Sunday, January 6, 2013

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Sunday Jan 6)

You asked for more mysteries, and today we serve up a selection of novels full of sleuths, murders, clues, and, of course, twists and turns. Each of these page-turners is bestselling, highly-rated, and free today!

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The One You Love (Emma Holden suspense mystery #1), by Paul Pilkington. (Still free?)

This psychological thriller has broken the Amazon Top 50 in its genre. Download it free today!

"A simple enough recipe- take one disappearing fiancé, one reappearing ex-boyfriend, one resurfacing celebrity stalker, one brother with a troubled heart, one father who previously disappointed his children and a best friend who is too good to be true. Mix together, toss lightly, and enjoy." -- Amazon reviewer

Emma Holden's nightmare has just begun. Her fiancé vanishes, leaving the battered and bloodied body of his brother in their London apartment. Someone is stalking her, watching her every move. And her family are hiding a horrifying secret; a secret that threatens all those she loves. In a desperate race against time, Emma must uncover the truth if she ever wants to see her fiancé alive again.

The One You Love is a fast-paced suspense mystery, full of twists and turns, following in the tradition of writers such as Nicci French and Sophie Hannah.

Since July 2011 it has been downloaded over one million times, has spent a full month at number 1 in the UK Kindle free download chart (July-August 2011), and reached the top of the US Kindle free download chart.

This edition (July 2012) has been professionally copy-edited. Those readers who purchased the previous edition can receive the update by contacting Kindle Support.

298 pages, with a 3.7-star rating from 630 reviews.

Deadly Stillwater - Thriller (McRyan Mystery Series #2), by Roger Stelljes. (Still free?)

Free today, this standalone mystery is #2 in the McRyan Mystery Series. Over 130 four and five-star reviews!

"Roger Stelljes packs an extraordinary amount of twists, turns and intrigue into just four days as he takes you with Detective Mac McRyan and his cohorts through St. Paul and the surrounding area as they are pitted against seemingly brilliant adversaries. Stelljes' detailed style of writing brings you inside his characters where you'll feel their excitement and their frustrations as you travel with them throughout the Eastern metro and Western Wisconsin areas that are easily visualized through the author's vivid descriptions." -- Sandee Byrd, Amazon reviewer

Award winning author, Roger Stelljes, delivers a mystery that is the second book in the McRyan Mystery Series (FIRST CASE - prequel novella, THE ST. PAUL CONSPIRACY - #1 McRyan Series). Stelljes' vivid characters, his gift for GRITTY and REAL DIALOGUE (slang/jargon/behind the scenes dialog), as well as his uncanny sense of place and time, will put you in the middle of the action allowing you to feel the desperation of Mac McRyan and his fellow detectives.


"Deadly Stillwater" was named the Midwest Book Awards Winner - Genre Fiction for the Midwest Independent Publishers (MIPA) Book Awards.
"On the edge of your seat reading... holds you captive until till you reach the very end." NYBrat on Amazon - FIVE STARS
"Chock full of suspense, a great quick read! Don't start if you cannot finish it!" KDP on Amazon - FIVE STARS
"Well conceived thriller... I enjoyed the book enough to read it twice." Cutfade on Amazon - FIVE STARS
"Pleasantly surprised! The characters were interesting and the suspense kept increasing as I progressed into the book. I look forward to more books by this author... well done!" Rebap on Amazon - FIVE STARS


Deadly Stillwater delivers...
GRITTY and REAL DIALOGUE... behind the scenes banter & slang of the detectives.
VIVID YET QUIRKY CHARACTERS... likeable characters faults and all.
A STORY THAT BUILDS...with clues that puts you in the middle of the action.

An abduction is just the beginning in a case of betrayal and revenge that will ultimately strike at the soul of the St. Paul Police Department.The ruggedly handsome Mac McRyan, a fourth-generation cop, is faced with a complicated brazen daytime kidnapping, a media storm surrounding the case, and political scrutiny. It is a case of betrayal and revenge that will ultimately strike at the soul of the St. Paul Police Department. From the searing streets of St. Paul to the murky waters of the St. Croix River, DEADLY STILLWATER is a book you won't be able to put down until its last gripping minute.

378 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 171 reviews.

Sweet Masterpiece (The Samantha Sweet Mysteries), by Connie Shelton. (Still free?)

You may know author Connie Shelton from her Charlie Parker mystery series. Now meet Samantha Sweet - baker, burglar, and sleuth - in this opener to a new romantic suspense series. Free!

