Free E-Books: 11.12.21

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 11.12.21 and in the UK region.

Never as it Seems (Book 1) – Gomer Joseph

Genre: Thriller

Synopsis from Goodreads:

A murdered doctor. An angry ex-wife. A defense attorney must uncover the truth…

Defense Attorney Kevin Auguste has devoted his life to the pursuit of justice. An immigrant from Haiti, he has seen first hand the corrupting influence of money and power. Now he fights to be a force for good in his community, and to ensure his children grow up in a better world than the one he left behind.

But when late night police sirens disturb his sleepy neighborhood, Kevin is shocked to discover that his neighbor and client, Dr. Delroy Davidson, has been murdered. And Delroy’s ex-wife has come to town demanding her share of the inheritance…

When a reading of Delroy’s will reveals that another woman will receive half his wealth, Kevin finds himself drawn into a deadly dispute that threatens both him and his family. Torn between protecting his loved ones and revealing the truth, Kevin must outwit mafia thugs, scheming widows, and vindictive families.

But can Delroy’s killer be forced out of hiding, before he becomes the next victim…

Goodreads Rating: 3.82

Til Death Do Us Part – Daniel Hurst

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Megan thinks that she has the perfect husband and the perfect life. Craig works so that she doesn’t have to, leaving her free to relax all day in their beautiful and secluded country home.

But when she starts to long for friends and purpose again, Megan applies for a job in London, much to her husband’s disappointment. She thinks that he is upset because she is unhappy. But she has no idea.

After Megan goes against his wishes and attends the interview, Craig decides that it is time to act. Locking her away in their home, Megan realises that her husband never had her best interests at heart, nor did they meet by accident.

Craig has been planning this from the start.

As Megan is kept shut away from the world with only somebody else’s diary for company, she starts to uncover the lies, the secrets and the fact that she isn’t actually Craig’s first wife after all…

Goodreads Rating: 4.16

Pains and Penalties – Sarah Biglow

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Synopsis from Goodreads:

A new amateur sleuth is on the case in the first book of the Geeks and Things Cozy Mystery novella series.

Small-town life brings big-city problems when Kalina Greystone returns home to Ellesworth, MA to take over the family’s comic book shop. A murder in plain sight at the annual Solstice Fair pushes Kalina to snoop where she doesn’t belong, much to the chagrin of former high school sweetheart, Detective Christian Harper.

As Kalina digs into the victim’s past she uncovers a dark truth that the victim and her closest friends were hoping to take the grave. A truth the killer wants revealed.

Will Kalina and Chris catch the killer before the killer’s thirst for vengeance is sated?

Goodreads Rating: 3.82

Red Picket Fences – Daphne Mclean

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Synopsis from Goodreads:

The truth is hidden…will she find it before bath time?

Nothing of note ever happens in Jennifer’s sleepy little neighborhood other than the occasional kerfuffle over grass length. As a stay-at-home mom, the only danger she comes across is in the true-crime novels she devours at night.

But when a house fire results in the death of her two neighbors, Jennifer discovers that things are not always what they seem.

By poking her nose in where it doesn’t belong, she puts herself up against a local police chief eager to close the case, a husband desperate to keep her safe, and a killer who wants her out of the way.

This cozy mystery begs the question, “How well do you know your neighbors?”

Goodreads Rating: 4.16

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.

Starlight Love – Kat Bellemore

Source: Book Cave Email – Purchase Amazon

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis from Goodreads:

She’s falling in love. He’s just playing a part.

When Adeline Baker was told that big-time Hollywood actor, Eli Hunt, wanted to film a movie in Starlight Ridge—and inside her small chocolate shop—she told them they were crazy. But the film crew arrived, and Eli Hunt with them, and fantasy quickly became reality. Adeline knew Eli would be charming—she’d read the magazines and seen the interviews—but she’d underestimated the pull he’d have on her. Too bad she couldn’t trust a word that came out of his mouth, because there was one thing Eli was famous for. He never stepped out of character while filming a movie—even off set.

