Monday, February 11, 2013

Free and bargain Kindle books! (Monday Feb 11)

Thrillers of mysteries will find a lot to love in today's selection of free and bargain Kindle books!

Blabbermouth (A Brit Moran Mystery), by Joel Travis. (Still free?)

"Hilarious" and "compelling," this mystery is praised for its tight plotting and witty dialogue. Get it free today!

"This is an wonderful read, good characters (most of them in serious need of professional help of one sort or another!), and outstanding dialogue, the latter reminiscent of one of my favorite authors, Elmore Leonard. This is a very entertaining and enjoyable book." -- Michael E. Read, Amazon reviewer

From Publishers Weekly:
After his compact car is hit by a large truck, Brit Moran believes that his final moments are imminent, and makes a lengthy deathbed confession to operating an illegal sports gambling racket in Dallas for five years. Fortunately, Moran’s injuries are not fatal; unfortunately, his compromising admissions have been heard by a motley assortment of bedside visitors, including a local police detective and the younger brother of Cesar Hernandez, Moran’s backer in his bookmaking business. The book follows, courtesy of Moran’s often hilarious first-person narration, the consequences of his ill-timed frankness, which include assault, vandalism, theft and murder. When the police identify Moran as the prime suspect in the killing, he embarks on an amateurish and offbeat quest for the truth. Readers who like to smile while reading a whodunit should hope that the author manages to enmesh his creation in further investigations.

294 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 32 reviews.

The Last Track: A Mike Brody Novel, by Sam Hilliard. (Still free?)

Readers have become captivated with reluctant hero Mike Brody, the lead in this murder mystery. Get this enjoyable read, free today!

"If you like thrillers set in the great outdoors, Sam Hilliard's The Last Track might light your campfire . . . Brody's search takes us deep into the Montana woods, which the author describes in such beautiful detail that we can almost smell the pines. Hints about Brody's own tragic background ratchet up the tension, which spikes further when his own son is threatened . . . Brody is such a riveting character that he could easily anchor an entire series." --Mystery Scene Magazine

"The ability to find people is a powerful one, but not without its pitfalls. The Last Track tells the story of Mike Brody, master tracker and former Special Services operative. Charged with hunting for a lost young man through the wilderness of Montana, Mike is faced with his toughest challenge yet, as a killer is on the loose as well, and everything lies on Mike's talents. "The Last Track" is an exciting adventure and mystery, highly recommended." --The Midwest Book Review

Imagine if being late meant a child disappeared forever. That is the fear that drives Mike Brody: the man you want, when the one you love is missing. Mike is more than just a master tracker. An ex-Special Forces operative, Smoke jumper, and now extreme adventure tour guide, he also possesses a unique ability to tap into the memory and emotional state of those he pursues. In The Last Track, a police detective recruits Mike to help find an asthmatic boy lost in the dense woods surrounding a dude ranch in Montana. An unwitting murder witness, the boy burrows ever deeper into the rugged terrain, fearful of being found. As Mike and a local officer search for the boy, the killer follows them. While the investigation expands, his ex-wife, a well-connected journalist, uses her contacts to unravel the truth behind the murder. Her discoveries threaten to snare them all in a treacherous conspiracy . . .

Mike Brody: The man you want, when the one you love is missing.
Some say his gift is supernatural, others consider it a curse. To Mike Brody, it’s a penance. Take Robert B. Parker’s Spenser, mix in a healthy dose of The Mentalist, then roll him up in an adrenaline junkie with psychic abilities.

