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The second novel in the record-breaking, million-copy bestselling Thursday Murder Club series by Richard Osman. It's the following Thursday. Elizabeth has received a letter from an old colleague, a man with whom she has a long history. He's made a big mistake, and he needs her help. His story involves stolen diamonds, a violent mobster, and a very real threat to his life. As bodies start piling up, Elizabeth enlists Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron in the hunt for a ruthless murderer. And if they find the diamonds too? Well, wouldn't that be a bonus? But this time they are up against an enemy who wouldn't bat an eyelid at knocking off four septuagenarians. Can the Thursday Murder Club find the killer (and the diamonds) before the killer finds them? Product Information: • ISBN: 9780241425428 • Author: Richard Osman • Publisher: Viking • Format: Hardback • Pages: 432 • Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.8 x 24 cm

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As the snow begins to fall, the body count begins to climb… DI James Walker is ready for a quiet family Christmas in the sleepy village of Kirkby Abbey. But when he opens an early Christmas present left on his doorstep, he soon realises it is no gift. Inside is a gruesome surprise, and a promise – twelve days, twelve murders. Not long after, the first body is found, half frozen in the snow. As the blizzards descend, panic spreads through the remote Cumbrian village – there’s a killer amongst them, and with eleven more victims to go, anyone could be next…. Can James stop the killer before they strike again? Product Information: • ISBN: 9780008402648 • Author: Alex Pine • Publisher: Avon • Format: Paperback • Pages: 416 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.5 cm • First book in the series

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Christmas is coming, but crime never stops for the Women's Murder Club. Sergeant Lindsay Boxer is looking forward to spending time with her family over the holidays. But when she receives a tip-off that the biggest heist ever to hit San Francisco is being planned for Christmas Day, everything changes. The architect of the ambitious attack unleashes chaos across the city, laying traps and false alarms to distract Lindsay and the SFPD from his ultimate goal. As time runs out, will Lindsay be able to save the people of San Francisco from a Christmas they'd never forget? Product Information: • ISBN: 9781787468474 • Author: James Patterson • Publisher: Arrow • Format: Paperback • Pages: 384 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.7 x 2.5 cm

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Julian Lawndsley has renounced his high-flying job in the City for a simpler life running a bookshop in a small English seaside town. But only a couple of months into his new career, Julian's evening is disrupted by a visitor. Edward, a Polish émigré living in Silverview, the big house on the edge of town, seems to know a lot about Julian's family and is rather too interested in the inner workings of his modest new enterprise. When a letter turns up at the door of a spy chief in London warning him of a dangerous leak, the investigations lead him to this quiet town by the sea . . . Product Information: • ISBN: 9780241550069 • Author: John Le Carre • Publisher: Viking • Format: Hardback • Pages: 224 • Dimensions: 24 x 16.2 x 2.4 cm

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Her missing daughter was just the start of the nightmare... Twenty years ago, Christine Donovan took a call she should have ignored while shopping. In those few seconds while her back was turned, her toddler, Heidi, was kidnapped. She's never been seen again. Despite having two other children with husband Greg, Christine remains guilt-stricken that her neglect caused her child to be stolen, while haunted by a secret that consumes her. Just as she takes measures to finally heal, a note is posted through her door, with the words she has always longed to hear: Heidi isn't dead. Christine might finally get the answers she craves - but what she doesn't know is that finding her daughter will uncover dark secrets close to home. In seeking the truth, Christine might destroy everything that she loves ... so how far is she willing to go to find Heidi? Product Information: • ISBN: 9781800326071 • Author: A. A. Chaudhuri • Publisher: Canelo  • Format: Paperback • Pages: 384 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.3 cm

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A missing patient is a hospital ward's worst nightmare – until even more people disappear . . . Senior Midwife Lucy Ryuan is used to guiding expectant mothers through pregnancy. But when two kidnappings and a vicious stabbing happen on her watch, her focus abruptly changes. Something has to be done, and Lucy is fearless enough to try. As rumours and accusations fly around Manhattan, Lucy teams up with a sceptical NYPD detective to solve the case. But the truth is far more twisted than either of them could ever have imagined. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781787468610 • Author: James Patterson • Publisher: Arrow • Format: Paperback • Pages: 352 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.1 cm

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Delve into the thrilling adventures of the quintessentially English spymaster, George Smile. These eight gripping, globetrotting classics have defined John le Carré's legacy and earned him a reputation as one of the world's best living novelists. This classic collection includes an espionage thriller of plots and counter-plots, from Eastern Germany to South East Asia. With high-risk operations, a deadly hunt for a soviet mole and a final showdown between spymasters, the tales of George Smiley are guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat. Titles in this collection: • Call for the Dead • A Murder of Quality • The Spy Who Came in from the Cold • The Looking Glass War • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy • The Honourable Schoolboy • Smiley's People • The Secret Pilgrim Product Information: • ISBN: 9780241464304 • Author: John le Carré • Publisher: Penguin Classics • Format: Boxset • Dimensions: 18.5 x 16.5 x 11.5 cm

