Cosy Crime Novels

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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 Lake District Mysteries Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9780749023034 - Rebecca Tope
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    Cosy crime writer Rebecca Tope's Lake District mysteries highlight a darker side to the beautiful location. Persimmon 'Simmy' Brown has moved to the area and is determined to lose herself in her work as a florist - but then the bodies start to pile up...

    The atmospheric and well-written novels also find Simmy investigating a mysterious message; coming across a Valentine's Day killer; and hearing word of evil dognappings...

    For fans of authors like: M.C. Beaton, Carolyn Hart, Rhys Bowen

    This collection contains books 1-5 in Rebecca Tope's Lake District Mysteries series

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    Sergeant Hamish Macbeth is back and he's investigating the death of a man who was brutally honest with every person he came across in Lochdubh. Having upset so many people, there is a long list of suspects but will Hamish be able to track down the real killer?

    Full of the charm, twists and wit Book People customers have come to expect from the inimitable M.C. Beaton, this is a fine addition to the series. Paul English was the honest man who told the minister Mr. Wellington that his sermons were boring, Mrs Wellington that she was too fat and even accused Hamish of having dyed his fiery red hair...

    After Paul is found dead, Hamish has a difficult job. And he has to do it without the services of his clumsy policeman, Charlie, who has resigned from the force following an 'incident'...
  • 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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    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.
  • Ben Aaronovitch Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781407250946 - Ben Aaronovitch
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    Ben Aaronovitch's Peter Grant series is a compelling combination of crime thriller and fantasy fiction. They follow a Probationary Constable in the Metropolitan Police Service who just so happens to be a trainee wizard.

    Written with a wry sense of humour and with little-known facts about London scattered throughout, Peter has to deal with a wide range of perplexing crimes throughout these page-turning novels. Broken Homes has Peter looking into the case of a mutilated body in Crawley. Could it be another killer on the loose or the work of a twisted magician known as the Faceless Man?

    Foxglove Summer finds Peter heading to a small village in Herefordshire where the police are reluctant to admit there might be a supernatural element to the disappearance of local children; and The Hanging Tree follows Peter as he is plunged into the alien world of the super-rich...

    This collection contains books 4-6 in Ben Aaronovitch's Peter Grant series.
  • 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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  • Agatha Raisin Collection - 20 Books - Collection - 9781472123619 - M.C. Beaton
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    Now the star of her own hit Sky TV series where she's played by Ashley Jensen, this bumper 20-book collection will introduce you to Agatha Raisin, one of Book People's most popular detectives. Written by M.C. Beaton, these are whodunnits that will keep you guessing until the very last page.

    Set in a picture-perfect Cotswold village, Agatha learns her trade; finds herself accused of poisoning a judge in the local quiche-making competition; has to deal with the fallout of the murder of her ex-husband's new wife; attempts to catch a killer when jam at the village fete is laced with poison; attempts to plan the perfect Christmas, while solving the murder of a woman who has written to her from beyond the grave; wakes up next to a curiously cold corpse; and cracks many more curious cases.

    Including her very first mystery The Quiche of Death, the first novel adapted into a television drama, alongside many more curious cases, this is a witty, quirky and endlessly charming collection for crime fans who prefer their murder mysteries with the blood and gore left out.

    This collection contains books 1-20 in M.C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin series.
  • 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.
  • Death in Paradise: The Killing of Polly Carter - Hardback - 9781848454156 - Robert Thorogood
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    You'll have seen DI Richard Poole in the hit BBC series Death in Paradise, where he was played so memorably by Ben Miller. This brilliant and original whodunnit, written by the show's creator Robert Thorogood, finds the detective on the trail of another potential murderer.

    Supermodel Polly Carter has been found dead after 'apparently' throwing herself from the cliftop near her home on the island of Saint-Marie. Famed for her looks and partying lifestyle, her friends are adamant she'd never have killed herself - and DI Poole agrees.

