Free E-Books: 27.11.21

This is a weekly post that I am going to post a bit about the books I have sourced for free. Quite a few finds again this week 😊

I usually find out about these E-Books through social media, through emails I receive from Hello Books and authors newsletters.

In this weekly post, I would like to mention the books I have found and downloaded, so that others may have a chance to be introduced to new authors and the books are promoted before I get a around to reading them.

Hello Books – Amazon:

These books were sourced through emails I received by Hello Books and were purchased for free on Amazon. There are a number of genres to choose through this email service, and I pick the ones which sound like the type of books I would like to read. Please note these were free at the time of this posting on 27.11.21 and in the UK region.

A Match Made in Ireland – Michelle Brouder

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Have you ever wanted to press the escape button on your life?

Ruth Davenport writes about romance and happily ever after. But not from experience. After a heartbreaking rejection, she decides a change of scenery is needed. On a whim, she thinks Ireland is the place to go to write her next book. But when she arrives, everything that can go wrong, does. In the middle of the night, she lands on the doorstep of an Irish pub in the middle of nowhere belonging to an enigmatic Irishman.

Sean Hughes needs a woman under his roof like he needs a hole in the head. His policy is to steer clear of all women in general. Besides, he’s too busy running a pub and getting his dream business up off the ground. He has no time to be helping pretty tourists. But he needs some quick cash and she needs accommodation and a driver.

A deal is struck that suits them both. As they spend more time together, they begin to see the other in a different light. Can they overcome their fears and take a chance on happiness?

Rating on Goodreads: 4.41

Maniacal – C.M. Sutter

Genre: Crime/Thriller

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Sleepy little North Bend just woke up.

The newly promoted Sergeant Jade Monroe, and her partner, Detective Jack Steele, have just been informed of an unidentified male body found at a local lake. The town is in an uproar. The victim was nearly decapitated, and murder simply doesn’t happen in North Bend.

As more bodies turn up, the single connection between all of the victims becomes clear—it’s Jade, herself.
With each new victim getting one step closer to Jade, time begins to tick away. She must find the person responsible before her loved ones, or herself, are targeted next.

Rating on Goodreads: 4.06

Hades Gate – J.S. Maine

Genre: Thriller

Synopsis from Amazon:

Guy Bowman swore he was done with slaughter. He vowed to end fifteen years of deadly special-forces missions and grant his embattled soul some peace. But now, high profile women are being snatched from the streets of London and New York as if vanishing into air. They’re slated for live-streamed torture and execution: a grotesque ‘fundraiser’ for a sinister, unstoppable cadre known as Hades Gate. Bowman is drawn by MI6 into a terrifying operation to rescue the women, only to come face to face with a menace so advanced even British Intelligence couldn’t have foreseen it. To save himself, and the fate of an unsuspecting world, Bowman will have to confront his darkest secret. . . and enter the mouth of hell itself.

Rating on Goodreads: 5.00 (2 ratings)

Cocoa and Curses – Julie Nisse

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Mix one part divorce, two parts very suspicious murder, and three parts snarky witches for a cocoalicious paranormal women’s fiction novel about finding your power after forty!

All Liv Kolgrim wanted for her forty-first birthday was a nice dinner with her husband. What she got was divorce papers and the legs knocked out from under her very comfortable life.

Yearning for a fresh start, Liv punches the reset button on her life and retreats to her tiny hometown to plan her next move.

But her feet have barely touched Mistlevale’s snowy streets when a body shows up at her family’s cozy lodge. Even worse, local sheriff’s deputy Gray Bauer wants Liv’s cantankerous grandmother on the hook for the crime.

Now Liv’s restful vacation has turned into a race to unravel the mystery before her poor Gran winds up in a cell. With a small-town cast of characters to investigate, delicious cocoa to drink, and an enormous semi-feral cat on her tail, Liv has more than her hands full.

And that’s all before her family insists she take up the mantle of witchcraft that Liv’s never really believed in.