"Murder most sweet! What a fun read! Sam has unusual careers-- government-sanctioned housebreaker and baker. The housebreaking is just until she get enough money together to open her own bakery, but as we all know, money is in short supply these days. Though cleaning repossed houses is usually more boring than scary, Sam manages to find two bodies in the course of one day. Could the deaths be related? There is a little surprise visit for those who read Shelton's Charlie Parker series." -- Melanie Jackson, Amazon reviewer

Samantha Sweet is a lady who breaks into houses for a living, and the things she discovers often lead to trouble. When she finds an unmarked grave on a property in a remote spot in Taos County, New Mexico, Sam calls in the authorities. A small mural painted inside a closet in the abandoned house provides clues and Sam is caught up in an investigation. A fortune in artwork, a bogus will, and a wooden box that seems to give Sam powers she never dreamed she possessed--all lead to a genuine mystery for Sam to solve.

Then there is all that chocolate! Sam's real goal in life is to use her elegant baking skills to open her own pastry shop, Sweet's Sweets. She's gaining quite the reputation as a baker with a magical touch, but a few obstacles stand in her way. Her grown daughter shows up on her doorstep--jobless and homeless; her bank account is at an all-time low; and trying to work from the tiny cramped kitchen in her home is becoming impossible.

Somehow, Sam copes and she finds that her dreams might just have a chance of coming true.

Praise for Connie Shelton's previous mysteries:

"Shelton, a major success for Intrigue, can only expand her fan base with this solid effort." -- Publisher's Weekly

"Shelton continues to combine suspenseful storytelling with sensitive portrayals of complex family relationships." --Booklist

"Shelton again has done a superb job in bringing New Mexico to life." -- Albuquerque Journal

"Connie Shelton has another winner!" -- The Book Report

243 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 33 reviews.

Here's a bargain Kindle book, available for 99 cents today!

The Moon Coin (The Moon Realm Series, Book One), by Richard Due. (Still $0.99?)

Today's bargain book has over 30 five-star reviews. A fantasy for tweens, Young Adults, and all ages. Free today!

"So begins a beautifully descriptive, cleverly written, intricate story, full of adventure and captivating characters, who draw you into their very lives and worlds. The wider adult reading population will no doubt be entranced by the skill of the author, Richard Due. I just cannot believe that this maturity and skill with the written word comes from a debut author." -- Fiction Books

Tales, unlike stories, never lie. You see, a tale is an account of things in their due order, often divulged secretly, or as gossip. Would you like to hear one? --Lord Autumn

Uncle Ebb was so good at telling his tales of the Moon Realm that sometimes it sounded like he'd been there himself.

As children, Lily and Jasper listened raptly to his bedtime tales of a place where nine moons swirled around one another, each inhabited by strange and wondrous beings: magical lunamancers; undersea merfolk; wise birds; winged dragons; and Lily's favorite, the heroic, leonine Rinn.

There was only one rule: don't tell a soul.

But now, years later, Uncle Ebb is missing. Lily has learned the secret behind the tales, and soon Jasper will too. But there's one big problem. You see, something terrible has happened in the Moon Realm. . . .

Illustrated by Carolyn Arcabascio.

2012 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards: Gold Medal Winner

Praise for The Moon Coin

"One of the things I particularly enjoyed about The Moon Coin was the way that Due does not talk down to his young readers. The book employs a rich vocabulary, giving its audience opportunities to learn new words in context. The intricately described universe of the Moon Realm is the highlight of the book." --Agrippina Legit

"Entrancing pictures, an engaging plot, and a great writing style combine to create a middle grade fantasy that readers of all ages will love." --Danica Page

"The Moon Coin is a delightful fantasy story about Lily and her brother Jasper. . . . The story implicitly challenges the reader to wait, to learn more, and to think about things before jumping to conclusions. . . . It will appeal equally to boys and girls. . . . I would highly recommend this for anyone who enjoys fantasy." --Reads 4 Tweens

"The world created by Mr. Due is a wonderful mix of fantasy that will have middle grade readers and teens wanting more. The writing is as magical as the Moon Realm, with nicely shaped phrases that don't confuse the reader." --Carabosse's Library

"The Moon Coin is middle-grade fantasy at its best! When I was a kid, I would have annihilated this book, slept with it under my pillow, and carried it with me at school." --Sizzling Reads

"The world of the Moon Realm is so wonderfully detailed and vivid that you have no trouble imagining everything that Lily is going through. Lily and Jasper's Uncle Ebb tells the kinds of tales that every little kid dreams about. For someone so young, she's incredibly brave and adventurous. Fantasy lovers will love escaping into this new world!" --A Bookish Affair

"Carolyn Arcabascio's illustrations really bring the story to life. The worlds in this story are vivid and beautifully descriptive. If you have a young reader who enjoys fantasy, loves to be lost in a good story, or just wants something new, give him or her this book." --Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile

304 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 41 reviews.

