Crime, Thriller & Mystery Books

  • Colin Dexter's Inspector Morse Collection - 14 Books - Collection - 9781509897308
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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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    M.C. Beaton's latest bestseller following the cases of Agatha Raisin finds a bell ringer winding up dead. Will our beloved sleuth be able to prove retired lawyer Joseph Kennell's innocence, even though he shouted he 'felt like killing them' during their performance?

    Twins Mavis and Millicent Dupin are among the most dedicated bell ringers in England and are so excited about the upcoming visit of the Bishop. However, this passion turns to over-excitement and they end up bullying the other bell ringers - much to Josephe's chagrin.

    When the twins' home is broken into one night and Millicent is found dead, struck from a hammer blow, suspicion falls on the lawyer...
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    Catch up with Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi with The Colours of All the Cattle - the latest entry in Alexander McCall Smith's bestselling The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency series.

    Mma Ramotswe is preparing to stand for election to the City Council. She's determined to break the series of men in charge but to be elected, she's going to need some policies and to canvas opinion.

    Deciding on the slogan 'I can't promise anything - but I shall do my best', she makes it her mission to halt the construction of the Big Fun Hotel - a dubious, flashy business located near a graveyard that many consider to be disrespectful...

    Mma Ramotswe will take her campaign as far as she can but she's being followed by Violet Sephotho...
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    M.C. Beaton fans will love hearing the first 10 books following the super sleuth detective's cases in audio format.

    The country's most quick-witted but unambitious policeman, Hamish Macbeth resides in the village of Lochdubh in the Scottish Highlands. It's here where he investigates all kinds of quirky killings.

    With beautiful descriptions of the area and a whole load of unexpected twists, these are gentle, clever and sharply observed cosy crime mysteries.

    Approximate running time: 51 hours, 40 minutes

    Please note this collection contains CDs that can only be played on MP3-accessible CD players, computers and laptops. All post-2001 car model stereos are MP3 CD accessible. Please check your CD player is MP3 accessible before placing an order.

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    Titles in this collection: Death of a Gossip, Death of a Cad, Death of an Outsider, Death of a Perfect Wife, Death of a Hussy, Death of a Snob, Death of a Prankster, Death of a Glutton, Death of a Travelling Man, Death of a Charming Man
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    Ann Cleeves brings her bestselling Shetland Series to a close with Wild Fire. These thrillers have gripped so many crime fiction fans over the years and also inspired a popular BBC One adaptation starring Douglas Hensall as DI Jimmy Perez.

    An English family move to Shetland for a new start but shortly after arriving their young nanny is found hanging in their barn and rumours of her affair with the husband and father of the family begin to spread...

    Perez is called to investigate but this means he's set for a reunion with Willow Reeves. This could be the most disturbing investigation Perez has faced. Will he be in the right head space?
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    John Simpson, a hugely acclaimed and successful journalist, turns his attention to fiction in this powerful, poignant and witty contemporary thriller.

    A sex game has gone wrong and government minister Patrick Macready has been found dead in his flat. The coroner has ruled it an accident but old-school journalist Jon Swift is certain something doesn't seem right. Days later, Macready's flat is 'burgled' and Swift discover his old friend had been researching a slew of Russian government figures who have wound up dead in similar 'accidental' circumstances...

    With no help on offer from the police, Swift tracks down a contact in Moscow and finds himself drawn into a violent underworld full of conspiracies, assassinations and double-agents crossing each other at every turn...
  • Peter Morfoot Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781785659713 - Peter Morfoot
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    Captain Paul Darac of the Nice Brigade Criminelle solves a number of crimes throughout the picturesque French Riviera in these atmospheric crime novels.

    Impure Blood proves that murder casts a long shadow as Daract investigates a killing that took place - with no witnesses - in the midst of a Muslim prayer group; Fatal Music reveals the old town hides many secrets when an elderly woman with a connection to the captain winds up dead in a hot tub; and Box of Bones finds a carnival masking a ruthless killer...

