Crime, Thriller & Mystery
You may have seen Shetland on BBC One. The drama starring Douglas Henshall has proven to be a huge success and now Ann Cleeves has returned with the latest book in the series that inspired it!
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Cold Earth is set in the dark days of winter and torrential rain has triggered a landslide that crosses the main Lerwick-Sumburgh road. At the burial of his old friend Magnus Tait, Jimmy Perez watches the mud and water smash through a croft house. Everyone thought the croft was empty, but in the wreckage, Perez finds the body of a dark-haired woman in a red silk dress.
Perez believes this woman shares his Mediterranean ancestry and becomes obsessed with tracing her identity, but then it emerges she was dead before the landslide hit the house... now Perez must find out who she was - and how she died.
Felix Francis assisted his father Dick with both the research and writing of his novels in a father-and-son writing partnership and this new Dick Francis novel is sure to have you intrigued and captivated.
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Triple Crown focuses on Jeff Hinkley, a British horse racing authority investigator who has been seconded to the US Federal Anti-Corruption in Sports Agency (FACSA). The agency have asked him to find a mole who is passing on confidential information to fix races. As Jeff searches for answers, he ends up taking on an undercover role as a groom on the backstretch at Belmon Park racetrack in New York.
It's while doing this that he finds himself stuck between FACSA and a selection of corrupt individuals, who will stop at nothing, including murder, to capture the Triple Crown - the most elusive and lucrative prize in the world.
Espionage thrillers from the Golden Age of crime fiction, these books follow Sir Leonard Wallace as he attempts to crack all kinds of strange and compelling cases.
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The chief of the Secret Service, Wallace finds evidence of an anarchist organisation headed by a man called Ulyanov in Wallace at Bay. When his colleague, Carter, joins the anarchists to find out when they will strike, Wallace thinks success is on the cards - but then the tables are turned.
Wallace Intervenes finds our hero discovering about the plight of a British agent who was sent to Germany but ended up falling in love with a baroness and facing a death penalty; and Chronicles of the Secret Service provides further adventures starring Wallace and his lieutenants Shannon and Cousins.
This collection includes books 7-9 in Alexander Wilson's Wallace series.
Val McDermid is an author often dubbed 'queen of the psychological thriller' and she created the hit ITV series, Wire in the Blood. This three-book collection stars the clinical psychologist Dr. Tony Hill and Detective Chief Inspector Carol Jordan who star in the show.
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In Fever of the Bone, Tony comes across his most twisted adversary yet, a killer with a shopping list of victims who is driven by the most perverted of desires; The Retribution finds the serial killer who has shaped Tony's life returning - and being more twisted and cunning than ever; and Cross and Burn finds someone brutally killing women who bare a resemblance to Carol Jordan. Tony and Carol will have to work together to find the murderer and save any further victims - including themselves.
Gripping and chilling, these psychological thrillers will keep you reading late into the night.
This collection includes books 6-8 in Val McDermid's Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series.
A Voice in the Night is the twentieth thrilling mystery in Andrea Camilleri's popular Inspector Montalbano series.
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As his birthday approaches, Inspector Montalbano is starting to feel his age. He decides to cheer himself up by dealing with a young driver's road rage in his own unique way. His plans don't last long as just as he's getting into the case, he receives an angry phone call from a supermarket boss. There's been a robbery at his store and Montalbano's colleague is treating him as a suspect.
On arrival at the scene, Montalbano quickly agrees that this was no ordinary break-in. As he tries to investigate, he finds the supermarket's links to the Mafia creating problems at every turn... meanwhile, the young driver he was looking into has also reported a shocking crime.
This riveting five-book collection provides you with the perfect introduction to the hugely popular thriller writer, Robert Goddard.
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In Pale Battalions is a book that follows Leonora Galloway as she sets out on a trip to France with her daughter Penelope. They head to the battlefields of WWI, where Leonora's father is commemorated, but the date of death is surprising and it indicates that Leonara's father was not who she thought. This is just the start of a series of revelations that spans three generations...
