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  • Michel Bussi Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781407251035
    MBUS
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    These elegant yet provocative crime mysteries from bestselling French author Michel Bussi will delight fans of Stieg Larsson, Jo Nesbo and Kathy Reichs.

    After the Crash is a compelling read all about the mystery behind a plane crash and its sole survivor. On 22 December, 1980, a plane went down near the Franco-Swiss border and was engulfed in flames. The survivor was a 3-month-old baby and two families - one rich, the other poor - came forward to claim her. This sparked a decades-long investigation as the authorities tried to decide if she was Lyse-Rose or Emilie. Meanwhile, Detective Credule Grand-Duc is all set to end his life but then he comes across a secret that could change everything...

    Black Water Lilies finds one murder leading to another and has all kinds of twists revolving around a previously undiscovered Monet masterpiece; and Don't Let Go finds a man's wife going missing. He didn't kill her so why is he acting so guilty?

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  • Ann Cleeves Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9781509897223
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    Our latest Ann Cleeves collection contains two Vera Stanhope novels (6, 7 and 8 in the series) and two of her Shetland books (6 and 7). Both of these series have been adapted into popular television dramas, but we believe the novels are even more compelling.

    The Vera (a character played by Brenda Blethyn) novels - The Seagull, Harbour Street and The Moth Catcher - find the clever but chaotic detective delving into a case that could destroy the close-knit community she lives in; on the trail of a killer who murdered someone on a packed train; and investigating the links between two bodies that are connected but found nowhere near each other.

    Shetland's Thin Air and Cold Earth find Detective Jimmy Perez (played in the series so perfectly by Douglas Henshall) on the case of a missing girl who claims to have seen a ghost of a child who drowned in the 1920s; and looking into a landslide that may or may not have killed his old friend Magnus Tait...

    This collection includes books 6, 7 and 8 in Ann Cleeves' Vera Stanhope series and 6 and 7 in her Shetland series.
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  • Erica James Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781407251127 - Erica James
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    Erica James
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    Erica James writes stories that are warm, witty and wise and this collection contains three stand-alone novels that are perfect to absorb yourself in while the nights get lighter...

    The Dandelion Years is a tale that stretches from wartime Bletchley to a modern-day Suffolk village. Saskia makes a living tending to broken and battered books and dreams about the people who once turned the pages. She finds a hidden notebook and realises someone has tried to hide a story of their own. She's soon drawn into this heart-rending tale of love in the war era...

    Song of the Skylark is an enchanting tale of life, loss and love that follows Lizzie as she moves back home and listens to a 90-year-old's life story that shows her she's not the only one to be unlucky in love; and Summer at the Lake is a tale of love, fate and second chances that follows a journey from Lake Como in Italy to Oxford.
  • A.A. Milne Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9781509897292 - A.A. Milne
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    A.A. Milne
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    A.A. Milne may be best known as the author who brought Winnie-the-Pooh and Christopher Robin into the world but he was equally adept at writing charming adult tales and short stories. This collection will help you discover another side to this beloved and famous writer.

    Four Days' Wonder is a hilarious spoof on the detective novel in the vein of P.G. Wodehouse; Two People is a perceptive account of a marriage between a couple who realise they have nothing in common; and Mr Pim Passes By is a delightful comedy of manners.

    Chloe Marr is an entertaining novel about a young socialite; and A Table Near the Band is a collection of short stories about the foibles of everyday life. It takes in everything from a family reunion to a first dance and domestic disagreements.

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  • C.J. Box Collection - Books - Collection - 9781788546218 - C.J. Box
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    C.J. Box
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    Joe Pickett is a game warden based in Wyoming who has an everyman quality you'll want to root for. He is happily married with a deep love for his wife and daughters and often makes mistakes, but is a good and honest man with no dark past to speak of. In these three novels by C.J. Box, he has to discover the truth behind a number of disturbing crime cases.

    Endangered finds Joe's 18-year-old-daughter running off with rodeo champion Dallas Cates and then suffering an accident. Joe thinks he knows who is responsible for this and is determined to find out the truth, no matter if it kills him...

    Stone Cold finds Joe being assigned to discover the truth about the owner of a ranch in the remote Black Hills of Wyoming; and Breaking Point finds him investigating if his close friend Butch Robertson murdered two EPA employees. With his family crippled by debt and the land he'd bought to retire on declared a wetland by the EPA, all evidence seems to point that Butch did crack...

