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www.crimereview.co.uk), together with a top industry interview. This time
it’s author Adam Brookes in the Countdown hot seat.
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This week’s reviews are:
THE OTHER SIDE OF SILENCE by Philip Kerr, reviewed by Chris Roberts
Bernie Gunther is living a quiet life in the South of France in 1956 when
an old enemy reappears, and he is asked to undertake a sensitive task for
the writer Somerset Maugham.
A HERO IN FRANCE by Alan Furst, reviewed by Sharon Wheeler
Mathieu and his French Resistance colleagues must risk their lives to
smuggle British airmen out of the country and back into the fray.
THE 14TH COLONY by Steve Berry, reviewed by Arnold Taylor
The Cold War has been over for years and Russia has lost it. However, there
is one man who refuses to accept this and has plans to take a horrifying
revenge on the US.
CITY OF JACKALS by Parker Bilal, reviewed by Chris Roberts
Cairo investigator Makana is asked to find a young student who has gone
missing. The next day a human head is fished out of the river next to the
SCARLET WIDOW by Graham Masterson, reviewed by John Cleal
Beatrice Scarlet marries a Protestant preacher and emigrates to America.
When animals are found slaughtered, with indications of satanism, she
suspects a human hand.
THE PLEA by Steve Cavanagh, reviewed by Chris Roberts
Lawyer Eddie Flynn is given a proposition by the CIA: he has 48 hours to
get hired by a man accused of murder and persuade him to plead guilty, or
see his wife go to prison.
THE PRINTER’S COFFIN by MJ Carter, reviewed by John Cleal
Blake and Avery are back in England and charged by philanthropist and
social reformer Lord Allington with investigating the strange murders of
TIME OF DEATH by Mark Billingham, reviewed by Linda Wilson
Two children are missing from Polesford and hopes of finding them alive are
DANGEROUS CARGO by Pauline Rowson, reviewed by Sharon Wheeler
Former marine Art Marvik is roped in by the intelligence services to
investigate the recent death of a man – who was supposed to have died 55
THE REVELATION CODE by Andy McDermott, reviewed by Linda Roberts
A cult leader is determined to bring about a biblical apocalypse, and when
archaeologist Nina Wilde is kidnapped to further his plans, it’s up to her
husband Eddie Chase to throw a spanner in the works.
THE MYSTERY OF THE LOST CEZANNE by ML Longworth, reviewed by Arnold Taylor
A friend asks Antoine Verlaque to visit a man called Rene Rouquet, who
lives in an apartment once occupied by Paul Cezanne, and who may have
discovered a lost Cezanne painting. When he arrives at the apartment he
receives a severe shock.
MIDNIGHT SUN by Jo Nesbo, reviewed by Ewa Sherman
Jon Hansen is on the run after betraying Oslo’s biggest crime lord, the
Fisherman. But hiding in a small town in the far north of Norway, close to
the Arctic Circle, brings its own dangers, and the never-ending daylight is
just one of them.
GAME OF MIRRORS by Andrea Camilleri, reviewed by Sylvia Maughan
Inspector Montalbano notices his neighbour, Mrs Lombardo, looking under the
bonnet of her car. It turns out that the car has been deliberately
damaged. Meanwhile a bomb has exploded in town, all giving Montalbano a
lot to think about.
RUNAWAY by Peter May, reviewed by John Cleal
Five young Scots run away to swinging 60s London. Their adventure turns
sour when they find few people can be trusted and favours always expect
returns. Fifty years later three return to solve a mystery killing.
THE FORSAKEN by Ace Atkins, reviewed by Chris Roberts
In Jericho, Mississippi, the release from prison of ‘Chains’ LeDoux
re-awakens memories of a brutal lynching nearly 40 years ago.
CALLED BACK by Hugh Conway, reviewed by John Cleal
A blind man stumbles on a murder. Because he cannot see, the assassins
allow him to go. He later recovers his sight and falls in love with a
mysterious girl who is in some way involved in the crime.
THE Z MURDERS by J Jefferson Farjeon, reviewed by Anthea Hawdon
After witnessing an apparently random murder, Richard Temperley sets out to
find some answers.
ART IN THE BLOOD by Bonnie MacBird, reviewed by John Cleal
Sherlock Holmes is approached by a beautiful French cabaret star when her
illegitimate son by an English aristocrat goes missing.
ORANGEBOY by Patrice Lawrence, reviewed by Linda Wilson
Marlon promised his mother that he would have nothing to do with drugs, but
when he falls under Sonya’s spell, keeping that promise suddenly becomes a
lot more difficult.
THE STORM (audiobook) by Virginia Bergin, reviewed by Linda Wilson.
With the killer rain still falling from the sky, teenager Ruby Morris has
to survive in a hostile world.