Free mystery and thriller Kindle books for 30 Dec 13

Killing Time

by John Penney

A new supernatural thriller from AWARD WINNING writer/director JOHN PENNEY, author of “TRUCK STOP,” the #1 Horror and #1 Ghost Horror novel on Amazon Kindle upon its debut.

Daniel Nash, a recent widower drifting through life, takes a job remodeling an isolated old house in the Louisiana bayou. His life takes a sudden terrifying turn when an 18-year-old woman staggers out of the misty darkness, bloodied and beaten. She desperately pleads for Daniel’s help and warns him that her attacker is right behind her.

Daniel takes the distraught young woman in, but while he is searching for his phone to call for help, he hears her blood-curdling scream from the other room. Daniel frantically searches the disorienting old house but is unable to find the mysterious young woman or her attacker.

Who was she? Who was trying to kill her? Did she get away? The disturbing incident shakes Daniel to the core and sends him on an obsessive questâ?¦

A quest in which Daniel tries to change the outcome of a murder that occurred a decade earlier.



Bloody Copper, Roaring Lead

by R. D. Harless

Prohibition, 1926. Chicago is known as the “wettest city in America.” Cops are on the take, bootleggers operate out in the open, and violence is commonplace. In the city’s thin divide between scofflaw and law-abiding is Horace Freem, a private eye with a track record of clients right out of a pulp writer’s purple prose. His lastest case: Thomas Hendricks, the son of a wealthy but faltering Chicago family has gone missing. Lost with him are a soil sample containing copper pure enough that any miner will kill for it and a suitcase stuffed with forty-five thousand dollars to mine it. It’s a case that will take Freem from the stained streets and ivory towers of Chicago to the hardscrabble mining towns and ranches of eastern Nevada, where the trail begins outside Ely, Nevada with an aging cattle baron past his prime, and a desperate camp of miners’ wives. It’s not long before Thomas’s disappearance looks more like a murder, but Nevada’s Copper City is a different game from the windy one Freem knows . In the high desert, a patronizing smile and a quick remark don’t hold as much value as a loaded gun in a quick hand, and he’ll have to survive a bent deputy, a wannabe bootlegger, vicious cowboys, a psychotic Indian, six-guns, rawhide, and an anarchist hillbilly to untangle the mystery of what happened to Thomas Hendricks.



Merchant of Lies (A Renny Doyle Thriller)

by Damien Degenhart

A taut, fast-paced psychological thriller that intersperses suspense with moments of very black humor.

At age 24, Renee Dolan, a University of Chicago-educated economist, is performing a routine job as a research assistant at a think tank in New York City. Already beset by tragedy and troubling secrets, a near-rape forces her into a radical transformation. To ensure her freedom and security, Renee disguises herself as a male, Renny Doyle. Renny is a young man who accepts no limits to his freedom and is almost fearless. He isn’t impressed by the confines of legality and is willing to cross the line when necessary. He runs a false identity business, becomes a computer hacker, and does freelance jobs for a mysterious mobster. He turns to murder when his identity and lifestyle are threatened, and doesn’t seem to be burdened with guilt.

Renee and Renny share the same body, but their values are very different. Renee is straight as an arrow; Renny lies for a living. How long can this duality continue? What will it take to upset the balance between Renny and Renee? Can Renee ever go back to her old life? Does she even want to?



The Sleeping Mirror

by Steve Robison

It seems life continues to get better for Ben Peargate. He’s been promoted to lead a new artificial intelligence project. He meets the woman of his dreams, his new employee, Nancy. Nancy opens Ben to the hope of a better life. There’s an instant connection. But there’s a problem, or at least a hint of a problem as Ben dreams of Nancy stalking her victims, and butchering them. But they’re only dreams, right?

The Sleeping Mirror is a thrilling look into the mind and actions of a serial killer. And it’s an exploration of blurred and bloodied lines, confusion, and the power of love … or perhaps simple lust.



64 (Mike Gallagher Mystery Series)

by Patrick Hurley

A team of snipers is methodically killing 64 innocent American men, women and children every four days. They will not identify themselves nor do they have any ransom demands or political statements. They just keep killing. These attacks succeed in shutting down most of America. Three questions persist, who is the mastermind, why are they killing innocent citizens and what is the significance of the number 64?

