Crime, Thriller & Mystery

Detective Crime

  • David Hewson Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781509858293 - David Hewson
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    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.
  • Michael Pearce Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781472127679 - Michael Pearce
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    Michael Pearce
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    With impeccable historical detail, the crime thrillers in Mamur Zapt author Michael Pearce's Dead Man series will have you hooked and guessing from the very first page.

    Set in the British embassies and Consulates of Europe in the early 1900s, A Dead Man in Istanbul follows Seymour of the Special Branch as he looks into the strange death of the Second Secretary of the Embassy in Istanbul. Apparently he'd been attempting to swim the Dardanelles Straits (a passage between Europe and Asia heavily used by warships, tankers and cargo vessels) in an attempt to repeat the legendary feat of Leander. At least that's what the Embassy is claiming. However, there's a bullet in his head and it's up to Seymour to discover exactly what happened.

    These enticing spy thrillers also find Seymour investigating killings and conspiracies in Athens and Barcelona.

    This collection contains books 2, 3 and 5 from Michael Pearce's Dead Man series.
  • William Shaw Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781786488923 - William Shaw
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    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.
  • 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.
  • Alex Gray Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780751569759 - Alex Gray
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    Alex Gray
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    A sure-fire hit with fans of Ian Rankin, Alex Gray's DCI Lorimer thrillers are set in Glasgow and delve deep into the dark and ugly underground of this famous city as the detective has to tackle a series of grisly crimes. In this collection, we've hand-picked three of the most chilling, gritty and captivating reads from the series.

    Never Somewhere Else is the first novel in the series and it finds DCI Lorimer investigating the killings of three young women in a park. Frustrated with his lack of progress, he forms an uneasy alliance with psychologist and criminal profiler Dr. Solomon Brightman as they work together and make some shocking discoveries...

    The Swedish Girl has student Kirsty Wilson landing a room in a luxury Glasgow flat owned by the beautiful Swede, Eva Magnusson. But this dream turns to horror when Eva is found dead and their male flatmate is accused of murder. But Kirsty refuses to believe he is guilty. However, a woman with a remarkable similarity is also found brutally murdered and this leads Lorimer from the gritty heart of Glasgow right into the snow-covered streets of Stockholm.

    Finally, there's The Bird that Did Not Sing, a novel about a threat that could not only ruin the Commonwealth Games but destroy the city...

    This collection contains books 1, 10 and 11 from Alex Gray's Detective Lorimer series.
  • Peter James Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9781509858286 - Peter James
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    Peter James' thrilling novels have sold millions of copies worldwide and this fantastic collection brings together five books starring his popular character, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace.

    Dead Man's Footsteps finds a Brighton businessman grasping the chance to shed his debts, disappear and reinvent himself in another country on the morning of 9/11. Six years later, the remains of a woman's body in a storm drain in Brighton leads Grace on an enquiry that reaches all around the world...

    Dead Tomorrow has a body of a missing teenager being found off the seabed of the Sussex coast, but it's missing vital organs; Dead Like You finds women suffering horrific experiences at the turn of the New Year - and these cases bear remarkable similarities to an unsolved series of crimes that occurred years before; Dead Man's Grip has Carly Chase surviving a nasty traffic accident where a teenage student was killed. She's traumatised and things get even worse when the drivers of the other two cars are found murdered. Grace warns her she could be next...

    Not Dead Yet finds Hollywood coming to Brighton. But there's a stalker following every move of the rock star who's bagged the lead role... these books are compelling, fast-paced and sure to delight fans of Ian Rankin and Peter Robinson.

    This collection contains books 4-8 in Peter James' Detective Roy Grace series.
  • Michael Connelly Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9781407250731 - Michael Connelly
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    Michael Connelly
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    Michael Connelly, author of The Lincoln Lawyer, is one of the world's bestselling crime writers. This collection contains five of our favourite novels following his much-loved character Harry Bosch - the main character in the adaptation that has become the most-watched original series adaptation on Amazon Prime.

    The Crossing finds Bosch defending a man accused of murder, but will he betray everything he believes in to stand up for him?; The Narrows has the private investigator confronting a villain known only as The Poet who has just come out of hiding; The Reversal has Bosch and his colleague Mickey Haller taking on a seemingly unwinnable case; City of Bones brings up dark memories from Bosch's past; and The Burning Room involves a cold case unlike any he's ever seen before...

    These compelling reads will appeal to fans of John Grisham, David Baldacci and Lee Child.

    Please note this collection contains five hand-picked novels from the long-running Bosch series.
  • 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...
  • Martin Cruz Smith Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781471132940 - Martin Cruz Smith
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    Written by the highly acclaimed author Martin Cruz Smith, this collection contains three of Detective Investigator Arkady Renko's most famous mysteries.

    Gorky Park follows Renko as he is assigned to a grisly case involving three corpses found in an amusement park in Moscow, all of who have had faces and fingertips cut off to prevent their identification.

    Wolves Eats Dogs finds Renko investigating the apparent suicide of one of the leading members of Russia's new billionaire class, shortly after the country had changed from a communist to a capitalist state; and in Three Stations, published 29 years after Gorky Park, a teenage mother has her baby stolen when she arrives at Moscow's Three Stations Square...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • John Sandford Prey Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781471155895 - John Sandford
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    Using unorthodox methods and manipulative behaviour, Lucas Davenport is a detective crime fiction fans will want to get to know.

