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    Believe Me

    J. P. Delaney

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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...
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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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  • 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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    All the Hidden Truths

    Claire Askew

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    Ryan Summers walked into Three Rivers college and killed 13 women before ending his own life. But no one knows why.

    DI Helen Birch is tasked with leading the investigation of this high-profile case on the first day of her new job but she's not the only one searching for an answer - Ryan's mother needs to know why he did it as do his victims' families...

    The tabloids and media are also taking a keen interest in the case but just as family secrets come out and the world seems set on finding someone to blame, the truth seems to vanish...

    This captivating crime novel has drawn praise from the likes of He Said, She Said author Erin Kelly and it's easy to see why. You'll be drawn into its dark world long into the night...
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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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  • 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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  • And So It Begins

    Rachel Abbott

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    Rachel Abbott's latest psychological thriller is an addictively dark page-turner that asks who will believe a victim's story when the only witness is dead...

    Cleo should be happy that her brother Mark has found a new partner following the sudden death of his first wife. But something about Evie just doesn't feel right. She keeps having accidents at home and her friends are growing concerned that Mark may be responsible...

    Meanwhile, Sergeant Stephanie King has been called out to a clifftop house to investigate two bodies found entangles on blood-drenched streets. As the accused stands trial, the jury must consider if there is ever a proper defence for murder...
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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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  • The Secret of Cold Hill

    Peter James

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    The Secret of Cold Hill will give you the chills...

    Bestselling crime author Peter James follows up The House on Cold Hill (a novel that has now been adapted into a hugely successful stage play) with this tantalising thriller following the first two families to move into the redeveloped Cold Hill.

    Jason and Emily Danes see their house as a forever home, while Maurice and Claudette Penze-Weedell are hoping to live out a happy retirement. Even though the estate resembles a building site, both couples feel uncomfortable in their own homes - and then they discover no one has lived beyond 40 in Cold Hill...
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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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    Tell Me You're Mine

    Elisabeth Noreback

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    Elisabeth Noreback's debut novel Tell Me You're Mine is a suspense-filled story full of guilt, grief and the balance between love and obsession and hope and madness.

    Happily married psychotherapist Stella Widstrand becomes convinced her latest patient Isabelle is her long-lost daughter, Alice. Stella has always been convinced Alice is still alive after disappearing on a family holiday and now she's determined to reclaim the life she once lost. However, she's worried everyone will think she's delusional...

    Stella will risk everything to prove she's in the right frame of mind, but in doing so she will set off a sequence of events beyond her control, endangering both herself and everyone she holds dear.
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  • Home Truths

    Susan Lewis

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    How far would you go to keep your family safe?

    Angie Watts used to have it all: a new home, a doting husband and three adorable children. But then her son Liam falls in with the wrong crowd and his bad choices lead to a devastating murder...

    This compelling page-turner from Sunday Times bestselling author Susan Lewis asks if home is where the heart is, what happens when it breaks?
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    Sins of the Dead

    Lin Anderson

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    The thirteenth book in Lin Anderson's series of Rhona MacLeod thrillers finds the forensic scientist looking into the death of a man found by a group of Harley-Davidson riders who was discovered with his hands together on his chest as if he had been peacefully laid to rest.

    The only clues to his death are half a glass of red wine and a partially eaten chunk of bread that echo the ancient religious practice of sin-eating. MacLeod is perplexed by this but then another body is found in a similar position - and this one's closer to her home.

    The killer appears to be using skills that could have been learned while attending Rhona's forensic science lectures at Glasgow University... Could she know who it is? And will she be able to stop them before they claim their next victim?
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  • Sleep

    C.L. Taylor

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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
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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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  • The Flower Girls

    Alice Clark-Platts

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    Praised by Sophie Hannah, Alice Clark-Platts' The Flower Girls is a psychological thriller that will keep you on tenterhooks from the very first page.

    Three children went out to play but only two came back. Laurel and Primrose were the survivors and one was convicted of murder while the other was given a new identity... Now, 19 years later and another child has gone missing.

    The Flower Girls are about to hit the headlines all over again...
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    A Damned Serious Business

    Gerald Seymour

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    A Damned Serious Business is the latest novel from Harry's Game author Gerald Seymour. It's an intelligent topical thriller about a new Cold War brewing...

    Freelance Russian hackers for the FSB (successors to the KGB) are the frontline warriors of this new battle and are stealing personal information, disrupting the economy and disabling whole countries. Edwin 'Boot' Coker works for the MI6 and discovers details of secret meeting from a young hacker.

