Currently Free: Gingerbread Man by Maggie Shayne

Gingerbread Man by Maggie Shayne is currently free.

Gingerbread Man by Maggie Shayne

Since the day her baby sister was taken, Holly’s mind hasn’t been the same. PTSD, panic attacks, nightmares and blocked memories have plagued her ever since. And now they’ve returned.

Hard-edged Detective Vince O’Malley’s most recent case penetrated even his protective shell. Ordered to take time off to recover, he can’t let go, and on his own, follows the clues to Holly’s small upstate NY town.

His presence stirs ghosts from the past, shadows of a little girl lost, the suspicions of some tight-lipped locals with secrets to hide, and more than that inside Holly’s fragile mind and untouched heart.

Currently Free: Promise You Won’t Tell? by John Locke

Promise You won’t Tell? by John Locke is free until the 31st of August.

Promise You won't Tell by John Locke

“I think something might have happened to me Saturday night. Something bad.”

Private Investigator Dani Ripper’s client list is nuttier than the Looney Tunes conga line, but she diligently solves one crazy case after another, waiting for a game-changer.

Enter Riley Freeman, 17-year-old honour student.

Saturday afternoon Riley quietly placed a little strawberry sticker on her private area and pretended it was a tattoo. She didn’t tell anyone about it. That night she went to a slumber party that featured drinking and boys. Riley fell asleep, woke up the next day with no reason to think anything happened…

…Until Monday, at school, when a classmate called her Strawberry.

Coincidence or crime? Dani agrees to investigate. And the roller coaster ride begins.

Currently Free: 24-Carat Murder by Elle Maxwell

24-Carat Murder by Elle Maxwell is currently free.

24-Carat Murder by Elle Maxwell

24-Carat Murder is an intriguing blend of quirky romance, cold-blooded murder, and political corruption delivered with insight, skill, and humour in one mind-expanding page turner.

 

Mack Dearling used to be an American lawyer. Now he’s a Sergeant in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He moved from Washington State to the Yukon to get away from it all. But fate has a different plan. In the chill silence of a Yukon night, an explosion kills a well-loved young teacher in Mack’s tiny town. Mack zeroes in on a rich New York gold miner and the huge global bank that is financing a nearby gold mine. Scrambling to build a case, he and his partner, Ron Redfox, set aside pesky police procedures but still fail to tackle their slippery prime suspect or his significant friends. Rocketed into a world of international intrigue and corruption, Mack marshals a secret weapon. But can the arsenal in his slingshot fell such a mighty Goliath?

 

This first novel in the Mack Dearling series introduces a recently-widowed hero desperate to foil a world-class menace. Despite his grim focus, love catches him off guard when Lara Towne, the sexy new teacher, moves into his B & B. As their attraction intensifies, will this strong-minded couple embrace the forces pulling them together, or succumb to the ones pushing them apart?

 

This intelligent, gripping tale offers an engrossing plot, beautifully-drawn characters, and a staggering conclusion which will leave the reader richly satisfied, yet longing for more.

Currently Free: Wild Hearted by Lea Bronsen

Wild Hearted by Lea Bronsen is free through to the end of the 29th.

Wild Hearted  by Lea Bronsen

Tomor—a gang leader accustomed to a hard life on the outskirts of society—is a shrewd, ruthless bastard with a price on his head. He lives a lonely life, and that suits him just fine… until the day a traitor in his ranks betrays him to the police. After a shootout that nearly kills him, Tomor is saved by a young woman who hides him from the cops. Though he should be more concerned with the traitor who set him up, he can’t get the gorgeous girl out of his head—or shake the feeling she can fill the emptiness that has become a way of life.

Luz has survived her boring, lonely existence thanks to her two best friends: photography and alcohol. But her world shifts on the night a breathless man approaches her, asking for help. From his wild hair to his stony expression, he reeks of trouble. And he sends a shiver up her spine—one that makes her burn with excitement for the first time in her life.

After a lifetime of lonely hell, Tomor and Luz might just be able to save each other… if Tomor’s past doesn’t kill them first.

Only Fear by Anne Marie Becker: 99 cents in July

Only Fear by Anne Marie Becker is only 99 cents for July.

Buy it from Carina Press or Amazon. It’s also on sale at a bunch of other stores.

