Thursday, March 01, 2018

Today's Selection of New or Newly Released Indie MystereBooks

Omnimystery News is pleased to present a selection of newly published and recently released mystery, suspense and thriller titles — mostly from independent publishers — for Thursday, March 01, 2018.

Campari Crimson by Traci Andrighetti

Campari Crimson by Traci Andrighetti

A Frankie Amato Mystery (4th in series)

Published: 02/27/18 by Limoncello Press

Edition(s): Print and eBook

eBook Price: $1.99

Campari Crimson by Traci Andrighetti

Pawprints & Predicaments by Bethany Blake

Pawprints & Predicaments by Bethany Blake

A Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery (3rd in series)

Published: 02/27/18 by Kensington

Edition(s): Print and eBook

eBook Price: $5.99

Pawprints & Predicaments by Bethany Blake

Betraying Trust by L. A. Dobbs

Betraying Trust by L. A. Dobbs

A Sam Mason Mystery (4th in series)

Published: 02/27/18 by L. A. Dobbs

Edition(s): Print and eBook

eBook Price: $2.99

Betraying Trust by L. A. Dobbs

Lethal Licorice by Amanda Flower

Lethal Licorice by Amanda Flower

An Amish Candy Shop MysTery (2nd in series)

Published: 02/27/18 by Kensington

Edition(s): Print and eBook

eBook Price: $5.99

Lethal Licorice by Amanda Flower

Shallow Grave by Karen Harper

Shallow Grave by Karen Harper

A South Shores Novel of Romantic Suspense

Published: 02/27/18 by MIRA

Edition(s): Print and eBook

eBook Price: $5.99

Shallow Grave by Karen Harper

I Know What You Bid Last Summer by Sherry Harris

I Know What You Bid Last Summer by Sherry Harris

A Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery (5th in series)

Published: 02/27/18 by Kensington

Edition(s): Print and eBook

eBook Price: $5.99

I Know What You Bid Last Summer by Sherry Harris

Dirty Laundry by Liliana Hart

Dirty Laundry by Liliana Hart

A J. J. Graves Mystery (6th in series)

Published: 02/27/18 by 7th Press

Edition(s): Print and eBook

eBook Price: $5.99

Dirty Laundry by Liliana Hart

Dead in Tangier by John Harlan Hughes

Dead in Tangier by John Harlan Hughes

A Captain Equi Mystery

Published: 02/27/18 by John Harlan Hughes

Edition(s): eBook only

eBook Price: $2.99

Dead in Tangier by John Harlan Hughes

Hummus and Homicide by Tina Kashian

Hummus and Homicide by Tina Kashian

A Kebab Kitchen Mystery (1st in series)

Published: 02/27/18 by Kensington

Edition(s): Print and eBook

eBook Price: $5.99

Hummus and Homicide by Tina Kashian

All the Deadly Lies by Marian Lanouette

All the Deadly Lies by Marian Lanouette

A Jake Carrington Thriller (1st in series)

Published: 02/27/18 by Lyrical Underground

Edition(s): Print and eBook

eBook Price: $3.99

All the Deadly Lies by Marian Lanouette

Stabbing Stephanie by Evan Marshall

Stabbing Stephanie by Evan Marshall

A Jane Stuart and Winky Mystery

Published: 02/27/18 by Evan Marshall

Edition(s): eBook only

eBook Price: $2.99

Stabbing Stephanie by Evan Marshall

Wired Justice by Toby Neal

Wired Justice by Toby Neal

A Paradise Crime Novel (6th in series)

Published: 02/27/18 by Toby Neal

Edition(s): eBook only

eBook Price: $4.99

Wired Justice by Toby Neal

Murder in Thistlecross by Amy M. Reade

Murder in Thistlecross by Amy M. Reade

A Malice Novel

Published: 02/27/18 by Lyrical Underground

Edition(s): Print and eBook

eBook Price: $4.99

Murder in Thistlecross by Amy M. Reade

Important Note: Price(s) verified as of 03/01/18 4:30 PM ET. Price(s) are subject to change at any time. The price displayed on the vendor website at the time of the purchase will be the price paid for the book. Please confirm the price of the book before purchasing it.

Today's Selection of Newly Discounted MystereBooks

Here is a selection of the recently discounted mystery, suspense and thriller titles found on Thursday, March 01, 2018 …

Prime Cut by Diane Mott Davidson

Prime Cut by Diane Mott Davidson

A Goldy Schulz Mystery (8th in series)

Publisher: Bantam

Price: $1.99

Prime Cut by Diane Mott Davidson

Through the Fog by Michael C. Grumley

Through the Fog by Michael C. Grumley

A Novel of Suspense

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

Price: $1.99

Through the Fog by Michael C. Grumley

This title is included in the Kindle Daily Deal and is available at this price today only.

