5-Star Fiction

  • 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 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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  • Anthony Horowitz Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781407251370 - Anthony Horowitz
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    This mysterious collection includes three puzzling page-turners from the bestselling author, Anthony Horowitz - including two Sherlock Holmes stories.

    The House of Silk finds London frozen by a seemingly everlasting winter in 1890. Holmes and Watson are enjoying a nice cup of tea in 221b Baker Street when an agitated gentleman arrives unannounced. He mentions a scar-faced man has been stalking him and soon our heroic detectives find themselves in a case that stretches from the streets of London to the criminal underworld of Boston...

    In Moriarty, Holmes is dead - he fell to his doom along with his nemesis Moriarty at Reichenbach Falls. But the death of Moriarty has inspired a fiendish new criminal mastermind - and Pinkerton agent Frederick Chase has to hunt this elusive criminal down before he has the chance to cause significant damage; Magpie Murders is an Atticus Pünd story that finds the talented detective looking into a murder at Pye Hall that may not be quite what it seems.

    For fans of authors like: Ngaio Marsh, Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle.
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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...
  • 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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    Seven strangers. Seven secrets. One deadly lie... C.L. Taylor's Sleep is a creepy and atmospheric psychological thriller that will keep you awake long into the night.

    All Anna wants is to be able to sleep but guilt-ridden night terrors and crushing insomnia are making this impossible. In a bid to escape her past, Anna takes a job at a hotel on a remote Scottish island.

    When she welcomes seven guests, what starts as a retreat becomes a deadly nightmare. Each guest has a secret but one of them is lying about why they're on the island - and it soon becomes clear a murderer has their sights on Anna...

    For fans of authors like Karin Slaughter, Paula Hawkins, Tess Gerritsen
  • 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
  • Mason Cross Collection- 3 Books - Collection - 9781407251202 - Mason Cross
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    They taught him to kill... Now they want him dead.

    It's been five years since Carter Blake parted ways with the government operation Winterlong. He agreed to keep quiet about all the things they have done - as long as they'd do the same. But now one of Blake's old allies is dead...

    Winterlong, now led by Emma Faraday, are after Blake. He's managed to avoid them for years but now they have a trace. They taught him everything he knows... That means it's time for Blake to up his game.

    For fans of authors like James Patterson, Linwood Barclay and Mark Billingham.

    Format: paperback
    This collection includes books 3-5 in Mason Cross' Carter Blake series
  • Cassandra Parkin Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781787198043 - Cassandra Parkin
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    All based in Cornwall, these contemporary novels by Cassandra Parkin are full of family secrets, divided loyalties and secret love affairs. They can count the likes of A Song for Issy Bradley author Carys Bray and poet Jen Campbell among their fans.

    The Beach Hut is set during the autumn as Ava and Finn achieve their childhood dream of building an illegal beach hut. Meanwhile, local publican Donald is determined to get rid of them...

    The Summer We All Ran Away finds a drunken teenager being rescued by an oddly assorted group of inhabitants in an abandoned yet beautiful house; and Lily's House finds Jen and her daughter reluctantly confronting the secrets of their past and present while clearing out Jen's mother's house.

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  • 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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  • 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
    Format: paperback
    This collection contains books 1-3 in Victoria Jenkins' Detective Alex King 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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  • 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
  • Bloody January - Hardback - 9781786891334 - Alan Parks
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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.
  • Dorothy L Sayers Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781473699380 - Dorothy L Sayers
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    Intelligent, witty and thoroughly original, Dorothy L. Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries effortlessly combine powerful prose and gripping suspense...

    There's a body in a Battersea bathroom; a duke refusing to co-operate with a murder investigation; and a serious case of foul play in the mysterious Mrs Forrest's Mayfair flat...

    Peter Wimsey has ample opportunity to demonstrate his unique detection skills in these delightfully gore-free crime novels.

    For fans of authors like: Margery Allingham, Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh
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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...
  • 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
    Format: paperback
  • Hamish Macbeth Mysteries MP3 CD Collection - Audio - 9781489463852 - MC Beaton
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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

    Please note this collection contains CDs that can only be played on MP3-accessible CD players, computers and laptops. The majority of post-2001 car model stereos are MP3 CD accessible. Please check your CD player is MP3 accessible before placing an order.

    Import into iTunes or any other media player, then transfer to your MP3 device or player. Suitable for smartphones, iPads and tablets.
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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
  • The Stranger Diaries - Hardback - 9781786487391 - Elly Griffiths
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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...
  • Robert Bryndza Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780349132563 - Robert Bryndza
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    When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation...

    The victim is a young socialite who had a seemingly perfect life, but when Erika connects the dots she realises this killing is very similar to the recent murders of three prostitutes. Erika's last case went drastically wrong and contributed to the death of her husband. Will she be able to track down this killer before it's too late?

    Erika also tracks down a killer of single men who have very private lives; and looks into a case that spans 26 years.

    For fans of authors like: Karin Slaughter, Rachel Abbott, Peter May
    This collection includes books 1-3 in Robert Bryndza's Detective Erika Foster series.
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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...
  • Holmes & Hudson Mysteries Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781788634274 - Martin Davies
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    What would happen if Baker Street's most famous detective wasn't Sherlock Holmes? This three-book collection from The Conjurer's Bird author Martin Davies highlights the talents of Sherlock's housekeeper, Mrs Hudson, and her orphaned assistant Flotsam.

    Mrs Hudson and the Spirits' Curse finds a group of merchants dying one by one; Mrs Hudson and the Malabar Rose involves dangerous magicians, precious gems and dastardly plans; and Mrs Hudson and the Lazarus Testament is the dark tale of a 'dead' man haunting the moors up north!

    Packed with gripping twists and murderous intrigue, these elementary page-turners offer a fresh twist on classic Victorian mysteries.
    This collection contains books 1-3 in Martin Davies' Holmes and Hudson series.
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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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    Harper Lee's acclaimed To Kill a Mockingbird won a Pulitzer Prize after its publication in 1960 and is hugely influential in its exposure of racial prejudice.

    Set in the American Deep South, the story is seen through the eyes of six-year-old Scout, whose lawyer father Atticus Finch defends a young black man wrongly accused of raping a white woman.

    As Scout's family deals with the hostility and prejudice as a result of the case, there's a dawning realisation for Scout of all the inequality and injustice in her world.

    Powerful and moving, this 'Great American Novel' is a must-have addition to every reader's bookshelf and with the publication of follow-up Go Set a Watchman already one of the biggest sellers of the year, now is the perfect time to rediscover the hugely important book.