Crime, Thriller & Mystery Books

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    Dr Ruth Galloway returns in The Stone Circle - the eleventh book in Elly Griffiths' bestselling series of archaeological mysteries.

    DCI Nelson has been receiving threatening letters telling him to 'go to the stone circle and rescue the innocent who is buried there'. He is shaken, not only because children are very much on his mind, with Michelle's baby due to be born, but because although the letters are anonymous, they are somehow familiar...

    They're reminiscent of the letters that first led him to Ruth, who is currently working on a dig at a henge in Saltmarsh. When bones belonging to a 12-year-old girl who disappeared 30 years previously are found, Ruth realises the past is reaching out for her and Nelson - and its grip is deadly...
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    Described as 'a clever thriller with masterful twists' by Karin Slaughter, The Wife Between Us authors Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen's An Anonymous Girl is a thrilling read about the deadly nature of obsession.

    Jessica Farris signs up for an anonymous psychology study conducted by the mysterious Dr Shields, thinking it will be a case of answering a few questions, collecting her money and then leaving. But then the questions become more intense and invasive and she is told what to wear and how to act...

    Jessica starts to believe that Dr Shields knows all her secrets and realises she can't trust what is real in her life and what might be one of his manipulative experiments. She's caught up in a web of deceit and jealousy. Will she be able to untangle herself out of it?
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    Harriet Tyce's debut thriller Blood Orange is a dark and addictive novel for readers who enjoyed Apple Tree Yard, The Nightingale and The Girl on the Train.

    Alison has it all: a doting husband, beloved daughter and career on the up. But nothing is quite what it seems. Alison drinks too much and she's having an affair with a colleague who likes to push boundaries. And it's all getting too much.

    Alison is representing a client who wants to plead guilty to stabbing her husband, but something about her story is amiss. However, if Alison saves this woman, she believes she can save herself. But someone knows all of Alison's secrets - and wants to make her pay for what she's done...
  • Victoria Jenkins Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780349132556 - Victoria Jenkins
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    This collection of page-turners includes three of Victoria Jenkins' addictive and gripping crime stories set in South Wales.

    Nobody's Child finds a body being found in an abandoned hospital. It's too burnt to be identified but Detective Alex King knows all too well that every victim has a family... She puts aside her own troubles to track down the killer, but soon realises this death might be the first of many.

    The First One to Die has Alex on the trail of a young woman who fell from a rooftop to her death; and The Girls in the Water follows Alex as she realises one of her own team on a murder case is in grave danger...

    For fans of authors like: Karin Slaughter, Tess Gerritsen, Jeffery Deaver
    Format: paperback
    This collection contains books 1-3 in Victoria Jenkins' Detective Alex King series.
  • Peter May Collection - 4 Books - Collection - 9781787476868 - Peter May
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    Peter May's tense, captivating and grisly crime thrillers have made his books a huge favourite with Book People customers. This collection contains four stand-alone stories including the bestselling Coffin Road.

    This novel finds a man washing up on a deserted beach in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland with no knowledge of who he is or how he got there; I'll Keep You Safe alternates between the glamorous fashion world of Paris and the rugged beauty of the Isle of Harris in the Scottish Hebrides after a fabric entrepreneur is killed in a car explosion.

    Entry Island follows Detective Sime Mackenzie as he attempts to escape a bitter blend of loneliness and regret by heading to an elite island where the wealthiest resident has just been murdered; and Runaway is all about a band getting back together for the first time in 50 years following a brutal killing...

    For fans of authors like: Ann Cleeves, Val McDermid, Stuart MacBride
  • The Man With No Face - Hardback - 9781787472570 - 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...
  • The Hunting Party - Hardback - 9780008297114 - Lucy Foley
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    Bristling with tension, bitter rivalries and toxic friendships, Lucy Foley's The Hunting Party is a riveting murder mystery that can count Sophie Hannah and Adele Parks amongst its fans.

    In a remote hunting lodge deep in the Scottish wilderness, old friends gather round to celebrate the New Year. There's the beautiful one, the golden couple, the volatile one, the new parents, the quiet one, the city boy, the outsider and the victim.

    And then a murder occurs... This whodunnit is packed with intrigue and and suspense.
  • The Flower Girls - Hardback - 9781526602145 - 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...
  • Frances Fyfield Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780751577679 - Frances Fyfield
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    Ever since the death of her unfaithful husband, Sarah Fortune has been bored. To alleviate the tedium, the beautiful redhead solicitor has found a practical way of transforming the lives of lonely men that suits her warm and defiant nature.

