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The Painted Lady (Christopher Redmayne Mysteries) (Paperback): Edward Marston The Painted Lady (Christopher Redmayne Mysteries) (Paperback)
Edward Marston
R189 R146 Discovery Miles 1 460 Save R43 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Araminta Jewell is one of the beauties of her day; a witty, resourceful, dazzling young lady who manages to resist all the blandishments that come her way. Even her marriage to the staid and ugly Sir Martin Culthorpe has not discouraged the rakes of London; for them she has assumed an almost iconic status. Before she wed, a special club had been set up - the Society for the Capture of Araminta's Maidenhood - with the first man to bed her standing to win a sizeable wager. Though she is now a wife, she is still pursued with unflagging zeal. It is during her first sitting for a portrait painted by the fashionable French artist Jean-Paul Villemot that the architect Christopher Redmayne meets the lovely Lady Culthorpe, although he has heard much about her through his dissipated brother Henry, one of her most ardent pursuers. Before the portrait can be finished and revealed, however, Sir Martin is murdered.Joining forces with Henry and his good friend the puritan Constable Jonathan Bale, Christopher embarks on a quest to discover the killer's identity. But with each new day bringing a fresh batch of suspects, and the matter of whether Sir Martin was killed because of his shady business dealings or for the exquisite prize of his wife still unclear, Christopher knows this will be far from an easy case to crack.

The Penny Heart (Paperback): Martine Bailey The Penny Heart (Paperback)
Martine Bailey 1
R341 R288 Discovery Miles 2 880 Save R53 (16%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Sentenced to death for a simple confidence trick, Mary Jebb escapes the gallows ... but her reprieve is harsh: seven years in the unforgiving penal colony of Botany Bay. Yet Mary is determined not to be forgotten, sending two pennies, engraved with a promise, to the two men who sealed her fate. Timid artist Grace Moore jumps at the opportunity to marry handsome gentleman Michael Croxon - happy if only to get away from her drunken father. But when Grace takes on a new cook, the two penny heart love tokens reveal she is tied to a world she didn't know existed ... A world of deceit, double-crossing, revenge and murder.

The Good Messenger (Paperback): John Simmons The Good Messenger (Paperback)
John Simmons
R224 R183 Discovery Miles 1 830 Save R41 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The Good Messenger is an epic tale of love, loyalty and deception set across three decades. 1912: Tom Shepherd reluctantly stays for two weeks at Hardinge Hall. Mr and Mrs Hardinge are trying to arrange a marriage for their son Teddy to Iris, daughter of a local businessman. Tommy becomes the innocent messenger who delivers the secret arrangements. Armistice Day 1918: The First World War has changed everything, especially the closeted world that Iris, Teddy and Tom existed in. 1927. Tom is now a journalist investigating the discovery of a baby's bones in the woods around Hardinge Hall. Past and present move towards a resolution that might still bring everything crashing down.

Hill of Bones (Paperback): The Medieval Murderers Hill of Bones (Paperback)
The Medieval Murderers 1
R192 R123 Discovery Miles 1 230 Save R69 (36%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Bath Abbey, 1199. The monks' peaceful existence is turned upside down when the Abbey's unpopular prior is found dead on Solsbury Hill. But when Sir Symon Cole and his wife, Gwenllian, arrive to investigate, they soon hear whisperings that the prior has met with divine punishment. For it is said that on Solsbury Hill, only those who are pure in heart can survive a night when the moon is full. Determined to get to the bottom of the suspicious circumstances surrounding the prior's death, Gwenllian launches a daring investigation that puts her in great danger and Sir Symon accepts a challenge to visit the hill at night. Sacred treasures. Dangerous secrets. Plots against Church, Crown and Government. Solsbury Hill continues to be the scene of murder, theft and conspiracy throughout the ages. But what will today's archaeologists make of the mysteries uncovered on this haunted site?

Blood on the Tracks (Paperback): Martin Edwards Blood on the Tracks (Paperback)
Martin Edwards
R247 R204 Discovery Miles 2 040 Save R43 (17%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Mississippi Blood - The Natchez Burning Trilogy (Paperback): Greg Iles Mississippi Blood - The Natchez Burning Trilogy (Paperback)
Greg Iles
R199 R156 Discovery Miles 1 560 Save R43 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Gallows Court (Paperback): Martin Edwards Gallows Court (Paperback)
Martin Edwards 1
R335 R274 Discovery Miles 2 740 Save R61 (18%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

LONDON, 1930.