The first time Eli Hunt had visited Starlight Ridge, he’d known he’d found the setting for his next romantic drama. The mild winter weather and small-town beach community was exactly what he was looking for. The pretty owner of the local chocolate shop hadn’t hurt either. But as filming commences, Eli realizes he has a problem. He feels more chemistry with Adeline than his co-star. To make matters worse, he can’t step out of character. And the longer he spends with her, the more he desperately wishes he could.

It will take trust and courage for Adeline and Eli to step outside their roles and discover if what they have is real, or if it is merely a Hollywood illusion.

Starlight Love is the third book in the Starlight Ridge series. If you can’t get enough of small-town romance, holiday kisses, and Hollywood heroes, you’ll love reading this sweet story.

Pick up Starlight Love to be swept off your feet today!

Goodreads Rating: 4.38

Dark Path – Melissa F. Miller

Source: Book Cave Email – Purchase Amazon

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Practicing Buddhist and retired forensic pathologist Bodhi King seeks peace. But death keeps finding him.

After solving a series of unexplained deaths and exposing a sordid political scandal, Bodhi retreated from the limelight. Permanently, he thought. But now he’s called out of early retirement to help investigate a death cluster on a private island in the Florida Keys.

Healthy residents of a ritzy assisted living facility are dying in the middle of the night … their faces frozen in terror.

Bodhi arrives on Golden Island to find a community gripped by fear. And beneath the surface, conflict simmers, threatening to boil over. The charismatic leader of the Golden Island Church, the dying Cuban-Americans, and the local Catholic priest all have secrets to protect.

It’s up to Bodhi to bring the truth to light … before another resident dies.

Goodreads Rating: 4.03

Wildwood Lodge – Jennifer Griffith

(Currently £2.99 to buy or free on Kindle Unlimited)

Source: Book Cave Email Newsletter – Purchase Amazon

Genre: Contemporary/Christmas

Synopsis from Amazon:

She’s creating the perfect family Christmas–for perfect strangers.

This year TV personality Jayne Renwick will host the ideal family Christmas. She has even booked the luxurious Wildwood Lodge for her “perfect Christmas” activities. At the last minute, though, she is forced to revise her guest list.

It’s not all bad. In fact, one new lodger fits the Jayne’s first-snowfall wish for love. However, another guest turns out to be the hottest guy from her office–and her biggest critic.

She catches one glimpse of him and thinks he’s there to ruin her week. He catches one glimpse of her and he’s ready to turn around and leave Wildwood Lodge.

Jayne’s far too kitschy. He’s far too traditional. But can kitschy and traditional mix in the magic of Wildwood Lodge?

Goodreads Rating: 4.50

Holiday Heist – A.A. Albright

(Currently £2.99 to buy or free on Kindle Unlimited)

Source: Book Cave Email Newsletter – Purchase Amazon

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Synopsis from Goodreads:

This is a standalone cozy mystery novel, set in the Wayfair Witches world. It can be enjoyed without having read the Wayfair Witches series.

A holiday heist, a powerful child, and a parolee Melissa can’t stand the sight of? It sounds like a recipe for a very Merry Solstice.

The Nemo Foundation’s kids are planning some Solstice shenanigans, but Melissa has no idea what their hijinks might entail. She’s far too busy figuring out why an emaciated wizard was drained by a harpy, and trying to keep a young weredog out of jail. Plus, the Queen of the Faeries has promised three miracles this holiday season – and in order for those three miracles to pass, Melissa must learn to trust someone she hates …

Goodreads Rating: 4.64

The Freeman Files (Books 1 – 3) – Ted Tayler

(Currently £4.38 to buy or free on Kindle Unlimited)

Source: Author Email Newsletter – Purchase Amazon

Genre: Crime/Mystery

Synopsis from Goodreads:

DI Gus Freeman retired three years ago. His old boss now wants him to head up a Crime Review Team investigating cold cases. Gus returns to study old witness statements and to unearth fresh clues… you can’t keep a great thief-taker down…the hunt is on.

