Crime, Thriller & Mystery

Classic Crime

  • The Girl Before - Hardback - 9781786480293 - J. P. Delaney
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    A psychological thriller from J.P. Delaney that's inspired by the works of Alfred Hitchcock and set to be adapted into a film by none other than Ron Howard, The Girl Before is all about a woman's house where nothing is quite what it seems...

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

    For fans of The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl, this is a tense page-turner about obsession that you will not be able to put down.
  • John Buchan Collection - 4 Books - Collection - 9781846973901 - 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.
  • Anna Smith Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9990000017133 - Anna Smith
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    For fans of Martina Cole, this three-book collection follows tabloid reporter Rosie Gilmour as she finds herself embroiled in a number of gritty and dangerous cases.

    As Rosie investigates these sordid tales of corruption and child abuse and discovers the truth, she comes up against a wall of resistance when the time comes round for her to tell her story...
  • Harry Bingham Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781407250724 - Harry Bingham
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    Harry Bingham writes psychological thrillers that star an unusual and engaging detective, DC Fiona Griffiths. Compared to the likes of Jo Nesbo and Stieg Larsson, this collection features the first three books in the powerful series.

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

    Love Story, with Murders opens with a human leg being discovered in a suburban freezer. The victim is a teenage girl killed a decade ago. This is followed by the disturbing appearance of many other body parts - all male, dark skinned and very fresh; The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths also finds Fiona investigating some grim discoveries. A woman has been starved to death and a computer guy has had his hands hacked off. These clues lead to what could be the heist of the century. Fiona might have to go undercover to penetrate this criminal gang from within...
  • Midsomer Murders Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9781472246448 - Caroline Graham
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    Described as 'simply the best detective writer since Agatha Christie', this collection features five Midsomer Murders mysteries by the incredibly talented Caroline Graham.

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

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

    Other murders and unlikely killings also occur and Inspector Barnaby has his work cut out to solve them all. These are page-turning whodunnits will keep you guessing right until the very last page.
  • 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.
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    Elly Griffiths
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    There's an anarchist plot and a ticking bomb... the stakes are higher than ever for DI Edgar Stephens and magician Max Mephisto in the latest book in Elly Griffiths' hit series.

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

    Sergeant Emma Holmes is also on the case and she finds a clue buried in the files of the Zabini case. This sparks off another issue - there's a group hell-bent on providing an explosive finale to Coronation Day. Will our heroes be able to foil the plot?
  • Ian Rankin Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781407234649 - Ian Rankin
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    Based in Edinburgh, Inspector John Rebus has to battle with demons of his own, while also attempting to unveil and uncover the brutal crimes he has to confront as part of his increasingly important workload.

    Ian Rankin, OBE, subtly introduces challenging social issues into each novel as racial prejudice, the sleaze behind the tourist-friendly facade and a rapidly evolving Scotland are all expertly covered.

    This set of ten books includes Let It Bleed, Mortal Causes and a stand-alone crime thriller, Doors Open, that shows Rankin's stories are just as enticing even when they don't feature Inspector Rebus.
  • 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'.
  • 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.
  • Patricia Highsmith Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9780349008028 - 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...
  • Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781473632806 - Dorothy L Sayers
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    Intelligent, witty and thoroughly original, Dorothy L. Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries effortlessly combine powerful prose and gripping suspense. Here we've collected our favourites.

    A body in a Battersea bathroom, a murdered military general and a dream about chess that reveals truths of a violent death are just some of the cases where the amateur sleuth demonstrates his unique detection skills.

    Delightfully free from grisly details, this is a fine collection for fans of cosy crime.
  • Graeme Kent Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781472107923 - G.W. Kent
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    Set in the Solomon Islands during the 1960s and starring Sergeant Ben Kella and Sister Conchita, Graeme Kent's gentle crime fiction is likely to appeal to fans of Alexander McCall Smith and Colin Cotterill.

    In Devil-Devil, the Sergeant has only just arrived on the island but has already been cursed by a magic man and stumbled across evidence of a cult uprising. At a local mission station, Kella walks in on Sister Conchita trying to bury a skeleton, while a mysterious gunman is trying to kill her. Kella has no choice but to link up with the rebellious Sister in order to track down these murderers...

