Free mystery and thriller Kindle books for 12 Oct 18


by Cindy Sample

A very short story from five-time LEFTY Award Finalist for Best Humorous Mystery

To Detective Shelly Reynolds, autumn means trees bursting with bright color and the local apple farm bakeries bursting with delectable pastries. Not to mention her favorite treat of all – fresh caramel apples.
But after viewing the sticky remains of the caramel-coated corpse of Hans Alder, the owner of Happy Apple Farm, Shelly isn’t sure she’ll ever eat a caramel apple again.
Enjoy this short story which takes place in the California Gold Country as a team of detectives works to discover a cunning killer.


The Pumpkin Thief (Chloe Boston Cozy Mysteries Book 2)

by Melanie Jackson

Welcome back to Hope Falls. We’ve missed you so we kept a seat warm by the fire…

    Poetry is written in tears, fiction in sweat and literature in blood.
    â??Tara Lee (Lecture to the Lit Wits from Moving Violation)

“The Pumpkin Thief” is the second book in the Chloe Boston cozy mystery series. This charming Halloween story for adults is the perfect holiday mystery read to ring in the season.

Chloe Boston, meter maid and unofficial sleuth of the Hope Falls Police Department, is on the trail of the Halloween Killer and a second troublesome criminal, the Pumpkin Thief, who has robbed every pumpkin patch in town. Aided by her dog, Blue, and new boyfriend, Alex, Chloe is closing in on Hope Falls public enemies 1 and 2.

    “I fell in love with Chloe Boston; she’s an enormous spirit in a tiny package, and endearingly human. Go Chloe!”
    –Lisa Cach, author of “Wake Unto Me”

The Chloe Boston cozy mysteries are light airy reads filled with plenty of quirky characters and fast moving plot elements. And the best part is that if you become hooked on the books, as I’m sure you will, there are 21 more of them in the series for you to enjoy.

Melanie Jackson is the award-winning author of more than a hundred novels, novellas and short stories published in multiple languages. She lives with her writer husband and bossy cat in the Sonoma wine country of California where it is almost impossible to grow pumpkins — or anything else the deer like to eat. Besides gardening, she is involved in animal charities.

Note: If you’re looking for other mystery series by Melanie Jackson, simply search for “Butterscotch Jones”, “Wendover House”, “Miss Henry”, “Kenneth Mayhew” or “Jane Blackthorn”.

Chase (Savage Kings MC Book 1)

by Lane Hart

Chase Fury, the VP of the Savage Kings MC has dealt with his fair share of tragedy over the years. He never wanted the responsibility that comes with being at the head of the table, preferring to leave that to his brother, Torin. But after an unexpected attack on the Kings sends his brothers on a path of vengeance, Chase will have no choice but to take on the burden of being the man in charge.
Reporter Sasha Sheridan has steered clear of any and all bad boy bikers wearing the bearded skull for the last ten years. While investigating a story, she suddenly finds herself back in the crosshairs of the Savage Kings. Uncovering the secrets that the club’s president is trying to keep hidden may very well put her life in danger. She may be able to handle the threat, but she can’t escape the man who broke her heart.
Chase hasn’t forgiven himself for hurting Sasha and causing her an unbelievable amount of pain. He still wears her name on his chest, a reminder of the night that he wrecked his bike and everything the two of them had together. Now, with secrets, lies, bloodshed, and violence causing chaos in the club, Chase is determined to use his second chance with Sasha to keep her safe. He never imagined that the best way to do that would be to get her as far away from him and the MC as possible.

This is an emotional story full of suspense and steamy scenes. While the main characters in this book will get a HEA, the struggles of the MC will continue to unravel throughout the series.


by Denton Lee III

It’s too early to tell, but Ripple Johnson may go down as one of the greatest amateur sleuths in the history of commercial fiction (remember, if it says it on the internet, it’s true.) By day, he’s a high school assistant principal with questionable job security. By weekend, an overqualified yet blasphemous church youth leader. And by the dark of night, a clandestine infomercial host too talented to maintain his double life for much longer. But no matter the day, and no matter the job, and no matter if he suddenly and uncontrollably sounds like a British playwright when lying, he will stop at nothing (that’s not always true; he stops at lots of stuff) to seek justice for those he loves.

