PaperBack: “The Dead Darling”
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In our new edition of Crime Review (www.crimereview.co.uk) this week we have 16 reviews, together with Kevin Brooks 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: A TWIST OF THE KNIFE by Peter James, reviewed by Linda Wilson A collection of short stories bringing together vengeful spouses, ghosts and police procedurals, including the first-ever case for Roy Grace. SINS OF THE FATHER by Graham Hurley, reviewed by Sharon Wheeler DS Jimmy Suttle’s marriage has broken up, his daughter is dead and a stomach-churning murder on his Devon patch leads him to Africa. THE SPRING OF KASPER MEIER by Ben Fergusson, reviewed by Chris Roberts In 1946 Berlin, Kasper Meier is pressured to locate a RAF pilot but his attempts to find out the truth put him in extreme danger. BONES NEVER LIE by Kathy Reichs, reviewed by Sylvia Wilson Forensic scientist Temperance Brennan is called in to assist with a cold case investigation, and learns that DNA from a recent case links it to Anique Pomerleau, an old adversary. JUDGES by Andrea Camilleri, Carlo Lucarelli and Giancarlo de Cataldo, reviewed by Sylvia Maughan Three Italian judges in three different areas each have similar ideals and are differently equipped to achieve them. Will any of them ever succeed in overcoming the established criminal societies with their associated collaborators in the field of the law? GALVESTON by Nic Pizzolatto, reviewed by John Cleal Gangland enforcer Roy Cady has been sentenced to death twice – by cancer and by his own boss. He escapes a murder set-up, rescues a young prostitute and the pair, together with her little ‘sister’, go on the run from New Orleans through Louisiana and Texas. BITTER REMEDY by Conor Fitzgerald, reviewed by Chris Roberts Commissioner Alec Blume takes a break with a course on Bach Flower Remedies in Monterozzo, but the discovery that he is a policeman from Rome stirs up some activity related to cases of missing persons. DEATH OF AN AVID READER by Frances Brody, reviewed by John Cleal Detective Kate Shackleton is hired by a titled lady to find her illegitimate daughter and her inquiries take her into the quiet of a Yorkshire library, the poverty-stricken back streets of Leeds, a series of murders – and a meeting with a very clever monkey! INSIDE ENEMY by Alan Judd, reviewed by Arnold Taylor Charles Thoroughgood, the newly-appointed head of a revamped MI6, is presented almost immediately with the problem of cyber attacks on the UK. At the same time one of his field agents is murdered and a former colleague who turned traitor escapes from prison. A TRICK OF THE MIND by Penny Hancock, reviewed by Linda Wilson Ellie is convinced she’s been responsible for a hit and run accident and is determined to make amends, but her decision to become involved with the victim has far-reaching consequences. THE ISLANDERS by Pascal Garnier, reviewed by Chris Roberts After a separation of quarter of a century, Olivier and Jeanne resume their occupation of the island, a notional refuge and the only place offering the pair contentment. But a death is only the start of a series of nightmarish events. AS THE CROW FLIES by Damien Boyd, reviewed by Sharon Wheeler DI Nick Dixon has moved back to Somerset from the Met – and finds himself investigating the death of an old climbing friend who wasn’t all that he seemed. THE NIGHT HUNTER by Caro Ramsay, reviewed by Linda Wilson Elvie McCulloch’s sister disappeared while out for a run. When a woman who disappeared in similar circumstances turns up dead in dramatic circumstances, Elvie starts to fear the worst for Sophie. A KILLING OF ANGELS by Kate Rhodes, reviewed by John Cleal Someone tucked a picture of an angel and a handful of white feathers into a banker’s pocket before pushing him in front of a Tube. It appears that a killer is stalking the Square Mile. THE ICE TWINS by SK Tremayne, reviewed by Linda Wilson A year after one of Sarah Moorcroft’s twins died in a tragic accident, the horrible realisation dawns that she might have made a terrible mistake about the identity of the dead twin. CEMETERY GIRL by David Bell, reviewed by John Cleal The disappearance of Tom and Abbey Stuart’s 12-year-old daughter shatters their marriage and their lives. Four years later she is found. She refuses to say anything about the time she has been missing and when the police arrest a suspect, she will not give evidence. The Stuarts face a choice: let the man who has destroyed their lives go free – or take matters into their own hands. Best wishes Sharon
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