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Some examples of the best mysteries of all-time include Dashiell Hammett (The Maltese Falcon), Agatha Christie (Murder on the Orient Express), Caleb Carr (The Alienist), Lyndsay Faye (Dust and Shadow), James Cain (The Postman Always Rings Twice). Of course, many of these are the best mystery ebooks of all time, as well as classics. We try to bring you free and discounted mystery ebooks on their way to being the tops in their genre.
AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
“I absolutely loved Invisible Girl—Lisa Jewell has a way of combining furiously twisty, utterly gripping plots with wonderfully rich characterization—she has such compassion for her characters, and we feel we know them utterly… A triumph!” —Lucy Foley, New York Times bestselling author
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Then She Was Gone returns with an intricate thriller about a young woman’s disappearance and a group of strangers whose lives intersect in its wake.
Young Saffyre Maddox spent three years under the care of renowned child psychologist Roan Fours. When Dr. Fours decides their sessions should end, Saffyre feels abandoned. She begins looking for ways to connect with him, from waiting outside his office to walking through his neighborhood late at night. She soon learns more than she ever wanted to about Roan and his deceptively perfect family life. On a chilly Valentine’s night, Saffyre will disappear, taking any secrets she has learned with her.
Owen Pick’s life is falling apart. In his thirties and living in his aunt’s spare bedroom, he has just been suspended from his job as a teacher after accusations of sexual misconduct—accusations he strongly denies. Searching for professional advice online, he is inadvertently sucked into the dark world of incel forums, where he meets a charismatic and mysterious figure.
Owen lives across the street from the Fours family. The Fours have a bad feeling about their neighbor; Owen is a bit creepy and suspect and their teenaged daughter swears he followed her home from the train station one night. Could Owen be responsible? What happened to the beautiful missing Saffyre, and does her disappearance truly connect them all?
Evocative, vivid, and unputdownable, Lisa Jewell’s latest thriller is another “haunting, atmospheric, stay-up-way-too-late read” (Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author).
A handsome movie star in her kitchen, and a corpse in the swimming pool. Just your typical Monday morning….
Maggie McJasper is starting over in a little California beach town. She has a bead shop, a nice circle of friends, and a handsome movie star who keeps flirting with her. Life would be pretty great if she could just stop stumbling over dead bodies….
Do you like dogs, crafts, quirky friends, a slow-building romance between grownups who genuinely like each other, and a twisty little mystery with red herrings galore? Then this is for you.
The Maggie & Jasper Capers are fun and flirty cozies, with no swearing or love scenes, and no gruesome violence to keep you up at night. Collect them all:
This book was originally published as "Maggie and the Inconvenient Corpse" in the Carita Cove Cozy series.
The End Has Arrived
The civilization of man has fallen. A mindless alien race has swept across the colonies, consuming structures and people along the way. As humanity stands on the brink of destruction, we have one hope to preserve what’s left of our culture and very lives. The Passage.
One of the greatest scientific achievements of humanity, a gateway that will hyper-accelerate our faster than light drives so we can cover an unimaginable distance. A new home waits beyond, one far from our aggressors. But can we escape the desolation of our old empire before it’s too late?
If Harry Potter lived in Middle Earth and had to loot dungeons to pay his school fees
When Jack Vance's grandfather is murdered, his dying words are to get Jack to promise to attend Darkthorn Academy. Jack doesn't like it, but he'll do what is necessary to honor the man who raised him.
Surviving Darkthorn Academy won't be easy. Jack will have to make alliances, learn to harness magic and face dangerous enemies, both alive and dead. If he's lucky he might just make it to second year.
A coming of age, sword and sorcery fantasy adventure with gamelit aspects, including a slightly overpowered MC, a dragon companion, and a team of adventurers. Inspired by games like Skyrim and Diablo 2 and Fallout.
Book 1 of the Prairie Crocus Cozy Mystery Series.
Clean, wholesome fun (& murder) for all ages!
When Claudia Porter inherits a rundown farmhouse in a quaint prairie town, she hopes it will provide her with the fresh start she so desperately needs. Except then she discovers a body. Before she knows it, she's the prime suspect in a mysterious murder. She's desperate to restore the old fixer upper - and her reputation. All she has to do is try to get along with her notoriously grouchy handyman... and solve a murder. Easy, right?
A fun, casual read with a thirty-something amateur sleuth. Set in a charming rural town on the Canadian prairies, this series has quirky characters, no profanity, and plenty of cats. Each book is a full-length, standalone novel.
When an old friend is arrested in Dublin, tour guide Lana Hansen will need the luck of the Irish to clear him of the crime.
