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Books of the Month
1588: A Calendar of Crime A Novel in Five Books
December 2016 Book of the Month. St Andrews in the 16th century is once again brought to captivating vibrant life. With allegations of ghosts, witches, the Spanish Armada and high jinks, the year 1588 is full...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/11/2016
Other Featured Books this Month
If you are an intrepid reader and delight in the creatively eerie, startling and spine-chilling, then some distinctive and perfectly crafted short stories await. Of course there are 13 tales, however there is nothing about the obvious here, as they...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/10/2016
The Bazaar of Bad Dreams
The ominously significant title of ‘The Bazaar of Bad Dreams’ slashes through the delicate vibrancy of the cover, summing up the contents beautifully. 18 short stories and two poems, steaming with life, death, passion, regret and the occasional gnashing of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/09/2016
The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding
Agatha Christie's seasonal Poirot and Marple short story collection, reissued with a striking new cover designed to appeal to the latest generation of Agatha Christie fans and book lovers. What links these five baffling cases? The little grey cells of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/09/2016
A Snow Garden and Other Stories
As read on Radio 4, seven linked stories set in the Christmas holidays - all as funny, joyous, poignant and memorable as Christmas should be.
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/11/2016
Christmas Days 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days
Everybody loves a Christmas story. The tradition of the Twelve Days of Christmas is a tradition of celebration, sharing and giving. And what better way to do that than with a story? Read these stories by the fire, in the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/11/2016
Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy
Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, Robin Wasserman
In a Nutshell: Epic illustrated short stories | A colossal collection of illustrated short stories about the star of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series. Previously released separately in eBook format, this lavish volume of short stories makes a great...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/11/2016
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