Mystery Books & Novels

  • 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.
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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.
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    The second book in the Freyja and Huldar series, Yrsa Sigurdardottir's The Reckoning is a phenomenally addictive page-turner.

    Detective Huldar suspects he's been tasked with investigating a note found in a school's capsule to keep him away from real police work. This note contains the names of six people and a prediction of their deaths. Written by a 13-year-old over a decade ago, it's not being considered a real threat...

    However, there are some startling coincidences when the letter is discovered. Body parts have been found in a garden and the house owner has also been murdered. His initials match one of the names on the note...
  • Mari Hannah Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781509897230 - Mari Hannah
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    Three of award-winning author Mari Hannah's novels following the cases of DCI Kate Daniels.

    Deadly Deceit is a novel that reveals how pure evil can wear many disguises. It has Daniels and her partner DS Hank Gormley investigating one of the worst road traffic accidents in Northumberland's history. As the bodies build up, they come to realise not every death was accidental...

    Killing for Keeps has two brothers from a criminal family dying within hours of each other, just five hours apart; and Settled Blood centres on a murder investigation which exposes half-truths and lies with every new revelation.

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    This collection includes books 2, 3 and 5 in Mari Hannah's DCI Kate Daniels series.
  • Rennie Airth Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781509897247
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    Follow Detective Inspector John Madden as he attempts to solve a number of tricky cases in Rennie Airth's three novels inspired by the Golden Age of crime fiction.

    In River of Darkness, it's 1921 and there's been a terrible murder at a manor house in Surrey. The victims have all been stabbed and the lack of disturbance in the house suggests the attack was one of terrifying speed. While the police force are ready to put the murders down to robbery and violence, Madden sees things differently - he's sure this is the work of a psychopath...

    The Blood Dimmed Tide finds Madden on the trail of a killer who is a master of reinvention; and The Dead of Winter takes place in late 1944 when a young Polish girl who worked on Madden's farm winds up dead...

    This collection includes books 1-3 in Rennie Airth's John Madden Mystery series
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  • Louise Penny Collection - 4 Books - Collection - 9780751574524 - Louise Penny
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    This collection includes the first four novels in Louise Penny's SWA Dagger-winning Inspector Armand Gamache series. These captivating and clever page-turners are set in Quebec and follow the detective as he attempts to solve some puzzling mysteries.

    The series starts with Still Life, a page-turner that finds a dead body being discovered in the woods on Thanksgiving weekend. The victim is a beloved artist and none of the residents in the nearby Three Pines - a place that is so safe it doesn't even have its own police force - have any motive for murder. But Gamache knows evil is lurking... He just needs to wait to discover who's responsible...

    A Fatal Grace finds someone being brutally murdered at an annual Boxing Day curling match; The Cruellest Month finds a glorious spring day being ruined by a seance that went horribly wrong; and A Rule Against Murder has old secrets and bitter rivalries beginning to surface at the wake of a wealthy family's father.

    For fans of: Caroline Graham, Ann Cleeves, Kate Ellis

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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.
  • Erin Kelly Collection - 4 Books - Collection - 9781473685963 - Erin Kelly
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    He Said, She Said author Erin Kelly is a bestselling writer of psychological thrillers who can count Stephen King, Sophie Hannah and Jeffery Deaver among her fans. This four-book collection is the perfect introduction to her work and includes her highly acclaimed debut novel, The Poison Tree.

    This novel is set in the red-hot summer of 1997 when the straight-laced student Karen meets Biba, a bohemian aspiring actress. The duo form a passionate bond, but by the end of the summer their love affair has to come to an end - and two people are dead...; The Burning Air follows the Macbrides as they attend a Bonfire Night celebration. Felix, the youngest of the family, has brought a new girlfriend with him but she's odd in a way no one can quite place. When she's left looking after Felix's sister's baby, they both end up missing...

    The Sick Rose is a claustrophobic read that finds Louisa and Paul forming a relationship, but both of them have violent pasts they are unable to escape; and The Ties That Bind is a twisty read about a true crime writer in search of a story who ends up interviewing a criminal-turned-philanthropist.

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  • Ann Cleeves Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9781509897223
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    Our latest Ann Cleeves collection contains two Vera Stanhope novels (6, 7 and 8 in the series) and two of her Shetland books (6 and 7). Both of these series have been adapted into popular television dramas, but we believe the novels are even more compelling.

    The Vera (a character played by Brenda Blethyn) novels - The Seagull, Harbour Street and The Moth Catcher - find the clever but chaotic detective delving into a case that could destroy the close-knit community she lives in; on the trail of a killer who murdered someone on a packed train; and investigating the links between two bodies that are connected but found nowhere near each other.