    For fans of authors like: Andrea Camilleri, Donna Leon, Michael Dibdin
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    Following the success of Murder Under the Christmas Tree and Murder on Chrstmas Eve, this set of short stories contains 10 classic crime tales for the festive season from big-name authors including Margery Allingham, Colin Dexter and Ruth Rendell.

    Although Christmas is often thought of as a time of joy and celebration, there are always people about who hold a grudge or have a dirty, guilty secret... These wicked tales follow antagonists who unleash festive havoc with murders and mayhem very much on the menu...

    We wish you a merry murderous Christmas...

    Due to circumstances beyond our control, our recent catalogue listed some authors who do not appear in this book. We apologise for any inconvenience.
  • Emily Brightwell Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9781472129550 - Emily Brightwell
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    There's nothing better than a traditional mystery and Emily Brightwell's cosy crime novels following the intrepid sleuth Mrs Jeffries are addictive, charming and full of gentle surprises.

    Set in Victorian London, this five-book collection follows the quick-witted housekeeper Mrs Jeffries as she helps the mild-mannered Inspector Witherspoon solve a number of murder cases with subtle nods and nudges in the right direction.

    Full of period detail, quirky crimes and plenty of laughter, this is a delightful collection.

    For fans of authors like: Rebecca Tope, M.C. Beaton, Agatha Christie
  • Jane Isaac Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781789550085 - Jane Isaac
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    Three thought-provoking and chilling crime novels from esteemed author, Jane Isaac.

    The Lies Within follows Grace Bannister as she grieves the loss of her daughter. Her family is falling apart and the investigation does not seem to be finding any answers, but Grace has managed to rekindle her friendship with Faye - who seems to understand her loss. Meanwhile, DI Will Jackman comes across a family tragedy while working on the case. Another victim is found and the spotlight falls on Grace...

    In Before It's Too Late, Chinese student Min Li is abducted while walking the streets of Stratford-upon-Avon after an argument with her boyfriend. Trapped in a dark pit, Min is at the mercy of her captor. ackman is tasked with solving the case and, in his search for answers, discovers that the truth is buried deeper than he ever expected...

    In Beneath the Ashes, Jackman investigates a fire at a barn and quickly comes to realise that nothing is quite as it appears and everyone seems to be holding a secret...

    For fans of authors like: Sophie Hannah, Gillian Flynn, S.J. Watson
  • Mark Billingham Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9780751574258 - Mark Billingham
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    Mark Billingham writes intelligent contemporary thrillers and this collection contains three of his bestsellers following the cases of DI Tom Thorne.

    Good as Dead is a fast-paced read that finds Thorne and Helen Weeks looking into a year-old case that could save a young mother's life; The Dying Hours finds Thorne investigating a series of suicides among the elderly; and The Bones Beneath has Thorne escorting a dangerous psychopath to the site of a body he'd buried a quarter of a century before.

    Time of Death will keep you guessing as Thorne looks into the abduction of two missing schoolgirls; and Love Like Blood is an intense read that finds Thorne taking the biggest risk of his career...

    For fans of: Ian Rankin, Peter Robinson, Val McDermid

    This collection contains books 10-14 in Mark Billingham's DI Tom Thorne series
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    Popular presenter and comedian Graham Norton follows up his bestselling debut novel Holding with A Keeper - a twisted tale of family secrets set on the coast of Ireland.

    Elizabeth Keane has returned to Ireland after her mother's death and is determined to wrap up that part of her life. There's nothing for her in this area, and she's beginning to wonder if there ever was...

    While clearing out her mother's house, she finds a small stash of letters that unveil previously unheard truths. Forty years earlier, a young woman had stumbled from a remote stone house to escape the darkness. She has no sense of where she's going but knows she must carry on...
  • The China Thrillers Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781787477353 - Peter May
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    Peter May's China Thriller series follows Chicago forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell as she is invited by the Chinese government to teach at the Beijing police university. Suffering from a broken heart, she accepts the assignment but it gets off to a bad start when her car knocks over senior detective Li Yan...

