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 Lesley Thomson in the Countdown hot seat: http://crimereview.co.uk/page.php/interview/4469 We’re on Twitter at: Crime Review: @CrimeReviewUK Linda Wilson: @CrimeReviewer Sharon Wheeler: @lartonmedia This week’s reviews are: ALL OF A WINTER’S NIGHT by Phil Rickman, reviewed by Linda Wilson Exorcist Merrily Watkins knows that Aidan Lloyd’s funeral was too perfunctory and too impersonal. But what she doesn’t know is how to put things right to enable the dead man to sleep easily in his grave. BLOOD FOR BLOOD by JM Smyth, reviewed by John Cleal Criminal brain Red Dock steals a policeman’s daughter to begin a carefully planned, brutal and barbaric revenge on the family who put him and his twin brother into care. MY SISTER’S BONES by Nuala Ellwood, reviewed by John Barnbrook Kate Rafter is a successful war correspondent who returns to her childhood home in Herne Bay. Something had gone wrong in her past and her helpful brother-in-law seems to be the most likely person to help THE KINGDOM by Fuminori Nakamura, reviewed by Chris Roberts Yurika poses as a prostitute to obtain compromising photographs of men. Life gets complicated when one of her targets turns out to be a powerful man who knows what she has been doing. HAUNT ME by Liz Kessler, reviewed by Linda Wilson When Erin and her family move into a new house, she’s not expecting to find someone already living in her bedroom, especially not the ghost of its former occupant. THE PASSENGER by FR Tallis, reviewed by Arnold Taylor It is 1941 and the Battle of the Atlantic is at its height. U-Boat U330 receives a heavily encoded message to pick up two prisoners from a ship just off the coast of Iceland. They carry out the order and, in doing so, put the submarine in grave danger. GATHERING PREY by John Sandford, reviewed by Chris Roberts Lucas Davenport gets a call for help via his daughter Letty from a traveller whose friend has gone missing. What he uncovers takes him on a wild ride across northern central USA. THE WRONG SIDE OF GOODBYE by Michael Connelly, reviewed by Linda Wilson A reclusive billionaire hires Harry Bosch to find a missing woman. But there are plenty of people who don’t want her to be found.
LADY COP MAKES TROUBLE by Amy Stewart, reviewed by John Cleal Constance Kopp, America’s first female deputy sheriff, discovers her position may be in jeopardy because of the law. When a German conman escapes her custody, she must find him to save the job she loves. CRUEL MERCY by David Mark, reviewed by Chris Roberts DS Aector McAvoy is visiting New York to trace a traveller, his wife’s brother Valentine Teague. Two members of a rival clan, the Heldens, have been shot and unless Valentine is cleared a long-standing feud may be reawakened. RAGDOLL by Daniel Cole, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor Detective Sergeant Fawkes is called to a horrific crime scene where there is only one body, but clearly six victims. THW HEIRS OF OWAIN GLYNDWR by Peter Murphy, reviewed by Jim Beaman A group of Welsh activists are on trial for plotting to plant a bomb in Caernarfon Castle during the investiture of the Prince of Wales in 1969. BELOVED POISON by ES Thomson, reviewed by John Cleal St Saviour’s Infirmary in London awaits demolition. Apothecary Jem Flockhart uncovers six tiny coffins and her search for their meaning reveals a long forgotten past and sparks a series of murders. THE GIRL BEFORE by JP Delaney, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor Like Emma had before, Jane can’t turn down the offer of the minimalistic house, despite the rules that go with renting it. But who was Emma, and how did she die? NO PLACE LIKE HOME by Kerry Wilkinson, reviewed by Linda Wilson Craig Macklin’s parents owe money and the interest is mounting at a rate they can’t keep pace with, but when Craig tries to help out, he finds that paying the money back isn’t easy. THE DEVIL’S FEAST by MJ Carter, reviewed by John Cleal Afghan war hero Captain William Avery, a reluctant sleuth, investigates a horrible death at the Reform, London’s grandest gentleman’s club – a death the club is desperate to keep quiet. THE HANGING TREE by Ben Aaronovitch, reviewed by Anthea Hawdon Life was always going to get complicated for Peter Grant when Lady Ty's teenage daughter is involved with a drug overdose at a party, but matters quickly become more complicated with the involvement of a magical book and the Faceless Man. ATHENIAN BLUES by Pol Koutsakis, reviewed by Chris Roberts Contract killer Stratos Gazis is contacted by the beautiful actress Aliki: her husband beats her, and she wants him dead. Stratos decides to do a little investigating before he accepts the job. THE OTHER SON by Alexander Soderberg, reviewed by Ewa Sherman Sophie Brinkmann is an ordinary nurse who regrets falling in love with the major crime lord Hector Guzman. But following a vicious attack he is left in coma and she has to take control of his empire, as both his friends and enemies won’t leave her in peace. BIRTHRIGHT by David Hingley, reviewed by John Cleal Widowed Mercia Blakewood must gamble everything she loves to save her family and inheritance. Her quest takes her to the New World at a time of historic change. Best wishes Sharon