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Our range of crime, mystery and thriller books is full of explosive action, unexpected twists and shocking scandals. We offer the famous Sherlock Holmes books, Alex Cross novels, bestsellers and much more alongside a hand-picked selection of crime books, thriller and mystery novels that belong on every reader's bookshelf.

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    Agatha Raisin: Beating About the Bush

    MC Beaton

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    Nothing is quite what it seems when Agatha Raisin investigates...

    M.C. Beaton's cosy crime books following super sleuth Agatha are a huge favourite with our customers and this latest novel finds her investigating something particularly gruesome when a severed leg is found on a roadside hedge...

    In addition to this discovery, Agatha is also having to deal with her developing feelings for Sir Charles Frath and a bad-tempered donkey...
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    The Long Call

    Ann Cleeves

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    Follow Ann Cleeves to Devon for a new mystery...

    The Long Call is the first novel in a new series from the Vera and Shetland author. It follows Detective Matthew Venn as he heads back to North Devon to attend his father's funeral. When Matthew turned his back on the strict evangelical community he grew up with, he managed to lose his family.

    He's now back in the area and as well as mourning his father, he's also working in the Two Rivers region. It soon becomes apparent everything is not quite as idyllic as the tourists would have you believe... A body of a man with a tattoo of an albatross on his neck has been found on the beach near Matthew's new home - and his investigations will take him right back into the deadly secrets of the community he left behind...
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    The Complete Shetland Collection - 8 Books

    Ann Cleeves

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    This collection contains all eight absorbing thrillers from Ann Cleeves' bestselling Shetland series, which has been adapted into a popular BBC drama starring Douglas Henshall.

    Detective Jimmy Perez encounters all kinds of evil in the remote community: 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.

    Set against a stunning and evocative backdrop, these are powerful and page-turning murder mysteries full of surprises and suspense. Any crime thriller fan will want to add this collection to their bookshelf.

    This collection contains books 1-8 in Ann Cleeves' Shetland series
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    To the Land of Long Lost Friends

    Alexander McCall Smith

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    Sign up for another instalment of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency...

    Alexander McCall Smith's latest novel finds Mr J. L. B. Matekoni being approached by a client of Mma Ramotswe. His brother has built him a new house but is refusing to move on.

    Elsewhere, a woman with a troublesome daughter needs Mma Ramotswe's help and Charlie is still enamoured with Queenie-Queenie. As a love triangle starts to loom, Mma Makutsi decides to get involved.
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    The Guardians

    John Grisham

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    The master of the legal thriller returns...

    John Grisham's The Guardians finds a young black man named Quincy Miller being sent to prison for life for the murder of the young lawyer, Keith Russo. After 22 years languishing behind bars, Quincy finds hope of being a free man once again when he writes a letter to Guardian Ministries, a small innocence group founded by a lawyer/minister named Cullen Post.
    Guardian handles only a few innocence cases at a time and Post is its only investigator but he gets far more than he bargained for when it comes to Quincy... It turns out ruthless people in power murdered Russo all those years ago - and they won't hesitate to kill again.
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    The New Hercule Poirot Mysteries Collection - 3 Books

    Sophie Hannah

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    Little Face and Lasting Damage author Sophie Hannah continues Agatha Christie's timeless Hercule Poirot series in this mysterious three-book collection.

    In The Monogram Murders, Hercule Poirot is enjoying a quiet supper in 1920s London when he is interrupted by a young woman claiming she is about to be murdered. She's clearly terrified but insistent that the Belgian detective does not find and punish her killer...

    However, we all know Poirot better than that and soon his 'little grey cells' are twitching. Will he be able to crack this diabolically clever case? Poirot also has to deal with a woman who claims to have a letter from him accusing her of being a killer (The Mystery of Three Quarters) and the strange case of a Lady who summons a lawyer to changer her will before hosting a dinner party...
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    Rachel Howzell Hall Collection - 3 Books

    Rachel Howzell Hall

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    Rachel Howzell Hall's Detective Elouise Norton novels are set in Los Angeles and follow an intelligent and witty detective as she looks into various crimes and killings...

    Land of Shadows, the first book in the series has the body of a teenage girl being found on a construction site. Lou's partner insists it's suicide, but Lou has other ideas - especially as the site is owned by millionaire Napoleon Crase, the man she believes murdered her sister...

    Lou also investigates a tragic house fire that may be the work of a serial arsonist known as The Burning Man; and the death of a 13-year-old who lived in the same building where she grew up...

    For fans of authors like Lee Child, Kathy Reichs, Tess Gerritsen

    This collection includes books 1-3 in Rachel Howzell Hall's Detective Elouise Norton series

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    Colin Dexter's Inspector Morse Collection - 14 Books

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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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    Malcolm Mackay Glasgow Trilogy - 3 Books

    Malcolm Mackay

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    It's hard to kill a man well...

    Malcolm Mackay's award-winning Glasgow Trilogy is a brutally dark and thrilling series following a 29-year-old hitman with shady relationships and dark morals. Set in the city's underworld, these gritty books are packed with danger.

