beaten and left for dead on the beach just as they arrive in the town, Leger decides to solve the case. It's not going to be easy since he's facing a lack of support and an injury to his paw but with the help of some new faces, Leger becomes extremely determined to solve the case.

This is the 33rd book in the Leger Cat Sleuth Mysteries Series.


Coffee & Corpses: A Clean Small Town Cozy Mystery with Coffee & Romance (Connie Cafe Mystery Series Book 1)
by Maisy Marple
$0.00, 133 pages, 5.0 out of 5.0 (1 reviews), #2 in Religious Mysteries (Kindle Store)

God, Coffee, and Murder


In the small town of Coffee Creek, things move pretty slow.
But when Connie Cafe finds the best golfer in town dead in a water hazard, suddenly, life in the Creek is anything but...

This is the first book in The Connie Cafe Mystery Series -- a perfect series for lovers of clean small town mysteries that feature coffee and an amateur sleuth who’s in way over her head.



The Night of the Screaming Horses (Dead Air Season 1 Episode 1)
by Gwenda Bond
$0.00, 56 pages, 3.3 out of 5.0 (16 reviews), #42 in Amateur Sleuth Mysteries (Kindle Store)
Explore your true crime obsession in a whole new way with Serial Box’s latest multimedia innovation in storytelling from three of today’s hottest storytellers, Gwenda Bond, New York Times-bestselling author Rachel Caine, and New York Times-bestselling author Carrie Ryan.

"Fast-paced, captivating, and completely surprising, prepare to stay up way too late—you won’t be able to put this down." -Megan Miranda, New York Times-bestselling author of All the Missing Girls and The Perfect Stranger
This is episode 1 of Dead Air, where M is for midnight, Mackenzie...and murder.

Mackenzie Walker wasn’t planning on using her college radio show to solve a decades-old murder, but when she receives an anonymous tip that the wrong man may have taken the fall, she can’t resist digging deeper.

It doesn’t take long for Mackenzie to discover gaps in the official story. Several potential witnesses conveniently disappeared soon after the murder. The victim, a glamorous heiress and founder of a Kentucky horse-racing dynasty, left behind plenty of enemies. And the cops don’t seem particularly interested in discussing any of it.

But when the threats begin, Mackenzie knows she’s onto something. Someone out there would prefer to keep old secrets buried and they seem willing to bury Mackenzie with them. Thankfully, she’s getting help from a very unexpected source: the victim’s son, Ryan. The closer she gets to him, however, the more important it is for Mackenzie to uncover the truth before he gets buried alongside her.

Read or listen to the ebook and audiobook of the serial novel Dead Air, and then check out Mackenzie’s podcast for a uniquely immersive experience. Does the truth lie in the serial, the podcast...or somewhere in-between?


Child's Play (DCI McKenna Book 5)
by Alison Taylor
$0.00, 403 pages, 3.6 out of 5.0 (8 reviews), #217 in Cozy Mystery
Surrounded by dense, dark woodland, the Hermitage is an exclusive school for girls.

One balmy summer's night, Sukie Melville leaves her room and vanishes into the woods. The following day her body is pulled from the waters of the Menai Strait.

When Superintendent Michael McKenna and his team move in to investigate the death, the school's charismatic headmistress insists it was suicide - but McKenna isn't so sure. With the truth inextricably bound up in the secrets and lies of the young girls, the investigation soon proves to be as labyrinthine as the woods surrounding the school.

Scratching the glossy surface, McKenna uncovers a dark and dangerous ethos underpinning the school. Nothing in that hotbed of passionate, brooding resentments is what it seems, and no one can be trusted...

Praise for Alison Taylor:



‘A complex, intelligent, absorbing story...Unusually for a detective story, it is the characterisation and the writing, even more than the plot, that hold the attention’ - Guardian

‘A haunting and intricately plotted novel’ - The Times

‘Taylor skilfully creates the claustrophobic atmosphere of a place where everyone seems to be hiding a secret and in which the police team, led as usual by Detectivc Supt. McKenna, struggle to elicit the truth’ - Sunday Telegraph

‘A compelling tale of a murder investigation...stays in your mind long after you’ve finished the book’ - She

Alison Taylor
has lived in North Wales for many years. She held senior childcare posts with the former Gwynedd County Council. She has been instrumental in exposing institutional child abuse, and in 1996 won the Campaign for Freedom of Information Award in this area. Her other books include The House of Women and Unsafe Convictions.


Sunshine On A Deadly Night: A Cosy Mystery (Charlie Green Mystery Book 1)
by Samantha Jeffree
$0.00, 143 pages, 0.0 out of 5.0 (0 reviews), #47 in Cozy Mystery
When Charlie Green moved back home to the small town of Sunshine she was expecting a quiet life with familiar faces. But when the Autumn Festival begins bringing with it tourists and an unexpected face from her past, things take an ugly turn.

A cosy mystery full of hot chocolates, cinnamon, intrigue and just a touch of magic.

Sunshine On A Deadly Night is a quick, cosy read with no coarse language, no real gore and very little violence.


Planning To Die (A Matthew Diggerson Mystery Book 2)
by D.G. Gillespie
$0.00, 177 pages, 0.0 out of 5.0 (0 reviews), #144 in Cozy Mystery
A young Matthew Diggerson, two years full-time at Ocean View College and five years married to Anna, witnesses a suicide via the towering Bay Bridge on the edge of campus, right after the jumper has whispered something strange to Digger before the fall. Digger investigates the suicide (Was it assisted? Are there more to come?), attempts to manage the burgeoning workload of a full-time professor, and tries to civilize two feral cats, even as his own marriage falls inexorably apart.


Brotherly Love: A Ceejay Wrenn Mystery
by Jodie March
$0.00, 260 pages, 0.0 out of 5.0 (0 reviews), #46 in Cozy Animal Mystery
Meet the Kepplers. They barge into Ceejay Wrenn’s life on an August morning—or more accurately, Hannah, one of the Keppler sisters, barges in. She is fighting with her siblings over the estate their late parents left behind, and she wants to hire Ceejay to settle the matter.

Ceejay is a private investigator, so she is used to the unexpected. But this family surprises even her. There are five of them, four sisters and a brother, all middle aged or older. The family is fractured, manipulative, and consumed by silent resentments. One of the siblings is embezzling, while a second is complicit in the crime. Two of the others pretend to be disengaged from the family wars, but they are not. And then there is Hannah, the family outcast, tormented by distant, and not so distant, memories.

On the surface above the darkness, the siblings act like children. In other circumstances, they might almost have passed for characters in a situation comedy. But not here, because the stakes are high, the anger is deep, and one of them ends up dead. And it’s up to Ceejay to track down the murderer—if, that is, it was a murder.


Special Edition: Cat With One Eye Closed Mystery (Red-crowned Crane Edition: Ronin Flash Fiction Book 12)
by Kristie Lynn Higgins
$0.00, 54 pages, 0.0 out of 5.0 (0 reviews), #15 in 90-Minute Literature & Fiction Short Reads
Special Edition: In this edition, poems and art are added.
Type: illustrated flash fiction about 700 words

Cat With One Eye Closed Mystery is a free Kindle Unlimited cozy mystery book and part of the Ronin Flash Fiction series. The ronin ( Horo-sha, a female samurai ) must solve a mystery surrounding the thief of rare gold coins. A cat mystery book.

Very quick reads, so sit back and enjoy this free kindle unlimited mysteries thrillers and suspense story.

The ronin, during her young adult years, travels the countryside of ancient Japan helping those in need. This female detective will not let injustice prevail. Have sword– will travel is her posted ad but she will help anyone she comes across and there are two... no three things she can't resist. A mystery, a cup of tea, and a relaxing bath in a hot spring. Tea and mysteries are always on her apt mind. Murder, theft, or just a puzzling mystery will not elude her keen senses.

