Free mystery and thriller Kindle books for 09 Jun 18

The Coming of the Lord (Angela Murphy Murder Mysteries Book 2)

by Elly Grant

Breaking the Thomas Malone case was an achievement, but nothing can prepare DC Angela Murphy and her colleagues for the challenge ahead. Escaped psychopath John Baptiste is big, powerful and out of control.

Guided by his perverse religious interpretation of morality, he wreaks havoc. As an under-resourced police department struggles to cope with the pressure of the new case, they also have to deal with the ruthless antics of ganglord Jackie McGeachy.

Pressure mounts, along with the body count… and Glasgow has never felt more dangerous.

Broken (My Broken Hitman Book 1)

by Talia Ellison

He thinks he’s not capable of love. She wants to prove him wrong.

Once upon a time, I met a man who made me feel more alive than ever.

I didn’t even care that he was a hitman for a gang.

One night. One shot. My finger on the trigger.

I had no choice, but everything changed.

He swore he’d kill me the next time he saw me.

And now he’s here, in my city.

The spark between us is stronger than ever, and I want nothing more than to make him mine.

But he’s not the only one I pissed off. Dangerous people are after me, and I suspect he’s protecting me.

If only he’d stop denying his feelings for me before we both get killed…

This is the first installment in the three-book My Broken Hitman series. It may contain violence, strong language, sexual content, and a cliffhanger. It features Chiara and Theo from the Your Love Is Dangerous series, but you don’t need to read that series in order to follow this one.

The Return of the Native

by Thomas Hardy

The novel takes place entirely in the environs of Egdon Heath, and, with the exception of the epilogue, Aftercourses, covers exactly a year and a day. The narrative begins on the evening of Guy Fawkes Night as Diggory Venn is slowly crossing the heath with his van, which is being drawn by ponies. In his van is a passenger. When darkness falls, the country folk light bonfires on the surrounding hills, emphasising.not for the last time.the pagan spirit of the heath and its denizens.

Man Down

by Roger Smith

A guilty person is always his own hangman.

It’s ten years since businessman John Turner, his college professor wife and infant daughter fled violence-torn South Africa for a new life in Tucson, Arizona. A life that seems prosperous and peaceful until a home invasion plunges them into an orgy of bloodshed. As three masked gunmen terrorize the Turners, exposing the fault lines in a marriage built on a foundation of lies, John is forced to confront the truth about his complicity in an unspeakably brutal crime in Johannesburg a decade ago and ask himself a question: is it payback time?

Man Down is both a harrowingly propulsive thriller and a meditation on moral ambiguity and the roles choice and chance play in the shaping of a life.

Praise for Man Down

“Smith, without apology, confronts the ‘banality of evil’ dear to Hannah Arendt. He is a novelist-gunslinger unafraid to show the path to disaster.” Marianne Magazine

Man Down, a thriller about violence and guilt, takes you by the throat like a cat takes a rat, and the reader will emerge with a renewed fascination with Smith’s kamikaze side.” Libération

“Clever, dark and suspenseful.” Huffington Post
“An incredible thriller. Incredibly well constructed and incredibly brutal.” Tages-Anzeiger (Switzerland)
 Man Down has both Shakespearean and Hitchcockian influences and yet has this inimitable fearlessness that only Roger Smith can muster. Read it if you dare.” Dead End Follies

“This very dark novel, with its expertly constructed plot and apocalyptic climax, uses extreme violence to portray a society where the boundaries between good and evil no longer exist.” Nord-Pas-de-Calais Gazette

“Beautifully built, exciting–a really good thriller that hits hard. Very hard. Nyctalopes

“Very well written, the timelines are beautifully handled, and Smith can elicit suspense like few other thriller writers. Genuinely gut-wrenching.” The Gamblers Blog

“Sensitive souls should steer clear, but this very dark thriller hits the mark.” Action-Suspense Blog

“Roger Smith is not holding back: violence engulfs every page, breaking bones and families. The pungent odor of meth can’t hide the stink of blood and fear. Quentin Tarantino watch out!” Jeune Afrique

“Excellent. In this book Roger Smith has reached the pinnacle of Machiavellian manipulation and cruelty and one wonders how he’ll ever be able to invent characters more twisted and tormented than these.Unwalkers
Praise for Roger Smith

“Smith writes with brutal beauty.” The Washington Post

“The master of the coolly-described nightmare.” Der Spiegel

“Smith’s writing is astonishing.” The Cleveland Plain Dealer

“A master of suspense.” The Sunday Times

“The shooting star of the crime scene.” Radio Europe

“Smith has a unique ability to grab readers and plunge them headlong into his nightmare visions.” The Times

“The crime genre’s greatest tragedian.” Spinetingler Magazine

“Smith captures a world where nothing is certain, least of all the rules of coexistence.” Arte

“A leader in dark, relentless fiction.” Marianne Magazine

“Smith writes coolly and with grace about unspeakable horror.” The Argus

“He portrays a world that has lost all hope of redemption.” Le Monde

“Nobody can peel back the layers of damaged people and a broken society so poetically.”

Roger Smith’s novels are published in nine languages and two are in development as movies in the U.S. He has won the German Crime Fiction Award and been nominated for France’s Grand Prix de Littérature Policière.
He also writes espionage as James Rayburn and horror as Max Wilde.