    One Blood finds the duo solving a mystery links a local independence organisation, an international logging company and John F. Kennedy, while Killman finds them on the trail of a professional assassin.
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    Agatha Christie
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    Agatha Christie's world-famous mystery thriller, reissued with a striking new cover designed to appeal to the latest generation of Agatha Christie fans and book lovers. Ten strangers, apparently with little in common, are lured to an island mansion off the coast of Devon by the mysterious U.N.Owen. Over dinner, a record begins to play, and the voice of an unseen host accuses each person of hiding a guilty secret. That evening, former reckless driver Tony Marston is found murdered by a deadly dose of cyanide. The tension escalates as the survivors realise the killer is not only among them but is preparing to strike again! and again!
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    Agatha Christie
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    Agatha Christie's most famous murder mystery, reissued with a striking new cover designed to appeal to the latest generation of Agatha Christie fans and book lovers. Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of the year, but by the morning it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. Isolated and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must identify the murderer -- in case he or she decides to strike again.
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    John Le Carre
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    A classic Cold War spy story written by John le Carre in the 1960s, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold is a chilling tale of deceit and deception. The tale of Alec Leamas, a fictional British spy, this taut novel is full of shades of grey and mystery. Building up to a spectacular clash of capitalism and communism, this tense story sees the author explore the dirty world of espionage, its appalling morality and its betrayal of essentially decent people in pursuit of dubious goals. Short, precise and thrilling, this is a must read for those interested in the Cold War or old school espionage in general. It saw the spy story reborn as a gritty and terrible tale of men who are caught up in politics beyond their imagining.

