Fiction

Crime, Thriller & Mystery

  • Ann Cleeves Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781509858231 - Ann Cleeves
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    Ann Cleeves
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    This bumper collection provides the perfect introduction to Ann Cleeves' bestselling stories. It contains five novels in the Vera series (adapted into a hit ITV drama starring Brenda Blethyn) and five books from the Shetland series (adapted by the BBC into a popular show starring Douglas Henshall).

    Available for an unbelievable Book People price, the first five books in the Vera series follow Vera Stanhope as the detective investigates a series of strange occurrences across the North Pennines. She starts by joining three very different women as they arrive at an isolated cottage to complete an environmental survey. But when they get there, they find the body of one of Bella's friends... Vera also makes fresh inquiries into the decade-old case of the murder of a 15-year-old girl; and investigates the disappearance of her hippy neighbour.

    Set in the remote community of the Shetland Islands, the five Shetland books follow Jimmy Perez as he encounters all manner of evil characters. 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.
  • Margery Allingham Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781784705619 - Margery Allingham
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    Margery Allingham
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    This collection includes three murder mysteries starring Albert Campion from Margery Allingham, an author described as a 'shining light' by Agatha Christie.

    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 paintings 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!
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    J. P. Delaney
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    A psychological thriller from J.P. Delaney that's inspired by the works of Alfred Hitchcock and set to be adapted into a film by none other than Ron Howard, The Girl Before is all about a woman's house where nothing is quite what it seems...

    From the outside, One Folgate Street appears to be the perfect place for Jane to make her home. It's designed by an enigmatic architect and ultra-minimalist. All she has to do is abide by the rules. However, when Jane gets there she learns that Emma, the previous tenant, met a mysterious death. Could she be in danger as well?

    For fans of The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl, this is a tense page-turner about obsession that you will not be able to put down.
  • Father Brown Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9780241305799 - C.K. Chesterton
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    C.K. Chesterton
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    Presented with eye-catching Penguin Classics jackets, this is the entire series of G.K. Chesterton's best-loved Father Brown books - the stories that inspired the hit BBC show starring Mark Williams. They will introduce you to an ingenious amateur detective who has to deal with everything from high crime to voodoo and miracles.

    With a canny sense of humour throughout, you'll be hooked by the adventures of this ingenious amateur detective. The first book, The Innocence of Father Brown, shows how he can track down even the most elusive wrongdoer. He also has to solve cases featuring bandits, ghosts, a man with two beards and other extraordinary crimes in the following books.

    Father Brown is an incredible character with an uncanny understanding of human foibles that can help him overcome even the most villainous adversaries.
  • Agatha Christie Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9780007962266 - Agatha Christie
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    Agatha Christie
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    With the drama starring Kim Cattrall, Billy Howle, Toby Jones and Andrea Riseborough set to be a highlight of the BBC's Christmas viewing, this collection features Agatha Christie's The Witness for the Prosecution and many other short stories and novels.

    The Witness for the Prosecution will take you back to the 1920s when a shocking murder has stained the carpets of a London townhouse. The victim is a very rich older woman called Emily French and all the evidence is pointing to Leonard Vole, a young chancer who was due to inherit the heiress' fortune. Or, at least, this is what Emily's housekeeper is claiming in court...

    One of the world's favourite mystery writers, this tale is joined by 11 other short stories (including the exclusive Poirot and the Regatta Mystery) and four Hercule Poirot novels.
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    Rebecca Tope
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    Rebecca Tope's latest novel about house-sitter Thea Osborne finds the sleuthing extraordinaire in the village of Chedworth, Gloucestershire. She's happily going about creating an inventory of Rita Wilshire's possessions, as requested by her son, Richard, after she has been moved into a care home but then disaster strikes - Richard has been found dead in a barn!

    Thea and Richard's fiance, Drew Slocombe, struggle to give any answers to his family's questions. Thea knows the Wilshires have ta chequered past so can't resist snooping around. Was his death suicide? Or could it be something more sinister?

    The clues are not helpful and this starts to put a strain on Drew and Thea's relationship, especially when it becomes clear neither will give up until the truth is revealed.
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    Elly Griffiths
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    There's an anarchist plot and a ticking bomb... the stakes are higher than ever for DI Edgar Stephens and magician Max Mephisto in the latest book in Elly Griffiths' hit series.

    Elizabeth II's coronation is looming, but the murder of wartime commander, Colonel Cartwright, spoils the happy mood for DI Edgar Stephens and magician Max Mephisto. A playbill featuring another deceased comrade is found in Colonel Cartwright's possession, and a playing card, the ace of hearts: the blood card...
    With a wartime connection and a suggestion of magic, the duo make it their mission to solve this case. However, this means Edgar's investigation into the death of a Brighton fortune-teller is put on hold and Max is busy rehearsing for his television debut. Therefore, it's Edgar who heads to New York to track down a small-town mesmerist who may provide the key to the whole situation.

    Sergeant Emma Holmes is also on the case and she finds a clue buried in the files of the Zabini case. This sparks off another issue - there's a group hell-bent on providing an explosive finale to Coronation Day. Will our heroes be able to foil the plot?
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    Val McDermid
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    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.

