This week we spotlight a fast-paced hunt for a serial killer from one of Australia’s best thriller authors, an interplanetary power play and two tomes — one fiction and nonfiction — that hark back to the 1800s.
We curate so you don’t have to! Here are the week’s top curated picks:
Indie ebook spotlight
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Mystery: Kay Hunter has survived a vicious attack at the hands of a serial killer. Upon returning to work, she discovers she wasn’t the only victim in the case. Taut writing and crisp pacing make this mystery from our favorite Aussie author a winner.
Biohack set for release May 22
Biohack, J.D. Lasica’s technothriller about two women who confront a biotech firm’s dark secrets, is set to debut on Amazon on May 22. We’ll let you know how you can snap it up at a very special low price.
Top ebook deals of the week
Suspense: Jaymee searches for the daughter she unwillingly gave up for adoption while Nick is tormented by his wife’s unsolved murder. A chilling letter from the killer brings them together in this dark Southern tale with 700+ five-star Amazon reviews.
Mystery: The Night Fire Strangler, who killed four women, is fixated on retiring NYPD detective Jed McCain, the lead investigator. The Strangler follows McCain to Coronado Beach, Fla., where McCain has accepted the position as chief of police – and where the bodies begin to pile up.
Historical fiction: At the turn of the 19th century, New South Wales is in crisis: Convicts are brutally mistreated, inhabitants are struggling to find homes, and food is sparse. But British officer Lachlan Macquarie has a vision for a new land — a land called Australia.
Nonfiction: The century between the end of the Napoleonic War and the outbreak of WWI was inarguably “British.” In this insightful volume covering 1817 to 1884, the author embarks on a study of trade, war and Britain’s fragile hold on her empire.
Sci-fi: When a dangerous interplanetary power play destroys his world, Samuel Adamson and his village board a rescue ship and set out to integrate their utopian society with the people back on Earth, most of whom are still devoted to doctrines of repression.
Sci-fi: Robert is the last time traveler. That’s because his predecessors managed to break the future. It’s his job to go back and undo what they did. Fortunately, he’s assembled the greatest team in history to help him do it.
Indie film watch
Greg Kinnear in “Little Men.” (Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures)
In this moving family drama from indie filmmaker Ira Sachs, the gentrification of a Brooklyn building impacts the lives of Greg Kinnear, who inherits the building from his father but can’t afford to keep the rent low, and the proprietor of a modest dress shop who can’t afford the rent hike. No didactic messages, just a jumble of human emotions effectively conveyed.
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