Maji… a world fusing East and West cultures, during an era before the emergence of the steam engine. The sword was the ultimate weapon and brought order to the planet under the Emperor. Enter this alternate reality and see a fusing of two cultures. Travel through the world of with Horo-sha the Great Ronin Detective and see a glimpse of the age of the samurai full of intrigue and suspense.

Ronin: Have Sword-Will Travel Mystery Series:
1. The Missing Japanese Chin Mystery
2. How To Frame A Murder: Part One: Cat Painting Mystery
3. How To Frame A Murder: Part Two: Household Of Death Mystery

Ronin Flash Fiction Series:
1. The Tea Set Mystery
2. The Koi Pond Murder Mystery
3. A Bit Of Sweet Spice Mystery
4. The Rice Paddy Murder Mystery
5. Midnight Blue Valerian Murder Mystery
6. Killer Azure Hornet Murder Mystery
7. Calico Japanese Bobtail Cat Mystery
8. Ivory Jade Cat Statue Mystery
9. Scarlet Ibis Fever Murder Mystery
10. Scarlet Lovers Murder Mystery
11. I Spy With My Little Cat’s Eye Mystery
12. Cat With One Eye Closed Mystery
13. The Hammer And The Egg Murder Mystery
14. Who Is Guilty? The Kitten Or The Puppy Murder Mystery
15. The Kimono With The Red-Crowned Crane Mystery
16. The Cat Who Ate The Dog Murder Mystery
17. The Illuminated Fruit Mystery
18. What The Old Dog Saw and Heard Mystery
19. A Hawkeye View Of Murder, A Vexed Archer Mystery
20. The Guilty Blowfish Mystery, A Recipe For Murder
21. The Sword Of Death, Part One Of The Cursed Katana
22. Sharper Than A Blade, Part Two Of The Cursed Katana
23. The Leopard-Spotted Orchid Flower
24. The Horse And Carriage Murder
Meet the mysterious ronin detective who with sword in hand solves mysteries and helps those in need. The Ronin: Have Sword-Will Travel Mystery book series is action mixed with mystery with a slash of thriller thrown in. Very quick whodunit mysteries. Be immersed in an alternate reality of the Japanese culture of the samurai mixed with a steampunk era of the American Wild West. Action-adventure thriller in a parallel world. An alternate history of Japan. An alternate reality with action adventure mysteries. Whodunnit mysteries mixed with Japanese culture.

New to Flash Fiction? Flash Fiction are very very short books to tickle your fancy. They are a great way to see a writer's style and be introduced to the worlds they create and envision. These flash fiction pieces are part of a kindle unlimited mystery series so check them all out. Samurai detective and ronin gumshoe all rolled into one. Enjoy female sleuths mysteries then check out this crime thriller series. If you enjoy police detective mysteries, check out this ancient world where the tool of the trade was the mind. A female detective from an intriguing era. International mysteries and horrendous crimes. Ruthless murders, relentless mayhem, unthinkable secrets, malicious riddles and merciless masterminds will not be overlooked by the Ronin Detective. International intrigue as a young adult solves crimes and enjoys tea mysteries.


This Shady Business: A Bit of Comeuppance Too
by Francie Lucas
$0.00, 149 pages, 0.0 out of 5.0 (0 reviews), #118 in Paranormal Ghost Romance
Inspired by classic Film Noir and vintage TV works of Alfred Hitchcock, enjoy this eccentric collection of ordinary folks in bungling attempts at investigation or intrigue, often ending with a bit of comeuppance too. Forget: 'Who done it.' This is more like: 'They had it coming.' BTW: As always, resemblance of these characters to ANY colleagues (past or present) or colleagues of family or friends is PURELY coincidental! Why is everything about you? Stories include:
THIS SHADY BUSINESS: Early 1950s, a nosy neighbor and complaints to skeptical cops lead to shady plots.
CARETAKER'S GARDEN: Gardening tips from a cemetery.
UNIVERSE UNFOLDING: Life expectations for the daughter of an astronaut and near-beauty queen.
FAMILY TRADITION: Elderly sisters who had a strict father fail to break old habits.
THINGS DONE: Opening a Bed & Breakfast in a house with a bad reputation? Maybe it’s not the house . . .
BUSINESS AS USUAL: The best revenge is a clear conscience.
KEEPING SECRETSs: Everybody lies on their computer dating profile, right?



Newly Free Hard-Boiled Kindle Books for 2020-08-10

43 Missing (Detective Emilia Cruz Book 6)
by Carmen Amato
$0.00, 290 pages, 4.7 out of 5.0 (56 reviews), #7 in Pulp Thrillers

The award-winning Detective Emilia Cruz series delivers a heart-stopping alternative history novel as Acapulco’s first female police detective confronts Mexico’s most notorious true crime.


"A thrilling series." – National Public Radio


Emilia finds herself in Mexico City, part of a national task force examining the disappearance of 43 college students from a city in central Mexico. Despite its high profile, the task force lacks technical tools, organized case files, and reliable witnesses.


Emilia knows it’s a paper exercise to cover somebody's political you-know-what. Nobody expects to find out how the 43 students disappeared. Nobody expects to make an arrest.


As the task force heads to the scene of the crime, a diplomat from the United States embassy offers Emilia $50,000 to spike the investigation. The money could help her find El Acólito, the shadowy criminal she’s determined to kill.


How much is Emilia’s loyalty, conscience, and future really worth?


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43 MISSING is based on the true events of September 2014, when 43 students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers' College went missing in Iguala, Guerrero. They have yet to be found.


With gangster warlords like El Chapo calling the shots, the Mexico of Netflix’s Narcos is a battleground in the global war on drugs. The Detective Emilia Cruz series takes on cartels, corruption and social inequality.


After a 30 year career as a CIA intelligence officer with counterdrug experience, Carmen Amato writes mysteries and thrillers loaded with intrigue and action. Readers who love police procedural series by Ian Rankin, Jo Nesbo, Ann Cleeves, Peter May, as well as the Department Q novels and Don Winslow's cartel and border thrillers set in Mexico, also love Detective Emilia Cruz’s complex plots, fast action, pulse-pounding suspense, and exotic location.


2019 Poison Cup award, Outstanding Series – CrimeMasters of America


Finalist, Best Police Procedural of 2017 – Silver Falchion Award






Pacific Reaper (Detective Emilia Cruz Book 5)
by Carmen Amato
$0.00, 338 pages, 4.7 out of 5.0 (46 reviews), #10 in Pulp Thrillers

Acapulco’s first female police detective feels the wrath of a voodoo-like cult in a riveting thriller that takes the award-winning Detective Emilia Cruz series into dangerously uncharted cartel territory.


"A thrilling series." -- National Public Radio


In Acapulco's remote Coyuca Lagoon, where Stallone filmed Rambo, Emilia and her partner find a dead man sacrificed to Santa Muerte, Mexico's forbidden saint of death. Known as the Skeleton Saint, Santa Muerte is often worshipped by drug cartels.


By invoking Santa Muerte, the killer’s message of intimidation was clear. But who was the message for?


The answer comes when a rival gang strikes back, displaying macabre crimes on city billboards. Gang warfare erupts and Acapulco’s streets run red with blood.


As Emilia investigates, everyone close to her has a brush with death. Bad luck? Or has Emilia been cursed by the Skeleton Saint?


When Emilia goes undercover as a worshipper on the eve of the Day of the Dead, she’ll find out the unholy truth.


And so will you.


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Acapulco, once the glittering playground of Hollywood’s Rat Pack, now has the highest homicide rate in Mexico, thanks to gangster warlords like El Chapo. The Detective Emilia Cruz series takes on cartels, corruption and social inequality. It’s not just a walk on the beach . . .


After a 30 year career as a CIA intelligence officer, Carmen Amato writes mysteries and thrillers loaded with intrigue and action. Readers who love police procedural series by Ian Rankin, Jo Nesbo, Ann Cleeves, Peter May, as well as the Department Q novels and Don Winslow's cartel and border thrillers set in Mexico, also love Detective Emilia Cruz’s complex plots, fast action, pulse-pounding suspense, and exotic location.


