By Bill James
The sixth title in the popular Harpur and Iles series.'Planner' Preston, a lifetime of successful robberies behind him, is organising a heist against a wages van, ill-guarded and with a predictable route. After hiring the necessary manpower and allowing for every contingency, Planner sets a date. Then one of his team learns that the route has lengthened and the guard has been doubled. Against his instincts, but goaded by the young recruits who think he has become timid in his old age, Planner agrees to go ahead - even though he knows the risks.Harpur and Iles always suspect Preston is planning something and view even a visit to the dentist as cause for speculation. Now, the increase in activity surrounding Planner's associates begins to turn their detective antennae firmly in his direction.
The Three Taps
By Ronald Knox
In a gas-lit inn in the countryside a man lies dead. The police, of course, investigate - and so do Miles Bredon and his wife, in the interests of the Indescribable Insurance Company, with which the deceased man, Mr Mottram, had been heavily insured.The culprit is the three gas taps in Mr Mottram's room, and Miles hopes to prove that his death is suicide. Miles' old wartime colleague, Police Inspector Leyland, is convinced it's murder. And the conclusion is as ingenious as it is surprising.
By Anthony Price
By the CWA Gold Dagger award-winning author of Other Paths to Glory'We want you to lay a ghost,' Frances Fitzgibbon is told as she is ordered to investigate the past of her own superior, Colonel Jack Butler's, at a decisive moment in his career. But why?For as Colonel Butler pursues an elusive IRA/KGB assassin, Frances finds herself confronting dangerous questions as more than one spectre is raised from the dark past.
Two Lovers Too Many
By Joan Fleming
In the village of Lavister Alastair Southery, locum to Dr Lathbury, discovers a fantastic set-up involving an assortment of astonishing characters. Dr Lathbury has become ill with the same unexplained disease that killed his partner, and the village is still agog with the recent murder of his eldest son Paul.When the doctor dies, Southery sets out to prove his hunch that there is a connection between his death and the two previous ones.
By P. M. Hubbard
From the church of St Udan's rises The Tower, threatening collapse unless a large sum can be raised to repair it. In its shadow, the brooding, macabre figure of Old Liberty, fire-and-brimstone vicar, rages against robust and clever George Hardcastle, humanist and self-styled 'antichrist', while between them wavers diminutive enchanting Mary Garstin, wearing her wealth and position uneasilyHappening upon this tiny hamlet where nothing is quite what it seems, John Smith is held in thrall by the elusive charm of Cynthia Hardcastle - who plays Shakespearean games with her father, and crouches on tree stumps in the dark of night - and by a premonition of disaster.
To Wake The Dead
By John Dickson Carr
Christopher Kent, worth a quarter of a million pounds yet without a penny in his pocket, stands hungrily in Piccadilly one snowy morning, looking up at the huge hotel, when a piece of card bearing a number floats down to him. He enters and is served with breakfast, giving the waiter the room number. Then an unlucky chance compels him to go up to room 707. Inside a woman lies murdered in a trunk.Kent needs to prove his innocence fast, and calls in Dr Gideon Fell to investigate - but there's been another murder, and Dr Fell must figure out what connects them in order to find the guilty party.
The Thirteen Trumpeters
By Laurence Meynell
Hooky Hefferman is commissioned by his formidable aunt to convey a 'brilliantly coloured, exquisitely detailed painting of young soldier blowing a trumpet' to Southern Italy, to her old admirer Sir Lucian Bryers-Fane.Two others are heading in the same direction: a beautiful young academic who has been sent to read a commemorative scroll to Sir Lucian on the occasion of his eightieth birthday; and another party with entirely less admirable objectives.
Tragedy at Ravensthorpe
By J. J. Connington
'Mr J. J. Connington is a name revered by all specialists on detective fiction' Spectator In Clinton Driffield's second case he must tangle with a plethora of crimes including robbery, murder and a disappearance - not to mention a Family Curse, and a less than sympathetic victim ...
Too Clever By Half
By Laurence Meynell
When Lady Darley asks for Hooky Hefferman's help, he wonders what sort of trouble she can be in. She doesn't look the sort to have a very grisly skeleton in her cupboard, but you never can tell ...Hooky's insatiable curiosity is soon aroused by her story, and he is easily persuaded to go down to Monkhamblin Hall, the old family mansion. Once there, a corpse and the odd behaviour of the present owner are quite enough to keep his famous nose glued to the trail.
Three Minus Two
By Donald MacKenzie
Journalist Hamish Hunter finds himself in possession of a film on which the fate of several people and the relations between two countries - Poland and Great Britain - depend. But who can he trust? His girlfriend, Wanda, daughter of a déraciné Polish count, whose loyalties are more complex than they seem? An old friend in the intelligence racket? The authorities? Soon Hunter finds himself in desperation, hounded on all sides, and in a climax of nerve-racking suspense it becomes finally clear that no on is on any side but their own.
