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The next issue of Mystery Readers Journal will focus on Murder on the Menu: Food Mysteries. I’m looking for author! author! essays. 500-1500 words, first person, unclose and personal, about yourself, your mysteries and the ‘food’ connection. Think of it as chatting with friends and other writers in the cafe or bar. Add a 2-3 sentence tagline/bio and title. Deadline: April 10. Please send me a note off-digest if you’d like to be included. Feel free to send this to writers you’d like included. Thanks, Janet Janet Rudolph, Editor, Mystery Readers Journal www.mysteryreaders.org www.mysteryfanfare.com www.dyingforchocolate.com
In our new edition of Crime Review (www.crimereview.co.uk) this week we have 16 reviews, together with Peter May 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 SHUT EYE by Belinda Bauer, reviewed by Linda Wilson Anna Buck has fallen apart at the seams since her son Daniel went missing. She’s convinced she can still hear his voice and so when Anna hears of a psychic who might be able to help, she jumps at the chance. HEAD OF STATE by Andrew Marr, reviewed by John Cleal With Britain on the edge of a political precipice, two bodies discovered in London, one a young investigative reporter, the other – minus head and hands – arouse little interest. There appears no connection, but both are part of a shocking secret at the heart of government. THE BURNING GATES by Parker Bilal, reviewed by Chris Roberts Investigator Makana is hired by a Cairo art dealer to find an Iraqi war criminal said to have treasures looted from Kuwait, but soon finds that several parties have an interest. THE GREAT ZOO OF CHINA by Matthew Reilly, reviewed by Sharon Wheeler A party of American VIPs is invited to view a spectacular new zoo in China. But the unveiling doesn’t quite go as planned. THE DEAD IN THEIR VAULTED ARCHES by Alan Bradley, reviewed by Linda Wilson After being missing for over a decade, Flavia de Luce’s mother is finally coming home to Buckshaw, but the fact that she’s returning in a lead-lined coffin is enough to dampen anyone’s enthusiasm. OSTLAND by David Thomas, reviewed by Arnold Taylor An idealistic young German policeman joins the hunt for a serial killer operating on the Berlin S-Bahn railway. When the investigation comes to a close he is transferred and takes up a position in the German Eastern colonies. THE ABRUPT PHYSICS OF DYING by Paul E Hardisty, reviewed by Sharon Wheeler Oil worker Clay Straker is hijacked at gunpoint in Yemen and has to choose between saving his driver and finding out why villagers near the company’s processing plant are falling sick. What he finds puts a price on his head. BETRAYAL by Will Jordan, reviewed by Linda Wilson When a sniper ambushes a motorcade of Russian security force members, Ryan Drake has to decide how far he’ll go to protect Anya, the woman he once had to break out of a top security prison. BEHIND GOD’S BACK by Harri Nykanen, reviewed by Chris Roberts Ariel Kafka, one of only two Jewish detectives in Finland, investigates a shooting and unearths connections to international finance. THIS HOUSE IS HAUNTED by John Boyne, reviewed by John Cleal Eliza Caine arrives at a remote hall to take up a position as governess to two children. From her arrival she is subjected to a series of strange and terrifying events as she struggles to unlock the secrets of their home. MORTAL BONDS by Michael Sears, reviewed by Arnold Taylor Jason Stafford is recruited by the family of a hugely wealthy fraudster who has just died in prison. His accounts just don’t seem to make sense and his family is convinced that a vast amount of money has been hidden away. Jason’s task is to locate it. THE HUNTER by Tony Park, reviewed by Chris Roberts Safari guide Hudson Brand is asked by an insurance company to check the details of the death of a woman in Zimbabwe. What he finds embroils him in a story of multiple murder. SAVAGE MAGIC by Lloyd Shepherd, reviewed by John Cleal Constable Charles Horton and magistrate Aaron Graham must solve a string of horrific murders of depraved aristocrats in 19th century London. THE NEW ENEMY by Andy McNab, reviewed by Linda Wilson Liam Scott, a new recruit to the elite reconnaissance platoon, is on his way to Somalia on a mission to gather intelligence about terrorists active in the area. EXPOSURE by Kathy Reichs and Brendan Reichs, reviewed by Sylvia Wilson When two of the Virals’ schoolmates are kidnapped, the gang are determined to find them. They find blood in the basement of the missing students’ house, and the Virals realise that their help is urgently needed. THE ANATOMY OF MURDER by The Detection Club, reviewed by John Cleal A re-examination of some the world’s most notorious murder mysteries by seven of the greatest classic crime writers of their age. Best wishes Sharon
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