Lana is thrilled her friend Jeremy and his wife are on her tour to Ireland. The couple are having the time of their lives exploring the country’s rich literary and cultural history, until they run into Guy Smith, a reporter Jeremy recently exposed as a fraud.
A tussle turns into a fight and leaves each man vowing to destroy the other. Yet cross words and dirty looks tell Lana that Jeremy is not the only client on her tour who has a grudge against the reporter.
When Guy is murdered at the same pub Lana’s group is present at, Jeremy is the police’s number one suspect. But did he really murder the reporter? Or was it one of her other guests?
Lana keeps their tour going and her ears open for any clues that might help free her friend. Can she discover the true killer’s identity before their trip to the Emerald Isle draws to a close?
The Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mysteries are heartwarming stories about making friends, traveling, and celebrating new experiences. Join tour guide Lana Hansen as she leads tourists and readers to fascinating cities around the globe on intriguing adventures that often turn deadly.
Books in the Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mystery series:
Book 1 - Death on the Danube: A New Year’s Murder in Budapest
Book 2 – Death by Baguette: A Valentine’s Day Murder in Paris
Book 3 – Death by Windmill: A Mother’s Day Murder in Amsterdam
Book 4 – Death by Bagpipes: A Summer Murder in Edinburgh
Book 5 – Death by Fountain: A Christmas Murder in Rome
Book 6 – Death by Leprechaun: A Saint Patrick’s Day Murder in Dublin
Book 7 – Death by Flamenco: An Easter Murder in Seville
Books 8-12 – Coming Soon!!
“An epic tale…”—Library Journal
A broken nation in need of a savior.
Ravaged by plague, decimated by dark magic, infiltrated by a foreign evil seeking to dominate from within, Brynth is on the eve of its dissolution. When all the good men are dead and gone, who is to answer the call and defy what is wicked for what is right?
A Twisted Tale of Three Unlikely Heroes.
Heretic monk turned Sorcerer, Aldous Weaver. Infamous crusader turned fugitive, Kendrick the Cold. Aristocrat, rogue, monster hunter, and legend in his own mind, Theron Ward.
Three men condemned to die for their crimes find in each other both the will and the means to survive. A dark brotherhood with Sword and Sorcery is forged, and all monsters meek and mighty do fear the three.
“Gritty, fast-paced and compelling!”
Honorable mention in Library Journal’s Indie Ebook Awards and a Shelf Unbound Magazine Notable 100!
Read all the books in the dark and gritty Sword and Sorcery Series!
Fire and Sword (Volume 1)
Catacombs of Time (Volume 2)
I Remember My First Time (short story)
The Pyres (Volume 3)
Ice and Stone (Volume 4)
As They Burn (Volume 5)
Black Sun Moon (Volume 6—a complete, stand-alone novel)
Embers On The Wind (Volume 7)
Graves of the Gods (Volume 8)—Coming Soon!
“Please find me, Thomas! Please!”
Two years ago, Dr. Gina Brady broke Thomas Prescott’s heart, but now her panic-stricken satellite phone call starts it beating again with a fury. Thugs kidnapped the good doctor from the remote jungle village where she was working, and now the retired homicide detective’s expert skills are desperately needed to save her.
Led by a colorful, but perhaps untrustworthy local guide, Prescott journeys deep into the Bolivian Amazon, plunging into a world where the only thing more dangerous than the gun-toting drug traffickers and the ruthless tribesmen, is the jungle itself.
When Gina’s trail leads to a chance encounter with an archaeological expedition, the search for the missing doctor takes on even deadlier consequences. But Prescott will not relent in this punishing quest until, once again, he holds Gina in his arms.
The books in The Thomas Prescott Series can be enjoyed in any order, so grab Jungle Up and get started today.
Henry Krakow, loving husband, devoted dad, and lawyer for the down-and-out, tries to help a single father keep his two kids, but Henry’s good deed takes a wrong turn, and he has to fight for his family through an underworld of corrupt power brokers, Ukrainian mobsters, homicidal pole dancers, rap buskers, internet revolutionaries, and a conspiracy to rob the people of Coney Island of millions of dollars meant for rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy—a conspiracy that ultimately forces him to confront the legacy of his legendary father.
"A full-throttle thriller, bristling with political, social, and ethical intrigue." –Luke Swanson, author of The Other Hamlet Brother
"Like William Munny in Unforgiven, Smith Driskill is tough and resilient." –Laya V Smith, author of The Lumbermill
When Smith Driskill, a 55-year-old east Texas farmer, widowed and abandoned by his children; dramatically executes child molester and murderer Rodney William Markum; he is unprepared for the ensuing media circus painting him as a hero or the political divisions that surface when he chooses death over a day in court. Why is Driskill determined to die on death row, and why have so many people pledged to stop him?
