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    Dr Ruth Galloway returns in The Stone Circle - the eleventh book in Elly Griffiths' bestselling series of archaeological mysteries.

    DCI Nelson has been receiving threatening letters telling him to 'go to the stone circle and rescue the innocent who is buried there'. He is shaken, not only because children are very much on his mind, with Michelle's baby due to be born, but because although the letters are anonymous, they are somehow familiar...

    They're reminiscent of the letters that first led him to Ruth, who is currently working on a dig at a henge in Saltmarsh. When bones belonging to a 12-year-old girl who disappeared 30 years previously are found, Ruth realises the past is reaching out for her and Nelson - and its grip is deadly...
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    Stacey Halls' debut novel The Familiars is all about how being a woman in a time of suspicion and accusation could put you at risk.

    17-year-old Fleetwood Shuttleworth finds a letter she isn't supposed to read from the doctor who delivered her third stillbirth and discovers she would not survive another pregnancy.

    She crosses paths by chance with Alice Gray, the young midwife who helped her give birth to a healthy baby - and together they decide to prove the physician wrong... Set during the Pendle witch trials of 1612, this is a powerful, important and bewitching read for anyone who loves historical fiction.
  • Penny Parkes Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781471183379 - Penny Parkes
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    James Herriot meets House in Penny Parkes' frothy and feel-good reads about Larkford's GP Practice. These heart-warming books will delight fans of Katie Fforde, Milly Johnson and Jill Mansell.

    Out of Practice, the first book in the series, introduces the successful GP Holly Graham who relocates to the village with her family as she looks for a more peaceful life. However, her 2-year-old twins are troublesome and her marriage is in tatters... Meanwhile, her new colleagues all have issues of their own - and Holly is distracted from her troubles at home by the delectable Dr Taffy Jones.

    Elsie Townsend - a resident celebrity and feisty patient in her 80s - is Holly's favourite patient. She's full of advice and stories that Holly can heed when the Practice is suddenly put under the threat of imminent closure.
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  • The Dales Detective Series Collection -  3 Books - Collection - 9781529025613 - Julia Chapman
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    Three cosy crime whodunnits from Julia Chapman, all set in the beautiful surroundings of the Yorkshire Dales. All of these addictive mysteries are packed with wry and witty observations as an intrepid duo attempt to solve a number of cases of murder with manners.

    In Date with Death, Samson O'Brien has been dismissed from the police force and returns to his hometown of Bruncliffe to set up the Dales Detective Agency. However, the people of Bruncliffe only see Samson as a trouble-maker. Meanwhile, Samson's neighbour Delilah Metcalfe is struggling to keep her dating agency afloat and then the agency's first case forces the feuding neighbours to work together...

    Date with Malice finds the warring couple joining forces to uncover the hostility engulfing the elderly residents of Bruncliffe; and Date with Mystery finds them attempting to crack a case that has puzzled the town for decades...

    For fans of authors like: Alexander McCall Smith, Gervase Phinn, Jacqueline Winspear

    This collection contains books 1-3 in Julia Chapman's The Dales Detective Series.
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    Described as 'a clever thriller with masterful twists' by Karin Slaughter, The Wife Between Us authors Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen's An Anonymous Girl is a thrilling read about the deadly nature of obsession.

    Jessica Farris signs up for an anonymous psychology study conducted by the mysterious Dr Shields, thinking it will be a case of answering a few questions, collecting her money and then leaving. But then the questions become more intense and invasive and she is told what to wear and how to act...

    Jessica starts to believe that Dr Shields knows all her secrets and realises she can't trust what is real in her life and what might be one of his manipulative experiments. She's caught up in a web of deceit and jealousy. Will she be able to untangle herself out of it?
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    Harriet Tyce's debut thriller Blood Orange is a dark and addictive novel for readers who enjoyed Apple Tree Yard, The Nightingale and The Girl on the Train.

    Alison has it all: a doting husband, beloved daughter and career on the up. But nothing is quite what it seems. Alison drinks too much and she's having an affair with a colleague who likes to push boundaries. And it's all getting too much.

    Alison is representing a client who wants to plead guilty to stabbing her husband, but something about her story is amiss. However, if Alison saves this woman, she believes she can save herself. But someone knows all of Alison's secrets - and wants to make her pay for what she's done...
  • Frances Fyfield Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780751577679 - Frances Fyfield
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    Ever since the death of her unfaithful husband, Sarah Fortune has been bored. To alleviate the tedium, the beautiful redhead solicitor has found a practical way of transforming the lives of lonely men that suits her warm and defiant nature.

    Kind, witty and obese lawyer Malcolm Cook is the first to benefit from Sarah's generosity - he shrugs off years of weight and loneliness. But then she meets Charles Tysall, an important client of the firm, whose charisma and enormous wealth conceal an implacable will and a misogynist's mad obsession...

    Sarah also discovers that guilt, insecurity, unrequited love and a touch of insanity afflict her latest clients the Pardoes as she helps resolve their inheritance issues; and has to help protect a wife from her husband's jealous - and possibly evil - twin brother... These elegant and absorbing psychological thrillers will have you racing through the pages to find out what happens next.
    For fans of authors like: Ian Rankin, Minette Walters, Val McDermid
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    Bristling with tension, bitter rivalries and toxic friendships, Lucy Foley's The Hunting Party is a riveting murder mystery that can count Sophie Hannah and Adele Parks amongst its fans.

