Crime

Cosy Crime Novels

  • DOHM
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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'...
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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.
  • L.C. Tyler Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780749022044 - L.C.Tyler
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    Capturing the spirit of the Golden Age of crime fiction, L.C. Tyler's Elsie and Ethelred novels are witty, intelligent and full of warmth. You'll be eagerly flicking through these books to find out what happens next and they will appeal to fans of M.C. Beaton, Dorothy L. Sayers and Emily Brightwell.

    Robin Pagham has been found dead in Cat Among the Herrings and the village believe he must have been drunk. However, the newspaper reports of the inquest state no alcohol was found in his blood. At his funeral, his girlfriend announces someone murdered Robin... Elsie and Ethelred take on the case.

    Crooked Herring finds Henry Holiday unexpectedly turning on Ethelred's doorstep and he has a surprising confession - he thinks he murdered someone while drunk on New Year's Eve; and Ten Little Herrings finds Ethelred heading to the French Loire. He wants to stay there and it's up to Elsie to bring him home. But she is the subject of some unwanted affection from a local chocolatier...
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  • 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.
  • Martin Walker Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781786488916 - Martin Walker
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    Head over to France and join Bruno, Chief of Police as he attempts to solve three crime cases... Acclaimed by Antony Beevor, these books are completely captivating and we'd recommend them to fans of Donna Leon, Quentin Bates and Andrea Camilleri.

    In Death in the Dordogne, EU inspectors are causing havoc in Saint-Denis and local tempers are running high, but is hiding contraband cheese really a case for murder? Bruno isn't convinced and this the crime may have roots in the most tortured period of recent French history. Now only he can find the killer but will the town's resident allow him to go digging through the past?

    Dark Vineyard finds Bruno bringing a killer to justice in a case that means he has to balance tradition with progress; and Black Diamond finds France's truffles being adulterated with cheaper ones from China. It appears organised crime is behind the outrage but how can Bruno be sure...
  • Molly Murphy Mysteries Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781472118066 - Rhys Bowen
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    Featuring the first three books in Rhys Bowen's wonderful Molly Murphy series, this collection is an ideal introduction to a New York Times bestselling author.

    Molly Murphy always knew she'd end up in trouble, just as her mother predicted. So, when she commits murder in self-defence, she flees Ireland - and her identity - for the anonymous shores of America. When she arrives in New York, Molly begins to breathe easier. But when a man is murdered on Ellis Island, a man Molly was seen arguing with, she becomes the prime suspect... using her Irish charm and sharp wit, Molly escapes Ellis Island and sets out to find the wily killer on her own. Determined to find the killer on her own, Molly escapes Ellis Island to pound the notorious streets of Hell's Kitchen and the Lower East Side - and a private investigator is born.

    Tightly plotted whodunnits, cleverly and expertly entwined with comedy, Murphy's Law, Death of Riley and For the Love of Mike by Rhys Bowen are sure to delight fans of Carola Dunn and introduce a new legion of fans to a wonderful character.

    This collection contains books 1-3 in Rhys Bowen's Molly Murphy series.
  • 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.
  • Ngaio Marsh Collection - 7 Books - Collection - 9780007951741 - Ngaio Marsh
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    A bumper seven-book collection from acclaimed crime writer Ngaio Marsh, these classic whodunnits will introduce readers to Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn.

    Full of excellent characterisation and inventive murders, Alleyn wonders if his wife-to-be is a potential murderer; finds himself embroiled in a case of sinister infatuation; and has to solve the mystery of a body found in the back of a taxi.

    First-class crime fiction for fans of Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers.
  • 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...
  • Dr. Watson Thrillers Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781471147500 - Robert Ryan
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    Approved by the Arthur Conan Doyle Estate, these books from Robert Ryan follow Dr. John Watson as he rejoins his regiment during the First World War and becomes a reluctant and brilliant detective.

    In Dead Man's Land, Watson is offering his medical expertise on the trenches of Flanders Fields. There are many deaths, but then one body comes through with bizarre injuries. Something is terribly wrong and Watson must discover who the killer in the trenches is...