Fatal Decision
Gus Freeman has spent the past three years alone. Freeman’s wife, Tess, died from a brain aneurysm six months to the day after his retirement. Gus is still coming to terms with his enforced solitary existence.
In their first case, the team try to discover who murdered Daphne Tolliver while walking her dog in the local woods.

Last Orders
The newly-formed Crime Review Team is investigating cold cases that defied their colleagues.
Austerity cuts mean that Gus Freeman only has a team of three to assist him.
DS Alex Hardy – a pursuit motorcyclist, currently using a wheelchair as he recovers from a high-speed accident.
DS Neil Davis – a bright young detective, whose family members have served in the Wiltshire force for generations.
Lydia Logan Barre – a forensic psychologist graduate who is attractive, outspoken and fiercely competitive.
Barmaid, Trudi Villiers, was brutally murdered as she walked home in the early hours.
“She may have had a string of lovers, but she was someone’s daughter. We must find her killer.”

Pressure Point
Gus Freeman’s Crime Review Team has two successful cold case investigations behind them.
Will it be third time lucky? The victim’s profession might make it hard to find someone to talk.
Laura Mallinder worked at ‘Gentle Touch’, a massage parlour in Swindon. Her boss, Maggie Monk, discovered Laura’s body. The twenty-seven-year-old masseuse sustained fatal stab wounds to her back.
‘Pressure Point’ has a wide array of characters, and offers action, romance, humour and drama.

Goodreads Rating: 4.38

Murder on Vancouver Island – Kathy Garthwaite

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

Source: Facebook Post – Amazon Purchase

Genre: Mystery

Synopsis from Goodreads:

The peace of a frosty morning is shattered when a man finds a colleague’s battered body. Detective Inspector William Gibson of the Vancouver Island police investigates…

The victim is found by a maintenance worker on the university campus. Despite being brutally murdered, there is a little other evidence; just a blood-spattered baseball bat and a condom placed under the body.

When the police discover that the victim, Robbie Spencer, was a closet homosexual, DI Gibson becomes convinced it was a hate crime.

However, co-workers are apparently nonplussed by the events, regarding the investigating officers with suspicion and disdain. Is the perpetrator one of them?

Gibson concentrates on a party held at the university the night before, one that he in fact attended. A fight had broken out between the guests. Can the two events be linked?

Goodreads Rating: 3.56

Mistletoe & Cocoa Kisses – Stacy Eaton

Source: Author Email Newsletter – Purchase Amazon

Genre: Romance/Christmas

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Robin Cove has had enough of her boss, is over her boyfriend, and makes a split-second decision to leave it all behind. Too bad she didn’t check the weather forecast before she left. Stranded on the side of the road when her old car breaks down, Robin fears her impulsive action will be the death of her as her body temperature steadily lowers to dangerous levels.

Matt Landry is slowly making his way home in the storm when he finds an unconscious woman on the side of the road and rushes her home to his father Chris to save her.

When Robin wakes up, she finds herself in the kind of home that she has always dreamed of having, except for the handsome man with the surly attitude. As much as Robin wants to stay, she knows she’ll never win him over and needs to find the right future for herself.

Will Robin’s future bring her back to Chris and his kids, or will Chris lose the chance to have the love of a woman who will never leave him and the family he has always wanted?

Goodreads Rating: 4.21

News and Nectarines – Carly Winter

Source: Book Cave Email Newsletter – Amazon Purchase

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Synopsis from Goodreads:

She’s trying to report on the facts, but someone is framing her for murder.

A local nectarine orchard burning to the ground is front page news, and as the only reporter for the Tri-Town Times, Tilly Donner is determined to uncover the facts and find out who started the fire. That is, until she finds the main suspect with a knife in his chest, taking his dying breaths.

