FOR THE WHOLE MONTH OF JULY, A LARGE SELECTION OF JOHN HOWARD REID'S BOOKS WILL BE AVAILABLE COMPLETELY FREE OF CHARGE AT SMASHWORDS!
GOOD NEWS! You can now read Kindle books by downloading the free app available on every Amazon Kindle page. You don't have to buy a Kindle any more! NOT SO GOOD NEWS: Almost all our direct links to Amazon are being upgraded and are not currently available. In the meantime, please go to your local Amazon store and enter the book's title.
The very latest Merryll Manning adventure (not a reprint) is MERRYLL MANNING: REMBRANDT AND THE COLLAR OF GOLD. It will be free of charge at Amazon Kindle on July 23. A reprint, MERRYLL MANNING IS DEAD LUCKY, will be available at all Amazon Kindle stores FREE of charge on July 30. Just enter these titles at any Amazon Kindle stores on these dates and order your free Kindle copies of Merryll Manning: Rembrandt and the Collar of Gold AND Merryll Manning Is Dead Lucky
Merryll Manning: A Brush with Death and Merryll Manning On the Rim of Heaven are another TWO books in this series that the professional book critics tell us "you'll find impossible to put down!" Merryll Manning On the Rim of Heaven will be available at Amazon Kindle FREE of charge on July 30!
In my opinion, Merryll Manning: A Brush with Death is the better book, but Rim of Heaven received great reviews: "HERE'S ONE BOOK YOU'LL FIND IMPOSSIBLE TO PUT DOWN! Reid's pacing is masterful... He moves us at will from welcome comic relief to nail-biting suspense!" wrote American critic Richard Deutch in "The Sunday Telegraph"
As noted above, the very latest Merryll Manning novel is REMBRANDT AND THE COLLAR OF GOLD, and it has free days, namely JULY 23! Manning also appears as a guest star in the Michaela Morris adventure, ABLE BODY, BUT FAR TOO BUSY THIS YEAR, and the next FREE DAY at Amazon Kindle will ALSO be July 23. The latest Michaela Morris adventure, AWESOME ADVENTURES IN THE MOVIE BUSINESS, has free days at all Amazon stores ALSO on July 23, PLUS August 6. MICHAELA MORRIS IN HOLLYWOOD has Free Days on August 27, plus September 3, 4 and 10. MURDER AT THE RIVER HOUSE MICHAELA MORRIS MONTH BY MONTH has A FREE DAY on August 6.
Kindle price of "MERRYLL MANNING ON THE RIM OF HEAVEN" is only $2.99. However, as noted above, on July 30 , "MERRYLL MANNING ON THE RIM OF HEAVEN" will be available at all Amazon Kindle stores, entirely free of charge! The traditional printed book is also available at most book stores and certainly at all Amazon stores.
And please note that AMAZON KINDLE will hold FREE days for "MERRYLL MANNING: A BRUSH WITH DEATH" on July 23, plus August 6 and 13! The traditional paperback print edition of this book is also now available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.
Another pleasing note is that, as stated above, AMAZON KINDLE will also hold a FREE day for "MERRYLL MANNING IS DEAD LUCKY" on July 30! The traditional paperback print edition of this book is also now available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.
John Howard Reid is a direct descendant of Robert Stevenson (1772-1850), the grandfather of famed novelist, Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894). Like RLS, JHR has a great affection for the detective story. RLS had his "Kidnapped" and "Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde". JHR has his Merryll Manning and Michaela Morris series of thrillers.
Of course, not everyone likes Dr. Jekyll, just as a few critics didn't like the initial MICHAELA MORRIS e-book, ""Murder at the River House"". Instead he/she got stuck on the early episodes which introduce Michaela in her Country Club role. Fortunately, you can judge for yourself: "MURDER AT THE RIVER HOUSE" is now available at all Amazon Kindle stores and it will cost you only $2.99. These books are available in multiple formats. You don't need to own a Kindle to download from Amazon's Kindle store! And, of course, you can always use the FREE KINDLE APP!
Please note that on August 6 , "MURDER AT THE RIVER HOUSE" will be available at all Amazon Kindle stores ENTIRELY FREE OF CHARGE! Another popular MICHAELA MORRIS novel, "MICHAELA MORRIS ADVENTURES OF A FIGHTING GIRL", will also be available FREE OF CHARGE at Amazon Kindle on July 16 . AND THE VERY LATEST "MICHAELA MORRIS" titles, "MICHAELA MORRIS IN HOLLYWOOD" and ABLE BODY, BUT FAR TOO BUSY THIS YEAR will be available at Amazon Kindle free of charge on JULY 23 for ABLE BODY, and AUGUST 27 plus SEPTEMBER 3, 4 and 10 for MICHAELA MORRIS IN HOLLYWOOD. And, as said above, all John Howard Reid's books are also available from Amazon Kindle in the U.K., Australia, Canada, Germany, China, France, Italy, Brazil, Mexico, Japan, India and Spain, etc., as well as the U.S.A. You will need to do a title or author search (I think there is only ONE John Howard Reid, thank goodness). And THE SAME FREE DAYS WILL APPLY!