Murder on The Mind (A Jeff Resnick Mystery), by L.L. Bartlett. (Still free?)

Over 250 four and five-star reviews for this Jeff Resnick mystery!

"L.L. Bartlett's MURDER ON THE MIND is an exceptional debut mystery that adds a paranormal element to the enjoyment of unraveling traditional investigative techniques. Told in the first person through the eyes of a psychic sleuth, or perhaps brain damaged, MURDER ON THE MIND heightens the level of suspense as each new clue or vision arises." -- D. Merrimon Crawford, Amazon Vine Voice reviewer

Jeff Resnick hardly knew his well-heeled half-brother. But after suffering a fractured skull in a vicious mugging, he reluctantly accepts the fact that he has a long and brutal recovery to face—and his closest of kin can provide him with the time and place to do it.

Now, Jeff is haunted by unexplained visions of a heinous crime—a banker, stalked, killed, and eviscerated like a ten-point buck. When Matt Sumner’s murder is discovered, a still-recovering Jeff realizes this was what he had seen. Jeff must not only convince himself of his new-found psychic ability, but also his skeptical brother Richard Alpert. Since Sumner was Richard’s banker, both brothers have a stake in finding out what happened. With Richard’s reluctant help, Jeff’s investigation leads him to Sumner’s belligerent family and hard-nosed business associates, none of whom want him snooping around.

When Jeff discovers a second victim, he knows he must relentlessly chase his quarry even if it means risking his brother’s life.

“This fine paranormal amateur sleuth will send readers shuffling off to Buffalo to accompany Jeff on his investigation.”
--Midwest Book Review

“Nicely written and quite twisty.”
--The Book Bitch

“Murder on the Mind was a very compelling read, the plot tight and well-paced, and the relationships among the three principals (Jeff, Richard and Brenda) fascinating and cozy. I found it difficult to put down.”
--The Cozy Library

“This book was a great ride that I didn’t want to get off. I fell in love with the characters and I love the tone of this story. This is a good read and I highly recommend it.”
Dru’s Book Musings

“Murder On The Mind catches your interest from page one.”

"Put yourself in Jeff Resnick's shoes: You've suffered brain damage from a vicious mugging, and now you 'see' allegorical visions of murder in troubled nightmares and in even more troubling, conscious hallucinations. L. L. Bartlett does a wonderful job of showing us how difficult such a life can be as Jeff tries to overcome his own tragedy by using his new gift to investigate others. Beautifully written in a stark, spare style, MURDER ON THE MIND is a perfect choice for anyone open to a paranormal thread in a lovingly woven crime novel."
-- Jeremiah Healy, author of TURNABOUT and THE ONLY GOOD LAWYER:

L.L. Bartlett is a New York Times bestselling author.

Murder On The Mind was originally published in hardcover by Five Star/Cengage. Published in paperback by Worldwide Mystery Library.

The Jeff Resnick Mysteries:
Murder On The Mind
Dead In Red
Cheated By Death
Bound By Suggestion

284 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 323 reviews.

Deadly Aim (Angel Delaney Mysteries Book #1), by Patricia H. Rushford. (Still free?)

Oregon police officer Angel Delaney is shaken when she's forced to use deadly force against a twelve-year-old boy. In the aftermath, a string of murders raise mysterious questions, and Angel may be next on the hit list. Get this free mystery today!

"Deadly Aim by Patricia Rushford is a great start to a promising series. Angel's role as a female officer made the book especially enjoyable for me. The twists and turns throughout the book kept it interesting and suspenseful. This book is definitely a recommended mystery novel. " -- Rebekah Martin, Amazon reviewer

Patricia Rushford kicks off a thrilling new crime series set in the cozy coastal hamlet of Sunset Cove, Oregon. Featuring determined police officer Angel Delaney, the first episode is sure to have armchair sleuths turning the pages as fast as they can to discover whodunit!

When a police shootout results in the death of a 12-year-old boy, Officer Angel Delaney is blamed, convicted, and condemned by the media and the Sunset Cove community before the case even goes to trial. Angel will have her day in court, but before she has the chance to defend herself, the situation spirals out of control. Key evidence is missing, evidence that could have verified her claim of firing only one shot in self-defense. In short order, the body count rises, and suddenly Angel is a suspect in more than one murder investigation. Heartsick about the young boy's death, and questioning her judgment as a police officer, Angel joins forces with Detective Callen Riley to fight the mounting charges against her.