2019 Poison Cup award, Outstanding Series -- CrimeMasters of America


“Carmen Amato has created a compelling, complex, well-rounded and durable character . . . PACIFIC REAPER is a great read and a great reason to pick up the other books in Amato’s Emilia Cruz series.” -- Jim Nesbitt, author of the Ed Earl Burch detective series.






King Peso (Detective Emilia Cruz Book 4)
by Carmen Amato
$0.00, 366 pages, 4.3 out of 5.0 (126 reviews), #6 in Pulp Thrillers
Is Acapulco’s first female police detective the next target of a ruthless cop killer? It’s a serial killer thriller with a spicy Mexican twist from the award-winning Detective Emilia Cruz series.

"A thrilling series." -- National Public Radio

Someone is killing law enforcement officers who worked with Detective Emilia Cruz. When her partner’s wife is murdered in a home invasion, Emilia fears that he was the intended target of the so-called El Trio killer.

Instead of leading the investigation, Emilia is shocked to be reassigned to the mayor’s pet project—an all-female patrol unit. It’s a career-ending political disaster that forces Emilia to watch from the sidelines as the police fumble the El Trio investigation and send her partner to jail.

Meanwhile, is boyfriend Kurt Rucker concealing a dark past?

Left without a winning hand, Emilia will gamble everything to find the killer before she’s the next victim.

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Once the glittering playground of Hollywood’s Rat Pack, Acapulco now enjoys the highest homicide rate in Mexico thanks to druglords like El Chapo. The Detective Emilia Cruz series takes on cartels, corruption and social inequality. It’s not just a walk on the beach . . .

After 30 years as a CIA intelligence officer, Carmen Amato writes mysteries and thrillers loaded with intrigue and action. Readers who love police procedural series by Ian Rankin, Jo Nesbo, Ann Cleeves, Peter May, as well as the Department Q novels and Don Winslow's cartel and border thrillers set in Mexico, also love Detective Emilia Cruz’s complex plots, fast action, pulse-pounding suspense, and exotic location.

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“Danger and betrayal never more than a few pages away." -- Kirkus Reviews





IMPLANT: A British murder mystery with a little slice of horror (The DI Gardener crime fiction series Book 3)
by Ray Clark
$0.00, 318 pages, 5.0 out of 5.0 (6 reviews), #1 in Noir Crime
A ruthless criminal is picking off the inhabitants of a Yorkshire town. As the methods increase in cruelty, the pressure on the police mounts.

A police constable ventures out in the middle of the night after a report about suspicious activity at a hardware store in a small town.

The light is on, but no one seems to be around. Just a ringing phone that will start a manhunt.

When DI Gardener turns up to investigate further, he discovers a man in some difficulty. The kind of difficulties you experience when you’ve been screwed, crucifixion-style, to a wall.

With the unfortunate victim – the nephew of the hardware shop’s owner – beyond help, the town is put under lock down. And every possible suspect, including the uncle, brought in.

This is not an isolated incident, and the killer has more in store. The detectives are soon led to another situation where a woman is perilously close to death. So close that it’s a matter of millimetres.

Getting further in the case will require careful inspection of the crime scenes and the murderer’s torturous methods. In fact, they have been taunting the police by leaving a strange calling card. But only by working out the motive will DI Gardener catch the cruel killer.

IMPLANT is the third murder mystery by Ray Clark to feature Detective Inspector Stewart Gardener. It can be enjoyed on its own or as part of the series. Look out for the other three books, the full list is as follows:

1. IMPURITY
2. IMPERFECTION
3. IMPLANT
4. IMPRESSION

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The Forgotten: A Jon Dough Thriller
by Kevin Macklin
$0.00, 78 pages, 4.5 out of 5.0 (8 reviews), #8 in Two-Hour Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Short Reads
When no one can help, when the police are out of leads, and when everyone is out of answers, there's only one man left they can turn to:
Jon Dough.

When a girl is missing and the police have no leads, he's the guy you call to get the job done. Get started on this exciting new thriller series with an African American hero, by Kevin Macklin.

Jon Dough is what you'd call a capable criminal. Intelligent, calculated, tenacious, and trained to take care of himself by a former KGB agent, Jon ends up being his community's last hope. Whether the job is a rescue mission, finding a kidnapped victim, or preventing unnecessary death and destruction, he's got the skills to get the job done.


Trouble in Bay Town: A Sonny Knight Adventure
by Alan Blank
$0.00, 212 pages, 4.4 out of 5.0 (6 reviews), #9002 in Hard-Boiled Mysteries (Kindle Store)
Sonny Knight is a private investigator in the heart of Bay Town. A man of strong moral principles, a sense of justice and he doesn't back down when he sees something is wrong.
Miss Hortense Oglethorpinger is getting paid every Tuesday night to perform at Bay Town's classiest joint, Go Fly A Kite. The only problem is, it's a performance that no one else gets paid for. Is it a coincidence that on each night Miss Oglethorpinger performs, a woman disappears without a trace? Sonny needs to figure out what one has to do with the other.
Grab your Panama hat and follow Sonny Knight as he unravels, what might be, the biggest scandal in Bay Town's history.


The Adventurer
by Jeff Siebold
$0.00, 20 pages, 4.6 out of 5.0 (4 reviews), #1 in 30-Minute Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Short Reads
An Award-Winning Short Story about money, murder and love, set in the 1980's Florida Keys. This story won Honorable Mention in the national Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards competition in 2018.


Deutsch Baggerly Private Eye: The Amish Granny Mafia and the Chow Chow Affair
by Kelly Jameson
$0.00, 114 pages, 0.0 out of 5.0 (0 reviews), #165 in General Humorous Fiction
His name is Deutsch Baggerly. He's a sort of hot, middle-aged, retired potato salesman turned private eye. He's traded the spuds to go after the puds. Anything anyone can do he can't do better. He has the instincts of a wet-bottom shoofly pie. Absurdity, apathy, and luck are his favorite weapons, and occasionally potatoes. Yet he somehow stumbles into solving cases no one else will touch. He's horrible at shark diving, paintball, karate, safe-cracking, knife-throwing, e-mailing, zip lining, you name it. But don't tangle with him: he's Pennsylvania Dutch and he may put the hex on you. He has a license to kill and doesn't care if he uses a baked potato or a barbecue flamethrower. Come along on his first big case as he goes into action in Pennsylvania Dutch country against a vicious Amish Granny Mafia and their illegal Chow Chow empire.


Sometimes Deadly (The Lawless Chronicles Book 2)
by Joseph W. Bebo
$0.00, 237 pages, 0.0 out of 5.0 (0 reviews), #57 in Hard-Boiled Mysteries (Kindle Store)
A lot has changed in the past ten years. Jay Lawless is now married, has a four year old son, and a thriving school of martial arts, as well as a well-established private investigating business. But some things never change, like his penchant for finding trouble and solving crime. People are being savagely murdered by a knife-wielding maniac. Is it happening again? Some think so, even though Jay insists that killer is dead. He watched him die. What’s behind the murders, the theft of all the fertilizer in the area, and the murder-suicide of a farmer and his wife? Jay vows to get to the bottom of it. The kidnapping of his wife and son bring out the worst in him, or the best, depending on your point of view. Only his martial art skill stands in the way of an early grave for all of them. Whatever is happening, it’s more than meets the eye.

In the second installment of the Lawless Chronicles, Sometimes Deadly, Joseph Bebo brings you a roller-coaster ride of action and intrigue. As the body count mounts, so does the suspense. If you liked the first book in the trilogy, you will enjoy this one even more. Bring your courage and your nerve. You will need them both as you watch Jay Lawless go to work again.


