Thriller Books & Novels

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    Rachel Abbott's latest psychological thriller is an addictively dark page-turner that asks who will believe a victim's story when the only witness is dead...

    Cleo should be happy that her brother Mark has found a new partner following the sudden death of his first wife, But something about Evie just doesn't feel right. She keeps having accidents at home and her friends are growing concerned that Mark may be responsible...

    Meanwhile, Sergeant Stephanie King has been called out to a clifftop house to investigate two bodies found entangles on blood-drenched streets. As the accused stands trial, the jury must consider if there is ever a proper defence for murder...
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    Trainee lawyer and crisis manager Harrison Foster is summoned to Newmarket after a fire in the Chadwick Stables kills six valuable horses, including the favourite for the Derby.

    Although Harry knows next to nothing about horses, he soon finds himself thrust into the world of Thoroughbred racing and comes across the notoriously nasty Chadwick family.

    While investigating, Harry soon discovers there is far more to the fire than meets the eye. For a start, the remains of a human have been found in the wreckage, even though everyone has been accounted for....

    This Felix Francis thriller, written by Dick Francis, is full of shocks and surprises that will have you on tenterhooks.
  • Peter May Collection - 4 Books - Collection - 9781787476868 - Peter May
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    Peter May's tense, captivating and grisly crime thrillers have made his books a huge favourite with Book People customers. This collection contains four stand-alone stories including the bestselling Coffin Road.

    This novel finds a man washing up on a deserted beach in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland with no knowledge of who he is or how he got there; I'll Keep You Safe alternates between the glamorous fashion world of Paris and the rugged beauty of the Isle of Harris in the Scottish Hebrides after a fabric entrepreneur is killed in a car explosion.

    Entry Island follows Detective Sime Mackenzie as he attempts to escape a bitter blend of loneliness and regret by heading to an elite island where the wealthiest resident has just been murdered; and Runaway is all about a band getting back together for the first time in 50 years following a brutal killing...

    For fans of authors like: Ann Cleeves, Val McDermid, Stuart MacBride
  • Peter Morfoot Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781785659713 - Peter Morfoot
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    Captain Paul Darac of the Nice Brigade Criminelle solves a number of crimes throughout the picturesque French Riviera in these atmospheric crime novels.

    Impure Blood proves that murder casts a long shadow as Daract investigates a killing that took place - with no witnesses - in the midst of a Muslim prayer group; Fatal Music reveals the old town hides many secrets when an elderly woman with a connection to the captain winds up dead in a hot tub; and Box of Bones finds a carnival masking a ruthless killer...

    For fans of authors like: Andrea Camilleri, Donna Leon, Michael Dibdin
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    A Radio 2 Book Club Winter Pick, The Stranger Diaries is a captivating and contemporary Gothic thriller that combines the unsettling tone of Susan Hill with the darkness of Gone Girl.

    Clare Cassidy is a literature teacher specialising in the Gothic writer R.M. Holland. Her work and life tragically collide when one of her colleagues is found dead with a line from an R.M. Holland story by her body.

    The investigating police detective is convinced the writer's works hold the key to the case. Clare has no idea who she can trust and fears the killer is someone she knows. As a way of coping, she writes her fears and suspicions in her journal. But then she notices someone else has been writing in her diary...
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    John Simpson, a hugely acclaimed and successful journalist, turns his attention to fiction in this powerful, poignant and witty contemporary thriller.

    A sex game has gone wrong and government minister Patrick Macready has been found dead in his flat. The coroner has ruled it an accident but old-school journalist Jon Swift is certain something doesn't seem right. Days later, Macready's flat is 'burgled' and Swift discover his old friend had been researching a slew of Russian government figures who have wound up dead in similar 'accidental' circumstances...

    With no help on offer from the police, Swift tracks down a contact in Moscow and finds himself drawn into a violent underworld full of conspiracies, assassinations and double-agents crossing each other at every turn...
  • 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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  • Kerry Wilkinson Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781509897285 - Kerry Wilkinson
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    When a body is found in a locked house, Detective Sergeant Jessica Daniel is tasked with finding the killer and discovering how they got in and out of the property...

    Jessica is struggling to find leads but then a second body shows up in identical circumstances... Kerry Wilkinson's Locked In is a gritty and atmospheric thriller about one woman's search for a suspected serial killer and it's accompanied here by two equally captivating page-turners.

    Vigilante finds someone on the street serving their own brand of justice; while The Woman in Black finds her investigating the case of a severed hand that was carefully placed in the middle of Manchester city centre.

    For fans of authors like: Peter May, Tania Carver, Leigh Russell

    This collection contains books 1-3 in Kerry Wilkinson's Detective Sergeant Jessica Daniel series.
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    The thirteenth book in Lin Anderson's series of Rhona MacLeod thrillers finds the forensic scientist looking into the death of a man found by a group of Harley-Davidson riders who was discovered with his hands together on his chest as if he had been peacefully laid to rest.

    The only clues to his death are half a glass of red wine and a partially eaten chunk of bread that echo the ancient religious practice of sin-eating. MacLeod is perplexed by this but then another body is found in a similar position - and this one's closer to her home.

