Christmas: Fiction Lovers

  • A Very Murderous Christmas - Hardback - 9781788162517
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    Following the success of Murder Under the Christmas Tree and Murder on Chrstmas Eve, this set of short stories contains 10 classic crime tales for the festive season from big-name authors including Margery Allingham, Colin Dexter and Ruth Rendell.

    Although Christmas is often thought of as a time of joy and celebration, there are always people about who hold a grudge or have a dirty, guilty secret... These wicked tales follow antagonists who unleash festive havoc with murders and mayhem very much on the menu...

    We wish you a merry murderous Christmas...
  • Man Booker Prize 2018 Shortlist - 6 Books - Collection - 9990000037865
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    Book People is very excited to bring you all six novels on this year's Man Booker Prize 2018 shortlist in hardback - including the winner Milkman by Anna Burns. This is a story of how gossip, hearsay and silence can bring about life-changing consequences...

    The rest of this year's shortlist is as eclectic and thought-provoking as ever. Daisy Johnson's Everything Under is a daring story of family, identity, fate, language and love; Rachel Kushner's The Mars Room is a powerful account of life in an American women's prison; and Richard Powers' The Overstory is a fable about humanity's treatment of the natural world.

    Esi Edugyan's Washington Black is an extraordinary adventure about a runaway slave; and Robin Robertson's The Long Take follows a soldier who tries to find himself through a series of poems as he travels through post-war America.

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    Samantha Silva's debut novel Mr Dickens and his Carol follows Charles Dickens as he is forced by his publisher to write a festive tale...

    Dickens should be looking forward to Christmas but when Martin Chuzzlewit flops, his publisher issues an ultimatum - write a Christmas book or lose everything!

    Given just a month to complete a story, Dickens finds himself propelled by self-doubt but then meets Eleanor Lovejoy and her son, Timothy. This inspires a Scrooge-like journey through Christmases past and present.
  • One Enchanted Evening - Anton Du Beke - Hardback - 9781785764806 - Anton Du Beke
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    One Enchanted Evening, Strictly Come Dancing's Anton Du Beke's debut novel, will take you back to the glitz and glamour of 1930s ballrooms.

    The exclusive Buckingham Hotel is a place where the rich, famous and elite all gather to socialise and dance their cares away. But unseen hotel staff are hiding behind the plush curtains and discreet doors.

    Meanwhile, the storm clouds of war are gathering and scandal and secrets are starting to be spilled...
  • A Keeper - Graham Norton - Hardback - 9781473664975 - Graham Norton
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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...
  • A Question of Trust - Hardback - 9780755377626 - Penny Vincenzi
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    Penny Vicenzi's A Question of Trust is an intelligent, moving and thought-provoking novel that will appeal to fans of Santa Montefiore and Harriet Evans.

    Tom Knelston is a charismatic individual who has a passion for politics and reform. His wife shares his ideals and together they seem to be the perfect match. But then Tom meets an old childhood acquaintance. She's everything he stands against but he finds her irresistible...

    As Tom embarks on an affair with this married fashion model - despite them both knowing it will only end with people they care about getting hurt - he receives some shocking news. A child is ill and Tom must make a decision about his principles, his career and decide who he cares about most.
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    Inspired by a selection of vintage photographs, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency author Alexander McCall Smith presents a selection of short stories about all kinds of love in Chance Developments.

    With a die-cut jacket and all five black-and-white photographs lovingly reproduced throughout the book, this is a gorgeous gift for any fan of the popular author. He looks at each photo and comes up with stories about the people captured in them.

    From an estate in the Highlands of Scotland to a Canadian travelling circus, the stories are captivating from start to finish. They'll make you smile, laugh and cry and hope these characters find the love they're after - whether that be romantic, platonic, passionate or familial.
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    Ann Cleeves brings her bestselling Shetland Series to a close with Wild Fire. These thrillers have gripped so many crime fiction fans over the years and also inspired a popular BBC One adaptation starring Douglas Hensall as DI Jimmy Perez.

    An English family move to Shetland for a new start but shortly after arriving their young nanny is found hanging in their barn and rumours of her affair with the husband and father of the family begin to spread...

    Perez is called to investigate but this means he's set for a reunion with Willow Reeves. This could be the most disturbing investigation Perez has faced. Will he be in the right head space?
  • Courtney's War - Hardback - 9781785766480 - Wilbur Smith
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    An epic tale of courage, betrayal and undying love, Courtney's War is the latest entry in Wilbur Smith's bestselling Courtney series.

    Saffron Courtney and Gerhard von Meerbach are thousands of miles apart, struggling for their lives. Although opposed to the Nazi regime, Gerhard is fighting for the Fatherland hoping to one day rid Germany of Hitler, while Special Operations Executive Saffron is being hunted by Germany's most ruthless spymaster.

    As they encounter evil at every turn, the two lovers must make a hard decision: do they sacrifice themselves? Or do whatever they can to survive in the hope that they will one day be reunited?
  • Anne Donovan Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780857864338 - Anne Donovan
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    A set of three accomplished, heart-warming and endearing stories from the fantastic storyteller, Anne Donovan. A skilful novelist, these are humorous yet unsentimental reads that women all over the country will find both relevant and poignant.