Rating on Goodreads: 4.35

Social Media finds:

When scrolling through Facebook & Twitter sometimes I find out about free E-books available. Sometimes these are through Amazon other times they are through newsletter sign ups. Please note again these were available free at the time I obtained them, they may not be free now.

The Jasmine Steele Mystery Series (Books 1-4) – Kimberly Amato

Source: Book Cave Email – Purchase Amazon

(Currently £6.72 to buy or free on Kindle Unlimited)

Genre: Mystery

Synopsis from Goodreads:

FOUR HEART-STOPPING POLICE PROCEDURALS AT A KILLER PRICE!

This bundle of Kimberly Amato’s complete Jasmine Steele detective series is made-to-order for fans of hard-boiled police procedurals and badass female sleuths… not to mention bargains! Those who can’t get enough of the exciting new wave of hard-boiled women sleuths, created by writers like Megan Abbott, Laura Lippmann, Lisa Lutz, and Vicki Hendricks will love Amato’s take-no-prisoners style, her unflinching attention to harrowing detail, and her tough-as-nails but soft-hearted detective.

Lovers of traditional mysteries will appreciate the web of fierce loyalty tempered with fearful caution that links Jazz’s tiny but hardy support system—both at work and at home. In every tale, Amato manages to mix all the excitement of an action thriller with the swirling emotions of a mainstream psychological novel.

STEELE RESOLVE

“Don’t think you’re untouchable…you or your son.” Then a dial tone…

Home is no haven with that that kind of caller on the line. Shrewd, hardened New York homicide detective Jasmine (Jazz) Steele’s just come back from a grisly crime scene involving the body of a brutally-beaten young girl, the second she’s investigated this week. That was horrendous, but with these eight words, ending ominously in “your son,” Jazz’s immediate fear is for her nephew Chase, who’s already been through hell in his seven short years. In Kimberly Amato’s hard-boiled yet deeply emotional police procedural, no one is spared tough breaks and turbulent anguish. A lesser cop than Jazz would barely be able to cope.

MELTING STEELE

In Jasmine Steele’s heartbreaking new case, an entire family’s been viciously murdered. Hard-boiled alert: author Kimberly Amato pulls no punches. The mother’s throat was slit while trying to call for help and the father was shot in the chest, then gruesomely sliced up while still alive, like a scene from a horror film. Also found, the body of their young son, about Jazz’s son’s age, left in the closet with a snapped neck.  But it’s the remaining clues to a missing fourth victim–a teenage daughter named Kaley–that leave her reeling. Kaley’s seemingly disappeared without a trace.

Soon Jazz discovers that the family had plenty of disturbing skeletons in its closet. Skeletons possibly warranting hiring a hit man on the Internet.

BREAKING STEELE

Gory video game violence comes home to roost when two store managers are brutally murdered in the back room of their gaming shop just before peek holiday season. The corporation that owns the store is doing everything it can to keep the matter quiet—but they won’t succeed if detective Jasmine Steele cracks the case. A fast-paced police procedural that’s as gripping as it is eerily personal. And this one comes with a captivating (although, as Jazz might say, a slightly “nerdy”) bonus: a heaping dose of the fascinating ins and outs of video game subculture. Which is far more murderous than the average reader would suspect.

COLD STEELE

Jazz gets a rude awakening when a 3-year-old cold case comes back hot. New York City’s “Carnation Killer,” a serial rapist and murderer, leaves his fifth calling card on a woman named Emilia Smith. The calling card? A heart-shaped carving into the woman’s chest and a single white carnation.

Goodreads Rating: 4.39

Jumo the Unicorn – Amanda young & Melody Pendlebury

Source: Book Cave Email – Purchase Amazon

(Currently £2.22 to buy or free on Kindle Unlimited)

Genre: Children’s Picture Book

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Jumo is a little rhino who lives at the zoo with all of his animal friends. He loves everything about his life until one day he feels as though something is missing. With fantastic animal characters like a little rhino with an identity crisis, a pink-haired zookeeper with a twist, and a zoo of animals, Jumo the unicorn teaches children the importance of being their true self- spreading messages of inclusivity, friendship, and love.