Henry has hit rock bottom. A fifty-year old mystery could save him – or finish him off.
"...a masterful work of mystery, drama, and criminally good writing." (K.C. Finn, ReadersFavorite.com)
Henry Lysyk’s life is a mess.
With his marriage over and his accounting career marred by scandal, he retreats to the anonymity of a rented suite in a house shared with strangers. But the trail of a decades-old crime leads a murderous treasure hunter to his doorstep, and Henry is baffled by his neighbors’ cover-up.
An unexpected visit from his adventure-hungry niece, Frieda, further complicates Henry’s efforts to lay low. With his houseguest refusing to stay away from the danger, Henry’s terrified they’re about to expose secrets someone would kill to protect. Not knowing who to trust, they must choose which parts of the past to uncover, and which to leave buried.
A real-life ransom, a shadowy past, unlikely allies, and ruthless murder. Can Henry unravel this cold case before he and Frieda become its next victims?
If you enjoy absorbing mysteries, original characters, and a dash of true crime, then you’ll love Byron TD Smith's clever “What if…” solution to the most captivating unsolved heist of the twentieth century.
Windfall is the first instalment in the Henry Lysyk Mystery series.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This was a fast-paced, addictive novel that pulled me ALL the way in, immediately. - Goodreads reviewer
“The women you used, the ones you destroyed, we are still here, and there are many of us. And now, we’re coming for you.”
FBI-profiler Eva Rae Thomas faces a devious plan in multi-million-copy bestselling author Willow Rose’s blood-rushing thriller of murder and revenge.
A girl falls from the penthouse floor of an apartment in Washington, D.C.
Media Mogul Richard Wanton owns the apartment and is seen standing on the balcony when the girl falls.
He is accused of killing her, but the FBI struggles to find enough solid evidence to convict him.
They have a witness, someone who was in the apartment when it happened, but she doesn’t want to talk to them.
She’ll only speak to one person, ex-FBI profiler Eva Rae Thomas. The problem is, Eva Rae Thomas has no interest in talking to her.
As a matter of fact, she’d rather see this woman dead than have to face her.
But Eva Rae Thomas isn’t someone who can leave a case alone, especially not when she starts to ask questions and things aren’t adding up.
As she digs in deeper—with the entire world watching—she soon finds herself in too deep and realizes she can’t trust anyone’s motives.
But by then, it is too late, and the killer is already tracking her down.
Reviews from Goodreads:
⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ The plotline was fresh, original, and exciting and definitely kept the twists, turns, and surprises coming. The characters were complex, completely polarizing, and full of depth.
And, not only was this a very well-written book overall, but the suspense builds at just the right pace as the mesmerizing story unfolds.
⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ What a delight to read a book with such great twists! Truly holds a reader's interest.
This is a dark story because it's a dark subject and many kudos to Willow Rose for tackling it. Especially when you learn that it's based on her own experience! Rape is much more common than we would realize, and I agree with the author that this story needed to be told.
⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ “The women you used, the ones you destroyed, we are still here, and there are many of us. And now, we’re coming for you.”- Quote from the book.
Eva Rae is pulled into a dangerous situation once again... An unsavory acquaintance, from a devastating relationship in Eva Rae's past, comes back to haunt Eva Rae when she's contacted regarding an ongoing homicide investigation. Her refusal to assist becomes the catalyst for what follows…
A dark, intense thriller that will leave you in suspense until the very end!
⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Based on a true and painful story of sexual abuse of women by powerful men.
I was totally immersed in this brilliantly written story. Much respect to Willow for her strength and bravery in penning this story.
⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ OMG, Willow! I wished we had the option to give you more stars. I would certainly give you much more!
This book hits on a subject that gets swept under the rug more times than we can count and it is really sad that it does!
You all need to read this awesome book. Bravo to you Willow for taking a stand. Thanks for writing such a fantastic book!
⭐️⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ A riveting tale with the usual plot twists and a surprise ending. A tale that mimics true life all too well. A story that needs to be told.
⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ This book is another winner.
The storyline that Willow Rose has developed is engrossing, well-written, and well thought out.
You will be on the edge of your seat with all the twists in this story.
