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Today’s FREE eBooks for Download: A Bunch of Freebies from UK Publisher Faber & Faber (Kobo Books) #Kobo

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Pricing errror? Most likely – but for whatever reason, a bunch of books published by the UK Publishing house Faber & Faber are currently FREE over on Kobo Books!

Here’s a handy search link to get to the books! (thanks to @RareBird of MobileRead forum for sharing!)


Enjoy the freebies!

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Book Review – The Pyramid: And Four Other Kurt Wallander Mysteries by Henning Mankell

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Book Description:

At last, a key addition to the Kurt Wallander mystery series: the book of short mysteries that takes us back to the beginning. Here we meet Wallander the twenty-one-year-old patrolman on his first criminal investigation, Wallander the young father facing an unexpected danger on Christmas Eve, Wallander on the brink of middle age solving a case of poisoning, the newly separated Wallander investigating the murder of a local photographer, and Wallander the veteran detective discovering unexpected connections between a downed mystery plane and the assassination of a pair of spinster sisters. Over the course of these five mysteries, he comes into his own as a murder detective, defined by his simultaneously methodical and instinctive work, and is increasingly haunted from witnessing the worst aspects of an atomized society.

Written from the unique perspective of an author looking back upon his own creation to discover his origins, these mysteries are vintage Mankell. Essential reading for all Wallander fans, The Pyramid is also a wonderful showcase for Mankell’s powers as a writer “whose works transcend their chosen genre to become thrilling and moral literature” (Michael Ondaatje).

About the Author
Internationally bestselling novelist and playwright HENNING MANKELL has received the German Tolerance Prize and the U.K.’s Golden Dagger Award and has been nominated for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize three times. His Kurt Wallander mysteries have been published in thirty-three countries and consistently top the bestseller lists in Europe.


As it says in the book description quoted above: The Pyramid: And Four Other Kurt Wallander Mysteries by Henning Mankell is “essential reading for all Wallander fans“. It truly is (speaking as a fan myself!) If you’ve ever wondered about Kurt Wallander’s character pre his debut in Faceless Killers: The First Kurt Wallander Mystery as a world-weary middle-aged veteran detective, well, you’ve got a precious gift from Henning Mankell!

The Pyramid: And Four Other Kurt Wallander Mysteries is a collection of three short stories (Wallander’s First Case, The Man with the Mask and The Man on the Beach), a novelete (The Death of the Photographer), and a novella (The Pyramid) which span the years between 1969 (when Kurt was still a young enthusiastic beat cop in Malmo) until 1989 (Kurt in full form in a puzzling case leading directly to Faceless Killers). Hop along for the ride as we travel back in time, and watch Wallander grow into the great (if burnt-out) detective we know in the series. Along the way, Henning Mankell gives us Kurt’s back story and fills us in on the people from Kurt’s past – his ex-wife Mona (interestingly, the problems in their relationship are already evident even when they were just dating), his father (and yes, they had a rocky relationship even in the early days), his old mentor Detective Hemberg from the Malmo police force (who was the first to recognize Kurt’s gift as a detective) and his second mentor and former colleague Rydberg (the Ystad detective who we briefly met in Faceless Killers).

Even though this collection is kind of being sold as best enjoyed by fans who have followed all the books and want more insight into Kurt’s character, IMO the mysteries are interesting enough even for those who haven’t read the whole series yet. Admittedly, Wallander’s First Case and The Man with the Mask were a bit too short to be completely satisfying for me, but starting with The Man on the Beach, Henning Mankell hits his stride with some ingenious plotting. My personal favorite was The Death of the Photographer where Kurt delves into the case of a brutally murdered photographer who had a bizarre hobby. The Pyramid reads pretty much like a shorter Kurt Wallander mystery novel, and I’d actually recommend new fans to read this novella first before Faceless Killers (since he’s actually more sympathetic/likeable in The Pyramid and not yet the exhausted self-destructive mess he was in Faceless Killers).