Goodreads Rating: 5.00

A Long Time Dead – Andrew Barrett

Source: Facebook Post – Purchase Amazon

(Currently £0.99 to buy or free on Kindle Unlimited)

Genre: Thriller/Crime

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Some killers run. Some stand right behind you. Would you trust forensic evidence?
The police discover a woman’s naked body on her bed, arcs of blood tracked across the wall from a neck wound. This is the second such case Detective Superintendent Chamberlain has running. The first is still unsolved, and he’s desperate for a lead. Any lead.
It’s 1999, and Scenes of Crime Officer, Roger Conniston, is too busy obsessing over an arms dealer to worry about whether his coal-powered computer is Year 2000 Compliant; too busy cruising Wakefield’s night-life to worry about his wife or his lover, or the promotion he doesn’t really want.
Roger is about to make his move on the arms dealer when he’s arrested for the woman’s murder.
With Roger in the cells, Chamberlain can relax, and the arms dealer can resume his trade. Roger has to prove his innocence and find the true murderer. Not easy from behind bars – bars that are guarded by the same officer he’s been spying on.
A stressed investigator. A ruthless arms dealer. And Roger Conniston trying to put the world right and getting it all wrong. Which of Roger’s new enemies want him out of the way?

Goodreads Rating: 4.10

Rancour – Pete Brassett

Source: Facebook Post – Purchase Amazon

(Currently £1.99 to buy or free on Kindle Unlimited)

Genre: Mystery

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Arran islanders respond angrily when a girl dies in the fells. A subsequent death on the mainland is further cause for concern.

The conditions were terrible for a hike up Arran’s highest peak, Goat Fell, so why did a group of schoolgirls attempt it? One of the girls presses on when the others turn back; inappropriately dressed and unprepared, she meets her death.

After mountain rescue retrieve the body, various questions start to be raised. Inconsistencies in her companions’ accounts of events are exposed, and it turns out the victim may have been drugged.

The police investigation begins to centre on a suave, enigmatic Italian man who has made his home on the mainland. Having conquered more than a few hearts, it is his past record that troubles detective Charlie West.

When the body of another young woman is found, police move quickly. But have they got the right guy? And what is really driving these killings?

Full of nice twists, red herrings, deadpan humour, and based in an atmospheric setting, readers will love this book.

RANCOUR is the eighth Scottish murder mystery to feature detectives James Munro and Charlie West. It can be perfectly enjoyed as a standalone.

Goodreads Rating: 4.18

It’s Raining Cats & Dogs – M. Drew

Source: Book Cave Email Newsletter – Purchase Amazon

(Currently £6.72 to buy or free on Kindle Unlimited)

Genre: Children’s Picture Book – Ages 4-7

Synopsis from Amazon:

Cozy up because a storm is on its way and this time it’s bringing more than raindrops and muddy puddles! In a furry downpour, armfuls of cats and dogs will be dropped on one lucky little girl’s doorstep. Come along for an adventurous day full of kitty purrs and puppy kisses and leave with a heart full of love and friendship.

Goodreads Rating: 4.11

Torn Apart – M.A. Comley

Source: Twitter Post – Purchase Amazon

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Everyone understands about the no-go districts–areas of the city so overrun with gang violence even the police stay away. In this book, the first in a new series, DI Hero Nelson sets out to combat the issue. When Saskia Hartley and her nine-year-old son are run down outside a restaurant, DI Nelson knows it is no ordinary hit-and-run incident. He’s looking at a homicide case… and the evidence points to the brutal Krull Gang. When two prostitutes are murdered, but little interest is given to the women on the Krull’s payroll, Nelson connects the dots. DI Nelson has to decide whether he’s dealing with a turf war or something far more sinister.