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Winter Territory (Jack Widow Book 2)
by Scott Blade
$0.00, 268 pages, 4.4 out of 5.0 (81 reviews), #3 in Espionage Thrillers (Kindle Store)
A TERRIFYING BIOWEAPON.
A HIDDEN TERRORIST.
ONLY JACK WIDOW CAN STOP THEM.

Out for good, former NCIS agent turned drifter, Jack Widow goes undercover to stop an unimaginable terrorist threat in the second electrifying book in the Amazon bestselling Jack Widow series.

Deep in Wyoming, the dead of winter, CIA Agent Alex Shepard is desperate. A few days ago, he sent an undercover agent to the Red Rain Indian Reservation to investigate an unthinkable terrorist plot. However, when his man fails to check-in, Shepard heard nothing.

With a snowstorm fast-approaching, Shepard's secret mission is in peril. There is no time left, and lives are on the line.

Enter drifter Jack Widow-- Shepard's one hope to recover his agent and stop the deadliest domestic terrorist plot in American history.

Fans of Lee Child's Jack Reacher, Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan, Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp, and Mark Greaney's The Gray Man will enjoy the explosive action and mystery of the Jack Widow Action-Thriller Series.

If addictive, page-turning thrillers are your thing, then Jack Widow is for you!

Readers say...

★★★★★ I'm addicted to Jack Widow!

★★★★★ Winter Territory is a first-rate page-turner! Don't miss it!


Crime’s Masquerader
by Angus MacVicar
$0.00, 249 pages, 3.3 out of 5.0 (4 reviews), #198 in Crime Thrillers (Kindle Store)
Can the truth sometimes do more harm than good...?



It is a wild winter’s night on the west coast of Scotland and Dr. Peter Montgomery’s nerves are jumping.



Ten miles away, on the heavily guarded research laboratory of Colt Island, a man is lying with a bullet in his shoulder and a shroud of secrecy surrounding him.



When Peter is called upon in the middle of the night to perform a secret operation, he is immediately drawn to accepting the very generous offer.



Curious, amoral and motivated by greed, the doctor blindly accepts.



However, upon arriving at the island, built by the celebrated philanthropist Sir Neville Raymond, Peter realizes that appearances aren’t always what they seem.



He soon finds himself embroiled in a mystery of murder and deception that stretches far beyond the quiet seaside village.



Teaming up with his three good friends, Peter shares his growing suspicions of the famed research centre.



Together they travel across the island to unearth a plot more dangerous and complex than they could have ever imagined.



But when they ultimately pull off the philanthropist’s mask, what dark secrets will they find beneath?



Crime’s Masquerader is a fast-paced tale of mystery and murder from a masterful author.



Angus MacVicar was a prolific and much loved Scottish writer specialising in crime thrillers, science fiction and autobiography.



Sun City (Dusty Sherant Series Book 3)
by Guy Allen
$0.00, 374 pages, 5.0 out of 5.0 (1 reviews), #161 in Mystery Action Fiction (Kindle Store)
A surgically severed hand uncovered in a sand trap at the Sun City golf course leaves the police and local residents with many questions. Whose hand was it? Was it meant to be discovered as a warning? Only a handful of locals are aware of the danger it represents.Dusty Sherant, a Canadian geologist, has his winter vacation in the Arizona sun interrupted as his search for his mentor, Fred Prince, leads him into a world of drug smuggling, kidnapping, suspicious mining corporations and murder.The ‘ Arab’ would go to any extreme to protect his identity and his empire. He has spent too many years planning and paying attention to detail. His string of vicious acts strikes fear in his underlings and assures him of their silence. His only slip is a failed attempt to permanently dispose of his lover.A severe beating, an attempt on his life and the murder of his friend solidifies Dusty’s resolve to find the man responsible. With the assistance of a retired police officer, he follows the trail, each step taking him closer to identifying the ‘Arab’.


THE RESULT OF RAMPANT ANGER: Fantasies about Sherlock Holmes nowadays
by Sophia Kiev
$0.00, 69 pages, 0.0 out of 5.0 (0 reviews), #47 in Two-Hour Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Short Reads
This is the first book from the series of fiction about the adventures of Sherlock Holmes nowadays. The story began from the meeting between Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson. And how they became partners to the end of the first joint investigation. A healthy woman died in the forest, where, together with friends, she went to celebrate Easter. According to the autopsy, she fell down and died. During the process of recognition, her father noticed the hole in her head and many bruises on the body. There was no information about it in the autopsy report. The other strange thing, which put the man into the doubts, was: the investigation lasted two days. The woman was buried on the third day after an accident. Having doubts about police’s action, victim’s father asked Holmes to re-investigate his daughter’s death.
The first Holmes’s step was to examine the crime scene. But this puzzled the detective. He suspected victim’s father showed him the wrong glade. The second step was—to go to the Police Station and to study the case. Holmes found out that case was fabricated. The criminals destroyed all the evidences. A promising start to the investigation was interrupted with the unexpected death of a corrupt policeman. In addition, according to the interrogation, the American criminal, who is doing the dirty deals in the illegal sale of unborn babies for cosmetic and medical purposes on the black market, was involved in this case. The police put this culprit on the wanted list back in 2000. As appeared, the medical examiner, who allegedly signed the autopsy report didn’t do it. It’s about two weeks as he is on vacation. The other man did the autopsy. Holmes asked the chief of police find him. But they failed this mission. The examiner has disappeared. On the next day his wife came to the police station and stated that he had disappeared. Can Holmes solve this case? Can he fulfill the empty niches in the entire picture of the puzzle? Did the woman die, or someone killed her? These are good questions!


THE BRUTALITY HAS NO LIMITS: Fantasies about Sherlock Holmes nowadays
by Sophia Kiev
$0.00, 69 pages, 0.0 out of 5.0 (0 reviews), #124 in Two-Hour Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Short Reads
This is the third book from the series of fiction about the adventures of Sherlock Holmes nowadays. The unfortunate Maurice family turned to Holmes to find their missing fifteen-year-old daughter. As it turned out, their daughter was a spoiled, immoral girl, who at fifteen thought only about sex and marriage with a wealthy foreigner. With this aim she went to the night men's club, where her dream came true. Vanessa met a rich American. At first, all was good. Day by day they were making sex and ate. Soon, they were invited to take part in filming the porn serial, which was broadcast abroad. The girl’s mother was proud of the daughter’s unexpected luck. But was it a luck? To the horror of her father and the surprise of Holmes, this wealthy foreigner was none other than Curtis. A criminal involved in the business of selling unborn babies on the black market.
The first steps in the investigation were successful, but later the defeat followed by defeat. These failures resulted from the stubbornness and the narrow-mindedness of Gregson. He didn’t believe in Holmes’s warning that two people from his team connected with the underworld. And now Holmes has reaped what Gregson sowed. According to Holmes, this group of criminals was engaged not only in the trade in unborn babies but also human organs. With grand effort, Holmes found the lair of the criminals. It seemed this time Curtis will not escape justice, but the traitor from the police again entered the game. The more Holmes found criminals and an evidence against them, the more he faced defeat. It turned out, this case related to the four other cases, some of which Holmes investigated by himself, or was interested in investigating, but had no an opportunity to do it. Can Holmes solve the case of missed youthful girl? Is she alive? Can Holmes solve the other four cases? That’s interesting questions. Enjoy!


Gears of Guenard (The Guillotine Guenard Saga Book 1)
by Emma M Vardaman
$0.00, 6 pages, 0.0 out of 5.0 (0 reviews), #xx in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Private Investigators
A retail store detective and soon to be mother finds herself soon facing the literal nightmare of her post stress induced dreams when an old enemy of her past soon resurfaces in a way she never thought possible, outside of imagination.


