UK Edition, Kindle Nation Free Book Alert: The Greatest Influence on Stieg Larsson? Roseanna is the Gateway to All Ten “Martin Beck” Crime Novels, Plus The Adventures of Whatley Tupper, an Interactive Comedy Novel (Today’s Sponsor)

The free title that I am highlighting today in the UK Kindle Store is a gateway to the very best sort of reading pleasures in two important ways, and Harper Perennials deserves kudos for getting the presentation just right.

While most of the large traditional publishers have had to be led along the ebook path kicking and screaming, Harper Perennials is demonstrating its understanding of the value of offering a free title to inspire interest in a series, and doing so appropriately enough with the first book in the series. 

And oh, what a series. Long before there was Stieg Larsson, Kalle Blomkvist, Lisbeth Salander and the Millennium Trilogy, Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo — a husband-and-wife team from Sweden — created in the Martin Beck series one of the great masterpiece series in the history of crime fiction. These ten novels from the 1960s were seminal influences that were translated into 35 languages, sold over 10 million copies around the world, and inspired many of the great detective writers of the second half of the 20th century. They are being brought back now to the UK Kindle Store by Harper Perennials at a very reasonable £2.99 price point just as Vintage is bringing them back in U.S. paperbacks. The failure to bring them out in ebook form in the States in the wake of the Stieg Larsson explosion is a terrible missed opportunity for the publisher and for readers, but perhaps when all ten of the novels soar to the top of the UK crime fiction bestseller lists the US rightsholders will begin to catch on and sort out whatever needs sorting out. Today we will provide links to the free first volume and all ten of the other novels in the series…. 

But first, a word from … Today’s Sponsor
You’ve heard of the Choose Your Own Adventure novels for kids? Well, take that concept and twist it around the life of a Magnum P.I. obsessed, middle-aged janitor named Whatley Tupper and you get today’s sponsoring novel in the UK Kindle Store, a creative effort that will surprise you and led Kindle Nation fave J.A. Konrath to write a 5-star review of his own, in which he said: “I checked out other interactive fiction ebooks, and this was one of my favorites. Lots of strange stuff happening, some wildly divergent threads, and a healthy dose of WTF keep this ebook interesting even after multiple reads.   Will this be the next big trend in ebooks? I sure hope so.”

by Rudolf Kerkhoven and Daniel Pitts 
4.7 out of 5 stars (6 customer reviews)
Until now, the life of Whatley Tupper has been a mundane one.  He is a Magnum P.I. obsessed, middle-aged janitor working at a crappy university.  But something is in the air tonight—and it’s not just the carbon monoxide leaking from the furnace.  What exactly will happen?  Well, you decide:

Will Whatley join forces with the Denny’s night manager to solve the mystery of a renegade group of custodians?  Will Whatley tame the troglodyte murderer living in the disused network of campus tunnels?  Will Whatley inadvertently travel into a parallel universe that is, in fact, another plotline?  Will Whatley journey to Honduras to reunite with his deported love? Will Whatley order chicken on the plane, or fish?   Will Whatley question his own sexuality?  Will Whatley leave all this madness behind and book a relaxing Alaskan cruise?  Or will Whatley turn out to be nothing more than a figment in the imagination of his idol, Tom Selleck? The Adventures of Whatley Tupper is a Choose Your Own Adventure style comedy, filled with so many formulaic plots and inane stock characters that, as a whole, it is something utterly unique. 

The Adventures of Whatley Tupper is representative of the boundless creativity, raw energy, and just plain sheer fun and entertainment that independent authors are capable of and deserve recognition for accomplishing.  There are things done with this story that is only possible through the new digital revolution in publishing that is the ebook….
“Utilizing the Choose Your Own Adventure and hyperlinking ability of the ebook to maximum effect, the duo has spun a crazy, zany, absolutely hilarious and damn fun as hell spiderweb of interconnected events, characters, and all with a variety of outcomes.  I’m not even going to spoil anything, just take my word for it that this ebook is worth your time.”
Digital Spotlight Fiction Review
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Free Today in the UK Kindle Store!
 4.3 out of 5 stars  (22 customer reviews) Kindle Price: £0.00 
‘The writing is elegant and surprisingly humorous — if you haven’t come across Beck before, you’re in for a treat.’ Guardian 
‘I have never read a finer police story.’ Los Angeles Times 
‘The decalogue about the Swedish Chief Inspector Martin Beck created by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo during the 1960s and 1970s are indeed classic police fiction. They changed the genre. Whoever is writing crime fiction after these novels inspired by them in one way or another.’ Henning Mankell 
‘If you haven’t read Sjowall/Wahloo, start now.’ Sunday Telegraph 
‘Their mysteries don’t just read well; they reread even better. Witness, wife, petty cop or crook — they’re all real characters even if they get just a few sentences. The plots hold, because they’re ingenious but never inhuman.’ New York Times London Review of Books 
Publisher: Harper Perennial (10 April 2009)

Murder at the Savoy by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo
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