Fiction

Crime, Thriller & Mystery

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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
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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 - John Buchan
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    John Buchan
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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.
  • 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...
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    Martina Cole
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    A signed edition of Martina Cole's Betrayal.

    The 23rd novel from Martina Cole, Betrayal is a book all about survival. Aiden O'Hara has been head of the family since he was kid, and he's going to keep it that way. Jade Dixon is the one who watches his back. Mother of his son. The one who makes him invincible. But Jade's been in the game a lot longer than Aiden.

    She knows no one's indestructible. And when you're at the top, that's when you've got to watch the hardest. Especially the ones closest to you ...
  • Hamish Macbeth Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9781472126238 - M.C. Beaton
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    M.C. Beaton
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    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.

    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.
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    Lee Weeks
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    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...

    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...
  • Nicci French Collection - 4 Books - Collection - 9781405930451 - Nicci French
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    Nicci French
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    This compelling collection features four thrillers from Nicci French that are full of dark twists and turns.

    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...
  • Agatha Raisin Collection - 20 Books - Collection - 9781472123619 - M.C. Beaton
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    M.C. Beaton
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    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.

    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.
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    Alexander McCall Smith
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    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.

    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 Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781407250571 - Eric Van Lustbader
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    Eric Van Lustbader
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    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.

    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
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    William Shaw
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    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.

    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.
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    Jeffery Deaver
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    Jeffery Deaver - the master of suspense - returns with the twelfth book starring his brilliant paraplegic forensic detective, Lincoln Rhyme.

    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.
  • Bernard Cornwell Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9781405929257 - Bernard Cornwell
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    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.

    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!
  • Gaslight Crime Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780857300409 - Various
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    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.

    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'.