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Detective books have a unique way of grabbing all of your attention and leaving you desperate to find out who did 'it'. Whether it's just the one detective book you're looking to devour on your holiday or a complete collection of Detective novels, you'll find a full range here at The Works.

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Working here is my last chance to start fresh. I can pretend to be whoever I like. But I'll soon learn that the Winchesters' secrets are far more dangerous than my own... Every day I clean the Winchesters' beautiful house from top to bottom. I collect their daughter from school. And I cook a delicious meal for the whole family before heading up to eat alone in my tiny room on the top floor. I try to ignore how Nina makes a mess just to watch me clean it up. How she tells strange lies about her own daughter. And how her husband Andrew seems more broken every day. But as I look into Andrew's handsome brown eyes, so full of pain, it's hard not to imagine what it would be like to live Nina's life. The walk-in closet, the fancy car, the perfect husband. I only try on one of Nina's pristine white dresses once. Just to see what it's like. But she soon finds out... and by the time I realize my attic bedroom door only locks from the outside, it's far too late. But I reassure myself: the Winchesters don't know who I really am. They don't know what I'm capable of...  Product Information:  • ISBN:  9781408728512 • Author: Freida McFadden  • Publisher:  Bookouture • Format:  Paperback • Pages:  336 • Dimensions:  12.6 x 2.6 x 19.6 cm

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Detective Inspector Jane Tennison was beginning to feel she'd made a big mistake. Having requested a transfer to a station nearer her home, she's now wondering if any serious crimes are ever committed in Bromley. Especially since the first case she's assigned to involves nothing more dramatic than an altercation between neighbours over a disputed property boundary. Jane's new boss wants her to wrap up the enquiry as quickly as possible, but something in the apparently trivial case doesn't add up. Why was Martin Boon so adamant that David Caplan shouldn't install a new set of gates when they wouldn't encroach on his own property? Against her boss's orders, Jane decides to dig deeper, and soon uncovers a trove of dark secrets in sleepy Clarendon Court involving a tragic death and a forbidden love affair. As Tennison hunts for the missing piece of evidence that will identify a vicious killer, she knows that this case will either make her career - or break it. Product Information:  • ISBN: 9781804181539 • Author: Lynda La Plante • Publisher: Zaffre • Format:  Paperback • Pages:  400 • Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.8cm

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When a body is found at the castle ruins, can DCI Lesley Clarke uncover the killer? After being injured in a bomb attack in Birmingham, DCI Lesley Clarke relocates to the peace of rural Dorset. But things don’t stay calm for long. Before she’s even started her new job, Lesley has to hit the ground running as she’s dragged into investigating a murder at one of England’s most iconic landmarks, the imposing Corfe Castle. Can she navigate the politics of a smaller force and work with her new partner DS Dennis Frampton, who doesn’t appreciate her. And most importantly, can she solve the murder before the killer strikes again? An unputdownable, character-driven mystery, perfect for fans of Elly Griffiths and Ann Cleeves. Product Information:  • ISBN: 9781804367605 • Author: Rachel McLean • Publisher: Canelo • Format:  Paperback • Pages: 352 • Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.8cm

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Discover the Detective Society and its daring murder mysteries! At Deepdean School for Girls, Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong have set up their detective agency. But they are struggling to find any real crimes to investigate. Included in this Collection: • First Class Murder • Arsenic For Tea • Murder Most Unladylike Product Information:  • ISBN:  9780241683545 • Author:  Robin Stevens • Publisher:  Penguin • Format:  Box Set

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Pip Fitz-Amobi is haunted by the way her last investigation ended. Soon she’ll be leaving for Cambridge University but then another case finds her . . . and this time it’s all about Pip.  Pip is used to online death threats, but there’s one that catches her eye, someone who keeps asking: who will look for you when you’re the one who disappears? And it’s not just online. Pip has a stalker who knows where she lives. The police refuse to act and then Pip finds connections between her stalker and a local serial killer. The killer has been in prison for six years, but Pip suspects that the wrong man is behind bars. As the deadly game plays out, Pip realises that everything in Little Kilton is finally coming full circle. If Pip doesn’t find the answers, this time she will be the one who disappears . . . Product Information: • ISBN: 9781405298605 • Author: Holly Jackson • Publisher: Electric Monkey • Format: Paperback • Pages: 576 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 3.6cm

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Pip Fitz-Amobi is not a detective anymore. With the help of Ravi Singh, she released a true-crime podcast about the murder case they solved together last year. The podcast has gone viral, yet Pip insists her investigating days are behind her. But she will have to break that promise when someone she knows goes missing. Jamie Reynolds has disappeared but the police won’t do anything about it. And if they won’t look for Jamie then Pip will, uncovering more of her town’s dark secrets along the way… and this time EVERYONE is listening. But will she find him before it’s too late? Product Information: • ISBN: 9781405297752 • Author: Holly Jackson • Publisher: Electric Monkey • Format: Paperback • Pages: 432 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.8 x 2.9cm

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Online Only! Get more for less with The Work’s expertly hand-picked Book Bundles. These are a collection of great quality products, grouped together to give you amazing value. This amazing bundle includes the first two instalments of Holly Jackson's young adult crime series: A Good Girl's Guide to Murder & Good Girl, Bad Blood. The series follows the story of Pippa Fitz-Amobi, a high school student who sets out to solve a murder case that occurred five years ago in her hometown. 

