As posted elsewhere earlier today.....
In our new edition of Crime Review (www.crimereview.co.uk) this week we have sixteen reviews, together with Meg Gardiner 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: THE BONES BENEATH by Mark Billingham, reviewed by Linda Wilson. Tom Thorne, newly reinstated to the murder squad, gets landed with a job that he really doesn’t want: accompanying psychopathic murderer Stuart Nicklin to a remote island off the Welsh Coast to look for the body of his first victim. NATCHEZ BURNING by Greg Iles, reviewed by John Cleal Ku Klux Klan killings from the 1960s resurface to claim new victims and leave ex-prosecutor Penn Cage facing a son’s worst nightmare with his father accused of murder. Attempts to clear his name unearth new secrets, and in a town where the past is never truly buried, those secrets turn lethal. MIDNIGHT CROSSROAD by Charlaine Harris, reviewed by Julee Sanderson Midnight is a town besieged by secrets and unanswered questions – when a newcomer arrives and people start dying, it may be more than the townsfolk can handle CARNAL ACTS by Sam Alexander, reviewed by Sharon Wheeler DI Joni Pax faces anything but a quiet life when she moves from the Met to Northumberland and is confronted by vicious Albanian gangs ORIGINAL SKIN by David Mark, reviewed by John Cleal DS Aector McAvoy of the Humberside Serious and Organised Crime Unit finds a mobile phone which leads him to believe a young homosexual’s death, ruled a suicide, may be more. Already in the middle of a drugs war, he must now plunge into a world of sleazy and violent sex to uncover to uncover the truth. SLOW HORSES by Mick Herron, reviewed by Arnold Taylor A man is displayed bound and hooded on the internet with the information that he will be beheaded in 48 hours. Jackson Lamb, head of MI5’s Slough House, does not subscribe to the general view that this is Al-Qaeda inspired and begins an investigation. THE BURNING by M R Hall, reviewed by Linda Wilson. Coroner Jenny Cooper has to dig deep for the truth in a horrific case of family annihilation in the Wye Valley. BLOOD MED by Jason Webster, reviewed by Chris Roberts In a Spain unsettled by financial breakdown, detective Max Camera and his friend Torres investigate the suicide of a banker and the killing of a woman journalist. ALWAYS WATCHING by Chevy Stevens, reviewed by Sylvia Wilson. When psychiatrist Dr Nadine Lavoie treats a suicidal woman who has been living in a cult, it brings back long-suppressed memories of a childhood summer spent in a commune. EENY MEENY by M J Arlidge, reviewed by Linda Wilson. Two people are trapped with no food or water. There’s only one way out – kill or be killed. THE GHOST RUNNER by Parker Bilal, reviewed by Chris Roberts Egyptian PI Makana seeks answers to a dreadful murder by visiting the victim’s past in Siwa, an oasis town, but his arrival seems to trigger more deaths. DEADLY INTENT by Anna Sweeney, reviewed by Sharon Wheeler. Nessa McDermott has given up her job as a top journalist in Dublin to run a B&B near picturesque Beara. Business isn't helped, though, when one guest is attacked and another is murdered. THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN MIND by Tom Vater, reviewed by Chris Roberts. Hamburg detective Maier is hired by a beautiful woman to investigate the death of her father in Laos 25 years ago. SHIVER by Karen Robards, reviewed by John Cleal Single mum Samantha drives a repo truck to keep a roof over her son’s head. When she hooks up a BMW, she finds a beaten and shot man in the boot and when she is taken hostage by him is dragged into a fight to survive. WATCH YOUR BACK by Karen Rose, reviewed by Sylvia Maughan Detective Stevie Mazzetti is recovering slowly from having been shot whilst working on a previous case, but someone is still out to kill her. When her daughter is also made a target she agrees to be hidden until the shooting stops. But will it? WEB OF DARKNESS by Bali Rai, reviewed by Linda Wilson. Lily is thrilled when an incredibly attractive boy wants to be friends with her on Facebook and accepts his invitation despite the fact that she’s never met him. But is he really all he makes out to be? Best wishes Sharon
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