“A good mix of mystery and adventure, The Last Track will appeal to any thriller reader. A good yarn, not to be missed . . . highly entertaining and extremely difficult to put down.”
~John A. Dunay, Police Lieutenant (Ret. ‘06)
~Police Advisor to Department of Justice, Dinwanyah and Kurdistan, Iraq ‘08

“The Last Track, by Sam Hilliard, is full of mystery and suspense to intrigue the mind. The story captures the thrill of the chase and the fear of the unknown. What kept my interest was the struggle for that we desire most in the form of love, success, money, and complete control. This book will keep your reading lamp on in the wee hours of the night!” ~Spc Amanda Daigle, Jan-Dec 09, Kirkuk, Iraq.
~Purple Heart, Feb 09

“The Last Track is one of the best thrillers our book club has ever read. Chock full of unexpected twists and turns, this well-crafted mystery kept us guessing up until the very last page. A natural storyteller, Hilliard knows how to build suspense and create compelling characters. We can’t wait to go on another adventure with Mike Brody!” ~Revolution Reading Club

291 pages, with a 4.3-star rating from 25 reviews.

Murder at the War A Modern-Day Mystery with a Medieval Setting (Peter Brichter mystery), by Mary Monica Pulver. (Still free?)

How's this for a grabber: a "modern-day mystery in medieval times"? Murder shows up at a medieval revival festival... in this book described as "zany fun mixed with murder." Free today!

"Mary Monica Pulver's a longtime member of the SCA, and is well-qualified to write a mystery set in and among the Society's members at our largest gathering, the Pennsic War. There's no attitude of "oh, look at the freaky weirdos who should get a life," instead, we get a sympathetic look at the SCA's subculture and how it meshes and clashes with the surrounding "mundane" world. The various groups within the SCA are presented fairly faithfully, although things now are not quite as they were when she wrote this book. The mystery element is honestly puzzling, and hinges on a bit of SCA lore that's in front of the reader's face from the beginning. A good first mystery novel, with an unusual setting." -- Eric Oppen, Amazon reviewer


A murder at the war…

“I was just thinking that the Society for Creative Anachronism is actually very much like the old Norse myth of Valhalla: You can fight all day, get killed any number of times, and still be in great shape for the feast that night!”

…until one of the fighters, Thorstane Shieldbreaker, is genuinely murdered, when the fun turns to deadly seriousness as Lord Stefan von Helle and Lady Katherine of Tretower struggle to solve the crime. Was it one of their own SCA members, a mundane outsider, or Lady Katherine herself?

The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is having a lovely re-enactment of a Medieval war...until one of the participants is actually murdered. It is up to Detective Peter Brichter and his wife Kori (whose SCA names are Lord Stefan von Helle and Lady Katherine of Tretower) to solve the crime!

The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is a group of enthusiasts who research and selectively re-create the Middle Ages for knowledge and for fun. At their events, they wear historical clothing and call each other by medieval-style character names. Once a year, they meet to display their handiwork and stage a mock medieval war.

In Murder at the War, policeman Peter Brichter (known in the SCA as Stefan von Helle) and his wife, Kori (known as Katherine of Tretower) go to the war for the fun. But the revelry turns deadly serious when a known troublemaker, Thorstane Shieldbreaker, is actually murdered. The local police, anxious to find the culprit, turn their attention to Peter and Kori as suspects once they find the two have quarreled with Thorstane. It is up to Lord Stefan and Lady Katherine, with their knowledge of the SCA, to clear their names and solve the crime.

The Society for Creative Anachronism is an odd mixture of pedantic realism and idealistic fantasy, full of complex individuals who have succeeded in living a dream without losing their hold on reality. Such a subculture provides a gold mine of unique and colorful characters, motivations, and methods for crime, and Pulver has made brilliant use of her material. With clarity and compassion, she follows her characters to the solution of a most unusual murder mystery. —Diana L. Paxson, originator of the Society for Creative Anachronism and author of Brisingamen and the Westria series

The war of the title, taking place on a farm in Pennsylvania, is attended by thousands of members of the Society for Creative Anachronism, whose dedication to medieval custom and costume is annually unloosed in this recreation of medieval battle and ceremony. … The rub of current times against the mores of centuries past gives rise to a pleasant friction. —Publisher’s Weekly

Pulver adds a fresh American luster to the traditional mystery. —Elizabeth Peters

…highly recommended for those who like some zany fun mixed with murder. —Library Journal

260 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 21 reviews.