    In the scorching heat of the Caribbean, Richard has to face a stream of alibis, a host of conflicting motives and even a visit from his mother as he attempts to untangle the mystery of what he thinks is a well-planned-out murder...
  • Wallace of the Secret Service Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780749020637 - Alexander Wilson
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    Espionage thrillers from the Golden Age of crime fiction, these books follow Sir Leonard Wallace as he attempts to crack all kinds of strange and compelling cases.

    The chief of the Secret Service, Wallace finds evidence of an anarchist organisation headed by a man called Ulyanov in Wallace at Bay. When his colleague, Carter, joins the anarchists to find out when they will strike, Wallace thinks success is on the cards - but then the tables are turned.

    Wallace Intervenes finds our hero discovering about the plight of a British agent who was sent to Germany but ended up falling in love with a baroness and facing a death penalty; and Chronicles of the Secret Service provides further adventures starring Wallace and his lieutenants Shannon and Cousins.

    This collection includes books 7-9 in Alexander Wilson's Wallace series.
  • Laurie R. King Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780749018610 - Laurie R. King
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    Have you ever wondered what happened after Sherlock Holmes retired? Let the wonderful Laurie R. King show you in our three-book set. When brilliant young orphan Mary Russell quite literally bumps into Sherlock, her intellect impresses him - and it's not long before the duo pair up and set out to solve some very compelling crime cases.

    The Beekeeper's Apprentice explains how the duo met in 1915 and follows their first case as a truly cunning adversary aims to stop their partnership in its infancy. Follow-up A Monstrous Regiment of Women takes place in 1921 and sees Mary on the verge of acquiring a sizeable inheritance and examining the New Temple of God after four of its members wound up dead...

    A Letter of Mary finds the duo enjoying summer on their Sussex estate when they come into possession of an ancient manuscript - but the person who gave it to them is found dead after a tragic accident...

    The Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes books are brilliant crime fiction offering a new take on one of literature's most beloved detectives - and a new hero to root for in his companion.
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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.
  • London Crime Trilogy Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781910400319 - M. H. Baylis
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    All set in contemporary North London, these excellent crime thrillers from M.H. Baylis follow reporter Rex Tracey as he has to unlock a number of puzzling mysteries...

    A Death at the Palace has Rex recovering from his affair with the Lithuanian artist Milda Majauskas when she surprisingly disappears... There's also an anti-immigration group spreading hate across his beloved Tottenham and attacks on young women at Alexandra Palace. Milda's body is found and Rex find himself suspected of foul play... Can he discover the truth?

    In The Tottenham Outrage, a gang of Islamist youths are accused of killing a family of Hasidic Jews but Tracey thinks the finger has been pointed far too quickly; Black Day at the Bosphorus Cafe has a Kurdish student plunging into flames from the top floor of Shopping City - and Tracey does not believe it to be the political protest everyone is making it out to be...

    This collection includes books 1-3 in M.H. Baylis' Rex Tracey series.
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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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    An Expert in Murder is the first in a new series which features Golden Age crime writer Josephine Tey as its lead character, placing her in the richlypeopled world of 1930s theatre which formed the other half of her writing life.

    It's March, 1934, and Tey is travelling from Scotland to London to celebrate what should be the triumphant final week of her celebrated play, Richard of Bordeaux. However, a seemingly senseless murder puts her reputation, and even her life, under threat.

    Cleverly blending fact and fiction, An Expert in Murder is both a tribute to one of the most enduringly popular writers of crime and an atmospheric detective novel in its own right.

