Earl Derr Biggers: Guest Post by Barbara Gregorich
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In our new edition of Crime Review (www.crimereview.co.uk) this week we have 16 reviews, together with William Shaw in the Countdown interview hot seat: Crime Review may be followed on Twitter: @CrimeReviewUK Linda Wilson may be followed on Twitter: @CrimeReviewer Sharon Wheeler may be followed on Twitter: @lartonmedia This week’s reviews are: OBLIVION by Arnaldur Indridason, reviewed by Ewa Sherman 1953: A young girl disappears on her way to college. A newly-promoted detective Erlendur is only starting out. 1979: A woman discovers a corpse floating in a blue lagoon. Erlendur is obsessed, though, with the cold case. THE SEEKER by SG MacLean, reviewed by John Cleal Damien Seeker is a mystery. His family and past are unknown, but as an enforcement agent for Oliver Cromwell he is known and feared as a ruthless investigator, sworn to protect the ruler of England at any cost. I AM DEATH by Chris Carter, reviewed by Madeleine Marsh Seven days after Nicole Wilson goes missing, her body is found in a field outside LA International Airport. She has been tortured and her body posed. A posed corpse means a ritual, which gives Detective Richard Hunter limited time until the killer does it again. SHOTS FIRED by CJ Box, reviewed by Chris Roberts Ten stories from the foothills of the Rockies, home to game warden Joe Pickett, and all featuring some sort of conflict. BITTER FRUITS by Alice Clark-Platts, reviewed by Sharon Wheeler DI Erica Martin is drawn into the privileged world of university students and the murky world of social networking after first year student Emily Brabants is found dead. THIEVES FALL OUT by Cameron Kay (Gore Vidal), reviewed by Chris Roberts Pete Wells is stranded in Cairo when his money is stolen, and is induced to act as a courier. But he soon realises that he has become mixed up in something very murky. NOBODY WALKS by Mick Herron, reviewed by Arnold Taylor His son’s apparent suicide brings Tom Bettany back to the UK, determined to find some answers. AT THE RUIN OF THE WORLD by John Henry Clay, reviewed by John Cleal The western Roman empire is collapsing with its rulers relying on unstable alliances with barbarians while fighting among themselves. Three young people hang on the dream that Rome can be great once more, but how can they save it, or themselves? THE KILLING KIND by Chris Holm, reviewed by Linda Wilson Michael Hendricks is a contract killer, but his quarry is other killers. The only problem is that one of them has his sights fixed firmly on him. THE CASE OF THE HAIL MARY CELESTE by Malcolm Pryce, reviewed by John Cleal Railway detective Jack Wenlock sets out to solve the 30-year-old mystery of a party of missing nuns and finds love – and problems with the secret state. WALKING BY NIGHT by Kate Ellis, reviewed by Sharon Wheeler A young woman insists she has seen a dead body down an alleyway – but when police investigate, there’s nothing there. DI Joe Plantagenet is inclined to believe her, though. MOCKINGBIRD SONGS by RJ Ellory, reviewed by Chris Roberts Henry Quinn is released from prison and embarks on a mission to deliver a letter penned by his cellmate to a daughter he has never met. THE BLOOD WHISPERER by Zoe Sharp, reviewed by Linda Wilson Former crime scene investigator Kelly Jacks simply can’t ignore the evidence, even though it’s not her business and no longer her job. THE THIEF TAKER by CS Quinn, reviewed by John Cleal As the plague wracks London, thief taker Charlie Tuesday reluctantly takes on a murder investigation and becomes involved in a world of intrigue and witchcraft in which he is the hunted as well as the hunter. DEAD AND BURIED (audiobook) by Anne Cassidy, reviewed by Linda Wilson Rose and Joshua’s search for their missing parents continues, but events take an unexpected turn when a body is discovered buried in the garden of the house they used to live in. BLOOD OF MY BLOOD by Barry Lyga, reviewed by Linda Wilson Jasper Dent – Jazz to his friends – knows he’s the only person who can end a serial killer’s reign of terror, but as the killer in question is his own father, it’s never going to be an easy job. Best wishes Sharon
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