Wow! Amazon have reduced Merryll Manning Kindle edition prices! "Merryll Manning: Trapped on Mystery Island" is now on sale in Amazon's Kindle stores for only $2.99. "Merryll Manning: Beachfront 'Holiday'" is also only $2.99. And, better still, there's a special introductory price of only 99 cents for "Merryll Manning: The Health Farm Murders". These novels are also available at Barnes and Noble's NOOK, and most other e-book stores.
As noted above, the Merryll Manning novel, "Merryll Manning: A Brush with Death" is now available at all Amazon Kindle stores. The price is $3.99, but there are FREE days, as listed above, namely July 23, plus August 6 and 13.
Here is a complete list of the MERRYLL MANNING series of mystery thrillers, together with the dates of their original publication in England, Ireland, India, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. In many cases, U.S.A. and Canadian rights were sold for considerable sums of money, but it turned out that the novels were purchased to suppress them, rather than to publish them, in order to protect the sales of inferior (in many cases) mystery thrillers already published and publicized:
1. Merryll Manning: Trapped on Mystery Island. [Published out of order as a trade paperback titled "Death Is an Island" in 2001].
2. Merryll Manning: The Health Farm Murders. [Published 1985 as a hardcover, reprinted 1986 and 1987. No paperback edition].
3. Merryll Manning: Beachfront "Holiday". [Published 1985 as a hardcover titled "The Beach-Front Murders", reprinted 1988. No paperback edition].
4. Merryll Manning On the Rim of Heaven.
[Published as a hardcover 1986, reprinted 1990. No paperback edition].
5. Merryll Manning Has His Price. [Published as a hardcover 1987, reprinted 1988 and 1990. No paperback edition].
6. Merryll Manning Meets the Last Generation. [Published as a hardcover 1986, reprinted 1991. Paperback edition: 1999].
7. Merryll Manning Has a Brush with Death. [Published as a trade paperback 1999, reprinted 1999 and 2000].
8. Merryll Manning Is Dead Lucky.
[Published as a paperback 1987, reprinted 1999].
9. Merryll Manning: Death at His Private Zoo. [Published as a paperback 1991. Revised edition: 1998].
10. Merryll Manning: Joye Divided. [Published as a paperback 1991 as "Beyond Vengeance"].
11. Merryll Manning: Fast Times in
Paradise. [Published 2001 as a trade paperback by Rastar Press, reprinted 2002
as a mass-market paperback by Jacobyte Books].
12. Merryll Manning: Go for Gold! [The twelfth book was never published, as Jacobyte moved into e-book publishing and this was not the way I then wished to proceed. I re-wrote the novel as REMBRANDT AND THE COLLAR OF GOLD and it is now available in a Kindle edition. Upcoming FREE DAYS at Amazon are April 16 and April 23. ].
Extracts from original reviews:
Manning: Trapped on Mystery Island: John
Howard Reid is one of this country's foremost mystery thriller writers. -- The
2. Merryll Manning: The Health Farm Murders: An inventive mystery, set in a thinly-disguised Blackheath in the Blue Mountains. The author displays a very fertile imagination and considerable powers of invention... Worth our strong commendation. -- Leonard Ward in The Canberra Times.
Most exuberantly conceived... The author shows a firm grasp of character, incident and suspense... A very good mystery indeed! -- Anthony Puxty in The Newcastle Herald.
Dynamic action in generous measure, convincing characters, intriguing plot... The Health Farm Murders is a classic thriller. -- Gordon Pittaway in Writers' World.
Agatha Christie isn't the only mystery writer... Set against fascinatingly described, real-life backgrounds in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, John Howard Reid's novel displays all the mastery of a Christie thriller. -- Bookseller and critic, Selwa Anthony, in her Weekly Book Review.
Recommended for light reading, The Health Farm Murders is everything a good mystery should be: amusing, entertaining, intriguing... Above all, skillfully written and conceived with humor, drama and suspense in perfect balance. -- Gilbert Norris in The Third Degree (New York).
Manning: Beachfront "Holiday": Picturesquely
set on Sydney Harbour, romance and glamour are important components in this
mystery thriller in which a young girl is murdered in a luxury beach apartment.
The investigator himself is caught up in a bizarre chain of events. The novel
moves fast, with strong plot lines, to satisfying climaxes. -- Unsigned review
in Bookseller and Publisher, August 1985.
story of an attractive and lonely country girl come to the city, and the
interaction of her emotional instability with the vulnerability of the men in
her life, this novel is a tightly written and highly credible account of passion
and loneliness, of the lure and isolation of the big city. The murders are kept
to a plausible number and the narrator's own character is interestingly
developed. -- John Kernick in Book Review (April, 1986).
A rattling good
mystery story with a very involving plot... The author has an intimate knowledge
of his background settings. -- William Hawkins in The Manly Daily (9/7/85).
