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To celebrate the publication of Charles Cumming’s latest gripping spy thriller, A Colder War, we’ve set up a mole hunt of our very own.

Every day this week we will be posting two videos of Charles on a different blog site. For your chance to win a Kindle all you need to do is watch each video and answer the given question relating to that video.

At the end of the week, once you have all ten answers, take the first letter of each answer and it will spell out the name of a famous mole.

For example…

If the answers each day were MONDAY, OLIVE, LIGHTS, and EVERYONE, the final answer would be MOLE

Everyone still with me?!

When you have the name of the mole, please send your answer to killerreads@harpercollins.co.uk with the subject header MOLE HUNT. Entries will close at midnight on Friday 9th May.

The videos and questions will be posted on the following sites:

Monday 28th Aprils23783.p595.sites.pressdns.com – we’re kicking off the mole hunt right here, right now! So see below for the first videos

Tuesday 29th Aprilwww.thetattooedbook.blogspot.co.uk

Wednesday 30th Aprilwww.civilian-reader.blogspot.co.uk

Thursday 1st Maywww.readerdad.co.uk

Friday 2nd Maywww.shotsmag.co.uk


Let the hunt begin…

Watch the video below and answer the following questions:

What are the surnames of the 2nd and 4th guests at Charles Cumming’s literary dinner party?

Happy hunting!


Competition Terms and Conditions
1. This competition is promoted by HarperCollins Publishers (“HarperCollins”), 77-85 Fulham Palace Road, London, W6 8JB.
2. This promotion is open to all UK residents except employees of HarperCollins (or their parent, subsidiaries or any affiliated companies) and their immediate families, who are not allowed to enter the competition.
3. Email killerreads@harpercollins.co.uk with the final answer to enter.
4. Closing date for entries is midnight on Friday 9th May. No entries received after this time will be accepted. No purchase necessary. Only one allowed per household.
5. The prize is an Amazon Kindle.
6. No cash or prize alternatives are available.
7. HarperCollins reserve the right in their reasonable discretion to substitute any prize with a prize of equal or greater value.
8. The winners of the competition will be drawn at random from all correct entries by HarperCollins and notified by email no later than the 30th June 2014.
9. Any application containing incorrect, false or unreadable information will be rejected. Any applications made on behalf of or for another person or multiple entries will not be included in the competition.
10. HarperCollins’ decision as to who has won the competition shall be final.
11. To obtain the names of the prize winners after the closing date, please write to Katie Moss, HarperCollins Publishers, 77-85 Fulham Palace Road, Hammersmith, London, W6 8JB.
12. The entry instructions are part of the Terms and Conditions for this competition.
13. By entering the competition you are agreeing to accept these Terms and Conditions. Any breach of these Terms and Conditions by you will mean that your entry will not be valid, and you will not be allowed to enter this competition.
14. By entering this competition, you are agreeing that if you win your name and image may be used for the purpose of announcing the winner in any related publicity with HarperCollins, without additional payment or permission.
15. Any personal information you give us will be used solely for this competition and will not be passed on to any other parties without your agreement. HarperCollins’ privacy policy can be found at: http://www.harpercollins.co.uk/legal/Pages/privacy-policy.aspx
16. Under no circumstances will HarperCollins be responsible for any loss, damages, costs or expenses arising from or in any way connected with any errors, defects, interruptions, malfunctions or delays in the promotion of the competition or prize.
17. HarperCollins will not be responsible unless required by law, for any loss, changes, costs or expenses, which may arise in connection with this competition and HarperCollins can cancel or alter the competition at any stage.
18. Any dispute relating to the competition shall be governed by the laws of England and Wales and will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

Gorgeous new covers for Agatha Christie’s bestselling mysteries

Category: News

Some of the best Agatha Christie murder mysteries have been released today with a striking new cover design. Following the stunning new cover interpretations of Murder on The Orient Express, The Mysterious Affair at Styles and Curtain, these gorgeous new jackets will be a great addition to your Christie library.

Which one is your favourite? Leave us a comment to enter the prize draw to win a full set!


Cat Among the Pigeons

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Unpleasant things are going on in an exclusive school for girls – things like murder… Late one night, two teachers investigate a mysterious flashing light in the sports pavilion and they stumble upon the body of the unpopular games mistress. Schoolgirl Julia Upjohn knows too much and without Hercule Poirot’s help she could be the next victim.

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The Labours of Hercules

the labours of hercules

In appearance Hercule Poirot hardly resembled an ancient Greek hero. Yet – reasoned the detective – like Hercules he had been responsible for ridding society of some of its most unpleasant monsters. So, in the period leading up to his retirement, he made up his mind to accept just twelve more cases: his self-imposed ‘Labours’. Each would go down in the annals of crime as a heroic feat of deduction.

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Death on the Nile

Death on the Nile

The tranquillity of a cruise along the Nile is shattered by the discovery that Linnet Ridgeway has been shot through the head. She was young, stylish and beautiful, a girl who had everything – until she lost her life.  However, in this exotic setting nothing is ever quite what it seems…

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Evil Under the Sun

evil under the sun

It was not unusual to find the beautiful bronzed body of the sun-loving Arlena Stuart stretched out on a beach, face down. Only, on this occasion, there was no sun… she had been strangled. Ever since Arlena’s arrival at the resort, Hercule Poirot had detected sexual tension in the seaside air. But could this apparent ‘crime of passion’ have been something more evil and premeditated altogether?

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Dead Man’s Folly

dead mans folly

Sir George and Lady Stubbs, the hosts of a village fête, hit upon the novel idea of staging a mock murder mystery. Despite weeks of meticulous planning, Ariadne, the crime writer who was in charge of organising the murder hunt, calls her friend Hercule Poirot for his expert assistance. Instinctively, she senses that something sinister is about to happen…

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Mrs McGinty’s Dead

mrs mcgintys dead

The old children’s game now seemed rather tasteless. The real Mrs McGinty was killed by a crushing blow to the back of the head and her pitifully small savings were stolen. Suspicion falls immediately on her lodger, hard up and out of a job. Hercule Poirot has other ideas – unaware that his own life is now in great danger…

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*Terms and Conditions apply. This competition is promoted by HarperCollins Publishers (“HarperCollins”), 77-85 Fulham Palace Road, London, W6 8JB. Closing date for entries is April 13th 2014 at 24:00 GMT. The winner of the competition will be selected at random from all entries and notified on this site no later than April 20th 2014.

A Towering Tower – winners announced!

Category: News

As you may know, to celebrate the paperback release of the final instalment in the fantastic SANCTUS trilogy we built a towering tower, using numerous copies of The Tower.
Five days and sixty-five guesses later, we can reveal that the number of books used to construct our tower was… 35!

Thank you so much to everyone who entered the competition. We had a fantastic response, but unfortunately we can only have 3 winners. We’re very pleased to announce that those winners are:

S Osborne
Lucy H
Cathy Edwards

We’ll email you shortly to arrange to send out your signed hardback copy of The Tower AND a paperback copy.

The Tower

Congratulations from the Killer Reads team!

If you weren’t lucky enough to win, don’t forget The Tower is available to buy in paperback right now! And if you haven’t discovered the Sanctus trilogy yet, start reading for free!