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 Simon Mason in the Countdown hot seat: http://crimereview.co.uk/page.php/interview/4135 We’re on Twitter at: Crime Review: @CrimeReviewUK Linda Wilson: @CrimeReviewer Sharon Wheeler: @lartonmedia This week’s reviews are: THE PROMISE by Alison Bruce, reviewed by John Cleal Maverick DC Gary Goodhew returns to duty after injury to help investigate the strange killing of a down-and-out and part-time informant and finds a chain of events which all point to an obsessed killer. EPIPHANY JONES by Michael Grothaus, reviewed by Ewa Sherman Jerry Dresden, deeply troubled and unhappy, is accused of murdering his work colleague and of stealing a Van Gogh painting from the Chicago museum. While on the run he becomes involved with Epiphany, an emotionally damaged young woman who listens to voices from God. HURRICANE GOLD (audio) by Charlie Higson, narrated by Nathanial Parker, reviewed by Linda Wilson On an island full of criminals, the young James Bond has to face a series of terrifying ordeals to win his freedom. CAMILLE: AND THE LOST DIARIES OF SAMUEL PEPYS by Bob Marshall-Andrews Bawdy Restoration England is threatened by a renewal of the war between King and Parliament. A chance meeting between the beautiful Camille, a fugitive French actress and Royal advisor Samuel Pepys leads to an improbable love story in an atmosphere of political intrigue and danger. WAKING LIONS by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen, reviewed by Chris Roberts Driving in the desert late at night, Dr Eitan Green hits and kills Asum, an Eritrean immigrant. Asum’s wife Sirkit finds Eitan’s wallet at the scene and pressures him to make his medical skills available to those in need. HARD WIRED by JB Turner, reviewed by Linda Wilson Ex-Delta Force operative Jon Reznick is top of the list of someone with a grudge against his former unit, and whoever wants him dead is closing in fast. THE UNFORTUNATE ENGLISHMAN by John Lawton, reviewed by Arnold Taylor Joe Wilderness is in a West Berlin jail after having unintentionally shot a woman whom he was trying to smuggle to the West. Just when it seems that he is going to be there for a long time, his father-in-law, a senior member of MI5, comes to his rescue - but it is at a price. AN HONEST MAN by Simon Michael, reviewed by Chris Roberts Driving in the desert late at night, Dr Eitan Green hits and kills Asum, an Eritrean immigrant. Asum’s wife Sirkit finds Eitan’s wallet at the scene and pressures him to make his medical skills available to those in need.
BETWEEN THE CROSSES by Matthew Frank, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor DC Joseph Stark, war-hero-turned-copper, is unconvinced a double murder is a botched up burglary. TALL OAKS by Chris Whitaker, reviewed by Chris Roberts A small American town gains notoriety when three-year-old Harry is abducted. His mother Jess is devastated, but others have problems too. THE ACCIDENTAL AGENT by Andrew Rosenheim, reviewed by Arnold Taylor James Nessheim, having resigned from the FBI, is now studying law at university. His former boss, Assistant Director Harry Guttman, asks him to go under cover and establish whether a Nazi spy has managed to infiltrate the Chicago team working on the first atom bomb. A SPRING BETRAYAL by Tom Callaghan, reviewed by Chris Roberts Exiled to remote Karakol, Inspector Akyl Borubaev of the Bishkek Murder Squad becomes involved when the bodies of seven small children are found together, all bearing wristbands from a Kyrgyzstan orphanage. CUCKOLD POINT by Patrick Easter, reviewed by John Cleal River policeman Tom Pascoe tries to track down a consignment of stolen silk and becomes involved with brutal criminals and international espionage in a case which threatens his life, his family and his country. THE STROKE OF DEATH by Jessica Mann, reviewed by Linda Wilson Tamara Hoyland is left to deal with the aftermath of her father-in-law’s death, and the return of the black sheep of the family, her grasping brother-in-law. BROKEN HEART by Tim Weaver, reviewed by Jim Beaman A woman drives to a secluded beauty spot and disappears. Her sister calls in missing persons’ investigator David Raker. For him the mystery of where she went is only the start. FALLING SUNS by JA Corrigan, reviewed by John Barnbrook Rachel has given up her job as detective inspector to raise her son. Her son is murdered and Rachel’s cousin is convicted for his murder and placed in a secure psychiatric unit. When it becomes clear that he is likely to be freed, Rachel is driven into a determined and elaborate plan for revenge. ENDGAME by Chris Ryan, reviewed by Linda Wilson Teenage agent Zach Darke has to go up against an old adversary to save the life of two friends. KILL ME TWICE by Anna Smith, reviewed by John Cleal Reporter Rosie Gilmour investigates a trail of abuse and murder from the sink estates of Glasgow to the corridors of Westminster. DEAD GROUND IN BETWEEN by Maureen Jennings, reviewed by Chris Roberts On a cold winter’s night in late 1942, an old farmer goes missing and is later discovered, stabbed, in a secret bunker. Detective Inspector Tom Tyler investigates. DARK FORCES by Stephen Leather, reviewed by Linda Wilson Spider Shepherd has to infiltrate a dangerous criminal organisation as well as help to counter attacks by IS terrorists. Best wishes Sharon