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This week’s reviews are:
LOCKWOOD & CO: THE CREEPING SHADOW by Jonathan Stroud, reviewed by Linda
Lucy Carlyle has left Lockwood & Co to strike out on her own, but her
resolve is tested when Lockwood comes to her with a proposition.
NUMERO ZERO by Umberto Eco, reviewed by Chris Roberts
A journalist, convinced that the death of Mussolini was faked in a
conspiracy linked to many subsequent Italian events, is found stabbed.
THE TIME TO KILL by Mason Cross, reviewed by Jim Beaman
Carter Blake worked for a top secret US government agency – but now they
want him dead.
THE RULES OF BACKYARD CRICKET by Jock Serong, reviewed by Sharon Wheeler
Darren Keefe and his brother are international cricket stars – but Darren
can always find trouble and someone wants him dead.
OFF THE GRID by CJ Box, reviewed by Chris Roberts
Nate Romanowski’s attempt to stay off the grid is ended when two government
agents pressure him into undertaking a special mission. Luckily his old
friend Joe Pickett is around to give him a hand.
THE ICE CHILD by Camilla Lackberg, reviewed by Ewa Sherman
In the frozen forest a traumatised semi-naked girl wanders aimlessly. When
she finally reaches a road, the approaching car fails to stop. The accident
leaves the police and the local community completely shaken.
THE LOST SWIMMER by Ann Turner, reviewed by Sharon Wheeler
Rebecca Wilding, an Aussie archaeology professor, is accused of fraud. And
then her husband goes missing …
THE DEAD HOUSE by Harry Bingham, reviewed by John Cleal
The discovery of a woman’s body, dressed in white and laid out in a
candle-lit ‘death house’ in a Welsh valley church sets Detective Sergeant
Fiona Lewis on her most baffling case.
PRESENT TENSE by WHS McIntyre, reviewed by Chris Roberts
Lawyer Robbie Munro gets a visit from old client Billy Paris, who deposits
a parcel for safekeeping. Several parties think Munro is in possession of
information they are very keen to get hold of.
THE AMBER SHADOWS by Lucy Ribchester, reviewed by John Cleal
Honey Deschamps works at Britain’s wartime top secret intercept and
decoding centre. Somebody starts to send her parcels of amber, apparently
from a looted Russian palace. Who is responsible, and in a place where
everyone keeps secrets, who can she trust?
DETONATOR by Andy McNab, reviewed by Linda Wilson
Nick Stone is on the run with a seven-year-old boy in tow, hampered by the
fact that he has no memory of who is out to kill him, or why.
RETRIBUTION by Steffen Jacobsen, reviewed by Arnold Taylor
On a beautiful autumn day a Muslim suicide bomber triggers an explosion in
the Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, killing more than 1000 people. A year goes
by and, in spite of intensive efforts to find the criminals, no arrests
have been made.
STRANGERS ON A BRIDGE: The Case of Colonel Abel by James B Donovan,
reviewed by John Cleal
The true story of the arrest and trial of Soviet spy Colonel Rudolf Abel by
the man who defended him – and his eventual exchange for shot down U2 pilot
ROBERT B PARKER’S KICKBACK by Ace Atkins, reviewed by Linda Wilson
Blackburn, Massachusetts, has a zero tolerance policy for juvenile crime,
as teenager Dillon Yates discovers to his cost when a joke spectacularly
BENEATH THE SURFACE by Jo Spain, reviewed by John Cleal
A minister’s aide is murdered in the Irish parliament building. Detective
Inspector Tom Reynolds and his team must uncover the truth in a sea of
lies, corruption and secrets.
LITTLE APPLE by Leo Perutz, reviewed by Arnold Taylor
Five Austrian prisoners of war, released by the Russians in 1918, have
sworn to seek revenge on the Camp Commandant.
A TIME OF TORMENT by John Connolly, reviewed by John Barnbrook
Charlie Parker and his two sidekicks, Angel and Louis, appear to have the
power to know and intervene in deviant criminal behaviour. This power
serves them well as they investigate cases of missing young girls and pit
themselves against the insidious power of The Cut.
JESSICA’S GHOST by Andrew Norriss, reviewed by Linda Wilson
No one is more surprised than Jessica when someone is finally able to see
her and talk to her. It’s lonely being a ghost, but now she has Francis for
BY GASLIGHT by Steven Price, reviewed by John Cleal
American detective William Pinkerton is in London following up his father’s
obsession with ‘phantom’ crook Edward Shade.
BLADE OF LIGHT by Andrea Camilleri, reviewed by Sylvia Maughan
Inspector Montalbano is called to investigate the mystery of a house which
appears to have had a door removed.