Gears of Guenard: Part Five
by Emma M Vardaman
$0.00, pages, 0.0 out of 5.0 (0 reviews), #xx in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Private Investigators
A retail store detective and soon to be mother finds herself soon facing the literal nightmare of her post stress induced dreams when an old enemy of her past soon resurfaces in a way she never thought possible, outside of imagination


Rogue Thug (Wallace Leggett Book 1)
by Phil Redhead
$0.00, 420 pages, 0.0 out of 5.0 (0 reviews), #3186 in Pulp Thrillers
Wallace Leggett is a private investigator working for the crime bosses of Morterton City. Morterton's street battles are long over, and the major gangs have settled down to semi-respectable business. There's good money to be made for a man with few scruples. But Leggett's conscience is heavy with the things he's seen and done, and he wonders if his soul is lost forever.

Leggett's latest case involves tracking down a fearsome thug named Mahler. He trawls the city's gutters, mingling with pimps, dealers, and hustlers. But his case also brings him into contact with Lara, a young street girl who is in over her head. Saving Lara from the streets might be Leggett's best shot at salvation.

But what Leggett unearths in his pursuit of the thug and the girl might be evidence of a new gang in town, a gang looking to tear down the facade of respectability, and bring chaos and bloodshed back to the streets of Morterton. In the face of this growing threat, Leggett must decide what's more important to him - keeping his livelihood or keeping his soul.


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The Innocence of Father Brown (The Father Brown Stories Book 1)
by G. K. Chesterton
$0.00, 129 pages, 4.2 out of 5.0 (434 reviews), #16 in Classic Short Stories
The delightful debut of G. K. Chesterton’s most famous literary creation

In his day, Flambeau was a legend of the underworld. Even now, his old confederates remember with pride the Tyrolean Dairy scheme, in which he built a thriving milk business despite owning not a single cow. But today the master thief finally meets his match. Attempting to steal a priceless cross, Flambeau runs afoul of Father Brown, an ordinary-looking priest with amazing insight into the criminal mind. With grace, logic, and good humor, the stout little clergyman soon reforms one of England’s most notorious villains.
 
In thrilling tales such as “The Blue Cross,” “The Secret Garden,” and “The Hammer of God,” G. K. Chesterton’s immortal priest-detective applies his extraordinary intuition to the most intricate of mysteries. No corner of the human soul is too dark for Father Brown, no villain too ingenious. The Innocence of Father Brown is a testament to the power of faith and the pleasure of a story well told.
 
This ebook features a new introduction by Otto Penzler and has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.


Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson: The Early Adventures Volume II
by David Marcum
$0.00, pages, 4.2 out of 5.0 (7 reviews), #45 in Traditional Detective Mysteries (Kindle Store)
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson:The Early AdventuresThere is a persistent and incorrect idea, reinforced by countless film misrepresentations, that Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson were always staid and dull British chaps of middle years (or older), with Holmes a spry, cranky, and impatient eccentric, and Watson a white-haired and portly Boobus Brittanicus, a la Nigel Bruce. Students of the true and Canonical Sherlock Holmes know this to be a falsehood. When we first meet them on January 1st, 1881, Holmes is still 26 years old (although he will turn 27 in just a few days), and Watson, already a wounded war veteran, is only 28. During the three year period between early 1881 and late 1883, through all of the early adventures which cemented their lifelong friendship, Holmes was still in his twenties, with Watson just a little over a year older. This idea is difficult for many to accept as they cling to the image of Our Heroes as senior citizens. This volume, Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson: The Early Adventures, is an amazing collection of some of Holmes and Watson’s fascinating cases that occurred during those first three years in Baker Street, when Holmes was creating his unique profession of consulting detective, while Watson was still recovering from the war wounds that he’d received in Afghanistan and slowly returning to the business of being a civilian doctor. Included are 31 new stories in three companion volumes by some of today’s best Sherlockian pasticheurs, as well as an excerpt from the beginning of A Study in Scarlet, detailing the initial meeting of Holmes and Watson in early 1881, as well as possibly the most famous Canonical tale, “The Speckled Band” (occurring in April 1883) and “The Resident Patient”, with its original restored opening text, as it first appeared in The Strand magazine, indicating that this adventure occurred toward the end of the first year of Holmes and Watson’s residency at 221b Baker Street.Join us as we climb the seventeen steps to Our Heroes’ sitting room. You’ll find that they haven’t lived there quite as long in these early days, and possibly they aren’t as quite as old as you might have pictured them . . . .


The Secret Diary of Dr Watson
by Anita Janda
$0.00, 275 pages, 3.9 out of 5.0 (8 reviews), #2 in Biographical Fiction (Kindle Store)
A never-before-seen insight into the lives of England’s famous crime fighting duo.

“The path of the biographer is fraught with peril” were the despairing words of Dr John Watson as he set down the adventures of master detective Sherlock Holmes. Holmes then complicates matters by exercising his right to censorship, and Watson’s wife Mary has her own opinions on the project. At her suggestion, Watson begins this secret journal.

What were the real circumstances behind the mystery of ‘The Blue Carbuncle’? What actually happened on Dartmoor as they tracked ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’? How many adventures never made it into print? But most intriguing of all, how did Holmes die in his final duel with Moriarty – and then come back to life?

The Secret Diary of Doctor Watson is an ingenious pastiche drawing on the entire canon - a delight from beginning to end. Rich in scholarship, wit and period detail, this remarkable novel will delight fans of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Anita Janda lived and worked in New York City. She earned her PhD in linguistics with a grammatical analysis of the dance of the honey bee.


The Case of the Tortured Father: A Sherlock Holmes (Undead) Adventure (The Jack Hudson Memoirs Book 1)
by Stefan Allsebrook
$0.00, 60 pages, 0.0 out of 5.0 (0 reviews), #94 in 90-Minute Teen & Young Adult Short Reads
The smell of stale alcohol and cannabis wafted out as he opened the door. Through the doorway, I could see the living room.
The man looked at us with ill-concealed contempt.
“Who the fuck are you?” He asked.
“My name is Sherlock Holmes,” Holmes stepped forward. His face was grave. “These are my companions, Doctor Watson and Mr Hudson.”
“So?” the man stared at us, contemptuously. He spat on the ground.
“I wonder if we might come in,” Holmes said. “There are a few issues we are keen to discuss with you and I’d sooner we didn’t do so out here in the cold.”
“Why would I wanna talk to you? Look man, fuck off.”
He tried to close the door, but Holmes jammed his foot in the door frame and stopped it from closing.
In a single swift movement, the young man flung open the door and lunged forward to throw a punch at Holmes. The jewellery on his wrist jangled metallically as he flung out his fist. Holmes dodged the punch easily.
He watched with satisfaction as Dr Watson seized the man’s arm at the wrist and the elbow. In a move that was almost too quick to comprehend, Watson brought up his leg and with violent, well-aimed force, used it to snap the man’s arm, in the same motion one would use to snap a branch in forest. There was a loud cracking sound and at the same time a lump appeared in the man’s jacket sleeve. Even with the puffy sleeve concealing the trauma, it looked bad.
*
Things have changed.
After years in the dark, Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are not what they used to be. Their quest for justice, however, is as strong as it ever was.
So strong, in fact, that it could almost be called a hunger…
With nowhere else to turn, a young woman seeks the help of London’s greatest detective in the search for her father.
In so doing she is about to unleash a reckoning on a gang drenched in the blood of sexual exploitation.


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Trails of Deception (Manny Rivera Mystery Series Book 3)
by Rich Curtin
$0.00, 292 pages, 4.7 out of 5.0 (173 reviews), #2 in Police Procedurals (Kindle Store)
A ruthless pothunter in search of valuable artifacts ravages an ancient-Indian burial site in the beautiful LaSal Mountains of southeastern Utah. That same day, he's found brutally murdered.

Deputy Sheriff Manny Rivera suspects the killing is related to recent demonstrations and acts of lawlessness fomented by the radicalized Heritage Protection Society, an organization dedicated to the protection of ancient-Indian burial sites. But a subsequent sequence of deadly crimes suggests a more sinister motive, one which also threatens the deputy's life.

The story is set in the majestic red rock canyon country that surrounds Moab, Utah.


