Five of the 100 Indie Books You Should Read Before You Die

Great works of literature are being produced by wonderful independent authors who are breaking the mold in the literary world of fiction.

Too many literary sources completely omit or overlook Indie Books when compiling their lists of the 100 books you should read before you die. They showcase the legends, the classics.

Yet, we are fortunate to have a lot of outstanding books by outstanding indie authors in today’s literary marketplace. We are continuing our series featuring great indie books you should definitely read in your lifetime, knowing that the list will always change with the passing years and with the release of new books.

Here, in no particular order, are the five books we are featuring today.

The Drowned Phoenician Sailor

By Lesley Hayes

Fynn is resolutely unromantic, a bit of a loner, and skeptical about life before death, never mind after it. And yet since she was fifteen her dead sister has been visiting her on a regular basis. Fynn doesn’t believe in ghosts so is she crazy?

Three years after starting psychotherapy with Paul, she arrives for a session and finds him lying dead on the couch. But this is just the beginning…

The same night she gatecrashes Paul’s funeral he turns up in his newly disembodied form and her dilemma takes a different turn…

And when she meets the enigmatic Jack, washed up like driftwood on a beach in Cornwall, she begins to revise her jaded beliefs and expectations, discovering that life, and death, is far more mysterious and intricate than she imagined.

The Curious Miss Fortune

By Tina-Marie Miller

There’s great excitement as the Hampton Players gather to begin rehearsals on their annual am dram. However, it’s not long before the cast begins to make a connection between the fictional storylines and coincidental occurrences in their villages leaving them fearful that a murder is about to take place.

Tiggy Lawrence is devastated to learn her father is terminally ill. As she returns to the family home after a nine-year absence she’s fearful of a run in not just with step monster Bobbie but also ex-fiancé Patrick.

Aster Maxwell is a successful maxillofacial surgeon who is hungry for success. Desperate to maximize his specialization by opening his own private clinic, will he stop at nothing to get what he wants?

Diana Fortune’s forgotten past could be her strength when she auditions for the Hampton Players. Only it’s a dark and stormy night as she makes her entrance. Has Miss Fortune finally arrived?

Drama finds itself back in the Hamptons as Poppy and Richard Hambly-Jones make an appearance as they prepare to host the Autumn Ball. Expect the unexpected!

The Bloodstone Reckoning

By Michael Wigington

A young girl seeks answers to her mother’s veiled past.

A warlock bent on immortality.

Both paths lead to the Bloodstone.

Tabitha Millhouse has grown up in the shadow of her mother’s death. Her father will not speak of it or even tell her where they are from, only that they had to leave. On Tabitha’s fifteenth birthday, a quarrel with her father leads her to a frightening encounter with a shape-shifting old crone who taunts her with knowledge of her past—but more importantly–her future. Ultimately her past and future are connected to a legendary artifact of terrible power.

The Bloodstone. In the wrong hands, it will wreak havoc.

Tabitha’s hunt for the truth leads her into dark encounters with a vengeful warlock bent on finding the ancient relic.
Will the old crone’s tutelage provide the answers Tabitha seeks, or will the past be something she should have left alone?

Moments in the Moonlight

By Deborah Hughes

Professional blogger Cassie Klein reviews things. Lots of things. But a haunted inn on the coast of Maine? She doesn’t even believe in ghosts. There must be another explanation for what’s going on. So off she goes to enjoy a two-week working vacation.

Life, she soon learns, can be full of surprises!

First, there is the gorgeous Max Westfield. As the protective son of the inn’s owners, he’s not too keen on her being there. Well, that’s fine because his judgmental attitude helps to keep her attraction to him under control. Well, for the most part.

A series of mishaps, a gorgeous girl, a huge cat and a moonlight tryst (or two) and the story of Cassie’s life suddenly gets interesting…and complicated!

Too bad it’s all leading to heartbreak, and a match-making ghost just isn’t going to make a difference.

Or will it?

Swerve

By Mike Markel

The Central Montana State community has waited a year to learn whether Syclone Systems, a maker of self-driving car technology, will enter into a long-term R&D partnership with the university. At a live demo on campus, where the company is expected to announce its decision, its man on campus, Bryan Orville, is run down by one of his experimental cars.

