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The Best Mystery and Thriller Book Sales of the Month

Prices so low, they're criminal.

Hoping to find a new read that keeps you on the edge of your seat? As your trusty partner in crime, we've done the sleuthing for you. From gripping thrillers to mysteries by award-winning authors, our investigations have uncovered the best in ebook deals this month. But act fast! Like the most successful killers, they'll be gone before you know it ...

Note: These deals were last updated on 8/1/19. Check back soon to get debriefed on next month's best discounted books.

Buy Cruise at Amazon

Cruise

By Suzanne Vermeer

On Sale $

2.99

$9.99

When he disappears on a cruise, a woman discovers her husband’s secret life in this international-bestselling thriller from a sensational Dutch author.

Frank and Helen’s anniversary cruise is going perfectly, until the unthinkable happens and Frank disappears. Helen does everything she can to find her husband, but is ultimately forced to return home, alone and distraught.

After spending the next few months searching, Helen hears from someone who has news of her husband. But not the news she hoped for: Helen learns that Frank was leading a double life. It becomes increasingly apparent that the man she married had a dark side Helen could never have imagined. Suzanne Vermeer, the bestselling mystery writer in the Netherlands, spins this story with unparalleled suspense. 

Cruise

By Suzanne Vermeer

Buy The Antiquarian at Amazon

The Antiquarian

By Julián Sánchez

On Sale $

2.99

$17.99

In this gripping historical thriller, the search for a mysterious and powerful object hidden in the heart of Barcelona leads to ambition, desire, love—and murder

An intriguing letter from his adoptive father, Artur, turns novelist Enrique Alonso’s world upside down. Artur, a well-known antiquarian in Barcelona, reveals that he has discovered an ancient manuscript, but he feels uneasy, as though he’s in over his head. But before Artur can piece together the final part of the puzzle, he is attacked and murdered. Enrique rushes to Barcelona to investigate his father’s death and retrieve the book. His ex-wife, Bety, a philologist, comes to his aid and the two set about translating and deciphering the encrypted text. Written in Latin and Old Catalan, the manuscript holds the key to the location of a priceless object dating back to the Middle Ages, and a secret closely guarded by the Jewish community living in the city’s Gothic Quarter. When Enrique and Bety realize they are not the only ones following the trail, it becomes a race against time to find the mythical object that has the power to transform lives.

The Antiquarian

By Julián Sánchez

Buy Last Days at Amazon

Last Days

By Brian Evenson

On Sale $

2.99

$16.99

To find a cult leader’s killer, a former detective must literally give up his body in this award-winning work of literary horror—“A dark treat” (AV Club).

Nominated for the Shirley Jackson award and winner of the ALA/RUSA Best Horror novel, Brian Evenson’s Last Days is an intense, profoundly unsettling down-the-rabbit-hole detective noir. Kline is a former detective who’s cool head in the face of a brutal amputation makes him the perfect candidate to infiltrate a dark cult that believes amputation brings one closer to God. Kline is tasked with finding the cult leader’s killer. But to get to the truth, Kline must lose himself—literally—one body part at a time.

Last Days was first published in 2003 as a limited edition novella titled The Brotherhood of Mutilation. Its success led Evenson to expand the story into a full-length novel. In doing so, he has created a work that’s disturbing, deeply satisfying, and completely original.

Last Days

By Brian Evenson

Buy Death in August at Amazon

Death in August

By Marco Vichi

On Sale $

2.99

$17.99

A new crime series full of Italian flavor—the first novel in the Inspector Bordelli series, set in 1960s Florence

Florence, summer 1963. Inspector Bordelli is one of the few policemen left in the deserted city. He spends his days on routine work and his nights tormented by the heat and mosquitoes.

Suddenly one night, a telephone call gives him a new sense of purpose: the suspected death of a wealthy signora. Bordelli rushes to her hilltop villa and picks the locks. The old woman is lying on her bed—apparently killed by an asthma attack, though her medicine has been left untouched.

With the help of his young protégé, the victim’s eccentric brother, and a semi-retired petty thief, the inspector begins a murder investigation. Each suspect has a solid alibi, but there is something that doesn’t quite add up . . .

Death in August

By Marco Vichi

Buy The Year of the Gadfly at Amazon

The Year of the Gadfly

By Jennifer Miller

On Sale $

2.99

$19.99

A darkly witty mystery set at a New England prep school: “Part Dead Poets Society. Part Heathers. Entirely addictive” (Glamour).

The fiercely competitive Mariana Academy was founded with a serious honor code; its reputation has been unsullied for decades. But now, a long-dormant secret society called Prisom’s Party seems to have reemerged, threatening the school’s placid halls with vigilante justice, exposing students and teachers alike for even the most minor infraction.

Iris Dupont, a budding journalist whose only confidant is the chain-smoking specter of Edward R. Murrow, feels sure she can break into the ranks of the Devil’s Advocate, the Party’s underground newspaper, and there uncover the source of its blackmail schemes and vilifying rumors. Some involve the school’s new science teacher, who also seems to be investigating the Party. Others point to an albino student who left school abruptly ten years before, never to return. And everything connects to a rare book called Marvelous Species. But the truth comes with its own dangers, and Iris is torn between her allegiances, her reporter’s instinct, and her own troubled past, in this “darkly comic romp” filled with double-crosses and deeply buried secrets (The Washington Post).