Beyond Recall focuses on the estranged Chris Napier, as he is persuaded to return home for his niece's wedding. Once there, he notices his old childhood friend Nicky Lanyon. Shortly after, Nicky hangs himself and Chris has to visit a a tragedy that has loomed over him for 34 years; Out of the Sun finds Harry Barnett shocked to discover he has a son - a brilliant mathematician who is now languishing in a diabetic coma. And this is only the first mystery he'll encounter; Set in Stone has the grieving widower Tony Sheridan going to stay with his sister-in-law and her husband on a bizarre moated house in the countryside. Once there, he struggles with weird and vivid dreams...
Finally, there's Dying to Tell, an intricate mystery about Lance Bradley, who is happily idling away his life in Somerset. But then he receives a call for help from the eccentric sister of his old friend Rupert Alder. It seems that Rupe has disappeared without a trace...
Titles in this collection: In Pale Battalions
Out of the Sun
Set in Stone
Dying to Tell
M.C. Beaton is one of Book People's most popular authors and her cosy crime novels are just perfect for delving into every evening. One of her most famous characters, the Scottish policeman Hamish Macbeth, features in these five marvellous mysteries.
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In Death of a Nag, things are not going well for the village bobby. He's been unfairly demoted and has suffered yet another romantic disappointment. To get away from it all, he decides to take a week's holiday at the coastal village of Skag. But this being Hamish, things don't go to plan and, of course, there's a murder nearby...
This collection also includes Death of a Macho Man, a book that finds Hamish himself at the centre of a murder investigation; Death of a Dentist, which sees a queue of angry husbands in the frame for murder; Death of a Scriptwriter which has an author accused of killing someone who has adapted - and changed - her beloved work; and Death of an Addict with its recovering addict turning up dead, 'apparently' from a drug overdose...
This collection contains books 11-15 in M.C. Beatons' Hamish Macbeth Mysteries series.
Cold Killers - the latest book from Lee Weeks, author of Frozen Grave - is a novel that asks if a heated East End feud can really lead to murder...
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When Eddie Butcher, a member of a notorious East End family, is tortured and brutally murdered while visiting London, DI Carter and DS Willis's suspicions are raised by his extravagant funeral. Eddie's violent brother, Tony, is under house arrest in Spain but still tries to make an appearance. Wanted for robbery, drug trafficking and murder, the police wonder if he would kill his own family to maintain his power?
Meanwhile, Carter is holding a secret - and it's that the Butcher's family's history is personal to him. He's willing to bend the rules to finally catch Tony...
For fans of Martina Cole, this is a darkly riveting read full of familiar locations and some unforgettable twists. You'll be sleeping with the lights on after finishing it...
A bestselling series from acclaimed crime writer Peter May (the author of the Lewis trilogy and Coffin Road), this five-book collection gives you the chance to catch up on all the Enzo Macleod investigations before the publication of the final novel in the new year.
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The first book in the series, Extraordinary People finds the ex-forensic scientist being called in to offer his nous to solve the 10-year-old case of a missing Frenchman. Armed with modern technology and a total disregard for the justice system, he unearths dark clues in the catacombs below the city that will draw him closer to the killer.
Throughout the other books, he looks into the murder of a celebrated wine critic; finds himself diagnosed with a terminal illness and being framed for murder; investigates a murder off the coast of Brittany; and looks into the shooting of one of France's most celebrated chefs.
Gritty crime at its finest, these books are full of twists and will give you chills.
This collection includes books 1-5 in Peter May's Enzo Macleod series.
Crime fans are always thrilled to follow DCI Alan Banks as he attempts to crack his latest case - and When the Music's Over will be no exception. Acclaimed by Jeffery Deaver, Stephen King and so many critics, Peter Robinson's latest is a real page-turner that combines a gritty plot with contemporary issues.
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The body of a young girl has been found in a remote countryside lane in North Yorkshire. Bruised, beaten and apparently thrown from a moving vehicle, it's up to DI Annie Cabbot to investigate how such a vicious crime could occur. Banks, meanwhile, is set a similar task - and it's as cold as they come...