Sooty, sulphurous, and malign: no woman should be out on a night like this. A spate of violent deaths – the details too foul to print – has horrified the capital and the smog-bound streets are deserted. But Rachel Savernake – the enigmatic daughter of a notorious hanging judge – is no ordinary woman. To Scotland Yard's embarrassment, she solved the Chorus Girl Murder, and now she's on the trail of another killer.

Jacob Flint, a young newspaperman temporarily manning The Clarion's crime desk, is looking for the scoop that will make his name. He's certain there is more to the Miss Savernake's amateur sleuthing than meets the eye. He's not the only one. His predecessor on the crime desk was of a similar mind – not that Mr Betts is ever expected to regain consciousness after that unfortunate accident...

Flint's pursuit of Rachel Savernake will draw him ever-deeper into a labyrinth of deception and corruption. Murder-by-murder, he'll be swept ever-closer to its dark heart – to that ancient place of execution, where it all began and where it will finally end: Gallows Court.

The Lincoln Myth - Book 9 (Paperback): Steve Berry The Lincoln Myth - Book 9 (Paperback)
Steve Berry 1
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International bestseller Steve Berry returns with another brilliant Cotton Malone thriller involving a mystery about Abraham Lincoln and a political issue that's as explosive as it is timely - not only in Malone's world, but in ours. September 1861: All is not as it seems. With these cryptic words, a shocking secret passed down from president to president comes to rest in the hands of Abraham Lincoln. And as the first bloody clashes of the Civil War unfold, Lincoln alone must decide how best to use this volatile knowledge: save thousands of American lives, or keep the young nation from being torn apart forever? The present: In Utah, the fabled remains of Mormon pioneers whose nineteenth-century expedition across the desert met with a murderous end have been uncovered. In Washington, D.C., the official investigation of an international entrepreneur, an elder in the Mormon church, has sparked a political battle between the White House and a powerful United States senator. In Denmark, a Justice Department agent, missing in action, has fallen into the hands of a dangerous zealot - a man driven by divine visions to make a prophet's words reality. And in a matter of a few short hours, Cotton Malone has gone from quietly selling books at his shop in Denmark to dodging bullets in a high-speed boat chase. All it takes is a phone call from his former boss in Washington, and suddenly the ex-agent is racing to rescue an informant carrying critical intelligence. It's just the kind of perilous business that Malone has been trying to leave behind, ever since he retired from the Justice Department. But once he draws enemy blood, Malone is plunged into a deadly conflict - a constitutional war secretly set in motion more than two hundred years ago by America's Founding Fathers. From the streets of Copenhagen to the catacombs of Salzburg to the rugged mountains of Utah, the grim spectre of the Civil War looms as a dangerous conspiracy gathers power. Malone risks life, liberty, and his greatest love in a race for the truth about Abraham Lincoln - while the fate of the United States of America hangs in the balance.

Prohibited Portrait (Paperback): R.W. Kay Prohibited Portrait (Paperback)
R.W. Kay
R221 R173 Discovery Miles 1 730 Save R48 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A body is washed ashore badly cut after hitting rocks. Unrecognisable, the post-mortem reveals he had drowned in fresh water. Who is he and was he murdered? Using an artist's reconstruction to appeal locally for information, the police discover his name and address. Inquiries with his solicitor suggest he knew he might be killed. The letter left for the police also reveals he was a special agent working for President de Gaulle, hints at who may be involved and leads the police to find a safe that was hidden underground in his garage. When the safe is opened a decorated wooden block is found that appears to be solid. The beautiful object is covered with mother-of-pearl Arabic writing that is translated as Mohammed is the Prophet of Allah. The School of Oriental and African Studies at London University reveal the object is known as The Caliph's Great Seal and is believed to contain the only portrait of the Prophet Mohammed. How can it be opened? X-raying the Seal at Manchester University's Chemistry Department, at an ultra-low temperature, reveals a mechanism involving ten sprung levers that when pressed in the correct order will open the box. Further investigations find the artefact was acquired by Abdullah Quilliam, Britain's first and only Sheikh of Islam, from the last Caliph, Mehmed VI in 1924. How did the tablet find its way to an isolated house in the Isle of Man? When it is realised the tablet's value is priceless, but so dangerous that it could unleash a war between rival factions of Islam, what can be done to ensure its safety?