The Silent Stranger
by Aileen Izett
$0.00, 344 pages, 4.8 out of 5.0 (23 reviews), #393 in Mysteries (Kindle Store)
After her husband confesses to having an affair, Isabel flees alone to the South of France to supervise the renovation of her brother’s recently acquired château.

Isabel loses herself in her work alongside the grumpy ex-pat Greg, until one day a beautiful young girl, Eveline, mysteriously appears on the remote grounds, entirely mute and clutching a bullet in her palm. The mystery of her presence becomes even more sinister as Isabel discovers that the house was previously owned by the criminal dictator General Innocence Kumono and his infamous sons. Who is Eveline and what is she looking for?

As Isabel starts to unravel the terrible events that brought Eveline to the château, she uncovers how her own family’s shocking secrets are entangled in the house’s dark history.

The Silent Stranger is an unsettling mystery with a creepy sense of danger at every turn. Perfect for fans of Kate Morton who are looking for a psychological twist.

Aileen Izett was born in Malaysia and educated in Ireland, reading Russian and French at Trinity College Dublin. She lived in France for a while, and now lives in London and Moscow.


In Too Deep (Love Undercover Book 1)
by LK Shaw
$0.00, 226 pages, 4.6 out of 5.0 (50 reviews), #1530 in Gothic Romances
My life’s mission after joining the D.E.A has been to take down the entire drug trade in Chicago. Nothing has distracted me from it. Over the years, the line between the role I’d started out playing and the man I’ve become has blurred. The person I used to be no longer exists.

Until Gabriela. She belongs to the boss’ nephew. That doesn’t stop me from wanting her. Craving her. She threatens everything I’ve worked for. She also reminds me of the man I once was. Before the drugs and the killing. The one who tried to do the right thing. Until I lost my way.

Neither of us can resist the pull. Our passion runs hot and fiery. We meet in secret, a forbidden affair that will get us both killed. One fateful night, I discover Gabriela isn’t who she says she is. Now I have to protect the woman I’ve fallen for.

What happens when the cartel discovers my secret instead?

*this book was previously titled Love Undercover. None of the contents has changed.


The Prisoner of Lazerev (Reboot Mystery Series Book 2)
by Ellie Thornton
$0.00, 338 pages, 4.8 out of 5.0 (15 reviews), #1 in Religious Biblical Fiction

In The Bristol Park Detective, Patrick Daley and Elizabeth Shea fell in love, but when their memories are rebooted, they must find their connection again in this romantic crime mystery retelling of the classic novel The Count of Monte Cristo.

When 18-year-old Patrick Daley arrives home in Sacramento with his traveling circus, he’s desperate to look into his mother’s missing person case. After a reckless attempt to shine a big, obnoxious light on her disappearance, Patrick finally gets the help he’s wanted. It’s not until he’s kidnapped, and thrown into a Siberian work camp, that he discovers how close he was to solving his mom’s case.

Ten years later, with revenge in his heart and a fortune hidden in a secret account gifted to him by a spiritual, old coot, Patrick escapes and finds his way home. He’s all set to face the men who betrayed him until he meets the girl he left behind all those years ago. As a girl, Elizabeth Shea had a high moral code—as a woman, she wears a badge. Proceeding as planned will not only cost him his freedom, but the one person whose memory gave him the strength to survive the unthinkable.

A Christian romantic suspense worth reading. A thriller based on faith.

"I love this series and can't wait for the next one! In this remake on a classic story you are taken on adventurous tale of deceit, love, and redemption. I had to finish this book in one setting as I couldn't find a breaking point to put it down. It's that good! It is a clean read as well, which I enjoy and will appeal to anyone who enjoys a good romance within a great adventure story." - HappyMama, Amazon Reviewer




The Early Novels (3 Book Collection: The Mysterious Affair at Styles, The Secret Adversary, The Murder on the Links) (Kathartika™ Classics)
by Agatha Christie
$0.00, 400 pages, 4.7 out of 5.0 (18 reviews), #100 in Mysteries (Kindle Store)
The first three novels of the Agatha Christie's world of murder-mysteries!

THE MYSTERIOUS AFFAIR AT STYLES
Agatha Christie’s first ever novel. With impeccable timing Hercule Poirot, the renowned Belgian detective, makes his dramatic entrance on to the English crime stage.

THE SECRET ADVERSARY
Agatha Christie’s first Tommy and Tuppence mystery adventure. Tommy and Tuppence, two young people short of money and restless for excitement, embark on a daring business scheme – Young Adventurers Ltd. Their advertisement says they are ‘willing to do anything, go anywhere’. But their first assignment, for the sinister Mr. Whittington, plunges them into more danger than they ever imagined…

MURDER ON THE LINKS
An urgent cry for help brings Poirot to France. But he arrives too late to save his client, whose brutally stabbed body now lies face downwards in a shallow grave on a golf course.


Beckoning Heat (A Heated Assassins Series Book 1)
by Tia Greene
$0.00, 212 pages, 4.6 out of 5.0 (11 reviews), #50 in Mystery Anthologies (Kindle Store)
Welded with an insatiable hunger for retribution, San Diego’s most eligible bachelor, Maxus Manning, hunts the beasts that preys on women. But when his latest mission involves a young woman whose lovely attributes fires his own blood, Max finds himself wanting nothing more than to turn beast, himself.

His polar opposite, Marina Knightly, oozes with charm and sweet innocence, turning his sinister world upside down. Swept up in one fiery passion, Max loses more than he intends. Given the web of lies he’s spun to keep his covert mission at bay, he wonders if the woman who holds his heart would accept him should she ever connect the dots, or if his vengeance will be his downfall.



The Devil's Game: A Mystery Action Thriller Novel
by Roman Koidl
$0.00, 132 pages, 4.3 out of 5.0 (14 reviews), #23 in Conspiracy Thrillers (Kindle Store)

An age-old secret linked to the true origins of Roulette…

a deadly curse connected to the faith of humanity...

will be revealed.

In Las Vegas, during a game of roulette, Michael discovers that he is cursed. Unbeknownst to him, his curse kills.

Suddenly chased by a satanic sect, he uncovers his curse is linked to the game of roulette and the Devil.

With the help of Amanda, a beautiful and mysterious demonologist, Michael tries to stop what his ancestors were never able to – the Devil from ruling over us.

Together, Amanda and Michael race to unravel an ancient conspiracy and learn the truth about the origins of roulette. Their journey takes them all over Europe and into the secrets of their pasts. They follow a century-old trail of clues that lead through dangerous catacombs, a mysterious castle, and cryptic texts in ancient books. Their enemy is close on their heels and will stop at nothing to obtain the power of the curse – even if it means that more must die. Amanda and Michael can stop them…if they can trust each other. And stay alive.


If you like The Da Vinci Code - you'll love this story!


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One Precious Moment
by Ritu Kakar
$0.00, 91 pages, 4.0 out of 5.0 (69 reviews), #3625 in Two-Hour Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Short Reads
One Precious Moment is a poignant and beautiful story of love and loss. It’s a story that teaches us that we are puppets in the hands of time being played at its will. Mira Singh discovers her ability to re-build her life again but on her own terms after being played with by time. This is a story that will tug at your heart, and hopefully make you feel thankful for the life you lead.




Night and Silence
by Aline Templeton
$0.00, 318 pages, 4.0 out of 5.0 (47 reviews), #17749 in Police Procedurals (Books)
When David Cordiner marries Tessa he feels his life is starting all over again.

He gets a transfer to a small police station in mid Wales, leaving behind the stresses of inner-London policing, his previous marriage, and the son who doesn't want to see him anymore.

Tessa, an artist, will be able to paint from the cosy little cottage they share in a Welsh village.

But the rural idyll of life in a remote Welsh valley soon turns sour for the Cordiners. For David, life in the local police force is deathly dull after the exhilaration of working for the Met. For Tessa, the hostility of the local community is a daily torment.