    Set in her native Glasgow and written in Scots dialect to add extra authenticity, the two full-length novels Buddha Da and Being Emily are joined by Hieroglyphics, a brilliant and beautiful collection of short stories. We highly recommend these books.
  • Agatha Raisin & The Dead Ringer - Hardback - 9781472126962 - MC Beaton
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    M.C. Beaton's latest bestseller following the cases of Agatha Raisin finds a bell ringer winding up dead. Will our beloved sleuth be able to prove retired lawyer Joseph Kennell's innocence, even though he shouted he 'felt like killing them' during their performance?

    Twins Mavis and Millicent Dupin are among the most dedicated bell ringers in England and are so excited about the upcoming visit of the Bishop. However, this passion turns to over-excitement and they end up bullying the other bell ringers - much to Josephe's chagrin.

    When the twins' home is broken into one night and Millicent is found dead, struck from a hammer blow, suspicion falls on the lawyer...
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    Featuring summaries of the Bard's plays and characters, The Shakespeare Companion is the perfect read for anyone interested in his works, or those who are new to one of the most influential writers of all time.

    Complete with a foreword by Dame Judi Dench, this book will enlighten you about Shakespeare's writing and help you enjoy his plays even more. It provides synopses of plays and even a resume of each performance's history.

    There is also a look back at the history of Shakespearean theatre and those plays that he did not write that have been wrongly attributed to him.
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    Philippa Gregory, author of the Cousins' War series, is often regarded as the queen of historical fiction and this meticulously researched novel focuses on the legacy left by Lady Jane Grey, a woman who was Queen of England for nine days.

    Using her position as cousin to the deceased king, her father and his conspirators put her on the throne ahead of the king's half-sister Mary, who quickly mustered an army, claimed her crown and locked Jane in the Tower. When Jane refused to betray her Protestant faith, Mary sent her to the executioner's block... It's here where Jane turned her father's greedy grab for power into a tale of brave and tragic martyrdom.

    Jane leaves all kinds of letters to her younger sister, Katherine, and they're all intended to help her enjoy her beauty, youth and to find love. Katherine's lineage makes her a threat to the insecure and infertile Queen Mary and when news of a secret marriage is revealed by her pregnancy, she is also sent to the tower. She, too, leaves the youngest Grey sister, Mary, a letter with advice.

    Mary is a beautiful dwarf who has been disregarded by the court and she finds it easy to keep secrets. After watching her sisters defy the Queen, Mary knows she is a possible heir to the throne, but she's determined to stay in charge of her own destiny.
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    Karen Swan's frothy festive tales are always a huge hit with romantic fiction fans and this year's The Christmas Secret is no exception.

    The new novel from the author of Christmas Under the Stars is set on the island of Islay and follows Alex Hyde, an executive coach who believes she can change the way companies operate. Her waiting list is months long but she can't turn down a unorthodox and highly lucrative crisis call that comes her way just before Christmas...

    She finds herself heading off to help a whisky company in Scotland and ends up fascinated by their darkly charismatic CEO, Lochlan Farquhar. However, her usual methods are not working and she soon learns that nothing and no-one is as it first seemed...
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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...
  • 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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  • 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

    Format: paperback
  • 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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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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  • The No.2 Feline Detective Agency Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780749023614 - Mandy Morton
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    Cats crack mysteries in these purr-fectly witty and original cosy crime novels from Mandy Morton.

    The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency follows the cat Hettie Bagshot as she launches her agency and investigates a home for slightly older cats that has seen a nasty spate of bodysnatching take place; The Death of Downton Tabby finds the town celebrating its first literary festival and the agency are overseeing security, especially as famous aristocat Sir Downton Tabby is visiting; and The Michaelmas Murders reveals how it's all doom and bloom up on the allotments...

    With their humour and quirky cases, these books really are the cat's whiskers.

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    Amidst a backdrop of Spanish plotting and Catholic disputes, Queen Elizabeth I's control over her kingdom is wavering...

    The body of a small boy is found in London with strange marks on it that no one can explain... Idealist physician Nicholas Shelby finds another body just days after and this one is displaying the same marks... A serial killer must be on the loose. He's joined by the mysterious tavern keeper Bianca in his investigations but the duo soon find themselves caught up in a sinister plot.

    Set in Elizabethan London, S.W. Perry's debut novel The Angel's Mark is an intelligent and dark historical thriller full of sinister twists and turns...

    For fans of authors like C.J. Sansom, Rory Clements, S.G. MacLean
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    Sue Townsend's Adrian Mole is a character we've all laughed at and with over the years and this audio collection includes the first three books in the hugely entertaining and influential series.

    The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole will introduce you to a hapless teenager who provides an unabashed, pimples-and-all glimpse into adolescent life through his diary; The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole finds the teen struggling with the prospect of entering adulthood and trying to survive his family's attempts to scar him for life; and The Wilderness Years finds Adrian aged 23 and 3/4, living as a lodger in Pandora's Oxford flat, where he's barely tolerated by his childhood sweetheart.

    Narrated by Nicholas Barnes, these are brilliantly funny CDs to listen to again and again.
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    Approximate running time: 16.5 hours