We feature new 20 reviews in each issue of Crime Review (www.crimereview.co.uk),
together with a top industry interview. This time it’s author Mike Thomas in
the Countdown hot seat. We’re on Twitter at: Crime Review: @CrimeReviewUK Linda Wilson: @CrimeReviewer Sharon Wheeler: @lartonmedia This week’s reviews are: DEAD MAN’S BLUES by Ray Celestin, reviewed by John Cleal A group of Chicago city leaders is poisoned; a white gangster found dead and mutilated in a poor black area; an heiress vanishes. Pinkerton detectives Michael Talbot and Ida Davis must find the links between the three events. THE INVESTIGATIONS by Mark Lawson, reviewed by Jim Beaman A celebrity historian is arrested following allegations of sexual assault. His friend and colleague is accused of bullying in the workplace. They must try to defend themselves against the allegations as both face personal and professional ruin. REMEMBRANCE by Meg Cabot, reviewed by Linda Wilson When property tycoon Paul Slater threatens to tear down Suze Simon’s old family home and unleash an ancient curse, Suze is faced with a dilemma. Give in to blackmail, or save her boyfriend’s soul by herself. IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT by John Ball, reviewed by John Cleal When a well-known musician is found robbed and clubbed to death in the small city of Wells, the first suspect picked up is black. The local police chief is embarrassed to discover the man is a homicide detective and reluctantly enlists his help. THE BIRDWATCHER by William Shaw, reviewed by Sharon Wheeler Sgt William South is happy with being a community bobby amidst the bleak landscape of Dungeness. And he has very good reason for not wanting to be on a murder enquiry. THE MISSING by CL Taylor, reviewed by Linda Wilson Fifteen-year-old Billy Wilkinson went missing six months ago. His mother, Claire, is convinced he’s still alive, but her case isn’t helped when a press conference goes wrong and the spotlight is turned on her own family. A QUIET PLACE by Seicho Matsumoto, reviewed by Chris Roberts When Tsuneo Asai’s wife dies unexpectedly, it is some time before he discovers that an apparent accident is more than it seems, and takes steps against the person he deems responsible. THE SEARCHER by Chris Morgan Jones, reviewed by Arnold Taylor Isaac Hammer runs an investigative agency with his partner, Ben Webster. Or, at least he did until, following a raging argument, Webster disappears. Hammer’s office is then invaded by the police with a search warrant.
THE HANGING CLUB by Tony Parsons, reviewed by Sharon Wheeler DC Max Wolfe tangles with social-media savvy vigilantes GIRL WAITS WITH A GUN by Amy Stewart, reviewed by Chris Roberts When their buggy is demolished by a badly-driven automobile, Constance and her sisters demand compensation. The driver refuses, and initiates a campaign against the trio, using mob methods to intimidate them. THE HOUSE OF EYES by Kate Ellis, reviewed by John Barnbrook Reports of a missing model and the subsequent murder of her father lead DI Wesley Peterson into an investigation which throws suspicion onto many of the residents of the rural Devonshire town. The causes of the crime appear to have historical origins. THE NIGHT CHARTER by Sam Hawken, reviewed by Chris Roberts The night charter of a sport fishing boat to bring a Cuban dissident to the USA is the first act in a dangerous and bloody dispute. THE CROSSING by Michael Connelly, reviewed by Linda Wilson Lawyer Mickey Haller wants former cop Harry Bosch to get a client off a murder charge. But Harry isn’t keen. Investigating his former colleagues seems like a step too far, even for him. SIX FOUR by Hideo Yokoyama, reviewed by Chris Roberts An unsolved case of kidnap and murder continues to resonate in the Japanese police even after fourteen years, because of mistakes that were made, and worse because those mistakes were never acknowledged. MEDUSA by Torkil Damhaug, reviewed by Ewa Sherman Local doctor Axel Glenne is linked to the deaths of two women who seem to have been mauled by a bear. He needs to prove his innocence as the net of suspicion around him tightens with surprising speed. THE TEACHER by Katerina Diamond, reviewed by Linda Wilson Maverick cops DS Adrian Miles and DS Imogen Grey struggle to find the connection between a series of increasingly brutal killings. THE CHILDREN OF SILENCE by Linda Stratmann, reviewed by John Cleal A body is found in the Paddington canal basin and a woman claims it is that of her husband, who disappeared three years before. She appeals to Frances Doughty, the lady detective, to help her prove her case. PARADISE SKY by Joe R Lansdale, reviewed by John Cleal A young black man escapes lynching and is pursued across America’s south west by a vicious racist in a chase to the death. QUARRY by Max Allan Collins, reviewed by John Cleal When successive contract killings go wrong, his partner is killed and he injured, Vietnam vet-turned-assassin Quarry loses trust in the ‘Broker’ who sets up his ‘jobs’ and sets out to deliver his own brand of justice. EDEN SUMMER by Liz Flanagan, reviewed by Linda Wilson Jess Mayfield’s best friend has gone missing, and no one knows why, but Jess is determined to find Eden. Best wishes Sharon www.crimereview.co.uk