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

They Met At Shiloh, by Phillip Bryant. (Still $0.99?)

This book takes you back to Civil War times - into the battlefield and inside the heads of four soldiers as they launch into two days of the worst fighting of the war. A bargain book today at $0.99!

"Serious historical fiction. 'They Met at Shiloh' follows four men across the battlefield of Shiloh during the American Civil War. Each man must fight not only the battle set before him, but internal wars as well. To the interested reader, to the person who wants to know more about Shiloh and the cog this battle fit in the larger scheme, this book may be helpful. Even more valuable, if someone asks 'what was it like to be a soldier in the western theatre of the Civil War,' 'They Met at Shiloh' is highly recommended." -- Peter Leavall, Amazon reviewer

Pittsburg Landing was a place at peace—one that never expected to be the site for one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. Peace is shattered as Confederate and Federal troops meet on the fields and farms surrounding a tiny Methodist church. In the midst of death and destruction, friendships form as four soldiers struggle to survive the battle.

Forced to leave his position as minister, Phillip Pearson knows his life is in danger, but not just from the Confederates. The Harper family, incensed at Pearson's refusal to bury a philandering son, has a vendetta against him that is played out on the battlefield.

Demoted from his command by a West Point graduate, Capt.Michael Greirson is forced to choose between ambition and duty.

When a bumbling youth becomes his shadow, Private Robert Mitchell gains an unlikely friend—something that has been missing from his life. Afraid to trust, he is forced to confront those fears and depend on others in the heat of battle.

War is an adventure to Private Stephen Murdoch and his best friend, William Banks. For months they dream of the glory of war before volunteering together. On the eve of battle, they sense something momentous is about to happen. Their idealistic views fade in the blood of their fallen comrades.

Of the 40,000 Confederates and 30,000 Federals about to come face to face along the banks of the Tennessee River, these four soldiers will experience fear and questions of faith for what lies beyond. Two days of horrific fighting turn boys into men and sever the sacred bonds of comradeship in the bloodiest days of the war.

Catch this limited time holiday sale price of $.99 while it lasts!

220 pages, with a 4-star rating from 25 reviews.

The Topsail Accord, by JT Kalnay. (Still free?)

Here's a thoughtful book in which two people try to put their lives back on track after tragedy. Shannon has lost her husband in a cruel divorce, and Joe's is a recent widower who has also lost his child. Can these two find peace and happiness together? Find out in this free work of contemporary women's fiction.

"The Topsail Accord is the third of JT Kalnay's books I've read and while I very much enjoyed the others, this one was by far my favorite. It is first a unique love story about two people but you always know that Kalnay's books include a secondary love story entwined around the first... for the places he writes about in such a magical way his readers fall in love with them too. I was so emotionally caught up with the characters, so anxious to discover which philosophy would prevail. Would it be Shannon's belief that love is to be guarded and protected, to be brought out only for brief, cherished moments or Joe's faith that love is open-hearted and boundless?" -- Vicki Williams, Amazon reviewer

Wealthy divorcee Dr. Shannon Patrick meets a local, Joe, while walking on North Topsail Beach. Shannon, a geologist, has recently discovered oil and natural gas in the Marcellus Shale under Ohio. While the newfound wealth has provided her undreamt of new opportunities, including her new beach house in North Carolina, Shannon is still trying to understand her divorce. She feels very alone, even though she has the love and support of her very close family.

Joe is a North Topsail local who has walked and run on North Topsail Beach nearly every morning for the past two decades, ever since the loss of his only child to Leukemia, and his wife's subsequent grief-propelled suicide.

Shannon and Joe meet and carefully work towards a relationship that they can define and survive. The rules they implement come to be known as "The Topsail Accord."

Follow along as Shannon discovers how, if at all, she can let someone love her again, and as Joe reawakens to the possibility that there is someone who he can love.