    Kind, witty and obese lawyer Malcolm Cook is the first to benefit from Sarah's generosity - he shrugs off years of weight and loneliness. But then she meets Charles Tysall, an important client of the firm, whose charisma and enormous wealth conceal an implacable will and a misogynist's mad obsession...

    Sarah also discovers that guilt, insecurity, unrequited love and a touch of insanity afflict her latest clients the Pardoes as she helps resolve their inheritance issues; and has to help protect a wife from her husband's jealous - and possibly evil - twin brother... These elegant and absorbing psychological thrillers will have you racing through the pages to find out what happens next.
    For fans of authors like: Ian Rankin, Minette Walters, Val McDermid
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  • The Dales Detective Series Collection -  3 Books - Collection - 9781529025613 - Julia Chapman
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    Three cosy crime whodunnits from Julia Chapman, all set in the beautiful surroundings of the Yorkshire Dales. All of these addictive mysteries are packed with wry and witty observations as an intrepid duo attempt to solve a number of cases of murder with manners.

    In Date with Death, Samson O'Brien has been dismissed from the police force and returns to his hometown of Bruncliffe to set up the Dales Detective Agency. However, the people of Bruncliffe only see Samson as a trouble-maker. Meanwhile, Samson's neighbour Delilah Metcalfe is struggling to keep her dating agency afloat and then the agency's first case forces the feuding neighbours to work together...

    Date with Malice finds the warring couple joining forces to uncover the hostility engulfing the elderly residents of Bruncliffe; and Date with Mystery finds them attempting to crack a case that has puzzled the town for decades...

    For fans of authors like: Alexander McCall Smith, Gervase Phinn, Jacqueline Winspear

    This collection contains books 1-3 in Julia Chapman's The Dales Detective Series.
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  • Aline Templeton Collection- 3 Books - Collection - 9781529330731 - Aline Templeton
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    Three intelligent crime detective novels set in Galloway, Scotland. These gritty books follow DI Marjory Fleming as the demands of her home life constantly conflict with those of her career.

    Cold in the Earth finds a catastrophic virus devastating the Scottish countryside. It's killing cattle and destroying lives - and then a body is found in a dug-up field; The Darkness and the Deep finds the DI investigating the 'accidental' sinking of a lifeboat; and Lying Dead has Marjory investigating two brutal murders in her close-knit community.

    Dark and atmospheric reads with a strong female character at their heart.

    For fans of authors like: Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, Peter Robinson
    This collection contains books 1-3 in Aline Templeton's DI Marjory Fleming series.
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  • Peter James Collection - 8 Books - Collection - 9781407251196 - Peter James
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    This collection includes eight stand-alone supernatural stories from Detective Roy Grace author Peter James.

    Prophecy finds a group of drunk students playing with a Ouija board they find in a dark and damp cellar; Possession is the terrifying tale of a young man who will defy even death to get what he wants; and Dreamer follows a woman who has had nightmares for the past 25 years. They started the night before her parents died...

    For fans of authors like: Stephen King, Michael Crichton, Karin Slaughter
  • The Lake District Mysteries Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780749023232 - Martin Edwards
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    The Coffin Trail author Martin Edwards' crime novels following the cases of DCI Hannah Scarlett are hugely atmospheric reads with fully developed characters throughout.

    Hannah, the Lake District's cold case specialist, is determined to uncover the truth behind Bethany Friend's apparent suicide in the Serpent Pool. Bethany was afraid of water so it makes no sense that she would drown herself. Hannah wonders if her bookseller boyfriend Marc Amos may have something to do with the tragedy...

    For fans of authors like Ann Cleeves, Peter May, Val McDermid.

    This collection contains books 4-6 in Martin Edwards' Lake District series

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  • Peter Robinson Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781509858224 - 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.
  • Dorothy L Sayers Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781473699380 - Dorothy L Sayers
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    Intelligent, witty and thoroughly original, Dorothy L. Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries effortlessly combine powerful prose and gripping suspense...

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

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

    For fans of authors like: Margery Allingham, Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh
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  • Mason Cross Collection- 3 Books - Collection - 9781407251202 - Mason Cross
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    They taught him to kill... Now they want him dead.

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

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

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

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    This collection includes books 3-5 in Mason Cross' Carter Blake series
  • Suzette A. Hill Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780749024086 - Suzette A Hill
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    Set in the 1950s and '60s, this witty collection includes three addictive, clever and page-turning cosy crime mysteries from Suzette A. Hill, the author of the Francis Oughterard series.

