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Classic crime books

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Recently Published

A Fine Ambition by R. S. Hill A Fine Ambition

Instow, Devon, 1873. Early in the morning, the body of a chambermaid is discovered on the beach. Abigail March and detective Theo Newton are among the hotel guests. The cause of death is certified as drowning, but Abigail is immediately...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2017

Four Days' Wonder by A. A. Milne Four Days' Wonder

Jenny Windell is a teenage girl who's fascinated with murder mysteries. So when she finds her estranged aunt Jane Latour dead she's excited to have a mystery of her own to solve. She's also worried she may be a suspect...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/09/2017

His Last Bow by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle His Last Bow


Format: Hardback - Released: 15/09/2017

The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle The Return of Sherlock Holmes


Format: Paperback - Released: 15/09/2017

The Detective Club - The Passing of Mr Quinn [Film Tie-in Edition] by G. Roy McRae, Mark Aldridge The Detective Club - The Passing of Mr Quinn [Film Tie-in Edition]
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Reprinted for the first time in almost 90 years, this original novelisation of the very first Agatha Christie film is a unique record of the Queen of Crime's movie debut and a bold attempt to turn one of her favourite...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/09/2017

Portrait of a Murderer A Christmas Crime Story by Anne Meredith Portrait of a Murderer A Christmas Crime Story

Hardback edition with an additional essay by President of the Detection Club, Martin Edwards. Adrian Gray was born in May 1862 and met his death through violence, at the hands of one of his own children, at Christmas, 1931. This...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/09/2017

Seven Dead by J. Jefferson Farjeon Seven Dead

While hunting for silverware to steal, amateur thief Ted Lyte stumbles upon a locked room containing seven dead bodies.Seven Dead is an atmospheric crime novel first published in 1939.
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/09/2017

Somebody at the Door by Raymond Postgate Somebody at the Door

'The death was an odd one, it was true; but there was after all no very clear reason to assume it was anything but natural.' First published in 1943, Raymond Postgate's wartime murder mystery combines thrilling detection with rich characters...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/09/2017

Maigret and the Headless Corpse Inspector Maigret #47 by Georges Simenon Maigret and the Headless Corpse Inspector Maigret #47

When a man's headless body is pulled from the Canal Saint Martin, Maigret and his colleagues are puzzled. In a chance encounter at a local cafe Maigret uncovers the truth behind this disturbing murder in an intriguing story of an...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/09/2017

Dr Gideon Fell: Collected Cases Classic Radio Crime by John Dickson Carr Dr Gideon Fell: Collected Cases Classic Radio Crime

One of the pre-eminent detectives of crime fiction's Golden Age, Dr Gideon Fell is stout, jovial and fond of beer and band music. This title features two dramas that were first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1997, in which,...
Format: CD-Audio - Released: 07/09/2017

The Lady Vanishes by Ethel Lina White The Lady Vanishes

A special edition of The Lady Vanishes by Ethel Lina White reissued with a bright retro design to celebrate Pan's 70th anniversary. In this nail-bitingly tense thriller, a girl on a train finds herself in a terrifying situation when her...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/09/2017

The Mystery of the Skeleton Key by Bernard Capes, G. K. Chesterton, Hugh Lamb The Mystery of the Skeleton Key
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The fourth in a new series of classic detective stories from the vaults of HarperCollins involves a tragic accident during a shooting party. As the story switches between Paris and Hampshire, the possibility of it not being an accident seems...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/09/2017

The Mayfair Mystery 2835 Mayfair by Frank Richardson The Mayfair Mystery 2835 Mayfair

The first in a new series of classic detective stories from the vaults of HarperCollins involves a disappearing corpse, a supernatural theory, and a genuinely shocking finale.
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/09/2017

The Detective Club - The Perfect Crime: The Big Bow Mystery by Israel Zangwill, John Curran The Detective Club - The Perfect Crime: The Big Bow Mystery
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The first in a new series of classic detective stories from the vaults of HarperCollins is the world's first locked-room mystery, a seemingly impossible crime story as powerful as any that have copied the scenario since.
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/09/2017

The Detective Club - The Ponson Case by Freeman Wills Crofts, Dolores Gordon-Smith The Detective Club - The Ponson Case
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From the Collins Crime Club archive, the forgotten second novel by Freeman Wills Crofts, once dubbed 'The King of Detective Story Writers'.
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/09/2017

Coming Soon

Mrs Pargeter's Public Relations by Simon Brett Mrs Pargeter's Public Relations


Format: Paperback - Released: 29/09/2017

Beware of Johnny Washington Based on `Send for Paul Temple' by Francis Durbridge, Melvyn Barnes Beware of Johnny Washington Based on `Send for Paul Temple'
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Republished for the first time since 1951, Beware of Johnny Washington is Francis Durbridge's clever reworking of the very first Paul Temple radio serial using his new characters, the amiable Johnny Washington and newspaper columnist Verity Glyn. Includes as a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/10/2017

Death at Breakfast by John Rhode Death at Breakfast

A classic winter's crime novel by one of the most highly regarded exponents of the genre.
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/10/2017

Maigret Sets a Trap Inspector Maigret #48 by Georges Simenon Maigret Sets a Trap Inspector Maigret #48

Detective Chief Inspector Maigret is known for his infallible instinct, for getting at the truth no matter how complex the case, but when someone starts killing women on the streets of Montmartre, he finds himself confounded. Under increasing pressure, Maigret...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/10/2017

