Starting from this issue, we shall feature 20 reviews in each edition of Crime Review (www.crimereview.co.uk), together with a top industry interview. This time it’s author Alison Bruce in the Countdown hot seat. We’re on Twitter at: Crime Review: @CrimeReviewUK Linda Wilson: @CrimeReviewer Sharon Wheeler: @lartonmedia This week’s reviews are: TRIGGER MORTIS by Anthony Horowitz, reviewed by Linda Wilson James Bond is tasked with keeping a British racing driver safe on the notoriously difficult Nurburgring circuit. JOHN LE CARRE by Adam Sisman, reviewed by Arnold Taylor This biography of David Cornwell, better known as John le Carre, attempts to explain the link between his upbringing and his interest in secret intelligence. MAESTRA by LS Hilton, reviewed by Sharon Wheeler Judith Rashleigh loses her job with a London auction house when she discovers an art fraud. And then the body count starts to rise. A VERY ENGLISH SCANDAL by John Preston, reviewed by John Barnbrook The secret life of Jeremy Thorpe, leader of the Liberal Party in the 1970s, builds up to a shocking scandal and a court case which rocked the British establishment. INSPECTOR SINGH INVESTIGATES: A FRIGHTFULLY ENGLISH EXECUTION by Shamini Flint, reviewed by Chris Roberts Inspector Singh is posted from Singapore to London to attend a task force on inter-racial policing. Mrs Singh insists on coming to keep him out of trouble. A FEVER OF THE BLOOD by Oscar de Muriel, reviewed by John Cleal Mismatched detectives ‘Nine Nails’ McGray and Ian Frey are on the track of a patient who has escaped Edinburgh’s asylum where a nurse has been murdered. WICKED GAME by Matt Johnson, reviewed by Ewa Sherman Robert Finlay is in his late 40s, and returns to uniform policing in London. But the past comes to haunt him when two of his former colleagues are murdered. SPY OUT THE LAND by Jeremy Duns, reviewed by John Cleal Double agent Paul Dark hides his own past, but when his family is kidnapped, he discovers his wife has also been living a double life. THE PERPLEXING THEFT OF THE JEWEL IN THE CROWN by Vaseem Khan, reviewed by Chris Roberts Inspector Chopra (ret’d) is actually present when the Koh-i-Noor diamond is stolen from its display case, and to save an old friend must help to ensure its recovery. ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT by MP Wright, reviewed by Linda Wilson Bristol PI JT Ellingham is hired to retrieve some papers stolen from an orphanage, and to find the truth. That’s the part of the job that proves the hardest. BRYANT & MAY: LONDON’S GLORY by Christopher Fowler, reviewed by Sylvia Maughan A collection of short stories recounting some of the cases of the two detectives, Bryant and May, of the Peculiar Crimes Unit, based in London. BLOOD MIST by Mark Roberts, reviewed by Madeleine Marsh A family is massacred in their home in Liverpool, and another the night after. DCI Eve Clay is caught in a race against time to save the lives of the next family. A DEATH IN THE DALES by Frances Brody, reviewed by John Cleal Investigator Kate Shackleton is loaned a cottage in a Dales village by her suitor – and plunged into a decade-old mystery. THIRTEEN GUESTS by J Jefferson Farjeon, reviewed by Anthea Hawdon There are 13 guests staying at Bragley Court for a hunting weekend, and that doesn’t bode well. THE BOY WHO FOLLOWED RIPLEY by Patricia Highsmith, reviewed by Chris Roberts Ripley is captivated when a young American arrives at his house in France, but finds the boy has serious problems. THE RED HOUSE by Emily Winslow, reviewed by John Cleal Imogen is obsessed with finding her young brother from whom she was separated by adoption. Her fiance Maxwell comes to believe he could be the boy. STATE OF EMERGENCY by Andy McNab, reviewed by Fiona Spence Ex-SAS man Tom Buckingham investigates dodgy goings-on in an ex-serviceman’s charity after foiling an assassination attempt on his Home Secretary boss. THE SAPPHIRE CUTLASS by Sharon Gosling, reviewed by Linda Wilson Remy Brunel and the crew of the ruby airship travel deep into the forests and mountains of India on the trail of the mysterious Sapphire Cutlass. THE LIE TREE by Frances Hardinge, reviewed by John Cleal Faith’s scientist father is found dead under strange circumstances. In his belongings she discovers references to a tree which feeds off lies. MODESTY BLAISE: THE YOUNG MISTRESS by Peter O’Donnell and Enric Badia Romero, reviewed by Linda Wilson Modesty and Willie tangle with forgers, horse-thieves and a diabolical plot to kill an old friend in three stories from Peter O’Donnell, drawn by artist Enric Romero. Best wishes Sharon
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