Linda Palmer was attacked by celebrity entertainer Danny Caxton 50 years previously but no investigation took place. Now Caxton is at the centre of an investigation into historical abuse and Banks has to discover the truth.
As both detectives piece together the truth, it becomes clear the secrets they're unveiling could be much darker than anyone expects...
This compelling collection features four thrillers from Nicci French that are full of dark twists and turns.
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Killing Me Softly follows Alice Loudon as she escapes her old, safe life for a wild affair with rugged mountaineer, Adam Tallis. She knows Adam has a murky past but she can't resist his charms, and soon she's discovering things about herself she never suspected. But this sexual obsession has a dark side - and so does Adam. It's not long before Alice's life is in danger.
Beneath the Skin is a psychological thriller all about three women who have nothing in common - except for the man who wants to kill them. This man is sending all the women letters full of intimate details and threatens to bring their lives to a violent and horrible end. But he claims he'll enjoy himself first... however, he's in for a shock when it emerges not all the women are as helpless as he thinks. The Red Room has psychologist Kit Quinn desperate to get straight back to work after being attacked by a prisoner. The police are after her help to link her attacker with a string of murders, but she refuses to accept the obvious...
Samantha Laschen is a doctor specialising in post-traumatic stress disorder in The Safe House. She's moved to the coast to escape her problems and to be alone with her young daughter. But now the police want her to take in Fiona Mackenzie, a girl whose parents have been savagely murdered. By allowing Fiona in, Sam is exposing herself - and her daughter - to risks she couldn't possibly have imagined...
This collection includes three murder mysteries starring Albert Campion from Margery Allingham, an author described as a 'shining light' by Agatha Christie.
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Death of a Ghost finds John Lafcadio's ambition to be known as one of the great painters not even being thwarted by something as trivial as his own death. He leaves his widow 12 sealed paitings and asks her to unveil a canvas each year to a carefully selected audience. Super sleuth Albert Campion is one of those invited to the latest unveiling, but then a fatal stabbing occurs...
Look to the Lady has Val Gyrth finding himself the victim of a botched kidnapping attempt. He's surprised, but Campion isn't - he knows the Gyrth family are being targeted by a ruthless ring of thieves, but is there a supernatural force at work?; The Crime At Black Dudley has a suspicious death occurring in a mansion. Campion knows skulduggery is afoot but will the other guests be able to trust him and his quirky ways?
J.K. Rowling has said that Margery Allingham is her favourite author from the Golden Age of crime writing and with these three books for one unbelievable Book People price, you'll be able to see why!
Now the star of her own hit Sky TV series where she's played by Ashley Jensen, this bumper 20-book collection will introduce you to Agatha Raisin, one of Book People's most popular detectives. Written by M.C. Beaton, these are whodunnits that will keep you guessing until the very last page.
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Set in a picture-perfect Cotswold village, Agatha learns her trade; finds herself accused of poisoning a judge in the local quiche-making competition; has to deal with the fallout of the murder of her ex-husband's new wife; attempts to catch a killer when jam at the village fete is laced with poison; attempts to plan the perfect Christmas, while solving the murder of a woman who has written to her from beyond the grave; wakes up next to a curiously cold corpse; and cracks many more curious cases.
Including her very first mystery The Quiche of Death, the first novel adapted into a television drama, alongside many more curious cases, this is a witty, quirky and endlessly charming collection for crime fans who prefer their murder mysteries with the blood and gore left out.
This collection contains books 1-20 in M.C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin series.
M.C. Beaton's super sleuth Agatha Raisin has returned and this time she's found herself in the midst of some very tense allotment wars...
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Lord Bellington has enraged the locals by planning to sell off their allotments in a bid to make way for a new housing development. As such, no one is too bothered when he is poisoned by antifreeze and winds up dead. When she visits the patch, Agatha finds herself tempted to take on a strip, but common sense soon prevails...
