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  • Ian Rankin Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781407234649 - Ian Rankin
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    Based in Edinburgh, Inspector John Rebus has to battle with demons of his own, while also attempting to unveil and uncover the brutal crimes he has to confront as part of his increasingly important workload.

    Ian Rankin, OBE, subtly introduces challenging social issues into each novel as racial prejudice, the sleaze behind the tourist-friendly facade and a rapidly evolving Scotland are all expertly covered.

    This set of ten books includes Let It Bleed, Mortal Causes and a stand-alone crime thriller, Doors Open, that shows Rankin's stories are just as enticing even when they don't feature Inspector Rebus.
  • Rumer Godden Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780748136315 - Rumer Godden
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    This three-book collection will act as the perfect introduction to the highly acclaimed author Rumer Godden.

    Including Black Narcissus, the novel that inspired an Academy Award-winning film in 1947, the books are all full of high emotion, intensity and drama.

    Black Narcissus is the story of a sisterhood of nuns on a mission in Himalayan India, while Breakfast with the Nikolides is a coming-of-age story set in post-colonial East Bengal and Kingfishers Catch Fire tells the story of a young English woman's dramatic and disturbing experiences in Himalayan Kashmir.

    Stories that will stay with you long after you've finished reading them, this is a collection not to be missed!
  • Elizabethan Mysteries Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780749015343 - Edward Marston
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    These three Elizabethan mysteries from Edward Marston, the bestselling author of the Railway Detective series, follow the life of Nicholas Bracewell as he attempts to solve a number of 'whodunit?' mysteries.

    Full of murder, mystery and mayhem, the wild romps are steeped in authentic Elizabethan detail and are near-impossible to put down!

    Please note that these are books 7, 8 and 9 in the Nicholas Bracewell series.
  • David Downing Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781908699992 - David Downing
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    Fizzing with suspense from the first page to the last, our collection of David Downing books is an outstanding set of three post-war fiction titles that follow the exploits of British spy John Russell.

    Fast forward four years since Russell left his son, Paul, and lover Effi Koenen in volatile Berlin and Potsdam Station sees Russell return to Germany to find out if they're alive and to protect them from the advancing Red Army. But his plan is faltered by the Soviets, who find a use for him that has him parachuting into Berlin behind the German lines. Forced into becoming a double agent for the Soviets in Lehrter Station; and embarking on the most dangerous task of his life in Masaryk Station our David Downing Collection is convincing, compelling and captivating - just perfect for fans of C. J. Sansom and Robert Harris.

    This book contains books 3-6 of David Downing's John Russell series.
  • Kathleen Tessaro Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780007945405 - Kathleen Tessaro
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    Focusing on the world of fashion and the fashionable, this three-book collection from Kathleen Tessaro is just perfect for fans of contemporary romantic fiction.

    In Elegance, a woman chances upon a book written by a French fashion expert in a second-hand bookshop and starts to follow its advice - soon her life is transformed and she discovers a courage in her that she never thought was possible; while The Perfume Collector sees an inheritance turning a newly married woman's life upside down...

    The final book in the set, The Debutante, is about an old shoebox full of clues that will unravel the tale of the most famous debutante of her generation.

    Three stand-alone stories that are just full of elegance, class and sophistication.
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    Carys Bray
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    A Song for Issy Bradley by debut author Carys Bray is an absolutely beautiful book that effortlessly deals with all the big subjects: faith and belief, relationships and suffering, love and loss.

    The story of a Mormon family trying to work out how to carry on when their world has fallen apart, the book expertly weaves the conflict their religion brings to each member of the household - from the devout father to Jacob, the unforgettable seven-year-old son who plans to mend his broken family with a miracle.

    Thoroughly heartbreaking - so will undoubtedly make you sob - but ultimately uplifting, funny, compelling and enriching, Carys Bray's Song for Issy Bradley leaves readers with an unshakable sense of poignancy - for all the right reasons.

    A Song for Issy Bradley by Carys Bray has been shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award. Other shortlisted titles include:
    Academy Street, by Mary Costello - CAFRA
    Chop Chop, by Simon Wroe - CAFRC
    Elizabeth is Missing, by Emma Healey - CAFRD
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    Adele Parks
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    Book People favourite Adele Parks returns with If You Go Away, a story set around the outbreak of World War I that combines glamorous debutantes with themes of heartbreak and discovering just what it is that is really worth fighting for...

    Young debutante Vivian has been hurried into a pedestrian marriage to cover up a scandal, but when her husband enlists on their wedding day she is left with no choice but to take up the management and running of his estate - despite her lack of experience in this field...