~Part of the USA Today Bestselling Series~
It’s summer in St. Louis and Mercy Watts is on vacation from her parents. The great detective and his nosy wife are on a cruise and Mercy thinks she’s off the hook for doing any investigating for them. But when a family friend has a fatal heart attack, Dad has one of his famous feelings and orders Mercy to look into it. Mercy tries not to get sucked in. She really does, but she’s her father’s daughter. Soon Gavin’s death leads to a more grisly one, the death of a bride on her wedding day. Can the two be connected? Was Gavin murdered? Now Mercy can’t stop. You do for family. That’s all there is to it.
Action-adventure from USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Amy Vansant - a novel packed with thrills, fun, romance and heartfelt family intrigue.
Life was supposed to start feeling like a permanent vacation.
After years on the run from a vengeful killer, Shee McQueen is home at her father’s beach hotel. The Loggerhead Inn doubles as a retreat for sunburned tourists and a haven for recovering ex-military --- men and women who help right wrongs for people in need of their particular skills.
What could be more relaxing?
...Shee’s estranged boyfriend --- the only man she's ever loved --- has discovered her darkest secret and the reason she left him so many years ago...
...or her first job for her father has ended in a double homicide...
...or that her very presence is driving the hotel's regulars to prove their worth by starting dangerous covert missions of their own...
Wait. It couldn't be a botched kidnapping is started looking more like the work of a deranged serial killer?
Maybe hold the tanning lotion.
This might take a minute.
The Girl Who Was Forgotten is the second explosive mystery-thriller in the Shee McQueen series, but can be read as a standalone. While the book has all the pulse-pounding action of a thriller, language, romance and violence is rated PG.
The unique female lead's funny, irreverent and all-too-human asides will have you rooting for her — and her whole pack of wild, wonderful misfit friends — until the breathless end.
Fans of Harlan Coban, Carl Hiaasen, Tim Dorsey, Sue Grafton, Kathy Reichs and Janet Evanovich will love this exhilarating page-turner.
"Great book. I could not put it down until finished with THE END. Highly recommended!" - Amazon Reader ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
"I find it hard to express how much this book affected me, not only the story line, but the mastery of the writing itself." - Amazon Reader ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
"Well written and a certain must-read for any thriller/suspense lover. I can hardly wait for the next book. Amy Vansant nailed it!" - Amazon Reader ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
"This book was absolutely spellbinding. As a fan of Vansant, I pre-order and read everything she writes." - Goodreads Reader ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
An award-winning, gripping psychological thriller. All Becca wanted was a fresh start. That wasn’t what she got.
Becca was sure the move from New York to Redemption, Wisconsin was exactly what her troubled family needed. A way to get her crumbling marriage back on track, and to bond with her difficult 16-year-old stepdaughter.
But instead of a new beginning, Becca is thrust into a mysterious past she barely remembers. A past that includes the complications of interacting with her old teenage crush, Daniel, as well as living in her aunt's old house.
A house with a violent past. A house the locals swear is haunted.
But there's no such thing as ghosts. Right?
So, could there be something even more sinister out to destroy them?
And can Becca discover the truth before it’s too late?
2020 Voice Award–January LaVoy, who narrated the Secrets of Redemption series, won a 2020 Voice Arts Awards Best Mystery Audiobook Narration for her work on “It Began With a Lie.”
2018 PRG Reviewers' Choice Award First Place Winner for Best Book
2018 PRG Reviewers' Choice Award Second Place Winner for Best Book Series
When an employee of the English pub where you're staying during your vacation is murdered, and it happens on the first night you're there, it's definitely not the way to start a vacation!
A vacation in Northern England with three friends is a dream come true for Kat. Many famous authors lived and worked there, and Kat, who is an author, was looking forward to learning more about them. But the ugly hand of murder upset her plans when Sam, a popular employee at the pub, is murdered on his way home from work.
Kat's been involved in several successful murder investigations at her home back in Kansas (her husband is the local District Attorney), and she feels she has to help investigate his murder. And even though she'd promised her husband she wouldn't become involved in any more murder investigations, she can't turn her back on Sam's uncle, the owner of the pub, who has no idea what to do. She can see that he desperately needs her help.
Kat can't get rid of the thought that Bailey, Sam's Belgian Malinois dog, must have known who the murderer was because he didn't try to protect Sam from the killer. After all, he'd come to Sam's rescue before, so why didn't he protect Sam on the night the murder took place? Had he recognized the murderer? Was it someone Sam knew and was on friendly terms with?
Join Kat and her friends as they explore the Northern England countryside while they help the local authorities solve a murder.
This is the 10th book in the Midwest Cozy Mystery Series by a USA Today Bestselling Author. Plenty of dogs and recipes! Download now and start reading!