    Boot decides to strike back on the Russians, but not with a computer virus. He wants to plant a bomb that will spread fear and distrust. All he needs is a deniable handler to deliver the explosives across the border from Estonia into Russia... he finds Merc, a gun-for-hire ex-soldier who has been fighting in Iraq.

    As soon as Merc crosses the River Narva, things don't go to plan, especially when the hacker's sister becomes involved...
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    The Vanishing Box

    Elly Griffiths

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    The Vanishing Book is the fourth book in Dr. Ruth Galloway author Elly Griffiths' Stephens and Mephisto mystery series and it finds the duo investigating the link between a murdered Brighton flower-seller, the death of Cleopatra and a nude tableau show...

    Max Mephisto and his daughter Ruby are headlining Brighton Hippodrome, but are not happy to find the support act is a group of naked 'living statues' but then they notice something a little off... One thing they know for certain is that, in Brighton especially, the line between art, life and death is easily blurred.

    Packed with thrills, this is the most dangerous case yet for the heroic, crime-fighting duo.
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  • Beautiful Bad

    Annie Ward

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    Fans of The Girl Before and The Perfect Girlfriend will find themselves absorbed by this powerful psychological thriller by debut author Annie Ward.

    Maddie and Ian have been happily together for 16 years and are living the perfect suburban life in Middle America with their beautiful son. When Maddie has an accident, she starts attending therapy as part of the healing process and gradually reveals her fears about Ian's PTSD; her concerns for the safety of their child; and the couple's tumultuous past with Jo.

    Eventually, all the years of love, fear, adventure and suspicion culminate in the Day of the Killing... And a frantic 911 call finds the police attending the scene of a shocking crime.

    Why should you buy this book? It's an absorbing and twisted page-turner about a perfect love story leading to the perfect crime...
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  • The Man With No Face

    Peter May

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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...
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  • I Thought I Knew You

    Penny Hancock

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    Jules and Holly have been best friends since they met at university. They know everything about each other and have navigated the trials and tribulations of adulthood together.

    Holly is the only person who knows about Jules' affair and Jules was there for Holly when her husband died. Their children were born just three years apart and have also grown up together. But now Jules' daughter Saffie has made a serious allegation against Holly's son Saul - and it's tearing their friendship apart...

    appeal to fans of He Said/She Said and Anatomy of a Scandal.
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    Zen and the Art of Murder

    Oliver Bottini

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    Zen and the Art of Murder is the first in a gripping crime series set in Germany. A huge favourite in Europe already, it follows Louise Boni, a 42-year-old divorcee and maverick chief inspector, as she investigates disturbing cases and struggles with demons of her own...

    Part of the Black Forest crime squad, she's asked to trail a Japanese monk who is wandering through snow-covered wastelands near Freiburg; dressed only in sandals and a cowl.

    When Louise catches him, she discovers the man is injured and fleeing unknown evil. Her own team comes under fire and soon the investigation evolves into a child trafficking case... These crimes could change the course of her own life.

    Set against the backdrop of the Rhine borderlands and the Black Forest, this is a compelling mystery that you'll will have you racing through the pages.
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  • The Lost Shrine

    Nicola Ford

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    Archaeologist and sometime sleuth Clare Hills has been struggling to get finance for her recently established university research unit but then Professor Margaret Bockford finds the Hart Unit commercial work with a housing developer on a site in the Cotswolds.

    However, there is one catch: the previous site director Beth Kinsella was found hanged in a copse on site, surrounded by mutilated wildlife. Clare and her team are left with no choice but to work on the dig but rumours about Beth's mental state and her claims that the site was historically significant refuse to disappear, causing a rift between local residents and the developers.

    One of the workers brings something rather unsettling to Clare's attention and she realises that there may actually be some substance to Beth's claims. Will Clare be able to uncover the truth before it's too late? Following on from our customer favourite The Hidden Bones, this thriller will have you turning the pages long into the night.
    For fans of authors like Elly Griffiths, Ann Cleeves, Aline Templeton
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  • Auntie Poldi and the Fruits of the Lord

    Mario Giordano

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    Mario Giordano's Auntie Poldi and the Fruits of the Lord is a novel that will appeal to fans of Alexander McCall Smith and Andrea Camilleri. It's a compelling mixture of the Inspector Montalbano crime cases and a A Man Called Ove.

    Auntie Poldi loves nothing more than solving a complex crime case and is alive to even the faintest whiff of wrong-going. When she hears about a series of coincidences - the water supply being cut off; a poisoned dog - she realises there has been some foul play and that she is now a target of the Mafia...

    She's actually been on their list since solving the murder of Valentino and now she's trying to find out exactly who is after her...
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