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    This collection contains books 16, 18 and 20 from C.J. Box's Joe Pickett series.
  • Rennie Airth Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781509897247
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    Follow Detective Inspector John Madden as he attempts to solve a number of tricky cases in Rennie Airth's three novels inspired by the Golden Age of crime fiction.

    In River of Darkness, it's 1921 and there's been a terrible murder at a manor house in Surrey. The victims have all been stabbed and the lack of disturbance in the house suggests the attack was one of terrifying speed. While the police force are ready to put the murders down to robbery and violence, Madden sees things differently - he's sure this is the work of a psychopath...

    The Blood Dimmed Tide finds Madden on the trail of a killer who is a master of reinvention; and The Dead of Winter takes place in late 1944 when a young Polish girl who worked on Madden's farm winds up dead...

    This collection includes books 1-3 in Rennie Airth's John Madden Mystery series
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  • Sarah Hawkswood Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780749023164 - Sarah Hawkswood
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    Sarah Hawkswood
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    Set in the 12th century, Sarah Hawkswood's Bradecote and Catchpoll series follows the duo as they investigate all manner of strange deaths and 'accidents'. These murder mysteries will appeal to fans of C.J. Sansom and Agatha Christie.

    Servant of Death, the first book in the series, takes place in the June of 1143 when the Lord Bishop of Winchester's clerk has been bludgeoned to death in Pershore Abbey and laid before the alter. He was thoroughly disliked but did anyone have a reason to kill him? The wily Serjeant Catchpoll and his unwanted superior Acting Under Sheriff Hugh Bradecote will have to put their differences aside when there's another murder...

    Ordeal by Follow is set in September the same year and finds the duo investigating an arsonist who has killed someone in the most hideous way. There are soon more fires and a hooded figure is stalking the streets... What could possibly be this killer's motive?

    The third novel, Marked to Die, takes place in October and has Bradecote and Catchpoll on the trail of a mysterious archer who kills cleanly and 'dissolves' into the forest...

    This collection contains books 1-3 in Sarah Hawkswood's Bradecote and Catchpoll series.

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  • Denzil Meyrick Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781846974588 - Denzil Meyrick
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    Denzil Meyrick
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    This collection includes three of Denzil Meyrick's books starring DCI Jim Daley. Based in the dark underbelly of Glasgow, their gritty style and wry humour will appeal to readers who enjoy Ian Rankin, Peter May and Val McDermid.

    One Last Dram Before Midnight is a collection of six short stories that follow Daley's early days on the beat, including a more light-hearted romp involving whisky smuggling and ghostly pipers.

    The Rat Stone Promenade is an atmospheric and macabre read that finds a curse taking over the lives of the Shannon family, the heads of one of the world's biggest private companies; and Well of the Winds has Daley coming into possession of a journal written by his wartime predecessor that reveals many secrets.

    This collection includes books 4-5 in Denzil Meyrick's DCI Jim Daley series and a set of short stories.
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  • Nadia Dalbuono Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781911617518 - Nadia Dalbuono
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    Nadia Dalbuono
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    Despite being the son of a former leading mafioso, Detective Leone Scamarcio has managed to establish himself as one of the leading (and most honest) men in the Rome police force.

    When Scamarcio is handed a file of compromising photographs of a high-profile Italian politician and told to 'deal with it', he knows this is going to open a big can of worms. When a young man is found stabbed to death and a young girl disappears, Scamarcio's job becomes ever more complicated. Especially as every lead seems to implicate the Italian prime minister.

    Scamarcio soon learns that nothing is quite as it seems and the high society are hiding all kinds of dark secrets. Set against a stunning Italian backdrop, these crime mysteries will keep you guessing and are sure to have you racing through the pages and eagerly reaching for the next book...

    This collection includes books 1-3 in Nadia Dalbuono's Detective Leone Scamarcio series.
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  • Diane Chamberlain Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781509897278 - Diane Chamberlain
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    Diane Chamberlain
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    Three stand-alone novels from Diane Chamberlain, a talented author whose work interweaves various important themes. They will appeal to readers who enjoy the likes of Jodi Picoult, Dorothy Koomson and Adele Parks.

    Pretending to Dance focuses on Molly Arnette, a woman who is very good at keeping secrets. She's trying to adopt a baby with her husband but is very worried that her past may come back to haunt her and ruin both her chances of adoption and marriage. While growing up in North Carolina, Molly ran away from home following a horrific event that left her unable to trust anyone...