Telling Lies by Wendy Hornsby

Telling Lies by Wendy Hornsby

A Maggie MacGowen Mystery (1st in series)

Publisher: Open Road

Price: 99¢

Telling Lies by Wendy Hornsby

Open Road titles are often discounted for one day only, so if you are interested in buying this book, please confirm the price before you purchase it.

Fogbound by Joseph T. Klempner

Fogbound by Joseph T. Klempner

A Novel of Suspense

Publisher: New Word City

Price: $1.99

Fogbound by Joseph T. Klempner

Deadlock by Sara Paretsky

Deadlock by Sara Paretsky

A V.I. Warshawski Mystery (2nd in series)

Publisher: Dell

Price: $2.99

Deadlock by Sara Paretsky

The Murder Stone by Charles Todd

The Murder Stone by Charles Todd

A Novel of Suspense

Publisher: Bantam

Price: $1.99

The Murder Stone by Charles Todd

Important Note: Price(s) verified as of 03/01/18 6:57 AM. Price(s) are subject to change at any time. The price displayed on the vendor website at the time of the purchase will be the price paid for the book. Please confirm the price of the book before purchasing it.

A Conversation with Thriller Writer Michael Niemann

Omnimystery News: Author Interview with Michael Niemann

We are delighted to welcome author Michael Niemann to Omnimystery News today.

Michael's third in his series of international thrillers featuring Valentin Vermeulen is Illegal Holdings (Coffeetown Press; February 2018 trade paperback and ebook formats) and we recently had the opportunity to spend some time with him talking about it.

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Omnimystery News: What is your favorite part about exploring your series charactger Valentin Vermeulen? How do you go about keeping the series fresh for you as well as your readers?

Michael Niemann
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Michael Niemann

Michael Niemann: As I write, I discover new sides of Valentin. For example, his musical tastes have changed since the first novel. He’s turned from a fan of punk and The Clash into someone with broader tastes. Although he went through a divorce (for which he bears a fair amount of responsibility), he’s found love again and moved in with his lover Tessa. That wasn’t even on his horizon at the end of the first novel. I think the series stays fresh because the circumstances in which he finds himself change dramatically. There is always a new context, a different location, added language problems. Unknown aspects of personality reveal themselves as he tackles these. The nature of the criminal activity he uncovers poses fresh challenges.

OMN: For readers who may be new to your thrillers, what can you tell us about Valentin?

MN: He’s a middle-aged, blond, white man, originally from Antwerp, Belgium. After finishing his mandatory service in the Belgian military, he studied law and went to work for the Crown Prosecutor’s office in Antwerp. He married his college love and had one daughter, Gaby. His singleminded pursuit of his work led to the breakup of his marriage and estrangement from his daughter. In the aftermath of that mess, he needed to get away from Antwerp and took a job at the United Nations Office of Internal Oversight Services, where he works as an investigator, ferreting out fraud across the vast network of UN operations.

OMN: Suppose Valentin was interviewing you. What would be his opening question? And what would your answer be?

MN: His question: Why in the world did you make me a Belgian? My answer: When I started thinking about a protagonist, I knew I didn’t want someone in the vein of James Bond or Jack Ryan. That over-the-top nationalism just didn’t fit the stories I wanted to write. So as I thought about you, I wanted to minimize that and I figured that Belgium today has not much of an ax to grind in terms of global ambitions. And since I knew you liked beer, what better country to choose?

OMN: If you could travel anywhere in the world to do research for your next book, all expenses paid, where would that be … and why?

MN: Hmm, that’s a difficult question to answer, as the next manuscript for the next Vermeulen novel is close to being finished. The one after that is only a vague shape in my head. One possibility would be Haiti, since the UN operations there have had a terrible impact from bringing cholera to the sexual abuse by peacekeepers. That would be a case for Valentin to investigate.

OMN: Describe your writing process. Do you outline your plots or create biographies of your characters? Do you write a detailed synopsis then expand from there? Do you let the story develop as you write? Does your expected cast of characters expand/contract as you write the story?

MN: My process has changed between the first and the third book. I used to start with a vague outline with some ideas for the beginning, the middle and the end. The most recent manuscript started from an opening scene with four unnamed characters—one dead and three trying to get rid of the body—and developed from there. I didn’t know who these characters were. Valentin shows up rather soon after that but I had no connection between him and those characters. It was a lot of fun letting the story create these connections.

As to biographies, I do those sparingly. Valentin’s bio wasn’t even written down until I started the publicity for this book. The main secondary characters develop from a rough sketch I have in my mind.

OMN: As a reader, when selecting a book to read for pleasure, what do you look for?

MN: I look for books that take me places I haven’t been before. Not necessarily physical places, but emotion and conceptual spaces. I look for voices in crime fiction that haven’t been heard before. I particularly like to discover crime fiction from African authors.

OMN: What are your hobbies, interests outside of writing? Do any of these activities find their way into your books?

