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The Zig Zag Girl

Author:

Elly Griffiths

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Brighton, 1950: When the body of a girl is found, cut into three, DI Edgar Stephens recalls a magic trick that he saw as a boy. The illusion is called the Zig Zag Girl and its inventor, Max Mephisto, is an old friend of his. They served together in the war as part of a shadowy unit called the Magic Men, formed to use stage trickery to confuse the enemy. Max is reluctant to get involved when Edgar tracks him down, but the revelation that the dead girl is his former stage assistant changes his mind. A similar death follows, based on a trick called the Sword Cabinet. Then Edgar receives a letter warning of another "trick" called the Wolf Trap - the deadliest illusion of all. But who will be the next victim?

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Soft Cover

Genre:

Crime

ISBN:

9781785410697

Published:

01-07-2016

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Resurrection

Author:

Raymond Haigh

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The Prime Minister has been murdered. At Chequers, under police protection, his widow, Helen Cosgrave, discovers her husband's private and damning bank statements. Samantha Quest knows the late Prime Minister's secrets, and, despite the risk, agrees to talk to Helen. Virtually imprisoned, she enlists Quest to contact the person her husband has been secretly paying. When there are more deaths and a prostitute is reported missing, the situation threatens the private lives of politicians. Mrs Cosgrave's life is a priority, but can Quest be persuaded to take a chance and stop the country's slide into panic and political disaster?

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Soft Cover

Genre:

Crime

ISBN:

9781444814248

Published:

01-02-2013

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Hard Luck Story

Author:

Richard Haley

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Crane, a private investigator, is engaged by Josie Mellors to shadow her husband, whom she suspects of having an affair. But Mellors, Crane discovers, is loyal to his wife - just not to the letter of the law - and is being controlled by Docherty, a powerful gang leader. Docherty operates under such a convincing guise of total respectability that his affectionate family have no knowledge of his other life. When, by coincidence, details of his criminal activities emerge, the impact on his family is devastating and leads to a murderous climax.

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Soft Cover

Genre:

Crime

ISBN:

9781444822915

Published:

01-02-2015

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The Flight

Author:

M.R. Hall

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When Flight 189 plunges into the Severn Estuary, Coroner Jenny Cooper presides over the case of a lone sailor whose boat appears to have been sunk by the stricken plane. And she's drawn into the mysterious fate of a ten-year-old girl, Amy Patterson, a passenger on 189, whose body is washed up alongside his. While a highly secretive operation recovers clues from the wreckage, Jenny asks questions the official investigation doesn't want answered. How could such a high-tech plane have failed? What linked the aircraft's high-powered passengers? And how did Amy Patterson survive the crash - only to perish hours later? Opposed by the highest levels of government, Jenny must race against time to seek the truth - before it can happen again...

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Hard Cover

Genre:

Crime

ISBN:

9781444813388

Published:

01-12-2012

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Misery Bay

Author:

Steve Hamilton

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A young man is found hanging from a tree on a remote shore of Lake Superior in the dead of winter. There's no evidence of foul play. Nothing to suggest it's anything other than a tragic suicide. The boy's father has just one question: WHY? Finding the answer is not a job ex-cop Alex McKnight relishes. But sometimes when you're seeking closure, you find the opposite. You find you've opened a door. A door leading to a place you hoped you'd never see, where madness and murder lurk.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

Crime

ISBN:

9781444813005

Published:

01-11-2012

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The Lock Artist

Author:

Steve Hamilton

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They called him the 'miracle boy', for living through that terrible day - yet he could never talk again afterwards. School bullying becomes a nightmare - until Michael discovers he can open locks. When this skill lands him in trouble with the police, he's brought to the attention of Amelia, who sees what's locked away inside him. But Amelia's father, in hock to the mob, wants to avoid a bullet in the head and offers up Michael with his special abilities. Soon he's nicknamed The Lock Artist, as he graduates from padlocks to his first million-dollar diamond heist. But all the time he's planning his own heist: a way of turning the tables on his gangster employers, finding Amelia again, and finally unlocking his own terrible secret.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

Crime

ISBN:

9781444805772

Published:

01-03-2011

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Closed Casket

Author:

Sophie Hannah

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Lady Athelinda Playford has planned a house party at her mansion in Clonakilty, County Cork. As the guests arrive, she summons her lawyer to make an urgent change to her will - one she intends to announce at dinner that night. She has decided to cut off her two children without a penny. Among her guests are two men she has never met - the famous Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, and Inspector Edward Catchpool of Scotland Yard. Neither knows why he has been invited, until Poirot starts to wonder if Lady Playford expects a murderer to strike. When the crime is committed in spite of Poirot's best efforts to prevent it, and the victim is not who he expected it to be, will he be able to find the culprit and solve the mystery?

