Cosy Crime Novels

  • 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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    A special gift edition of Agatha Christie's The ABC Murders - a masterful Poirot novel that has been adapted into a BBC drama starring John Malkovich and Rupert Grint to be shown over the festive period.

    Murder is a simple crime but in the hands of a maniac or a serial killer, it can become a very complicated business indeed. The whole country is in a state of panic and this is only serving to make the murderer even more confident.

    They've already killed Mrs Ascher in Andover, Betty Barnard in Bexhill and Sir Carmichael Clarke in Churston. However, these deliberate clues are playing right into the hands of Hercule 'probably the greatest detective in the world' Poirot...
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    Catch up with Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi with The Colours of All the Cattle - the latest entry in Alexander McCall Smith's bestselling The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency series.

    Mma Ramotswe is preparing to stand for election to the City Council. She's determined to break the series of men in charge but to be elected, she's going to need some policies and to canvas opinion.

    Deciding on the slogan 'I can't promise anything - but I shall do my best', she makes it her mission to halt the construction of the Big Fun Hotel - a dubious, flashy business located near a graveyard that many consider to be disrespectful...

    Mma Ramotswe will take her campaign as far as she can but she's being followed by Violet Sephotho...
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    M.C. Beaton's latest bestseller following the cases of Agatha Raisin finds a bell ringer winding up dead. Will our beloved sleuth be able to prove retired lawyer Joseph Kennell's innocence, even though he shouted he 'felt like killing them' during their performance?

    Twins Mavis and Millicent Dupin are among the most dedicated bell ringers in England and are so excited about the upcoming visit of the Bishop. However, this passion turns to over-excitement and they end up bullying the other bell ringers - much to Josephe's chagrin.

    When the twins' home is broken into one night and Millicent is found dead, struck from a hammer blow, suspicion falls on the lawyer...
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    M.C. Beaton fans will love hearing the first 10 books following the super sleuth detective's cases in audio format.

    The country's most quick-witted but unambitious policeman, Hamish Macbeth resides in the village of Lochdubh in the Scottish Highlands. It's here where he investigates all kinds of quirky killings.

    With beautiful descriptions of the area and a whole load of unexpected twists, these are gentle, clever and sharply observed cosy crime mysteries.

    Approximate running time: 51 hours, 40 minutes

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    Titles in this collection: Death of a Gossip, Death of a Cad, Death of an Outsider, Death of a Perfect Wife, Death of a Hussy, Death of a Snob, Death of a Prankster, Death of a Glutton, Death of a Travelling Man, Death of a Charming Man
  • The No.2 Feline Detective Agency Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780749023614 - Mandy Morton
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    Cats crack mysteries in these purr-fectly witty and original cosy crime novels from Mandy Morton.

    The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency follows the cat Hettie Bagshot as she launches her agency and investigates a home for slightly older cats that has seen a nasty spate of bodysnatching take place; The Death of Downton Tabby finds the town celebrating its first literary festival and the agency are overseeing security, especially as famous aristocat Sir Downton Tabby is visiting; and The Michaelmas Murders reveals how it's all doom and bloom up on the allotments...

    With their humour and quirky cases, these books really are the cat's whiskers.

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  • Miss Seeton Mysteries Collection - 8 Books - Collection - 9781788420891
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    Set in the town of Plummergen, these humorous mysteries find retired art teacher Miss Seeton investigating all kinds of quirky killings. Featuring 'a most beguiling protagonist' (New York Times), they follow on from our previous three-book collection that delighted so many cosy crime fans.

    Throughout these books, Miss Seeton looks into a crime wave that has taken over her peaceful home village; finds herself accused of being a thief's accomplice; and investigates a potential killer at a tennis tournament. Will it be a case of game, set and match?

    For fans of authors like M.C. Beaton, Rhys Bowen, L.C. Tyler.

    This collection includes books 4-12 in the Miss Seeton Mysteries series
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  • Andrea Camilleri Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781509858217 - Andrea Camilleri
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    This huge collection follows the first 10 investigations of the one and only Inspector Salvo Montalbano. Adapted into a popular television series, if you imagine Inspector Morse in Italy you will be halfway there! These books are fantastic for fans of Donna Leon and Michael Dibdin.

    The Shape of the Water is the first ever book starring the wry detective and it follows him as he looks into the death of an engineer of the Splendour Refuse Collection Company. The coroner's verdict is the death was from natural causes - but Montalbano has other ideas...