Michael Gallagher, the homicide detective in Athens, Georgia, the site of the first attack, is consumed with a passion to find those responsible for one of the early victims, his beloved daughter, Megan. He sets out to find the snipers and their leader putting him at risk with the FBI, CIA and other law-enforcement authorities who do not appreciate his involvement. Using good police work and the timely assistance of a female investigative reporter, Gallagher not only discovers the truth behind the massacres but puts a stop to the killings with the help of heroic, every day Americans who take their country back in a dramatic one day counterattack.



Krabi Keep

by TJ BaRoss

Reached #2 in International Mystery/Crime and #38 in Action/Adventure during August free promo.

Can you decipher the riddle?

After six years of duty in the navy, Dalton Paine returns home to Alaska anxious to see his Aunt Kate, who raised him, to marry his Thai girlfriend, who waited for him, and to follow the trail of his ancestors, who were gold rush prospectors.

Mourning his aunt’s untimely death days before his arrival, he follows his legacy upriver only to find what he never expected, an amulet and a journal on a 250 year old skeleton.

Beached in a storm on an uncharted island, and befriended by the Thai monk who saved his schooner, and entrusted with the delivery of an amulet, and cursed in the task by war and shipwreck, and revealing the secret with his last scribbled breath was the amulet really a map to a hidden treasure?

Only after his girlfriend’s younger sister is kidnapped back in Thailand does Dalton find that question in need of an urgent answer.



GLADIO RESURRECTION

by Crozier Green

The follow up novel to THE FRATELLANZA CONTRACT.

Gladio Resurrection: Synopsis.

Genre: Fact Based Thriller.

Being abandoned at birth wasn’t the best start in life; being adopted by La Cosa Nostra was unlikely to redress the balance. Cristina Buscetta’s bizarre childhood became subject to the Machiavellian influence of her adoptive father, Janek Buscetta, Capo of a powerful Mafia dynasty. Cristina had participated in her first murder by the time she was eight and progressed to become Janek Buscetta’s pet assassin.

Thirty years of killings leave physical and emotional scars, but some horrors now haunt Cristina so much, even nightmares block them out. She begins a journey to unravel this terror-induced amnesia and trace her real parents, fomenting a widening rift with her adoptive father and the criminal empire he controls.

Janek Buscetta has been embroiled in political conspiracies since Cristina first held a pistol. From the Red Brigades of the 70’s, through the Vatican/Mafia scandal of the 80’s, to the Gladio armies of the 90’s, Buscetta, with Cristina at his side, brokered bloody deals with the CIA and NATO. This trauma becomes unbearable. Cristina wants out, but one mission irredeemably binds her to the head of the family.

Antonio Vizzini, journalist and one-time confidant, betrayed the Mafia; decimating their ranks before going into hiding. Janek and Cristina can neither forgive nor forget his devastating treachery. Cristina came close to killing him once, and now must complete the odyssey. Vizzini will be her primary target until he’s executed.
A CIA sponsored operation in Turkey pledges to reveal Vizzini’s whereabouts, but the plan is aborted. Cristina refuses to accept defeat, continuing alone in a maverick action to force the promised result. The Maroon Berets (the Turkish Army’s special forces), the CIA, the Mafia and Italian Military Intelligence are all hot on Cristina’s trail. A murderous and bloody chase from Rome to Istanbul demotes her from hunter to hunted; predator to prey, as each of her pursuers launch deadly attacks.

Those running Cristina to ground are resourceful and formidable opponents; with one exception. Antonio Vizzini understands the seminal act of violence tormenting her, and he knows the shocking truth about her real parents. He must find her, but he’s a loner with one ace card to play. If it makes his hand a winner, Cristina will probably kill him. Antonio has his own mission however, and is as determined to find Cristina as she is to find him. In so doing, he also becomes a target for the forces hunting her down.
The walls protecting Cristina crumble, as her hunters become increasingly deadly. Alone and vulnerable, the values she has believed in since childhood are turned on their head. Finally, in the time it takes to aim a pistol and pull the trigger, she must make a life or death decision that no one should ever be forced to contemplate.



The Forgotten Girl

by V. V. Vidian

Sir Mark Bloomsbury, a millionaire in England, was killed in front of the whole nation just as he was about to announce a philanthropic project in a live broadcast by the BBC. At first, the inspector believed that he was killed by a family member for the simple reason of inheriting from him. However, as conflicting evidence continued to appear, more people were killed in the process, and the truth was getting more and more complicated…



The Art of Dying

by Anne Morgellyn

August Stockyard is the most outrageous, flamboyant figure on the London art scene.

The heir to a media and property empire, he is vain and attention-seeking – and compulsively fascinating.

