5-Star Fiction

  • 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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  • 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
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    Sonia Velton's debut novel Blackberry & Wild Rose is a compelling and intelligent piece of historical fiction that will delight fans of The Miniaturist and The Goldfinch.

    Set amongst the Huguenot silk weavers of Spitalfields in the late 18th century, it follows Esther Thorel as she rescues Sara Kemp from working in a brothel. Sara is not convinced being a maid is much better than a hooker but could not turn down the chance to escape her grasping 'madam'...

    The two women go on to forge an uneasy relationship, with Sara despising how her mistress is blind to the hypocrisy of her household and Esther so self-obsessed that she only sees Sara as a charitable cause.

    Esther is a keen painter and has dreams that her husband will once weave these into reality. However, he's constantly putting her down and eventually she sets in motion events that will change the fate of the entire Thorel household; the price a piece of silk may prove more than either Esther or Sara is able to pay...
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    Dr Ruth Galloway returns in The Stone Circle - the eleventh book in Elly Griffiths' bestselling series of archaeological mysteries.

    DCI Nelson has been receiving threatening letters telling him to 'go to the stone circle and rescue the innocent who is buried there'. He is shaken, not only because children are very much on his mind, with Michelle's baby due to be born, but because although the letters are anonymous, they are somehow familiar...

    They're reminiscent of the letters that first led him to Ruth, who is currently working on a dig at a henge in Saltmarsh. When bones belonging to a 12-year-old girl who disappeared 30 years previously are found, Ruth realises the past is reaching out for her and Nelson - and its grip is deadly...
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    M.C. Beaton fans will love hearing the first 10 books following the super sleuth detective's cases in audio format.

    The country's most quick-witted but unambitious policeman, Hamish Macbeth resides in the village of Lochdubh in the Scottish Highlands. It's here where he investigates all kinds of quirky killings.

    With beautiful descriptions of the area and a whole load of unexpected twists, these are gentle, clever and sharply observed cosy crime mysteries.

    Approximate running time: 51 hours, 40 minutes

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    Titles in this collection: Death of a Gossip, Death of a Cad, Death of an Outsider, Death of a Perfect Wife, Death of a Hussy, Death of a Snob, Death of a Prankster, Death of a Glutton, Death of a Travelling Man, Death of a Charming Man
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    Bristling with tension, bitter rivalries and toxic friendships, Lucy Foley's The Hunting Party is a riveting murder mystery that can count Sophie Hannah and Adele Parks amongst its fans.

    In a remote hunting lodge deep in the Scottish wilderness, old friends gather round to celebrate the New Year. There's the beautiful one, the golden couple, the volatile one, the new parents, the quiet one, the city boy, the outsider and the victim.

    And then a murder occurs... This whodunnit is packed with intrigue and and suspense.
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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...
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    Coffin Road author Peter May returns with The Man With No Face - a powerful psychological thriller about a jaded journalist who is determined to dig up dirt on Europe's major political parties when he travels to Brussels.

    Two British men are found dead as soon as Neil Bannerman arrives in Belgium: one a journalist, the other a cabinet minister. The witness to the killing is the former's autistic daughter and she can remember every detail about her father's killer - except one major moment...

    Bannerman feels compelled to follow his instincts and makes it his mission to expose a murderous conspiracy, protect a helpless child, and unmask a remorseless killer...
  • Victoria Jenkins Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780349132556 - Victoria Jenkins
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    This collection of page-turners includes three of Victoria Jenkins' addictive and gripping crime stories set in South Wales.

    Nobody's Child finds a body being found in an abandoned hospital. It's too burnt to be identified but Detective Alex King knows all too well that every victim has a family... She puts aside her own troubles to track down the killer, but soon realises this death might be the first of many.

    The First One to Die has Alex on the trail of a young woman who fell from a rooftop to her death; and The Girls in the Water follows Alex as she realises one of her own team on a murder case is in grave danger...

    For fans of authors like: Karin Slaughter, Tess Gerritsen, Jeffery Deaver
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    This collection contains books 1-3 in Victoria Jenkins' Detective Alex King 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.
  • The Dales Detective Series Collection -  3 Books - Collection - 9781529025613 - Julia Chapman
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    Three cosy crime whodunnits from Julia Chapman, all set in the beautiful surroundings of the Yorkshire Dales. All of these addictive mysteries are packed with wry and witty observations as an intrepid duo attempt to solve a number of cases of murder with manners.

    In Date with Death, Samson O'Brien has been dismissed from the police force and returns to his hometown of Bruncliffe to set up the Dales Detective Agency. However, the people of Bruncliffe only see Samson as a trouble-maker. Meanwhile, Samson's neighbour Delilah Metcalfe is struggling to keep her dating agency afloat and then the agency's first case forces the feuding neighbours to work together...