4. Merryll Manning On the Rim of Heaven: John Howard Reid is one of this country's greatest natural storytellers... Some critics have likened his works to those of Agatha Christie. I find the comparison a little unfair -- to Mr Reid. If Reid's work needs comparing, I would liken it to Graham Greene's... Merryll Manning On the Rim of Heaven is one book you will find impossible to put down. -- American critic, Richard Deutch, in The Sunday Telegraph.
Compulsive reading... An engrossing
thriller. -- John Hyde in The West Australian.
Solidly real... Fast-moving dramatic
action. -- Professor Stephen Knight in The Sydney Morning Herald.
A well-constructed novel with a thrilling conclusion. -- Judith Green in Between the Covers (1/22/87)
Particularly engrossing and easy to
read... The author must be congratulated! -- Neil E. Lomas, editor, Warwick
Daily News (2/3/87).
Highly original... A worthy successor to Reid's earlier novels. The author shows the same lively imagination, yet gives his plot credibility. -- Leonard Ward in The Canberra Times (10/4/86).
5. Merryll Manning
Has His Price: John Howard
Reid is one of the world's most original and gripping mystery novelists. --
John Champness in The Geelong Advertiser.
The plot of Merryll
Manning Has His Price seems to be almost incidental, while Manning gets a
chance to pontificate about publishers, agents, academics, writers, politicians
and the City of Adelaide... Although the plot is light, the characterization of
narrator-hero Merryll Manning is brilliant... As usual, the writing is
entertaining and evocative. -- Maria Trefely-Deutch in The Sunday Telegraph.
In this novel, Merryll
Manning Has His Price, dialogue is cut to the bone, and style and
plot are tightly controlled. The whole book benefits from the tension so
generated. -- Katharine England in The Adelaide Advertiser.
The latest in John
Howard Reid's original and intriguing thrillers, this one is set in an imaginary
university in Adelaide, South Australia. Reid tells the story in his customary
compact, episodic style -- and an exciting, ingenious story it is too! --
Unsigned review in Bookseller and Publisher, June 1988.
6. Merryll Manning Meets the Last Generation: Totally fascinating... John Howard Reid is the best natural storyteller this country has yet produced. Merryll Manning Meets the Last Generation is my selection for Best Novel of the Year! -- Richard Deutch in The Sunday Telegraph.
A tour de force... John Howard Reid has managed to create a remarkable gallery of realistic characters. -- Ray Davie in The Age.
John Howard Reid is original. His plots are cleverly constructed. His characters are so realistic you could have met them yesterday. No wonder he is considered by many to be this country's best natural storyteller in a decade! -- Greig Roberts in The Sunday Mail.
What a superb book! It deserves to win
the best-book-of-the-year award for crime literature, it's such a splendid blend
of mystery and humor, set against such vividly unusual backgrounds... Absolutely
unbeatable! -- Editor, Alex Auswaks, in Red Herrings (London).
7. Merryll Manning
Has a Brush with Death: No
slouch in the art department, Manning is hired by some colorful types to help
guard a Rembrandt exhibition. A robust debate provides Manning an opportunity to
debate the rubbish passed of as "art" these days. -- J. R. Carroll in
John Howard Reid
grips the reader's attention from the first page to the last! -- Leonard Ward
in The Canberra Times.
Reid writes with
such clarity and power, he should indeed make the ranks of this country's
greatest novelists. -- Jan Hardy in The Central Western Daily.
8. Merryll Manning
Is Dead Lucky: This novel
reinforces John Howard Reid's position as the master of this country's mystery
writers. -- Richard Deutch in The Sunday Telegraph (4/22/90).
A wry crime
adventure, written with fluency, wit, vigor and skill. -- Professor Stephen
Knight in The Sydney Morning Herald.
A ripping thriller, Dead
Lucky is one of the most original and gripping mysteries I've read. It kept
me awake all night. -- John Champness in The Geelong Advertiser (11/22/90).
entertainment. -- Philip Kahllems in The Sunday Herald.
One of this
country's foremost mystery-thriller writers, John Howard Reid succeeds in
foiling any attempts by the reader to guess the outcome of Dead Lucky.
-- The Times (6/22/90).
Manning: Death at His Private Zoo: John
Howard Reid has a bizarre way with plot. Come to think of it, he has a bizarre
way with several plots and dozens of characters. The main plot is convoluted and
difficult to unravel... Another strange point: This is one of Reid's Merryll
Manning mysteries, yet Manning doesn't do very much. He appears only after the
action is well under way. -- David Lawrence in The West Australian.
Manning: Joye Divided: Superlatively
entertaining, yet there is a marvelous depth to Reid's stories. -- John Hyde in
The West Australian.
Manning: Fast Times in Paradise: Brilliant!
Reid's novels bear the stamp of an original mind. -- Robin Wallace-Crabbe in The
The best single word
to describe Reid's stories? "Wonderful!" -- David Rowbotham in The
Reid is a writer of
ruggedly real drive and talent. -- Professor Stephen Knight in The Sydney