This week our Best of Indie Readers’ Circle spotlights two historical novels, an insta-classic technothriller from Matthew Mather, and a dose of romance, sci-fi, mystery, suspense and fantasy.
All titles range in price from (mostly) free to $1.99. And our Indie Film of the Week stars the magnificent actress Juliette Binoche.
Remember, we curate so you don’t have to! This week’s top curated picks …
Indie ebook spotlight
Remember, you don’t need a Kindle to read an ebook. Plenty of folks read books on their smartphone or tablet with the free Kindle app.
99 cents on Kindle for a limited time ($10.99 print)
The Girls in the Water
By Victoria Jenkins
Police procedural: One chilling clue hints at a connection between the murders of two young women — and if detective Alex King can’t uncover the truth and catch the killer, more will meet their grisly ends. An addictive crime thriller with 700 five-star ratings on Goodreads.
Free on Kindle for a limited time ($13.99 print, $14.95 audiobook)
The Indigo Rebels
By Ellie Midwood
Historical suspense: In 1940s France, the Legrand siblings — Giselle, Kamille, and Marcel — find themselves caught up in the French Resistance. A powerful tale of wartime heartache and endurance.
Free on Kindle for a limited time ($18.99 print)
The Tetradome Run
By Spencer Baum
#1 free ebook in the Kindle Store
Science fiction: In the near future, America eagerly watches as convicted felons compete for their freedom in a televised death race against genetically engineered monsters. Swearing she’s innocent, contestant Jenna Duvall fights to survive while a journalist unravels the truth about her alleged crime.
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Free on Kindle for a limited time ($13.99 print)
My Grape Escape
By Laura Bradbury
Memoir: Laura Bradbury left a promising legal career in London to revive a dilapidated house in the French countryside. Amidst the grapevines of a charming Burgundian village, she fell in love with her adventurous new life. A rich, inspiring memoir for anyone who’s ever dreamed of making a change.
$1.99 on Kindle for a limited time ($14.99 print, $13.50 audiobook)
By Matthew Mather
Technothriller: A flight disappears over the North Pole and a massive international search is launched. Mitch Matthews is a writer struggling to make ends meet when his wife’s brother Josh offers them a first-class seat on a flight from Hong Kong to New York. That’s the setup for this fast-paced page turner, called Lost meets DaVinci Code.
Free on Kindle for a limited time ($8.99 print, $12.99 audiobook)
If She Saw
By Blake Pierce
Psychological thriller: Brilliant former agent Kate Wise is retired — but the FBI needs her help to decode a serial killer’s twisted mind. Can Kate find the link between two murdered couples before more people die?
Free on Kindle for a limited time ($14.99 print)
By Camellia Hart
#1 free in Contemporary Romance Fiction in the Kindle Store
Contemporary romance: Eva can’t resist her wild attraction to Clive, a handsome CEO — until she learns he’s her company’s worst enemy. But Clive knows what he wants, and he’s willing to pursue Eva to the ends of the earth. First entry in the In Light of Shadows Series.
Free on Kindle for a limited time
The Wedding Trap
By Adrienne Bell
#1 free in Romantic Suspense in the Kindle Store
Romance: Everyone wants to meet Beth’s boyfriend. There’s just one problem: Beth made him up! Now she needs a date for her best friend’s wedding, and CIA agent Alex just happens to need a cover for his latest mission. The title has more than 1,300 five-star ratings on Goodreads.
99 cents on Kindle for a limited time ($12.99 paperback)
Burgundy and Bodies (Wine Valley Mystery Book 1)
By Sandra Woffington
Mystery: If the Addams family’s daughter Wednesday grew up to become a forensic psychologist, she would be Dr. Joy Burton — and Det. Max King’s nightmare. A beautiful blonde is found dead by a creek after a poker game. Max and Joy dig through the lives of the suspects, including the chief of police, while the killer sets eyes on them.
Free on Kindle for a limited time ($11.99 print)
By Charisse Spiers
#1 free in Teen & Young Adult eBooks in the Kindle Store
Coming of age romance: Student Kinzleigh is too focused on her cheerleading career to give her heart away. But that all goes out the window when she meets country boy Breyson. Their red-hot attraction has her thinking about throwing all her rules out the window.
Free on Kindle for a limited time ($13.81 print)
Guardians: The Girl
By Lola StVil
#1 in Teen & Young Adult Paranormal & Urban Fantasy eBooks in the Kindle Store
Paranormal romance: An angel and a human must confront their feelings for each other — along with demon attacks and midterms — when a horrible prophecy predicts the end of humanity. Check it out: more than 2,300 five-star Goodreads ratings.
Free on Kindle for a limited time ($9.99 print)
The Secret Bunker: Darkness Falls
By Paul Teague
Apocalyptic suspense: While visiting a Cold War–era bunker, Dan and his family become trapped inside as a strange darkness falls over the world. With the entire planet threatened, Dan must delve into the secret that’s been hidden deep underground for generations.
Free on Kindle for a limited time ($9.99 print)
Dead of Winter
By Tom Threadgill
Thriller: When a serial killer starts sending his victims’ severed appendages to the Supreme Court, retired agent Jeremy Winter must return to the FBI to assist Maggie Keeley in a thorny and urgent investigation.
Free on Kindle for a limited time ($12.99 print, $14.95 audiobook)
By C.A. Gray
Young adult fantasy: When science-minded Peter and mysterious, orphaned Lily survive a strange accident, they’re thrust into a magical world of Arthurian legend — and must team up to defeat a fearsome opponent!
99 cents on Kindle for a limited time ($10.99 print, $14.95 audiobook)
By Douglas Phillips
Science fiction: After a scientific breakthrough, humans are able to communicate with a civilization 4,000 light years from Earth. Four volunteers suit up to visit an alien civilization, overcoming fears and obstacles along the way.
Indie Film Watch
Robert Pattinson, Lars Eidinger and Gloria Obianyo in “High Life.”
“High Life” is the first of writer-director Claire Denis’s films to be shot in English, as well as the first to be set in space. The film stars the magnificent Juliette Binoche playing a mad scientist aboard an intergalactic prison ship on a one-way trip to Earth’s nearest black hole. Warning: lots of adult content here. But IndieWire calls it “mesmerizing.”
Now available on Netflix and other streaming and DVD services