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Hard Cover

Genre:

Crime

ISBN:

9781444836424

Published:

01-04-2018

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The Mystery Of Three Quarters

Author:

Sophie Hannah

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Returning home after lunch, Hercule Poirot finds an angry woman waiting outside his front door. She demands to know why Poirot has sent her a letter accusing her of the murder of Barnabas Pandy, a man she has neither heard of nor ever met. Poirot has also never heard of a Barnabas Pandy, and has accused nobody of murder. Shaken, he goes inside, only to find that he has a visitor waiting for him - a man who claims to have received a letter from Poirot accusing him of the murder of the same Barnabas Pandy. How many more letters have been sent? Who sent them, and why? More importantly, who is Barnabas Pandy, is he dead, and if so, was he murdered? And can Poirot find the answers without putting more lives in danger?

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Hard Cover

Genre:

Crime

ISBN:

9781444840889

Published:

01-05-2019

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Burned And Broken

Author:

Mark Hardie

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An enigmatic policeman, currently the subject of an internal investigation, is found burned to death in his car on the Southend sea front. Meanwhile, a vulnerable young woman, fresh out of the care system, is trying to discover the truth behind the sudden death of her best friend. DS Frank Pearson and DC Catherine Russell from the Essex Police Major Investigation Team are brought in to solve the mystery that surrounds their colleague's death - but when a dramatic turn of events casts a whole new light on both cases, the way forward is far from clear. Were the victims connected in some way? And just how much should Pearson and Russell reveal to their bosses as they begin to unearth some dark secrets that the force would rather keep buried?

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Hard Cover

Genre:

Crime

ISBN:

9781444831702

Published:

01-03-2017

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Body And Soul

Author:

John Harvey

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When his estranged daughter Katherine appears on his doorstep, ex-Detective Frank Elder knows that something is wrong. Katherine has long been troubled, and Elder has always felt powerless to help her. But now she has begun to self-destruct. The breakdown of her affair with a controversial artist has sent her into a tailspin that culminates in murder. And as Elder struggles to protect his daughter and prove her innocence, the terrors of the past threaten them both once more...

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Hard Cover

Genre:

Crime

ISBN:

9781444839968

Published:

01-02-2019

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Darkness, Darkness

Author:

John Harvey

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Thirty years ago, the Miners' Strike threatened to tear the country apart, turning neighbour against neighbour, husband against wife, father against son - enmities which smoulder still. Resnick, recently made up to inspector, and ambivalent at best about some police tactics, had run an information-gathering unit at the heart of the dispute. Now, the discovery of the body of a young woman who disappeared during the strike brings Resnick out of virtual retirement and back into the front line to assist in the investigation into her murder - forcing him to confront his past in what will assuredly be his last case.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

Crime

ISBN:

9781444825619

Published:

01-10-2015

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Good Bait

Author:

John Harvey

Synopsis:

When a seventeen-year-old Moldovan boy is found dead on Hampstead Heath, the case falls to DCI Karen Shields and her overstretched Homicide and Serious Crime Unit. And Karen, whilst knowing that she needs a result, is unaware that her new case is tied inextricably to a much larger web of gang warfare and organised crime that is infiltrating most aspects of London society. Several hundred miles away in Cornwall, DI Trevor Cordon is stirred from his routine duties by another tragic London fatality. Travelling to the capital to establish the cause of death and trace the deceased's daughter - an old acquaintance - Cordon becomes entangled in a complicated situation of his own. A situation much closer to Karen's case than either of them will ever know...

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Hard Cover

Genre:

Crime

ISBN:

9781444812640

Published:

01-10-2012

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