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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 Quintin Jardine in the Countdown hot seat. We’re on Twitter at: Crime Review: @CrimeReviewUK Linda Wilson: @CrimeReviewer Sharon Wheeler: @lartonmedia This week’s reviews are: RIGHTEOUS by Joe Ide, reviewed by Chris Roberts Neighbourhood sleuth Isaiah Quintabe is getting closer to explaining his brother’s death, and is asked to help when a couple of gamblers get into trouble with Chinese triads. THE GIRL IN THE GREEN DRESS by Cath Staincliffe, reviewed by John Cleal Transgender teenager Allie Kennaway is brutally murdered at her school’s prom night. As Manchester police face the most vicious of hate crimes, two parents must decide how far they will go to protect their own child. WATCHING YOU by Arne Dahl, reviewed by Ewa Sherman Detective Sam Berger is convinced that a third missing 15-year-old girl is in fact another victim of a serial killer. He’s forced to deal with his long-buried personal demons to understand and catch the murderer. THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW by AJ Finn, reviewed by Nicola Hodges Dr Anna Fox is severely agoraphobic and watches her New York neighbours all day. She witnesses a serious crime in the house opposite and fights to prove it. NIGHT SCHOOL by Lee Child, reviewed by Sylvia Maughan Major Jack Reacher and two others are given a special project concerning a mystery American in Germany. First they have to find out who he is and why he is mysterious. A WANTED MAN by Robert Parker, reviewed by Linda Wilson Ex-soldier Ben Bracken is out of prison, but not through the normal channels. He’s a man on a mission, and the mission is revenge. But the murder of an old friend’s father derails his plans. ONE DAMN THINGS AFTER ANOTHER by Dan Latus, reviewed Arnold Taylor Being a Good Samaritan is not without its dangers, as private investigator Frank Doy discovers to his cost. IN THE DARK by Andreas Pflüger, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor Five years ago, tracking down a ruthless serial killer would have been all in a day’s work. But five years ago, Jenny Aaron wasn’t blind.
THE PRINCE AND THE WHITECHAPEL MURDERS by Saul David, reviewed by John Cleal Jack the Ripper is murdering and mutilating prostitutes. Zulu Hart is called back to England by the Duke of Cambridge, his natural father, to investigate evidence which seems to point to Prince Edward as the killer. BLACKSTONE by Richard Falkirk, reviewed by Linda Wilson Bow Street Runner Edmund Blackstone is assigned to look after the young Princess Alexandrina Victoria, but things don’t quite go according to plan. DISTRICT VIII by Adam Lebor, reviewed by Chris Roberts Romany cop Balthazar Kovacs receives a text showing a dead man, one of the hundreds of refugees crowded into Budapest hoping for a new life in the West. SCARED TO DEATH by Kate Medina, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor A baby is found abandoned in an A&E unit. The police believe there is a possible link to a young man’s suicide a year before. GRINGA by Joe Thomas, reviewed by Chris Roberts Detective Leme has gringa Ellie under observation – she enters a building but doesn’t come out. When he follows, he finds a man dead and Ellie gone. THE LAVENDER LADY CASEFILE by Jessie Daniels, reviewed by Linda Wilson Recently widowed Effie James does a favour for a friend and joins a local ghost-hunting group. To her surprise, it’s all a lot more interesting than she expected. SOOT by Andrew Martin, reviewed by John Cleal Fletcher Rigge, languishing in a debtor’s prison, receives a bizarre proposition. Find the killer of a prominent silhouette artist in one month and have his debts paid off, or return to jail possibly for the rest of his life. HOLLYWOOD HANG TEN by Eve Goldberg, reviewed by Chris Roberts Surfer dude and private investigator Ryan Zorn takes his first independent job, locating a missing boy, but finds a connection to the blackmail of Hollywood stars. A MAP OF THE DARK by Karen Ellis, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor Special Agent Elsa Myer is emotionally torn, hunting for a missing 17-year-old girl, whilst her father lies in a hospital bed, dying of cancer. GIRL IN SNOW by Danya Kukafka, reviewed by John Cleal Golden girl Lucinda Hayes is found murdered. Three small town misfits record their reactions as the hunt for the killer continues. SHATTERED MINDS by Laura Lam, reviewed by John Barnbrook In a future world, virtual reality is used to modify experience but a company plans a new program to control the emotions of the whole population. The Trust, a group of like-minded individuals, are determined to stop them. ALL THE RAGE (audiobook) by Courtney Summers, reviewed by Linda Wilson The sheriff’s son assaulted Romy Grey, but no one believed her. Then when Romy goes missing after a school party, she gets little sympathy then, either. And soon another girl is missing. Best wishes Sharon www.crimereview.co.uk
This week, I'm giving away cozy mysteries involving weddings - Maggie McConnon's Bel, Book and Scandal & Diane Kelly's Death, Taxes and a Shot Gun Wedding. Details on my blog at http://www.lesasbookcritiques.blogspot.com. Entries from the U.S. only, please.-- Lesa Holstine email@example.com
Only days left to win a copy of "The Darling Dahlias and the Unlucky Clover" by Susan Wittig Albert, Author http://kingsriverlife.com/03/10/the-darling-dahlias-and-the-unlucky-clover-by-susan-wittig-albert/ Only days left to win a copy of "Murder in an Irish Churchyard" by Carlene O'Connor, & while there check out a fun St. Patrick's Day guest post by Carlene http://kingsriverlife.com/03/10/murder-in-an-irish-churchyard-by-carlene-oconnor/ Only days left to win a copy of "Killing in C Sharp" by Alexia Gordon, & while there check out a fun interview with Alexia http://kingsriverlife.com/03/10/killing-in-c-sharp-by-alexia-gordon/ Only days left to win a copy of "Little Girl Gone" by Gerry Schmitt aka Laura Childs http://kingsriverlife.com/03/10/little-girl-gone-by-gerry-schmitt/ Only days left to win a copy of "The Pajama Frame" by Diane Vallere http://www.krlnews.com/2018/03/the-pajama-frame-by-diane-vallere.html Only days left to win a copy of "Deja Moo" by Kirsten Weiss, http://www.krlnews.com/2018/03/deja-moo-by-kirsten-weiss.html Happy reading! Lorie
This week, I'm giving away copies of Allison Brennan's Breaking Point & Steve Berry's The Lost Order. Details on my blog at http://www.lesasbookcritiques.blogspot.com. Entries from the U.S. only, please.
Today would have been Sandi's 58th birthday.
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