Set on North Topsail Beach, North Carolina, in Playa Jaco, Costa Rica, and in Cleveland, Ohio, The Topsail Accord examines whether bounded lives defined by agreed upon intersections can be complete lives, or whether the rules they hope will protect them block perhaps their last chance at love.

370 pages, with a 3.8-star rating from 18 reviews.

My Soul to Keep (Rise of the Fallen), by Sean Hayden. (Still free?)

"Badass biker babes from Hell? Check. Demons galore? Check. Hilarious dialogue, crackling danger and enough twists and turns to name a roller coaster after it? Double-check. My Soul to Keep is another great entry in my Sean Hayden library."

This teen urban fantasy / romance is free today!

"This is a very fast paced story full of adventure, love, heartbreak, and strange powers. I really enjoyed Mr. Hayden's clean writing and compelling characters. Connor is a very well told main character full of real teen insecurities and strengths. You really feel Connor's emotions, are happy when he's happy and torn up when he's hurt. The story stands alone, but the ending hooks you in and leaves you anxious for the next book. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves YA Urban Fantasy with a nice touch of romance." -- J. Campbell, Amazon reviewer

It was only a wish...
Connor Sullivan was painfully average. The very highlight of his existence was going to school, doing homework, and playing video games. He thought nothing would ever change that. Unfortunately, homework usually screws everything up.

A cut, some blood, and a hastily scrawled promise to sell his soul for his fondest wish...and all hell breaks loose. Literally.

The Demons take him up on his offer.

In a last ditch effort to keep his soul, he wishes to become one of the demons, or Fallen as they call themselves. Connor thought he had found a solution to his problem. He never fully understood the meaning of the phrase, "From the frying pan into the fire," until his wish was granted. The biggest catch? Never ever fall in love with a human...

And then she walked into his school. Beautiful, red-haired, funny...and blind. Connor's heart didn't stand a chance. Neither did the Fallen's rules.

He had saved his soul, but could he find happiness without hurting the girl he loved? Or would secrets Jessica didn't even know she had destroy them all?

222 pages, with a 4.8-star rating from 29 reviews.

ABSOLUTION (A Frank Renzi mystery), by Susan A Fleet. (Still free?)

Here's a Frank Renzi mystery with over 30 five-star reviews! Get the first in this New Orleans-based intense mystery series, free today!

"Relentless tempo ... sharp writing." -- Kirkus Discoveries

"Intertwining relevant 21st century issues with captivating character development and suspenseful action, Fleet's thriller is set in pre-Katrina New Orleans 2005. A serial killer is on the loose [and] detective Frank Renzi [must catch him] before he claims his next victim. A wholehearted "Bravo!" -- K. G. Hunt Florida Times-Union

"Creole-flavored suspense!" -- The Sun Chronicle

A serial killer stalker preys on young women in New Orleans.
Vol. 1 in the Frank Renzi mystery series
Best Mystery/Suspense/Thriller of 2009 -- The Premier Book Awards


Vulnerable young women let a serial killer into their homes because they trust him.
The killer tortures them, kills them and takes a gruesome trophy.


Everyone has something to hide. Some of the darkest secrets reside in a parish church. A tip from a prostitute leads New Orleans Detective Frank Renzi to believe the killer may be a priest.
A ruthless stalker, the serial killer uses his position to snare more women. With Renzi hot on his trail, he persuades a teenaged girl to help him escape. Will Renzi be able to save her?

Who would YOU trust? A police officer or a priest?

Praise from the critics:

  • "A killer thriller!" Jan Herman, Arts Journal
  • "relentless tempo ... sharp writing." Kirkus Discovery
  • "Creole-flavored suspense!" The Sun Chronicle
  • "Fleet has created a crime drama far above the ordinary whodunit. A wholehearted "Bravo!" -- Kathy Hunt, The Florida Times-Union
  • First class writing! Fleet goes inside the head of the killer with a rare talent." -- C.J. Gregory
282 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 40 reviews.

Fast Lane, by Dave Zeltserman. (Still free?)

