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Sunday, 22 March 2020

Free Reads, This Week Only

These are troubled times and though they surely will pass, we’ve no say in how soon and there’s little we can do other than disengage, lie low, support the science, and keep our spirits up.

Reading can play a big part in that process, and every reader knows it. All across social media I’m seeing independent booksellers rolling out local delivery services and online publishers slashing their prices, not just to stay afloat but to give active encouragement to the readership. I’ve been looking at what I might do to join in. Most of my material’s licensed out; Orion handle my ebook backlist while Random House have The Kingdom of Bones and The Bedlam Detective, but there still a few pieces of work over which I have control.

I’m making all of them free to download for 5 days, from Monday March 23rd until the following Friday. They’re all on Amazon so I don’t know what your local time will be when the change kicks in. Even if you’re an Amazon refusenik, you can treat it as a chance to get something for nothing out of Jeff Bezos.

Here’s what there is: 

The Authentic William James. Novel. As the Special Investigator to the Lord Chancellor’s Visitor in Lunacy, Sebastian Becker delivers justice to those dangerous madmen whose fortunes might otherwise place them above the law. But in William James he faces a different challenge; to prove a man sane, so that he may hang. Did the reluctant showman really burn down a crowded pavilion with the audience inside? And if not, why is this British sideshow cowboy so determined to shoulder the blame?

In Gethsemane. Novella. In the early years of the Twentieth Century, a Spiritualist and a stage illusionist become strange allies when they take their clashing ideologies onto the lecture circuit.

Melody James. Novella. In the lobby of a Blackpool hotel, one year after the end of the Great War, Britain's spymaster recruits a young sideshow fortune-teller for a mission of historic importance.

Two Tales. A pair of short stories, Out of Bedlam and The Plot.

One Dove. Short story.


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