    This book has been hand-picked for the Book People's FaberShop, in partnership with Faber & Faber.
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    It's summer, 1936. The writer, Josephine Tey, joins her friends in the holiday village of Portmeirion to celebrate her fortieth birthday. Alfred Hitchcock and his wife, Alma Reville, are there to sign a deal to film Josephine's novel, "A Shilling for Candles", and Hitchcock has one or two tricks up his sleeve to keep the holiday party entertained - and expose their deepest fears. But things get out of hand when one of Hollywood's leading actresses is brutally slashed to death in a cemetery near the village. The following day, as fear and suspicion take over in a setting where nothing - and no one - is quite what it seems, Chief Inspector Archie Penrose becomes increasingly unsatisfied with the way the investigation is ultimately resolved. Several years later, another horrific murder, again linked to a Hitchcock movie, drives Penrose back to the scene of the original crime to uncover the shocking truth.
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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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    Max Tudor has adapted well to his post as vicar of St Edwold's in the idyllic village of Nether Monkslip. The quiet village seems the perfect home for Max, who has fled a harrowing past as an MI5 agent. Now he has sound a measure of peace among urban escapees and yoga practitioners, artists and crafters and New Agers. But this new-found serenity is quickly shattered when the highly vocal and unpopular president of the Women's Institute turns up dead at the Harvest Fayre. The death looks like an accident but Max's training as a former agent kicks in, and before long he suspects foul play...In Wicked Autumn, G M Malliet serves up an irresistible English village - deliciously skewered - a flawed but engaging protagonist and a brilliantly modern version of the traditional locked room mystery. Praise for G.M.Maillet's Max Tudor series: "G M Malliet has brought the village cosy into the twenty first century...Wicked Autumn is a refreshing read for everyone who loves a really good murder". (Charles Todd).
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    Due to financial hardships at Tawcester Towers, the Dowager Duchess has decreed that the only way the family fortunes can be restored is to marry Blotto off ...to an American! So begins the fourth adventure in the Blotto and Twinks series, and this time the aristocratic sleuthing siblings end up being transported across the Pond to the gangster-ridden hell-hole that is Prohibition Chicago. Reluctantly, Blotto, together with Twinks and his trusty chauffeur Corky Froggett set sail on ocean liner S/S His Majesty. He feels like a condemned man as awaiting him in Illinois is fabulously wealthy heiress Mary Chapstick, the only daughter of meat-packing magnate Hiram P. Chapstick III. But it's Twinks who discovers early on that all is not as it seems and that Hiram P. Chapstick III is in fact up to his neck in a bootlegging operation run by the notorious Chicago mobster, Spagsy Chiaparelli. So Blotto and Twinks set out to unmask the villainy of Hiram P. Chapstick III, where a final shootout takes place among the filthy stockyards, abattoirs and caning factories of Chicago's Meatpacking District - will Blotto and Twinks ever make it back to dear old Blighty?
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    Returning from holiday Hamish becomes unaccountably worried - it's as if he senses a dark cloud of evil hanging over Lochdubh. He soon learns that there is a newcomer to the village, a woman called Catriona Beldame, and that the villagers have decided she is a witch. At first Hamish is charmed by her, but is dismayed when he finds out she's been supplying dangerous potions to certain local people. No one seems willing to listen to his warnings and when she is found murdered, poor Hamish is the prime suspect. Obviously, he must solve the murder to clear his own name and bring contentment back to his beloved Lochdubh. Praise for the "Hamish Macbeth" series: "First rate ...deft social comedy and wonderfully realized atmosphere". ("Booklist"). "It's always a special treat to return to Lochdubh". ("New York Times Book Review"). "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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    The unconventional Hamish Macbeth finds that his own impetuousness places him at the center of a murder investigation. Everyone in the Scottish Highlands village of Lochdubh called Randy Duggan 'the Macho Man'. Duggan went around the village and bragged about everything he had done and said he once was a wrestler in America and an explorer in the Middle East. At first his outrageous stories drew an admiring crowd at the local pub, but soon his bullying ways lead to anger and violence. When Hamish tries to break up a fight, Duggan challenges him to a public fistfight. But on the day of the scheduled fight, Duggan is found shot to death. Of course, Macbeth's superiors get wind of the fight and suspend him during the investigation. Macbeth has some suspicions about Duggan's real background - and the mysterious banker, John Glover, who shows up at the posh Tommel Castle Hotel shortly before Duggan's death. And what about Rosie Draley, the sex-crazed romance writer, who had been having an affair with the two-timing Duggan? Once again, Macbeth is in hot water and he must find a murderer to clear his name - and to get back his job and the cushy life (fishing and mooching around the village) he leads.