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From the bestselling Railway Detective series... York, 1865. A passenger train stands ready to depart amid the bustle at the station. The flurry of passengers and porters, the swooping pigeons and barking dogs are thrown into a state of turmoil when an explosion rips through the brake van of the train, killing guard Jack Follis. In response to a summons from the North Eastern Railway, Inspector Robert Colbeck and Sergeant Leeming are sent to investigate. Was it an accident, deliberate vandalism or targeted murder? The longer the investigation goes on, the more complex it becomes. With a dizzying array of suspects and motives, will the combined skills of the detectives be enough to identify and catch the culprit? Product Information:  • ISBN:  9780749028343 • Author:  Edward Marston  • Publisher:  Allison & Busby • Format:  Paperback • Pages:  352 • Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.59 x 19.61 cm

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You do not mess with Jack Reacher. He is as close to untraceable as a person can get. A loner comfortable in his anonymity and solitude. So when a member of his old Army unit finds a way to contact him, he knows this has to be serious. You do not mess with the Special Investigators. In the past the elite team always watched each other's backs. Now one of them has shown up dead in the California desert and six more are missing. Reacher's old buddies are in big trouble, and he can't let that go. Product information: ISBN: 9780857500144 Author: Lee Child Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd Format: Paperback Pages: 544

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The perfect day for a hike... Seeking the escape of a lifetime, four friends hike out into the beautiful Norwegian wild – nothing between them and the mountain peak but forest, sea and sharp blue sky. The perfect place to disappear. But there’s a darker side to the wilderness. A woman went missing here one year ago. Now the friends are hiking into the heart of the mystery. And waiting on the trail is someone who’d do anything to keep their secrets buried – and to stop the group walking away alive...  Product Information:  • ISBN:  9780008462468 • Author:  Lucy Clarke  • Publisher:  HarperFiction • Format:  Paperback • Pages:  384 • Dimensions:  12.9 x 2.44 x 19.8 cm

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‘The bodies never stay buried forever …’ On a freezing winter morning, fishermen pull a body from the sea. It is quickly discovered that the dead man was the prime suspect in a decade-old investigation, when a prominent civil servant disappeared without trace. DCI Karen Pirie was the last detective to review the file and is drawn into a sinister world of betrayal and dark secrets. But Karen is already grappling with another case, one with even more questions and fewer answers. A skeleton has been discovered in an abandoned campervan and all clues point to a killer who never faced justice - a killer who is still out there. In her search for the truth, Karen uncovers a network of lies that has gone unchallenged for years. But lies and secrets can turn deadly when someone is determined to keep them hidden for good . . . Product Information: • ISBN: 9780751576948 • Author: Val McDermid • Publisher: Sphere • Format: Paperback • Pages: 512 • Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.6 x 4 cm

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DI Kelly Porter knows his death was no accident. The body of a man is found at the bottom of a quarry. His appearance, and physical evidence, rule out the chance he travelled there unaided: he was put there. DI Kelly Porter is tasked to investigate and soon digs up a bitter history between the two brothers who own the Cumbrian farmland that the quarry sits on. Arthur and Samuel inherited half each and have been locked in a feud that’s dragged on for decades. Their reluctance to cooperate makes getting answers even harder. Privately, Kelly has other concerns about the family. Her elderly friend recently moved to a care home on the old farm that is managed by Arthur’s inscrutable wife. Kelly senses there is more than meets the eye with this case, but will searching for the truth put others at risk? Product Information:  • ISBN: 9781800327290 • Author: Rachel Lynch • Publisher: Canelo Crime • Format:  Paperback • Pages: 336 • Dimensions: 12.9 x 2 x 19.8 cm

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The New Start. Fin Macleod, now head of security on a privately owned Lewis estate, is charged with investigating a spate of illegal game-hunting taking place on the island. The Old Friend. This mission reunites him with Whistler Macaskill - a local poacher, Fin's teenage intimate, and possessor of a long-buried secret. The Final Chapter. But when this reunion takes a violent, sinister turn and Fin puts together the fractured pieces of the past, he realises that revealing the truth could destroy the future. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781529419450 • Author: Peter May • Publisher: Riverrun • Format: Paperback • Pages: 400 • Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 3.6cm