Here's a hard-boiled noir you don't want to miss! From Dave Zeltserman, the Shamus award-winning author and the Ellery Queen's Readers Choice Award winner. His novel Small Crimes was selected by NPR as one of the five best crime novels of 2008 and by the Washington Post as one of the best novels of 2008. His crime novels Outsourced and A Killer's Essence have both been optioned for film. Today, get this well-written mystery for free!

"PI Johnny Lane is somewhat of a celebrity in Denver due to his monthly column "Fast Lane" in the local paper. He is very busy and has so many clients that he needs to outsource some of his work. Oh and in tradition of Jim Thompson, he is also a psychopath. When a young woman asks for his help finding her birth parents, things flip in a hurry and Johnny makes the most insane decisions every time, yet his explanations almost make sense. This is one of Zelsterman's early books. Great fast paced psycho noir." -- Amazon reviewer

Before there was Dave Zeltserman's acclaimed 'man out of prison' crime trilogy (Small Crimes, Pariah, Killer) there was his first novel, Fast Lane. Published in 2004 by the small independent publisher, Point Blank Press, this seemingly hardboiled PI novel quickly developed a cult following among crime fans. Now Fast Lane is back with a vengeance.

"For those of us who believed Jim Thompson would never be equaled, great tidings, he's back in the form of Dave Zeltserman. Hilarious in the darkest fashion, violent, bitter, psychotic and unputdownable" Ken Bruen

"Johnny Lane--the protagonist from hell--to know him is not to love him. He's that rare blend of greed, gluttony, lust, anger, and psychopathic rationalization that in real life would make you want to shoot first and never bother to ask questions. With tremendous skill, Zeltserman lures you to a wild ride on the shoulders of a grizzly. You can't let go." Vicki Hendricks

"FAST LANE is a wild ride on the darkest noir side of the street. Zeltserman has updated Jim Thompson themes of character and situation to forge a private eye novel where everything that can go wrong, does...with highly entertaining, if very grim results." Jeff Gelb


"A dark, lightening-paced read" Financial Times

"A small gem of crime fiction" Booklist

"Outsourced is a dryly witty take on the heist caper genre... fast-paced action romp" London Times

"Bodies mount up as the double dealing and revenge gather apace. The blurb on the book describes it as a "fast-paced, edge-of-your seat crime novel," and it really does live up to the hype. Add this to your holiday reading list for a piece of escapism." Morning Star

"A finely paced, witty and stylish take on the heist caper novel. More than most authors churning out mysteries, Zeltserman is fully steeped in the conventions of crime fiction. He remains absolutely his own hard man." The Australian


"delicious horror-ish novel" Newsday

"Superb mix of humor and horror" Publishers Weekly, starred review

"superbly crafted horror story" Booklist

"Harrowing. Zeltserman colors it black with the best of them." Kirkus Reviews

"a very darkly funny dark fantasy" Locus Magazine

"THE CARETAKER OF LORNE FIELD succeeds as a horror novel, a psychological thriller and a haunting parable, even in some ways that Zeltserman may not have intended. There are dark levels to this work, some of which are immediately evident and others of which reveal themselves only upon later reflection. I don't know if the book will come to be regarded as a classic, either now or at some point in the future, but it deserves to be." BookReporter


""Few writers are Zeltserman's equal in setting up the chessboard with obsessive perps and depressive cops . . . Zeltserman's lean but muscular style, so evident in [A Killer's Essence] and The Caretaker of Lorne Field, is just as sharply honed here. His ability to juggle Green's story and Lynch's, develop a riveting murder mystery, and even mix in some Brighton Beach ex-KGB sleazeballs, all in less than 250 pages, is a pretty neat page-turning trick . . . a memorable winner." -- The Boston Globe

"This eerie thriller deftly blurs the lines between madness and the perception of reality." -- New Jersey Star-Ledger

"chilling page-turner attuned to the most discerning of avid crime loves" -- New York Journal of Books

200 pages, with a 4.8-star rating from 13 reviews.

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