But when he dies in a typically theatrical fashion, he leaves a mystery behind him.

Was his death the unfortunate consequence of a kinky sex game gone wrong as it appears at first sight?

Or was it something more sinister?

In his will, August leaves adjoining houses to his pregnant girlfriend Cressida and his former comrade-in-arms, the investigative pathologist Louise Moon.

As Louse starts to investigate the mystery of August’s death she starts to suspect she is part of a horrific game malevolently orchestrated from beyond the grave.

Was August cleverly planning to shame his distant father and take revenge on his ruthless uncle, the obese and grasping millionaire who now had his sights set on Louise?

Or was it a game from another world to throw the two women with whom August had been obsessed into a fight to the death as reluctant and mismatched neighbours?

In August Stockyard’s hands, even dying is a form of art.

And it may be his greatest creation – and one which claims the lives of the women he professed to love.

‘The Art of Dying’ is a gripping suspense thriller that explores death, art and love.

It concludes the series of Louise Moon thrillers that include ‘Remains of the Dead’ and ‘Grave Truths’.

Praise for Anne Morgellyn.

‘A masterful, intelligent, gripping example of the master novelist’s craft’ – Alistair Kinnon, best-selling author of ‘The Knotted Cord’.

“A gripping story. I was hooked.” – Robert Foster, best-selling author of ‘The Lunar Code’.

‘Powerful in its metaphoric compulsiveness, bleak, disturbing, intelligent- DM Thomas.

Endeavour Press is the UK’s leading independent digital publisher.



The Adventure of the Black Hand (Edward, Son of Sherlock Holmes)

by Mark Bensette Aux Bois

The Adventure of the Black Hand is the introductory story in a continuing and connected series involving Edward Holmes, the son of the world’s greatest detective. Dr. Hamish J. Watson , just as his father was , is the man whoses diaries contain these wonderfull adventures.

Taking place at the end of WW1, this story introduces and explains the existance of the characters as they endevor to thwart a plot to assassinate Winston Churchill.



Raffles: Caught Out

by Richard Foreman

In Book Four of Richard Foreman’s brilliant Raffles series, the gentleman thief returns in two scintillating stories there are sure to delight fans of both the original and the new stories.

Raffles: Caught Out follows on from the events of Raffles: A Perfect Wicket. Harry “Bunny” Manders returns to London to find a message in his apartment from Raffles, summoning him to the Albany. Their mutual friend “Ranji”, the great batsman of the age, has been compromised by a beautiful and mysterious widow, Iris Adams. Their task is to retrieve a ruby ring in her possession – and if diplomacy fails Raffles vows to use his skills as a cracksman. Yet has he met his match in the captivating Iris Adams who, like Raffles, possesses a secret? Will our hero finally be caught out?

Raffles: Stumped takes place before Raffles: The Gentleman Thief. Although Harry “Bunny” Manders has worked a few jobs with Raffles he still finds himself in debt. Bunny must pay off a loan to an unscrupulous moneylender, Alexander “Shylock” Cardinal, or else lose all of his assets, or worse his life. Bunny puts his faith in his best friend to save the day but can even Raffles pull off a job at such short notice – and raise such a large sum of money?

Richard Foreman’s Raffles Series has been widely praised:

â??A capital story! Strong characters, sparkling dialogue, a plot with a twist as the gentleman thief plies his trade again. Devotees of the original stories will rejoice at his return: new fans will greet a fresh hero and wait impatiently for more adventures. Raffles, burglar extraordinaire, master cricketer, welcome back to The Albany!’ David Dickinson, author of The Lord Powerscourt Mysteries.

Praise for Raffles: Bowled Over:

‘This story is not only a joy because of the wonderful characterizations of Raffles and Bunny, but the rest of the ensemble is both amusing and full of personality. I found myself often laughing with Raffles and cringing with Bunny at the various people they encounter. The casual mention of real people like H.G.Wells, Winston Churchill and the famous sportsman C.B.Fry – here a friend of Raffles – naturally brings authenticity to the story, and you really do feel like you’re witnessing history first hand.’ Dawn – The Baker Street Babes.

Richard Foreman is a literary consultant and publicist. He cut his teeth in the book trade as a bookseller, before founding Chalke Authors.



The Maggie Murders

by J P Lomas

Could someone be killing people in a bizarre tribute to Margaret Thatcher?