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Forty years ago, the glamorous Maria Turquand was brutally murdered in her hotel room and the killer was ever found... But Edinburgh's dark heart is up for grabs but has criminal mastermind and Rebus's long-time adversary, Big Ger Cafferty, really settled down for retirement? Or is he hiding in the shadows until Edinburgh is once more ripe for the picking? Old enemies. New crimes. Rebus may be off the force, but he certainly isn't off the case. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781409159421• Author: Ian Rankin• Publisher: Orion Books• Format: Paperback• Pages: 368• Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 2.5cm

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A lawyer has been murdered and a note found on the body. DS Siobhan Clarke asks for Rebus's help with the case and he is quick to agree. After all, being a cop is in his blood. When, across town, an identical note is received, along with a bullet through a window, it is all too obvious that in the city, as in the wild, it's a dog eat dog world - and a world where Rebus is very much at home in... Product Information:• ISBN: 9781409159384• Author: Ian Rankin• Publisher: Orion Books• Format: Paperback• Pages: 404• Dimensions: 19.7 x 12.8 x 2.4cm

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Fifty years. Two deaths. One detective to solve an impossible case... DI Jan Talantire is called to a cottage in the quiet Devon town of Ilfracombe. The female occupant has been found dead, her body impaled with a crucifix. Documents at the house provide clues to the victim's identity, but while her name means nothing to the young PC who found her, DI Talantire knows this cannot be the body of Ruth Lyle, despite what the evidence suggests. Fifty years earlier, sixteen-year-old Ruth Lyle was murdered – stabbed by a crucifix, in the same location. To track down a violent killer, DI Talantire must solve the ultimate riddle: how can a woman die twice? Product Information:  • ISBN: 9781804367179 • Author: Nick Louth • Publisher: Canelo • Format:  Paperback • Pages: 304 • Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm

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Everyone knows about the Cambridge Spies from the Fifties, identified and broken up after passing national secrets to the Soviets for years. But no spy ring was ever unearthed at Oxford. Because one never existed? Or because it was never found…? 2022: Former spy Simon Sharman is eking out a living in the private sector. When a commission to delve into the financial dealings of a mysterious Russian oligarch comes across his desk, he jumps at the chance. But as Simon investigates, worrying patterns begin to emerge. His subject made regular trips to Oxford, but for no apparent reason. There are payments from offshore accounts that suddenly just… stop. Has he found what none of his former colleagues believed possible, a Russian spy ring now nestled at the heart of the British Establishment? Or is he just another paranoid ex-spook left out in the cold, obsessed with redemption? Product Information:  • ISBN:  9781804364789 • Author:  Charles Beaumont • Publisher:  Canelo Action • Format:  Paperback • Pages:  336 • Dimensions: 12.9 x 2 x 19.8 cm

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A cosy crime with a cutting edge... the sequel to Murder Before Evensong. It's been a few months since murder tore apart the community of Champton apart. As Canon Daniel Clement tries to steady his flock, the parish is joined with Upper and Lower Badsaddle, bringing a new tide of unwanted change. But church politics soon become the least of Daniel's problems. His mother - headstrong, fearless Audrey - is obviously up to something, something she is determined to keep from him. And she is not the only one. And then all hell breaks loose when murder returns to Champton in the form of a shocking ritualistic killing...  Product Information:  • ISBN:  9781474612685 • Author:  Reverend Richard Coles  • Publisher:  W&N • Format:  Paperback • Pages:  432 • Dimensions:  12.6 x 3.2 x 19.6 cm

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The President is missing. The world is in shock... Terrorists are planning a devastating attack. And they have help from traitors inside the White House. The only thing standing in their way is a President determined to save his people. Even if it means putting himself in mortal danger...  Product Information:  • ISBN:  9781787460171 • Author: President Bill Clinton & James Patterson • Publisher:  Arrow • Format:  Paperback • Pages:  544 • Dimensions:  12.9 x 3.2 x 19.8 cm

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Rebus is back on the force with a chip on his shoulder and a marked card as a case he worked thirty years ago is re-opened - with suggestions of foul play. With Malcolm Fox as the investigating officer, are the past and present about to collide in a shocking and murderous fashion? And does Rebus have anything to hide? His old colleagues called themselves 'the saints' and swore a bond on 'the Shadow Bible'. But times have changed and the crimes of the past may not stay hidden much longer. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781409128847• Author: Ian Rankin• Publisher: Orion Books• Format: Paperback• Pages: 390• Dimensions: 19.7 x 12.8 x 2.4cm

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