Then a young nurse is found dead at a nearby beauty spot, her corpse strewn with wild flowers in some sick and sinister private ceremony.

Caught up in the challenge of a murder investigation, David misses the signs that danger is stalking his wife in their secluded cottage.

Imprisoned by fear and isolation, Tessa's efforts to escape her situation expose her to even more deadly danger, for the roots of the tragedy stretch far back into the past ...

And David and Tessa will soon learn to fear both the night and the silence that comes with it.

'Night and Silence' is a gripping mystery that will keep readers hooked from the first page to the last.

`Templeton's a considerable writer, both intelligent and intuitive' Literary Review

'Atmospheric eeriness . . . [and a] much-too-real feel' Oxford Times

'A creepy combination of detective and gothic' Sunday Post, Dundee

'A tense and atmospheric thriller, which builds up to a crescendo of superb suspense . . . An engrossing tale of tragedy' Bolton Evening News

Aline Templeton lives in Edinburgh with her husband, in a house with a balcony built by an astronomer to observe the stars over the beautiful city skyline. She has worked in education and broadcasting and has written numerous articles and stories for newspapers and magazines. Her books have been published in translation in several European countries as well as in the United States.


Dead Man's Shadow (Mrs Stonier Mystery Book 2)
by Anne Wilkinson
$0.00, 213 pages, 4.1 out of 5.0 (18 reviews), #1941 in Historical Thrillers (Kindle Store)
1890, Stoke Newington.

A new church is being built…

Although quite beautiful, it does not sit well with older members of the community, whoare all members of the Church of England.

The pastor, Tristan King, insists on calling the lord, ‘my father’ and preaches not from an altar, but on a dais with a golden throne to his followers, the brothers of the Ark of the Covenant .

And while some may object, others are strangely captivated by his message of hope...

Stoke Newington, present day

Will and Bella have just bought an old house, and Bella’s mother, Alex, has agreed to help do it up.

When the floorboards are torn up, she finds letters written by a man named Edward Barton, requesting deeds relating to a property called Gothic Hall.

She starts to investigate the site of the old house, and learns that bones were found nearby during some construction work.

There’s a mystery to be solved and if there’s one thing Alex likes, it’s a good mystery…

Tales of arranged marriages, conspiring families and dangerous liasons are soon unravelled, revealing the complicated relationship between Edward Barton and Harriet, a young heiress who longs to be free from her controlling brother.

Meanwhile, while conducting her research into the mystery of Edward and Harriet, Alex meets a forceful woman named Jane, who thinks she has a right to ownership of the church, now an important historic building.

She claims to be descended from the one of the founders and when Jane thinks Alex has the document she needs to prove her claim, things take a sinister turn.

Based on true events, Dead Man’s Shadow is the second book in the Mrs Stonier Mystery series.

Anne Wilkinson is a retired marine lawyer with a PhD in the history of amateur gardening, on which she has written three books. She has had a life-long interest in crime fiction and true crime stories.


Tales of Lady Luck
by Vito Zuppardo
$0.00, 178 pages, 4.0 out of 5.0 (35 reviews), #25 in Literary Short Stories
Tales of Lady Luck are stories during my twenty-five years in the gaming business.

The opportunity I had in 1975 was enormous. There were no casinos on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, and nothing in Louisiana other than horse racing. The Louisiana lottery didn’t get voted in until sixteen years later. We had people hungry for gambling, and they came in droves once the word got out.

What I saw as I got into the business was the need for the little guy with maybe five hundred dollars to gamble with. So I developed programs that touched everyone, from the player with five hundred to the high roller with a hundred thousand dollars. Of course, the more you gambled, the more perks you got: large suites, better restaurants, and private jets. I had it all covered, and flew from eighteen cities, moving over twelve hundred people a month, and made a statement so big in Las Vegas that Nevada Gaming Control had me on their radar.

Published in the Las Vegas Review was an article that my customers had left over sixty million dollars on the casino tables in two years.

Here are some topics my gaming clients found interesting when we would sit around a table in a cocktail lounge at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas or Harrah Lake Tahoe. They loved to hear the stories, and at times, they were part of the story. The problems, demands, and things that went wrong are just too crazy to dream up.

Based on true events.


Stealth (Buddy Steel Thrillers)
by Michael Brandman
$0.00, 62 pages, 4.6 out of 5.0 (5 reviews), #38 in Kidnapping Crime Fiction


Riley Paige Mystery Starter Bundle
by Blake Pierce
$0.00, 481 pages, 5.0 out of 5.0 (3 reviews), #126 in Police Procedurals (Kindle Store)
“A masterpiece of thriller and mystery! The author did a magnificent job developing characters with a psychological side that is so well described that we feel inside their minds, follow their fears and cheer for their success. The plot is very intelligent and will keep you entertained throughout the book. Full of twists, this book will keep you awake until the turn of the last page.”
--Books and Movie Reviews, Roberto Mattos (re Once Gone)

A bundle of the first books in The Riley Paige Mystery series and The Making of Riley Paige series—all here in one convenient place! This bundle offers a great introduction to Blake Pierce’s series with over 140,000 words of reading.

In ONCE GONE (A Riley Paige Mystery--Book #1), women are turning up dead in the rural outskirts of Virginia, killed in grotesque ways, and when the FBI is called in, they are stumped. A serial killer is out there, his frequency increasing, and they know there is only one agent good enough to crack this case: Special Agent Riley Paige. Riley is on paid leave herself, recovering from her encounter with her last serial killer, and, fragile as she is, the FBI is reluctant to tap her brilliant mind. Yet Riley, needing to battle her own demons, comes on board, and her hunt leads her through the disturbing subculture of doll collectors, into the homes of broken families, and into the darkest canals of the killer’s mind. As Riley peels back the layers, she realizes she is up against a killer more twisted than she could have imagined.

In WATCHING (The Making of Riley Paige—Book 1), 22 year old psychology major—and aspiring FBI agent—Riley Paige finds herself in a battle for her life as her closest friends on campus are abducted and killed by a serial killer. She senses that she, too, is being targeted—and that if she is to survive, she must apply her brilliant mind to stop the killer herself. When the FBI hits a dead end, they are impressed enough by Riley’s keen insight into the killer’s mind to allow her to help. Yet the killer’s mind is a dark, twisted place, one too diabolical to make sense of, and one that threatens to bring Riley’s fragile psyche crashing down. In this deadly game of cat and mouse, can Riley survive unscarred?

Dark psychological thrillers with heart-pounding suspense, the Riley Paige mysteries are a riveting new series—with a beloved new character—that will leave you turning pages late into the night.


The Dead Girl's Shoes
by Angela Arney
$0.00, 239 pages, 3.9 out of 5.0 (32 reviews), #48 in Murder

The scent of a murderer…



After her marriage ends, Dr Lizzie Browne leaves her medical practice in Whitechapel, London, for a country practice in Stibbington, looking for a fresh start. But if she thinks she’s in for peace, she is sadly mistaken, as the countryside itself may be tranquil, but people are the same wherever you go.

Lizzie’s daughter Louise works in PR. When she asks Lizzie to attend a perfume launch at Country House Hotel, the grand estate in Stibbington, Lizzie’s main concern is how uncomfortable her high heels will be. She does not want to go, but it is important to Louise.

The perfume has been created by Simon Villiers, the son of the owner of Avon Hall, from some of their famous roses.

Lizzie notices that Simon is drunk and obnoxious at the launch, especially to his cousin, Jemima Villiers.

Jemima, who is working at the event, was raised by her aunt and uncle at Avon Hall after her own parents died. As Lizzie leaves the party she sees Jemima get into a small red car, and thinks nothing of it – until pretty Jemima is found dead the next day.

Suddenly Lizzie is caught in the middle of a murder investigation.

Once prosperous, Avon Hall has hit hard times. Money is scarce, and family tensions are rife. When Jemima turns up dead, DCI Adam Maguire has his work cut out for him.