The Chess Player by Cecily Riley The Chess Player


Format: Paperback - Released: 09/10/2017

Foreign Bodies by Martin Edwards Foreign Bodies

Martin Edwards has selected gems of classic crime from Denmark to Japan and many points in between. Fascinating stories give an insight into the cosmopolitan cultures (and crime-writing traditions) of diverse places including Mexico, France, Russia, Germany and the Netherlands.
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/10/2017

Portrait of a Murderer A Christmas Crime Story by Anne Meredith Portrait of a Murderer A Christmas Crime Story

'Powerful and impressive ... there is a fine inevitability in the plot structure which gives it true tragic quality' - Dorothy L. Sayers Adrian Gray was born in May 1862 and met his death through violence, at the hands of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/10/2017

The Sherlock Holmes Collection by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle The Sherlock Holmes Collection


Format: Hardback - Released: 15/10/2017

Poirot - Murder On The Orient Express [Special Edition] by Agatha Christie Poirot - Murder On The Orient Express [Special Edition]

Agatha Christie's most famous murder mystery, reissued with a striking new cover with special finishes.
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/10/2017

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie Murder on the Orient Express

Agatha Christie's most famous murder mystery, reissued with a new cover to tie in with the hugely anticipated 2017 film adaptation.
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/10/2017

Perfect Killer by Robb White Perfect Killer

Jade Hui is an FBI agent on the way down - until, that is, her supervising agent assigns her a triple-murder investigation. She soon must overcome bureaucratic obstacles to catch a free-roaming, amoral killer who leaves neither pattern nor motive...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/10/2017

The Death of Kings by Rennie Airth The Death of Kings

From the critically acclaimed author, Rennie Airth, comes the fifth John Madden mystery, The Death of Kings. I have reason to believe that the jade pendant accompanying this letter is the same one that disappeared from Miss Portia Blake's body...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/10/2017

Nightmare A Detective Story Club Classic Crime Novel by Lynn Brock, Rob Reef Nightmare A Detective Story Club Classic Crime Novel
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Driven to madness by the cruelty of a small group of people, a young novelist sets about taking murderous revenge.
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/11/2017

Maigret's Failure Inspector Maigret #49 by Georges Simenon Maigret's Failure Inspector Maigret #49

When a self-made man appeals to Maigret for protection at his lavish home, a years-old grudge from the past resurfaces and the inspector finds himself questioning his own motives.Conflict rather than harmony probably reigned in eight out of ten of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/11/2017

Cold Crash by Jennifer Young Cold Crash


Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2017

Other books in this genre

The Thirteen Problems by Agatha Christie The Thirteen Problems

The Tuesday Night Club is a venue where locals challenge Miss Marple to solve recent crimes...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/08/2017

A Daughter's a Daughter by Agatha Christie A Daughter's a Daughter

A classic novel of desire and jealousy.
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/08/2017

Postern of Fate by Agatha Christie Postern of Fate

A poisoning many years ago may not have been accidental after all...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/08/2017

Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie Sleeping Murder

The owner of a seaside villa is plagued by strange feelings about its past...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/08/2017

The Burden by Agatha Christie The Burden

A superb novel of possessive love.
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/08/2017

The Rose and the Yew Tree by Agatha Christie The Rose and the Yew Tree

A captivating novel of love and intrigue.
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/08/2017

Unfinished Portrait by Agatha Christie Unfinished Portrait

A stunning novel of death and destiny.
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/08/2017

The Mirror Crack'd From Side to Side by Agatha Christie The Mirror Crack'd From Side to Side

Agatha Christie's audacious murder mystery, reissued with a striking new cover designed to appeal to the latest generation of Agatha Christie fans and book lovers.
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/08/2017

Partners in Crime by Agatha Christie Partners in Crime

Agatha Christie's complete Tommy and Tuppence short story collection, reissued with a striking new cover designed to appeal to the latest generation of Agatha Christie fans and book lovers.
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/08/2017

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes


Format: Paperback - Released: 15/08/2017

Sherlock Holmes Short Stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Flame Tree Studio Sherlock Holmes Short Stories
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Inspiring a long line of detective stories and Whodunnits, Conan Doyle's enigmatic anti-hero Sherlock Holmes is a constant feature on TV and movie screens, with new audio and radio shows joining the frenzy. The Holmes tales have earned their place...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/08/2017

Trent Intervenes A Detective Story Club Classic Crime Novel by E. C. Bentley, Ben Ray Redman Trent Intervenes A Detective Story Club Classic Crime Novel
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Twelve stories from the celebrated author of one of the most famous mystery classics ever written, Trent's Last Case.
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/08/2017

Trent's Own Case A Detective Story Club Classic Crime Novel by E. C. Bentley, Martin Edwards Trent's Own Case A Detective Story Club Classic Crime Novel
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The second novel from the celebrated author of one of the most famous mystery classics ever written, Trent's Last Case.
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/08/2017

Trent's Last Case A Detective Story Club Classic Crime Novel by E. C. Bentley, John Curran, Dorothy L. Sayers Trent's Last Case A Detective Story Club Classic Crime Novel
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Written in reaction to what Bentley perceived as the sterility and artificiality of the detective fiction of his day, Trent's Last Case features Philip Trent, an all-too-human detective who not only falls in love with the chief suspect but reaches...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/08/2017

The Walls by Hollie Overton The Walls

Forced to endure his verbal and physical abuse, Kristy is serving her own life sentence . Perfectly poised to exploit the criminal justice system she knows so well, Kristy sets out to get rid of Lance - permanently.
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/08/2017

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