    Despite this audacious meeting, the pair are thrown together and forced to work through their personal and cultural differences when they're tasked with identifying a horribly burned corpse. And then they make a discovery that soon leads to a major conspiracy...

    Full of style and suspense, these captivating detective novels evoke a fascinating picture of modern China.

    For fans of authors like: Elly Griffiths, Val McDermid, Tess Gerritsen

    This collection contains books 1-3 in Peter May's China thriller series.
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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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    Trainee lawyer and crisis manager Harrison Foster is summoned to Newmarket after a fire in the Chadwick Stables kills six valuable horses, including the favourite for the Derby.

    Although Harry knows next to nothing about horses, he soon finds himself thrust into the world of Thoroughbred racing and comes across the notoriously nasty Chadwick family.

    While investigating, Harry soon discovers there is far more to the fire than meets the eye. For a start, the remains of a human have been found in the wreckage, even though everyone has been accounted for....

    This Felix Francis thriller, written by Dick Francis, is full of shocks and surprises that will have you on tenterhooks.
  • 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
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    John le Carre is often heralded as the master of the spy novel and this audio collection contains seven of his most popular thrillers.

    Full of intrigue, cunning and suspense, all of the stories are read by the actor Michael Jayston and will have you on the edge of your seat. It includes the likes of The Constant Gardener, The Night Manager and The Tailor of Panama.

    Approximate running time: 118 hours, 7 minutes

    Please note this collection contains CDs that can only be played on MP3-accessible CD players, computers and laptops. All post-2001 car model stereos are MP3 CD accessible. Please check your CD player is MP3 accessible before placing an order.

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    Titles in this collection: The Constant Gardener, The Little Drummer Girl, The Night Manager, A Perfect Spy, The Russia House, A Small Town in Germany, The Tailor of Panama.
  • Leigh Russell Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9780857302779 - Leigh Russell
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    DI Geraldine Steel finds herself on the trail of some vicious killers in this five-book collection from Leigh Russell. These gripping page-turners are pacy reads packed with twists and surprises.

    In Death Bed, the bodies of two black girls are discovered in North London and the pressure is on to find the killer before the local community is divided; Stop Dead finds a successful businessman and his partner both brutally killed and the only clue leads to two women - one in prison while the other's dead; and Fatal Act has Geraldine going further than ever to try and track down a killer.

    Killer Plan finds a widowed mother resorting to desperate measures when one of her sons is kidnapped; and Murder Ring has Geraldine's investigation into seemingly unrelated crimes unearthing a chilling fact about her birth mother...

    For fans of authors like Mark Billingham, Lee Child, Peter James
    This collection includes books 4-9 in Leigh Russell's DI Geraldine Steel series

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  • Kerry Wilkinson Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781509897285 - Kerry Wilkinson
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    When a body is found in a locked house, Detective Sergeant Jessica Daniel is tasked with finding the killer and discovering how they got in and out of the property...

    Jessica is struggling to find leads but then a second body shows up in identical circumstances... Kerry Wilkinson's Locked In is a gritty and atmospheric thriller about one woman's search for a suspected serial killer and it's accompanied here by two equally captivating page-turners.

    Vigilante finds someone on the street serving their own brand of justice; while The Woman in Black finds her investigating the case of a severed hand that was carefully placed in the middle of Manchester city centre.

    For fans of authors like: Peter May, Tania Carver, Leigh Russell

    This collection contains books 1-3 in Kerry Wilkinson's Detective Sergeant Jessica Daniel series.
  • Ann Cleeves Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9781509897223 - Ann Cleeves
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    Our latest Ann Cleeves collection contains two Vera Stanhope novels (6, 7 and 8 in the series) and two of her Shetland books (6 and 7). Both of these series have been adapted into popular television dramas, but we believe the novels are even more compelling.

