Crime, Thriller & Mystery Books

  • Reservoir 13 - Hardback - 9780008204853 - Jon McGregor
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    If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things and Even the Dogs author Jon McGregor's Reservoir 13 is a page-turning read all about how one family's loss can haunt so many lives...

    It's midwinter in the early years of this century and a teenage girl has gone missing in the hills at the heart of England. The villagers join the search across the moors as a media scrum descends their normally quiet home...

    Despite the disruption, life does go on and jobs still need doing - there are cows that need milking, fences need repairing, pints need pouring and a pantomime needs rehearsing...

    Full of important themes including nature, the environment, power and grace, this compelling novel takes place over 13 years and finds a stranger's tragedy casting a shadow over so many.
  • Peter Robinson Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781509858224 - Peter Robinson
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    Acclaimed by Dennis Lehane and Ian Rankin, Peter Robinson is one of the world's favourite thriller writers. In this new 10-book collection, we've hand-picked our favourite Inspector Alan Banks novels and also added in some captivating stand-alone stories.

    The Inspector Banks series finds the detective looking into various horrific murders that have taken place in Swainsdale. A well-liked local historian has been found half-buried under a drystone wall in A Dedicated Man and it's up to Banks to get the key information out of young Sally Lumb, who is clearly hiding something...

    The Hanging Valley finds a faceless corpse being discovered in a tranquil, hidden valley. No one is prepared to talk about it with Banks and his frustrations grow further still when the identity of the body is revealed; and in Wednesday's Child Banks investigates a particularly unpleasant murder at the site of an abandoned mine. This soon leads to an encounter with a truly terrifying criminal...

    This collection contains books 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 14 and 15 in Peter Robinson's Inspector Alan Banks series alongside two stand-alone novels.
  • Alan Furst Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781407250359 - Alan Furst
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    Three novels full of adventure and intrigue in wartime Europe, these books by Alan Furst will appeal to fans of John Le Carre, Henry Porter and John Lawton.

    Kingdom of Shadows follows former Hungarian cavalry officer Nicholas Morath as he returns home to his mistress in 1938. While away in Vienna, he has done a quiet favour for his diplomat uncle. Desperate for Hungary to stop drifting into alliance with Nazi Germany, his uncle has been trading in conspiracies - meaning Morath is edging closer to danger...

    Mission to Paris and The Foreign Correspondent are equally poignant and compelling, providing a remarkable insight into the frailties and fears of humanity when under pressure.
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    When a teen shoots a woman dead in the middle of a Glasgow street and then commits suicide, Harry McCoy is certain it wasn?t a random act of violence.

    While investigating the case, McCoy discovers a secret society led by a wealthy family.

    Alan Parks debut novel Bloody January is a taut, violent and addictive page-turner.
  • William Shaw Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781786488923 - William Shaw
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    Written by William Shaw, the CWA Dagger-shortlisted Breen & Tozer novels are set in London and Devon between 1968 and 1969 and tackle issues of racial prejudice, sexism, colonialism, police corruption and MI6 espionage.

    Absolutely gripping from the very first page and impeccably researched, the series starts with A Song from Dead Lips - a novel which finds an unknown young woman being found naked and strangled in an alley on Abbey Road. DS Cathal Breen (an outcast in the Marylebone CID) can not make sense of the case and soon teams up with rookie recruit, WPC Helen Tozer. The duo find themselves on a perilous path towards a cruel conspiracy that goes far beyond class, colour and creed.

    In A House of Knives, the wayward son of a rising MP is found mutilated and burnt in suspicious circumstances and Breen and Tozer soon realise this could be the result of the corrupting influence of some very powerful people; and A Book of Knives finds Tozer looking into an unsolved murder from that is important to her past.

    These dark thrillers are based on real-life events and are brutal, intense and emotional.