    Honest and streetwise, Montalbano makes it his mission to uncover the truth, despite obstacles from the police, the judge and the bishop.

    This collection includes books 1-10 in Andrea Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano series. Format: paperback
  • Elizabethan Mysteries Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780749015343 - Edward Marston
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    These three Elizabethan mysteries from Edward Marston, the bestselling author of the Railway Detective series, follow the life of Nicholas Bracewell as he attempts to solve a number of 'whodunit?' mysteries.

    Full of murder, mystery and mayhem, the wild romps are steeped in authentic Elizabethan detail and are near-impossible to put down!

    Please note that these are books 7, 8 and 9 in the Nicholas Bracewell series.
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    The sixth book in Ann Granger's bestselling Campbell and Carter series, An Unfinished Murder finds Mitchell and Markby coming out of retirement to crack open a cold case.

    Twenty years ago, Josh Browning and his sister Dilys stumbled across a dead body while playing in their Costwold village. The experience was so terrifying that neither of them told a soul. In the modern day, Josh finds the dead woman's charm bracelet among his sister's possessions and lets his trusted friend, retired Superintendent Alan Markby, know.

    Markby listens to Josh's confession and alarm bells start to ring. The dates and details tie in with a missing person case that was never solved... He joins forces with Superintendent Ian Carter and Inspector Jess Campbell in an attempt to catch an intelligent killer who almost got away with murder.

    For fans of: M.C. Beaton, Midsomer Murders, Rhys Bowen
  • The Vinyl Detective Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781785659676 - Andrew Cartmel
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    High Fidelity meets the Rivers of London in this cool, quirky and contemporary series from Andrew Cartmel. These pacy novels find a record collector's hunt for rare LPs leading to murder and mystery...

    Written in Dead Wax, the first book in the series, finds the unnamed protagonist (the Vinyl Detective) being offered a large sum of money by a mysterious woman to track down one of the rarest jazz records of all; The Run-Out Groove finds a mint copy of Valerian's (a great lost rock band of the '60s) final album being discovered and this in turn leads to an explanation of the fatal fate of this group's singer...

    Victory Disc is an inventive story that has a record sparking interest in a mystery that harks back to the Second World War...

    For fans of authors like Ben Aaronovitch, Nick Hornby, Jasper Fforde

    This collection includes books 1-3 in Andrew Cartmel's The Vinyl Detective series.

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    A Shot in the Dark by Lynne Truss is the first book in a quirky and charming new crime series set in 1950s Brighton.

    When Inspector Steine stops for an ice cream, there's a vicious battle taking place in the seaside city and pretty much every criminal is wiped out. With no criminals, crime or stress, Inspector Steine is really starting to enjoy life as a policeman... However, Sergeant Brunswick is adamant not every crook has disappeared.

    A new constable has also joined the force to investigate a series of burglaries. Then a vicious theatre critic is shot dead halfway through the opening night of a new play... Brighton might not be as safe as Steine hoped, after all!
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    Mario Giordano's Auntie Poldi and the Fruits of the Lord is a novel that will appeal to fans of Alexander McCall Smith and Andrea Camilleri. It's a compelling mixture of the Inspector Montalbano crime cases and a A Man Called Ove.

    Auntie Poldi loves nothing more than solving a complex crime case and is alive to even the faintest whiff of wrong-going. When she hears about a series of coincidences - the water supply being cut off; a poisoned dog - she realises there has been some foul play and that she is now a target of the Mafia...

    She's actually been on their list since solving the murder of Valentino and now she's trying to find out exactly who is after her...
  • G.M. Malliet St. Just Mysteries Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781472129093 - G.M. Malliet
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    G. M. Malliet's Agatha Award-winning St. Just series offers a highly entertaining satirical take on the cosy crime genre and her mysteries will delight readers of M.C. Beaton, Carola Dunn and Rhys Bowen.

    Death at the Alma Mater finds Detective Chief Inspector St. Just looking into the murder of the wealthy Lexy Laurent during a college's fundraising weekend. There are numerous suspects and soon the inspector is learning all kinds of unsavoury secrets...

