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Crime Fiction 66734 MORIARTY: Sherlock Holmes’

Nemesis Lives Again by John Gardner The oldest and greatest super-villain of them all returns to inhabit the underworld of Victorian London. Forced to flee England and live in America during the 1890s, Professor James Moriarty returns to London in 1900 to find that his huge criminal empire, his ‘family’, has been infiltrated, raided and plundered by the cunning crime boss Idle Jack Idell. As if this was not enough, he has evidence that one of his closest lieutenants, a member of his self-styled Praetorian Guard, is betraying him. Tempting straying sheep back into the fold, Moriarty engineers a plan to assassinate Idle Jack but things go horribly wrong. 301pp in paperback. £11.99 NOW £4


67104 CROCODILE BIRD by Ruth Rendell

Liza and her mother have led a strange, enclosed life together in the gatehouse of a country mansion, but now this must all end. Eve has told Liza that she must leave because Eve has killed a man, and he is not the first. At 17 years of age with £100 in cash, Liza is cast adrift into a terrifying world, but she is not alone. There is one secret that she has kept from her mother, her love affair with Sean, the young man from the big house. With him, Liza gradually learns about the world and herself, and must come to terms with the possibility that the murderous violence of her mother may also be present in her. An extraordinary psychological portrait. 359pp in paperback.

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67198 PORT MORTUARY by Patricia Cornwell

Kay Scarpetta has been training at the Dover Port Mortuary, mastering the art of ‘virtual autopsy’, a groundbreaking procedure that could soon revolutionise forensic science. It is not long before these new skills urgently need to be put into practice. A young man drops dead, apparently from a heart condition eerily close to Scarpetta’s home but when his body is examined, there are stunning indications that he may have been alive when he was zipped inside a pouch and locked in the cooler. When the revolutionary 3D radiology scans reveal internal injuries unlike any Scarpetta has ever seen, she realises that this is a case of murder, and that she is fighting a cunning and uniquely cruel enemy. Now it is a race against time to discover who and why. 496 pages. £18.99 NOW £6


Elementary Guide by Daniel Smith Sherlock Holmes is still the most famous and best-loved detective of all time. Here are plot summaries for every single Holmes story, presented in the order in which they appeared, and with good-humoured and even waspish assessments of their relative merits. Here too are biographies of the main characters - Holmes, Watson, Moriarty, Mrs Hudson, Inspector LeStrade, Dr Joseph Bell, Sidney Paget and Conan Doyle himself - and original interviews with actors who have played them or written film or TV scripts about Holmes, and a comprehensive chronology of all the actors to have portrayed the master sleuth, from Basil Rathbone and Jeremy Brett to Stewart Granger. Over 150 pictures in colour and b/w - period engravings, theatre posters, book jackets, modern-day location shots and film and TV stills. 192pp.

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67520 MAGICIAN’S DEATH by P. C. Doherty

A Hugh Corbett Medieval Mystery set in a beautifully realised world, we gratefully enter and regretfully leave. The monk and scholar Roger Bacon claimed to have seen many marvels of nature and science, and he concealed these in a book written in an unbreakable code. Sir Hugh Corbett has been instructed to organise agents in Paris to steal this book of secrets. They do so but pay a violent price, and the French King, Philip IV, now wishes a meeting between the scholars of England and France to discuss breaking the code. Edward I has no choice but to allow the meeting to take place at Corfe Castle which becomes a place of murder and mayhem. Young women are being slain and horrific things witnessed in the nearby forest. The situation worsens when two French scholars die under sinister circumstances. 280pp. $24.99 NOW £5

67525 MONSTER IN THE BOX by Ruth Rendell

The 22nd novel of the classic and beguiling Inspector Wexford series which takes him back to his days as a young policeman, and to the man he has long suspected of serial murder. A woman was found strangled in her bedroom. Wexford noticed the short, muscular man wearing a scarf and walking a dog who gave him an unnerving stare. Without any solid evidence, Wexford began to suspect that this man, Eric Targo, was the killer. Targo was the prosperous van driver, property developer, kennel owner and animal lover and now, a lifetime later, Wexford spots him back in Kingsmarkham after a long absence. 287pp. $26 NOW £5

