Bernard Cornwell - 5 Books
A hired skipper on a luxury charter schooner; a lone ocean wanderer aboard his cutter Sunflower; the Falklands war hero on the crew of an ocean racer ... Bernard Cornwell’s contemporary crime thrillers follow his sea-going protagonists into deep and deadly waters. The five titles included in this set are: Crackdown (Read more...) Wildtrack (Read more...) Stormchild (Read more...) Scoundrel (Read more...) Sea Lord (Read more...)
Josephine Cox, who died this year, was born in 1938 into a family of ten children brought up in a poor cotton-mill house in Blackburn, Lancashire. Despite her success as a bestselling novelist, she remained true to her roots and her books mingle new stories of northern life with scenes and characters from her own working-class past. The six titles included in this set are: Tomorrow the World (Read more...) The Gilded Cage (Read more...) Rainbow Days (Read more...) Love Me or Leave Me (Read more...) Let Loose the Tigers (Read more...) Her Father's Sins (Read more...)
Karin Fossum - 4 Books
The ‘Norwegian queen of crime’ Karin Fossum found international success with her Inspector Sejer novels. Beginning with In the Darkness in 1995, these complex and compassionate psychological thrillers introduce an unusual detective: the quiet, clean-living Konrad Sejer and his quest to understand the criminal mind. The four titles included in this set are:The Murder of Harriet Krohn (Read more...) The Drowned Boy (Read more...) In the Darkness (Read more...) Hellfire (Read more...)
Lizzie Lane - 4 Books
Lizzie Lane is a pseudonym of Jean G Goodhind, an author with a passion for storytelling with over 50 novels to her several names, including crime mysteries, exotic sagas and historical romance. Lizzie Lane specializes in stories set in England during the Second World War. The four titles included in this set are: Wartime Brides (Read more...) War Baby (Read more...) Home Sweet Home (Read more...) A Wartime Friend (Read more...)
Harlan Coben’s thrillers have ingenious plots, psychological complexity and the kind of suspense that keeps you turning the pages into the early hours. Our four novels feature some of Coben’s trademarks – mysteries of the past creeping into the present, family, and final, breath-taking twists.The four titles included in this set are:Run Away (Read more...) Home (Read more...) Fool Me Once (Read more...) Don’t Let Go (Read more...)
West Country Mysteries
Rebecca Tope grew up on a farm in Devon and the cruelties, concerns and rewards of farming and rural life inform her cleverly plotted West Country Mysteries, the characters of local policeman Den Cooper and the undertaker-cum-sleuth Drew Slocombe, and the intriguing crimes they investigate. The five titles included in this set are: Grave Concerns (Read more...) Death of a Friend (Read more...) Dark Undertakings (Read more...) A Dirty Death (Read more...) A Death to Record (Read more...)
Zorro - 3 Audiobooks
Zorro, the masked alter ego of Don Diego de la Vega, first rode out on his black stallion to avenge the oppressed of Spanish California in The Curse of Capistrano (1919). Zorro was so popular, his creator, Johnston McCulley (1883–1958), wrote three more books of adventures. The novellas are read here by Bill Homewood. Unabridged. The items included in this set are:Sign of Zorro (Read more...) Further Adventures of Zorro (Read more...) Zorro Rides Again (Read more...)
Jane Eyre / Wuthering Heights
Presented in one volume, here are two of the best-loved novels and four of the most memorable characters in English literature: the governess Jane Eyre and her aloof and secretive employer, Edward Rochester; and Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, whose blighted love story is played out in the bleak moorland setting of Wuthering Heights. Slightly off-mint.
F Scott Fitzgerald
Classic Works Two Novels and Nineteen Short Stories
In this omnibus edition, two of F Scott Fitzgerald’s most famous evocations of Jazz Age America, This Side of Paradise (1920), which brought him instant fame, and The Beautiful and the Damned (1922), are accompanied by his two short story collections: Flappers and Philosophers and Tales of the Jazz Age.
Great Tales of Horror
Beginning with ‘The Call of the Cthulhu’, the first story of the Cthulhu Mythos, and demonstrating the highly original combination of the supernatural, horror and science fiction that was to influence generations of fantasy writers, this collection of 20 short stories by HP Lovecraft (1890–1937) presents his best-known tales, including ‘The Dunwich Horror’, ‘The Rats in the Walls’ and the novella set in the wastes of Antarctica, ‘At the Mountains of Madness’.
The Greatest Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle considered his first Sherlock Holmes story, A Study in Scarlet, to be ‘as good as I could make it, and I had high hopes’: later, his hopes fulfilled, he wished Sherlock dead, but the public refused to let the great detective die. This volume presents 44 of the best Holmes mysteries, including The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Valley of Fear. Slightly off-mint.
Sensational Tales of Terror
Beginning with Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, this collection of twenty 19th-century ‘sensation stories’ includes some of the most famous Gothic, supernatural or grisly tales, among them Edgar Allen Poe’s The Pit and the Pendulum and James Malcolm Rymer’s The String of Pearls; or, Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Off-mint.
