Fiction

Summer Reading

  • Peter Robinson Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781509858224 - Peter Robinson
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    Peter Robinson
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    Acclaimed by Dennis Lehane and Ian Rankin, Peter Robinson is one of the world's favourite thriller writers. In this new 10-book collection, we've hand-picked our favourite Inspector Alan Banks novels and also added in some captivating stand-alone stories.

    The Inspector Banks series finds the detective looking into various horrific murders that have taken place in Swainsdale. A well-liked local historian has been found half-buried under a drystone wall in A Dedicated Man and it's up to Banks to get the key information out of young Sally Lumb, who is clearly hiding something...

    The Hanging Valley finds a faceless corpse being discovered in a tranquil, hidden valley. No one is prepared to talk about it with Banks and his frustrations grow further still when the identity of the body is revealed; and in Wednesday's Child Banks investigates a particularly unpleasant murder at the site of an abandoned mine. This soon leads to an encounter with a truly terrifying criminal...

    This collection contains books 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 14 and 15 in Peter Robinson's Inspector Alan Banks series alongside two stand-alone novels.
  • Ali McNamara Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780751570236 - Ali McNamara
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    Ali McNamara
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    These contemporary novels from Ali McNamara will leave you with a positive buzz - they're perfect summer reads!

    The Summer of Serendipity follows property seeker Serendipity Parker as she finds herself on the beautiful west coast of Ireland, hunting for a home for a wealthy Irish client. She finds the perfect place, known locally as 'The Welcome House' but nobody knows who owns it. Can she find out who? The usually proud workaholic Serendipity also finds herself becoming more and more distracted by the attractive hotel manager, Finn...

    Letters from Lighthouse Cottage will transport you to the perfect English seaside town of Sandybridge. Home to gift shops, tea rooms and a fantastic fish and chip shop, it's also where Grace lives. She's enjoyed a high-flying career travelling the world and starting a family but now she's back in the seaside town and hanging out with her best friend from her teenage years. Why has she made a return?

    The Little Flower Shop follows Poppy Carmichael as she inherits her grandmother's flower shop and has to return to Cornwall - a place that holds far too many memories. As she struggles with running the more shabby-than-chic shop, she meets Jake - a gruff but gorgeous flower grower.
  • Carola Dunn's Cornish Mysteries Collection - 4 Books - Collection - 9781472127693 - Carola Dunn
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    This collection contains four cosy crime novels starring the retired widow, Eleanor Trewynn. Written by Carola Dunn, the author of the bestselling Daisy Dalrymple series, these are charming stories full of daring thefts, double-crossing and murder most foul.

    Set in the beautiful surroundings of Cornwall, the series begins with Manna from Hades, a story which finds Eleanor quickly realising there is no such thing as a restful retirement. She heads home from years of working overseas to the village of Port Mabyn in Cornwall. Once there, she decides to continue her charity work, but one morning she finds a valuable donation and corpse stuffed into her storeroom. She enlists the help of her niece, Detective Sergeant Megan Pencarrow, and together the duo try to crack the case...

    Eleanor also has to discover who killed a local artist; rescues a half-drowned Indian man out of the water; and embarks on a chase across fog-bound Bodmin Moor when deaths are occurring all around her.
  • Stephen Booth Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780751570229 - Stephen Booth
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    Stephen Booth
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    Nominated for the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award, Stephen Booth is a talented author whose books are drenched in atmosphere and suspense. They will appeal to readers of Denise Mina and Peter James.

    Dead and Buried is the first book in the series and brutal acts of firestarting have ravaged the Peak District. DS Ben Cooper believes these blazes are best left to the firefighters, but then an intruder breaks into an abandoned pub and Cooper uncovers some grim surprises. There's evidence of a double homicide and a fresh corpse... It's up to Cooper and DI Diane Fry to discover what links the three deaths and discover those responsible for the raging fires...

    Already Dead finds Derbyshire in the midst of a summer of endless rain. A man's body has been discovered lying in shallow weather, but the weather has swollen the rivers and flooded the roads, making travel difficult and forensic examination impossible... Soon, the officers are put under intolerable strain and loyalties are split.

    Corpse Bridge has a landowner announcing plans to deconsecrate a burial ground and turn it into a car park. But as works starts, bodies begin to appear on this funeral march. Could there be a serial killer on the loose?

    This collection contains books 12-14 in Stephen Booth's Cooper and Fry series.
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  • Jane Green Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781509858262 - Jane Green
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    Jane Green
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    Jane Green is a bestselling author whose writing will appeal to fans of Sophie Kinsella and Marian Keyes. This collection contains three contemporary tales that are just perfect for your summer reading.