    Meanwhile, young playwright Howard has rushed to the front to see the horrors of war for himself - and to observe both the best and worst of humanity. When conscription becomes law in 1916, he steadfastly refuses to join the ranks and becomes one of the most notorious conscientious objectors of all time...

    Handsome, famous and seen as a threat to the government, he narrowly escapes a death sentence and agrees to work on Vivian's farm - when the two meet, they quickly form a bond...

    This is a lovely slice of historical romance!
  • Molly Murphy Mysteries Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781472118066 - Rhys Bowen
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    Featuring the first three books in Rhys Bowen's wonderful Molly Murphy series, this collection is an ideal introduction to a New York Times bestselling author.

    Molly Murphy always knew she'd end up in trouble, just as her mother predicted. So, when she commits murder in self-defence, she flees Ireland - and her identity - for the anonymous shores of America. When she arrives in New York, Molly begins to breathe easier. But when a man is murdered on Ellis Island, a man Molly was seen arguing with, she becomes the prime suspect... using her Irish charm and sharp wit, Molly escapes Ellis Island and sets out to find the wily killer on her own. Determined to find the killer on her own, Molly escapes Ellis Island to pound the notorious streets of Hell's Kitchen and the Lower East Side - and a private investigator is born.

    Tightly plotted whodunnits, cleverly and expertly entwined with comedy, Murphy's Law, Death of Riley and For the Love of Mike by Rhys Bowen are sure to delight fans of Carola Dunn and introduce a new legion of fans to a wonderful character.

    This collection contains books 1-3 in Rhys Bowen's Molly Murphy series.
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    Seni Glaister
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    `Sunny, charming, and as playful as Stella Gibbons or E.F. Benson, The Museum of Things Left Behind took me on holiday to the tiny imaginary country of Vallerosa, and returned me with the wonderful feeling of having spent time with an uplifting friend.' - Laline Paull, 2015 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction-shortlisted author of The Bees.

    Our love of books is unsurpassed at the Book People so it's no surprise that our staff are passionate about writing, too. And now we're delighted to bring you the stunning hardback debut novel from our very own Seni Glaister - The Museum of Things Left Behind.

    With its lush valleys and beautiful mountains, the European country of Vallerosa appears to be a dream destination. A place lost in time, the community does not bother with money but does have strong values that mean more than any politician's ideals. But underneath this positive exterior, the locals are beginning to grow cranky and disaffected... Meanwhile, some hostile Americans have cottoned on to the country's financial potential and are making plans of their own. Will an unlikely visitor prove to be the agent of change the country's been waiting for?

    A book about the world we live in today and the issues that affect us all - from politics to religion and economics to a good cup of tea - the light, witty and heart-warming tone will keep you hooked from the very first page, and have you pining for a trip to Vallerosa!
  • Ruth Rendell's Inspector Wexford Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781784752866 - Ruth Rendell
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    Ruth Rendell was one of the most beloved crime authors of her generation and this 10-book collection contains some of her finest work.

    Focusing on Chief Inspector Wexford and his various cases, these books are riveting from the very first page. Wexford will have to solve the case of a father finding the murdered body of his own daughter; take on the near-impossible task of identifying an unidentified body that has been buried for ten years or so and decide if it's related to a new body found in similar circumstances; and investigate the disappearance of two teenage sisters during the worst rain in living memory...

    Intelligent writing full of heart, these are books that any lover of crime fiction should be reading and they showcase the talent of one of the UK's best ever thriller writers.
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    Harper Lee
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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.
  • Poldark Set - 2 Books - Collection - 9781509815074 - Winston Graham
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    With the BBC dramatisation of Winston Graham's Poldark set to return to our screens very soon, we are delighted to bring our customers this TV tie-in set of the beloved books.

    Ross Poldark introduces our hero. Tired from a long-fought war in America, Ross Poldark returns to his homeland but the joyful homecoming he anticipated turns sour: his father is dead, his estate is derelict and the girl he loves is engaged to his cousin. His sympathies for the locals are strong and they lead to him saving an impoverished miner's daughter from a fairground brawl, changing the course of his life forever...

    In Demelza, the miner's daughter he saved from the fairground brawl is now his wife and the turbulent years in which they live are testing their marriage and their love for one another. Demelza is trying to adapt to the ways of the gentry bring her only heartache and headaches, despite the joy of the first child. And Ross begins a bitter struggle for the rights of miners with his enemy, George Warleggan.

    Period writing of the highest calibre, this two-book set is ideal for fans of the Poldark show and those yet to read the incomparable works of Winston Graham.

    This set contains books one and two in Winston Graham's Poldark series

  • Pat Barker Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780241976234 - Pat Barker
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    Focusing on the treatment of casualties during World War I, our Pat Barker Collection is a powerful, harrowing examination of the insanity of conflict. Here, we are delighted to bring you her complete Regeneration series for less than the RRP of just one book - we're sure once you pick them up, you won't be able to put them down.