    Calum MacLean lives alone in Glasgow and is offered various 'jobs' due to his unique set of skills. He doesn't care where the money comes from and is given the brief to kill Lewis Winter. But Calum knows better than anyone how killing someone can lead to even more danger and trepidation...

    Before he retired, Frank MacLeod was the best in the business but now he's back in the game with a bang and the wrong person is dead in How a Gunman Says Goodbye; and The Sudden Arrival of Violence finds two of Glasgow's biggest criminal organisations quietly at war with one another...
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    Nothing Ventured

    Jeffrey Archer

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    This is not a detective story. It is a story about a detective...

    Jeffrey Archer, the bestselling author of The Clifton Chronicles, kicks off a new series with Nothing Ventured. William Warwick always wanted to follow in his father's footsteps and joins London's Metropolitan Police Force.

    While investigating the theft of a priceless Rembrandt painting from the Fitzmolean Museum, he falls in love with research assistant Beth Rainsford and ends up on the trail of a suave art collector and his brilliant lawyer who are willing to bend the law at all costs.
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    Nick Louth Collection - 3 Books

    Nick Louth

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    The bodies pile up in these twisted thrillers...

    Criminologist Martin Knight has always been a thorn in the side of the police but then he goes missing along with his wife, Liz. The police are struggling to find clues when Liz's ex DCI Craig Gillard is brought on to the case. He starts examining whether the events around the shocking Girl F case have any bearing on this latest disappearance.

    DCI Gillard also investigates the shocking murder of a promising architect and his aunt's potential involvement in a brutal killing. These pacy crime novels will captivate you from first page to last.
    For fans of authors like Robert Bryndza, Tania Carver, Liane Moriarty
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    Guilty Not Guilty

    Felix Francis

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    Can Bill Russell track down his wife's murderer before it's too late?

    In this Dick Francis novel from Felix Francis, Bill is acting as a volunteer steward at Warwick races when he is told about the violent death of his beloved wife. When Bill is made the prime suspect for the killing, he is hounded by the media and his whole life starts to unravel...
    As friends and family turn against Bill, he vows to clear his name and find the true culprit... Set against the grief of personal tragedy and loss, Guilty Not Guilty is a thrilling tale of greed and jealousy.
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    Now You See Them

    Elly Griffiths

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    The fifth book in Elly Griffiths' Brighton Mysteries series starring DCI Edgar Stephens and Max Mephisto...

    A decade has passed since the events in previous novel The Vanishing Box and a number of women are going missing from Brighton including the local schoolgirl, Rhonda Miles. Things get more sinister when one of the missing girls is found dead...

    So much has changed in everyone's personal and professional lives but when circumstances force the gang back together, all sorts of old feelings are sparked. When Edgar Stephens' daughter Ruby goes missing, the team will have to keep cool heads to track down the killer - especially as they'll need to negotiate violent clashes between mods and rockers on Brighton's seafront while they investigate...

    Please note this is the fifth book in Elly Griffiths' Brighton Mysteries series, not the Dr Ruth Galloway series as referenced in our catalogue. We apologise for any inconvenience.
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    Steve Cavanagh Collection - 3 Books

    Steve Cavanagh

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    Before becoming a lawyer, Eddie Flynn was a con artist. It doesn't take him long to realise that the two careers are not actually that different...

    In these pacy and absorbing reads, Eddie's past catches up with him. The Defence is the first book in the bestselling series and it finds Eddie vowing never to set foot in a courtroom again. When the Russian Mafia track him down and kidnap his daughter, he has no choice... Under the scrutiny of the media and the FBI, Eddie must use every trick in the book to ensure he sees Amy again.

    The Plea finds Eddie representing an innocent client that could put his wife's livelihood in jeopardy; and The Liar finds him taking on the case of a missing daughter and her desperate father.
    For fans of authors like: John Grisham, Lee Child, Vince Flynn

    This collection contains books 1-3 in Steve Cavanagh's Eddie Flynn series
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    Ian Rankin Collection - 4 Books

    Ian Rankin

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    Can you help Inspector Rebus uncover the truth?

    Ian Rankin's John Rebus police procedurals follow the detective as he attempts to uncover the brutal crimes that hide behind the tourist-friendly facade of Edinburgh - all while battling a number of demons of his own...

    In these books, Rebus is meant to have retired but a life of leisure does not suit him all that well. He jumps at the chance to get involved in some grisly, sleazy cases...

    Rankin subtly introduces challenging social issues (racism, austerity, division) into each novel that show why he is regarded as one of Britain's finest crime writers.

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    Platform Seven

    Louise Doughty

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    Two deaths. One train station. What's the connection?
    It's 4am in November and Peterborough railway station is deserted. The man crossing the covered walkway is confident he's alone and is all set to jump. But then Lisa Evans appears...

    Lisa knows what the man has decided to do but fails to stop him walking to the platform edge. There have now been two fatalities on Platform Seven in the past year and the half - could they be connected?

    Lisa is desperate to find out - especially as she was first of the two to die...

    Apple Tree Yard author Louise Doughty's dark new novel will have you racing through the pages...
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    Many Rivers To Cross

    Peter Robinson

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    The latest Detective Superintendent Alan Banks novel from Peter Robinson.

