Crime, Thriller & Mystery

Cosy Crime

  • HERR
    L.C. Tyler
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    Twenty years ago, Roger Norton Vane went for a walk in the Thai jungle and never returned. Now, after years of wild speculation, he's officially being declared dead. At his memorial service, a man interrupts proceedings claiming to be Roger...

    Roger's partner, Tim MacDonald, who was with him at the time of his disappearance, was due to pick up his inheritance but now 'Roger' has returned and wastes no time in making himself at home in his old flat; evicting Tim and coming up with a plan to prove his right to the money on offer.

    This startling chain of events surprises crime writer Ethelred Tressider. He's been commissioned to write a biography about Roger and finds the person claiming to be him full of vague and scurrilous anecdotes. It soon becomes clear that many people wish Vane had stayed dead and that his tales had been buried with him...

    The seventh book in the Elsie and Ethelred series, L.C.Tyler's Herring in the Smoke is a mystery that will delight fans of Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers and M.C. Beaton.
  • Rebecca Tope Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9780749022105 - Rebecca Tope
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    Rebecca Tope
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    Thea Osborne is a housekeeper-turned-detective who has to crack so many rural crime cases in the first five books in Rebecca Tope's bestselling Cotswolds Mysteries series. Cosy crime at its finest, we recommend them for fans of M.C. Beaton, Emily Brightwell and Carola Dunn.

    A Cotswold Killing is the first book in the series and it finds recently widowed Thea Osborne arriving in Duntisbourne Abbots to house-sit for a local couple for three weeks. On her first night, she hears a piercing scream but concludes nowhere this serene and sleepy could be witness to a murder. But then a body shows up and Thea is soon untangling her way through a web of tragedy that engulfs this beautiful Gloucestershire town...

    She also finds a body hanging from the rafters of a barn; discovers a body laid out like a sacrificial victim on Notgrove Barrow during Halloween season; visits Blockley and has to investigate a murder next door to her abode; and finds a skeleton at the roots of an old beech tree - with no concrete evidence of who the bones belong to.

    This collection includes books 1-5 in Rebecca Tope's Cotswold Mysteries series.
  • Julie Wassmer Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781472127686 - Julie Wassmer
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    Julie Wassmer
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    Set in the sumptuous coastal surroundings of Whitstable, Julie Wassmer's Pearl Nolan mysteries combine seafood, murder and a multi-tasking heroine.

    The series starts with Julie's debut novel, The Whitstable Pearl Mystery. Pearl always wanted to be a sleuth but life and a teenage pregnancy got in the way, so she decided to build up a successful seafood restaurant. However, with her son at university and the discovery of the drowned body of a local oyster fisherman, she might finally have the chance of achieving her lifelong dream of becoming a detective...

    In Murder-on-Sea, things take a festive turn and Pearl discovers it is not the season of goodwill to all men; May Day Murder takes place in spring and finds an actress being murdered after being invited to Whitstable to open the May Day festivities.

    This collection contains books 1-3 in Julie Wassmer's series starring Pearl Nolan.
  • Molly Murphy Mysteries Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781472118066 - Rhys Bowen
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    Featuring the first three books in Rhys Bowen's wonderful Molly Murphy series, this collection is an ideal introduction to a New York Times bestselling author.

    Molly Murphy always knew she'd end up in trouble, just as her mother predicted. So, when she commits murder in self-defence, she flees Ireland - and her identity - for the anonymous shores of America. When she arrives in New York, Molly begins to breathe easier. But when a man is murdered on Ellis Island, a man Molly was seen arguing with, she becomes the prime suspect... using her Irish charm and sharp wit, Molly escapes Ellis Island and sets out to find the wily killer on her own. Determined to find the killer on her own, Molly escapes Ellis Island to pound the notorious streets of Hell's Kitchen and the Lower East Side - and a private investigator is born.

    Tightly plotted whodunnits, cleverly and expertly entwined with comedy, Murphy's Law, Death of Riley and For the Love of Mike by Rhys Bowen are sure to delight fans of Carola Dunn and introduce a new legion of fans to a wonderful character.

    This collection contains books 1-3 in Rhys Bowen's Molly Murphy series.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Aurora Teagarden Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781407247434 - Charlaine Harris
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    Charlaine Harris
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    A set of three great books from the bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse series, adapted for television by HBO as True Blood, the Aurora Teagarden series is a gripping set of stories starring a strong, charming and unusual heroine.

    Discussing the macabre, sinister and downright disgusting, Real Murders is a club with a difference: they drink wine, eat chocolate and talk murder! As harmless as it seems in the beginning, when murder becomes a reality Aurora 'Roe' Teagarden switches the sofa for the spyglass and goes out to find the perpetrator. There is certainly more to this librarian than meets the eye...

    Expertly written by Charlaine Harris, the Aurora Teagarden set is a focused combination of upbeat style and tension, a must-read for any fan of True Blood or those with a wider interest in crime fiction.