    Date with Malice finds the warring couple joining forces to uncover the hostility engulfing the elderly residents of Bruncliffe; and Date with Mystery finds them attempting to crack a case that has puzzled the town for decades...

    For fans of authors like: Alexander McCall Smith, Gervase Phinn, Jacqueline Winspear

    This collection contains books 1-3 in Julia Chapman's The Dales Detective Series.
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  • Peter James Collection - 8 Books - Collection - 9781407251196 - Peter James
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    This collection includes eight stand-alone supernatural stories from Detective Roy Grace author Peter James.

    Prophecy finds a group of drunk students playing with a Ouija board they find in a dark and damp cellar; Possession is the terrifying tale of a young man who will defy even death to get what he wants; and Dreamer follows a woman who has had nightmares for the past 25 years. They started the night before her parents died...

    For fans of authors like: Stephen King, Michael Crichton, Karin Slaughter
  • Penny Parkes Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781471183379 - Penny Parkes
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    James Herriot meets House in Penny Parkes' frothy and feel-good reads about Larkford's GP Practice. These heart-warming books will delight fans of Katie Fforde, Milly Johnson and Jill Mansell.

    Out of Practice, the first book in the series, introduces the successful GP Holly Graham who relocates to the village with her family as she looks for a more peaceful life. However, her 2-year-old twins are troublesome and her marriage is in tatters... Meanwhile, her new colleagues all have issues of their own - and Holly is distracted from her troubles at home by the delectable Dr Taffy Jones.

    Elsie Townsend - a resident celebrity and feisty patient in her 80s - is Holly's favourite patient. She's full of advice and stories that Holly can heed when the Practice is suddenly put under the threat of imminent closure.
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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...
  • 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 Man Who Didn't Call - Hardback - 9781509852734 - Rosie Walsh
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    Rosie Walsh's debut novel The Man Who Didn't Call is a charming summer read that finds a whirlwind romance ending in mysterious circumstances...

    Sarah and Eddie enjoy seven perfect days together and fall in love. She's so sure about that but then he leaves for a holiday and promises to call from the airport. This call never comes...

    Sarah's friends tell her to forget all about Eddie, but she knows they're wrong. There has to be a reason for his disappearance. But what if this reason is the one thing they didn't share? The truth...
  • 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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  • 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
  • Maureen Lee Collection - 8 Books - Collection - 9781407251172
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    This collection contains eight powerful and compelling novels, all set in Liverpool, from acclaimed saga writer Maureen Lee. These stories are powerful, heartfelt and sure to leave you spellbound.

    Full of unforgettable characters, these rich stories contain everything from a journey to the past which includes a lost lover and secret child to a chance meeting with momentous repercussions.

    For fans of: Dilly Court, Lyn Andrews, Josephine Cox
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  • Diane Chamberlain Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781509897278 - 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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  • The Complete Harry Potter Collection - 7-Book Box Set - Collection - 9781408856772 - JK Rowling
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    Head back to Platform 9 3/4, climb aboard the Hogwarts Express and enjoy the Complete Harry Potter Collection for a magical price. Presented in a gorgeous slipcase, these editions of J. K. Rowling's classics come complete with stunning cover illustrations from Jonny Duddle.

    A phenomenon like no other, Harry's incredible journey begins with The Philosopher's Stone. Unhappily living in a cupboard under the stairs at his aunt's, he's visited by a giant called Rubeus Hagrid who delivers the most astonishing news - Harry's a wizard. As he heads to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry makes friends with Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, meets oh-so-wise Professor Dumbledore and the complex Severus Snape and their incredible adventure begins. But evil in the shape of Lord Voldemort is getting ever closer - and the Dark Lord has his sights set firmly on Harry.

    Throughout the seven books, Harry learns what it means to be a Gryffindor student and the value of friendship and trust. The eight films starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint were a record-breaking success and now you can relive the stories where it all began time and time again with this amazing Harry Potter box set - Expecto Patronum!


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  • Elizabeth Jane Howard Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9781509858347 - Elizabeth Jane Howard
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    This impeccable collection contains five novels by Elizabeth Jane Howard, the bestselling author of the Cazalet Chronicles and all the novels are funny yet touching.

    After Julius follows a family who have been brought back together, but they're finding it hard not to fall apart. Julius died 20 years ago but his last heroic action is still leaving a huge impact; Mr Wrong is a collection of short stories about dysfunctional families; and Odd Girl Out takes an eagle-eyed look at a destructive marriage.

    Something in Disguise is a witty account of a post-war family who are on the cusp of change and facing a crisis; and Getting It Right is a touching comedy about a sensitive hairdresser who tries to start living life 'right' at the age of 31.
  • Chance Developments - Hardback - 9781846973291 - Alexander McCall Smith
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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.
  • 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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