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 Paul Finch in the Countdown hot seat.
We’re on Twitter at: Crime Review: @CrimeReviewUK Linda Wilson: @CrimeReviewer Sharon Wheeler: @lartonmedia This week’s reviews are: OUT OF BOUNDS by Val McDermid, reviewed by Linda Wilson A DNA test done on a teenage car thief throws up an unexpected connection to a case of rape and murder 22 years ago. STRANGERS by Paul Finch, reviewed by John Barnbrook A woman, is murdering men in public pick-up spots. PC Lucy Clayburn forms part of the undercover team seeking to find the killer. As a result she unpacks much more about her life than she expected. DIE OF SHAME by Mark Billingham, reviewed by Linda Wilson When a member of a therapy group is murdered, DI Nicola Tanner finds the resulting wall of silence hard to penetrate. THE ONE MAN by Andrew Gross, reviewed by Arnold Taylor A 92-year-old man in a Chicago care home is visited by his daughter. Although known to have been a Holocaust survivor, he has never revealed any details of his past. She persuades him to tell his story, one that begins with two men running for their lives. THE VANISHED by Lotte and Soren Hammer, reviewed by Ewa Sherman When Detective Konrad Simonsen returns to work after a heart attack, he’s called as an observer to a violent school shooting, and assigned to deal with a minor case of a dead postman. He soon finds a tenuous link between these two and decides to follow it. DEATH SHIP by Jim Kelly, reviewed by Sharon Wheeler DI Shaw and DS Valentine find themselves with 60-year-old case on their hands following an explosion on Hunstanton beach. THE SINGER FROM MEMPHIS by Gary Corby, reviewed by John Cleal Athenian investigator Nicolaos and priestess wife, Diotima, are hired by would-be historian Herodotus to guard him on a research trip to war-torn Egypt. THE EARTHLY GODS by Nick Park, reviewed by Linda Wilson Imperial agent Cassius Corbulo has to help track down three kidnapped girls as well as continuing the search for his missing bodyguard. BREAKING DEAD by Corrie Jackson, reviewed by Sharon Wheeler Journalist Sophie Kent finds herself entangled in the dark side of the fashion industry after a Russian model she’d just interviewed is found dead. DARKTOWN by Thomas Mullen, reviewed by John Cleal When a young black girl, last seen in the car of a white man, is found dead, new black Atlanta policemen Lucius Boggs and Tommy Smith go against the rules to investigate.
THE INVISIBLE GUARDIAN by Dolores Redondo, reviewed by John Barnbrook The discovery of a teenage girl strangled and displayed in a Basque forest awakens fears in the local village that a spirit of the forest is at work. Local-born Inspector Amaia Salazar is put in charge of the case, but has her own demons to fight. THE CASE OF LISANDRA by Helene Gremillon, reviewed by Arnold Taylor When a beautiful young woman is found dead at the foot of an apartment block in Buenos Aires, the police are convinced that they are dealing with a case of murder. EASY MOTION TOURIST by Leve Adenle, reviewed by John Cleal Guy Collins, a British journalist visiting Lagos, stumbles into a brutal killing. A mutilated female body is discovered and Collins is picked up as a suspect. THE BURSAR’S WIFE by EG Rodford, reviewed by Chris Roberts The wife of the bursar of Morley College seeks the assistance of George Kocharyan, Cambridge Confidential Services, to check on her daughter. What he finds turns out to be revealing about his own family. CAPTCHA THIEF by Rosie Claverton, reviewed by Linda Wilson When a famous painting is stolen from the National Museum of Wales, police turn to ex-con Jason Carr and his hacker boss Amy Lane for help. A COP’S EYES by Gabu Yakumaru, reviewed by Chris Roberts Nobuhito Natsume is a detective working in a Tokyo suburb, whose personal brush with crime lies behind both his late entry to his profession, and the special qualities he brings to his work. ZAMBEZI by Tony Park, reviewed by John Cleal Special Forces Master Sergeant Jed Banks flies to Africa to find the truth about his conservation researcher daughter, supposedly killed by a man-eating lion, and finds himself in the frontline of the war against terror. A BODY IN BARCELONA by Jason Webster, reviewed by Chris Roberts Detective Max Camera is assigned to the murder of a boy, son of a supermarket magnate. He receives information from a source high up in a government intelligence agency, but is he being manipulated? SO NUDE, SO DEAD by Ed McBain, reviewed by John Cleal Former pianist and heroin addict Ray Stone wakes up in a cheap motel with a dead girl in his bed. The only way he can stop the police charging him with her murder is to find the real killer. AS BLACK AS EBONY by Salla Simukka, reviewed by Linda Wilson Finnish teenager Lumikki Andersson is being stalked and doesn’t know to whom she can turn. She’s unable to decide between new boyfriend Sampsa, or Blaze, who broke her heart and has now reappeared in her life. Best wishes Sharon