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    Raymond Chandler
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    Los Angeles PI Philip Marlowe is working for the Sternwood family. Old man Sternwood, crippled and wheelchair-bound, is being given the squeeze by a blackmailer and he wants Marlowe to make the problem go away. But with Sternwood's two wild, devil-may-care daughters prowling LA's seedy backstreets, Marlowe's got his work cut out - and that's before he stumbles over the first corpse...
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    John Bude
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    'Luke flung the light of his torch full onto the face of the immobile figure. Then he had the shock of his life. The man had no face! Where his face should have been was a sort of inhuman, uniform blank!' When a body is found at an isolated garage, Inspector Meredith is drawn into a complex investigation where every clue leads to another puzzle: was this a suicide, or something more sinister? Why was the dead man planning to flee the country? And how is this connected to the shady business dealings of the garage? This classic mystery novel is set amidst the stunning scenery of a small village in the Lake District. It is now republished for the first time since the 1930s.
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    John Bude
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    'Never, even in his most optimistic moments, had he visualised a scene of this nature - himself in one arm-chair, a police officer in another, and between them - a mystery.' The Reverend Dodd, vicar of the quiet Cornish village of Boscawen, spends his evenings reading detective stories by the fireside - but heaven forbid that the shadow of any real crime should ever fall across his seaside parish. But the vicar's peace is shattered one stormy night when Julius Tregarthan, a secretive and ill-tempered magistrate, is found at his house in Boscawen with a bullet through his head. The local police inspector is baffled by the complete absence of clues. Suspicion seems to fall on Tregarthan's niece, Ruth - but surely that young woman lacks the motive to shoot her uncle dead in cold blood? Luckily for Inspector Bigswell, the Reverend Dodd is on hand, and ready to put his keen understanding of the criminal mind to the test. This classic mystery novel of the golden age of British crime fiction is set against the vividly described backdrop of a fishing village on Cornwall's Atlantic coast . It is now republished for the first time since the 1930s.
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    Freeman Wills Crofts
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    Dr James Earle and his wife live in comfortable seclusion near the Hog's Back, a ridge in the North Downs in the beautiful Surrey countryside. When Dr Earle disappears from his cottage, Inspector French is called in to investigate. At first he suspects a simple domestic intrigue - and begins to uncover a web of romantic entanglements beneath the couple's peaceful rural life. The case soon takes a more complex turn. Other people vanish mysteriously, one of Dr Earle's house guests among them. What is the explanation for the disappearances? If the missing people have been murdered, what can be the motive? This fiendishly complicated puzzle is one that only Inspector French can solve. Freeman Wills Crofts was a master of the intricately and ingeniously plotted detective novel, and The Hog's Back Mystery shows him at the height of his powers.
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    Sophie Hannah
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    The new Hercule Poirot novel - another brilliant murder mystery that can only be solved by the eponymous Belgian detective and his 'little grey cells'. Since the publication of her first book in 1920, Agatha Christie wrote 33 novels, two plays and more than 50 short stories featuring Hercule Poirot. Now, for the first time ever, the guardians of her legacy have approved a brand new novel featuring Dame Agatha's most beloved creation. Hercule Poirot's quiet supper in a London coffee house is interrupted when a young woman confides to him that she is about to be murdered. She is terrified, but begs Poirot not to find and punish her killer. Once she is dead, she insists, justice will have been done. Later that night, Poirot learns that three guests at the fashionable Bloxham Hotel have been murdered, a cufflink placed in each one's mouth. Could there be a connection with the frightened woman? While Poirot struggles to put together the bizarre pieces of the puzzle, the murderer prepares another hotel bedroom for a fourth victim...In the hands of internationally bestselling author Sophie Hannah, Poirot plunges into a mystery set in 1920s London - a diabolically clever puzzle that can only be solved by the talented Belgian detective and his 'little grey cells'.
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    Ruth Rendell
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    The dazzling new novel from Ruth Rendell. When the bones of two severed hands are discovered in a box, an investigation into a long buried crime of passion begins. And a group of friends, who played together as children, begin to question their past. 'For Woody, anger was cold. Cold and slow. But once it had started it mounted gradually and he could think of nothing else. He knew he couldn't stay alive while those two were alive. Instead of sleeping, he lay awake in the dark and saw those hands. Anita's narrow white hand with the long nails painted pastel pink, the man's brown hand equally shapely, the fingers slightly splayed.' Beneath the green meadows of Loughton, Essex, a dark network of tunnels has been dug. A group of children discover them. They play there. It becomes their place. Seventy years on, the world has changed. Developers have altered the rural landscape. Friends from a half-remembered world have married, died, grown sick, moved - or disappeared. Work on a new house called Warlock uncovers a long buried grisly secret. And a weary detective, more preoccupied with current crimes, must investigate a case of murder. In all her novels, Ruth Rendell digs deep beneath the surface to investigate the secrets of the human psyche. The interconnecting tunnels of Loughton in The Girl Next Door lead to no single destination. But the relationships formed there, and the incidents that occurred, exert a profound influence - not only on the survivors but in unearthing the true nature of the mysterious past.
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    J. Jefferson Farjeon
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    'Jefferson Farjeon is quite unsurpassed for creepy skill in mysterious adventures.'Dorothy L. SayersRichard Temperley arrives at Euston station early on a fogbound London morning. He takes refuge in a nearby hotel, along with a disagreeable fellow passenger, who had snored his way through the train journey. But within minutes the other man has snored for the last time - he has been shot dead while sleeping in an armchair. Temperley has a brief encounter with a beautiful young woman, but she flees the scene. When the police arrive, Detective Inspector James discovers a token at the crime scene: 'a small piece of enamelled metal. Its colour was crimson, and it was in the shape of the letter Z.'Temperley sets off in pursuit of the mysterious woman from the hotel, and finds himself embroiled in a cross-country chase - by train and taxi - on the tail of a sinister serial killer. This classic novel by the author of the best-selling Mystery in White is a gripping thriller by a neglected master of the genre.
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    J. Jefferson Farjeon
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    No observer, ignorant of the situation, would have guessed that death lurked nearby, and that only a little distance from the glitter of silver and glass and the hum of voices two victims lay silent on a studio floor.'On a fine autumn weekend Lord Aveling hosts a hunting party at his country house, Bragley Court. Among the guests are an actress, a journalist, an artist and a mystery novelist. The unlucky thirteenth is John Foss, injured at the local train station and brought to the house to recuperate - but John is nursing a secret of his own.Soon events take a sinister turn when a painting is mutilated, a dog stabbed, and a man strangled. Death strikes more than one of the house guests, and the police are called. Detective Inspector Kendall's skills are tested to the utmost as he tries to uncover the hidden past of everyone at Bragley Court.This country-house mystery is a forgotten classic of 1930s crime fiction by one of the most undeservedly neglected of golden age detective novelists.