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 James Swallow
in the Countdown hot seat: http://crimereview.co.uk/page.php/interview/3969 We’re on Twitter at: Crime Review: @CrimeReviewUK Linda Wilson: @CrimeReviewer Sharon Wheeler: @lartonmedia This week’s reviews are: FADE TO BLACK by Steve Mullins, reviewed by John Cleal The apparent return from the dead of a cult film icon forces media man Root Wilson – who wrote his obituary – to search for the truth. A series of twists ensure Root becomes a suspect for murder himself – as well as a possible next victim. DIRTY WAR by Dominique Sylvain, reviewed by Arnold Taylor An up and coming Parisian lawyer is found murdered - burned alive next to a swimming pool in Paris. Lola Jost, whose assistant was murdered in a similar fashion, feels she has to see if there is any link between the two deaths. WE WERE KINGS by Thomas O’Malley and Douglas Graham Purdy, reviewed by Chris Roberts The discovery of a body in Boston harbour, tarred, feathered and shot, is just the beginning of a savage struggle during a hot and humid summer. DARK CORNERS by Ruth Rendell, reviewed by Sharon Wheeler Carl, a young writer, sells a friend some slimming pills which inadvertently cause her death – then blackmail and murder follow. FOLLOW ME BACK by Nicci Cloke, reviewed by Linda Wilson Lizzie Summersall has disappeared and it’s the talk of the school. GHOSTS OF KARNAK by George Mann, reviewed by Linda Wilson The vigilante known as the Ghost must take on some seemingly unstoppable man-machine hybrids and battle a mysterious cult determined to bring a pair of ancient Egyptian gods back to power. THE REDEEMERS by Ace Atkins, reviewed by Chris Roberts Sheriff Quinn Colson resigns, but still becomes involved when a burglary becomes complicated by the shooting of a deputy, and a battle to retrieve some very revealing financial records. EDGAR ALLAN POE AND THE LONDON MONSTER by Karen Lee Street, reviewed by John Cleal Edgar Allan Poe summons his detective friend C Auguste Dupin to London to solve a mystery. THE BLOGGER by James Raven, reviewed by Linda Wilson When a popular blogger falls to his death, DCI Jeff Temple and his team have to weather the inevitable media storm.
FEAR THE DARKNESS by Becky Masterman, reviewed by John Cleal Retired FBI undercover agent Brigid Quinn is settling into marriage and a slower life as a private investigator. When she reluctantly takes on a case of what looks like accidental drowning, her world turn upside down. BLACK WATER LILIES by Michael Bussi, reviewed by Jim Beaman Set in the home village of the artist Claude Monet, it’s the story of 13 days that begin with a murder and end with another. What is the connection with rumours about a painting of black water lilies? A CLIMATE OF FEAR by Fred Vargas, reviewed by John Barnbrook A woman is thought to have committed suicide in her bath but Commissaire Adamsberg refuses to be convinced. Further apparent suicides, linked by the drawing of a strange symbol convince the investigating team that they are pursuing a serial killer. MAIGRET’S DEAD MAN by Georges Simenon, reviewed by Arnold Taylor Maigret has to choose whether to believe a woman who thinks everybody is trying to poison her and a man who rings him out of the blue, asking for his immediate help. THE HIDDED LEGACY by GJ Minett, reviewed by Linda Wilson The death of one girl and the mutilation of another leaves a lasting and painful legacy that can’t remain buried for ever. CORRIDORS OF THE NIGHT by Anne Perry, reviewed by Sylvia Maughan Hester Monk is working in a local hospital one night when a small girl accosts her and begs Hester to follow her down an unfamiliar corridor. What Hester finds is quite shocking. RECIPES FOR LOVE AND MURDER by Sally Andrew, reviewed by Anthea Hawdon Tannie Maria runs a cooking and agony aunt column in her local newspaper, the Klein Karoo Gazette. When a correspondent is found killed Tannie must put all her common sense and cooking skills to find the murderer. THE BLOOD STRAND by Chris Ould, reviewed by Ewa Sherman Jan Reyna, a British police detective, returns to the Faroe Islands where he was born when his estranged father is found unconscious in a car, with a shotgun by his side. Traces of someone else’s blood are found at the scene. THE GIRL IN GREEN by Derek B Miller, reviewed by John Cleal Journalist Thomas Benton is persuaded by ex-US soldier Arwood Hobbes to return to the Middle East to atone for their failure to save a girl in the aftermath of Operation Desert Storm 20 years before. PROMISES OF BLOOD by David Thorne, reviewed by Chris Roberts Lawyer Daniel O’Connell is distracted from a client’s unusual bequest when his friend Gabe is accused of a knifing, a crime he strongly denies. MISSING PIECES by Helen Gudenkauf, reviewed by John Cleal Journalist Sarah Quinlan investigates a decades old mystery that has forced her husband to live a lie. Best wishes Sharon www.crimereview.co.uk