Somebody is blackmailing Ripple’s best friend Kimmie, only they don’t know why and they don’t know what the blackmailer wants. As Ripple goes in search of how that is even possible, he uncovers past and present secrets and indiscretions that challenge his mental and emotional resolve. As the search wears on, every person who might possess a clue keeps disappearing, showing signs that Kimmie is not the only one being blackmailed. And with each passing page, Ripple grows a little more unstable, a little more unpredictable, and a little more determined to find out just what in the hell is going on.

With help from his best friend (who is experiencing what may be male menopause) and a new girl that appears out of nowhere and applies shock paddles to his listless and troubled heart (and has sex with him for the first time in like five years,) Ripple is in a seemingly unwinnable race against time and truth. But as those truths become more and more outrageous and despicable, he is forced to make a decision that could destroy an already shaky ability to self-preserve, but also a decision that could save the only family he knows. Committable is a fun and often funny novel with a whole bunch of heart and just the right amount of suspense, mystery, family drama, love story, and craziness to make it a very enjoyable read. You will NOT be disappointed.


by Joy Blood

From childhood, the men who bought me from my drugged-out mother have been prepping me for what I becameâ??a stone cold killer who auctions women to the highest bidder.

She was my reward for completing my training. She opened my eyes and made me fight for what was right. That’s when shit went downhill fast. I thought I was saving her life…until I took it.

He killed me. Took what was mine and discarded me like yesterday’s trash. I thought he was different from my previous “owner,” but I was wrong. Now, I’m out for blood…

Revenge will be mine.

Wraith is a Hell’s Riders spin off but can be read as a stand alone.
Warning: may cause triggers due to sensitive material. Reader discretion strongly advised.

Dangerous Obsession: Mafia Romance

by Christina S.M

I had just turned 19 and was about to graduate high school, entering into an amazing university. Surrounded by plenty of friends, I had such a bright future ahead of me.

Everything changed when I met the devil named Eric. Disguised as an angel, I was pulled into his dangerous world.

Eric was one of the most deadly, viperous, and wicked mafia leaders. His name haunted his victims heads.

He was every bit of dangerous as beautiful, someone so perfect only existed in my wildest dreams. He was everything a girl could ask for.

Or so he perceived it to be. . .

Blinded from the start in his ethereal world, soon I realize that it was all merely just a mask. And what lies beneath the mask, was far more sinister.

I pulled away, with some difficulty from his tight hold. “I need to go, I can’t stay.”

It didn’t change anything for him, he continued to kiss my neck as if I had never spoken.

That’s when his hand slipped underneath my volleyball spandex.

I gasped out, covering my mouth as I shut my eyes.

“I know you want to stay, so stay. I’ll make you feel better than any high school guy ever could.” Eric sexily purred in my ear.

His fingers found the weakness between my legs, and my hands clamped onto the back of his neck as his kisses nuzzled on my neck. I leaned my head back, taking in sharp breaths as his fingers felt inside me.

He was so good at everything he did, I was learning from what seemed a professional.

After taking another brief look at the clock, I decided to take the risk. After all, an adventure is much more fun when it’s dangerous. Or so I’m hoping, I never really had the guts to do anything mischievous before.

Cape Ann

by John Theo Jr.

Jeremy Callahan is an ex-cop turned schoolteacher. He lives in the small seaside town of Rockport, Massachusetts, located in the heart of Cape Ann. His best friend is Brian Walden, a CEO of a software company located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. One night Brian is gunned down in front of Jeremy by an apparent drive-by-shooting. Jeremy utilizes his law enforcement background to embark on a mission to find out who murdered his friend. While on the trail he runs into the FBI, Securities and Exchange Commission and into the arms of a beautiful new Harbormaster named Carrie.

Death Under The Fireworks: A Culinary Cozy Mystery (A Murder In Milburn Book 4)

by Nancy McGovern


Nora Newberry could use a weekend getaway. She feels trapped & alone in her small town of Milburn, Wyoming and she just wants a break for a little while. So when she receives an invitation to visit an old friend for the 4th of July weekend, she jumps at the opportunity!

Nora met Katya when she worked as a chef in New York City. It’s been years since they’ve seen each other and it would be wonderful to catch up. And to do so on a private island in Portland, Oregon (who knew they had private islands in Portland, Oregon?!) seems like a dream come true! Especially considering that Katya’s in-laws-to-be, the owners of the island estate, have offered to pay Nora to cook a few meals while she’s there!

