Crime, Thriller & Mystery

Detective Crime

  • 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 set to be a highlight of the BBC's Christmas viewing, 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.
  • Mary Higgins Clark Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9781471163005 - Mary Higgins
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    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.
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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...
  • 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...
  • Midsomer Murders Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9781472246448 - Caroline Graham
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    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.
  • Stubo & Vik Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781786492449 - Anne Holt
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    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.
  • Margery Allingham Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781784705619 - Margery Allingham
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    Margery Allingham
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    This collection includes three murder mysteries starring Albert Campion from Margery Allingham, an author described as a 'shining light' by Agatha Christie.

    Death of a Ghost finds John Lafcadio's ambition to be known as one of the great painters not even being thwarted by something as trivial as his own death. He leaves his widow 12 sealed paintings and asks her to unveil a canvas each year to a carefully selected audience. Super sleuth Albert Campion is one of those invited to the latest unveiling, but then a fatal stabbing occurs...

    Look to the Lady has Val Gyrth finding himself the victim of a botched kidnapping attempt. He's surprised, but Campion isn't - he knows the Gyrth family are being targeted by a ruthless ring of thieves, but is there a supernatural force at work?; The Crime At Black Dudley has a suspicious death occurring in a mansion. Campion knows skulduggery is afoot but will the other guests be able to trust him and his quirky ways?

    J.K. Rowling has said that Margery Allingham is her favourite author from the Golden Age of crime writing and with these three books for one unbelievable Book People price, you'll be able to see why!
  • 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.
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    Alexander McCall Smith
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    It's always a delight to catch up with Alexander McCall Smith's beloved characters Precious and Grace - also known as Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi - and the latest No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novel is no exception.

    For years the two women have been helping people through various problems, but their latest case is testing their partnership. One of their clients wants to rediscover the life she lost when she left Botswana 30 years ago. But this quest soon takes them in different directions and both believe they're right - but what if they're actually both wrong?

    Mma Ramotswe is also having to deal with extracting the part-time assistant detective Mr. Polopetsi from a potential disaster, deal with a stray dog and deal with the agency's arch-enemy.

    As Precious and Grace's friendship is put under pressure during a sweltering summer in Botswana, the ladies must learn how to deal with the past they have to face the future.
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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.
  • 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.
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    Peter Robinson
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    A signed edition of Peter Robinson's When the Music's Over.

    Crime fans are always thrilled to follow DCI Alan Banks as he attempts to crack his latest case - and When the Music's Over will be no exception. Acclaimed by Jeffery Deaver, Stephen King and so many critics, Peter Robinson's latest is a real page-turner that combines a gritty plot with contemporary issues.

    The body of a young girl has been found in a remote countryside lane in North Yorkshire. Bruised, beaten and apparently thrown from a moving vehicle, it's up to DI Annie Cabbot to investigate how such a vicious crime could occur. Banks, meanwhile, is set a similar task - and it's as cold as they come...

    Linda Palmer was attacked by celebrity entertainer Danny Caxton 50 years previously but no investigation took place. Now Caxton is at the centre of an investigation into historical abuse and Banks has to discover the truth.

    As both detectives piece together the truth, it becomes clear the secrets they're unveiling could be much darker than anyone expects...
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    William Shaw
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    The new book from William Shaw, the author of the Breen & Tozer series of crime novels, The Birdwatcher is a dark and disturbing novel about a policeman with a shameful secret.

    Police Sergeant William South is desperate to avoid being on a murder investigation. The reason being he is a murderer himself. His victim was a passionate birdwatcher who was also his only friend. Now, he's teamed up with newly recruited Detective Sergeant Alexandra Cupidi to crack the case of a body found violently beaten inside a wooden chest.

    This discovery brings back memories for South and when they track down a suspect - Donnie Fraser, a drifter from Northern Ireland - he's horrified as the two knew each other in their youth. Could South's violent and aggressive past be catching up with him?

    Intelligently written and touching upon themes of grief, guilt and humanity, this is a gripping thriller that will shock and surprise you. You won't be able to put it down.
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    Inspector Chopra returns for his second case in The Perplexing Theft of the Jewel in the Crown.

    For centuries, the Koh-i-Noor diamond has caused nothing but bloodshed. It's now part of the British Crown Jewels and when they go on display in Mumbai, security is of the utmost importance. Yet when Inspector Chopra visits the exhibition, the diamond is stolen from under his nose in a seemingly impossible act of thievery. Will he - and his elephant - be able to find the criminal?

