Bestselling Fiction Books & Novels

  • Mark Billingham Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9780751574258 - Mark Billingham
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    Mark Billingham writes intelligent contemporary thrillers and this collection contains three of his bestsellers following the cases of DI Tom Thorne.

    Good as Dead is a fast-paced read that finds Thorne and Helen Weeks looking into a year-old case that could save a young mother's life; The Dying Hours finds Thorne investigating a series of suicides among the elderly; and The Bones Beneath has Thorne escorting a dangerous psychopath to the site of a body he'd buried a quarter of a century before.

    Time of Death will keep you guessing as Thorne looks into the abduction of two missing schoolgirls; and Love Like Blood is an intense read that finds Thorne taking the biggest risk of his career...

    For fans of: Ian Rankin, Peter Robinson, Val McDermid

    This collection contains books 10-14 in Mark Billingham's DI Tom Thorne series
  • Colin Dexter's Inspector Morse Collection - 14 Books - Collection - 9781509897308
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    Colin Dexter's Inspector Morse is one of the great detectives from the world of fiction and our 14-book collection gives you the chance to read through every one of his compelling cases.

    Morse is a curmudgeonly detective with some snobby attitudes but you can't help but root for him as he tries to keep his beloved Oxford safe from criminals. Accompanied by his ever-loyal assistant Robbie Lewis, they discover the famous city is seething with jealousy and dark secrets. Will they be able to keep it safe?

    This complete collection is full of cases that will keep you guessing. We'd recommend these novels and accompanying set of short stories to anyone who loves classic murder mysteries and those who enjoyed the popular TV adaptation.

    For fans of authors like: Ruth Rendell, P.D. James, Josephine Tey

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  • The China Thrillers Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781787477353 - Peter May
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    Peter May's China Thriller series follows Chicago forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell as she is invited by the Chinese government to teach at the Beijing police university. Suffering from a broken heart, she accepts the assignment but it gets off to a bad start when her car knocks over senior detective Li Yan...

    Despite this audacious meeting, the pair are thrown together and forced to work through their personal and cultural differences when they're tasked with identifying a horribly burned corpse. And then they make a discovery that soon leads to a major conspiracy...

    Full of style and suspense, these captivating detective novels evoke a fascinating picture of modern China.

    For fans of authors like: Elly Griffiths, Val McDermid, Tess Gerritsen

    This collection contains books 1-3 in Peter May's China thriller series.
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    Peter and Jane creator Gill Sims returns with another colourful insight into motherhood with Why Mummy Swears.

    The summer holidays have started but Mummy is not going to get any rest - she has two bored moppets to attend to... Just booking sports camps, childcare and time off work has left her exhausted!

    Mummy's also found herself stuck organising the Christmas Fayre - and she's not receiving much help. Meeting her father's new glamorous and younger wife and spending time with her narcissistic mother is also winding her up the wall... No wonder she's cursing with the best of them!
  • Chris Ould Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781785659690 - Chris Ould
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    This collection includes the first three novels in Chris Ould's Faroes series. These page-turning novels are full of atmospheric tension as native Faroese Detective Jan Reyna returns to the islands after a stint in Britain.

    The Blood Strand has Jan's father being found unconscious with a shotgun by his side and someone else's blood in his car. This prompts Jan to make his return home but then another man's body is found with a shotgun wound in his side. However, all the evidence points to him being suffocated...

    The Killing Bay has a group of activists arriving on the Islands in an attempt to stop the traditional whale hunts. A woman is found murdered but Jan and local detective Hjalti Hentze become aware that evidence is being hidden from them; and The Fire Pit has the skeletal remains of a child being unearthed at an isolated farm. The investigation turns to the commune that occupied the farm in the 1970s - and there's a link to Jan's mother's death.

    For fans of authors like Ann Cleeves, Peter May, Henning Mankell

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    This collection includes books 1-3 in Chris Ould's Faroes series
  • Leigh Russell Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9780857302779 - Leigh Russell
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    DI Geraldine Steel finds herself on the trail of some vicious killers in this five-book collection from Leigh Russell. These gripping page-turners are pacy reads packed with twists and surprises.

    In Death Bed, the bodies of two black girls are discovered in North London and the pressure is on to find the killer before the local community is divided; Stop Dead finds a successful businessman and his partner both brutally killed and the only clue leads to two women - one in prison while the other's dead; and Fatal Act has Geraldine going further than ever to try and track down a killer.

    Killer Plan finds a widowed mother resorting to desperate measures when one of her sons is kidnapped; and Murder Ring has Geraldine's investigation into seemingly unrelated crimes unearthing a chilling fact about her birth mother...

    For fans of authors like Mark Billingham, Lee Child, Peter James
    This collection includes books 4-9 in Leigh Russell's DI Geraldine Steel series

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  • Ann Cleeves Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9781509897223 - Ann Cleeves
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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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  • Louise Penny Collection - 4 Books - Collection - 9780751574524 - Louise Penny
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    This collection includes the first four novels in Louise Penny's SWA Dagger-winning Inspector Armand Gamache series. These captivating and clever page-turners are set in Quebec and follow the detective as he attempts to solve some puzzling mysteries.

    The series starts with Still Life, a page-turner that finds a dead body being discovered in the woods on Thanksgiving weekend. The victim is a beloved artist and none of the residents in the nearby Three Pines - a place that is so safe it doesn't even have its own police force - have any motive for murder. But Gamache knows evil is lurking... He just needs to wait to discover who's responsible...

