In our new edition of Crime Review (www.crimereview.co.uk) this week we have sixteen reviews (http://), together with David Marks in the Countdown interview hot seat: http://crimereview.co.uk/page.php/interview/1412 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: GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn, reviewed by Arnold Taylor It is the fifth wedding anniversary of Nick and Amy Dunne but they are not to spend it together because Amy disappears. The police believe that her husband is responsible, though he denies it and they can’t prove it. TOP SECRET TWENTY ONE by Janet Evanovich, reviewed by Sharon Wheeler Stephanie Plum falls foul of Russian gangsters as she helps the enigmatic Ranger track down whoever is targeting him YOU WILL NEVER FIND ME by Robert Wilson, reviewed by John Cleal The headstrong teenage daughter of freelance kidnap expert Charlie Boxer and his DI former wife disappears only hours after running away to Madrid. At the same time the young son of a Russian businessman is kidnapped in London. Is there a link between the two events? SPRING TIDE by Cilla and Rolf Borjlind, reviewed by Tracy Johnson On Nordkoster beach in 1987, a young boy, hidden in the dunes, is sole witness as three men bury a heavily pregnant woman up to her neck in sand as the tide rolls in. Twenty four years later, a young police student is investigating cold cases and selects the still-unsolved beach crime for her final assignment. SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME by Yrsa Sigurdardottir, reviewed by John Cleal Reykjavik lawyer Thora Gudmundsdottir is hired by a deeply unpleasant and manipulative child sex offender with a view to overturning the conviction of a fellow inmate in his secure unit. Her investigations are hampered by lies, half-truths and cover-ups. SHREDDER by Niall Leonard, reviewed by Linda Wilson Finn McGuire is caught in the middle of a gang war that’s getting nastier by the minute and is in danger from both sides. ARTEFACTS OF THE DEAD by Tony Black, reviewed by John Cleal Critically injured DI Bob Valentine is recalled from convalescence to investigate two horrifying murders. His investigations are hampered by an anxious by-the-book divisional commander and a series of ‘visions’ that leave him doubting his own sanity. THE INTERCEPT by Dick Wolf, reviewed by Linda Wilson Six people foil the hijacking of a plane and become instant celebrities, but New York police investigator Jeremy Fisk is convinced that there is more to the attempted hijacking than meets the eye. THE DOG KILLER OF UTICA by Frank Lentriccia, reviewed by Chris Roberts Eliot Conte’s dubious PI past comes back to haunt him after a series of violent assaults on close personal friends, and their dogs. THE CASE OF THE DEADLY BUTTER CHICKEN by Tarquin Hall, reviewed by Sylvia Wilson When the father of a top Pakistani cricketer is poisoned at a post-match dinner in Delhi, the clues appear to point Most Private Investigator Vish Puri towards an international illegal betting syndicate, but is there a more personal motive behind the killing? THE VALHALLA PROPHECY by Andy McDermott, reviewed by Linda Wilson Archaeologist Nina Wilde and ex-SAS husband Eddie Chase are in a race against time with the bad guys to find Valhalla, the legendary Hall of the Slain. CON LAW by Mark Gimenez, reviewed by Chris Roberts Law professor John Bookman visits an old student who is alarmed that his client’s fracking operations are causing serious environmental damage. BLACK CHALK by Christopher J Yates, reviewed by John Cleal Six new Oxford students form an instant friendship. At the Freshers’ Fair they sign up with the mysterious Games Society and The Game – an elaborate mixture of luck and consequences emerges. Early penalties are trivial but become more humiliating as they are played out against a background of changing relationships which inevitably lead to tragedy. THE CINDERELLA KILLER by Simon Brett, reviewed by Sharon Wheeler Struggling actor Charles Paris finds himself investigating a dead body under a pier and the disappearance of a dancer amidst shambolic rehearsals for a panto THE BROKEN PLACES by Ace Atkins, reviewed by Chris Roberts Sheriff Colson is unhappy with his sister’s liaison with an ex-convict, but things snowball when prison escapees come his way looking for money they think is owing. SHELTER (audiobook) by Harlan Coben, reviewed by Linda Wilson When a girl at Mickey Bolitar’s school goes missing, he teams up with an unlikely group of friends to track her down. Best wishes Sharon
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Crime Review Update-- New issue of Crime Review
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