    This collection contains books 1-3 in William Shaw's Breen & Tozer series.
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    THE EXPLOSIVE NEW THRILLER FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF LEAVING BERLIN. Some secrets should never be told. Moscow, 1961: With the launch of Sputnik, the Soviet Union's international prestige is at an all-time high. And the most notorious of the defectors to the Soviet Union, former CIA agent Frank Weeks, is about to publish his memoirs. What he reveals will send shock waves through the West. Weeks' defection in the early 1950s shook Washington to its core - and forced the resignation of his brother, Simon, from the State Department. Simon, now a publisher in New York, is given the opportunity to read and publish his brother's memoir. He knows the US government will never approve the publication of what is clearly intended as KGB propaganda. Yet the offer is irresistible: it will finally give him the chance to learn why his brother chose to betray his country. But what he discovers in Moscow is far more shocking than he ever imagined ...'One of the most exciting books I've read in years' Alexander McCall Smith on Leaving Berlin 'Spectacular in every way' Lee Child on Stardust 'Tense and atmospheric, with sinister intrigue' Wall Street Journal on Istanbul Passage
  • Andrea Camilleri Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781509858217 - Andrea Camilleri
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    This huge collection follows the first 10 investigations of the one and only Inspector Salvo Montalbano. Adapted into a popular television series, if you imagine Inspector Morse in Italy you will be halfway there! These books are fantastic for fans of Donna Leon and Michael Dibdin.

    The Shape of the Water is the first ever book starring the wry detective and it follows him as he looks into the death of an engineer of the Splendour Refuse Collection Company. The coroner's verdict is the death was from natural causes - but Montalbano has other ideas...

    Honest and streetwise, Montalbano makes it his mission to uncover the truth, despite obstacles from the police, the judge and the bishop.

    This collection includes books 1-10 in Andrea Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano series. Format: paperback
  • Agatha Raisin Collection - 20 Books - Collection - 9781472123619 - 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.
  • Ben Aaronovitch Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781407250946 - Ben Aaronovitch
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    Ben Aaronovitch's Peter Grant series is a compelling combination of crime thriller and fantasy fiction. They follow a Probationary Constable in the Metropolitan Police Service who just so happens to be a trainee wizard.

    Written with a wry sense of humour and with little-known facts about London scattered throughout, Peter has to deal with a wide range of perplexing crimes throughout these page-turning novels. Broken Homes has Peter looking into the case of a mutilated body in Crawley. Could it be another killer on the loose or the work of a twisted magician known as the Faceless Man?

    Foxglove Summer finds Peter heading to a small village in Herefordshire where the police are reluctant to admit there might be a supernatural element to the disappearance of local children; and The Hanging Tree follows Peter as he is plunged into the alien world of the super-rich...

    This collection contains books 4-6 in Ben Aaronovitch's Peter Grant series.
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    A Damned Serious Business is the latest novel from Harry's Game author Gerald Seymour. It's an intelligent topical thriller about a new Cold War brewing...

    Freelance Russian hackers for the FSB (successors to the KGB) are the frontline warriors of this new battle and are stealing personal information, disrupting the economy and disabling whole countries. Edwin 'Boot' Coker works for the MI6 and discovers details of secret meeting from a young hacker.

    Boot decides to strike back on the Russians, but not with a computer virus. He wants to plant a bomb that will spread fear and distrust. All he needs is a deniable handler to deliver the explosives across the border from Estonia into Russia... he finds Merc, a gun-for-hire ex-soldier who has been fighting in Iraq.

    As soon as Merc crosses the River Narva, things don't go to plan, especially when the hacker's sister becomes involved...
  • Ruth Rendell's Inspector Wexford Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781784752866 - Ruth Rendell
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    Ruth Rendell was one of the most beloved crime authors of her generation and this 10-book collection contains some of her finest work.

    Focusing on Chief Inspector Wexford and his various cases, these books are riveting from the very first page. Wexford will have to solve the case of a father finding the murdered body of his own daughter; take on the near-impossible task of identifying an unidentified body that has been buried for ten years or so and decide if it's related to a new body found in similar circumstances; and investigate the disappearance of two teenage sisters during the worst rain in living memory...

    Intelligent writing full of heart, these are books that any lover of crime fiction should be reading and they showcase the talent of one of the UK's best ever thriller writers.
  • L.C. Tyler Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780749022044 - L.C.Tyler
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    Capturing the spirit of the Golden Age of crime fiction, L.C. Tyler's Elsie and Ethelred novels are witty, intelligent and full of warmth. You'll be eagerly flicking through these books to find out what happens next and they will appeal to fans of M.C. Beaton, Dorothy L. Sayers and Emily Brightwell.