    In a remote hunting lodge deep in the Scottish wilderness, old friends gather round to celebrate the New Year. There's the beautiful one, the golden couple, the volatile one, the new parents, the quiet one, the city boy, the outsider and the victim.

    And then a murder occurs... This whodunnit is packed with intrigue and and suspense.
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    Coffin Road author Peter May returns with The Man With No Face - a powerful psychological thriller about a jaded journalist who is determined to dig up dirt on Europe's major political parties when he travels to Brussels.

    Two British men are found dead as soon as Neil Bannerman arrives in Belgium: one a journalist, the other a cabinet minister. The witness to the killing is the former's autistic daughter and she can remember every detail about her father's killer - except one major moment...

    Bannerman feels compelled to follow his instincts and makes it his mission to expose a murderous conspiracy, protect a helpless child, and unmask a remorseless killer...
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    Stuart Turton's The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is the winner of the Costa First Novel Award 2018 and has drawn praise from the Guardian, Financial Times and Daily Telegraph.

    An exciting fusion of Gosford Park, Groundhog Day, Black Mirror, Agatha Christie and a murder mystery party, this inventive story is set on the night that Evelyn Hardcastle died. But she doesn't die once...

    Aiden - one of the guests summoned to Blackheath for the party - must solve her murder otherwise the day will repeat itself over and over again. Every time the day resets, Aiden wakes up in the body of a different guest - and someone is determined to prevent him from escaping Blackheath.
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    Praised by Sophie Hannah, Alice Clark-Platts' The Flower Girls is a psychological thriller that will keep you on tenterhooks from the very first page.

    Three children went out to play but only two came back. Laurel and Primrose were the survivors and one was convicted of murder while the other was given a new identity... Now, 19 years later and another child has gone missing.

    The Flower Girls are about to hit the headlines all over again...
  • Suzette A. Hill Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780749024086 - Suzette A Hill
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    Set in the 1950s and '60s, this witty collection includes three addictive, clever and page-turning cosy crime mysteries from Suzette A. Hill, the author of the Francis Oughterard series.

    In A Southwold Mystery, Rosy Gilchrist has been asked to accompany Lady Fawcett to visit an old school friend. Rosy is reluctant, but finds herself heading back to Suffolk. When Rosy and Lady Fawcett arrive at their hostess's house, they are plunged into a series of bizarre and sinister events.

    Shot in Southwold finds Lady Fawcett eager to vet her daughter Amy's current beau as he films his first major project in the town. However, not all is going to plan and a female cast member is killed, leaving Rosy and Lady Fawcett at the centre of a murder mystery once again; A Little Murder is based in London and follows Sergeant Greenleaf as he attempts to solve the murder of a woman who was discovered naked and covered with a coal scuttle...

    For fans of authors like: L.C. Tyler, Carola Dunn, Rhys Bowen
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  • Celia Imrie Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781526611253 - Celia Imrie
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    Popular actress Celia Imrie writes charming novels that are bursting with optimism and positivity. These fun and frolic-frilled reads offer perfect escapism.

    Her debut Not Quite Nice follows Theresa as she's forced into early retirement and relocates to a picture-perfect town just outside Nice. She soon makes friends with a group of expats but then skeletons start to fall out of closets...

    Nice Work (If You Can Get It) is a witty and charming story that finds former actress Sally entertaining unexpected visitors from her past during the Cannes film festivals; and Sail Away is an irresistibly indulgent novel about two women and their escapades on board an Atlantic cruise ship...

    For fans of authors like: Santa Montefiore, Erica James, Liz Fenwick
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  • Victoria Jenkins Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780349132556 - Victoria Jenkins
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    This collection of page-turners includes three of Victoria Jenkins' addictive and gripping crime stories set in South Wales.

    Nobody's Child finds a body being found in an abandoned hospital. It's too burnt to be identified but Detective Alex King knows all too well that every victim has a family... She puts aside her own troubles to track down the killer, but soon realises this death might be the first of many.

    The First One to Die has Alex on the trail of a young woman who fell from a rooftop to her death; and The Girls in the Water follows Alex as she realises one of her own team on a murder case is in grave danger...

    For fans of authors like: Karin Slaughter, Tess Gerritsen, Jeffery Deaver
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    This collection contains books 1-3 in Victoria Jenkins' Detective Alex King series.
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    Anstey Harris' The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton is a feel-good novel that will delight fans of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and The Keeper of Lost Things.

    It follows Grace as she recovers from huge heartbreak in the most uplifting way. Grace had been with David for eight years and was blissfully happy running a violin shop. However, Grace had secrets and one act flips her life completely...

    While at her lowest ebb, Grace meets a straight-talking teenager and vivacious old man who make her realise she is not alone in the world and things can only get better...
  • Aline Templeton Collection- 3 Books - Collection - 9781529330731 - Aline Templeton
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    Three intelligent crime detective novels set in Galloway, Scotland. These gritty books follow DI Marjory Fleming as the demands of her home life constantly conflict with those of her career.