The Pyramid: And Four Other Kurt Wallander Mysteries by Henning Mankell is available on Amazon as a Kindle edition, Hardcover edition, Paperback edition and Audible Audio Edition. * Also available in Amazon UK

The eBook is also available at Barnes & Noble, Kobo books and the Apple iBookstore.

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Today’s FREE eBooks for Download: Pick One of 2 Thrillers from Thomas Nelson FREE with Coupon Codes (Kobo Books)

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Hey, here are Kobo exclusive freebies from the publisher Thomas Nelson (with coupon codes)! This is for Kobo’s 2012 Book Club – June’s Free Read – You get to pick one as a FREE read!

Face of Betrayal (Triple Threat Series #1) by Lis Wiehl

Face of Betrayal (Triple Threat Series #1)‘ by Lis Wiehl (Thomas Nelson) is available for FREE download on the Kobo Books site. Just click here to download with coupon code JUN01TPN. *It’s $7.59 for US Kindle

Book Description

FOX News legal correspondent and former Federal Prosecutor Lis Wiehl has created a suspense series as timely as tomorrow’s headlines.

While home on break, a seventeen-year-old Senate page takes her dog out for a walk and never returns. The resulting media firestorm quickly ensnares television reporter Cassidy Shaw, Federal Prosecutor Allison Pierce, and FBI Special Agent Nicole Hedges. Together, these life-long friends call themselves The Triple Threat-a nickname derived from their favorite dessert as well as their uncanny ability to crack cases from their three unique positions of power.

Together, they must find the one face of betrayal amidst a crowd of growing suspects-including a US Senator-before they become the next victims.

Lis Wiehl’s expertise in law, politics, and criminal investigation merges with April Henry’s narrative genius to create a gripping mystery filled with rich characters, real danger, and a shocking yet satisfying final twist.

“One of top ten best books of year” -Suspense Magazine


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‘5 Questions’ with Susanne O’Leary

June 7, 2012 2 comments

5 Questions

Today I’m thrilled to welcome indie author Susanne O’Leary to the blog as part of the ‘5 Questions’ with authors series!

If you are an author who would like to participate in the series, fill out the questionnaire here! And if you are a reader who wants to suggest an author for the series, just send me an email!

Virtual Strangers

Describe your book ‘Virtual Strangers (Love and murder in cyberspace)‘ in ten words or less

Virtual Strangers, a quirky romantic suspense set in cyberspace.

Where or how did you come up with the idea for your story?

My co-writer and I met on a writer’s site. There was a lot of trolling and sometimes even flame wars. As a result, we decided to put it all into a story, where the intrigues and animosities online spill into real life, resulting in both murder and romance.

Which of your characters is closest to your heart and why?

My co-writer and I both put a lot of ourselves and our feelings into the main characters, mine was Annika, a ditsy blonde with a smart ass attitude and his was Seabee, a bad boy and renegade writer with a shady past. I think we also put a lot of our own relationship into the story, including many of our arguments and a certain cehmistry.

Do you have a day job? If yes, tell us about it and how did that affect your writing / publishing process?

I am now a full time writer. My co-writer is a professional TV and film script writer.

Tell us about an upcoming book or project you’re excited about

We are now currently working on a second ‘virtual’ detective story. This one is set in Stockholm. Sweden, where we both come from originally.

It’s going to be even better than the first one, as it is set in a place we both know so well. We want to poke a little fun at the Scandinavian crime wave and also write something a little more light-hearted than the usual ‘Scandinavian dark’.

We really enjoy working together and for me our collaboration has meant that my writing has acquired more bite and a whole new edge.

Bonus Question! Fill in the blank: If you like ___, you’ll probably like my book too!

I have to say that I’m very inspired by Stieg Larsson‘s books, even though his work sometimes has too much graphic violence. Also Henning Mankell, the author of the Wallander crime stories. They were made into a TV series and Ola (my c-writer) wrote the scripts for some of those.

Thanks again for stopping by, Susanne! You can learn more about Susanne O’Leary at her website, Twitter: @susl and Facebook: Susanne also blogs regularly on

Virtual Strangers (Love and murder in cyberspace) is available on Amazon in Kindle format.

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