67630 DARK LADY by Richard North Patterson

The closer she comes to the truth, the higher and more personal the price she will be forced to pay. Della Marz, Assistant County Prosecutor, is head of Steelton’s Homicide Unit. She is known as the Dark Lady because of her ruthless tenacity in hunting down killers and bringing them to justice. But her ambitions, indeed her very life, are threatened when her ex-lover, drug lawyer Jack Novak is brutally murdered and she is handed the case. His death leads her into a dangerous labyrinth. 458pp in paperback. £7.99 NOW £3


Stringer Mystery by Andrew Martin A companion to Murder at Deviation Junction (code 68721), here is a compelling historical thriller of sabotage, suspicion and steam. Assigned to drive holidaymakers to the seaside resort of Blackpool in the hot summer of 1905, Jim Stringer is happy to leave behind the grime and danger of London life. But his dreams of beer and sun are dashed when someone attempts to derail his high-speed train. Soon Jim and his brilliant wife are after the saboteur, learning all too late that a dark secret waits for them at the end of the line. A brilliant recreation of the era. 350pp in paperback. $14 NOW £4


by Michael Pearce

Athens 1912 and the country is on the brink of war. The new Greek Prime Minister Benizelos, tired of the Ottoman overlords, has a ‘Great Idea’. This is to form a new nation, uniting all the Greek people scattered around the Mediterranean. Not such a great idea in the view of other countries, among them Britain,

who believes in letting sleeping dogs lie. Not to mention cats, such as the one recently poisoned in Salonica which belonged to the exiled former Sultan. Unfortunately, as is the way in the Balkans, rumours start flying around, one being that this was a sighting shot for the ex-Sultan himself. Such incendiary gossip could start a war so the British sit up and take notice - something has to be done and fast. Seymour of the CID is sent out to investigate. 221pp in paperback. $14 NOW £4

67941 A DEAD MAN IN TANGIER by Michael Pearce

Pig-sticking is a dangerous sport. Mainly for the pigs of course, but sometimes for the huntsmen too like the unfortunate Monsieur Bossu, an important member of Tangier’s foreign community. One day while pursuing this recreation, Monsieur Bossu gets himself stuck. Something for the local police? Well in 1912 sometimes they were not present and who exactly were they answerable to? The new international committee to which as it happens Monsieur Bossu was clerk? The Chairman of the British Consul, who is naturally above suspicion, has decided it is time to bring in an external investigator, Seymour of Scotland Yard. This is a country caught between ancient and modern where tradition can be especially harsh for women and the future takes the crushing form of a military boot. Seymour realises he too is in danger of getting stuck. 223pp in paperback. $14 NOW £4

68366 CRIME AND PUNISHMENT by G. F. Newman

Haunted by the murder of his grandfather when he was six, Brian Oldman holds a terrible secret that he must keep in fear of his life. In the 1950s, bomb-damaged London is still run by old-style gangsters, but new firms like the Krays and the Richardsons are nastier and harder. Slum lords, drug barons, loan sharks, pimps, protection racketeers, greedy politicians and bent coppers all grasp any chance to exploit the vulnerable. Jack Braven, Brian’s uncle, a boxer who is dodging national service, finds opportunity to make money by providing a bit of muscle as he reaches for the World Light Heavyweight boxing title. Stopped in his hopes by the Kray twins, he is determined to destroy them. Fiction based on fact. 698 page paperback. £7.99 NOW £2

68462 UNION JACK by V. L. McDermid Leaving her home in California for a trade union conference in Sheffield, detective Lindsay Gordon finds herself in the company of old friends and enemies, including Tom Jack. When this unethical union leader is found dead, having plunged from Lindsay’s tenth floor hotel room, she is taken in for questioning by the police. Hoping to clear her name by finding the real killer, Lindsay searches among hundreds of unruly union delegates for a murderer who may have struck once before. Along the way she uncovers a seething cauldron of blackmail, corruption and power abuse, all brought to the boil by her investigation. Full of bitchery and back biting. 309pp in paperback. £6.99 NOW £2.75