MN: I still teach at the local university and, while that might not seem like a hobby, I do enjoy interactions with students very much. I like cooking and baking. I bake most of the bread eaten in my house. Walks with our dog are top of the list, especially when my story seems stuck. Trips to the Oregon coast are always amazing no matter what time of the year. I guess the only aspect that finds itself into my books are food related. Valentin likes good food and is open to new flavors. I think of my cooking that way.

OMN: Create a Top 5 list for us on any topic.

MN: Top 5 Books …

1. The Constant Gardener by John Le Carré
2. His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman
3. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
4. Bleak House by Charles Dickens
5. Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke

OMN: What’s next for you?

MN: As I mentioned earlier, the next Vermeulen manuscript has gone to the publisher. The journey to publication is always twisty. This one is set in southern Turkey and deals with the refugee crisis caused by the war in Syria.

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Michael Niemann grew up in a small town in Germany, ten kilometers from the Dutch border. Crossing that border often at a young age sparked in him a curiosity about the larger world. He studied political science at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms Universität in Bonn and international studies at the University of Denver. During his academic career he focused his work on southern Africa and frequently spent time in the region. After taking a fiction writing course from his friend, the late Fred Pfeil, he embarked on a different way to write about the world.

For more information about the author, please visit his website at Michael-Neimann.com and his author page on Goodreads, or find him on Facebook and Twitter.

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Illegal Holdings by Michael Niemann

Illegal Holdings by Michael Niemann

A Valentin Vermeulen Thriller

Publisher: Coffeetown Press

Amazon.com Print/Kindle Format(s)

UN fraud investigator Valentin Vermeulen is on assignment in Maputo, Mozambique. His ho-hum task is to see if Global Alternatives is spending UN money the way they promised. The nonprofit was set up by hedge fund mogul Vincent Portallis to revolutionize development aid. The only upside for Vermeulen is the prospect of seeing his lover Tessa Bishonga, who is reporting on foreign land acquisitions in Africa.

When Vermeulen notices that a five-million-dollar transfer has gone missing, he is given the run-around. First he is told the files have been mislaid, then stolen, then he is assured that the money was never transferred to begin with. But the money was transferred, so where is it now? Vermeulen’s dogged pursuit of the missing transfer makes him the target of some ruthless operators. And once he meets up with Tessa, she is inevitably sucked in to the story as well, which turns out to be far more nefarious than either of them imagined. Now they are both in deadly danger.

Illegal Holdings by Michael Niemann

Today's Selection of Free MystereBooks for Thursday, March 01, 2018

Omnimystery News is pleased to feature a selection of Free MystereBooks found on Thursday, March 01, 2018 at 7:00 AM ET …

Deadly Sins: Sloth by Cheryl Bradshaw

Deadly Sins: Sloth by Cheryl Bradshaw

A Sloane Monroe Mystery Short

Publisher: Pixie Publishing

Price: FREE!

Deadly Sins: Sloth by Cheryl Bradshaw, Amazon Kindle format

The Promotion by Nan Dale

The Promotion by Nan Dale

A Novel of Suspense

Publisher: Nan Dale

Price: FREE!

The Promotion by Nan Dale, Amazon Kindle format

Murder and Marshmallows by Lucinda D. Davis

Murder and Marshmallows by Lucinda D. Davis

An Angela Morton Mystery Short

Publisher: Lucinda D. Davis

Price: FREE!

Murder and Marshmallows by Lucinda D. Davis, Amazon Kindle format

Murder at MarketFresh by Doris Hay

Murder at MarketFresh by Doris Hay

A Lasagna Lady Mystery

Publisher: Rainbow Crush

Price: FREE!

Murder at MarketFresh by Doris Hay, Amazon Kindle format

Murder in the Pachysandra by Linda A. Lavid

Murder in the Pachysandra by Linda A. Lavid

A Hattie Moon Mystery

Publisher: Linda A. Lavid

Price: FREE!

Murder in the Pachysandra by Linda A. Lavid, Amazon Kindle format

Drive Thru Murder by Colleen Mooney

Drive Thru Murder by Colleen Mooney

A Brandy Alexander Mystery

Publisher: New Orleans Fast Dog Publishing

Price: FREE!

Drive Thru Murder by Colleen Mooney, Amazon Kindle format

Hunter's Chase by Val Penny

Hunter's Chase by Val Penny

An Edinburgh Crime Mystery

Publisher: Crooked Cat Books

Price: FREE!

Hunter's Chase by Val Penny, Amazon Kindle format

Round House by Pat Wiley

Round House by Pat Wiley

A Jack Quinn Mystery

Publisher: First Steps Publishing

Price: FREE!

Round House by Pat Wiley, Amazon Kindle format

For a summary of all of today's titles, plus any that may have been added since this post was created, visit our Free MystereBooks page. This page is updated daily, typically by 8 AM ET.

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