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13 Bullets

13 Bullets

All the official reports say they are dead – extinct since the late ’80s, when a fed named Jameson Arkeley nailed the last vampire in a fight that nearly killed him. But the evidence proves otherwise. When a state trooper named Caxton calls the FBI looking for help in the middle of the night, it is Arkeley who gets the assignment – who else? He’s been expecting such a call. Sure, it’s been years since any signs of an attack, but Arkeley knows what most people don’t: there is one left. In an abandoned asylum she is rotting, plotting and biding her time in a way that only the undead can.

But the worst thing is the feeling that the vampires want more than just Caxton’s blood. They want her for a reason, one she can’t guess; a reason her sphinxlike partner knows but won’t say; a reason she has to find out or die trying. Now there are only 13 bullets between Caxton and Arkeley and the vampires. There are only 13 bullets between us, the living, and them, the damned.
1979

1979

THE FIRST IN A THRILLING NEW SERIES FROM THE NO.1 BESTSELLER

Pre-order Val McDermid’s explosive new novel, 1989, now!
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She’s on the hunt for a killer story . . .

1979. It’s the winter of discontent, and Allie Burns is chasing her first big scoop. One of few women in the newsroom, she needs something explosive for the boys’ club to take her seriously.

Soon Allie and fellow reporter Danny Sullivan are making powerful enemies with their investigations – and Allie won’t stop there. When she discovers a terrorist threat close to home, she devises a dangerous plan to make her name.

But Allie is a woman in a man’s world . . . and putting a foot wrong could be fatal.
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‘A supremo of the genre at the height of her powers’ PETER JAMES

‘The Queen of Crime has delivered another masterpieceDAVID BALDACCI

‘Allie is a fabulous character, I’ll go wherever she takes me’ MARIAN KEYES

‘A thrilling snapshot of a fascinating era’ JANE HARPER

‘McDermid at her nail-biting, heart-rending bestCHRIS WHITAKER

‘Her best book in years’ THE TIMES, BOOK OF THE MONTH

‘Allie Burns is off to a flying start, and well worth followingSCOTSMAN

‘A perfect snapshot of the social and political issues of the time’ LINWOOD BARCLAY

‘Full of wit, thrills and incisive social observation and features a marvellous new characterMICK HERRON

‘I have been reading Val McDermid for twenty-five years, so I am really saying something when I tell you I enjoyed this novel the mostCHRIS BROOKMYRE

‘The good news is that this excellent novel marks the start of a new seriesGUARDIAN

Brilliant characters, masterful plottingCHRIS HAMMER

‘An excellent opener to what promises to be an outstanding seriesSPECTATOR

‘The fast-paced storytelling flows irresistiblyIRISH TIMES

Riveting DAILY EXPRESS

Sensational. One of Britain’s most accomplished writersSUNDAY EXPRESS

‘A nail-biting new series’ OBSERVER
1989

1989

THE SECOND THRILLING NOVEL IN VAL MCDERMID’S NEW SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING SERIES

There’s nothing like a killer story . . .

1989. The world is changing, and Allie Burns is still on the front line, covering the stories that count.

Although Allie is no longer an investigative journalist, her instincts are sharper than ever. When she discovers a lead about the exploitation of society’s most vulnerable, Allie is determined to give a voice to those who have been silenced.

As Allie edges closer to exposing the truth, she travels behind the Iron Curtain, to East Berlin on the brink of revolution. The dark heart of the story is more shocking than she ever imagined. And to tell it, Allie must risk her freedom and her life . . .

The latest Allie Burns thriller, set a decade after the bestselling first novel in the ground-breaking, iconic new series.

Praise for 1979

McDermid is at her considerable best’ GUARDIAN

‘Irresistible’ PATRICIA CORNWELL

‘A brilliant novel by a supremo of the genre’ PETER JAMES

‘Outstanding’ SPECTATOR

‘Another masterpiece’ DAVID BALDACCI

‘Sensational. One of Britain’s most accomplished writers’ SUNDAY EXPRESS
23 Hours

23 Hours

When vampire hunter Laura Caxton is locked up in a maximum-security prison, the cop-turned-con finds herself surrounded by murderers and death-row inmates with nothing to lose . . . and time to kill.

Laura’s always been able to protect herself, but soon she learns that an even greater danger lurks in the prison. Justinia Malvern, the world’s oldest vampire, has taken up residence and her power grows as she feeds her way through the inmate population. She knows how to pull Caxton’s strings, and issues an ultimatum that Laura can’t refuse.

Now Laura has just 23 hours to fight her way through a gauntlet of vampires, cons and killers . . . 23 hours to make one last, desperate attempt at protecting the world from Justinia’s evil.
32 Fangs

32 Fangs

In the explosive conclusion to the vampire series begun with 13 Bullets, heroine Laura Caxton and her long-time nemesis, vampire Justinia Malvern, finally clash in a decisive – and bloody – showdown.