68672 A DEAD HAND by Paul Theroux With his travel writer’s eye and ear and his novelist’s imagination, here is a tense, funny and horrifying story. When Jerry Delfont, an aimless travel writer with writer’s block (his ‘dead hand’), receives a letter from an American philanthropist Mrs Merrill Unger with news of a scandal involving an Indian friend of her son’s, he is sufficiently intrigued to pursue the story. Who is the dead boy found on the floor of a cheap hotel room? How and why did he die? And what is Jerry to make of a package containing a human hand? He is swiftly captivated by the beautiful, mysterious Mrs Unger and revived by her tantric massages, but the circumstances surrounding the dead boy increasingly cause him to doubt her motives. With little to go on, he pursues the answers from the teeming streets of Calcutta to Uttar Pradesh. 280pp in paperback. $14.95 NOW £4

68674 A MORTAL CURIOSITY: A Lizzie Martin

Mystery by Ann Granger It is 1864. Lizzie Martin has taken a post as companion to a teenager who lives in seclusion with her maiden aunts in Hampshire. On the train, Lizzie encounters a strange man who discloses that her future employer harbours the delusion that her recently deceased tiny baby has been stolen. He himself has to

determine whether she is mad but, to Lizzie, when they meet, her employer does not seem deranged. She determines to get to the bottom of the mystery. The girl’s aunts are clearly withholding information, while the demeanour of a neighbouring gentleman farmer seems unduly familiar, and why has the young woman’s husband been banished to China? Tensions come to a head when a rat catcher is found dead in the garden - stabbed with a knife from the aunts’ home. Lizzie calls upon her beau, a detective inspector, for help, and they find themselves entangled in a mystery as bewildering as any they have yet faced. Readers will love the unexpected twists in the story. 313 pages. £18.99 NOW £4

68688 CRITIQUE OF CRIMINAL REASON by Michael Gregorio

At the dawn of the Enlightenment, criminal justice was evolving into a science. In this brilliant historical detective work, one of the great philosophers, Immanuel Kant, guides Hanno Stiffeniis, a young magistrate, as he investigates a spate of murders that has reduced the Prussian city of Königsberg to a state of terror. When the killer tries to murder him, Stiffeniis finds himself confronted by the demons of his own past. Therein lies the sinister source of those murders and the true reason that he has been enticed back to the city where

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68705 HEARTSTONE: Shardlake Goes to War by C. J. Sansom Summer 1545. King Henry VIII’s invasion of France has gone badly wrong and a massive French fleet is preparing to sail across the Channel. As the English fleet gathers at Portsmouth, the country raises the largest militia army it has ever seen. The King has debased the currency to pay for the war, and England is in the grip of soaring inflation and economic crisis. Shardlake is invited to investigate claims of ‘monstrous wrongs’ committed against his young ward, which have already involved one mysterious death. He journeys to Portsmouth because it gives him the opportunity to investigate the mysterious past of a young woman incarcerated in Bedlam, whom he has befriended and whose family once lived nearby. 631 pages, with maps. £18.99 NOW £7


This is an omnibus of the first two books in Yancey’s much-loved Highly Effective Detective series from the US. In The Highly Effective Detective we are introduced to Theodore “Teddy” Ruska, a lovable, bumbling PI reminiscent of the much-missed Peter Falk’s Colombo. Following the death of his mother following a long illness, Teddy decides to quit his job as a night watchman to fulfil his childhood dream of becoming a Private Investigator. The first case involves tracking down the driver who mowed down a gaggle of young geese. In the second book, The Highly Effective Detective Goes to the Dogs, it looks like the not-very- dynamic duo’s detecting days are over, when the State of Tennessee shuts Teddy’s company down for practising without a licence. Then he discovers a body outside his office, that of a man he had befriended just the day before. Narrated in the classic first person private dick style. 437pp. ONLY £6