    Robin Pagham has been found dead in Cat Among the Herrings and the village believe he must have been drunk. However, the newspaper reports of the inquest state no alcohol was found in his blood. At his funeral, his girlfriend announces someone murdered Robin... Elsie and Ethelred take on the case.

    Crooked Herring finds Henry Holiday unexpectedly turning on Ethelred's doorstep and he has a surprising confession - he thinks he murdered someone while drunk on New Year's Eve; and Ten Little Herrings finds Ethelred heading to the French Loire. He wants to stay there and it's up to Elsie to bring him home. But she is the subject of some unwanted affection from a local chocolatier...
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  • Robert Goddard Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9780552173858 - 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
  • Ngaio Marsh Collection - 7 Books - Collection - 9780007951741 - Ngaio Marsh
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    A bumper seven-book collection from acclaimed crime writer Ngaio Marsh, these classic whodunnits will introduce readers to Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn.

    Full of excellent characterisation and inventive murders, Alleyn wonders if his wife-to-be is a potential murderer; finds himself embroiled in a case of sinister infatuation; and has to solve the mystery of a body found in the back of a taxi.

    First-class crime fiction for fans of Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers.
  • London Crime Trilogy Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781910400319 - M. H. Baylis
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    All set in contemporary North London, these excellent crime thrillers from M.H. Baylis follow reporter Rex Tracey as he has to unlock a number of puzzling mysteries...

    A Death at the Palace has Rex recovering from his affair with the Lithuanian artist Milda Majauskas when she surprisingly disappears... There's also an anti-immigration group spreading hate across his beloved Tottenham and attacks on young women at Alexandra Palace. Milda's body is found and Rex find himself suspected of foul play... Can he discover the truth?

    In The Tottenham Outrage, a gang of Islamist youths are accused of killing a family of Hasidic Jews but Tracey thinks the finger has been pointed far too quickly; Black Day at the Bosphorus Cafe has a Kurdish student plunging into flames from the top floor of Shopping City - and Tracey does not believe it to be the political protest everyone is making it out to be...

    This collection includes books 1-3 in M.H. Baylis' Rex Tracey series.
  • David Hewson Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781509858293 - David Hewson
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    Highly acclaimed by Linwood Barclay, David Hewson's series focuses on Amsterdam detective Pieter Vos - a former policeman who's determined to uncover the truth about his 16-year-old daughter's disappearance.

    The House of Dolls is the first book in the series and it follows Pieter as he leaves the police force following Anneliese's disappearance and starts a new life on a broken-down houseboat. He sees a doll's house in the Rijsksmuseum that somehow seems connected to the case and then he meets misfit trainee detective, Laura Bakker. She reveals the daughter of a very important local politician has gone missing in similar circumstances to Anneliese. This leads to an opportunity to explore the fate of his beloved daughter, so Pieter finds himself drawn back into the life of a detective - but dark secrets lurk behind every door...

    The Wrong Girl finds Amsterdam in the midst of a terrorist attack that could be linked to the abduction of a Georgian prostitute's daughter; and Little Sister focuses on two sisters who were accused or murdering the lead singer of a world-famous pop band, due to believing he was responsible for their family's deaths.
  • Harlan Coben Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9781407250977 - Harlan Coben
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    This captivating collection contains five stand-alone thrillers from Harlan Coben, one of the world's most popular and influential thriller writers.

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

    No Second Chance follows Marc Seidman as he is given a second chance to save his daughter 18 months after she was kidnapped and his wife was brutally murdered; and Tell No One has a doctor seeing a webcam image of the wife he thought he'd lost...
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  • Hilary Green Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781473677128 - Hilary Green
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    Hilary Green's novels will tug at your heartstrings as they follow the experiences of various individuals throughout the Second World War. This collection brings together three books that you will be reading long into the night.