With the help of her two best friends and the local small town gossip vine, Tilly uncovers clues to help the police solve the case. But her plan backfires when the Sheriff believes the evidence leads to Tilly being the killer.

Can Tilly discover who committed the murder and prove her innocence before her reputation and life are ruined?

Goodreads Rating: 4.14

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:

Gretel – Christopher Coleman

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

Genre: Horror/Fantasy

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Alone. Frightened. Captive. If you hear someone approaching, RUN. She is not there to help you.

There is an ancient evil in the Back Country, dormant for centuries but now hungry and lurking.

When it sets its sights on an unsuspecting mother one routine morning along an isolated stretch of highway, a quiet farming family is suddenly thrust into a world of unspeakable terror, and a young Gretel must learn to be a hero.

Full of twists and turns, Gretel will have you on the edge of your seat. If you like books by Stephen King you will love Gretel.

Goodreads Rating: 3.74

Losing Logan – Sherry D. Ficklin

(Currently £2.17 to buy or free on Kindle Unlimited)

Genre: YA

Synopsis from Goodreads:

What if the one thing you never meant to hold on to, is the one thing you can’t let go of?

Normally finding a hot guy in her bedroom wouldn’t irritate Zoe so badly, but finding her childhood friend Logan there is a big problem. Mostly because he’s dead.

As the only person he can make contact with, he talks Zoe into helping him put together the pieces surrounding his mysterious death so he can move on.

Thrust into his world of ultra popular rich kids, Zoe is out of her element and caught in the cross-hairs of Logan’s suspicious ex-girlfriend and the friends he left behind, each of whom had a reason to want him dead. The deeper they dig to find the truth, the closer Zoe gets to a killer who would do anything to protect his secrets. And that’s just the start of her problems because Zoe is falling for a dead guy.

Goodreads Rating: 4.11

Cami Kangaroo has too much Stuff – Stacy C Bauer

(Currently £7.52 to buy or free on Kindle Unlimited)

Genre: Children’s Picture Book (Ages 3-9)

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Is there such as a thing as TOO much stuff? Cami Kangaroo doesn’t think so!

Cami Kangaroo loves stuff! Rocks, shells, feathers, toys…she loves them all. She collects them, sorts them and builds with them. There’s only one problem: her room is so messy that it’s nearly impossible for her to find things! Will she ever be able to figure out how to be more organized?

In this funny and relatable new release from author Stacy C. Bauer, Cami tries to find a way to keep her treasures from taking over her room!

Goodreads Rating: 4.39

The Many Lives of Ivy Wells – Michelle Files

Genre: Paranormal/Time Travel

Synopsis from Goodreads:

What would you do if a serial killer was tracking you through time?

Ivy Wells never wanted to die. When she does, she thinks it is all over. It isn’t.

When the 30 year old mother of two wakes up as a 12 year old, she has to navigate her life all over again. And she remembers everything. Including the serial killer who is terrorizing her small town.

Can she stop him in time to save her friends? Can she somehow get back to her old life, with her children?

Goodreads Rating: 3.42

Chicken Scratch – Becki Willis

Genre: Mystery

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Named 2016 Best Mystery Series by Texas Association of Authors.

When Madison Reynolds finds herself widowed and penniless before forty, she does the only thing she knows to do – she packs up her teenage twins and moves back home with her eighty-year-old grandmother. Life in The Sisters, Texas has not changed much since she’s been gone, but at least her best friend Genesis is there to soften the transition back into small-town life.

To make ends meet, Madison opens In a Pinch Temporary Services. Her first real client is Ronny Gleason, but when she shows up for the first day of work at the Gleason Poultry Farm, Madison makes a gruesome discovery. The dead body she finds belongs to Mr. Gleason. When a local man is arrested for murder, Madison takes on the job of proving his innocence. Even though she is not a private investigator, both mothers are desperate: Lucy Ngyen to clear her son’s name, and Madison to pay her bills. But as she begins asking questions around town, her interference is not welcome.