    In A Southwold Mystery, Rosy Gilchrist has been asked to accompany Lady Fawcett to visit an old school friend. Rosy is reluctant, but finds herself heading back to Suffolk. When Rosy and Lady Fawcett arrive at their hostess's house, they are plunged into a series of bizarre and sinister events.

    Shot in Southwold finds Lady Fawcett eager to vet her daughter Amy's current beau as he films his first major project in the town. However, not all is going to plan and a female cast member is killed, leaving Rosy and Lady Fawcett at the centre of a murder mystery once again; A Little Murder is based in London and follows Sergeant Greenleaf as he attempts to solve the murder of a woman who was discovered naked and covered with a coal scuttle...

    For fans of authors like: L.C. Tyler, Carola Dunn, Rhys Bowen
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  • Holmes & Hudson Mysteries Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781788634274 - Martin Davies
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    What would happen if Baker Street's most famous detective wasn't Sherlock Holmes? This three-book collection from The Conjurer's Bird author Martin Davies highlights the talents of Sherlock's housekeeper, Mrs Hudson, and her orphaned assistant Flotsam.

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

    Packed with gripping twists and murderous intrigue, these elementary page-turners offer a fresh twist on classic Victorian mysteries.
    This collection contains books 1-3 in Martin Davies' Holmes and Hudson series.
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  • Michael Robotham Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9780751575484 - Michael Robotham
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    Five stunning psychological thrillers from CWA Dagger-shortlisted author Michael Robotham - an author praised by the likes of Linwood Barclay, the Guardian and the Times.

    A woman jumps from Clifton Suspension Bridge in a state of disarray. Her daughter can't believe it: her mother would never commit suicide and is terrified of heights... Clinical psychologist Joseph O'Loughlin wants to believe her, but has to consider what would drive a woman to such a desperate and drastic decision...

    There's also a fast, funny, hip and violent tale about a wannabe rock star who ends up the country's most-wanted terrorist; the case of a mother and daughter who have been murdered in a remote farmhouse; the puzzling disappearance of a child; and an abductor with an evil, calculating and twisted mind.

    For fans of authors like: Linwood Barclay, Harlan Coben, Karin Slaughter
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    Hailed as the Godfather of Swedish Crime, Hakan Nesser's Inspector Barbarotti returns in The Root of Evil.

    In July, 2007 a letter arrived in the inspector's doorstep detailing a murder that was about to take place in his quiet hometown. By the time the police had tracked down the man mentioned in the letter, he was already dead...

    And then the letters kept coming. Meanwhile, an anonymous diary has been unearthed depicting the events of a two-week holiday in France that took place five years earlier - and the people populating the diary are the ones whose lives are now under threat...
  • Harlan Coben Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9781407250977 - Harlan Coben
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    This captivating collection contains five stand-alone thrillers from Harlan Coben, one of the world's most popular and influential thriller writers.

    Stay Close is the tale of three ordinary people who quickly discover the American dream can be a nightmare when trying to escape from your past; Six Years finds Jake Fisher's world completely turned upside down as he tracks down the love of his life at her husband's funeral - but she's nowhere to be seen; Missing You focuses on the lies that bind people together when NYPD detective Kat Donovan finds an ex on a dating site.

    No Second Chance follows Marc Seidman as he is given a second chance to save his daughter 18 months after she was kidnapped and his wife was brutally murdered; and Tell No One has a doctor seeing a webcam image of the wife he thought he'd lost...
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    A Radio 2 Book Club Winter Pick, The Stranger Diaries is a captivating and contemporary Gothic thriller that combines the unsettling tone of Susan Hill with the darkness of Gone Girl.

    Clare Cassidy is a literature teacher specialising in the Gothic writer R.M. Holland. Her work and life tragically collide when one of her colleagues is found dead with a line from an R.M. Holland story by her body.

    The investigating police detective is convinced the writer's works hold the key to the case. Clare has no idea who she can trust and fears the killer is someone she knows. As a way of coping, she writes her fears and suspicions in her journal. But then she notices someone else has been writing in her diary...
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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...
  • The ABC Murders - Hardback - 9780008310226 - Agatha Christie
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    A special gift edition of Agatha Christie's The ABC Murders - a masterful Poirot novel that has been adapted into a BBC drama starring John Malkovich and Rupert Grint to be shown over the festive period.

    Murder is a simple crime but in the hands of a maniac or a serial killer, it can become a very complicated business indeed. The whole country is in a state of panic and this is only serving to make the murderer even more confident.

    They've already killed Mrs Ascher in Andover, Betty Barnard in Bexhill and Sir Carmichael Clarke in Churston. However, these deliberate clues are playing right into the hands of Hercule 'probably the greatest detective in the world' Poirot...