    The killer appears to be using skills that could have been learned while attending Rhona's forensic science lectures at Glasgow University... Could she know who it is? And will she be able to stop them before they claim their next victim?
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    Jo Spain's The Confession is a gripping psychological thriller with a difference: you find out who did it on the very first page. But you won't find out why until the last one...

    A man walks into the luxury home of the disgraced banker, Harry McNamara. He beats him to death as his wife Julie watches, frozen by fear. An hour later, the attacker JP Carney, hands himself into the police. He confesses beating Harry to death but claims the assault was not premeditated.

    With Harry's notoriety, the detectives make it their mission to see if this really was a random act of violence or if it was related to one of Harry's many sins. After all, he was corrupt, greedy and betrayed so many people... As you race through the pages, you'll be wondering who really is the guilty party?
  • The Dark Angel - Hardback - 9781784296636 - Elly Griffiths
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    Celebrate 10 years of Dr. Ruth Galloway with the tenth book in Elly Griffiths' bestselling series. This series is highly acclaimed by Val McDermid and has become a real favourite with Book People customers over the years.

    The Italian archaeologist Dr. Angelo Morelli has asked Ruth for help and she's flattered. He's found some bones in a tiny hilltop village near Rome but doesn't know what to make of them. Ruth hasn't had a break for years, so even a working holiday to Italy is welcome...

    Accompanied by her daughter Kate and friend Shona, Ruth heads to solve this baffling Roman mystery. What she discovers is a dark secret that dates back to the war years and the Resistance... She also is surprised to come across Harry Nelson. And the duo must put their differences aside when these bones inspire a modern murder.
  • 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

    Format: paperback
    This collection includes books 1-3 in Chris Ould's Faroes series
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    The Girl Before author J.P. Delaney returns with another powerful psychological thriller in Believe Me. This page-turner follows an actress who is playing both sides of a murder investigation.

    Struggling British actress Claire Wright is in New York without a green card and is desperate for work. Times are desperate so she takes the only part she's been offered - a decoy for a divorce firm, hired to entrap straying husbands.

    She's not allowed to hit on them directly, but does have to make it clear she's available. Any innocent men will have nothing to hide but then things change. A policeman is investigating one of Claire's targets for murder and asks for her help. Claire can do this, but as she assumes a voice and attitude, she wonders who's actually deceiving who...
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    The second book in the Freyja and Huldar series, Yrsa Sigurdardottir's The Reckoning is a phenomenally addictive page-turner.

    Detective Huldar suspects he's been tasked with investigating a note found in a school's capsule to keep him away from real police work. This note contains the names of six people and a prediction of their deaths. Written by a 13-year-old over a decade ago, it's not being considered a real threat...

    However, there are some startling coincidences when the letter is discovered. Body parts have been found in a garden and the house owner has also been murdered. His initials match one of the names on the note...
  • 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
  • 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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    Ryan Summers walked into Three Rivers college and killed 13 women before ending his own life. But no one knows why.

    DI Helen Birch is tasked with leading the investigation of this high-profile case on the first day of her new job but she's not the only one searching for an answer - Ryan's mother needs to know why he did it as do his victims' families...

    The tabloids and media are also taking a keen interest in the case but just as family secrets come out and the world seems set on finding someone to blame, the truth seems to vanish...

    This captivating crime novel has drawn praise from the likes of He Said, She Said author Erin Kelly and it's easy to see why. You'll be drawn into its dark world long into the night...
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    A Shot in the Dark by Lynne Truss is the first book in a quirky and charming new crime series set in 1950s Brighton.

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

    A new constable has also joined the force to investigate a series of burglaries. Then a vicious theatre critic is shot dead halfway through the opening night of a new play... Brighton might not be as safe as Steine hoped, after all!
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    Elisabeth Noreback's debut novel Tell Me You're Mine is a suspense-filled story full of guilt, grief and the balance between love and obsession and hope and madness.

    Happily married psychotherapist Stella Widstrand becomes convinced her latest patient Isabelle is her long-lost daughter, Alice. Stella has always been convinced Alice is still alive after disappearing on a family holiday and now she's determined to reclaim the life she once lost. However, she's worried everyone will think she's delusional...

    Stella will risk everything to prove she's in the right frame of mind, but in doing so she will set off a sequence of events beyond her control, endangering both herself and everyone she holds dear.
  • 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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  • 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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    Fans of Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train and Anatomy of a Scandal will find this psychological thriller from debut author Karen Hamilton utterly compelling. It's a twisted love story that will have you racing through the pages.

    Juliette is an intelligent and driven woman who finds herself falling in love with Nate. However, when they break up she decides to do anything to win him back - including becoming a flight attendant for his airline. Juliette knows they are meant to be and is willing to do anything to prove this.

    But true love hurts - and Juliette's obsession is going to bring about even more pain...
  • Nadia Dalbuono Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781911617518 - 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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    When a teen shoots a woman dead in the middle of a Glasgow street and then commits suicide, Harry McCoy is certain it wasn?t a random act of violence.

    While investigating the case, McCoy discovers a secret society led by a wealthy family.

    Alan Parks debut novel Bloody January is a taut, violent and addictive page-turner.