    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.
  • Mary Higgins Clark Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9781471163005 - Mary Higgins
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    Mary Higgins
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    Mary Higgins Clark is one of the world's best-loved thriller writers. Her books sell in their millions and are full of twists and turns that keep readers on tenterhooks and sleeping with the lights on. This five-book collection is sure to keep you reading long into the night.

    Daddy's Gone A-Hunting finds Hannah Connelly plunged into a nightmare when her family's business is devastated by a huge fire. Could it have been the result of arson? And just what was Hannah's high-flying accountant sister doing in the building in the middle of the night... I've Got You Under My Skin has Laurie Morgan dealing with murder once more as she produces a true-crime, cold-case TV show. As survivors of a 21-year-old murder open up, shocking secrets are unveiled. Laurie also appears in The Cinderella Murder, which finds the show investigating a case of murder where nothing quite adds up...

    The Lost Years features Mariah uncovering the true motive behind her father's death. Could it be something to do with the highly valuable 15th century artefact that fell into his possession? I'll Walk Alone is a spine-tingling story finds the mother of a kidnapped son having her identity stolen.
  • Midsomer Murders Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9781472246448 - Caroline Graham
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    Caroline Graham
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    Described as 'simply the best detective writer since Agatha Christie', this collection features five Midsomer Murders mysteries by the incredibly talented Caroline Graham.

    The inspiration for the hit ITV series, each book even comes with a foreword from actor John Nettles - DCI Barnaby himself. The Killings at Badger's Drift finds kindly and well-liked spinster Miss Emily Simpson taking a gentle stroll in the woods in her tranquil village. While out and about, she sees something that she wasn't meant to and her peaceful existence is brought to an end. Her death may look natural but her old friend Miss Lucy Bellringer is unconvinced. She calls on Inspector Barnaby for help and a new side to Badger's Drift is revealed - one full of rivalries, relationships and scandals...

    A Place of Safety is a book that finds ex-vicar Lionel Lawrence opening up the old rectory to a stream of young offenders as he believes everyone deserves a second chance. However, this good deed spirals into a mix of blackmail and murder.

    Other murders and unlikely killings also occur and Inspector Barnaby has his work cut out to solve them all. These are page-turning whodunnits will keep you guessing right until the very last page.
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    Lynda La Plante
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    Head back to the 1970s and follow Prime Suspect's Jane Tennison as she transfers to CID in Lynda La Plante's Hidden Killers. The sequel to last year's Tennison, this is equally compelling and brutal.

    Tennison is young and inexperienced and learns the hard way never to take anyone - or anything - at face value. She's working as a decoy prostitute in the hope of capturing a suspect wanted for numerous sexual assaults. When she succeeds in doing this, she's commended for her bravery and moves to Bow Street Station as Detective. Her first call-out is treated as a non-suspicious death, but Tennison isn't so sure.

    Despite being entirely different circumstances, this case starts to interweave with the evidence against her assailant and Tennison is sure there is more to both these cases than meets the eye...
  • Harry Bingham Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781407250724 - Harry Bingham
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    Harry Bingham writes psychological thrillers that star an unusual and engaging detective, DC Fiona Griffiths. Compared to the likes of Jo Nesbo and Stieg Larsson, this collection features the first three books in the powerful series.

    Talking to the Dead introduces Fiona and will show you why she is such an incredible protagonist. A young girl has been found dead and a prostitute has been murdered. Fiona has her work cut out to discover the culprit here - especially as there is only one clue - a platinum bank card of a long-dead tycoon.

    Love Story, with Murders opens with a human leg being discovered in a suburban freezer. The victim is a teenage girl killed a decade ago. This is followed by the disturbing appearance of many other body parts - all male, dark skinned and very fresh; The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths also finds Fiona investigating some grim discoveries. A woman has been starved to death and a computer guy has had his hands hacked off. These clues lead to what could be the heist of the century. Fiona might have to go undercover to penetrate this criminal gang from within...
  • John Buchan Collection - 4 Books - Collection - 9781846973901
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    An influence on everyone from Ian Fleming to Alfred Hitchcock, John Buchan's Richard Hannay thrillers are among the most popular adventures ever written and this collection gives you the chance to enjoy four of his most rip-roaring books - including The Thirty-Nine Steps.

    In this famous book, Richard Hannay has just returned from South Africa and is bored of life when he hears of an assassination plot by someone who is promptly murdered in his flat. Hannay becomes the obvious suspect and is forced to go on the run. He heads to his native Scotland to flee the police and his enemies - but he will have to keep his wits about him if he is to warn the government before it's too late.

    This collection also finds Hannay tasked with a secret mission to catch a dangerous German agent who is at large in Britain; finding his children being held hostage by a kidnapper who may have something to do with a popular member of parliament; and being asked by an old acquaintance from Africa to resolve a 30-year feud.
  • Stubo & Vik Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781786492449 - Anne Holt
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    Anne Holt
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    Anne Holt is one of the queens of Scandinavian crime writing and has sold millions of copies of her books worldwide. This three-book collection will introduce you to her detective characters, Adam Stubo and Johanne Vik.