    In Regeneration, the first book in the series, a decorated English officer is sent to a military hospital after publicly declaring he will no longer fight. Combining real-life and fictional characters, and issues of class and politics, the book effortlessly weaves heart-rending prose and expert plotting.

    Completing this trio of poignant wartime novels are The Eye in the Door and the Man Booker Prize-winning The Ghost Road.

    An ideal set of books for anyone who is interested in powerful writing, historical fiction and military history, our three-book Pat Barker Collection is shocking, eye-opening and completely immersive.

    This collection contains books 1-3 in Pat Barker's Regeneration series.
  • Ken Follett Pillars of the Earth Collection - 20 CDs - Audio - 9781509818358 - Ken Follett
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    With 20 CDs adding up to over 25 hours' running time, this abridged audiobook collection contains Ken Follett's epic masterpiece Pillars of the Earth and its sequel World Without End.

    Pillars of the Earth is a thrilling drama set in 12th century England that revolves around a family conflict surrounding the building of a cathedral. World Without End is set two centuries later in medieval Kingsbridge and it once again finds men, women and children having to grapple with the devastating sweep of historical change.

    Both are read by beloved actor Richard E. Grant and provide captivating listening whether you're at home, in the car or on a longer journey.
    Format: CD (abridged)
  • Ngaio Marsh Collection - 7 Books - Collection - 9780007951741 - Ngaio Marsh
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    A bumper seven-book collection from acclaimed crime writer Ngaio Marsh, these classic whodunnits will introduce readers to Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn.

    Full of excellent characterisation and inventive murders, Alleyn wonders if his wife-to-be is a potential murderer; finds himself embroiled in a case of sinister infatuation; and has to solve the mystery of a body found in the back of a taxi.

    First-class crime fiction for fans of Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers.
  • Dr. Watson Thrillers Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781471147500 - Robert Ryan
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    Approved by the Arthur Conan Doyle Estate, these books from Robert Ryan follow Dr. John Watson as he rejoins his regiment during the First World War and becomes a reluctant and brilliant detective.

    In Dead Man's Land, Watson is offering his medical expertise on the trenches of Flanders Fields. There are many deaths, but then one body comes through with bizarre injuries. Something is terribly wrong and Watson must discover who the killer in the trenches is...

    The Dead Can Wait finds Watson back home but the horrors of war are weighing heavily on his mind - and now he's having to help rehabilitate soldiers suffering from shell-shock. But the war is not over and in one corner of England's countryside, the government are preparing the land ship - never-before-seen 'tanks' which they hope will put an end to the war. But in a training exercise, there is a horrific 'accident' - and the one survivor isn't talking... Can Watson find out what the government are hiding?

    A Study in Murder is set in 1917 and Watson is once again asked to be a medical officer, but something isn't right and he might need to call out for some long-distance help from an old friend...
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    Described as 'Miss Marple in her youth', Kate Shackleton tackles some of the quirky crimes and meddling mysteries that take place in the quiet Yorkshire village of Bridgestead during the 1920s.

    In Dying in the Wheel, Joshua Braithwaite has gone missing. His daughter is getting married and wants to try tracking him down one last time. Where could he be? Has he run off with his mistress? Or could he have been murdered? A lady who loves solving puzzles, Kate decides to take it upon herself to crack the case...

    The further stories find Kate investigating the links between a pawn-shop robbery, a fatal stabbing and a ransom demand; the murder of a gentleman banker who was facing ruin and disgrace; and a killing in the basement of the library in Leeds.

    Brilliant books for fans of Jacqueline Winspear and M.C. Beaton, this introduction to Frances Brody's Kate Shackleton series is full of wonderful characters, colourful historical detail and compelling crimes.
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    Inspector Chopra returns for his second case in The Perplexing Theft of the Jewel in the Crown.

    For centuries, the Koh-i-Noor diamond has caused nothing but bloodshed. It's now part of the British Crown Jewels and when they go on display in Mumbai, security is of the utmost importance. Yet when Inspector Chopra visits the exhibition, the diamond is stolen from under his nose in a seemingly impossible act of thievery. Will he - and his elephant - be able to find the criminal?

    Vaseem Khan's debut, The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra, was a huge favourite with Book People customers and we're pleased to say this new book is just as quirky, charming and enthralling. It will appeal to fans of Alexander McCall Smith.
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    Dominic Smith
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    Written by Dominic Smith, this captivating read tells of a 17th century painting that links three lives across three continents over three centuries. In 1600s Amsterdam, Sara de Vos loses her daughter suddenly and turns to painting in her grief. She creates the artwork of a dark landscape of a girl watching an ice skater from the edge of a wood.