ATLANTICA—the forgotten isle, the glittering gem in the cesspool of humanity's future. Anything you do inside your own home is allowed.
Those with obscene wealth find it a haven, while every major country of in the world craves the secrets they believe are buried in the mist.
Where mystery happens, John Chambers can exist: ex-soldier, gritty realist, detective.
It's whispered that John “Dick” Chambers is the man you go to when you need someone who can't be bought.
Do ethics matter if one can steal the answers from his cold, dead fingers?
John has accepted a job to find a pendant for a woman, a pendant that might uncover clues about Atlantica's past…if he doesn't die finding it.
Do those who desire Atlantica's secrets really care?
Find cover, release the safety, and rack your gun. John Chambers is on the case, and bodies are starting to pile up.
Go up, click the Buy Now or Read for Free button and grab Atlantica—Her Mother's Pendant right now.
But when the temptations of Atlantica grip your soul, don't say we didn't warn you.
TWELVE First in Series COZY MYSTERIES by a dozen bestselling authors all in one pack!
Save while you enjoy nearly 2,000 pages of clean puzzlers with charming characters and amateur sleuths.
Pineapple Lies by Amy Vansant
Paper, Scissors, Death by Joanna Campbell Slan
A Murder Moist Foul by Summer Prescott
Mind Your Manors by CeeCee James
Beaches, Bungalows, & Burglaries by Tonya Kappes
Death Turns a Trick by Julie Smith
The Trailer Park Princess and the Middle Finger of Fate by Kim Hunt Harris
Portrait of a Dead Guy by Larissa Reinhart
Apple Die by Chelsea Thomas
The Scent of Lies by Debra Burroughs,
Murder in Cottonwood Springs by Dianne Harman
A Dead Red Cadillac by R.P. Dahlke
Now a national best-seller!
A standalone psychological drama about the masks we wear and the love that can destroy us.
Secrets are like dead bodies. They’re better left buried.
No one knows this better than Haley Montgomery, a woman haunted by loss. First her father, then her best friend. But when a woman’s body is found—and her death connected to the man Haley loves—is it a tragic accident, or murder?
Searching for answers that lead her into a disturbing revelation about her idyllic small town and her family, Haley is forced to dig into her past. But the closer she gets to the truth, the more she risks. Chilling letters threaten to unearth her skeletons, unraveling a haunting childhood secret that decades later still consumes her. A secret that could shatter everything she’s tried so hard to bury. A secret that could cost her life.
But secrets aren’t the only things getting buried as an obsession soon turns lethal.
The Admirer’s Secret is a brilliant domestic noir thriller perfect for fans of BA Paris, KL Slater, and Teresa Driscoll’s I Am Watching You.
** Praise for Pamela Crane: **
"A twisted tale of love, secrets, lies, obsession, parenting, depression and forgiveness that may be fictional but also has a very heavy dose of gruesome reality." Nicki Richards - Reviewer
"This book knows how to grab you, throw your emotions around and then some" Nicki Murphy - Nicki's Book Blog
"What a gut punch! Pamela Crane perfectly captures the anguish that all moms feel at various times in their lives" Jeanne McAvoy - NetGalley Reviewer
"Perfect for fans of Ruth Ware and Paula Hawkins, Pamela Crane introduces a mind-twist that takes everything you love about thrillers, pushes it outside the box, and electrifies you with clever prose and a plot that will terrify you.” Southern Editor Reviews
"A literary thriller from an up-and-coming suspense writer to watch for... a story that marries grit and powerful prose, murder and mind-twisting mastery." reader review
"Nothing could have prepared me for the ending - and I wouldn't have wanted to miss experiencing the middle." BBMoreB
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author, Catherine Coulter, comes Eleventh Hour. The murder of a priest leads FBI agents Sherlock and Savich to their most baffling case yet, in this riveting novel of suspense.
Catherine Coulter won acclaim for her "fast-paced twists and turns, believable dialogue, and case of well-developed characters" (San Francisco Chronicle). Now Coulter delivers the suspense thriller of her career in Eleventh Hour.
When FBI agent Dane Carver's twin brother, Father Michael Joseph, is brutally murdered in his San Francisco church, husband-and-wife agents Lacey Sherlock and Dillon Savich take a personal interest in the investigation. Then Nicola "Nick" Jones, a homeless woman and the only witness to the shooting, is scared out of her mind because she's trying to hide from her own monsters - who are drawing closer and closer.
The chase goes from San Francisco to the Premiere Studios in Los Angeles and its new television hit, a show all about murder.
Packed with surprises, Eleventh Hour finds Catherine Coulter at her quintessential best.