The Black Ascot (Standard format, CD): Charles Todd The Black Ascot (Standard format, CD)
Charles Todd; Read by Simon Prebble
R693 R489 Discovery Miles 4 890 Save R204 (29%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Birthright (Paperback): David Hingley Birthright (Paperback)
David Hingley 1
R221 R149 Discovery Miles 1 490 Save R72 (33%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The treacherous times of the Restoration are brought to startling life in an exciting new historical crime series. In 1664, four years after Charles II is restored to the throne, Mercia Blakewood stands to lose everything: her father to the executioner's axe, her freedom to her treacherous uncle, her son to his resentful grandparents. But when her father leaves her a cryptic message in his last speech, she seizes her chance to fight back. With would-be lover Nathan Keyte and unlikely new friend Nicholas Wildmoor, Mercia must unravel her father's mystery to find a great prize long thought lost, striving to recover the King's stolen birthright in the hope of reclaiming her own. From London's bulging metropolis to the forests of Manhattan she will contend with murder, intrigue and lust, fighting for her future and her life as the town of New York is born.

After Clare (Large print, Hardcover, Large type / large print edition): Marjorie Eccles After Clare (Large print, Hardcover, Large type / large print edition)
Marjorie Eccles
R654 R504 Discovery Miles 5 040 Save R150 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Bittersweet Brooklyn - A Novel (Paperback): Thelma Adams Bittersweet Brooklyn - A Novel (Paperback)
Thelma Adams
R217 R180 Discovery Miles 1 800 Save R37 (17%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Season of Blood (Large print, Hardcover, Large type / large print edition): Jeri Westerson Season of Blood (Large print, Hardcover, Large type / large print edition)
Jeri Westerson
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Murder - Mayhem and Murder Book II (Paperback): Sarah Pinborough Murder - Mayhem and Murder Book II (Paperback)
Sarah Pinborough 1
R211 R176 Discovery Miles 1 760 Save R35 (17%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

From the bestselling author of BEHIND HER EYES. 'Few writers blend mystery and the supernatural as well as Sarah Pinborough, but there are none who do it better. Quite, quite brilliant' John Connolly Dr Thomas Bond is back, but this time the trial of murders leads straight to his front door. Dr Thomas Bond, Police Surgeon, is still recovering from the events of the previous year when Jack the Ripper haunted the streets of London - and a more malign enemy hid in his shadow. Bond and the others who worked on the gruesome case are still stalked by its legacies, both psychological and tangible. But now the bodies of children are being pulled from the Thames...and Bond is about to become inextricably linked with an uncanny, undying enemy.

The Moment Before Drowning (Hardcover): James Brydon The Moment Before Drowning (Hardcover)
James Brydon
R390 R296 Discovery Miles 2 960 Save R94 (24%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Murder in Disguise (Large print, Hardcover, Large type / large print edition): Mary Miley Murder in Disguise (Large print, Hardcover, Large type / large print edition)
Mary Miley
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Dancing with Death (Hardcover, Main): Amy Myers Dancing with Death (Hardcover, Main)
Amy Myers
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Blood on the Water (William Monk Mystery, Book 20) - An atmospheric Victorian mystery (Paperback): Anne Perry Blood on the Water (William Monk Mystery, Book 20) - An atmospheric Victorian mystery (Paperback)
Anne Perry 1
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As her "New York Times" bestselling novels always remind us, Anne Perry is a matchless guide to both the splendor and the shame of the British Empire at the height of its influence. In her twentieth William Monk mystery, she brings us to London's grand Mayfair mansions, where the arrogant masters of the Western world hold sway--and to the teeming Thames waterfront, where one summer afternoon, Monk witnesses the horrifying explosion of the pleasure boat "Princess Mary, " which sends to their deaths nearly two hundred merrymakers.
The tragedy is no accident. As commander of the River Police, Monk should handle the case, but the investigation is turned over to the commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. An Egyptian man is swiftly caught, tried, and sentenced to die. But almost as quickly, Monk presents evidence that Habib Beshara, though a nasty piece of work, was elsewhere at the time of the blast. The investigation, now in complete disarray, is hastily turned over to Monk.
Is the crime connected with the soon-to-be-opened Suez Canal, which will enormously benefit wealthy British shipping companies? Or did all of those innocent people drown to ensure the death of just one? How did the bomber board the ship, and how did he manage to escape? Is he an anarchist or a madman?
Backed up by his astute wife, Hester, and his old reliable friend Oliver Rathbone, Monk vows to find answers--but instead finds himself treading the dangerous waters of international intrigue, his questions politely turned aside by a formidable array of the powerful and privileged. Events twist and turn like the Thames itself, leading to the shattering moment when Monk realizes, perhaps too late, that he is the next target.
Praise for Anne Perry and her William Monk novels
"Blind Justice"
"Ranks among the best . . . Perry has written. Her courtroom scenes have the realism of Scott Turow.""--Huntington News"
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"A Sunless Sea"
"Anne Perry's Victorian mysteries are marvels."--"The New York Times Book Review"
"Acceptable Loss"
"Masterful storytelling and moving dialogue."--"The Star-Ledger"
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"Execution Dock"
" An] engrossing page-turner . . . There's no one better at using words to paint a scene and then fill it with sounds and smells than Anne Perry."--"The Boston Globe"
"Dark Assassin"
"Brilliant . . . a page-turning thriller . . . blending compelling plotting with superbly realized human emotion and exquisite period detail."--Jeffery Deaver, author of "Edge"
"The Shifting Tide"
"The mysterious and dangerous waterfront world of London's 'longest street, ' the Thames, comes to life."--South Florida" Sun-Sentinel"