    A young boy's body has been carefully stuffed into a wheelie bin and now it's up to Banks and his team to investigate. Who is this boy? Where did he come from? And why was he left in a bin?

    The local press seize upon the story with an illegal immigrant angle while the national papers report it as another stabbing. Meanwhile, a drug addict has also been found dead. Banks finds links from both cases that lead to the organised crime in Eastvale - and then one takes him to a friend with a dark side...

    This contemporary and timely thriller will stay with you for a long time.
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    Miss Seeton Mysteries Collection - 8 Books

    Heron Carvic

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    Set in the town of Plummergen, these humorous mysteries find retired art teacher Miss Seeton investigating all kinds of quirky killings. Featuring 'a most beguiling protagonist' (New York Times), they follow on from our previous three-book collection that delighted so many cosy crime fans.

    Throughout these books, Miss Seeton looks into a crime wave that has taken over her peaceful home village; finds herself accused of being a thief's accomplice; and investigates a potential killer at a tennis tournament. Will it be a case of game, set and match?

    For fans of authors like M.C. Beaton, Rhys Bowen, L.C. Tyler.

    This collection includes books 4-12 in the Miss Seeton Mysteries series
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    And Then There Were None

    Agatha Christie

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    Celebrate the 80th anniversary of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None - the bestselling murder mystery of all time - with this special hardback gift edition.

    It's 1939 and Europe is teetering on the brink of war. Ten strangers have been invited to Soldier Island, a place cut off from the mainland but near the Devon. When they arrive, the strangers find their hosts mysteriously absent and each of them is accused of a terrible crime... When one of the party dies, they realise they may be harbouring a murderer.

    These very different strangers - including a reckless playboy, a troubled doctor, a formidable judge, an uncouth detective, an unscrupulous mercenary, a God-fearing spinster, a highly decorated general, an anxious secretary and two restless servants - soon start to be picked off, one by one.

    There are also copies of an ominous nursery rhyme hanging in every room - and the killings mimic the fates of all Ten Little Soldier Boys... Hercule "probably the world's greatest detective" Poirot is sent to investigate...
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    The Lying Room

    Nicci French

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    'It's Nicci French perfection - which, as we all know, is the best kind of perfection. So, so gripping and brilliantly clued' - Sophie Hannah.

    When Neve Connolly looks down at a murdered man, she decides NOT to call the police... Neve is a mother, wife and trusted colleague and friend. She's made mistakes over the years - and some have been deliberate.

    But now one of her mistakes is spiralling out of control and bringing those around her into immense danger. Just how far is she prepared to go to protect those she loves?

    This finely crafted stand-alone psychological thriller from Nicci French will keep you guessing.
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    Clare Donoghue Collection - 3 Books

    Clare Donoghue

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    Based in and around South East London, Clare Donoghue's DS Jane Bennett and DI Mike Lockyer police procedurals will chill you to the bone...

    You won't be able to stop turning the pages in Never Look Back, the first novel in the series (and Clare's debut), as the regional murder squad find themselves on the trail of a murderer who brutally killed three women in sadistic fashion while they were only feet away from safety... DI Lockyer desperately tries to find the link between these incidents but what he discovers throws his personal and professional life into turmoil.

    No Place to Die finds the duo on the trail of a killer with a seriously twisted mind; and Trust No One has an unhappy marriage ending in murder...

    For fans of authors like David Hewson, Mark Billingham, Tess Gerritsen

    This collection contains books 1-3 in Clare Donoghue's DS Jane Bennett and DI Mike Lockyer series
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    Elevator Pitch

    Linwood Barclay

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    'It's one hell of a suspense novel' - Stephen King.

    Linwood Barclay's Elevator Pitch is a psychological thriller that finds two seasoned detectives and a straight-shooting journalist facing a race against time to uncover the truth behind the deadly acts of sabotage that are devastating New York City.

    It all begins on a Monday when four people are involved in a tragic Manhattan office tower elevator 'accident'. At first it's seen as a horrific and random tragedy but then it happens again - and other high-rise buildings in the city are also at risk.

    As thousands refuse to leave their homes, commerce slows to a trickle and emergency calls to top floors of apartment buildings are left unanswered. But who could be behind all this? And just what does a fingerless body found on the High Line have to do with it?

    This is another pulsating page-turner from Linwood Barclay that will leave you breathless...
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    Bloody January

    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.
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    Chris Lloyd Collection - 3 Books

    Chris Lloyd

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    Can you crack the killings in Catalonia?

    A number of hate figures - including a loan shark, a corrupt priest and four thugs who blighted the streets - have been murdered in the Catalan city of Girona. Each corpse has then been presented in a way that no one can fathom!

    Elisenda Domenech, the head of the city's newly formed Serious Crime Unit, is determined to do all she can to stop the attacks. She believes the attacker is drawing on the city's legends to choose his targets, but her colleagues aren't convinced... She faces a battle against the press, the public and other members of the police force to discover the truth.
    For fans of authors like Val McDermid, Andrea Camilleri, Henning Mankell
    This collection contains books 1-3 in Chris Lloyd's Detective Elisenda Domenech series
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