    The Vera (a character played by Brenda Blethyn) novels - The Seagull, Harbour Street and The Moth Catcher - find the clever but chaotic detective delving into a case that could destroy the close-knit community she lives in; on the trail of a killer who murdered someone on a packed train; and investigating the links between two bodies that are connected but found nowhere near each other.

    Shetland's Thin Air and Cold Earth find Detective Jimmy Perez (played in the series so perfectly by Douglas Henshall) on the case of a missing girl who claims to have seen a ghost of a child who drowned in the 1920s; and looking into a landslide that may or may not have killed his old friend Magnus Tait...

    This collection includes books 6, 7 and 8 in Ann Cleeves' Vera Stanhope series and 6 and 7 in her Shetland series.
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    From the author of The Cuckoo's Calling, Lethal White is the fourth book in Robert Galbraith's bestselling Cormoran Strike series. Galbraith is a pseudonym of J.K. Rowling, who has seen the series adapted for television by Bronte Film and Television.

    When a troubled young man named Billy comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime, Strike is left deeply unsettled. Although Billy is mentally distressed and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike asks any further questions, Billy bolts from the office in a panic.

    Trying to figure out Billy's story, Strike and his partner Robin Ellacott set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London, into a secretive inner sanctum within Parliament, and to a beautiful but sinister manor house deep in the countryside.

    During this labyrinthine investigation, Strike's own life is far from straightforward: he can no longer operate behind the scenes as he once did due to his newfound fame. Plus, his relationship with Robin is more fraught than it has ever been - Robin is now invaluable in the business, but their personal relationship is much more tricky than that...
  • Edmund Crispin Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780007973286 - Edmund Crispin
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    Edmund Crispin's delightful detective novels are a tantalising combination of Agatha Christie-style mysery and P.G. Wodehouse-esque farce.

    Buried for Pleasure finds professor and amateur detective Gervase Fen taking a break from his books to run for parliament. At first, he thinks the village he's canvassing in is peaceful and quiet. However, someone in the village has discovered a dark secret and is using it as blackmail...

    Swan Song follows Fen as he tries to solve two murders while also getting to grips with the unpredictable temperament of a deeply unpleasant opera singer; and The Case of the Gilded Fly finds Fen investigating the murder of a pretty young actress who has a reputation for destroying men's lives.

    These are quirky reads from the Golden Age of crime fiction.
    For fans of authors like: P.G. Wodehouse, M.C. Beaton, Agatha Christie

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    From the international number one bestselling author, Macbeth is the re-telling of the original Shakespeare play and is told as a dystopian thriller set in Fife during the 1970s.

    He's the best cop they've got. When a drug bust turns into a bloodbath, it's down to Inspector Macbeth and his team to sort out the mess. He's also an ex-drug addict with a troubled past. He's rewarded for his success: power, money, respect. They're all within reach.

    But a man like him won't get to the top. Plagued by hallucinations and paranoia, Macbeth starts to unravel. He's convinced he won't get what is rightfully his. Unless he kills for it...
  • Chris Ould Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781785659690 - Chris Ould
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    This collection includes the first three novels in Chris Ould's Faroes series. These page-turning novels are full of atmospheric tension as native Faroese Detective Jan Reyna returns to the islands after a stint in Britain.

    The Blood Strand has Jan's father being found unconscious with a shotgun by his side and someone else's blood in his car. This prompts Jan to make his return home but then another man's body is found with a shotgun wound in his side. However, all the evidence points to him being suffocated...

    The Killing Bay has a group of activists arriving on the Islands in an attempt to stop the traditional whale hunts. A woman is found murdered but Jan and local detective Hjalti Hentze become aware that evidence is being hidden from them; and The Fire Pit has the skeletal remains of a child being unearthed at an isolated farm. The investigation turns to the commune that occupied the farm in the 1970s - and there's a link to Jan's mother's death.

    For fans of authors like Ann Cleeves, Peter May, Henning Mankell

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    This collection includes books 1-3 in Chris Ould's Faroes series