Goodreads Rating: 4.10

Bone Baby – Diane Dickson

Source: Facebook Post – Purchase Amazon

Genre: Thriller

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Buried secrets, hidden regrets and crime uncovered.

For many years, Lily and her partner had kept a terrible secret. When her partner dies, this secret becomes her burden alone. Soon it becomes an obsession.

Having worked alongside her more flamboyant partner in the publishing industry in London, the more sensitive Lily was used to playing second fiddle in their enigmatic social set. But their nice life hid a dark secret, one that she does not want to carry to her grave.

Many years ago, Lily and her partner covered up a crime. They took something precious that didn’t belong to them and lost it. Lily has had to live with the consequences of her actions until she is given the chance to repair the damage she has done.

This leads Lily down a dangerous path into the past. Disorientated, paranoid and scared, she uncovers a far graver crime. What she contemplates next is unthinkable.

Goodreads Rating: 3.84

The Missing Children – M.A. Comley

Source: Author Facebook Post – Purchase Amazon

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Synopsis from Goodreads:

“I want my mummy…”

The whisper seems to echo through the rooms of the abandoned house. DI Kayli Bright and her partner, DS Dave Chaplin, aren’t strangers to dealing with bad cases, but no one can prepare for the emotional and mental anguish the discovery of a child’s remains evokes.

Determined to find the responsible culprit, several of the dead child’s family members surface on their radar of suspects…until they learn of another child’s abduction.

The investigation leads Kayli to the shocking conclusion that even more children in the area have been abducted. A race against time ensues to find the children before they get lost in a sinister, evil world.

Goodreads Rating: 4.09

Wrong Place – M.A. Comley

Source: Author Facebook Post – Purchase Amazon

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Synopsis from Goodreads:

DI Sally Parker has a serial killer on her patch. One thing that sets this killer apart from the others she’s hunted before: his willingness to leave DNA at each of the crime scenes. It’s up to Sally and her partner DS Jack Blackman to find out why before the body count rises to double figures.

While Sally is engrossed in the investigation, her ex-husband, Darryl, pays a surprise visit to her new home. His actions not only threaten Sally’s new-found confidence, but they also force the DCI to give Sally an ultimatum concerning the case.

Can Sally overcome all the obstacles fate has placed in her path and arrest the brazen killer?

Goodreads Rating: 3.86

Kind of Book – Amazon

I have found another new notification site for free e-books, which you then purchase through Amazon. The site is Kind of Book, the link is for the UK site but they also have a site for the US and DE too which you can access from this link. Once again these were free when I purchased but they may not be now. I receive daily emails with deals, this is what I have found so far that has taken my interest:

Seabreeze Inn – Jan Moran

Genre: Romance

Synopsis from Goodreads:

A widowed artist. An old crush. One summer to get her life back.

Ivy Bay’s life implodes after discovering that her late husband had spent their life savings on a beach house. Strapped for cash as an art teacher and with nowhere to go, Ivy and her recently jilted sister head to Summer Beach to recreate their lives. If only renovating a historical home didn’t unveil a host of hidden secrets in the beachside community—and the mayor wasn’t her former high school crush.

Bennett Dylan led a campaign against Ivy’s late husband to block the rezoning of the beach house land for a high-rise resort. Although it’s been ten years since his wife’s death, Bennett is avoiding the pain of loving—and possibly losing—another woman. And then the FBI shows up… Ivy’s demands for a zoning variance for a bed-and-breakfast couldn’t come at a worse time for him.

Despite distractions, Ivy has one summer to sway the town to salvage her livelihood and the new life in Summer Beach she’s come to love.

With spellbinding intrigue and poignant self-discovery, the Seabreeze Inn is a sweet summer beach read. If you like sun-soaked beach sagas you can lose yourself in, the Seabreeze Inn and Summer Beach’s fascinating characters are for you. Get it now and start your vacation in Summer Beach.