    The Dead Can Wait finds Watson back home but the horrors of war are weighing heavily on his mind - and now he's having to help rehabilitate soldiers suffering from shell-shock. But the war is not over and in one corner of England's countryside, the government are preparing the land ship - never-before-seen 'tanks' which they hope will put an end to the war. But in a training exercise, there is a horrific 'accident' - and the one survivor isn't talking... Can Watson find out what the government are hiding?

    A Study in Murder is set in 1917 and Watson is once again asked to be a medical officer, but something isn't right and he might need to call out for some long-distance help from an old friend...
  • 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.
  • Miss Seeton Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781911440840 - Heron Carvic
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    Set in the town of Plummergen, these classic cosy crime novels find retired art teacher Miss Seeton investigating all kinds of quirky killings.

    Picture Miss Seeton is the first story in the series and it finds Miss Seeton witnessing a real-life street stabbing in London. All she can recall is a shadowy figure, but how was she to know that her latest sketch would be a picture-perfect portrait of the killer?

    Miss Seeton Draws the Line has the super sleuth drawing a clue to a series of child murders in rural England. Scotland Yard soon ask for her help. Finally, there's Witch Miss Seeton which finds the village developing a sudden interest in the occult.
  • 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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    A Daisy Dalrymple mystery, Carola Dunn's Anthem for Doomed Youth sees Alec Fletcher's plans to attend his daughter's school sports day thwarted by the discovery of three bodies buried in Epping forest. He is sent to investigate along with his team, but they are hindered from the start by DI Gant, an uncoooperative Essex policeman, who resents Scotland Yard encroaching on his area. But the bigger problem is identifying the victims and finding a common link between them to explain why they were buried so close together, albeit several months apart. Alec tells Daisy about the case and she becomes hooked - doing her own bit of digging around and discovering one of the victims was a colonel. Is there a military connection? Set in 1920s England, this book is full of thought-provoking moments.

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    After a spate of local robberies Vicky's hot on the trail of gypsies, tramps and thieves! Unaware that their temporary pitches is also the official gathering site for the upcoming annual Morris Man Dance-a-thon, the gypsies have set up their illegal campsite at The Grange - much to the dismay of almost everyone in town. And when shortly afterwards there is a slew of sliver thefts in the area, blaming the despised uninvited guests makes more than a little sense. But when the body of an unnamed woman is found in a shallow stream, Vicky suspects there's a connection between the murder and the recent thefts - and she's determined to prove it. It's a criminal conundrum suited only for the mind of Vicky Hill, Cub Reporter on the "Gipping Gazette", and she's determined to uncover answers and clinch her fourth national exclusive!
  • AFISO
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    There's blood in the heather and a murderer on the loose when Gently pays a quite visit to the Highlands of Scotland. Had Brenda Merryn not been such a strong-willed woman and had she not been so much in love with George Gently, driving all the way to Scotland for a holiday with Gently's sister and brother-in-law might have been a bit of a challenge. Spying on a heavily armed private army of nationalists, being held at gunpoint on the hillside, being held prisoner in a filthy outhouse and becoming involved in a murder would be unthinkable. For Gently, it's all in a day's work and his holiday is put on hold while he stalks a murderer in the mountains, with Brenda by his side.
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    A police man-hunt fails to find the husband of a brutally murdered woman - until he turns up in Gently's office. The hunted man is, in fact, a far-distant relative of Gently and throws himself on the Chief Inspector's mercy. Gently will have none of it and is ready to hand the man over to his colleagues in charge of the investigation, but there are some intriguing elements to the case. The fact that the prime suspect had fled to be with his mistress and then taken to the open sea in a chartered yacht seems hugely incriminating. But the affluent and exotic lifestyle of the victim, whose apartment was designed for erotic pleasure with her lesbian lover, supports the accused man's protestations of innocence.
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    Book 10 in the Chief Inspector George Gently case files finds Gently dodging bullets when he investigates the murder of a trucker who died in a hail of gunfire. Murdered in a lonely lay-by in the heart of the countryside, the trucker is identified as a Polish immigrant. Was this a revenge killing, a quarrel over money, an underworld execution or something even more sinister?