Whoever altered the car’s computer code to kill him also erased all the forensic evidence. Because Orville had some nasty habits–fooling around with grad students, stealing promising research ideas, and publicly humiliating professors who didn’t meet his standards–Seagate and Miner are swamped with suspects.

When a second body turns up, and then someone hacks Syclone and threatens to put them out of business, the detectives devise a plan to lure the killer out of hiding with a phony reward for solving the hack. But the killer knows there is much more money to be made selling the company’s trade secrets on the dark web.

Besides, the killer is quite busy planning one last murder.

Previous Books Selected:

Sleeping Tigers by Holly Robinson, Wings of Mayhem by Sue Coletta, Blood Orchids by Toby Neal, The Girl Who Watched Over Dreams by Jeff Russell, Blood Land by R. S. Guthrie, Deadly Chocolate Addiction by Sally Berneathy, Circle of Hurt by Jim H. Ainsworth, Dancing on Air by Uvi Poznansky, Army of Worn Soles by Scott Bury, Trouble in Glamour Town by S. R. Mallery, Mateguas Island by Linda WatkinsKiss the Girls and Make Them Die by Kelly Marshall, The Compost Pile by Stephen Woodfin, The Hollow Man by Paul Hollis, Avengers of Blood by Gae-Lynn Woods, Tabula Rasa by Gordon Bickerstaff, A Silver Medallion by James R. Callan, The Girl in the Window by Jake Needham.

 

Dead Storm by Helen Hanson, Remains by Marjorie Swift Doering, The Last Victim by Jordan Dane, Vigilante by Claude Bouchard, Ludwika by Christoph FischerStranger at Sunset by Eden Baylee, Stutter Creek by Ann Swann, A Change of Hate by Joe Broadmeadow, When the Sun Was Mine by Darlene Jones, Nobody’s Child by Libby Fischer Hellmann, The Zen Detective by Devorah Fox, That One Moment by Patty Wiseman, Mail Order Groom by Dana Wayne, The House of Lies by Debra Burroughs, Redemption Lake by Susan Clayton-Goldner, Pride’s Children: Purgatory by Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt, Cold Justice by Rick Polad, Each Day I Wake by Seb Kirby, The Bridge to Caracas by Stephen Douglass, No Sweat Pants Allowed by Jan Romes, In the Attic by Garry Rodgers, A Fine Year for Murder by Lauren Carr, My Brother’s Keeper by S. S. Bazinet, The Undernet by J. S. Frankel, Pearseus: Rise of the Prince by Nicholas C. Rossis.

 

The Ninth District by Douglas Dorow, The Dead Game by Susanne Leist, Deadly Dominoes by Linda Pirtle, The Desolate Garden by Daniel Kemp, The Promise of Provence by Patricia Sands, Mai Lin: Another New Beginning by Gay Ingram, Murder a la Christie by Marilyn Levinson, The Long Shooters by Daniel C. Chamberlain, The Back Road by Rachel Abbott, Broken Wings by D. G Torrens, Scalp Mountain by Julia Robb, Heaven to Betsy by Pamela Fagan Hutchins, Flawed Gods by Angela B. Mortimer, Moment by Moment by Laura Taylor, Deadly Secrets by Angel Sefer, The Girl in the Dark by Susan Willis, Give the Lady a Ride by Linda Yezak, The Girl in the Time Machineby Debra Chapoton, Closed Heartsby Regina Puckett, Letters to Gabriellaby Patricia Paris.

 

Cassidy Jones and the Eternal Flame by Elise Stokes, The Crazy Girl’s Handbook by DelSheree Gladden, In Sheep’s Clothing by Emily Kimelman, Touching the Wire by Rebecca Bryn, The Luminary by Elle J Rossi. Everyone Burnsby John Dolan, Finding Home by Jackie Weger, Lie Catchers by Paul Bishop, Stealing Time by K. J. Waters, The Beauty Shop by Suzy Henderson.

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  • Deborah J. Hughes

    Thank you so much for including my book! It is truly an honor for me! Blessings!! Will check out those other books and share with my social media friends!

    • Caleb Pirtle

      Deborah: You have long been one of my favorite authors.

      • Deborah J. Hughes

        Oh my! That means a lot to me! Truly. Thank you so much! You are amazing in your support of authors! Blessings!

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