317 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 132 reviews.

Enemies and Playmates, by Darcia Helle. (Still free?)

Don't let the title fool you - this highly-praised novel is a gripping mystery with dark themes. Over 200 five-star reviews!

"Very well written! Interesting, entertaining and overall a great read. I was at first worried about the name and the picture on the cover, but after reading two other books by the author first (No Justice and Hit List), I realized that the author simply writes well all the time. The author manages to add unpredictable and thrilling turns in all her novels when you at least expect it. And yes, you kind of know that the two main characters will find their happy end, but you will never be able to guess how it will happen, which, of course, makes this book such a good escape-book read." -- Moose, Amazon Vine Voice reviewer

When the abused decide to fight back, the abuser's world might just shatter.

Lauren Covington's family maintains a grand facade that belies the life they live behind closed doors. Alex Covington, Lauren's father, keeps a tight rein on his family through dominance, abuse, and obsessive control. Consequently, Lauren doesn't believe she could ever trust a man, much less fall in love with one.

When Lauren meets Jesse Ryder, her carefully constructed protective wall shatters. She falls hopelessly and completely in love. It's only fitting that Jesse is a private detective who had once worked for her father, had defied him, and was now the subject of Alex Covington's wrath.

Amidst devastating loss, betrayal, and her father's destructive pursuit of Jesse, Lauren finds the trust and love she had always longed for.

337 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 432 reviews.

DEATHLOOP, by G. Brailey. (Still free?)

From British screenwriter Gil Brailey, this mystery is embedded with shades of the supernatural. Free today!

"Deathloop is a thumping good read with an original, uncompromising but entertaining storyline that draws you in and hooks you. It also has an imaginative main character in Zack Fortune as well as well-structured sub-characters. I also think this book has a lot of soul and it's always a joy to read a book for someone who writes from the heart." -- Robin Webster, Amazon reviewer

"DEATHLOOP, G. Brailey’s best-selling debut novel can be described in one word: brilliant." -- LiteratiLiteratureLovers. com

“The author finally releases us from our white-knuckle, switchback ride with an exciting and unexpected finale which comes all too soon. I was so gripped by this lengthy book that I devoured it over three evenings. A stunning debut.”

“Strangers keep dying right in front of me, calling out my name, asking me to help them - three deaths now, three strangers. How do they know me, Sam? What do they want me to do?”

Zack Fortune has never had to try too hard, handsome and charismatic, a successful lawyer, life has treated him well. When his good friend, Clarissa, training to be a past life regression therapist asks him to undergo hypnosis to regress to a past life, he reluctantly agrees.

But the visions Zack encounters from his past life are horrific, (a demon dying in a sea of blood and clutching him at the throat,) so ignoring Clarissa’s advice, he breaks out of the hypnosis and cuts the session short.

The following day, in an empty street, a girl, unknown to Zack, standing up on a high roof, calls to him by name screaming at him to help her. Mortified, impotent, unable to breathe, Zack can only watch as the girl jumps from the roof and plunges to her death, right in front of him. The same night, in a deserted club corridor he comes across a man barely alive, but calling out Zack’s name as though an old friend. Paralysed in exactly the same way he was when he encountered the suicide, Zack remains trapped there, a hostile witness as the man dies, oozing and decaying at his feet. Finding movement again, Zack races to find a way out of the club – a labyrinth of endless corridors and locked doors until finally he makes his escape.

Attempting to rationalise the two deaths, and to move on, the bizarre events continue to haunt Zack and with them comes a sense of foreboding.

When Zack is confronted again and again by more strangers all calling out his name before they die, and appealing for his help, Zack embarks on a desperate journey of discovery, but the more he manages to find out, the more he starts to question his own sanity when his life is thrown into relentless trauma and anarchy, as he becomes caught up in a vortex of myth, redemption, uncertainty and the supernatural, and as dark forces conspire to drag him down and destroy him.

What people are saying about Deathloop:
“This is at times a terrifying unstoppable read. It is far from your everyday run of the mill thriller. This takes the genre to a new level.”
“I think that Deathloop is a thumping good read with an original, uncompromising but entertaining storyline that draws you in and hooks you.”
“An outstanding first outing from the writer. A page turner covering the highs and lows of the human condition, winds itself through the complexities of the modern world while facing the age old fears of man...”
“If you’re up for a dark, intriguing story about self-discovery, death and the meaning of life, then Deathloop is the best choice you can make. G. Brailey’s debut novel is an outstanding thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end.”

405 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 5 reviews.

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