The Language Detectives
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Please join us in celebrating the 50th issue of Crime Review. In the new edition, (www.crimereview.co.uk) this week we have 16 reviews, together with Deon Meyer 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 DYING SEASON by Martin Walker, reviewed by Linda Wilson Chief of Police Bruno Courrèges is caught in the middle of a row between hunters and conservationists in the Dordogne town of St Denis, as well as having a suspicious death to investigate. A SONG FOR THE DROWNED SOULS by Bernard Minier, reviewed by Chris Roberts A young man is found at the house of a teacher, brutally murdered. His mother asks Commandant Servaz for help. Servaz fears that an escaped serial killer may have been involved. TENACITY by JS Law, reviewed by Sharon Wheeler Lieutenant Danielle Lewis, a Royal Navy special branch investigator, finds herself in the insular world of a nuclear submarine as she investigates the suicide of one of its crew. THE INVENTION OF FIRE by Bruce Holsinger, reviewed by John Cleal Sixteen corpses have been dumped in a London midden bearing wounds not seen before. John Gower, poet and trader in secrets, investigates despite official reluctance and struggles against failing vision, deception and treachery to prevent an even more devastating massacre. TO THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN by Arne Dahl, reviewed by Ewa Sherman It’s summer in Stockholm. The A-Unit has been disbanded, and its former members are disillusioned. Detective Paul Hjelm and his team race against time while investigating three separate cases. AFTER THE FIRE by Jane Casey, reviewed by Linda Wilson After a devastating fire in a London tower block, DC Maeve Kerrigan and DI Josh Derwent have to uncover the secret world of the 11th floor. BOXES by Pascal Garnier, reviewed by Chris Roberts Brice Casadamont moves to the countryside in a move planned by his wife, now absent. As his life falls apart, he spends more and more time with Blanche, a local who also has some problems. THE WHITE SHEPHERD by Annie Dalton, reviewed by Sharon Wheeler Anna Hopkins has led a solitary life. But when her dog Bonnie finds a body in Oxford’s Port Meadows, Anna finds a support network as they attempt to trap a murderer. UGLY BUS by Mike Thomas, reviewed by John Cleal Newly-promoted young sergeant Martin Finch struggles to control a group of veteran policemen under the pressures of a football riot and violent demonstrations. THE COLD DISH by Craig Johnson, reviewed by Chris Roberts Cody Prichard’s murder looks like revenge for the rape of a local Cheyenne girl. Sheriff Walt Longmire needs to find the shooter to prevent further deaths. THE SAINT-FIACRE AFFAIR by Georges Simenon, reviewed by Arnold Taylor An anonymous message Maigret receives predicting a death during the mass on All Souls Day prompts him to return to the village in which he was born. THE FIFTH SEASON by Mons Kallentoft, reviewed by John Cleal A woman’s mutilated body found in a forest shows signs of the most appalling torture. Inspector Malin Fors sees similarities to the case of a young woman found raped and beaten years before and still in a psychiatric unit. THE GOOD SUICIDES by Antonio Hill, reviewed by Maddy Marsh After a team-building event, one of the staff members kills his family before taking his own life. Three years later, another member of that event kills herself. It’s up to Inspector Salgado of the Barcelona police to find out why. THE WHITE VAN by Patrick Hoffman, reviewed by John Cleal Drifter Emily Rosario is plunged into a world of confusion and fear when she is used as a pawn in a bank raid. As she struggles to escape, she is pursued by a desperate policeman who sees the stolen money as the solution to his own problems. LOCKWOOD AND CO: THE SCREAMING STAIRCASE by Jonathan Stroud, reviewed by Linda Wilson London’s most ramshackle psychical detective agency are on the verge of going broke and have no option other than to take on the case that no one else wants. URBAN OUTLAWS by Peter Jay Black, reviewed by Linda Wilson A group of kids go up against some formidable opposition in a bid to stop an advanced super-computer being misused. Best wishes Sharon
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