Only Fear by Anne Marie Becker

After a violent incident with a patient leaves scars on both her mind and body, psychiatrist Dr Maggie Levine craves isolation. A radio talk show host seems to be the perfect profession, a job where she can help people from a distance while staying safe. When a strange caller begins stalking her on the air and murdering people to get her attention, Maggie realises she can no longer close herself off from the outside world.

 

A personal security expert, former Secret Service Agent Ethan Townsend is no stranger to tracking down the most violent monsters of society and bringing them to justice. Still, it will take all of Ethan’s skills to protect his new assignment, the irresistible Maggie, from a man intent on teaching her the ultimate lesson in fear…

Little Girl Gone by Brett Battles – FREE

Little Girl Gone by Brett Battles

Little Girl Gone by Brett Battles is currently free.

From the Barry Award-winning author of the Jonathan Quinn novels comes LITTLE GIRL GONE, the first book in a new series.

Logan Harper isn’t looking for redemption. He just wants to live in peace and forget his troubled past. But one morning his quiet life is upended when he interrupts the attempted murder of his father’s best friend Tooney.

The next thing he knows, Logan is on his way to Los Angeles, searching for Tooney’s missing granddaughter and uncovering a sinister plot connected not only into Tooney’s Burmese past, but to the boardrooms of corporate America.

As the odds stack up against him, Logan must fall back on old skills from the past he’d rather forget. He’s made a promise, and the only way to fulfil it is to bring the girl home alive.

 

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

I haven’t read this yet, but Gone Girl is a book EVERYONE seems to be talking about.

The problem is, the reviews are all along the lines of:

“It isn’t possible to talk about this book without spoiling it. So read it for yourself.”

That isn’t what I would call helpful, but it sure has me intrigued!

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behaviour. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer? 
As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?
With her razor-sharp writing and trademark psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around.

Fractured by Karin Slaughter

I bought this completely by random on Friday (as in, it was literally the closest book to my hand in the bookshop!). I didn’t even read the blurb until I’d left the shops.

Somehow I’ve managed to go through years of reading crime novels without ever reading anything by Karin Slaughter. However, she’s very popular, so I have high hopes.

Is it just me, or does the US state of Georgia produce an abnormally high number of successful writers?!

Fractured

When Atlanta housewife Abigail Campano comes home unexpectedly one afternoon, she walks into a nightmare. A broken window, a bloody footprint on the stairs and, most devastating of all, the horrifying sight of her teenage daughter lying dead on the landing, a man standing over her with a bloody knife. The struggle which follows changes Abigail’s life forever. When the local police make a misjudgement which not only threatens the investigation but places a young girl’s life in danger, the case is handed over to Special Agent Will Trent of the Criminal Apprehension Team – teamed with detective Faith Mitchell, a woman who resents him from their first meeting. But in the relentless heat of a Georgia summer, Will and Faith realise that they must work together to find the brutal killer who has targeted one of Atlanta’s wealthiest, most privileged communities – before it’s too late.

One Breath Away by Heather Gudenkauf

I just found out about this book, and – conveniently – Goodreads currently has a giveaway for it! It is finishing in a few days, so hurry if you want to enter. The other good thing is that – for once – it is open to more countries than America and Canada!

In her most emotionally charged novel to date, “New York Times” bestselling author Heather Gudenkauf explores the unspoken events that shape a community, the ties between parents and their children and how the fragile normalcy of our everyday life is so easily shattered.In the midst of a sudden spring snowstorm, an unknown man armed with a gun walks into an elementary school classroom. Outside the school, the town of Broken Branch watches and waits.
Officer Meg Barrett holds the responsibility for the town’s children in her hands. Will Thwaite, reluctantly entrusted with the care of his two grandchildren by the daughter who left home years earlier, stands by helplessly and wonders if he has failed his child again. Trapped in her classroom, Evelyn Oliver watches for an opportunity to rescue the children in her care. And thirteen-year-old Augie Baker, already struggling with the aftermath of a terrible accident that has has brought her to Broken Branch, will risk her own safety to protect her little brother.
As tension mounts with each passing minute, the hidden fears and grudges of the small town are revealed as the people of Broken Branch race to uncover the identity of the stranger who holds their children hostage.