    This collection contains books 1-3 in the Aurora Teagarden series.

  • Hannah Dennison Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781780336657 - Hannah Dennison
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    Hannah Dennison
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    Acclaimed by the likes of Carolyn Hart and Ann Purser and described as a cross between Bridget Jones and Nancy Drew, Hannah Dennison's Vicky Hill Mysteries Collection is sure to appeal to many.

    Vicky Hill is a cub journalist with two goals in life: to escape the boredom of funeral reporting and to find the right man. Things change when a tip leads her to what might be the scoop of a lifetime.

    Written with charming humour, all three of these crime capers feature an endearingly gullible investigator, the picturesque rural background of Devon and some perplexing and improbable murders. Perfect for fans of M.C. Beaton.
  • Agatha Christie's Tommy and Tuppence Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9780007951635 - Agatha Christie
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    Including Postern of Fate - Agatha Christie's last novel - alongside three more adventures and a collection of short stories, the Tommy and Tuppence series follows a detective dream team as they solve crimes, fall in love and grow old together.

    You may have seen the BBC series Partners in Crime starring David Walliams and Jessica Raine, now read the books that inspired it.

    Full of period flavour, these books are a real delight.
  • Jacqueline Winspear Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780749021085 - Jacqueline Winspear
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    Jacqueline Winspear
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    Featuring books 7 to 9 in Jacqueline Winspear's historical crime series featuring PI extraordinaire Maisie Dobbs, this collection will take you back to the early 1930s when all sorts of post-war mysteries occur.

    The Mapping of Love & Death follows the strange case of Michael Clifton, a young American who fought for the British Army (his father's native country) and was declared missing in action in August, 1914. In April, 1932, Michael's remains are unearthed in a French field and his parents ask Maisie Dobbs to try and find out who the unnamed nurse he was writing love letters to is. It finds Maisie looking back on her own bittersweet wartime love - and the revelation that Michael Clifton may not have died in combat after all...

    A Lesson in Secrets finds Maisie being given an undercover assignment directed by Scotland Yard's Special Branch and the Secret Service. She's sent to a college in Cambridge to monitor any activities deemed to be 'not in the interests of the Crown' and soon the college's controversial pacifist founder and principal is murdered...

    Elegy for Eddie finds a horse-loving gentle soul being killed in a violent 'accident'. The costermongers of Covent Garden are deeply sceptical about the cause of his death and call in Maisie for help. Her investigations bring her to a 'has-been' politician (named Winston Churchill), a callous press baron and the husband of one of her closest friends. Soon she's discovering lies and manipulation on a national scale.

    This collection includes books 7 to 9 in Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs series.
  • Professor Moriarty Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781783297320 - Michael Kurland
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    Michael Kurland
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    You know Professor James Moriarty from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous Sherlock Holmes stories, but in this three-book set Michael Kurland gives a fascinating insight into the mind of Sherlock's arch-nemesis!

    Including the novel Who Thinks Evil along with two more of our favourites from the series, the books are full of the kind of twists that would not be out of place in a contemporary spy thriller. Described as the 'Napoleon of Crime', among the cases Moriarty has to solve are that of a killer slitting the throats of England's aristocracy and the search for a missing prince...

    A new take on a famous character, these books are sure to delight not only fans of Sherlock Holmes, but also those who like quirky and cosy crime stories.

    This collection includes books 1, 2 and 5 in Michael Kurland's Professor Moriarty series.

  • Ngaio Marsh Collection - 7 Books - Collection - 9780007951741 - Ngaio Marsh
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    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.
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    You'll have seen DI Richard Poole in the hit BBC series Death in Paradise, where he was played so memorably by Ben Miller. This brilliant and original whodunnit, written by the show's creator Robert Thorogood, finds the detective on the trail of another potential murderer.

    Supermodel Polly Carter has been found dead after 'apparently' throwing herself from the cliftop near her home on the island of Saint-Marie. Famed for her looks and partying lifestyle, her friends are adamant she'd never have killed herself - and DI Poole agrees.

    In the scorching heat of the Caribbean, Richard has to face a stream of alibis, a host of conflicting motives and even a visit from his mother as he attempts to untangle the mystery of what he thinks is a well-planned-out murder...
  • Barbara Comyns Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780748137091 - Barbara Comyns
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    Barbara Comyns
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    Barbara Comyns was a very talented author who lived an extraordinary life and wrote a number of unique and witty novels that will keep fans of murder mysteries hooked.

    Having received acclaim from the likes of Sarah Waters and Graham Greene, the books are set in Edwardian London and are heaving with quirky characters, strange events, love affairs and mysteries to solve.

    We hope that this three-book collection, featuring The Vet's Daughter, Sisters By A River and Our Spoons Came from Woolworths, will help bring her talent to a whole new audience.
  • Dr. Watson Thrillers Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781471147500 - Robert Ryan
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    Approved by the Arthur Conan Doyle Estate, these books from Robert Ryan follow Dr. John Watson as he rejoins his regiment during the First World War and becomes a reluctant and brilliant detective.