    Summer Secrets is a gripping tale of recovery and redemption that spans across 16 years in the life of Cat Coombs. In 1998, she's a hard-partying journalist whose life is sent spiralling downwards when she discovers the identity of the father she never knew she had. Fast-forward to 2014 and Cat's life has come full circle. She wants to make amends to those she has hurt and ends up in Nantucket, where the women she once called family still live. However, they are harbouring secrets of their own...

    Falling is a novel about finding a home and family where you least expect them; and Saving Grace is a compelling story of betrayal as Grace Chapman's perfect life is threatened by the arrival of Beth, her bestselling author Ted's new, passionate and younger assistant.
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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!
  • Michael Pearce Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781472127679 - Michael Pearce
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    Michael Pearce
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    With impeccable historical detail, the crime thrillers in Mamur Zapt author Michael Pearce's Dead Man series will have you hooked and guessing from the very first page.

    Set in the British embassies and Consulates of Europe in the early 1900s, A Dead Man in Istanbul follows Seymour of the Special Branch as he looks into the strange death of the Second Secretary of the Embassy in Istanbul. Apparently he'd been attempting to swim the Dardanelles Straits (a passage between Europe and Asia heavily used by warships, tankers and cargo vessels) in an attempt to repeat the legendary feat of Leander. At least that's what the Embassy is claiming. However, there's a bullet in his head and it's up to Seymour to discover exactly what happened.

    These enticing spy thrillers also find Seymour investigating killings and conspiracies in Athens and Barcelona.

    This collection contains books 2, 3 and 5 from Michael Pearce's Dead Man series.
  • A Lesson in Love - Hardback - 9781444779356 - Gervase Phinn
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    Gervase Phinn
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    Back with the fourth book in his funny and warm Little Village School series, bestselling author Gervase Phinn's A Lesson in Love brings readers back to Barton-in-the-Dale to rejoin some truly memorable characters.

    Everyone can see that Ashley and Emmet are made for each other, they just need to admit it to themselves. But while romance blossoms one side of the village, things are different for an angry young boy who struggles to believe in love following a tragedy. Meanwhile, an eccentric teacher joins the staff and a new vicar stirs up some trouble...

    Full of the gossip, love, laughter and friendship that makes the Little Village School series so enjoyable, A Lesson in Love is an endearing, warm-hearted and hilarious follow-up to The School Inspector Calls.
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    Alison Weir
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    Following the success of Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen last year, historian Alison Weir presents the second book in her fictional Six Tudor Queens series - Anne Boleyn: A King's Obsession.

    brilliant novel for fans of Philippa Gregory, it finds Weir presenting an unforgettable portrait of Anne Boleyn and showing that she was an ambitious individual who managed to change the course of history.

    Fresh from the palaces of Burgundy and France, Anne quickly drew attention at the English court and embraced the play of courtly love. She wanted the crown and was determined to get it - by any means necessary...

    The second of Henry's queens, it is common knowledge how she died but this enthralling page-turner of a novel explains how she also lived.
  • Vanessa Greene Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780751570212 - Vanessa Greene
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    Vanessa Greene
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    Full of romance and friendship, love and life, laughter and tears, this frothy three-book collection from Vanessa Greene will appeal to those who enjoy upbeat and optimistic summer reads.

    The Vintage Teacup Club follows three women as they find the perfect brew of friendship after meeting at a car boot sale in Sussex. All very different, they fall for the same vintage tea set and decide to share it. It soon plays a part in changing all their lives...

    The Seafront Tea Rooms provide the perfect hideaway from the stresses of modern life and a group of women soon find what they've been searching for when they visit; The Beachside Guest House is set on a beautiful Greek island and follows Rosa and Bee as they make the plan to take over the converted windmill in which they once stayed during their younger years...
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    Peter May
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    Presented in keepsake hardback, Cast Iron is the sixth and final page-turner in Peter May's bestselling series following the life of half-Scottish, half-Italian forensic scientist Enzo Macleod.

    In 1989 a killer dumped the body of a 23-year-old called Lucie Martin into a lake in France. Fourteen years later, her remains were exposed by a drought. No one was ever convicted of her murder, but now Enzo is on the case...

    Already the toughest challenge he's ever faced, Enzo finds a flaw in the original evidence that brings up old ghosts and will endanger everyone he holds dear...

    A fitting finale for this captivating series.
  • Gerald Durrell Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781509858378 - Gerald Durrell
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    Gerald Durrell
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    This collection contains three witty reads from the inimitable Gerald Durrell, the bestselling author of My Family and Other Animals. You'll have been watching the story of his life on ITV's hit drama, The Durrells and now you can read some of his quirky thoughts on all kinds of subjects.

    Marrying off Mother and Other Stories is a wonderful collection of stories (some true, some not so true...) full of eccentric characters and absurd situations. Gerald talks about when he helped his mother try and find a new husband; and the acquisition of a strongly perfumed pig named Esmerelda...