It can’t get better than a paid vacation with an old friend! So, without much need for consideration, Nora packs her things and heads off for a weekend in paradise!

Unfortunately, her dream weekend turns into a nightmare when her host dies at the dinner table. And, as if that’s not bad enough, it appears as if it was something in a dish Nora prepared that did him in…

Find out what happens in Death Under The Fireworks, the 4th installment of Nancy McGovern’s popular culinary cozy mystery series, “A Murder In Milburn”!

Be sure to check out the rest of Nancy McGovern’s cozy mystery books on her Amazon Author Page! And when you join her mailing list inside any of her books, you’ll receive a FREE Prequel to this series called Dying To Be Cool, where you get to meet Nora Newberry as a teenager!

Murder Over Cocktails: The 2nd Nikki Hunter Mystery (Nikki Hunter Mysteries)

by Nancy Skopin

“A heroic PI, a certifiable serial killer, and a captivating cat burglar …”

Private Investigator Nicoli, “Nikki,” Hunter has recovered from a near-fatal encounter with a multiple murderer and is happy to get back to her routine bar and restaurant surveillance jobs. Unfortunately, the universe has other plans. One evening, as she’s acting as a decoy/victim to attract a bartender accused of sexual assault, Jack, “The Cat,” McGuire settles on an adjacent bar stool and tells her a story that will change the course of her life.

Murder Over Cocktails is the second mystery featuring PI Nikki Hunter, a thirty-six-year-old, gun-toting, brainy beauty who excels at getting into other people’s business. Hunter’s office is in a marina complex in Redwood City, California, where she also lives aboard a forty-six foot Cheoy Lee sailboat.

Pat Ruger: Native Species (Pat Ruger Mystery Series Book 3)

by Jack Huber

Pat Ruger is a retired detective from Colorado who temporarily leaves his private investigation firm to travel to New York and reunite with his ex-fiance. Amanda, however, is working a case for the FBI and Pat decides to join her rather than let her go. A local tribal leader is murdered and the investigation leads them to kidnapping, missing witnesses, violence and intrigue leading to tragic consequences.

Ripley’s Revenge: Shallow End Gals, Volume 5 (New Orleans Series)

by Vicki Graybosch

As the Government brings all of its resources to bear, the most valuable asset isn’t even human, it’s Ripley, a dog. A Catahoula K-9, prowling the streets of New Orleans, hunting for his partner’s killer.

Tourey Waknem, a CIA undercover operative, has been assigned to find the same man but for very different reasons. Tourey has to stop him before he executes a plan that would bring New Orleans to the brink of destruction.

Circumstances and destiny bring Tourey and Ripley together in what appears to be an unlikely alliance to fight united against an evil and ruthless force.

Tourey, on a quest for justice.
Ripley, on a quest for revenge.
Their common obstacle; they have twelve hours.

Fans of the Shallow End Gals â??New Orleans Series’, will be delighted to reunite with familiar characters. Can be read as a stand-alone crime thriller. As always, a full list of characters is at the end of the story.


by William Diehl

Jake Kilmer is a cop for the Feds. His specialty is a branch of the Mafia known as the Cincinnati Triad. He’s pursued them for years, and now they’ve set up shop in Dunetown, Georgia. This time, they will not escape the Hooligans, a tough squad of ex-cops that Jake has organized. This time, he’ll settle the score once and for all….

The Huntsman (Robert Budd Mystery Book 6)

by Gerald Verner

Supertintendent Robert Budd is faced with one of his toughest assignments, in separating the strands of mystery that grip the village of Chalebury.

There are the series of robberies at big houses perpetrated by the burglar known as Stocking-foot, and the witnessed appearances of the Huntsman, the manisfestation of a ghost legend, followed by the brutal murders of a villager and a local police Inspector.

Interweaving with these is the discovery, under the dead body of the Inspector, of the missing ruby ring belonging to a frightened young woman who lives in a large, dilapidated house with only one servant.

Is there a connection between all these crimes and other oddities happening in one tiny village?

Gerald Verner (1897-1980) was the pseudonym of British writer John Robert Stuart Pringle. Born in London, Verner wrote more than 120 novels that have been translated in over 35 languages, and many of his books have been adapted into films, radio serials and stage plays. Verner also wrote forty-four Sexton Blake tales.

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