    In 1957 in New York, Martijn de Groot has this painting - At the Edge of a Wood - hanging above his bed. When it's stolen, he is bereft. Meanwhile, struggling art student Ellie Shipley agrees to forge the painting for a dubious art dealer. Finally, we arrive at Sydney in 2000 and Ellie is now a celebrated art historian and curator. She's curating an exhibition about the female painters of the Dutch Golden Age but then it becomes apparent the original version of this painting and her forgery are en route to the museum.

    Exhilarating from start to finish, this book is one you won't want to put down. Full of period detail and with its intriguing premise that threatens to see Ellie's life and reputation spiral out of control, it's a rewarding and elegantly written read.
  • Robert Goddard Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9780552173858 - Robert Goddard
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    This riveting five-book collection provides you with the perfect introduction to the hugely popular thriller writer, Robert Goddard.

    In Pale Battalions is a book that follows Leonora Galloway as she sets out on a trip to France with her daughter Penelope. They head to the battlefields of WWI, where Leonora's father is commemorated, but the date of death is surprising and it indicates that Leonara's father was not who she thought. This is just the start of a series of revelations that spans three generations...

    Beyond Recall focuses on the estranged Chris Napier, as he is persuaded to return home for his niece's wedding. Once there, he notices his old childhood friend Nicky Lanyon. Shortly after, Nicky hangs himself and Chris has to visit a a tragedy that has loomed over him for 34 years; Out of the Sun finds Harry Barnett shocked to discover he has a son - a brilliant mathematician who is now languishing in a diabetic coma. And this is only the first mystery he'll encounter; Set in Stone has the grieving widower Tony Sheridan going to stay with his sister-in-law and her husband on a bizarre moated house in the countryside. Once there, he struggles with weird and vivid dreams...

    Finally, there's Dying to Tell, an intricate mystery about Lance Bradley, who is happily idling away his life in Somerset. But then he receives a call for help from the eccentric sister of his old friend Rupert Alder. It seems that Rupe has disappeared without a trace...

    Titles in this collection: In Pale Battalions
    Out of the Sun
    Set in Stone
    Dying to Tell
    Beyond Recall
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    Rebecca Tope
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    Rebecca Tope's latest novel about house-sitter Thea Osborne finds the sleuthing extraordinaire in the village of Chedworth, Gloucestershire. She's happily going about creating an inventory of Rita Wilshire's possessions, as requested by her son, Richard, after she has been moved into a care home but then disaster strikes - Richard has been found dead in a barn!

    Thea and Richard's fiance, Drew Slocombe, struggle to give any answers to his family's questions. Thea knows the Wilshires have ta chequered past so can't resist snooping around. Was his death suicide? Or could it be something more sinister?

    The clues are not helpful and this starts to put a strain on Drew and Thea's relationship, especially when it becomes clear neither will give up until the truth is revealed.
  • Andrea Camilleri Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781509858217 - Andrea Camilleri
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    This huge collection follows the first 10 investigations of the one and only Inspector Salvo Montalbano. Adapted into a popular television series, if you imagine Inspector Morse in Italy you will be halfway there! These books are fantastic for fans of Donna Leon and Michael Dibdin.

    The Shape of the Water is the first ever book starring the wry detective and it follows him as he looks into the death of an engineer of the Splendour Refuse Collection Company. The coroner's verdict is the death was from natural causes - but Montalbano has other ideas...

    Honest and streetwise, Montalbano makes it his mission to uncover the truth, despite obstacles from the police, the judge and the bishop.

    This collection includes books 1-10 in Andrea Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano series. Format: paperback
  • Ann Cleeves Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781509858231 - Ann Cleeves
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    This bumper collection provides the perfect introduction to Ann Cleeves' bestselling stories. It contains five novels in the Vera series (adapted into a hit ITV drama starring Brenda Blethyn) and five books from the Shetland series (adapted by the BBC into a popular show starring Douglas Henshall).

    Available for an unbelievable Book People price, the first five books in the Vera series follow Vera Stanhope as the detective investigates a series of strange occurrences across the North Pennines. She starts by joining three very different women as they arrive at an isolated cottage to complete an environmental survey. But when they get there, they find the body of one of Bella's friends... Vera also makes fresh inquiries into the decade-old case of the murder of a 15-year-old girl; and investigates the disappearance of her hippy neighbour.

    Set in the remote community of the Shetland Islands, the five Shetland books follow Jimmy Perez as he encounters all manner of evil characters. He finds his neighbour left for dead after being strangled; looks into the case of an amnesiac's 'suicide'; and has to deal with the discovery of a woman's body at the supposed sanctuary of the Fair Isles bird observatory.
  • 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.