But Lizzie, who has grown jaded with the medical profession, has taken an interest in police work, and soon finds herself in the middle of the investigation, an investigation that will tear apart the Villiers’ family, and reveal secrets that will change the lives of everyone involved.


Praise for Angela Arney:



“… beautifully written novel” - Historical Novel Society

“… stylish and diverting subplots” – RT Book Reviews



About the author:



Angela Arney was born in Hampshire, England, where she has lived for most of her life. Before writing, Angela had a varied career as a cabaret singer, a teacher, and then hospital administrator. Angela has been writing suspense and romance novels since 1984 and is a speaker for various literary events up and down the country. Together with two other local authors, June Tate and Katie Fforde, she also runs a creative writing course helping to inspire other writers.


D.C.I. KING: Murder at Blandford Cross
by John F. Copeland
$0.00, 230 pages, 4.7 out of 5.0 (4 reviews), #156737 in Mysteries (Kindle Store)
Tragedy, sex, intrigue, drugs, and murder are all in a day’s work for D.C.I. Regina King, and that is no exception in her latest murder case at Blandford Cross where a mysterious woman is beaten to death.
Regina soon discovers that everyone has a motive and everybody is lying and the body count is rising. A gripping crime thriller that will keep you guessing until the end.



The Healing
by Wanda Turner Burns
$0.00, 285 pages, 4.4 out of 5.0 (6 reviews), #321 in Mysteries (Kindle Store)
After having lived in California for several years, Evangeline Devereaux returns to an ancestral home in Mississippi to seek healing from a failed relationship. She finds herself immersed in a paranormal mystery which spans generations. With each connection in her complex ancestral history, she draws closer and closer to revealing the dangerous secrets of the past. Her journey is one of growth, healing and revelations of gifts that lie within. This is the first book in a series.


Stagecoach: A Western Story
by Max Brand
$0.00, 290 pages, 4.0 out of 5.0 (19 reviews), #1695 in Native American History (Kindle Store)
Unlikely hero Sammy Gregg has never met a challenge he won’t face head on, but he hasn’t met outlaw Chester Furness!

Born in Brooklyn, Sammy Gregg is small in stature and naive to the ways of the world, yet headstrong and resolute to save enough money to marry Susie Mitchell. Gregg calculates that he needs $15‚000 and figures he can earn enough in six months out west. Although he is a small man who knows nothing of fighting‚ guns‚ or horses‚ he takes his $5‚000 in savings and heads west‚ arriving in Munson‚ a tough, lawless town.

With his unwavering determination, Gregg finds a few good-paying jobs, but every time he runs up against Chester Furness, a fellow newcomer to Munson. But unlike Gregg, Furness runs a gang that steals horses, robs stagecoaches, and makes life hard for Sammy Gregg.

To make good on his word and return to New York with enough savings to start a new life with Susie‚ Gregg will have to face off against Furness, put an end to his raids, and rid Munson of his gang of outlaws for good. But some things are easier said than done . . .

Skyhorse Publishing is proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in fiction that takes place in the old West. Westerns—books about outlaws, sheriffs, chiefs and warriors, cowboys and Indians—are a genre in which we publish regularly. Our list includes international bestselling authors like Zane Gray and Louis L’Amour, and many more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.


Innocence For Sale: A gripping human trafficking crime novel (Innocence Series Book 1)
by A.K. Mel
$0.00, 235 pages, 4.1 out of 5.0 (12 reviews), #37 in Kidnapping Crime Fiction
As fifteen year old Betta watched as her tiny, poverty-stricken Russian hometown faded in the distance, she believed that the train she was on was taking her to a brand new life. A luxurious life as a model in Paris, France. Or at least, that's what the mysterious modeling agent who called himself Nicholas had told her when he contacted her online. Barely believing her own good luck at being discovered online, she packed up her few belongings and left her ramshackle home and drunken father behind. But when she arrives in Paris, she begins to suspect that Nicholas is not everything he claimed to be.

Meanwhile, Agent Elle Adair, the newest member of her team's human trafficking division, works furiously to locate Nicholas, the man who leads one of the most notorious and dangerous human trafficking rings in Europe. As the days pass, Elle and her team grow farther away from capturing Nicholas and rescuing Betta from the appalling life that he has planned for her.


Wild Side of the River: A Western Story
by Michael Zimmer
$0.00, 209 pages, 4.6 out of 5.0 (4 reviews), #1668 in Native American History (Kindle Store)
A son sets out to make things right and avenge his father’s death in this dark Western noir.

Ethan Wilder has been off in the mountains hunting for the last several months. Upon his return to the family Bar Five Ranch, Wilder finds his life in chaos. His brother, Ben, after taking his father’s rifle without permission, has locked his father in the outhouse to avoid punishment. Another brother, Vic, is in jail, accused of beating up a girl in town, and the last of the Wilder brothers, Joel, is up north in Canada, trying to sell horses to the Mounties.

Ethan’s father, Jacob, has a reputation in town for raising hell. In his opinion, no man tamed the wilderness with a timid soul, but the newer citizens of the town have now been pushing for the removal of local farmers and ranchers like the Wilders. Things come to a head when his father joins the ranks of local farmers found dead under suspicious circumstances. Ethan has no choice but to turn to revenge to uphold the family name and ensure that the murderers won’t come for him next.

Wild Side of the River reveals the dark side of the wild frontier in this gripping tale and modern Western classic.

Skyhorse Publishing is proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in fiction that takes place in the old West. Westerns—books about outlaws, sheriffs, chiefs and warriors, cowboys and Indians—are a genre in which we publish regularly. Our list includes international bestselling authors like Zane Gray and Louis L’Amour, and many more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.


The Murder Files - 8 Stories of Murder, Lies and Mystery: (A thriller and suspense short story collection)
by Terry Keys
$0.00, 87 pages, 3.8 out of 5.0 (189 reviews), #38 in Two-Hour Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Short Reads
8 powerful, bone-chilling, speed-of-light thrillers that will leave you begging for more.

Fans of James Patterson, Harlan Coben, John Grisham, David Baldacci, Lydia Davis and Stephen King will love this collection of exclusive short stories that will be sure to leave you breathless. 

The award-winning and best-selling authors in this collection turn up the heat - it's pedal to the metal break-neck action from start to finish!

The short story is back with a vengeance! Murder, mystery, suspense, chills, thrills and kills this collection has it all! 

About the Stories

What Money Can’t Buy – by Paul Casselle Are you a bad person trying to be good or a good person that sometimes does bad? It’s a difficult question to answer, but that doesn’t stop life asking regularly!

The Butcher – by Will Patching Not all of us are ‘normal’. Some of us are stone cold killers…

Collin O’Connor by Ernest Dempsey In a world where terrorist attacks seem to cover the front page of every news outlet, the people of Earth need a new kind of hero. The planet needs someone who isn’t afraid to do whatever it takes to bring justice to those who would harm the innocent. We need Collin O’Connor.

A Love Affair by Leah Monroe Have you ever asked yourself, "What am I here for?" Is it wealth? To leave a legacy? Or perhaps you're playing with the cards life deals you. One man comes face-to-face with this age old question and his decision will leave you speechless.

Downside Up by Jane Thornley She climbs roofs at night but how could she know how far she’ll have to fall to find the truth?

The Son-in-Law by Craig Hart Can you go straight by committing murder? One man is about to find out-if he lives long enough.

Linking Arms with the Devil by Michael Maxwell They tell us, “You can’t take it with you”. Maybe you can if you link arms with the devil.

Red Eyes – by Terry Keys A small town middle-school teacher suddenly vanishes and returns six months, six days, and six hours after he disappeared. But now he is hiding a terrible secret, and only the next victim can see the . . . Red Eyes.




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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


eReaderIQ

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.


BookBub

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:

https://archive.org/details/galaxymagazine?sort=-date

​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.


Overdrive

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.


Gutenberg

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

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.

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