With a daughter determined to go back to Dallas, a son settling into small town life, a feisty grandmother who knows all the town gossip, bill collectors calling, and now someone trying to keep her silent, Madison has no time for re-kindling her high school crush with police chief Brash deCordova. She has her hands full just trying to stay alive.

If she survives her amateur investigation, Maddy has a decision to make. Will she go back to her life in Dallas, or will she build a new life here in The Sisters?

Goodreads Rating: 4.17

Death on the Danube – Jennifer S. Alderson

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Who knew a New Year’s trip to Budapest could be so deadly? The tour must go on – even with a killer in their midst…

Recent divorcee Lana Hansen needs a break. Her luck has run sour for going on a decade, ever since she got fired from her favorite job as an investigative reporter. When her fresh start in Seattle doesn’t work out as planned, Lana ends up unemployed and penniless on Christmas Eve.

Dotty Thompson, her landlord and the owner of Wanderlust Tours, is also in a tight spot after one of her tour guides ends up in the hospital, leaving her a guide short on Christmas Day.

When Dotty offers her a job leading the tour group through Budapest, Hungary, Lana jumps at the chance. It’s the perfect way to ring in the new year and pay her rent!

What starts off as the adventure of a lifetime quickly turns into a nightmare when Carl, her fellow tour guide, is found floating in the Danube River. Was it murder or accidental death? Suspects abound when Lana discovers almost everyone on the tour had a bone to pick with Carl.

But Dotty insists the tour must go on, so Lana finds herself trapped with nine murder suspects. When another guest turns up dead, Lana has to figure out who the killer is before she too ends up floating in the Danube…

Introducing Lana Hansen, tour guide, reluctant amateur sleuth, and star of the Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mystery Series. Join Lana as she leads tourists and readers to fascinating cities around the globe on intriguing adventures that, unfortunately for Lana, often turn deadly.

Goodreads Rating: 4.00

Girl Alone – Blake Pierce

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Synopsis from Goodreads:

FBI Agent Ella Dark, 29, is given her big chance to achieve her life’s dream: to join the Behavorial Crimes Unit. Ella has a hidden obsession: she has studied serial killers from the time she could read, devastated by the murder of her own sister. With her photographic memory, she has obtained an encyclopedic knowledge of every serial killer, every victim and every case. Singled out for her brilliant mind, Ella is invited to join the big leagues.

But when a killer strikes in the swamps of Louisiana, Ella soon comes to learn that the real thing is nothing she could expect. Face to face with a real murder, a real killer, and a real ticking clock, Ella realizes she can’t rely on her knowledge. She must learn to trust her instinct, and allow herself to enter the dark canals of a real killer’s mind. If she gets it wrong, her career is at stake.

And so is the next victim’s life.

Will Ella’s talent be an asset? Or the source of her downfall?

Goodreads Rating: 3.88

A Kiss in the Snow – Rosie Green

Genre: Christmas/Romance

Synopsis from Goodreads:

After a cruel twist of fate sends her hurtling into a black hole of despair, Carrie is absolutely dreading the festive season – especially with sister, Krystle, being even more demanding of her time and energy than usual. But then friend Maddy offers Carrie a lifeline: the chance to get away from it all in a holiday cottage in the gorgeous little village of Silverbells. Deciding that a few weeks of tranquillity – reading, baking and going for long walks in the countryside – might just restore her mood, Carrie is quick to take up the offer. But on arriving, it very soon becomes clear that this break is going to be anything but peaceful!

An unwelcome houseguest proves unsettling enough – especially one who whistles loudly first thing in the morning and is far too cheerful for his own good – but finding herself drawn into the spooky mystery of her missing neighbour means there really isn’t much time for personal reflection. And then love comes knocking, and Carrie is forced to decide exactly where her heart lies.

Will this festive season be the disaster Carrie predicted? Or will Santa be good to her and deliver her heart’s desire? One thing’s for sure – this will be a Christmas Carrie will never, ever forget…

Goodreads Rating: 4.67

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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