    Fire and Rain takes place in Valle Rosa, a small town in Southern California that is under destruction from deadly wildfires. When a handsome stranger calling himself Jeff Cabrio strolls into town claiming he'll be able to make it rain, he turns more than a few heads. Struggling journalist Carmen Perez thinks he might be the catalyst to revitalising her career, former Major League baseball pitcher Chris Garrett has the chance to come to terms with his career's demise and sculptress Mia Tanner unearths old wounds and new loves. All three of their lives soon become entwined and they all have to face up to the ghosts of their past.

    Secret Lives follows the disillusioned actress Eden Riley as she returns to her mother's childhood home in rural Virginia. She is full of questions about her mother, who died when she was very young and on her quest for answers, she forms a bond with Ben Alexander, an archaeologist and friend of her uncle. However, Ben has a number of demons and carries a secret that might threaten the new couple's happiness.

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  • Tom Wood Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780751573688 - Tom Wood
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    Tom Wood
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    Victor is a hitman without a conscience and the perfect anti-hero. He stars in these three explosive novels that have been optioned for a film adaptation by Pierre Morel, the director of Taken.

    Better Off Dead finds Victor protecting a human rights lawyer who is being hunted through the streets of London by ruthless enemies and every step the duo take leads them to further danger; The Darkest Day has Victor hunting an assassin named Raven through a blacked-out Manhattan; and A Time to Die focuses on a battle between Victor and an entire army in Eastern Europe.

    Compared to everything from The Day of the Jackal to Jason Bourne, these books are pacy, packed with action and will appeal to fans of James Patterson and Vince Flynn.

    This collection includes books 4-6 in Tom Wood's Victor the Assassin series
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  • Lin Anderson Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781509897216 - Lin Anderson
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    Lin Anderson
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    These forensic thrillers by Lin Anderson follow Rhona MacLeod as she tackles all manner of dark, sordid and grisly crimes. They will appeal to fans of Ian Rankin, Agatha Christie and Kate Ellis.

    Paths of the Dead is full of suspense as Rhona investigates the death of a man whose body is found inside a neolithic stone circle high above the streets of Glasgow; The Special Dead finds a sex games ending in murder. Could it be the work of a serial killer? The notes hidden in the Barbie dolls hidden at the scene certainly suggest so...

    None but the Dead finds Rhonda heading to Sanday, one of Britain's most northernmost islands to investigate the discovery of some human bones. Meanwhile, an elderly man has been murdered in Glasgow. Could the two be connected?

    This collections includes books 9-11 in Lin Anderson's Rhona MacLeod series
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  • 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.
  • Erin Kelly Collection - 4 Books - Collection - 9781473685963 - Erin Kelly
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    Erin Kelly
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    He Said, She Said author Erin Kelly is a bestselling writer of psychological thrillers who can count Stephen King, Sophie Hannah and Jeffery Deaver among her fans. This four-book collection is the perfect introduction to her work and includes her highly acclaimed debut novel, The Poison Tree.

    This novel is set in the red-hot summer of 1997 when the straight-laced student Karen meets Biba, a bohemian aspiring actress. The duo form a passionate bond, but by the end of the summer their love affair has to come to an end - and two people are dead...; The Burning Air follows the Macbrides as they attend a Bonfire Night celebration. Felix, the youngest of the family, has brought a new girlfriend with him but she's odd in a way no one can quite place. When she's left looking after Felix's sister's baby, they both end up missing...

    The Sick Rose is a claustrophobic read that finds Louisa and Paul forming a relationship, but both of them have violent pasts they are unable to escape; and The Ties That Bind is a twisty read about a true crime writer in search of a story who ends up interviewing a criminal-turned-philanthropist.

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  • Norton the Cat Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781785035050 - Peter Gethers
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    Peter Gethers
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    These books are purr-fect for any cat lover. They celebrate the bond that exists between felines and humans.

    Peter was a confirmed loner and wasn't keen on cats but then he received Norton from his then-girlfriend and although she went, the cat stayed and the duo became inseparable.

    These books look at how Norton taught Peter how to live and love. There's also a heartbreaking tribute to the 14 years they spent together in Forever Norton.
  • Classic Countryside Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781910787496
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    This evocative collection celebrates the best of the British countryside. It includes two books from The Darling Buds of May creator H.E. Bates and an essay about the grand houses you'll find there from Vita Sackville West.

    Very nostalgic, English Country Houses is Sackville West's brief history that spans from the Middle Ages to the 20th century and the people who built and lived in these houses - from common squires to kings and queens.