This Man is Dangerous
By Peter Cheyney
In the first of the Lemmy Caution series, a group of organised gangsters are operating a 'snatch' racket, laying a plan - worked out in the minutest detail - to kidnap the daughter of an American millionaire while she is in England. And their plot must not only account for the actual luring of the victim into the snare and the collection of the ransom money, but also evade interference from the English police and rival gangs.
The Two Tickets Puzzle
By J. J. Connington
'Mr J. J. Connington is a name revered by all specialists on detective fiction' Spectator When Oswald F. Preston is shot dead on the 10.35 local train from Horston, two obvious suspects are immediately in the frame: his wife's lover and an employer with a grudge. With red herrings a-plenty, and a number of other contenders for murderer, including a young heiress, Superintendant Ross has his work cut out for him.
The Three Sentinels
By Geoffrey Household
A company-controlled oil town becomes the scene of a layoff and a subsequent boycott led by Rafael Garay, whose wife is killed alongside 17 others in the protest.Mat Darlow, a gentle mining engineer, is sent to the Latin American community to handle the situation. Each man is fighting for control of the Three Sentinels: three, deep, surging oil wells perched on a barren ridge of the Andes.Despite the deadlock, the opponents are instinctively drawn to each other - and one thing links them: Garay's son, Chepe, who attaches himself to both men at war.'Household is a story-teller in direct line of descent from Daniel Defoe and Robert Louis Stevenson' New Yorker
By Bill James
Thirteen-year-old Mandy Walsh has been gunned down in the street, caught in the crossfire between rival drug gangs. For Chief Constable Lane there is only one option - infiltrate the drug syndicates and rid his patch of this menace. Unfortunately, Assistant Chief Constable Desmond Iles has a better idea: let the gangland police itself in return for a few 'favours'. As his superiors battle it out, Detective Chief Superintendent takes a closer look at Mandy's death. He learns the bullets that killed her were not fired by the warring gang. There was, it seems, a third gunman targeting Mandy...'Comes off the page like electricity' Sunday Times
A Trout in the Milk
By Michael Underwood
He braced his shoulders against the back of James Geddy's swivel chair and stretched out his arms luxuriously. It was the same chair that he was found in the next morning, though now pinned in a stiff, ungainly pose of violent death ...The setting is a barristers' chambers in Temple, London. And the barristers, their clerks, their pupils and their instructing solicitors all form part of the cast of suspects for a very bloody murder ...
By Hilary Norman
From the day he sets foot in the Hampstead house, Matthew Gardner realises that life with his new wife, Caroline, is going to be rougher than he'd hoped. Two of her three teenage daughters, Flic and Imogen - charming to him in public - actually loathe him.If only their mother could see Matthew through their eyes, the girls feel, life would be so much easier. And the two girls are utterly determined to get rid of their stepfather, and chillingly ruthless in their methods. 'A compulsive and gripping tale with a high body count and lots of intrigue' Bookseller
By Hilary Norman
There's something chillingly familiar about what's happening to Nick Miller. He was so sure he'd left the past - and Holly Bourne - behind. Holly, pure delight to everyone else, but Nick's girlfriend-from-hell. Except that all that was over years ago. Holly's happily married now and thousands of miles away, and Nick's wife, Nina, is expecting their first child. This can't have anything to do with Holly.Yet the shocks have only just begun for Nick and Nina, in a terrifying novel of obsessive love, and a young couple's fight to escape its deadly stranglehold ...'A beautifully crafted tale that builds to a dramatic climax' Bookseller
Tell It to the Birds
By James Hadley Chase
When a small-time clerk insures his life for $50,000 and then suddenly dies ten days later, it doesn't take a genius to work out something suspicious is going on. So when Maddox, the top man in the insurance business, finds out, he is determined to get to the bottom of it. And this means trouble for someone. In fact, it means trouble for the beautiful, auburn-haired Meg Barlowe, a woman with a serious past.'The thriller maestro of the generation' Manchester Evening News
Try This One for Size
By James Hadley Chase
When Claude Kendrick, owner of a shadily run art gallery in Paradise City, is approached by Ed Haddon, the King of art thieves, to find a buyer for a priceless icon of Catherine the Great, he believes his dreams have come true.Herman Radnitz, a multimillionaire, is the man prepared to pay six million dollars for the stolen art, but there's a catch: Radnitz wanted the icon delivered to Zurich as part of the deal.To his joy, Kendrick learns of a couple travelling to Europe. All he has to do is make sure the icon is planted on them unawares. But he's picked the wrong couple ...
A Thirsty Evil
By P. M. Hubbard
Ian MacKellar seeks out Julia. He discovers her on a farm she runs, where she maintains her younger brother and sister. But his obsessive pursuit of Julia becomes stymied by members of her dysfunctional family. The action unfolds in a West Country English village by a dark pond in the secluded woods near Julia's family home. And it is below the surface of that pond that tragedy awaits ...