Mystery Books & Novels

  • Emily Brightwell Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9781472129550 - Emily Brightwell
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    There's nothing better than a traditional mystery and Emily Brightwell's cosy crime novels following the intrepid sleuth Mrs Jeffries are addictive, charming and full of gentle surprises.

    Set in Victorian London, this five-book collection follows the quick-witted housekeeper Mrs Jeffries as she helps the mild-mannered Inspector Witherspoon solve a number of murder cases with subtle nods and nudges in the right direction.

    Full of period detail, quirky crimes and plenty of laughter, this is a delightful collection.

    For fans of authors like: Rebecca Tope, M.C. Beaton, Agatha Christie
  • 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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    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...
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    Popular presenter and comedian Graham Norton follows up his bestselling debut novel Holding with A Keeper - a twisted tale of family secrets set on the coast of Ireland.

    Elizabeth Keane has returned to Ireland after her mother's death and is determined to wrap up that part of her life. There's nothing for her in this area, and she's beginning to wonder if there ever was...

    While clearing out her mother's house, she finds a small stash of letters that unveil previously unheard truths. Forty years earlier, a young woman had stumbled from a remote stone house to escape the darkness. She has no sense of where she's going but knows she must carry on...
  • Edmund Crispin Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780007973286 - Edmund Crispin
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    Edmund Crispin's delightful detective novels are a tantalising combination of Agatha Christie-style mysery and P.G. Wodehouse-esque farce.

    Buried for Pleasure finds professor and amateur detective Gervase Fen taking a break from his books to run for parliament. At first, he thinks the village he's canvassing in is peaceful and quiet. However, someone in the village has discovered a dark secret and is using it as blackmail...

    Swan Song follows Fen as he tries to solve two murders while also getting to grips with the unpredictable temperament of a deeply unpleasant opera singer; and The Case of the Gilded Fly finds Fen investigating the murder of a pretty young actress who has a reputation for destroying men's lives.

    These are quirky reads from the Golden Age of crime fiction.
    For fans of authors like: P.G. Wodehouse, M.C. Beaton, Agatha Christie

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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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    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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    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...
  • 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 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
  • 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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  • 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
  • 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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    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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    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
  • 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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    If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things and Even the Dogs author Jon McGregor's Reservoir 13 is a page-turning read all about how one family's loss can haunt so many lives...

    It's midwinter in the early years of this century and a teenage girl has gone missing in the hills at the heart of England. The villagers join the search across the moors as a media scrum descends their normally quiet home...

    Despite the disruption, life does go on and jobs still need doing - there are cows that need milking, fences need repairing, pints need pouring and a pantomime needs rehearsing...

    Full of important themes including nature, the environment, power and grace, this compelling novel takes place over 13 years and finds a stranger's tragedy casting a shadow over so many.
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    David Baldacci's thrillers about Will Robie are a worldwide success and End Game finds the US government's highly trained assassin being sent to London...

    There's an imminent terrorist attack threatening the Underground and Robie only has one chance to save London and make it safely home. But even if he succeeds, he knows the worst is yet to come...

    The fifth book in this bestselling series is presented in hardback and is a rip-roaring page-turner for fans of Vince Flynn, Michael Connelly and Lee Child.
  • Mari Hannah Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781509897230 - Mari Hannah
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    Three of award-winning author Mari Hannah's novels following the cases of DCI Kate Daniels.

    Deadly Deceit is a novel that reveals how pure evil can wear many disguises. It has Daniels and her partner DS Hank Gormley investigating one of the worst road traffic accidents in Northumberland's history. As the bodies build up, they come to realise not every death was accidental...

    Killing for Keeps has two brothers from a criminal family dying within hours of each other, just five hours apart; and Settled Blood centres on a murder investigation which exposes half-truths and lies with every new revelation.

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    This collection includes books 2, 3 and 5 in Mari Hannah's DCI Kate Daniels 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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    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.
  • 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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    The Vanishing Book is the fourth book in Dr. Ruth Galloway author Elly Griffiths' Stephens and Mephisto mystery series and it finds the duo investigating the link between a murdered Brighton flower-seller, the death of Cleopatra and a nude tableau show...

    Max Mephisto and his daughter Ruby are headlining Brighton Hippodrome, but are not happy to find the support act is a group of naked 'living statues' but then they notice something a little off... One thing they know for certain is that, in Brighton especially, the line between art, life and death is easily blurred.

    Packed with thrills, this is the most dangerous case yet for the heroic, crime-fighting duo.
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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?