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 Mandasue Heller in the Countdown hot seat. We’re on Twitter at: Crime Review: @CrimeReviewUK Linda Wilson: @CrimeReviewer Sharon Wheeler: @lartonmedia This week’s reviews are: WHY DID YOU LIE by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, reviewed by Ewa Sherman Four people are stranded in a small lighthouse on a rock surrounded by raging sea. An ordinary couple return from home-swap in America to find their guests apparently missing. A journalist on the track of an old case hangs himself in his own garage. Someone is determined to punish them. COLD EARTH by Ann Cleeves, reviewed by Arnold Taylor Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez of the Shetland police is attending the funeral of an old friend when a sudden land slip smashes through a croft in its path. THESE SHALLOW GRAVES by Jennifer Donnelly, reviewed by Linda Wilson Miss Josephine Montfort has been destined from birth to lead a respectable life and make a good marriage. But her father’s untimely death threatens to rock Jo’s world to its foundations. KID GOT SHOT by Simon Mason, reviewed by Linda Wilson When a teenager from his school is shot dead, Garvie Smith is reluctant to leave the investigation to the local police, especially as he’s sure they’re just not asking the right questions. THE TURNCOAT by Allan Murray, reviewed by Chris Roberts The search for a spy in the Glasgow suburb of Clydebank during WWII becomes all the more urgent when Hitler’s second-in-command arrives seeking to contact Nazi sympathisers in the British establishment. THE SECRET OF HIGH ELDERSHAM by Miles Burton, reviewed by John Cleal The East Anglian village of High Eldersham is unwelcoming to strangers. Several have suffered catastrophic accidents. But when a new landlord is found stabbed in his own pub, Scotland Yard are called in. THE MYSTERY OF THE THREE ORCHIDS by Augusto de Angelis, reviewed by John Cleal As models parade her new creations, fashion house owner Cristiana O’Brian discovers the body of one of her staff on her own bed. Commissario Carlo De Vincenzi must untangle a web of deceit and blackmail to find the killer. THE MALICE OF WAVES by Mark Douglas-Home, reviewed by Linda Wilson Oceanographer Dr Cal McGill is called in to try to solve the mystery of a 14-year-old boy’s disappearance from a remote Scottish island five years ago.
THE HUNTER OF THE DARK by Donato Carrisi, reviewed by Sylvia Maughan Marcus is a man who can see evil, but he has amnesia. In the past he appears to have been an investigator for an ancient holy order. The torso of a young woman is found within the Vatican walls. Before Marcus can investigate properly there are other murders, starting with two young lovers in a car. THE HOUSE WITH NO ROOMS by Lesley Thomson, reviewed by Jim Beaman There’s a chilling case for detective’s daughter, Stella Darnell, as crimes of the past echo in the present. PERFECT REMAINS by Helen Field, reviewed by John Barnbrook Hikers find the remains of a body in a deserted Scottish bothy. There are clues to the identity of the victim but in reality she is screaming in fear in a locked Edinburgh basement. ORDEAL BY FIRE by Sarah Hawkswood, reviewed by John Cleal Veteran Sheriff Sergeant Catchpoll must catch a 12th century arsonist who has set fires which have killed two people – and at the same time cope with a keen, but inexperienced, new Under Sheriff. MOSKVA by Jack Grimwood, reviewed by Chris Roberts In December 1985, with the USSR crumbling, ex-paratrooper Tom Fox has been in Moscow less than a week when the ambassador’s daughter Alex goes missing. Tom makes it his job to get her home safe. LITTLE DEATHS by Emma Flint, reviewed by John Cleal Ruth Malone wakes one morning to find a window wide open and her two young children missing. It’s every mother’s nightmare – but Malone is not like other mothers. HER HUSBAND’S LOVE by Julia Crouch, reviewed by Kati Barr Taylor Louise is trying to move on from the horrific car accident that took her husband, Sam, and her children. But Sophie, Sam’s lover, is out to destroy Louise’s future. CUT ME IN by Ed McBain, reviewed by John Cleal No one liked tough literary agent Del Gilbert – not those he did business with, the women he cheated on, not even his partner in the agency. But when he is found shot in his office, Josh Blake must find the killer – and a missing contract potentially worth millions. A LIFE TO KILL by Matthew Hall, reviewed by Linda Wilson Coroner Jenny Cooper has to handle her hardest case to date, the inquest into the death of a young soldier in Afghanistan. A GOOD MONTH FOR MURDER by Del Quentin Wilbur, reviewed by Chris Roberts A factual depiction of a particularly active month for the police homicide unit in Prince George’s County, a suburban sprawl east of Washington, DC. A DIVIDED SPY by Charles Cumming, reviewed by Arnold Taylor Thomas Kell had decided his days with MI6 were over. Then an encounter with an MI5 employee offers him the chance of getting even with the Russian who he believes murdered his girlfriend. A DEATH IN THE FAMILY by Michael Stanley, reviewed by Ewa Sherman Wilmon Bengu is found murdered but his son detective Kubu isn’t allowed to investigate his father’s death. Kubu goes against his superiors but soon needs to follow a series of murders connected to the Chinese owners of a mining company. Best wishes Sharon