    A Fatal Grace finds someone being brutally murdered at an annual Boxing Day curling match; The Cruellest Month finds a glorious spring day being ruined by a seance that went horribly wrong; and A Rule Against Murder has old secrets and bitter rivalries beginning to surface at the wake of a wealthy family's father.

    For fans of: Caroline Graham, Ann Cleeves, Kate Ellis

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  • Liz Fenwick Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781407251165 - Liz Fenwick
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    Liz Fenwick is an exceptionally talented author who writes intelligent and emotional novels. All three of these stand-alone tales are set in the stunning surroundings of Cornwall and will make for brilliant summer reads.

    Under a Cornish Sky follows Demi as she desperately hopes her luck will change. She's lost her job and been dumped by her boyfriend so heads to her grandfather's cottage for a fresh start. Meanwhile, Victoria's husband has died suddenly and and after years of a loveless marriage and secret affairs, she's ready to embrace widowhood - especially as Boscawen, the gorgeous Cornish estate owned by her other half's family, is now rightfully hers. However, both women are in for a big shock...

    The Returning Tide is a glorious story of love, loss and families; and One Cornish Summer is a tale full of intrigue as two women come to terms with their pasts...

    For fans of Erica James, Rachel Hore, Carole Matthews

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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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  • 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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  • Michel Bussi Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781407251035
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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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    Set against the beautiful landscape of Italy, Santa Montefiore's The Temptation of Gracie is an enchanting and heart-warming novel about following your dreams and rediscovering love in the most unlikely of places.

    Gracie Burton cannot resist when she sees an advertisement for a week-long cookery course in the heart of the Tuscan countryside. Despite her family's reservations, she ploughs her life savings into the trip...
  • Fanny Blake Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781407251189 - Fanny Blake
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    Three stand-alone novels from Fanny Blake; an author who specialises in heartfelt and thought-provoking fiction inspired by family relationships and later-life love affairs.

    The Secrets Women Keep asks how well we know the ones we love when Rose receives a surprising text; Our Summer Together will have you smiling when Caro forms a bond with a younger man shortly after her husband walks out on her; and An Italian Summer is as story about friendship, family secrets and second chances, all set against the glamorous backdrop of southern Italy.

    For fans of authors like: Adele Parks, Penny Vicenzi, Marian Keyes

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  • Tom Wood Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780751573688 - 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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    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!
  • Susanna Gregory Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780751573015
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    Head back to Medieval times and enjoy the rich world created by Susanna Gregory in these mystery books (with a little bit of magic thrown in) featuring the monk-cum-detective, Matthew Bartholomew.

    The Tarnished Chalice finds Bartholomew, Brother Michael and their book-bearer Cynric arriving in Lincoln where Michael is due to accept an honour from the cathedral. However, the friar is not as safe as they'd hoped. Within hours of arriving, a man has been murdered - and he was holding the Hugh Chalice. This is a Lincoln relic with so much bloody history and our heroes soon find themselves drawn into a world of murder, lies and suspicion...

    To Kill or Cure has a charismatic physician whose healing methods owe more to magic than medicine threatening Bartholomew's professional reputation; and The Devil's Disciples has rumours of a plague threatening Cambridge...

    This collection contains books 14-16 in Susanna Gregory's Bartholomew and Chaloner series.
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    Following the death of her husband, Clare Hills is struggling to find purpose. When her former university friend Dr David Barbrook asks her to help him sift through the artefacts of deceased archaeologist Gerald Hart, she thinks it will be a welcome distraction from her grieving.

    During her search, Clare stumbles across unpublished journals that capture the details of Gerald's most famous digs. These journals were supposedly destroyed in an arson attack and contain some very disturbing notes...

    This discovery puts both Clare and David in the midst of a murder inquiry and on the radar of an extremely dangerous killer who wants to bury the truth forever...

    For fans of Elly Griffiths, Kate Ellis, Ann Cleeves
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    The third historical novel in acclaimed historian Alison Weir's Six Tudor Queens series focuses on Jane Seymour, Henry VIII's third queen.

    Jane came to the throne a mere 11 days after the death of Anne Boleyn. She'd witnessed first-hand how dangerous and brutal Henry could be and knew she had to bear him a son... Could she discover a new side to the tyrant king?

    Steeped in historical facts, this captivating novel provides an unbiased account of Jane's life and action and explains how she was driven by the belief she could do some good in a wicked world.
  • A.A. Milne Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9781509897292 - 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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  • Gilly Macmillan Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780349421339
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    These chilling psychological thrillers from Gilly Macmillan are packed with heart-in-the-mouth tension and page-turning twists.

    What She Knew is about a missing child and how the public can turn on a mother after she makes a simple mistake; The Perfect Girl Follows a musical sensation child genius who harbours a dark secret; and Odd Child Out is a story of buried secrets and how much the truth can hurt...

    For fans of authors like: Paula Hawkins, Gillian Flynn, Liane Moriarty
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  • Erica James Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781407251127 - 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.
  • Rachel Howzell Hall Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781785659683 - Rachel Howzell Hall
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    Rachel Howzell Hall's Detective Elouise Norton novels are set in Los Angeles and follow an intelligent and witty detective as she looks into various crimes and killings...

    Land of Shadows, the first book in the series has the body of a teenage girl being found on a construction site. Lou's partner insists it's suicide, but Lou has other ideas - especially as the site is owned by millionaire Napoleon Crase, the man she believes murdered her sister...

    Lou also investigates a tragic house fire that may be the work of a serial arsonist known as The Burning Man; and the death of a 13-year-old who lived in the same building where she grew up...

    For fans of authors like Lee Child, Kathy Reichs, Tess Gerritsen

    This collection includes books 1-3 in Rachel Howzell Hall's Detective Elouise Norton 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