Jim Stringer Mystery by Andrew Martin From the author of The Necropolis Railway, The Blackpool Highflyer (code 68682) and The Lost Luggage Porter comes another thrilling mystery featuring the railway detective Jim Stringer. It is winter 1909 and Jim desperately needs his anticipated New Year’s promotion in order to pay for a nurse for his ailing son. Jumping at an opportunity to impress his supervisor, Jim agrees to investigate a standard case of assault in a nearby town. But when his train home hits a snow drift and a body is discovered buried in the snow, he finds himself tracking another dangerous killer. Superb historical novel set in the poverty and filth of the Industrial Age. 250pp in paperback.

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“Another night, another pair of eyes - who would it be tonight?” A hooker sits on a bar stool, sizing up three men who are unable to take their eyes off her - Dark Suit, Baldy and Bright Eyes. It is Bright Eyes who moves in swiftly to order her a second drink, and soon they are heading to his place, but the ending is not what we expect. Frozen Stiff is the story of a man who aims to make his suicide look like an accident until he discovers his girlfriend cheating on him. Then he aims to make it look like murder. In this collection of early work by the celebrated crime writer Lawrence Block, 25 hard- boiled short stories are paired up with three longer stories featuring the private eye Ed London. “Nine-thirty. My blackmailer was late.” Ed London is acting on behalf of glamorous Rhona Blake, “built along Hollywood lines”, but as he heads off with the blackmailer to make the trade, a big Plymouth comes alongside and ploughs a row of bullets into Ed’s companion. Stag Party Girl and Twin Call Girls are an equally readable mix of sex, guns and shady deals. Impossible to put down and an entertaining foretaste of Block’s later award-winning novels. 366pp, paperback. £9.35 NOW £4

68735 PRIVATE PATIENT by P. D. James

When the investigative journalist Rhoda Gladwyn is found murdered in a private hospital for cosmetic surgery in Dorset, strings are pulled by a fellow-patient to ensure that Commander Adam Dalgliesh and his team are put on the case. Dalgliesh is in the middle of meeting his future father-in-law when he gets the call, and like many contemporary sleuths he finds the

tension between his work and private relationships hard to reconcile. His assistants, Inspector Kate Miskin and Sergeant Francis Benton, have their own problems. The cast of suspects gathered at Cheverell Manor private clinic include the Harley Street surgeon Mr. Chandler- Powell, the beautiful Helena Cressett whose ancestors owned the manor and who has returned there as an administrator, the nursing sister Flavia Holland who has delivered an ultimatum to Chandler Powell that their affair must progress towards marriage, the demanding patient Mrs Skeffington, the assistant surgeon Marcus Westhall, about to leave for Africa, and his sister Candace, who has lost her academic job. When Robin Boyton arrives, a figure from the past intent on blackmail, the scene is set for further violence. 395pp. £18.99 NOW £6

68755 TREVANIAN TIMES TWO: The Eiger Sanction and the Loo Sanction

by Robert William Whitaker aka Trevanian The author was a master of the satire-laced action- adventure novel. This exclusive Mystery Guild omnibus gathers together two of his best-known thrillers. They feature Trevanian’s most enduring character, the acerbic Dr Jonathan Hemlock, art professor, mountain climber and mercenary, who performs assassinations, or ‘sanctions’, for money to feed his passion for art. In The Eiger Sanction Hemlock is being blackmailed by the Central Intelligence Institute into assassinating one of three men attempting to scale the treacherous Eiger mountain in the Swiss Alps. In The Loo Sanction the assassin is in England to rest, but his vacation is interrupted when British Intelligence wants him to take over the mission of an agent whose murder was so bizarre and terrifying that no other agent will replace him. 512 pages. ONLY £5


It being a part of Mrs. Pipchin’s system not to encourage a child’s mind to develop and expand itself like a young flower, but to open it by force like an oyster.