Goodreads Rating: 4.21

Girl with a Rose – Leslie Wolfe

(Currently £0.77 to buy or free on Kindle Unlimited)

Genre: Thriller

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Her body is frozen, unable to move. Her eyes are locked on the blood leaving her body in a steady string of droplets, collecting in the bone ash porcelain bowl engraved with intricate gold leaves. Her parted lips let out a shriek that no one hears. He just smiles and wipes her tears with cold fingers.

The girl: missing

After fifteen-year-old Kaylee disappears without a trace, FBI Special Agent Tess Winnett is assigned to the case that falls outside of the normal purview of the FBI. With every lead she uncovers, more questions are posed with only one possible, terrifying answer: there are others like her who have vanished, never to be seen or heard from again.

Is there a pattern in these disappearances? What happened to the others who have vanished? Is there a connection, or is Tess chasing shadows?

The first twenty-four hours: critical

Frantic for answers and painfully aware of each passing moment, Tess has a choice to make, one that could save the life of a young girl: was Kaylee’s disappearance a singular event, or was she the latest victim of a serial killer no one knew existed?

The odds of finding the girl alive drop with every second passing by and making the wrong choice would seal her fate. Her blood would be on her hands.

Goodreads Rating: 4.30

Dead and Gone to Bell – Jeremy Waldron

(Currently £3.13 to buy or free on Kindle Unlimited)

Genre: Thriller/Mystery

Synopsis from Goodreads:

A gripping crime mystery that will make your jaw drop.

Investigative reporter, Samantha Bell, knows the end is near. But when young women are suddenly being targeted by a mysterious serial killer who leaves little clues behind, Samantha pushes her way into the biggest murder investigation of her life.

Four crime-solving women set out on an exhilarating adventure to stop a serial killer before tragedy strikes again.
On a mission to tell the story to save her career, nothing is as it seems. Met by terrifying roadblocks, Samantha needs a win. Willing to do whatever it takes, she and her friends risk their lives to work together and sift through the lies and deception that seem to be waiting for them around every turn.

Shocking twists and page-turning suspense from beginning to end.
It’s a race against the clock to catch the killer and just when it seems another victim’s life will be claimed, Samantha receives an anonymous message saying she will be the one to solve the case. Suddenly, the game has changed. When someone close to Samantha appears to be the next target, all rules are off the table and anything goes.

Goodreads Rating: 4.14

The House at Greenacres – Darcie Boleyn

(Currently £1.99 to buy)

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis from Goodreads:

All roads lead home…

When Holly Morton fled Penhallow Sands nearly a year ago she was determined to put the past – and Rich Turner – behind her. But now an unexpected loss and financial trouble has led her back to the family vineyard and it’s time to tell Rich the truth – he’s a father.

Surrounded by the memories of what they once shared Holly’s anger fades in the glow of Rich’s undeniable love for their son and the way he selflessly steps in to help the vineyard out of trouble. As Holly watches Rich flourish in his new role as father to baby Luke, she realises that though they can’t change the past, the future is still theirs to write…

Goodreads Rating: 4.10

The Sweet Smell of Murder – Cindy Bell

(Currently £1.99 to buy or free on Kindle Unlimited)

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Ally Sweet is happy to be returning for a short break to the small town where she grew up. She is planning on using the time off to get over her messy divorce and she is looking forward to spending time with her much-loved grandmother and relaxing making chocolates and anything chocolaty.

But then… the delivery driver for her grandmother’s chocolate shop is found murdered. The detectives investigating the crime have a prime suspect, Ally’s high school sweetheart, Brent. Ally believes that Brent would never murder anyone, so with the help of her trusted feline friend, Peaches, she tries to uncover the truth.

The search for the killer leads Ally straight into the line of danger. Will she be able find the murderer before she becomes a victim herself?

Goodreads Rating: 4.16

Chaser – Staci Hart

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Everyone knows you should never say never.

Cooper Moore never saw Maggie Williams coming. She was just his best friend’s little sister, the curly-haired, freckle-faced girl from Mississippi who was absolutely off limits. And he never thought about her any other way — not until he saw her that night, broken and brave. From that moment on, he knew he’d do whatever it took to protect her, even if it meant he had to stay away.