    Death of a Cosy Writer has a murder taking place at a family reunion and again the house where it took place is full of suspicion, greed and vengeful malice; and Death and the Lit Chick is all about the murder of a successful author of frothy crime stories. St. Just will need to track down the true killer in a castle full of cagey mystery connoisseurs who live and breathe malicious murder and artful alibis.
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    From the author of The Cuckoo's Calling, Lethal White is the fourth book in Robert Galbraith's bestselling Cormoran Strike series. Galbraith is a pseudonym of J.K. Rowling, who has seen the series adapted for television by Bronte Film and Television.

    When a troubled young man named Billy comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime, Strike is left deeply unsettled. Although Billy is mentally distressed and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike asks any further questions, Billy bolts from the office in a panic.

    Trying to figure out Billy's story, Strike and his partner Robin Ellacott set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London, into a secretive inner sanctum within Parliament, and to a beautiful but sinister manor house deep in the countryside.

    During this labyrinthine investigation, Strike's own life is far from straightforward: he can no longer operate behind the scenes as he once did due to his newfound fame. Plus, his relationship with Robin is more fraught than it has ever been - Robin is now invaluable in the business, but their personal relationship is much more tricky than that...
  • Hamish Macbeth Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9781472126238 - M.C. Beaton
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    M.C. Beaton is one of Book People's most popular authors and her cosy crime novels are just perfect for delving into every evening. One of her most famous characters, the Scottish policeman Hamish Macbeth, features in these five marvellous mysteries.

    In Death of a Nag, things are not going well for the village bobby. He's been unfairly demoted and has suffered yet another romantic disappointment. To get away from it all, he decides to take a week's holiday at the coastal village of Skag. But this being Hamish, things don't go to plan and, of course, there's a murder nearby...

    This collection also includes Death of a Macho Man, a book that finds Hamish himself at the centre of a murder investigation; Death of a Dentist, which sees a queue of angry husbands in the frame for murder; Death of a Scriptwriter which has an author accused of killing someone who has adapted - and changed - her beloved work; and Death of an Addict with its recovering addict turning up dead, 'apparently' from a drug overdose...

    This collection contains books 11-15 in M.C. Beatons' Hamish Macbeth Mysteries series.
  • Jacqueline Winspear Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780749021085 - Jacqueline Winspear
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    Featuring books 7 to 9 in Jacqueline Winspear's historical crime series featuring PI extraordinaire Maisie Dobbs, this collection will take you back to the early 1930s when all sorts of post-war mysteries occur.

    The Mapping of Love & Death follows the strange case of Michael Clifton, a young American who fought for the British Army (his father's native country) and was declared missing in action in August, 1914. In April, 1932, Michael's remains are unearthed in a French field and his parents ask Maisie Dobbs to try and find out who the unnamed nurse he was writing love letters to is. It finds Maisie looking back on her own bittersweet wartime love - and the revelation that Michael Clifton may not have died in combat after all...

    A Lesson in Secrets finds Maisie being given an undercover assignment directed by Scotland Yard's Special Branch and the Secret Service. She's sent to a college in Cambridge to monitor any activities deemed to be 'not in the interests of the Crown' and soon the college's controversial pacifist founder and principal is murdered...

    Elegy for Eddie finds a horse-loving gentle soul being killed in a violent 'accident'. The costermongers of Covent Garden are deeply sceptical about the cause of his death and call in Maisie for help. Her investigations bring her to a 'has-been' politician (named Winston Churchill), a callous press baron and the husband of one of her closest friends. Soon she's discovering lies and manipulation on a national scale.

    This collection includes books 7 to 9 in Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs series.
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    Inspector Chopra returns for his second case in The Perplexing Theft of the Jewel in the Crown.

    For centuries, the Koh-i-Noor diamond has caused nothing but bloodshed. It's now part of the British Crown Jewels and when they go on display in Mumbai, security is of the utmost importance. Yet when Inspector Chopra visits the exhibition, the diamond is stolen from under his nose in a seemingly impossible act of thievery. Will he - and his elephant - be able to find the criminal?