- Charles Dickens, Dombey & Son

69215 MASTER ENGINEER: Robots by Paul Beck This outsize tome is sure to thrill eight-year-olds and over. Robots exert a fierce grip on the imaginations of all of us, and children in particular. The

complexities involved in making a robot that could move - let alone think and learn - like a human are much, much greater than was imagined, but now, finally, the mechanicals, electricals and software needed to create such a machine are with us, and the first androids that can walk, talk or even play music like us are here. Slowly robot fact is catching up with robot fiction, and this big, bright and eye-catching book shows some of the most advanced androids around today, how they work, what they can do and how they may be developed - one day they could be our helpers, rescuers, helpers, even our friends. And what more could any inquisitive child want? How about a 3’2" robot of their own! At the back are full instructions and 19 heavyweight card pieces that build into a rather fetching blue and silver robot, which is a scale model of an actual robot, the 4’10" Mahru from South Korea. 40 pages, 12"×11¼”. $18.95 NOW £9


IN 80 MAZES by Andy Peters Join three friends Max, Millie and Mojo the dog in a round the world quest involving a multitude of mazes from the frozen arctic wastes to the steaming Brazilian rainforests, from the top of the Empire State Building to the bottom of a Siberian diamond mine. On your travels

you will battle with pirates on the high seas, get lost in Egyptian pyramid, go white water rafting over Niagara Falls, be spooked in Dracula’s castle and caught up inside a Texan tornado. Your ship sails at noon, so pick up you pencil and get puzzling! 96 very colourful large pages in softback. Suit ages six and up. £6.99 NOW £4


MUSIC BOOK by Fiona Watt Graceful chords and dancing notes float from the inside Badger’s piano as he presses on the keys. Little ones aged two and over will love this storybook where they can press the actual button on the page to hear each musical instrument play.

Fox plays his violin, Weasel plucks at his guitar strings, Mole taps the metal bars on his glockenspiel. Hear the animals rehearse and then perform together on the final page as the concert begins as the sun sets in the forest. Replaceable Battery included, just pull the tab to activate.

£9.99 NOW £5 69120 PIRATES: Fun Times

Sticker and Activity Book by Igloo Books

Two real pirate masks can be pressed out from the book, over 30 big colourful jolly stickers, and games like Cannonballs in which you need two dice and two to four counters, Pieces of Eight with Biscuits (a recipe), and puzzles like

Finish the Word and a Pirate Parrot to colour in. A fun packed activity book for ages 4+. 16 very large pages in softback.

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A first in the children’s market, there are six colours (green, red, yellow, aubergine, blue and orange) on a pallet across the top of each page. All youngsters need do is wet the brush, choose a colour and begin to paint the black and white outline large drawing beneath. There are traditional scenes with children, food, flowers and animals, eight per book, beautifully designed so each is detachable and could be framed or stuck onto the fridge for the family to enjoy. Large format softback. ONLY £1.25


by Peter Riley

Pop-up, fold out, open booklets and finally pull out the drawer with the satin tab to find a paper model to build of a Roman theatre. This is a truly intriguing way for children aged eight to adult to investigate

aspects of Roman culture, Pompeian and Herculaneum, and their political, commercial and cultural climate under Roman rule. Most spectacular is the eruption of Mount Vesuvius - when in AD79 it erupted and volcanic ash, lava and rubble blanketed the city of Pompeii. Six spread pop-ups givie a three dimensional picture of Pompeian life before the disaster, the events of that fateful day and the resulting destruction and how the innovative archaeologist Guiseppe Fiorelli unveiled the hidden city. Pop-ups include a street scene, a Roman villa with cutaway to its interior, recent excavations plus booklets, gatefolds and other collectables and re-creations such as a wearable Gladiator mask. Superb paper engineering, all in colour. £16.95 NOW £7


For ages 3+ who love dinosaurs, this big colourful softback is packed with activities, dinosaur pictures to cut out, stickers and lots more. The stickers can be used for adults for a number of craft projects, so get one for yourself too! Large softback. £3.99 NOW £2



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