The Year of the Gadfly

By Jennifer Miller

Buy Waiting for Willa at Amazon

Waiting for Willa

By Dorothy Eden

On Sale $

2.99

$6.99

A woman vanishes into thin air and nothing is as it seems in bestselling author Dorothy Eden’s novel of romantic suspense and international intrigue set in Sweden

A situation has developed . . . I’ve made a decision . . . There is simply no other way.

Wilhelmina. 

The envelope is postmarked from Stockholm. But it’s the signature on the note inside that strikes fear into the heart of novelist Grace Asherton. As teenagers, she and her cousin Willa Bedford made a secret pact: If Willa were ever in trouble, she’d send a letter, signing it with her given name.

When Grace responds by telegram and receives no reply, she grows concerned and travels to Stockholm, where romance, suspense, and stunning revelations await her. As she uncovers answers to the questions about Willa’s plight, Grace becomes desperate to extricate herself from a twisted world of deceit and violence waiting to claim another life.  

Waiting for Willa

By Dorothy Eden

Buy The Crossword Murder at Amazon

The Crossword Murder

By Nero Blanc

On Sale $

2.99

$7.99

Solving puzzles can be murder when a PI and a crossword editor join forces to catch a killer in the first novel of Nero Blanc’s fiendishly clever crossword mystery series

Playboy Thompson C. Briephs has just been found strangled in his bed. The police believe the Newcastle Herald crossword editor, a scion of a blue-blooded New England family, died from kinky sex gone wrong. But cop-turned–private investigator Rosco Polycrates thinks there’s a six-letter word for what happened. Enlisting the help of Annabelle Graham, the crossword editor for a rival paper, Rosco unearths a crazy quilt of suspects who had it in for the victim—and one of them was blackmailing him. Belle is certain the answers lie in Briephs’s twisty puzzlers. Now she and Rosco will have to employ some dazzling wordplay of their own to stop a cunning killer from crossing paths with another victim.

Readers will delight in solving the crime, along with six crossword puzzles, which can be downloaded as PDFs, with answers in the back of the book. The Crossword Murder is a book to be savored by mystery lovers and crossword-puzzle enthusiasts alike.

The Crossword Murder

By Nero Blanc

Buy Criminal Conversation at Amazon

Criminal Conversation

By Ed McBain

On Sale $

2.99

$9.99

An assistant district attorney launches a one-man crusade against the Mafia in this legal thriller from the bestselling author of the 87th Precinct series.

The call comes from Narcotics, Manhattan South. A low-level drug dealer just got caught in a buy-bust, and he’s ready to spill his guts. It wouldn’t be a priority—especially not four days before Christmas—but the thug just mentioned the Mafia, and that means all hands on deck. It’s just what Michael Welles has been waiting for. An assistant district attorney with a burning hatred of organized crime, he’ll do anything for a crack at the mob. He’s about to get a chance to bring down the whole clan—but his loved ones’ lives are at stake.

The dealer they arrested is an unlucky gambler whose debts put him smack in the middle of two of New York’s most powerful crime families. Following the man’s lead, Michael sets up a massive eavesdropping operation intended to trap the ruthless new leader of the local mob—but what he hears on the other end of the wiretap will make him doubt everything he knows about his family, his wife, and himself.

Criminal Conversation

By Ed McBain

Buy Book Club at Amazon

Book Club

By Loren D. Estleman

On Sale $

2.99

$1.99

When a bibliophile is murdered, it takes a bookseller to solve the crime.

Good Advice, New Mexico, is a sunny town with a gloomy bookshop. The store’s eerie corridors are the province of Avery Sharecross, an ex-cop who has made the transition from chasing killers to tracking rare books. One afternoon, the local sheriff interrupts his book club meeting, and Sharecross’s old career collides with his new one.

The area’s premier book collector has been found bludgeoned to death on the floor of his family library. A fifth-generation resident of Good Advice, Lloyd Fister devoted his life to books, accumulating a collection of local history that date backs to the sixteenth century. In his library, a single volume is missing: a Spanish book with a sinister past. Is the missing volume a clue, a motive, or a murder weapon? It will take a collector’s eye to decide.

Book Club

By Loren D. Estleman

Buy Dead Calm at Amazon

Dead Calm

By Charles Williams

On Sale $

2.99

$11.99

Two honeymooners take a stranger onto their yacht—with terrifying consequences—in this “superb” psychological thriller (The New York Times).

Rae and Ingram are nineteen days out of the Panama Canal, sailing slowly across the wide, flat Pacific on the Saracen, when they find Hughie Warriner in his dinghy. He was on a pleasure cruise in his yacht, the Orpheus, he says, when food poisoning killed his passengers and his ship began to sink. After an alleged ten days of desperately fighting to stay afloat he spied the Saracen, and rowed to his salvation.

Finding the stranded yacht, against Warriner’s wishes, Ingram boards the stranded Orpheus. There he finds Warriner’s passengers—very much alive, and hungry for revenge against the man who attacked them and left them to drown. Ingram tries to get back to his ship, but is too late. Warriner escapes with his yacht, taking Rae hostage, and Ingram hasno means to save them but tattered sails, a sinking ship, and rage that burns hotter than the merciless Pacific sun.

Dead Calm

By Charles Williams

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Published on 01 May 2019

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