Agatha meets three keen gardeners who are not happy with the condition of the patch but then one of them comes across a dead body buried in the ground. It's that of Peta Currie, a beautiful newcomer to the village... but who would want to kill her? Agatha's going to have to some digging of her own.
It's always a delight to catch up with Alexander McCall Smith's beloved characters Precious and Grace - also known as Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi - and the latest No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novel is no exception.
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For years the two women have been helping people through various problems, but their latest case is testing their partnership. One of their clients wants to rediscover the life she lost when she left Botswana 30 years ago. But this quest soon takes them in different directions and both believe they're right - but what if they're actually both wrong?
Mma Ramotswe is also having to deal with extracting the part-time assistant detective Mr. Polopetsi from a potential disaster, deal with a stray dog and deal with the agency's arch-enemy.
As Precious and Grace's friendship is put under pressure during a sweltering summer in Botswana, the ladies must learn how to deal with the past they have to face the future.
Jason Bourne will be back on the big screen this summer and if you want to read about more of his adventures, this collection will have you on tenterhooks.
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Featuring three of Eric Van Lustbader's novels that continue the story of Robert Ludlum's series, each book is full of twists and turns as the amnesiac spy finds himself in perilous situations. The Bourne Imperative finds Bourne pulling a drowning man from a lake who wakes up as amnesiac - a chilling reminder of Bourne's own past. It turns out this is the man that the Mossad agent Rebekah is willing to go off the grid to track down...
The Bourne Retribution is an exhilarating story about a major Mexican drug lord that is trafficking something far more deadly. Mossad have no choice but to turn to Bourne, but are they aware he's got his own personal vendetta?; The Bourne Ascendancy has Bourne working as a 'blacksmith' - someone hired by high-level government ministers to impersonate them at meetings as they are afraid of assassination attempts. In one meeting, it turns out the gunmen are after Bourne himself - and now he's going to have to bow to a terrorist's demands that could have dire consequences for the whole world...
This collection contains books 10, 11 and 12 in the Bourne series
The new book from William Shaw, the author of the Breen & Tozer series of crime novels, The Birdwatcher is a dark and disturbing novel about a policeman with a shameful secret.
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Police Sergeant William South is desperate to avoid being on a murder investigation. The reason being he is a murderer himself. His victim was a passionate birdwatcher who was also his only friend. Now, he's teamed up with newly recruited Detective Sergeant Alexandra Cupidi to crack the case of a body found violently beaten inside a wooden chest.
This discovery brings back memories for South and when they track down a suspect - Donnie Fraser, a drifter from Northern Ireland - he's horrified as the two knew each other in their youth. Could South's violent and aggressive past be catching up with him?
Intelligently written and touching upon themes of grief, guilt and humanity, this is a gripping thriller that will shock and surprise you. You won't be able to put it down.
Jeffery Deaver - the master of suspense - returns with the twelfth book starring his brilliant paraplegic forensic detective, Lincoln Rhyme.
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When an escalator gives way mid-chase, Amelia Sachs is forced to let a killer escape as she helps the man trapped in the depths. Following this, she teams up with Rhyme to investigate if this collapse was a freak accident or planned. Could they be on the trail of a murderer who is a technical whizz and knows just what he needs to do to contribute to a fatal 'accident'?
Dark and gripping, this is a psychological thriller that will keep you guessing and thinking until late into the night.
From No.1 bestselling and multi-award-winning thriller author Harlan Coben, this collection of ten gripping paperbacks features the characteristic twists and turns of the Missing You author that we have come to love; including powerful stand-alone thrillers and fan-favourites starring sporting agent Myron Bolitar.
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The American dream becomes a nightmare; rock stars disappear; young teenagers go missing; and parents go to extreme lengths to protect their children in this entrancing collection of expertly written thriller stories.
These books bring crime to life in a splendid mix of fast pace, suspense and emotion.
The bestselling creator of Sharpe, Bernard Cornwell is one of Britain's top authors. Here, we've brought together five stand-alone novels that are full of seafaring adventure.