City of Masks - Oswald de Lacy Book 3 (Hardcover): S D Sykes City of Masks - Oswald de Lacy Book 3 (Hardcover)
S D Sykes 1
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Book 3 in the gripping Oswald de Lacy series, which can be read as a standalone, from 'the medieval CJ Sansom' (Jeffery Deaver) 'It is Sykes' outstanding portrayal of the Venice of 1358 which makes such a fascinating setting for a mystery...[a] clever and original story' Crime Review 1358. Oswald de Lacy, Lord Somershill, is in Venice, awaiting a pilgrim galley to the Holy Land. While the city is under siege from the Hungarians, Oswald lodges with an English merchant, and soon comes under the dangerous spell of the decadent and dazzling island state that sits on the hinge of Europe, where East meets West. Oswald is trying to flee the chilling shadow of something in his past, but when he finds a dead man on the night of the carnival, he is dragged into a murder investigation that takes him deep into the intrigues of this mysterious, paranoid city. Coming up against the feared Signori di Notte, the secret police, Oswald learns that he is not the only one with something to hide. Everybody is watching somebody else, and nobody in Venice is what he or she seems. The masks are not just for the carnival.

Death at the Boston Tea Party - An 18th Century Mystery (Large print, Hardcover, Large type / large print edition): Deryn Lake Death at the Boston Tea Party - An 18th Century Mystery (Large print, Hardcover, Large type / large print edition)
Deryn Lake
R533 R414 Discovery Miles 4 140 Save R119 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Wild Justice (Hardcover): Priscilla Royal Wild Justice (Hardcover)
Priscilla Royal
R488 R360 Discovery Miles 3 600 Save R128 (26%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
The Siege (Paperback): Arturo Perez-Reverte The Siege (Paperback)
Arturo Perez-Reverte 1
R242 R205 Discovery Miles 2 050 Save R37 (15%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

WINNER OF THE CWA INTERNATIONAL DAGGER 2014 Cadiz, 1811. While the city is under siege from the marauding French army, an even greater menace is lurking within the city walls: a serial killer is on the loose, flaying young women to death. Each of these murders takes place near where a French bomb has just fallen. In order to find the murderer, police commissioner Rogelio Tizon begins to perceive the city as a vast chessboard as he tries to predict his unknown opponent's next deadly move. In the claustrophobic atmosphere of the besieged town, an heiress, an unscrupulous corsair captain, a taxidermist who is also a spy and a hardened soldier begin to cross paths, and behind them all the figure of Tizon is getting closer to deciphering the lethal pattern behind the murders... With all the intrigue and romance of Perez-Reverte's bestsellers, THE DUMAS CLUB and THE FLANDERS PANEL, THE SIEGE is the story of a city and a people who will never be the same again.

Roseblood - A gripping tale of a turbulent era in English history (Paperback): Paul Doherty Roseblood - A gripping tale of a turbulent era in English history (Paperback)
Paul Doherty
R333 R280 Discovery Miles 2 800 Save R53 (16%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

England, 1455: a kingdom on the brink of civil war. The Red Rose: King Henry of Lancaster's days are numbered. Deemed unfit for rule, even by his own mother, he surely cannot last on the throne for long. Simon Roseblood - London lord, taverner and alderman - is one of few loyal servants left to fight his cause. The White Rose: Ruthless Richard of York has his eye firmly set on the crown - and plenty of powerful allies who will do anything to help him win it. Henchman Amadeus Sevigny makes no bones about enforcing his own authority and asserting law and order at York's command. When Roseblood is summoned by Sevigny to stand trial for a crime he knows he didn't commit, their paths cross in ways that alter them both for ever. And as the Wars of the Roses looms, an even greater foe is poised to rock the foundations of England, and wreak horror in a hotbed of political unrest.

Marbeck and the Double Dealer (Large print, Hardcover, Large type / large print edition): John Pilkington Marbeck and the Double Dealer (Large print, Hardcover, Large type / large print edition)
John Pilkington
R524 R405 Discovery Miles 4 050 Save R119 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
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