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The first book in the number 1 bestselling Thursday Murder Club series by TV presenter Richard Osman. In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet up once a week to investigate unsolved murders. But when a brutal killing takes place on their very doorstep, the Thursday Murder Club find themselves in the middle of their first live case. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron might be pushing eighty but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves. Can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer before it's too late? 'Thrilling, moving, laugh-out-loud funny' – Mark Billingham 'Mystery fans are going to be enthralled' – Harlan Coben Product Information: • ISBN: 9780241988268 • Author: Richard Osman • Publisher: Penguin • Format: Paperback • Pages: 400 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.4 cm

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Nothing ever happens in August, and tenacious sleuth Kate Shackleton deserves a break. Heading off for a long-overdue holiday to Whitby, she visits her school friend Alma who works as a fortune teller there. Kate had been looking forward to a relaxing seaside sojourn, but upon arrival discovers that Alma's daughter Felicity has disappeared, leaving her mother a note and the pawn ticket for their only asset: a watch-guard. What makes this more intriguing is the jeweller who advanced Felicity the thirty shillings is Jack Phillips, Alma's current gentleman friend. Kate can't help but become involved, and goes to the jeweller's shop to get some answers. When she makes a horrifying discovery in the back room, it soon becomes clear that her services are needed. Met by a wall of silence by town officials, keen to maintain Whitby's idyllic façade, it's up to Kate - ably assisted by Jim Sykes and Mrs Sugden - to discover the truth behind Felicity's disappearance. And they say nothing happens in August . . . Product Information: • ISBN: 9780349406589 • Author: Frances Brody • Publisher: Piatkus • Format: Paperback • Pages: 400 • Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.4 x 2.7 cm

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The brutal massacre of the Harford family at Potwoolstan Hall in Devon in 1985 shocked the country and passed into local folklore. And when a journalist researching the case is murdered twenty years later, the horror is reawakened. Sixteenth century Potwoolstan Hall, now a New Age healing centre, is reputed to be cursed because of the crimes of its builder, and it seems that inheritance of evil lives on as DI Wesley Peterson is faced with his most disturbing case yet. As more people die violently, Wesley needs to discover why a young woman has transformed a dolls house into a miniature reconstruction of the massacre scene. And could the solution to his case lie across the Atlantic Ocean, in the ruined remains of an early English settlement in Virginia USA? Product Information: ISBN: 9780349418957 Author: Kate Ellis Publisher: Little Brown Format: Paperback Pages: 361 Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 2.5cm

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The trial of a lifetime...But will it be his last? Heading home after winning his latest case, defense attorney Mickey Haller - The Lincoln Lawyer - is pulled over by the police. They open the trunk of his car to find the body of a former client. Haller knows the law inside out. He will be charged with murder. He will have to build his case from behind bars. And the trial will be the trial of his life. Because Mickey Haller will defend himself in court. With watertight evidence stacked against him, Haller will need every trick in the book to prove he was framed. But a not-guilty verdict isn't enough. In order to truly walk free, Haller knows he must find the real killer - that is the law of innocence... Product Information: •    ISBN: 9781409186120 •    Author: Michael Connelly •    Publisher: Orion •    Format: Paperback •    Pages: 528 •    Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 3.6 cm •    Sixth book in the Lincoln Lawyer series

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Everyone thinks Emmy Dockery is crazy. Obsessed with finding the link between hundreds of unsolved cases, Emmy has taken leave from her job as an FBI researcher. Now all she has are the newspaper clippings that wallpaper her bedroom, and her recurring nightmares of an all-consuming fire. Not even Emmy's ex-boyfriend, field agent Harrison Books Bookman, will believe her that hundreds of kidnappings, rapes, and murders are all connected. That is, until Emmy finds a piece of evidence he can't afford to ignore. More murders are reported by the day--and they're all inexplicable. No motives, no murder weapons, no suspects. Could one person really be responsible for these unthinkable crimes? Read the #1 New York Times bestselling thriller Invisible, then continue the series with Unsolved. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781787462441 • Author: James Patterson & David Ellis • Publisher: Vision • Format: Paperback • Pages: 416 • Dimensions: 19.37 x 10.8 x 2.86 x cm

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Disaster strikes at the Sapperton Tunnel in Gloucestershire when a goods train collides with an unusual blockage on the line: seven sheep penned onto the tracks. Specially requested to investigate the carnage, Inspector Colbeck and Sergeant Leeming are confronted with a bizarre case unlike anything they’ve encountered before. Stephen Rydall, board member of the Great Western Railway that manages the route, is convinced this tragedy is a personal attack on him and fears for the safety of his shepherd, missing since the incident. Rydall has many enemies but, as Colbeck will soon discover, the man also has a closely guarded secret of his own... Product Information: • ISBN: 9780749026813 • Author: Edward Marston • Publisher: Allison & Busby • Format: Paperback • Pages: 352 • Dimensions: 19.81 x 12.9 cm