    In Dead Man's Land, Watson is offering his medical expertise on the trenches of Flanders Fields. There are many deaths, but then one body comes through with bizarre injuries. Something is terribly wrong and Watson must discover who the killer in the trenches is...

    The Dead Can Wait finds Watson back home but the horrors of war are weighing heavily on his mind - and now he's having to help rehabilitate soldiers suffering from shell-shock. But the war is not over and in one corner of England's countryside, the government are preparing the land ship - never-before-seen 'tanks' which they hope will put an end to the war. But in a training exercise, there is a horrific 'accident' - and the one survivor isn't talking... Can Watson find out what the government are hiding?

    A Study in Murder is set in 1917 and Watson is once again asked to be a medical officer, but something isn't right and he might need to call out for some long-distance help from an old friend...
  • 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.
  • Hannah Dennison Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781472127303 - Hannah Dennison
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    Hannah Dennison
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    Antiques dealer Kat Stanford abandons a successful television career to help her mother move into a house in a Devon country estate.

    Once there, she comes across a cast of eccentrics with many dark secrets and finds herself embroiled in all sorts of scandals in these charming and witty reads.
  • Carola Dunn's Cornish Mysteries Collection - 4 Books - Collection - 9781472127693 - Carola Dunn
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    This collection contains four cosy crime novels starring the retired widow, Eleanor Trewynn. Written by Carola Dunn, the author of the bestselling Daisy Dalrymple series, these are charming stories full of daring thefts, double-crossing and murder most foul.

    Set in the beautiful surroundings of Cornwall, the series begins with Manna from Hades, a story which finds Eleanor quickly realising there is no such thing as a restful retirement. She heads home from years of working overseas to the village of Port Mabyn in Cornwall. Once there, she decides to continue her charity work, but one morning she finds a valuable donation and corpse stuffed into her storeroom. She enlists the help of her niece, Detective Sergeant Megan Pencarrow, and together the duo try to crack the case...

    Eleanor also has to discover who killed a local artist; rescues a half-drowned Indian man out of the water; and embarks on a chase across fog-bound Bodmin Moor when deaths are occurring all around her.
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    M.C. Beaton
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    A huge favourite with Book People customers, M.C. Beaton's beloved character, the quick-witted and unambitious policeman Hamish Macbeth returns to try and crack his 32nd mysterious case in Death of a Ghost.

    Hamish is hearing reports that a castle outside the village of Drim is haunted. Lights have been spotted at night but Hamish expects it is local youths gathering to take drugs. To get to the bottom of the rumours once and for all, Hamish decides to spend a night in the castle with his colleague Charlie 'Clumsy' Carson.

    The wind explains the ghostly noises but then Charlie falls through the floor and Hamish finds a dead boy propped up in a corner of the cellar. Chief Detective Inspector Blair arrives to investigate, but the body has disappeared. Hamish's story is dismissed as words of a drunk, so he takes it upon himself to find and identify the body and its killer before the 'ghost' strikes again...
  • Miss Seeton Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781911440840 - Heron Carvic
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    Heron Carvic
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    Set in the town of Plummergen, these classic cosy crime novels find retired art teacher Miss Seeton investigating all kinds of quirky killings.

    Picture Miss Seeton is the first story in the series and it finds Miss Seeton witnessing a real-life street stabbing in London. All she can recall is a shadowy figure, but how was she to know that her latest sketch would be a picture-perfect portrait of the killer?

    Miss Seeton Draws the Line has the super sleuth drawing a clue to a series of child murders in rural England. Scotland Yard soon ask for her help. Finally, there's Witch Miss Seeton which finds the village developing a sudden interest in the occult.
  • 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.
  • 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 one of the highlights of last year's BBC Christmas schedule, 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.
  • 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.
  • Laurie R. King Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780749018610 - Laurie R. King
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    Laurie R. King
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    Have you ever wondered what happened after Sherlock Holmes retired? Let the wonderful Laurie R. King show you in our three-book set. When brilliant young orphan Mary Russell quite literally bumps into Sherlock, her intellect impresses him - and it's not long before the duo pair up and set out to solve some very compelling crime cases.

    The Beekeeper's Apprentice explains how the duo met in 1915 and follows their first case as a truly cunning adversary aims to stop their partnership in its infancy. Follow-up A Monstrous Regiment of Women takes place in 1921 and sees Mary on the verge of acquiring a sizeable inheritance and examining the New Temple of God after four of its members wound up dead...

    A Letter of Mary finds the duo enjoying summer on their Sussex estate when they come into possession of an ancient manuscript - but the person who gave it to them is found dead after a tragic accident...

    The Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes books are brilliant crime fiction offering a new take on one of literature's most beloved detectives - and a new hero to root for in his companion.