    Cold in the Earth finds a catastrophic virus devastating the Scottish countryside. It's killing cattle and destroying lives - and then a body is found in a dug-up field; The Darkness and the Deep finds the DI investigating the 'accidental' sinking of a lifeboat; and Lying Dead has Marjory investigating two brutal murders in her close-knit community.

    Dark and atmospheric reads with a strong female character at their heart.

    For fans of authors like: Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, Peter Robinson
    This collection contains books 1-3 in Aline Templeton's DI Marjory Fleming series.
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    Sonia Velton's debut novel Blackberry & Wild Rose is a compelling and intelligent piece of historical fiction that will delight fans of The Miniaturist and The Goldfinch.

    Set amongst the Huguenot silk weavers of Spitalfields in the late 18th century, it follows Esther Thorel as she rescues Sara Kemp from working in a brothel. Sara is not convinced being a maid is much better than a hooker but could not turn down the chance to escape her grasping 'madam'...

    The two women go on to forge an uneasy relationship, with Sara despising how her mistress is blind to the hypocrisy of her household and Esther so self-obsessed that she only sees Sara as a charitable cause.

    Esther is a keen painter and has dreams that her husband will once weave these into reality. However, he's constantly putting her down and eventually she sets in motion events that will change the fate of the entire Thorel household; the price a piece of silk may prove more than either Esther or Sara is able to pay...
  • Holmes & Hudson Mysteries Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781788634274 - Martin Davies
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    What would happen if Baker Street's most famous detective wasn't Sherlock Holmes? This three-book collection from The Conjurer's Bird author Martin Davies highlights the talents of Sherlock's housekeeper, Mrs Hudson, and her orphaned assistant Flotsam.

    Mrs Hudson and the Spirits' Curse finds a group of merchants dying one by one; Mrs Hudson and the Malabar Rose involves dangerous magicians, precious gems and dastardly plans; and Mrs Hudson and the Lazarus Testament is the dark tale of a 'dead' man haunting the moors up north!

    Packed with gripping twists and murderous intrigue, these elementary page-turners offer a fresh twist on classic Victorian mysteries.
    This collection contains books 1-3 in Martin Davies' Holmes and Hudson series.
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  • Michael Robotham Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9780751575484 - Michael Robotham
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    Five stunning psychological thrillers from CWA Dagger-shortlisted author Michael Robotham - an author praised by the likes of Linwood Barclay, the Guardian and the Times.

    A woman jumps from Clifton Suspension Bridge in a state of disarray. Her daughter can't believe it: her mother would never commit suicide and is terrified of heights... Clinical psychologist Joseph O'Loughlin wants to believe her, but has to consider what would drive a woman to such a desperate and drastic decision...

    There's also a fast, funny, hip and violent tale about a wannabe rock star who ends up the country's most-wanted terrorist; the case of a mother and daughter who have been murdered in a remote farmhouse; the puzzling disappearance of a child; and an abductor with an evil, calculating and twisted mind.

    For fans of authors like: Linwood Barclay, Harlan Coben, Karin Slaughter
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  • Dorothy L Sayers Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781473699380 - Dorothy L Sayers
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    Intelligent, witty and thoroughly original, Dorothy L. Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries effortlessly combine powerful prose and gripping suspense...

    There's a body in a Battersea bathroom; a duke refusing to co-operate with a murder investigation; and a serious case of foul play in the mysterious Mrs Forrest's Mayfair flat...

    Peter Wimsey has ample opportunity to demonstrate his unique detection skills in these delightfully gore-free crime novels.

    For fans of authors like: Margery Allingham, Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh
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  • Peter May Collection - 4 Books - Collection - 9781787476868 - Peter May
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    Peter May's tense, captivating and grisly crime thrillers have made his books a huge favourite with Book People customers. This collection contains four stand-alone stories including the bestselling Coffin Road.

    This novel finds a man washing up on a deserted beach in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland with no knowledge of who he is or how he got there; I'll Keep You Safe alternates between the glamorous fashion world of Paris and the rugged beauty of the Isle of Harris in the Scottish Hebrides after a fabric entrepreneur is killed in a car explosion.

    Entry Island follows Detective Sime Mackenzie as he attempts to escape a bitter blend of loneliness and regret by heading to an elite island where the wealthiest resident has just been murdered; and Runaway is all about a band getting back together for the first time in 50 years following a brutal killing...

    For fans of authors like: Ann Cleeves, Val McDermid, Stuart MacBride
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    Small Great Things author Jodi Picoult returns with A Spark of Light - a poignant, important and contemporary tale that examines the complexity of balancing the right to life with the right to choose...

    The Center for Women's Reproductive Health offers a last chance at hope - but nobody ends up there by choice. It's a controversial site that has people demonstrating who believe the service it offers is no different to legalised murder every day. And now a lone, armed protestor has taken the staff, patients and visitors hostage...

    Unravelling backwards, this compelling story reveals what has brought everyone involved to the Center - and how they've made people peel their truths and secrets away...