Laura Caxton’s battles against vampire Justinia Malvern have cost her everything – the lives of her friends and family, her freedom . . . and perhaps even her humanity. But even now, reduced to a solitary existence as a wanted fugitive, Laura’s not through fighting. In fact, she’s got a plan – a plan that will force Malvern to come to her and allow the two enemies to face off one last time. The ever-wily Malvern has plans of her own, though . . . plans that involve Laura’s few remaining friends, a battalion of cops and an army of half-dead slaves.
99 Coffins

99 Coffins

Laura Caxton vowed never to face them again. The horror of what the vampires did is too close, the wounds too fresh. But when Jameson Arkeley, broken and barely recognizable, comes to her with an unfathomable discovery, her resolve crumbles.

In Gettysburg a tomb has been discovered. Cemeteries are nothing new for this town, legendary for its role in the Civil War’s bloodiest battle. But this one is different. It contains 100 coffins – 99 of them occupied by vampires missing their hearts . . . one is empty and smashed to pieces.

How have they lain undisturbed for 150 years? And who is the missing vampire? More importantly, where is he? The answer lies in Civil War documents containing sinister secrets about the coffins – secrets that will throw Laura into a gruesome, deadly mission to save an entire town from an army of the undead . . .
A Beautiful Blue Death

A Beautiful Blue Death

Charles Lenox, Victorian gentleman and armchair explorer, likes nothing more than to relax in his private study with a cup of tea, a roaring fire and a good book. But when his lifelong friend Lady Jane asks for his help, Lenox cannot resist the chance to unravel a mystery.

Prudence Smith, one of Jane’s former servants, is dead of an apparent suicide. But Lenox suspects something far more sinister: murder, by a rare and deadly poison. The grand house where the girl worked is full of suspects, and though Prue had dabbled with the hearts of more than a few men, Lenox is baffled by the motive for the girl’s death.

When another body turns up during the London season’s most fashionable ball, Lenox must untangle a web of loyalties and animosities. Was it jealousy that killed Prudence Smith? Or was it something else entirely? And can Lenox find the answer before the killer strikes again – this time, disturbingly close to home?
A Bedlam of Bones

A Bedlam of Bones

After the unsettling exploits in the Auvergne the vicar and his companions try to resume a life of moderate respectability. But the recent events cast a long shadow and they are soon in the grip of sinister repercussions. Who is the menacing blackmailer stalking the previous blackmailer and the bishop? Can the bishop survive the threat of being ‘outed’? Why is there a body in the polyanthus bed and can Lavinia Birtle-Figgins really be as dippy as she seems?

These and other imponderables immerse the Reverend Francis Oughterard in a fresh web of danger and subterfuge while his animal ‘minders’, Maurice and Bouncer, try their best to make sense of all this human bedlam.


Praise for the series:

‘I think this is tremendous – amusing and professional’ – Dame Beryl Bainbridge

‘E F Benson crossed with Jerome K. Jerome’ – The Times audiobook review

‘Perfect one-sitting summer read’ – Laura Wilson

‘An intriguingly quirky read!’ – Leslie Phillips, OBE
A Better Man

A Better Man

Gripping and full of suspense, A BETTER MAN is the spellbinding new crime thriller from New York Times number one bestseller, Louise Penny.

She makes most of her competitors seem like wannabesTHE TIMES
‘Louise Penny is one of the greatest crime writers of our times’ DENISE MINA

The air is unbearably tense as Armand Gamache returns to the Sûreté du Québec for his first day of work since being demoted from its command to head of homicide.

Amid blistering personal social media attacks, Gamache sets out on his first assignment. He has been tasked with finding a missing woman, but while he leads the search for Vivienne Godin, Three Pines itself is threatened when the river breaks its banks, and a province-wide emergency is declared.

As the waters rise, a body is discovered – and the victim’s distraught father contemplates a murder of his own. Gamache is a father himself, and is haunted by a question . . . what would he do, if his child’s killer might walk free?

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Praise for the award-winning Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series:

‘Gamache has become to Canada what Hercule Poirot is to Belgium’ The New York Times

‘The series is deep and grand and altogether extraordinary . . . Miraculous’ Washington Post

Fascinating characters, a twisty plot and wonderful surprise endings’ Ann Cleeves

‘Supremely satisfyingObserver
A Big Boy Did It And Ran Away

A Big Boy Did It And Ran Away

The first book in the Angelique De Xavier series, from author Christopher Brookmyre.

Back when they were students, just like everybody else, Ray Ash and Simon Darcourt had dreams about what they’d do when they grew up. In both their cases, it was to be rock stars. Fifteen years later, their mid-thirties are bearing down fast, and just like everybody else, they’re having to accept the less glamorous hands reality has dealt them. Nervous new father Ray takes refuge from his responsibilities by living a virtual existence in online games. People say he needs to grow up, but everybody has to find their own way of coping. For some it’s affairs, for others it’s the bottle, and for Simon it’s serial murder, mass slaughter and professional assassination.
A Bone Of Contention

A Bone Of Contention

For the twentieth anniversary of the Matthew Bartholomew series, Sphere reissued the books with beautiful new illustrated covers.

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Cambridge in 1352 is rife with terrible clashes between the fledgling University and the townspeople. Matthew Bartholomew, physician and teacher at Michaelhouse college, is trying to keep the peace when a student is murdered and the town plunges into chaos.

At the same time a skeleton is discovered that is rumoured to belong to a local martyr, and Bartholomew has his hands full investigating both deaths while the rioting intensifies…
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