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In our new edition of Crime Review (www.crimereview.co.uk) this week we have 16 reviews, together with Maureen Carter in the Countdown interview hot seat. We’re on Twitter at: Crime Review: @CrimeReviewUK Linda Wilson: @CrimeReviewer Sharon Wheeler: @lartonmedia This week’s reviews are: NO MORTAL THING by Gerald Seymour, reviewed by Arnold Taylor A young Englishman, holding a prominent position in an investment bank in Berlin, decides to intervene when he sees a young girl being attacked in the street – an action that has huge consequences. THE WOMAN IN BLUE by Elly Griffiths, reviewed by Sharon Wheeler It’s almost Easter and pilgrims are due in the small Norfolk town of Walsingham. Except, two women have been murdered and female priests are the targets of poison-pen letters. JONATHAN DARK OR THE EVIDENCE OF GHOSTS by AK Benedict, reviewed by Linda Wilson Maria King receives a chilling proposal of marriage from a stalker. DI Jonathan Dark failed to save the killer’s first victim, but he’s determined to keep Maria alive. NIGHTBLIND by Ragnar Jónasson, reviewed by Ewa Sherman In a quiet fishing village in the northern tip of Iceland a police inspector is shot at close range. Ari Thór searches for the clues in the darkness of a long cold winter and in people’s memories. STASI CHILD by David Young, reviewed by Chris Roberts The death of a young girl close to the Berlin Wall presents some unusual features, and Stasi involvement is likely to mean trouble, especially for the police officer in charge, Oberleutnant Karin Muller. ORKNEY TWILIGHT by Clare Carson, reviewed by John Cleal Jim is a great storyteller, whose stories get wilder with each glass of whisky. Teenage daughter Sam tries to find out the truth about her undercover cop dad. THE HOLLOW MEN by Rob McCarthy, reviewed by Linda Wilson Police surgeon Harry Kent is determined to find out why a troubled teenager ended up getting shot and what it was he’d wanted to make public. ASYLUM CITY by Liad Shoham, reviewed by Chris Roberts When a young volunteer at a Tel Aviv immigrant centre is murdered, the confession by an Eritrean is almost universally seen as satisfactory. But Anat Nachmias of the Special Investigations Unit thinks there is more to the story. THE SPIDER IN THE CORNER OF THE ROOM by Nikki Owen, reviewed by Madeleine Marsh Dr Maria Martinez is in prison for the murder of a priest. She believes she has been framed, but can she get anyone else to believe it? PATERNOSTER by Kim Fleet, reviewed by John Cleal When a client mysteriously dies, private investigator Eden Grey is plunged into a web of evil while her own past threatens to come back to haunt her. THE UNEXPECTED INHERITANCE OF INSPECTOR CHOPRA by Vaseem Khan, reviewed by Chris Roberts On his final day at work, Inspector Chopra receives a report of a suspicious death. He also inherits a baby elephant. SOFT SUMMER BLOOD by Peter Helton, reviewed by Sharon Wheeler Maverick Bristol DIs Liam McLusky and Kat Fairfield find the body count mounting after a wealthy man is found dead and the daughter of an Italian politician goes missing. SHADOW OF THE HANGMAN by Edward Marston, reviewed by John Cleal Thief-taker twins Peter and Paul Skillen battle escaped American prisoners seeking revenge and French spies intent on assassination. RUST by Margaret Callow, reviewed by John Cleal >From childhood, Alfred Hastings Rust has an obsession with owning Ridley Hall, a Victorian mansion. Driven by this and greed, he cheats, lies and betrays his way towards his goal. KNIGHTLEY & SON by Rohan Gavin, reviewed by Linda Wilson Private detective team, Knightley & Son are on the track of a sinister criminal organisation known as the Combination. MEAN SPIRITS by Meg Cabot (audiobook), reviewed by Linda Wilson Teenager Suze Simon can see and hear ghosts. The downside to that is that they can – and sometimes do – try to kill her. Best wishes Sharon
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