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In Sea Lord, an eccentric and reluctant aristocrat wants to live a new life as a sea-gypsy but a terrible theft from his ancestral home hauls him back to Britain; Stormchild focuses on a battle between sailors and environmentalists; and Wildtrack finds a crippled Falklands War veteran sailing into the north Atlantic to discover whether a famous TV personality is, in fact, a vicious murderer.
Crackdown finds a cruise that is meant to help ailing people recover being cursed by drug-fuelled murder; and Scoundrel follows a man as he returns home to Cape Cod in an attempt to escape his involvement with the Provisional IRA. The attempt is unsuccessful...
The nautical theme makes these thrillers stand out and the rip-roaring nature means they're impossible to put down. You'll sail right through all five!
Compared to The Girl On the Train, The Book of You and Room, Holly Seddon's Try Not to Breathe is contemporary fiction at its finest. We expect it to be a front-runner come awards season and you can buy it today in beautiful hardback for a quite simply unbelievable Book People price.
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Focusing on a woman's search for the truth, it reveals how Alex is sinking and forcing herself into her one true love - drink. But when she is forced to write an article about a 15-year-old girl who is equally lost, Alex's life is turned upside down. Amy was attacked and left for dead in her park. Her attacker has never been found and since then she has drifted into a lonely, timeless place. She's as good as dead and not even her doctors are sure how much she understands.
As Alex researches further into the life of Amy, she realises they grew up in the same suburbs, played the same music and flirted with the same boys... As she gets closer to discovering the truth about the attack, Alex's life is increasingly at risk from the same danger.
With their distinctive, eye-catching jackets and compelling mysteries, this collection from Gaslight Crime - publishers of period crime - will delight fans of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie.
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The Triumphs of Eugene Valmont is a collection of short stories about a French detective resident in London who has to deal with everything from a gang of anarchists to the supernatural...
The Big Bow Mystery finds East End landlady Mrs Drabdump unable to wake her lodger Arthur Constant. When she summons the assistance of her retired Scotland Yard detective neighbour George Godman, they open the door to find Constant lying there with a deep cut to his throat - but no one should have been able to get in or out.
The Lodger is a psychological suspense novel that finds an elderly London couple taking in a lodger known only as Mr. Sleuth. He appears to be the perfect gentleman, but as they notice a few oddities, they begin to consider if he could be a Jack-the-Ripper-like serial killer known in the press as 'The Avenger'.
One of the world's most popular and talented crime writers, Linwood Barclay first came to prominence with the million-selling No Time for Goodbye and his Zack Walker series of mysteries. This collection brings together four exhilarating, stand-alone reads that will have you on tenterhooks throughout.
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Broken Promise is a gripping thriller that follows David Harwood as he looks in on his recently bereaved cousin. Marla is still traumatised after losing her baby, but when David arrive he's disturbed to see her looking after a baby that she claims was delivered to her 'by an angel'. Soon after a woman is founded murdered - and her baby is missing. Could this be Marla? Despite the overwhelming evidence, David can't help feeling there is more to this case...
A Tap on the Window finds a man picking up a teenage girl and giving her a lift home on a rainy night, but this isn't the same girl he drops off; Trust Your Eyes has a map-obsessed man witnessing a murder while browsing a street view program; and Never Saw It Coming has the fraudulent 'psychic' Keisha coming up with a vision that is a little too close to the truth.
The Butcher's Hook is the debut novel from former Blue Peter presenter Janet Ellis. Submitted to publishers anonymously after graduating from the Curtis Brown creative writing school, it's set in Georgian London and tells the story of 19-year-old Anne Jaccob - the daughter of a well-to-do family who decides to swerve her arranged marriage in favour of finding her own happiness.
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When Anne meets butcher's apprentice Fub, she begins to imagine a life of passion with him... but her parents have found someone who they deem to be far more suitable for her. Fiercely independent and idiosyncratic, she makes the decision to follow her own dreams - even if that means getting some blood on her hands.
An atmospheric and riveting story that has plenty of dark and twisted turns, this is a page-turning novel that will appeal to fans of The Miniaturist and We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves.