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We feature new 20 reviews in each issue of Crime Review ( www.crimereview.co.uk), together with a top industry interview. This time it’s author Tim Baker in the Countdown hot seat. We’re on Twitter at: Crime Review: @CrimeReviewUK Linda Wilson: @CrimeReviewer Sharon Wheeler: @lartonmedia This week’s reviews are: AFTER THE FIRE by Henning Mankell, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor
Fredrik Welin was lucky to escape the fire in his home alive, but now he must rebuild his life, and find out who wanted him dead. SLEEP NO MORE by PD James, reviewed by John Cleal Six inventive, occasionally witty and convincing scenarios involving murder, its motives and the course of natural justice from one of crime fiction’s greatest writers. THE THIRST by Jo Nesbø, reviewed by Ewa Sherman
A woman is found dead after a Tinder date, and marks left on her body indicate that the killer used iron teeth to kill her, and then drink her blood. Oslo’s ex-detective Harry Hole reluctantly gets involved in a search for a vampirist. STATE SECRETS by Quintin Jardine, reviewed by Linda Wilson
Former Chief Constable Bob Skinner has been asked to the Palace of Westminster to talk about the possibility of him accepting a peerage, which puts him in the right place at the right time to investigate a crime that will shock the nation. DARK PINES by Will Dean, reviewed by John Cleal
Tuva Moodyson, a deaf local paper reporter, dreams of a story that could make her career. Two bodies, their eyes cut out, copies of three unsolved murders 20 years before, give her the chance – and plunge her into secrets and fear in the dark forests. THE RELUCTANT CONTACT by Stephen Burke, reviewed by Arnold Taylor It is 1977 and Yuri is returning from attending his brother’s funeral in Moscow to Pyramiden in the Svalbard Archipelago north of Norway. He is about to discover that the quiet life of which he is so fond is about to come to an end. SIRACUSA by Delia Ephron, reviewed by Sylvia Maughan Two American couples go on holiday together. Their friendship begins to disintegrate almost immediately and death is the result. THE BLACK SHEEP by Sophie McKenzie, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor Francesca believes her husband’s death was a senseless attack, but then a stranger’s words shakes her belief to the core.
THE HIT by Anna Smith, reviewed by John Cleal Reporter Rosie Gilmour, investigating the disappearance of an accountant and the killing of his wife’s lover, becomes involved in an international crime ring which steals and sells babies as well as trafficking people. MAIGRET AND THE MAN ON THE BENCH by Georges Simenon, reviewed by Arnold Taylor
Maigret receives a call from Inspector Neveu of the Troisième Arrondissement saying that a man has been stabbed to death on the Boulevard Saint-Martin, that the murder seems out of the ordinary and that he would be grateful for his help. THE ABSENCE OF GUILT by Mark Gimenez, reviewed by Chris Roberts District Judge Scott Fenney is asked to rule on the detention of suspected terrorists, and becomes involved with a plot to bring down the Dallas Cowboys’ stadium. THE PAINTED QUEEN by Elizabeth Peters and Joan Hess, reviewed by John Cleal Amelia Peabody and her archaeologist husband Radcliffe Emerson are again in danger as they search for a priceless, stolen bust of legendary Queen Nefertiti. FROM THE SHADOWS by Neil White, reviewed by Linda Wilson Robert Carter is accused of the murder of a 24-year-old woman. His defence is flimsy and he seems determined not to help himself. But young solicitor Dan Grant is determined to uncover the truth. ROOTED IN EVIL by Ann Granger, reviewed by John Cleal When a man’s body is found in a Cotswold wood, it looks like suicide, but DI Jess Campbell and Superintendent Ian Carter soon discover looks can be deceptive. LIGHTNING MEN by Thomas Mullen, reviewed by Chris Roberts In post-war Atlanta, police on both sides of the racial divide struggle to contain criminals exploiting the tension, especially when family and friends are involved. THE CHILD FINDER by Rene Denfield, reviewed by Linda Wilson Naomi is a private investigator who specialises in finding missing children. Her latest case is that of five-year-old Madison Culver, who went missing three years ago. THE DEAD by Mark Oldfield, reviewed by Chris Roberts Investigator Ana Maria Galindez seeks Leopoldo Guzman, who recently reappeared in Madrid after years of dirty work in a shadowy squad created by Franco – even now reluctant to surrender its powers. MODESTY BLAISE: THE KILLING GAME by Peter O’Donnell (illustrated by Enric Badia Romero), reviewed by Linda Wilson Modesty and Willie go up against another set of villains in three more iconic comic strip adventures. NEMESIS by Brendan Reichs, reviewed by Linda Wilson Every other year since Min turned eight, she’s been hunted and killed by a sinister man in black. Every time, she wakes up, alive and unhurt, but knowing the nightmare was real, and it isn’t ending any time soon. BEYOND THE WALL by Tanya Landman, reviewed by John Barnbrook Cassia is the slave of a wealthy Roman living in Roman Britain. She escapes the attention of her master and runs to Roman London and then on up beyond Hadrian’s Wall, saving her brother and meeting Marcus, who she is not sure she can trust. Best wishes Sharon
Up in KRL this morning a review & giveaway of "Comic Sans Murder" by Paige Shelton http://kingsriverlife.com/01/20/comic-sans-murder-by-paige-shelton/ And a review & giveaway of "Escape Claws" by Linda Reilly along with an interesting interview with Linda http://kingsriverlife.com/01/20/escape-claws-by-linda-reilly/ Also a review & giveaway of "Crust No One" by Winnie Archer along with an interesting guest post by Winnie that takes you behind the scenes of the book and the food in the book http://kingsriverlife.com/01/20/crust-no-one-by-winnie-archer/ We also have a review & giveaway of "Splintered Silence" by Susan Furlong http://kingsriverlife.com/01/20/splintered-silence-by-susan-furlong/ And a review & EBOOK giveaway of "And Death Goes to..." by Laura Bradford http://kingsriverlife.com/01/20/and-death-goes-to-by-laura-bradford/ And we have a look at and review of the new season of "Murdoch Mysteries" on Acorn TV http://kingsriverlife.com/01/20/murdoch-mysteries-season-eleven-streaming-on-acorn-tv/ And for those who also enjoy fantasy, a review & giveaway of "Through a Dark Glass" by Barb Hendee, and a giveaway of the next book in the series coming out soon http://kingsriverlife.com/01/20/through-a-dark-glass-barb-hendees-magical-medieval-fantasy/ And on KRL News & Reviews a review & giveaway of "Courage Lost" by R. Scott Mackey http://www.krlnews.com/2018/01/courage-lost-by-rscott-mackey.html
Today would have been Sandi's 58th birthday.
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