    Never Say Goodbye follows Diana 'Steve' Escott-Stevens as she applies to become an agent for the Special Operations Executive. She is readily accepted and sent off for training. It's demanding and extensive but when she is quickly sent to France, she will need all the sabotage, coding, combat and parachuting skills she has recently learned...
    Now is the Hour finds four firm friends forced to part when Neville Chamberlain declares war on Germany. All very different people, they have to decide what is important to them and try to find each other in terrible wartime circumstances. We'll Meet Again has 17-year-old Frankie Franconi falling in love with the charismatic British officer, Nick Harper. He falls for her as well and soon Frankie has signed up for the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry. But when she signs the Official Secrets Act, she ends up on an adventure laced with danger and terrible choices...

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    David Baldacci's thrillers about Will Robie are a worldwide success and End Game finds the US government's highly trained assassin being sent to London...

    There's an imminent terrorist attack threatening the Underground and Robie only has one chance to save London and make it safely home. But even if he succeeds, he knows the worst is yet to come...

    The fifth book in this bestselling series is presented in hardback and is a rip-roaring page-turner for fans of Vince Flynn, Michael Connelly and Lee Child.
  • Vince Flynn Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781471152726 - Vince Flynn
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    A combination of Jack Bauer and Jack Reacher, Mitch Rapp is an undercover CIA counter-terrorism agent who is willing to bend the rules for the cause of the greater good... Vince Flynn's books are pulsating and action-packed and have now been brought to the big screen in the shape of American Assassin (starring Dylan O'Brien and Michael Keaton).

    In Kill Shot, Mitch Rapp has dismantled and killed the network of people behind the Pan Am Lockerbie bombing and finds the trail leading to Paris - where he's on the receiving end of a deadly trap... Deemed a liability by his handlers and with no sign of a rescue, Rapp decides to take matters into his own hands.

    Protect and Defend finds Israel bringing down Iran's nuclear program in an attack that resolves in a radioactive tomb and environmental disaster. Iranian president Amatullah blames America and is out for blood - but Rapp has a brilliant plan which will push Iran onto the brink of revolution... After a horrific explosion takes place in Washington, Rapp must hunt for a killer with a personal agenda in Act of Treason...

    Exciting thrillers with a young, hungry and lethal assassin in the lead role, these books from a much-missed author are sure to be raced through as you enjoy all the twists and turns...

    This collection contains books 2, 9 and 10 in Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp series.

    Please note that these books feature mature themes and content.
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    The Vanishing Book is the fourth book in Dr. Ruth Galloway author Elly Griffiths' Stephens and Mephisto mystery series and it finds the duo investigating the link between a murdered Brighton flower-seller, the death of Cleopatra and a nude tableau show...

    Max Mephisto and his daughter Ruby are headlining Brighton Hippodrome, but are not happy to find the support act is a group of naked 'living statues' but then they notice something a little off... One thing they know for certain is that, in Brighton especially, the line between art, life and death is easily blurred.

    Packed with thrills, this is the most dangerous case yet for the heroic, crime-fighting duo.
  • Pulse - Hardback - 9781471155512 - Felix Francis
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    The latest Dick Francis novel from Felix Francis once again shows that racing can be a deadly business...

    Chris Rankin is a skilled doctor but he also has mental health problems. A smartly dressed man is found unconscious at the local racecourse and dies when he arrives at the hospital. He has no form of identification and no one claims the body. This intrigues Rankin and he starts to ask questions...

    However, someone does not want these questions answered and will go to any lengths to prevent it. No one believes Chris when he tells them someone tried to kill him. He will now have to do whatever it takes to identify the nameless man. Full of intrigue, this is a page-turner you'll quite literally race through.
  • Hamish Macbeth Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9781472126238 - 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.
  • Kate Morton Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781509858248 - Kate Morton
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    Kate Morton writes intelligent and thought-provoking fiction and this collection contains three of her best novels.

    The House at Riverton is both a thrilling mystery and a tender love story. Influenced by the likes of Atonement and Gosford Park, it finds events in the summer of 1924 and the winter of 1999 intertwining in almost unbelievable ways. In the middle of 1920s, a young port takes his life on the eve of a glittering society party. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again after this night. At the end of the 20th century, 98-year-old Grace Bradley, once a housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet's suicide and this opens all sorts of old wounds - including a terrible and shocking secret.

    The Secret Keeper is a heartbreaking story of mysteries and secrets that moves between the 1930s, the 1960s and the present day; and The Lake House is an enchanting book about a missing child, an abandoned house and an unsolved mystery...