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In our new edition of Crime Review (www.crimereview.co.uk) this week we have 16 reviews, together with Sharon Bolton in the Countdown interview hot seat: We’re on Twitter at: Crime Review: @CrimeReviewUK Linda Wilson: @CrimeReviewer Sharon Wheeler: @lartonmedia This week’s reviews are: FRIENDS OF THE DUSK by Phil Rickman, reviewed by Linda Wilson A severe storm uncovers an unusual burial near the cathedral in Hereford and brings problems for Frannie Bliss, while Merrily Watkins has to contend with a modernising bishop. THE HOUSE ON COLD HILL by Peter James, reviewed by Sharon Wheeler Ollie and Caro Harcourt buy a dilapidated mansion in the Sussex countryside. But it soon becomes apparent that the house has a sinister history and somebody or something doesn’t want them there THE LAST CONFESSION OF THOMAS HAWKINS by Antonia Hodgson, reviewed by John Cleal Gambler and rake Tom Hawkins has survived Marshalsea prison only to be convicted of a murder he did not commit. He’s mixed up in the affairs of two ‘courts’, that of George II and the criminal overlord of London’s grim St Giles. Can any of his friends or patrons save him? THE SILENT ONES by Ali Knight, reviewed by Madeleine Marsh Ten years after Olivia Duvall confessed to the murder of five girls, the brother of one of her victims fakes his identity and gets a job at the secure hospital where Olivia is serving her life sentence, determined to get answers. LIVES LOST by Britta Bolt, reviewed by Chris Roberts When a young man is found dead from a blow to the head, the woman who gave him shelter is arrested for his murder. But Pieter Posthumus uncovers a few details which tell a different story. DEATH OF AN AIRMAN by Christopher St John Sprigg, reviewed by John Cleal An Australian bishop, on leave in England, decides he must learn to fly to get around his huge bush diocese. When an instructor crashes and is killed he suspects there is more to it than accident and with the help of a local policeman and a Scotland Yard detective, uncovers an international drugs ring. THE LYING DOWN ROOM by Anna Jaquiery, reviewed by Arnold Taylor Commandant Morel is called to investigate the case of an old woman found dead in her bed. It doesn’t take him too long to come to the conclusion that she did not die a natural death. ONE UNDER by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles, reviewed by Sharon Wheeler The death of a London teenager on a country road looks like an accident. But DCI Bill Slider isn’t so sure – and puts his career on the line as he investigates THE STARLINGS AND OTHER STORIES edited by Ann Cleeves, reviewed by Linda Wilson Twelve short stories inspired by the stark, evocative black and white photography of David Wilson. THE SECRET LIFE AND CURIOUS DEATH OF MISS JEAN MILNE by Andrew Nicoll, reviewed by John Cleal The torture and brutal killing of a wealthy spinster in a quiet Scottish seaside town baffles police. THE WAYS OF THE DEAD by Neely Tucker, reviewed by Chris Roberts The daughter of a judge is found with her throat cut. Is it a random crime, a revenge attack on her father, or the work of a serial killer? TOM ADAMS UNCOVERED: THE ART OF AGATHA CHRISTIE AND BEYOND by Tom Adams and John Curran, reviewed by Linda Wilson The story of artist Tom Adams is told through his Agatha Christie paperback covers from the 1960s and 1970s, as well as a variety of other art and illustrations. THE FLEMISH HOUSE by Georges Simenon, reviewed by Chris Roberts During a windswept January, Maigret makes an unofficial trip to the Belgian border to investigate the disappearance of a young woman. THE BLOODING by James McGee, reviewed by John Cleal Matthew Hawkwood, former soldier, Bow Street Runner and spy, attempts to escape America, with which Britain is at war, but uncovers a plot to invade Canada. THE FEW by Nadia Dalbuono, reviewed by Sylvia Maughan Detective Scarmarcio of the Rome police force is given a job secretly by his boss and told to deal with it without telling anyone else. Then a young man is found dead and a young girl goes missing on Elba. HIGH STAKES (audiobook) by Meg Cabot, reviewed by Linda Wilson When a hysterical ghost appears in her bedroom in the middle of the night, Suze Simon isn’t terribly pleased, especially when the woman wants a job doing, but doesn’t provide much in the way of helpful information. Best wishes Sharon
As author Reed Farrel Coleman writes in the introduction, crime fiction these days has grown far beyond the private investigator. Not th...