    Shetland's Thin Air and Cold Earth find Detective Jimmy Perez (played in the series so perfectly by Douglas Henshall) on the case of a missing girl who claims to have seen a ghost of a child who drowned in the 1920s; and looking into a landslide that may or may not have killed his old friend Magnus Tait...

    This collection includes books 6, 7 and 8 in Ann Cleeves' Vera Stanhope series and 6 and 7 in her Shetland series.
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    Jenny Quintana's debut novel is a powerful psychological thriller that will have you hooked from the very first page... You'll race through the pages and experience so many emotions.

    Anna's older sister Gabriella disappeared 30 years ago, but Anna has never stopped missing her. After the disappearance, Anna ran away from her family and built a life for herself in another country. However, the death of her mother has forced her to return home. While sorting through her mother's possessions, Anna begins to confront both her death and the huge hole that Gabriella's disappearance left...

    She also decides to learn what really happened to her sister. But is it too late to discover the truth?
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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.
  • Sarah Hawkswood Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780749023164 - Sarah Hawkswood
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    Set in the 12th century, Sarah Hawkswood's Bradecote and Catchpoll series follows the duo as they investigate all manner of strange deaths and 'accidents'. These murder mysteries will appeal to fans of C.J. Sansom and Agatha Christie.

    Servant of Death, the first book in the series, takes place in the June of 1143 when the Lord Bishop of Winchester's clerk has been bludgeoned to death in Pershore Abbey and laid before the alter. He was thoroughly disliked but did anyone have a reason to kill him? The wily Serjeant Catchpoll and his unwanted superior Acting Under Sheriff Hugh Bradecote will have to put their differences aside when there's another murder...

    Ordeal by Follow is set in September the same year and finds the duo investigating an arsonist who has killed someone in the most hideous way. There are soon more fires and a hooded figure is stalking the streets... What could possibly be this killer's motive?

    The third novel, Marked to Die, takes place in October and has Bradecote and Catchpoll on the trail of a mysterious archer who kills cleanly and 'dissolves' into the forest...

    This collection contains books 1-3 in Sarah Hawkswood's Bradecote and Catchpoll series.

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    Jo Spain's The Confession is a gripping psychological thriller with a difference: you find out who did it on the very first page. But you won't find out why until the last one...

    A man walks into the luxury home of the disgraced banker, Harry McNamara. He beats him to death as his wife Julie watches, frozen by fear. An hour later, the attacker JP Carney, hands himself into the police. He confesses beating Harry to death but claims the assault was not premeditated.

    With Harry's notoriety, the detectives make it their mission to see if this really was a random act of violence or if it was related to one of Harry's many sins. After all, he was corrupt, greedy and betrayed so many people... As you race through the pages, you'll be wondering who really is the guilty party?
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    Author Marsali Taylor grew up in Shetland and her experiences in this beautiful area add an extra touch of authority to this gripping mystery.

    Cass Lynch has achieved her dream of becoming third officer aboard the Norwegian sail-training ship, Sorlandet. She's taking part in a race from Norway to Ireland but then an unsettling encounter leads to suspicions there's a stowaway on board...

    A police search finds nothing, but shortly after one of the trainees goes missing... Cass and her lover DI Gavin Macrae soon find themselves up against a ruthless killer.

    Cass is also struggling with some personal issues and has a decision to make that will affect her future in so many ways...
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Miss Seeton Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781911440840 - 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.
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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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    Written by Dominic Smith, this captivating read tells of a 17th century painting that links three lives across three continents over three centuries. In 1600s Amsterdam, Sara de Vos loses her daughter suddenly and turns to painting in her grief. She creates the artwork of a dark landscape of a girl watching an ice skater from the edge of a wood.

    In 1957 in New York, Martijn de Groot has this painting - At the Edge of a Wood - hanging above his bed. When it's stolen, he is bereft. Meanwhile, struggling art student Ellie Shipley agrees to forge the painting for a dubious art dealer. Finally, we arrive at Sydney in 2000 and Ellie is now a celebrated art historian and curator. She's curating an exhibition about the female painters of the Dutch Golden Age but then it becomes apparent the original version of this painting and her forgery are en route to the museum.

    Exhilarating from start to finish, this book is one you won't want to put down. Full of period detail and with its intriguing premise that threatens to see Ellie's life and reputation spiral out of control, it's a rewarding and elegantly written read.
  • Elizabethan Mysteries Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780749015343 - Edward Marston
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    These three Elizabethan mysteries from Edward Marston, the bestselling author of the Railway Detective series, follow the life of Nicholas Bracewell as he attempts to solve a number of 'whodunit?' mysteries.

    Full of murder, mystery and mayhem, the wild romps are steeped in authentic Elizabethan detail and are near-impossible to put down!

    Please note that these are books 7, 8 and 9 in the Nicholas Bracewell 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...