Death on Lindisfarne
The Second Volume in the Aidan Mysteries
Aidan, a photographer and accidental detective, is at a retreat centre on Holy Island with his young daughter when a body is found on the beach. Suspicion falls on the guests; but would the tides have allowed the murderer to cross the causeway?
The Girl Who Would Be Queen
A classic of historical fiction, Young Bess was first published in 1944 and made into a film starring Jean Simmons in 1953. It tells the story of the young Princess Elizabeth, declared a bastard and banished from her father's court, yet facing even greater challenges after Henry VIII's death.
Where My Heart Used to Beat
A well-established psychiatrist, his curiosity piqued by a letter from a First World War veteran, goes to visit the very aged neurologist on his secluded French island, and unleashes his own bottled-up memories of the Second World War and the fleeting love of his life. American-cut pages.
Love in a Cold Climate
Groomed for the perfect marriage by her ambitious mother, Polly Hampton is bored by the fashionable London season. All is not what it seems though in this classic romantic comedy, and the revelation of a long-held secret will shatter her mother’s dreams. Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Night in the Front Line
and Other Second World War Stories
Written during or shortly after the war, these twelve short stories include Roald Dahl’s A Piece of Cake, based on his own experience as a Gladiator pilot in North Africa; Elizabeth Bowen’s famous story The Demon Lover; and The Disinherited by HE Bates, writing as ‘Flying Officer X’.
The Prisoner's Defence
and Other First World War Stories
PG Wodehouse, Arthur Conan Doyle, Edgar Wallace and ‘Sapper’ (HC McNeile) are among the authors of the 15 short stories in this anthology. There are tales from both home and abroad, including Mary Borden’s story drawing on her own dilemmas as a French Red Cross nurse.
Death Comes to Pemberley
A much-acclaimed sequel to Pride and Prejudice, PD James’s bestselling thriller is set in 1803, six years after Darcy and Elizabeth’s marriage. Their orderly world at Pemberley is shattered when Elizabeth’s sister, Lydia Wickham, arrives in distress, screaming that her husband has been murdered.
The grotesquely burned corpse found in a Beijing park is the first case for detective Li Yan and the forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell. A day-trip to Shenzhen in 1983 fired Peter May’s interest in China. His ambition was to write the first crime thriller set in Beijing, and after years of research and travel, The Firemaker was published in 1999.
The Chosen Ones
In 1941, eleven-year-old Adrian Ziegler was sent to Am Spiegelgrund in Vienna, ostensibly a reform school for boys and girls and clinic for chronically ill children. Through Adrian’s experience, this novel examines one of the Nazis’ cruellest institutions. Translated by Anna Paterson.
The Whistlers' Room
Three Great War soldiers with throat wounds are the patients in ‘the Whistlers’ room’: their stories are told by the German novelist and poet Paul Alverdes, who sustained the same kind of war wound. Translated by Basil Creighton. Introduction by Emily Mayhew. First published 1929.
Set in the early 19th century, Thackeray's satire of high society follows the fortunes of two young ladies from Miss Pinkerton's Academy: the ruthless social climber Becky and her sweet-tempered and less worldly friend Amelia. Macmillan Collector’s Library edition. Embossed linen covers and gilt-edged pages.
The Three Musketeers
The adventures of d'Artagnan and his dare-devil companions, Athos, Aramis and Porthos, amid the intrigues of the French ancien régime, was a sensation when it first appeared in 1844 and has never lost its swashbuckling appeal. This abridged version is published in the Macmillan Collector’s Library. Gilt-edged pages and silk marker.
In Dust and Ashes
A Hanne Wilhelmsen Novel
In the series’ finale, Detective Henrik Holme investigates a father questionably convicted of killing his wife and child. Working together, he and Hanne Wilhelmsen discover connections between the case, an eccentric blogger’s suicide, and a EuroJackpot millionaire’s grandson’s kidnap. Off-mint.
A Brief History of Seven Killings
Jamaica, 1976: gunmen storm Bob Marley’s house, machine guns blazing. Spanning three decades, this Booker Prize-winning novel interweaves the voices of slum kids, drug lords, journalists and CIA agents in a tense, ambitious narrative that ranges from the Caribbean to Miami, New York and Stockholm.
In this tense, erotically charged thriller by the Nobel Prize-winning novelist Mario Vargas Llosa, two successful Peruvian couples become embroiled in the political corruption that engulfed the country in the 1990s. Adultery, blackmail and murder threaten to undermine their privileged existence.
Tess Gerritsen - 4 Books
Tess Gerritsen (b.1953) has a degree in anthropology, trained as a doctor and, since 1986, has been a best-selling author. Written with first-hand knowledge of trauma and autopsy, her books featuring the detective Jane Rizzoli and forensic pathologist Dr Maura Isles are tense, chilling and gory thrillers. The four titles included in this set are: I Know a Secret (Read more...) Last to Die (Read more...) The Killing Place (Read more...) Keeping the Dead (Read more...)
Unpublished writings by the 16th-century philosopher and occultist Giodano Bruno disappear from a digitization project in Jordan and the Jesuit priest who was studying them is found dead, raising fears about the stolen manuscript – both the immediate threat and the secret Bruno tried to hide.