    Vaseem Khan's debut, The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra, was a huge favourite with Book People customers and we're pleased to say this new book is just as quirky, charming and enthralling. It will appeal to fans of Alexander McCall Smith.
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    Jeffery Deaver
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    Jeffery Deaver - the master of suspense - returns with the twelfth book starring his brilliant paraplegic forensic detective, Lincoln Rhyme.

    When an escalator gives way mid-chase, Amelia Sachs is forced to let a killer escape as she helps the man trapped in the depths. Following this, she teams up with Rhyme to investigate if this collapse was a freak accident or planned. Could they be on the trail of a murderer who is a technical whizz and knows just what he needs to do to contribute to a fatal 'accident'?

    Dark and gripping, this is a psychological thriller that will keep you guessing and thinking until late into the night.
  • Derrick Storm Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781785652431 - Richard Castle
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    Fans of Castle - the hit TV show starring Firefly's Nathan Fillion - will love having the chance to read the Derrick Storm books that have appeared in the programme. 'Written' by Richard Castle himself, this collection includes two novels and an omnibus edition that brings together three interconnecting short stories.

    When high-level bankers everywhere from Tokyo to London are gruesomely murdered by an old nemesis, Derrick Storm makes his comeback in Storm Front... Can he track down the killer?; Ultimate Storm brings together A Brewing Storm, A Raging Storm and A Bloody Storm - stories that find Derrick assisting a high-profile kidnapping case taking place in Washington, D.C.

    In Wild Storm, Derrick's plane home from the Swiss Alps takes a nose dive. After heroically saving the plane and the lives of everyone on board, he hears three other planes have crashed under similar circumstances...
  • DI Tom Tyler Mysteries Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781785651335 - Maureen Jennings
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    Maureen Jennings' engrossing '40s trilogy provides a portrait of a society under threat and has a lead character - Detective Inspector Tom Tyler - who will stop at nothing to discover the truth.

    The only DI in the quiet village of Whitchurch, Shropshire, Tyler must have all his wits about him when invasion looms not long after the retreat from Dunkirk in the opening novel, Season of Darkness. When a Land Girl is found dead on a country road with a German Luger and spray of white poppies by her side, Tyler forgets his personal worries and concentrates on solving the murder...

    Beware this Boy follows on from this and finds Tyler moving to Birmingham to assist an investigation into a fatal explosion in a munitions factory; and No Known Grave finds a double murder taking place in a hospital set up to help victims of war.

    Favourably compared to Foyle's War, these books are full of well-crafted characters, amazing period detail and captivating plots.
  • The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9780748137190 - Alexander McCall Smith
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    A highly original character with unconventional methods, Precious Ramotswe is Botswana's leading - and only - female private detective. Richly evocative, hypnotic and hugely enjoyable, Alexander McCall Smith's bestselling No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency series has been a hit with readers for over ten years.

    Missing children, curious conmen and wayward wives are just part of a normal day in the life of Precious Ramotswe, as she steers head-on into personal and professional episodes.

    Digging a little deeper than the traditional whodunnit, McCall Smith peels back the layers of his characters, taking care in creating a rich and evocative landscape for his character to reside - ideal for fans of crime-fiction and those looking for a collection of stories written with an equal balance of humour and charm.

  • Christobel Kent Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781782399605 - Christobel Kent
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    One beautiful city and its sinister secrets... Brooding and thoughtful, Sandro Cellini is a private detective who's determined to discover just what lurks beneath the dark heart of modern Italy.

    In his first three cases, he investigates whether there is a link between the disappearance of a young English girl and the murder of an elderly architect, discovers whether the death of Loni Meadows in a car crash was 'accidental' and looks into the sudden disappearance of a father-to-be...

    Elaborate and convincing stories from Christobel Kent.

    This collection contains books 1-3 in Christobel Kent's Sandro Cellini series.
  • Ian Rankin Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781407234649 - Ian Rankin
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    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.
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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...
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    James Patterson
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    A chilling conspiracy leads NYPD Red into extreme danger Hunter Alden Jr.has it all: a beautiful wife, a brilliant son and billions in the bank. But when his son goes missing and he discovers the severed head of his chauffeur, it's clear he's in danger of losing it all. The kidnapper knows a horrific secret that could change the world as we know it. A secret worth killing for. A secret worth dying for. New York's best detectives, Zach Jordan and Kylie MacDonald, are on the case. But by getting closer to the truth, Zach and Kylie are edging ever closer to the firing line...
  • Anna Smith Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9990000017133 - Anna Smith
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    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...