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A serial killer is loose in Yorkshire, and has claimed three victims in three months. Eleven days before each murder, a large purple V is painted on the front door of the victim's house. The victims, all of whom have some association with the occult, are found drained of blood with two red marks on their neck. When Ruby Barnett comes home one evening to find a large purple V on her front door, it becomes clear she is the so-called Vampire Killer's next victim. Private Investigators Kitt Hartley and Grace Edwards have just eleven days to solve the mystery and save Ruby's life. The clock is ticking . . . Product Information: • ISBN: 9781529410389 • Author: Helen Cox • Publisher: Quercus • Format: Paperback • Pages: 336 • Dimensions: 19.05 x 12.7 x 2.54 cm

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When a letter arrives at Tradmouth police station, addressed to a DCI Norbert it causes quite a stir. For though DCI Norbert has long since moved on, the letter claims to have evidence that the man convicted of murdering the Rev. Shipbourne, Vicar of Belsham, during the course of a robbery in 1991, is innocent. Despite having a full case load, including investigating a series of vicious attacks on a local supermarket chain, DI Wesley Peterson is forced to at least follow up on the letter writer's claims. Meanwhile archaelologist Neil Watson is excavating as site in Pest Field near Belsham church. He discovers a mass grave that leads him to conclude that the site - earmarked for development - is one of an ancient medieval plague pit. But, more disturbing, is the discovery that the grave is home to a more recent resident... Product Information: • ISBN: 9780241395134 • Author: Kate Ellis • Publisher: Piatkus • Format: Paperback • Pages: 362 • Dimensions: 20 x 12.5 x 2.5cm approx.

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London, 1960. The lives of teenage twins Maisy and Duncan change forever the night their mother is sent away. Sent to live in the New Forest with their cold-hearted grandmother, Mrs Mitcham, they feel unloved and abandoned. And when one day Duncan doesn't come home from exploring in the forest, no one - least of all his grandmother - appears to care about his disappearance. The police, who've found the bodies of other missing boys, offer little hope of finding Duncan alive. Yet Maisy refuses to give up. Though she doesn't know the woods well, she knows someone who does. The strange old woman who lives at their heart ... Dare Maisy enlist the help of the woman in the wood? And what will she find if she does? Product Information: •    ISBN: 9781405951418 •    Author: Lesley Pearse •    Publisher: Penguin •    Format: Paperback •    Pages: 416 •    Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 3.2 cm

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When you hear her story, will you believe her? Rose Marlowe is a hard-working nurse, a loving wife, and a merciless killer. Or so she says. Despite her confession, it is hard to believe that this beautiful, kind woman could have killed her vulnerable patient in cold blood. Down-on-his-luck true crime author, Theo Hazel, is convinced that there’s more to what happened than Rose is telling, and so decides to visit her behind bars to write her story. His first surprise comes when Rose reveals that the victim was not a stranger to her. As time goes on, it seems that Rose is letting Theo see behind her perfect mask. With each new visit, he learns terrible new things about her heart-breaking past. With each new visit, he becomes more and more convinced that she can’t be a killer. But is he trying to free an innocent woman, or falling prey to a calculating murderer? Product Information: • ISBN: 9781800323759 • Author: J. A. Corrigan • Publisher: Canelo • Format: Paperback • Pages: 336 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2 cm

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A special boxed set of the three Agatha Christie novels set in or around her home of Greenway House in Devon. With flawless plotting, masterful characterisation and enough twists and turns to keep you second-guessing, this collection is a must-have for all fans of crime fiction and Agatha Christie. Included in this title: • Dead Man’s Folly • Five Little Pigs • Ordeal by Innocence Product Information: • ISBN: 9780008342234 • Author: Agatha Christie • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers • Format: Book Collection - Paperback • Pages: 832 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 5.4 cm

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Yorkshire, 1927. Eclipse fever grips the nation, and when beloved theatre star Selina Fellini approaches trusted sleuth Kate Shackleton to accompany her to a viewing party at Giggleswick School Chapel, Kate suspects an ulterior motive. During the eclipse, Selina's friend and co-star Billy Moffatt disappears and is later found dead in the chapel grounds. Kate can't help but dig deeper and soon learns that two other members of the theatre troupe died in similarly mysterious circumstances in the past year. With the help of Jim Sykes and Mrs Sugden, Kate sets about investigating the deaths - and whether there is a murderer in the company. Product Information: ISBN: 9780349414317 Format: Paperback Author: Frances Brody Publisher: Piatkus Pages: 390 Dimensions: 2 x 12.5 x 2cm.

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