DI Derek Sobers discovers that being the one black copper in East Devon is the least of his problems, when confronted by the death of a local butcher on the eve of Mrs Thatcher’s return to power in 1983. Assisted by his sergeant, local career mum Jane Hawkins, the two detectives find themselves confronting as many questions in their personal lives as they do in the case, as the Me,Me,Me! mantra of the 1980s starts to kick in.

Soon the idea that there is a serial killer at work takes hold, as more deaths occur in and around the sleepy seaside town of Exmouth. As the digital revolution of the eighties begins to take hold, it seems that someone has taken the free market philosophy of Thatcherism to heart and is quite literally set on making a killing.

The media quickly dub the killings The Maggie Murders and ambitious Assistant Chief Constable George Dent sees an opportunity to further his career by doing anything within his means to get the murders solved. Already under pressure from the desires of their own hearts, Sobers and Hawkins find that a murder case of this magnitude is no time to set about putting their own affairs in order.

This is J.P. Lomas’ debut in crime fiction. Previously, he has contributed to the SmartPass series of educational guides with titles on ‘Animal Farm’, ‘Great Expectations’ and ‘Othello’. He lives and teaches in London.



The Dead in the Letters

by Jérémy BELLAMY

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In Limbo

by E.C. Marsh

Close your eyes and imagine yourself on a sweltering summer weekend ….Six friends are on a leisurely canoe trip down a mellow little river in the middle of nowhere. They only want to get away from everything, unwind a little, relax a lot. They do not get their wish and their trips turns from heaven to hell, turning their lives upside down. Within 24 hours one is dead and the remaining five are left wondering what happened? Although they quickly realize they are being hunted, they do not why or who their enemy is. As they struggle to get back home, seeing it as the end of their nightmare, they find out it is just a continuation and they are left to wonder who will be next and who will survive this trip in the realm between heaven and hell?



Sex, Drugs & Murder on the Frankenstein Set

by Peter Joseph Swanson

In this sensational short story, sex, drugs and murder interrupt the filming of a Frankenstein movie in the swinging ’60s. Will the killer be found and brought to justice? Will the movie even get finished?



Tradition of Death

by Christopher Kenworthy

Sir Edwin Carnaby is the last of a long and noble line that have lived at Carnaby castle for centuries.

When the young Lord decides to allow a film crew to shoot in his rambling fortress of a house, it seems that the bloody history of the place is set to repeat itself.

The director of the film is an abrasive and violent individual, set on using parts of the castle that even its owner dare not enter for fear of what spirits still lurk in its ancient shadows.

Carnaby quickly regrets giving up his home to these invaders, even if the cast and crew include some very attractive womenâ?¦

When a body double is found tortured to death one morning in the moat, Carnaby doesn’t know whether one of his his vicious ancestors has come back for revenge. Or whether the killer is someone much more earthly and threatening.

But as a suspect himself, he has to prove his own innocence – as well a track down the killer.

Before the castle’s tradition of death claims its final victim.

‘Tradition of Death’ is a fast paced, action filled murder mystery with plenty of twists.

It is perfect for fans of Peter James and Michael Connolly.

Praise for Christopher Kenworthy’s Books:

‘A classic detective mystery’ – Robert Foster, best-selling author of ‘The Lunar Code’.

Christopher Kenworthy was a journalist and novelist. His books include ‘Against A Dark Shore’ and ‘In Harm’s Way.’

Endeavour Press is the UK’s leading independent publisher of digital books.



Dead in Bed (Part 2: Stiff)

by Bailey Simms

The talented and very young Bailey Simms delivers a tour-de-force series that’s as emotionally incisive as it is shockingly sexy, as heartbreaking as it is hilarious, and as hard to put down as books by writers twice her age.

Dead in Bed follows Ashley, a vivacious young woman who is stuck in an unsatisfying marriage and a dead-end job. But when a sexually-transmitted plague breaks out in her small town, slowly transforming everyone infected into sex-crazed zombies, everything about her life changes.

Facing quarantine, National Guard barricades, the onset of winter, and a rapidly-spreading plague, Ashley, her family, her friends, and everyone else in her small Colorado town find their true feelings for one another surfacingâ??both amorously and violently.

When everyone in Ashley’s life begins taking comfort in one another’s arms, no one really knows who’s infected with the plague and who’s not. And because the disease perpetuates itself as an aphrodisiac, sex, the very thing that offers comfort, only contributes to spreading the plague.

In a crumbling world with little to lose, however, Ashley begins to discover a desire to live she didn’t know she possessed and opportunities she’s never had. Her newly-acquired agency may come at a price, however, when Ashley ultimately must choose between her own survival and the people she loves.



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