    In John Sandford's three-book collection of gruesome murders and razor-sharp wit, a 30-year-old case crops up again to haunt Davenport; he discovers a plot of political espionage; and finds himself on the trail of a murderer who kills at the same time every summer.

    Showcasing our favourite John Sandford books, these are pacey reads full of shocks and spills.
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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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    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.
  • Women's Murder Club Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781784752736 - James Patterson
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    Written by worldwide bestseller James Patterson and Maxine Paetro, this collection brings together three books from the high-octane and thrilling Women's Murder Club series.

    10th Anniversary finds Detective Lindsay Boxer finally taking the plunge and getting married. But when a badly injured teenage girl is left for dead and her newborn baby goes missing - with no trace of the criminals - Lindsay has other things on her mind. Could the victim be keeping secrets?

    11th Hour has a notorious drug dealer being gunned down using a weapon taken from the evidence locker in Lindsay's own department, meaning Lindsay is entirely on her own as she investigates her own colleagues. A convicted serial killer wakes from a two-year coma in 12th of Never and claims he'll reveal where the bodies are buried, but Lindsay doesn't think he can be trusted...

    Fast-paced thrillers you will find yourself racing through, these stories are never less than compelling!

    This collection includes books 10, 11 and 12 in Maxine Paetro and James Patterson's Women's Murder Club series.
  • 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.
  • Jacqueline Winspear Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780749021085 - 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.
  • Mary Higgins Clark Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9781471163005 - Mary Higgins
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    Mary Higgins Clark is one of the world's best-loved thriller writers. Her books sell in their millions and are full of twists and turns that keep readers on tenterhooks and sleeping with the lights on. This five-book collection is sure to keep you reading long into the night.

    Daddy's Gone A-Hunting finds Hannah Connelly plunged into a nightmare when her family's business is devastated by a huge fire. Could it have been the result of arson? And just what was Hannah's high-flying accountant sister doing in the building in the middle of the night... I've Got You Under My Skin has Laurie Morgan dealing with murder once more as she produces a true-crime, cold-case TV show. As survivors of a 21-year-old murder open up, shocking secrets are unveiled. Laurie also appears in The Cinderella Murder, which finds the show investigating a case of murder where nothing quite adds up...

    The Lost Years features Mariah uncovering the true motive behind her father's death. Could it be something to do with the highly valuable 15th century artefact that fell into his possession? I'll Walk Alone is a spine-tingling story finds the mother of a kidnapped son having her identity stolen.
  • 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...
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    Lynda La Plante
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    Head back to the 1970s and follow Prime Suspect's Jane Tennison as she transfers to CID in Lynda La Plante's Hidden Killers. The sequel to last year's Tennison, this is equally compelling and brutal.

    Tennison is young and inexperienced and learns the hard way never to take anyone - or anything - at face value. She's working as a decoy prostitute in the hope of capturing a suspect wanted for numerous sexual assaults. When she succeeds in doing this, she's commended for her bravery and moves to Bow Street Station as Detective. Her first call-out is treated as a non-suspicious death, but Tennison isn't so sure.

    Despite being entirely different circumstances, this case starts to interweave with the evidence against her assailant and Tennison is sure there is more to both these cases than meets the eye...
  • Stubo & Vik Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781786492449 - Anne Holt
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    Anne Holt is one of the queens of Scandinavian crime writing and has sold millions of copies of her books worldwide. This three-book collection will introduce you to her detective characters, Adam Stubo and Johanne Vik.

    Punishment is the duo's first case and it finds them in pursuit of a killer who is on the loose. Three children have been abducted and two bodies have been returned to their mothers with a horrific note: 'You Got What You Deserved'. Police Superintendent Adam Stubo is put in charge of the investigation and is convinced he's overlooking a crucial detail. He recruits legal researcher Johanne Vik - who has an extensive understanding of criminal history - to help him solve this horrifying case.

    The Final Murder finds a TV talk-show star being murdered in her own home. Her tongue has been removed and left near to her body. A second body is also found crucified soon after and more killings are to be expected; Death in Oslo finds the US president being abducted while on a state visit to Norway...

    This collection includes books 1-3 in Anne Holt's Vik/Stubo series.
  • Ann Cleeves Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781509858231 - 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.
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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?
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    Felix Francis
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    Felix Francis assisted his father Dick with both the research and writing of his novels in a father-and-son writing partnership and this new Dick Francis novel is sure to have you intrigued and captivated.

    Triple Crown focuses on Jeff Hinkley, a British horse racing authority investigator who has been seconded to the US Federal Anti-Corruption in Sports Agency (FACSA). The agency have asked him to find a mole who is passing on confidential information to fix races. As Jeff searches for answers, he ends up taking on an undercover role as a groom on the backstretch at Belmon Park racetrack in New York.

    It's while doing this that he finds himself stuck between FACSA and a selection of corrupt individuals, who will stop at nothing, including murder, to capture the Triple Crown - the most elusive and lucrative prize in the world.