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In our new edition of Crime Review (www.crimereview.co.uk) this week we have sixteen reviews, together with Brian McGilloway in the Countdown interview hot seat: Crime Review can be followed on Twitter: @CrimeReviewUK Linda Wilson can be followed on Twitter: @CrimeReviewer Sharon Wheeler can be followed on Twitter: @lartonmedia This week’s reviews are: DARKNESS, DARKNESS by John Harvey, reviewed by Sharon Wheeler. Charlie Resnick comes out of virtual retirement to help investigate the murder of a woman during the miners’ strike 30 years ago. THE TRUTH ABOUT THE HARRY QUEBERT AFFAIR by Joel Dicker, reviewed by John Cleal. Best-selling young author Marcus Goldman turns to his former professor to overcome a bad case of writer’s block only to discover that his mentor has been hiding an affair with a 15-year-old girl for more than 30 years. When the girl’s remains are found, Goldman, with the help of a determined detective, sets out to investigate. CHILDREN OF WAR by Martin Walker, reviewed by Linda Wilson. Inspector Bruno Courrèges has to juggle an investigation into the brutal death of an undercover French cop with the clandestine return to France of Sami, a young Muslim man who appears to have been involved in terrorist activities in Afghanistan. A FEW DROPS OF BLOOD by Jan Merete Weiss, reviewed by Chris Roberts. Captain Natalia Monte is assigned the case of two men found murdered and posed in a private garden. Several people have a motive but the trail is cold. A DARK AND TWISTED TIDE by Sharon Bolton, reviewed by Linda Wilson. Lacey Flint has had enough of being a detective. A transfer to the Marine Unit suits her very nicely, but trouble seems to follow Lacey around no matter where she goes, and when bodies start to turn up in her beloved river, she can’t just sit on the sidelines. SPEEDY DEATH by Gladys Mitchell, reviewed by Sylvia Maughan. A member of a house party does not appear for dinner. A search of the house uncovers a body in the bath. Mrs Bradley is intrigued and begins to investigate. HOLLOW MOUNTAIN by Thomas Mogford, reviewed by Chris Roberts. When his legal partner is injured in a hit-and-run, Spike Sanguinetti takes over a marine salvage case where the principals are playing for very high stakes. REVENGER by Tom Cain, reviewed by John Cleal. When ex-marine Samuel Carver finds himself in the middle of a riot in South London he has to fall back on his instincts and years of training as the riot turns into a battleground THE COUNTERFEIT AGENT by Alex Berenson, reviewed by Arnold Taylor. The CIA deputy head of the Istanbul Station receives information from a mysterious man who claims to belong to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard that two Israeli embassies are to be attacked. When the attack is followed by a prediction that a station chief is to be assassinated it has to be taken very seriously. THE ABOMINATION by Jonathan Holt, reviewed by Sylvia Wilson. A murdered woman in priest’s robes is washed up on the steps of a Venetian church. As Capitano Katerina Tapo investigates, she is drawn into a world of international conspiracy with shocking consequences. THEFT OF LIFE by Imogen Robertson, reviewed by John Cleal. A former West Indies slaver is found dead in the grounds of St Paul’s Cathedral. Gabriel Crowther and Harriet Westerman find themselves investigating wealthy and influential traders in human misery who will do anything to protect their trade and their profits. NO REGRETS, COYOTE by John Dufresne, reviewed by Chris Roberts. Wylie ‘Coyote’ Melville is called in as a consultant to the scene of an apparent double death, but his doubts lead him into trouble with the local police. DEAD OF WINTER by Elizabeth Corley, reviewed by Sharon Wheeler. A schoolgirl disappears from a private school, and police seem one step behind as freezing weather closes in. HARD KILL by JB Turner, reviewed by Linda Wilson. When an American diplomat goes missing, ex-Special Forces soldier Jon Reznick is asked to join the team charged with finding him. THE CURSE OF BABYLON by Richard Blake, reviewed by John Cleal. Amid the plotting, revolts and wild hedonism of the remains of the Roman empire at the beginning of the seventh century, English adventurer Aelric faces his hardest challenge as he tries to stop a Persian invasion – and deal with a determined and dangerous woman. TIDE by Daniela Sacerdoti, reviewed by Linda Wilson. Sarah Midnight is a demon hunter, caught up in a deadly war and not knowing who to trust: Sean, who’s already lied to her, or the mysterious Nicholas who she knows almost nothing about. If she makes the wrong choice, she could die. Best wishes Sharon
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