    Punishment is the duo's first case and it finds them in pursuit of a killer who is on the loose. Three children have been abducted and two bodies have been returned to their mothers with a horrific note: 'You Got What You Deserved'. Police Superintendent Adam Stubo is put in charge of the investigation and is convinced he's overlooking a crucial detail. He recruits legal researcher Johanne Vik - who has an extensive understanding of criminal history - to help him solve this horrifying case.

    The Final Murder finds a TV talk-show star being murdered in her own home. Her tongue has been removed and left near to her body. A second body is also found crucified soon after and more killings are to be expected; Death in Oslo finds the US president being abducted while on a state visit to Norway...

    This collection includes books 1-3 in Anne Holt's Vik/Stubo series.
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    Felix Francis
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    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.

    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.
  • Kathy Reichs Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781784752750 - Kathy Reichs
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    Kathy Reichs
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    The inspiration behind hit TV series Bones, this three-book collection from Kathy Reichs is full of thrills, chills and shocking mysteries.

    In Devil Bones, an underground chamber in a dilapidated house is home to a bizarre ritualistic display: a human skull resting on a cauldron, surrounded by slain chickens and bizarre figurines. Dr. Brennan is called to the scene and is tasked with finding out how and when the lady died. As soon as she's closing in on the answers, another body is found - this time headless and carved with satanic symbols... And Tempe soon discovers the truth is more disturbing than she could have imagined.

    206 Bones finds Tempe accused of mishandling the autopsy of a missing heiress and soon a routine case has turned sinister. Is she being sabotaged by an unknown enemy?

    Tempe finds a newly dead body in Spider Bones, but is shocked to discover it's actually that of an ex-soldier apparently killed in Vietnam in 1968. Who is buried in his grave? Tempe finds herself heading right into the heart of the American military to unlock the answers...

    This collection contains books 11-13 in Kathy Reichs' Dr. Temperance Brennan series.
  • Wallace of the Secret Service Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780749020637 - Alexander Wilson
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    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.

    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.
  • Michael Connelly Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781407250328 - Michael Connelly
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    Michael Connelly
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    Including his multi-award winner The Lincoln Lawyer (which was adapted into a hit film starring Matthew McConaughey) alongside nine more absorbing and addictive crime and courtroom thrillers, our Michael Connelly Collection will introduce Book People customers who haven't had the chance already to a worldwide bestseller and one of the true masters of crime writing.

    Clever, astonishingly climactic and pacy, these books are sure to appeal to fans of crime writers such as Thomas Harris, Harlan Coben and Jeffery Deaver.

    Please note that the font size in these books may be considered small by some readers.
  • Patricia Highsmith Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9780349008028 - Patricia Highsmith
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    Patricia Highsmith
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    Patricia Highsmith, the author of The Two Faces of January, Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley, is widely respected for her psychological novels. This collection contains five of her intelligent and thought-provoking books.

    Edith's Diary is considered by many to be Highsmith's masterpiece and follows the life of Edith Howland as she slips out of control and loses her grip on reality; A Suspension of Mercy is an unsettling thriller looking at the darker forces that lurk beneath the surface of everyday life; and Those Who Walk Away follows a deadly game of cat and mouse that takes place on the streets of Venice.

    After receiving a fan letter from a prison inmate and becoming fascinated on the effect being trapped in a cell can do to an adult, Highsmith put these thoughts into fiction with The Glass Cell: Philip Carter spent six years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. His wife was waiting for him upon his release and he had no reason to doubt her or their friend, Sullivan. But prison can change people.

    Little Tales of Misogyny contains 17 short stories that are laced with black humour. Simply spine-chilling, they show how next-door neighbours can be sadistic psychopaths and how there's always something extraordinarily macabre in the supposedly ordinary...
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    Described as 'Miss Marple in her youth', Kate Shackleton tackles some of the quirky crimes and meddling mysteries that take place in the quiet Yorkshire village of Bridgestead during the 1920s.

    In Dying in the Wheel, Joshua Braithwaite has gone missing. His daughter is getting married and wants to try tracking him down one last time. Where could he be? Has he run off with his mistress? Or could he have been murdered? A lady who loves solving puzzles, Kate decides to take it upon herself to crack the case...

    The further stories find Kate investigating the links between a pawn-shop robbery, a fatal stabbing and a ransom demand; the murder of a gentleman banker who was facing ruin and disgrace; and a killing in the basement of the library in Leeds.

    Brilliant books for fans of Jacqueline Winspear and M.C. Beaton, this introduction to Frances Brody's Kate Shackleton series is full of wonderful characters, colourful historical detail and compelling crimes.
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    Andrea Camilleri
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    A Voice in the Night is the twentieth thrilling mystery in Andrea Camilleri's popular Inspector Montalbano series.

    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.
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    Holly Seddon
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    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.

    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.
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    Robert Goddard
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    This riveting five-book collection provides you with the perfect introduction to the hugely popular thriller writer, Robert Goddard.

    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
    Beyond Recall
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    Peter Robinson
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    A signed edition of Peter Robinson's When the Music's Over.

    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.

    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...