Maggie never expected to find her fiancé banging her maid of honor an hour before she was set to walk down the aisle, but life’s funny that way. The only option to save her sanity is to get the hell out of Jackson and move to New York where her brother lives. The only downside: Cooper is there too. And she just doesn’t know if she can stay away from him — the filthy rich, dead sexy playboy who’s allergic to commitment.

The second Maggie sees him again, she realizes he’ll be impossible to resist. Luckily, commitment is the last thing on her mind, and Cooper is the perfect escape. As long as she can keep her heart in check, everything will be just fine. Because she can never have feelings for him. Or at least that’s what she’ll keep telling herself.

Goodreads Rating: 4.07

Next Victim – Helen H. Durrant

Genre: Crime/Thriller

Synopsis from Goodreads:

A young man’s body is found burnt and tortured by a Manchester canal.

He was a journalism student who told his friends he was working on a big story. His death leads the police on a false trail.

Detective Rachel King investigates. She has a secret, the love of her life is a well-known villain. He has recently come back on the scene. But what does he really want?

A brutal serial killer with a taste for good-looking young blonde men.

A student who thinks she has a long-lost brother. But even her own father doesn’t believe her. She was involved with the first victim.

As the murders continue, can Rachel keep her family together and stop the killer?

A RACE AGAINST TIME TO STOP A SERIAL KILLER WITH A HIDDEN AGENDA

Goodreads Rating: 4.12

Rose Hill Mystery Series (Books 1-3) – Pamela Grandstaff

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Synopsis from Goodreads:

This set includes: Rose Hill (Book 1), Morning Glory Circle (Book 2), and Iris Avenue (Book 3)

Rose Hill is a small mountain town where everyone knows everyone else’s business. In this cozy mystery series, amateur female sleuths (also cousins) Maggie, Hannah, and Claire navigate the challenges of marriage, family, children, and nosy neighbors as they solve crimes and entertain each other. If you like small town cozy mysteries with a little humor and romance, you will love the Rose Hill mystery series.

Goodreads Rating: 4.30

Pretty Killer – Johnny B Truant & Nolon King

Genre: Thriller

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Revenge is served.

Twelve people bound by a secret arrive for an exclusive dinner only to find that the other guests are familiar in the most troubling of ways.

Ella Boyer isn’t looking forward to attending the Bayshore alumni dinner with her husband, Noah. There aren’t enough pills in the world to numb her fears of seeing her classmates again … especially after what she did all those years ago.

Her sorority sister Heidi Blanchard, equally guilty, will be at the same exclusive restaurant that night. In the aftermath of their secret shame, Heidi’s turned lying into a sport and has lost her compass for truth. She’s there for a job … or so she thinks.

Bindi Bridges, former guidance counselor at Bayshore, has no idea about the alumni dinner or Heidi’s job offer. She’s at Crave to learn who her husband’s been sleeping with, tipped by an unknown source.

Mason Pace is there to meet a headhunter. His life is about to turn around — a relief, after the horror that happened eleven years ago.

Seven others — each seeking their own redemption and hiding their own sordid sins — are just as ignorant of the sinister purpose behind this elegant event.

Their host? A Hollywood star with glamour to spare and all the money in the world to spend on that most useful of hobbies: revenge and the extraction of secrets.

The only guest not in attendance is the one who deserves to be there most: Casey Davis.

What happened to Casey? And who’s to blame?

Pretty Killer is Agatha Christie for the modern age. It’s Truant & King at their duplicitous best, weaving a tale with more layers than stratified ground in which a murderer digs a stone cold grave … proving that revenge isn’t always best when it’s cold — and sizzles when it’s piping hot.

Goodreads Rating: 3.74

I hope you find something that takes your fancy 😊

I only download books that I like the look of the synopsis, and once I have cleared down some of the NetGalley books I am going to be adding 1 or 2 of my E-Books to my TBR each month.

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