Monday, July 28, 2014

Crime Review Update-- New issue of Crime Review

As posted elsewhere earlier....

In our new edition of Crime Review ( this week we
have sixteen reviews, together with Brian McGilloway in the Countdown
interview hot seat:

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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.


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

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

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

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

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.
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