    The Happy Countryman is Bates' celebration of country towns, spray-swept seaside promenades and strolls among sand dunes. Complete with illustrations of wood engravings by wildlife artist C.F. Tunnicliffe; In the Heart of the Country is presented in similar fashion and looks at how the countryside is affected by different seasons - from winter blizzards to the sweetness of spring and the colours of autumn.
  • The British Serviceman of the First World War Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781784423025
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    These three books are full of true stories about the heroes who fought in the First World War.

    David and Stuart Hadaway's The British Airman of the First World War covers the pilots, observers and gunners that played a vital part in the Allied war effort; Quintin Colville's The British Sailor of the First World War explores the everyday experiences of those who served in the navy between 1914 and 1918; and Peter Doyle's The British Solder of the First World War goes beyond the familiar picture of soldier in muddy trenches and reveals what it was like to be an average British 'Tommy' - both in battle and at rest.

    All extensively researched, these are incredible books about the humans behind one of the world's most important battles.
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  • Carole Matthews Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780751573510 - Carole Matthews
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    Carole Matthews
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    This collection contains three books from Sunday Times bestselling author Carole Matthews that are bound to put a smile on your face. These romantic stories are uplifting, emotional and witty and will appeal to anyone who enjoys the likes of Marian Keyes and Katie Fforde.

    A Whiff of Scandal is a riotously funny romance of misunderstanding and mayhem about a woman who relocates to a cosy village that isn't as quiet as she'd hoped; The Chocolate Lovers' Diet finds the ladies of the club dealing with all kinds of relationship issues; and For Better, For Worse follows Josie Flynn as she heads to New York for a family wedding after just going through a rather messy divorce...
  • Mark Roberts Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781788541510 - Mark Roberts
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    Mark Roberts
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    Revealing the hidden history of Liverpool, Mark Roberts' Eve Clay books are fast-paced thrillers with a sinister twist. The protagonist has an intriguing past and the situations she finds herself in are brutal, thought-provoking and twisted...

    The series starts with Blood Mist, a book that finds the DCI hunting a killer who knows more about her past then she does... Every night a new family dies and their bodies are dragged onto their landing to form a strange pattern. Who would risk capture to arrange their victims so precisely?

    Dead Silent finds a killer bringing medieval horror to Merseyside; and Day of the Dead has Clay on the case of a vigilante killer who is both the nation's most dangerous criminal AND a hero to many....

    These books will appeal to fans of Lee Child and Peter May.
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  • London Crime Trilogy Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781910400319 - M. H. Baylis
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    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.
  • 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...
  • Man Booker Prize 2017 Shortlist - 6 Books - Collection - 9990000033195
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    Once again, we've brought together all six books (in keepsake hardback) that make up the Man Booker Prize Shortlist - including George Saunders' winner, Lincoln in the Bardo. Do you agree with the judges' decision of awarding this prestigious award to a supernatural thriller that features Abraham Lincoln's son?

    Celebrating the best contemporary fiction of the past 12 months, this year's shortlist has something for everyone and with our brilliant value collection, you're bound to find something to love. This year's list has everything from thought-provoking novels from acclaimed authors including Paul Auster and Ali Smith to a simply stunning debut from Fiona Mozlet.

    Among these brilliant books are an atmospheric debut about violence in contemporary society; an intelligent read about relationships, time and ageing; a love story about two people bonding in a world that is falling apart; Paul Auster's account of four parallel lives; and a novel that asks 'how far would you go to belong?'
  • Linwood Barclay Collection - 4 Books - Collection - 9781407250984 - Linwood Barclay
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    Linwood Barclay
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    Linwood Barclay is one of the world's favourite thriller writers and this collection includes all four books in his incredible Zack Walker Mysteries series - including his debut novel, Bad Move.

    Darkly humorous and very twisted, this book introduces Zack, a writer who has an overactive imagination and two teenage children. There's a murder on his street so he uproots his family to the suburbs. Their new and peaceful life doesn't last long, especially when Zack comes across a dead body and thinks he knows who the killer is. Things get even worse when Zack realises he'll need to track down the murderer himself to protect his family...

    The second book, Bad Guys, finds Zack becoming a journalist and stumbling into a web of murder and deceit; Bad Luck has a body being found on a lakeside fishing camp; and Bad News follows Zack as he finds a dead body in his friend Trixie Snelling's basement...

    This collection includes books 1-4 in Linwood Barclay's Zack Walker Mysteries series
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  • L.C. Tyler Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780749022044 - L.C.Tyler
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    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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