Another Ridiculous Week in Bakersfield (or Archie, Elise, and the Class of 1997) (or Stage Fright!)

by Grant Fieldgrove

With his family (and entirely against his will), Archie Lemons returns to his hometown of Bakersfield, California. On the agenda: a cold case, a homecoming speech at his old high school (that he doesn’t want to give), and a 90’s-themed class reunion (which he absolutely, positively will not attend – probably).
Then things go wrong.
Along the way, Archie and his wife Elise befriend a group of students putting on a play. Three days before opening night, their director goes missing without a trace.
With everyone around them in a panic, it’s up to Archie and Elise to solve their cold case, find the missing director, make a speech in front of the class, meet up with old friends and a few enemies, and maybe, just maybe, go to the reunion.
‘Another Ridiculous Week in Bakersfield’ is a light, funny mystery with a lot of heart, about finding happiness in the least likely of places.
Basically, it’s a romcom…with murder!

Leine Basso Thrillers (Books 1-3): (Serial Date, Bad Traffick, and The Body Market)

by D.V. Berkom

This box set includes the first three novels in the page-turning, “unputdownable” Leine Basso Thriller Series: Serial Date, Bad Traffick, and The Body Market.

“Now this, this is what thrillers are made of: grit, spunk, and no-nonsense unputdownability…Quite simply: Brilliant “ ~ Cath ‘n Kindle Book Reviews

“Ms. Berkom gives us a badass heroine that’s fun to root for…Five stars…an edge of your seat thriller that delivers!” ~ Night Owl Reviews

Serial Date:

When a former assassin’s daughter is abducted, she’s drawn into the twisted game of a serial killer who may be a grisly remnant from her past. (***Warning***Contains adult language and situations.)

What happens when a reality show turns deadly?

Determined to leave her old life behind, retired assassin Leine Basso accepts a job working security at one of television’s most popular reality shows, Serial Date. When a contestant is found dead in the prop closet, it appears the killer is one of the ‘bachelors’ on the show- an ex-con billed as a serial killer- but the detective in charge of the case isn’t so sure.

When Leine’s estranged daughter is abducted by a man claiming to be the real killer, she’s forced to rely on old skills to find her, and must come to terms with who she really is. She soon realizes the murderer may be a grisly remnant from her past and she’ll need to use all of her cunning to stop him…

…and rescue her daughter.

Bad Traffick:

Dangerous obsessions take center stage when a former assassin and a homicide detective race against the clock to find a missing girl before she’s sold to the highest bidder.

Identified as a person of interest in three cold case murders she didn’t commit, retired assassin Leine Basso accepts a temporary position as a security specialist for A-list actor Miles Fournier. Soon, a woman contacts Miles, claiming to be his long-lost sister. But, there’s a problem: her twelve-year-old daughter, Mara, has been abducted and she’s desperate to get her back.

Leine learns from a contact that Mara escaped, but the traffickers are determined to track her down and deliver her to their powerful client. Running out of time, Leine must find Mara before they do, or she will be lost forever.

The Body Market:

A retired assassin is called in when a celebration south of the border turns into a nightmare.

Everything’s for sale…

Former assassin Leine Basso is hired by a wealthy Beverly Hills power couple to find their missing daughter, Elise, last seen partying with her boyfriend at a club in Tijuana. At first, police believe the two teenagers are the victims of a carjacking. But when Leine finds their missing vehicle with a mutilated body inside, and the local cartel warns her away, she knows if Elise isn’t already dead, she will be soon, or worse.

In the lethal world of organized crime, there’s always a worse.

As Leine races to uncover the reason behind Elise Bennett’s disappearance, she must also battle the powerful interests fighting to keep her from the truth.

Praise for the Leine Basso Thriller series:

“Taken fans will be overjoyed with this gritty thriller…following Basso as she works her tradecraft is a pleasure.” ~ (The Body Market)

“A really exciting heroine for action thriller fans everywhere, but a long overdue tough and plausible literary role-model for women.” ~ Ajoobacats Book Reviews

Other books by DV Berkom:

Leine Basso Thriller Series
A Killing Truth (prequel)
The Last Deception
Dark Return

Kate Jones Thriller Series, Vol. 1 (includes books 1-4: Bad Spirits, Dead of Winter, Death Rites, and Touring for Death)
Cruising for Death
Yucatan Dead
A One Way Ticket to Dead
Vigilante Dead

Grave Maker: Suspense/Thriller

by John Meany

Recent high school graduate and amateur surfer Jeff Dean is enjoying the easy life. He lives in a nice home on the Jersey Shore, has zero bills to pay. However, when his mother kicks him out of the house on his eighteenth birthday for misbehaving, his peaceful standard of living is ruined

Several weeks later when Jeff, broke and homeless, meets a gorgeous older woman in New York City, she gives him a place to stay and the two eventually become lovers.

Soon though it becomes apparent to Jeff that his new girlfriend, an aspiring fashion designer, is leading a secret life. Against his better judgment, Jeff becomes a part of that same secret deadly world. And before long the couple are forced to go on the run, before the FBI has a chance to apprehend them for the senseless murders of more than a half dozen innocent people.

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