    Beasts in my Belfry showcases Gerald's sharp eye for observing humour in any situation and has him explaining how from the age of 2, the only thing he ever wanted to do was study animals. It then goes on to become a charming account of his first job in 1945 as a student keeper at Whipsnade Zoo. He talks about the awesome animals he used to keep company - including a lion who was a dab hand at ventriloquism and a brown bear he used to enjoy singing duets with.

    Rosy is My Relative was Gerald's first novel and it focuses on a 30-year-old man who receives an unexpected inheritance - #500 and an elephant called Rosy who has a thirst for liquor... Gerald decided there's only one thing to do - he's going to give the elephant to the circus.
  • Catherine Alliott Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9780718185992 - Catherine Alliott
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    Praised by Sophie Kinsella and Marian Keyes, Catherine Alliott's books offer perfect escapism. Here we've compiled together five of her best novels - and they're available for one unbelievable Book People price.

    A Rural Affair finds Poppy Shilling feeling a guilty sense of relief after her husband's death. For far too long, she'd lived in a loveless marriage. Now she's on her own, she throws herself into village life and everyone is taking notice, except the one man she can't take her eyes off...; One Day in May follows Hattie Carrington as she tries to escape her chequered past. But then her former lover's widow and his gorgeous younger brother arrive in town. Will she admit to what she did?

    The Wedding Day finds Annie O'Harran getting married all over again. Before the wedding, she has to get through a summer in Cornwall with her competitive sister, ex-husband and heartbroken houseguest; My Husband Next Door looks at how Ella's whirlwind marriage to artist Sebastian Montclair evolved into an unconventional set-up where they are separated in every way but distance. Just as she falls for Ludo the gardener, Sebastian decides to move on. Will Ella catch up to the secrets that really destroyed her marriage?

    Finally, Wish You Were Here finds Flora, James and their two teenage daughters enjoying the holiday of a lifetime in the south of France. However, they didn't bargain on taking in a mysterious guest and a whole heap of family baggage coming to the fore...
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    Clare Swatman
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    Zoe's husband has died and she's not sure where to turn. She and Ed had fumbled their way into adulthood, and although they were on different paths they were always heading in the same direction.

    Eventually after working in dead-end jobs and enduring chaotic house shares over the years, romance finally blossomed - but then the tragic accident happened. While cycling to work, Ed was knocked off his bike and dies. Zoe is left with no choice but to survive, but she's not yet ready to let go of her memories.

    As she reminisces about all their happy times, she decides she has to tell Ed everything she never got round to saying. At the same time, she wonders if there's a way she can get him back...

    Heartbreaking and poignant, Clare Swatman's debut novel Before You Go will leave you in tears and completely absorb you from the very first page.
  • The Dark Tower Collection - Collection - 9781473671355 - Stephen King
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    Starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, the adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower will be one of the fantasy film events of the year. This is the entire collection of novels that inspired the film and you can get your hands on it for a simply unbelievable Book People price.

    The Gunslinger has one of the most iconic opening lines of all time ('The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.') and introduces Roland of Gilead, a loner known as the Last Gunslinger who finds himself on a journey towards the Dark Tower...

    While on his journey, Roland forms a friendship with Jake, an inquisitive child from New York, and then faces a choice between damnation and salvation...

    Stephen King is known for novels including Carrie, The Shining and It, but The Dark Tower series is often cited as his finest work. With eight books to read through, you'll be intrigued and entertained for hours on end with this slipcased collection.
  • C.J. Sansom Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781509858309 - CJ Sansom
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    This huge collection will take you back to the 16th century as it brings together the first three bestsellers in C.J. Sansom's Shardlake series.

    Set in 1537, a time of revolution when England had seen its greatest changes since 1066, the trilogy starts with Dissolution. In this book, Henry VIII has proclaimed himself Supreme Head of the Church and has brought in new laws, rigged trials and the greatest network of informers ever seen. Meanwhile, Thomas Cromwell has sent a team of commissioners to investigate the monasteries in an attempt to dissolve them. Dr Matthew Shardlake is a lawyer and long-term supporter of Reform, but when he's sent to investigate a horrific murder of one of Cromwell's team he begins to doubt everything he ever believed...

    Dark Fire finds Shardlake trying to keep a low profile but this doesn't last long. He's soon sent to follow the trail of Greek Fire (the legendary substance with which the Byzantines destroyed the Arab navies) across the whole of Tudor London; and Sovereign finds Shardlake investigating the murder of a York glazier who may well be connected to the royal family...
  • Rome Trilogy - 3 Books - Collection - 9781409608165 - M.C. Scott
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    M.C. Scott's Rome books brilliantly bring to life a fascinating and popular historical era. The three novels included in this collection are all extremely gripping and capture the passion, tension and intrigue of the time.

