Thursday, August 28, 2014

A Lion in Spring by Kenneth Overman is Today's Featured Free MystereBook

A Lion in Spring by Kenneth Overman

Omnimystery News is pleased to feature …

A Lion in Spring by Kenneth Overman

A Novel of Suspense

Publisher: Kenneth Overman

… as today's free mystery ebook.

A Lion in Spring by Kenneth Overman, Amazon Kindle format

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More on today's free book, below.

Recently-widowed historical novelist Nathan Radcliff is in Athens to research his book about Anatole Katsaros, a national hero responsible for saving Jewish lives during the Nazi occupation of Greece. When he stumbles across his long-forgotten remains in a dusty attic of the National Archives, Nathan also finds a dossier implicating the hero's son as a Nazi collaborator and the boss of an international crime syndicate known as the Alliance.

But the Alliance hears about the discovery and vows to destroy the evidence. When Nathan is nearly killed, an alluring Greek Secret Service Agent spirits him away to an Aegean island where their powerful chemistry promises healing of the past.

But their tranquility is soon shattered. Leaving murder in their wake, the Alliance stops at nothing to destroy Nathan and the dossier. In spite of involvement by the highest echelons of government, Nathan is betrayed by his protectors and his daughter is taken hostage. Now the timid writer must garner strength he never knew he had.

A Lion in Spring by Kenneth Overman

Dracula's Guest by Michael Sims, editor is Today's Kindle Daily Deal

Dracula's Guest by Michael Sims, editor

Omnimystery News is pleased to feature Dracula's Guest by Michael Sims, editor as today's Kindle Daily Deal.

The deal price of $1.99 is valid only for today, Thursday, August 28, 2014.

Dracula's Guest by Michael Sims, editor

A Collection of Victorian Vampire Stories

Publisher: Walker Books

Price: $1.99 (as of 08/28/2014 at 6:10 AM ET).

Dracula's Guest by Michael Sims, editor, Amazon Kindle format

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The very best vampire stories of the Victorian era — from England, America, France, Germany, Transylvania, and even Japan — are brought together into a unique collection that highlights their cultural variety. Beginning with the supposedly true accounts that captivated Byron and Shelley, the stories range from Edgar Allan Poe's "The Oval Portrait" and Sheridan Le Fanu's "Carmilla" to Guy de Maupassant's "The Horla" and Mary Elizabeth Braddon's "Good Lady Ducayne." Sims also includes a nineteenth-century travel tour of Transylvanian superstitions, and rounds out the collection with Stoker's own "Dracula's Guest" — a chapter omitted from his landmark novel.

Vampires captivated the Victorians, as Sims reveals in his insightful introduction: In 1867, Karl Marx described capitalism as "dead labor, which, vampire-like, lives only by sucking living labor"; while in 1888 a London newspaper invoked vampires in trying to explain Jack the Ripper's predations.

At a time when vampires have been re-created in a modern context, this collection will remind readers young, old, and in between of why the undead won't let go of our imagination.

Dracula's Guest by Michael Sims, editor

Today's Mystery and Suspense Update from Big Fish Games (140828)

Big Fish Games

Here is today's mystery and suspense update from Big Fish Games …

• Our Featured Title is Dark Ritual.

• The current Catch of the Week is Deadly Voltage: Rise of the Invincible, just $2.99 through Sunday, August 31, 2014 only.

Visit the Omnimystery Entertainment Network for more games of mystery and suspense!

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Dark Ritual

Our Featured Title is Dark Ritual

Step into the shoes of a detective who has been approached by the FBI to take over a terrifying case and stop a Dark Ritual! Explore Dr. Seymour Brown's spooky mansion and see what the crazed scientist has been experimenting with! Track down your missing sister and help Agent Johnson stop the insanity that has taken over Blackwood Mansion in this intriguing Hidden Object Puzzle Adventure game.

A sample version is available to download and play for free for one hour. Also available for  Mac.

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Deadly Voltage: Rise of the Invincible

The current Catch of the Week is Deadly Voltage: Rise of the Invincible

A mysterious force from a parallel universe wreaks havoc on a small town as a scientist fights to stop it from taking over the world! With its dazzling animation, super-charged gameplay and electrifying story, this is a hidden object adventure for all ages! Plug in today!

A sample version is available to download and play for free for one hour. Also available for  Mac.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Review: The Long Way Home by Louise Penny

Mysterious Reviews: Reviews of New Mysteries, Novels of Suspense, and Thrillers

A Mysterious Review of The Long Way Home by Louise Penny. An Armand Gamache Mystery.

Review summary: This is not really a mystery or crime thriller, as such. It is, instead, the story of a quest to find a missing person and in doing so to find one's self. Quite introspective in nature, it's a pleasure indeed reading about the adventure these people are on, and where it leads them. (Click here for text of full review.)

Our rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Long Way Home Louise Penny

The Long Way Home
Louise Penny
An Armand Gamache Mystery
Minotaur Books (August 2014)

Publisher synopsis: Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he'd only imagined possible. On warm summer mornings he sits on a bench holding a small book, The Balm in Gilead, in his large hands. "There is a balm in Gilead," his neighbor Clara Morrow reads from the dust jacket, "to make the wounded whole."

While Gamache doesn't talk about his wounds and his balm, Clara tells him about hers. Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home. Failed to show up as promised on the first anniversary of their separation. She wants Gamache's help to find him. Having finally found sanctuary, Gamache feels a near revulsion at the thought of leaving Three Pines. "There's power enough in Heaven," he finishes the quote as he contemplates the quiet village, "to cure a sin-sick soul." And then he gets up. And joins her.

Together with his former second-in-command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, and Myrna Landers, they journey deeper and deeper into Québec. And deeper and deeper into the soul of Peter Morrow. A man so desperate to recapture his fame as an artist, he would sell that soul. And may have. The journey takes them further and further from Three Pines, to the very mouth of the great St. Lawrence river. To an area so desolate, so damned, the first mariners called it the land God gave to Cain. And there they discover the terrible damage done by a sin-sick soul.

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New This Week: The Thinking Machine, A Short Story Collection by Jacques Futrelle

The Thinking Machine by Jacques Futrelle

One of our favorite characters is Professor Augustus S. F. X. Van Dusen, also known as The Thinking Machine, the world's most brilliant criminologist, who investigates — and reveals — that every mystery has a solution.

Collected here are many of the short stories featuring this incomparable character, available in a newly released ebook format.

The Thinking Machine by Jacques Futrelle

A Short Story Collection

Publisher: Mysterious Press

Price: $0.99 (as of 08/27/2014 at 4:30 PM ET).

The Thinking Machine by Jacques Futrelle, Amazon Kindle format

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His name is Professor Augustus S. F. X. Van Dusen, but to the newspapers he is known as "The Thinking Machine." Slender, stooped, his appearance dominated by his large forehead and perpetual squint, Van Dusen spends his days in the laboratory and his nights puzzling over the details of extraordinary crimes. What seems beyond comprehension to the police is mere amusement to the professor. All things that start must go somewhere, he firmly believes, and with the application of logic, all problems can be solved.

Whether unraveling a perfect murder, investigating a case of corporate espionage, or reasoning his way out of an inescapable prison cell, Van Dusen lets no detail elude his brilliant mind.

In this highly entertaining collection, featuring many of the stories that made The Thinking Machine a national sensation, ingenious criminals and ruthless villains are no match for an egghead scientist.

The Thinking Machine by Jacques Futrelle