    Vaseem Khan's debut, The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra, was a huge favourite with Book People customers and we're pleased to say this new book is just as quirky, charming and enthralling. It will appeal to fans of Alexander McCall Smith.
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    For Daisy and her husband Alec, a long-awaited break by the sea becomes a busman's holiday when a local ladies' man turns up murdered on the beach...Yet in the coastal town of Westcombe it's hard to find someone who wouldn't have wanted George Enderby dead. The married Casanova's scandalous seductions had earned him the enmity of every jilted lover and cuckolded husband in the area - not to mention the resentment of his long-suffering wife. And now, as Daisy and Alec investigate among the seaside cliffs, beautiful beach and quaint village, this holiday idyll seems nothing more than a sinister backdrop for cold blooded murder...while the murderer may be closer than Daisy thinks. Praise for the "Daisy Dalrymple" series: "Cunning...appropriate historical detail and witty dialogue are the finishing touches on this engaging 1920s period piece". ("Publishers Weekly"). "As always, Dunn evokes the life and times of 1920s England while providing a plot that is a cut above the average British cosy. This will delight readers who love country-house mysteries". ("Booklist"). "For fans of Dorothy L. Sayers' novels". ("Library Journal").
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    Another runaway adventure with glamorous heroine Phryne Fisher! Whether foiling kidnappers' plans, walking the wings of a Tiger Moth or simply deciding what to wear for dinner, Phryne handles everything with her usual panache and flair! Here, the 1920's most glamorous detective flies even higher, handling an abduction and a murder with style and ease ...all before it's time to adjourn to the Queenscliff Hotel for breakfast. Whether she's flying planes, clearing a friend of homicide charges or saving a child from kidnapping, she handles everything with the same dash and elan with which she drives her red Hispano-Suiza.
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    Another runaway adventure with glamorous heroine Phryne Fisher! When Phryne Fisher arranges to go to Ballarat for a week, she eschews the excitement of her Hispano-Suiza for the sedate safety of the train. But as the passengers sleep, they are all overcome by chloroform poisoning. In the morning Phryne is left to piece together all the clues: a young girl suffering from amnesia, the body of an old woman missing her emerald rings and rumours of white slavery and black magic ...the last thing Phryne was expecting of this train journey was that she will have to use her trusty Beretta. 32 to save lives!
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    Amazing news is spreading like wildfire across the Scottish countryside: the most famous of all Highland bachelors, police sergeant Hamish Macbeth, is planning to marry at last! Everyone in the village of Lochdubh adores Josie McSween, Hamish's newest constable and blushing bride-to-be. While locals think she is quite a catch, Hamish has a severe case of pre-nuptial jitters ...after all, if it wasn't for the recent murder of a beautiful woman in a neighbouring village there wouldn't be a wedding in the first place. For it was a mysterious Valentine's Day card - delivered to the victim before her death - which initially drew Hamish and Josie together in the investigation. And now, as they work side by side, they soon discover that the woman's list of admirers was endless - confirming Hamish's suspicion that love can be deaf, blind ...and deadly!
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    Now that Priscilla Halburton-Smythe has agreed to marry him, Police Sergeant Hamish Macbeth can't imagine a more perfect life. There's not much crime in his remote Scottish village of Lochdubh, nothing much at all to do but fish, drink coffee, and slouch around. And now to spend time with lovely Priscilla. But his days aren't as tranquil as his dreams. For one thing, Priscilla's renovation schemes are driving him out of his cottage. Not to mention her ambitious plans for his career as a policeman away from Lochdubh. This might be a good time to find out why Peter Hynd's arrival in nearby Drim was causing so much trouble. An attractive, unmarried man with an independent income would always attract attention in such a small place. But this time Hynd's arrival seems to have caused bitter rivalry among the women of Drim. Hamish finds their petty fights amusing and a clever excuse to avoid Priscilla and her schemes for a new electric stove (to replace his beloved woodburning appliance), a posh new bathroom, and virtuous nutrition. Amusing, that is, until death threats, physical abuse, and murder make statistical history in one of Scotland's most picture postcard-perfect towns. Praise for M.C. Beaton: "The detective novels of M. C. Beaton, a master of outrageous black comedy, have reached cult status". (Anne Robinson, "The Times").
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    Bored socialite Phryne Fisher leaves the tedium of the London season for adventure in Australia! Tea-dances in West End hotels, weekends in the country with guns and dogs...Phryne Fisher - she of the grey-green eyes and diamante garters - is rapidly tiring of the boredom of chit-chatting with retired colonels and foxtrotting with weak-chinned wonders. Instead, Phryne decides it might be amusing to try her hand at being a lady detective - on the other side of the world! As soon as she books into the Windsor Hotel in Melbourne, Phryne is embroiled in mystery: poisoned wives, drug smuggling rings and corrupt cops ...not to mention erotic encounters with beautiful Russian ballet star Sasha de Lisse; England's green and pleasant land just can't compete with these new, exotic pleasures!