    The Emperor's Spy finds a mysterious prophecy foretelling that Rome will burn, and only one man can save it, while in The Coming of the King Sebastos Pantera, known to his enemies as the Leopard, must find the most dangerous man in the empire and bring him to justice. The Eagle of the Twelfth tells the story of Demalion and his legionnaires as they go undercover into Jerusalem to recover their pride...

    Likely to appeal to fans of Simon Scarrow and Conn Iggulden, this exciting and captivating historical fiction set is sure to keep you hooked!
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    Tom McCarthy
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    Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015, Tom McCarthy's Satin Island is the the tale of a consultant who wants to crack the meaning of our age.

    U is talented but uneasy. His employers advise everyone from big businesses to governments, but he spends his days procrastinating and meandering through the images of which he's bombarded with every day. He starts to wonder if all these pictures have a hidden code that will explain everything...

    Intelligently written by the author of C, this is an ambitious novel that attempts to match the political and corporate global landscapes of today with the thoughts of the people who inhabit the world.
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    Jodi Picoult
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    Jodi Picoult, the author of My Sister's Keeper, examines themes of birth, death and responsibility in her latest page-turner, Small Great Things.

    A routine hospital procedure ends in tragedy when a newborn baby dies and there is no doubt as to who will be held responsible. It's the nurse who has been banned from looking after him by his father. However, the nurse, her lawyer and the father of the child will never have imagined just how much this death will change their lives.

    Looking at the issues that both unite and divide us, this is a compelling novel all about prejudice and power.
  • India Black Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781783297306 - Carol K Carr
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    Become acquainted with India Black, the Madam of Espionage, in this three-book collection of Victorian crime capers!

    Written by Carol K. Carr, you'll be thoroughly entertained as you follow the amusing murder mysteries. The first self-titled novel to star India Black finds India keeping her tarts in line and avoiding the police, but when Sir Archibald Latham of the War Office dies of a heart attack while visiting her brothel, the madam finds herself thrust into a deadly game of blackmail and deceit between British and Russian agents...

    India Black and the Widow of Windsor finds the Queen under threat from assassination; while India Black and the Gentleman Thief has India's double life of operating a brothel and running espionage in considerable danger of unravelling...

    Witty, addictive and full of surprises, the India Black series is historical crime fiction at its finest!

    Please note, this collection contains books 1, 2 and 4 of the Madam of Espionage series.

  • The High Mountains of Portugal - Hardback - 9781782119203 - Yann Martel
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    In his eagerly awaited new novel, Yann Martel - the author of bestselling Booker Prize winner Life of Pi - takes readers on a quest for a lost relic. It's a journey that begins in Africa in the 1600s and culminates in contemporary North America, via a trip to Portugal at the turn of the last century.

    Funny, tragic and sublime, this novel takes in the topics of faith, responsibility and finding the courage to face death. It is a book full of layers, surprises and exploration. Everything from love to suffering and faith to evolution is touched upon.

    A remarkable novel from a bestselling author that examines the spiritual and philosophical concerns that make people human. A must-read for any fans of contemporary fiction.
  • Philippa Gregory Collection - 6 Books - Collection - 9781471155185 - Philippa Gregory
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    Six historical novels for one unbelievable Book People price, this is the entire collection of Philippa Gregory's bestselling Cousins' War series. Certain to transport you back in time to England during the War of the Roses, the books' settings have been richly researched and the plots are completely compelling.

    Although not released in this order, it's widely thought that reading the books in chronological order (The Lady of the Rivers, The Red Queen, The White Queen, The Kingmaker's Daughter, The White Princess, The King's Curse) offers the best experience. Covering Henry VIII's predecessors and Elizabeth Woodville's rise to the throne, the books are full of shocks, scandals, murders and have some healthy romance added for good measure.

    By reading all the books in the series, you'll see why Philippa Gregory is heralded as the queen of historical fiction - and how her Cousins' War books inspired the hit BBC show The White Queen.

    This collection contains books 1-6 in Philippa Gregory's Cousins' War series.
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    Margaret Drabble
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    Written by the great Margaret Drabble, The Dark Flood Rises is an engrossing novel all about mortality and what happens to us as we grow old. It covers all the existential questions with a dark sense of humour.

    Francesca Stubbs is the protagonist and she'll hold your hand as she takes a walk through death and old age. She invites you to join her with drinks with her dear friends, accompany her as she drops off sumptuous suppers for her ex-husband and visit her daughter. She also is in contact with her son in Tenerife, who is dealing with the estate of his shockingly deceased girlfriend.

    From what constitutes a good death to understanding if we have lived well, it's a poignant and intelligent slice of literary fiction that is told with characteristic wit.
  • Ian Rankin Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781407234649 - Ian Rankin
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    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.