Sunday, February 05, 2017

New issue of Crime Review

We feature new 20 reviews in each issue of Crime Review (, together with a top industry interview. This time
it’s author Frances Brody in the Countdown hot seat:

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This week’s reviews are:
Say a Little Prayer by Giles O’Bryen, reviewed by Jim Beaman
An intelligence officer has to rescue a girl from child traffickers in 1999

Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions by Mario Giordano, reviewed by Sylvia
Auntie Poldi decides to move to Sicily. When she discovers the body of her
handyman on the beach, shot through the head, she decides to investigate.

Silverfin by Charlie Higson, reviewed by Linda Wilson
Something sinister is stirring in the deep waters of Loch Silverfin. Young
James Bond investigates the disappearance of a friend’s young cousin and
soon ends up in a whole heap of trouble.

A Dying Breed by  Peter Hanington, reviewed by Chris Roberts
An explosion in Kabul is followed by expressions of regret about the death
of an American ally at the hands of the Taliban, but journalist William
Carver uncovers facts suggesting a different story.

The Chelsea Strangler by Susanna Gregory, reviewed by John Cleal
Thomas Chaloner investigates murder, plots and robbery while the plague
rages in London.

The Invisible Man From Salem by Christoffer Carlssen, reviewed by Ewa
Disgraced police officer Leo Junker is first on the murder scene at his
apartment block when a young woman is shot dead. But he’s shocked to
discover her holding a familiar necklace. This event starts unravelling
some strange connections to his youth.

The House of Fame by Oliver Harris, reviewed by John Barnbrook
Nick Belsey is a disgraced policeman, living in a recently closed police
station. An insistent knocking at the door introduces him to a woman who is
searching for him by name, to help her to find her missing son. Helping her
leads Nick into the world of celebrity, obsessive adoration and corruption.

The Fourth Sacrifice by Peter May, reviewed by Chris Roberts
American forensic pathologist Margaret Campbell assists the Beijing police
in their investigation into a series of beheadings.

The Four Legendary Kingdoms by Matthew Reilly, reviewed by Linda Wilson
Jack West Jnr must fight for his life, and the lives of his friends, in a
series of hellish gladiatorial combats.

The Age of Treachery by Gavin Scott, reviewed by John Cleal
When a close friend is accused of murder, Oxford fellow and wartime SOE
agent Duncan Forrester sets out to prove his innocence, following the trail
of evidence from the ruins of Berlin to the forests of Norway – and
discovers, that for some, the war is not over.

Rise the Dark by Michael Koryta, reviewed by Linda Wilson
The search for his wife’s killer takes Markus Novak back to his roots in
Montana where he has to go up against an attempt to cause a severe and
disruptive power outage.

The 3rd Woman by Jonathan Freedland, reviewed by John Cleal
When her younger sister is found dead, apparently from an OD, investigative
reporter Madison Webb refuses to accept the official verdict and begins her
own inquiries. These lead her into a dangerous web of state and
international politics, greed and corruption.

A Time to Die by Tom Wood, reviewed by Chris Roberts
In a dull grey town outside Paris, a teenage girl becomes obsessed with a
glamorous American who offers the dream of a more exciting future.

The Black Friar by SG MacLean, reviewed by John Cleal
Damian Seeker, captain of Cromwell’s guard, faces sedition, armed
rebellion, a Royalist spy in his own ranks and the threat of a Stuart

My Husband’s Son by Deborah O’Connor, reviewed by Linda Wilson
Five years ago, Jason’s son Barney went missing. But when his new wife
Heidi sees a boy she thinks is Barney, Jason isn’t convinced. Heidi is
convinced she’s right. Jason just wants her to drop the subject. Who’s

Mister Memory by Marcus Sedgwick, reviewed by John Cleal
In post-Commune Paris, in the last year of the 19th century, a man with a
perfect memory murders his wife. But that is just the start of the story.

Mercy Killing by Lisa Cutts, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor
The murder of a sex offender could be seen as a mercy killing, but the East
Rise police must put their sentiments behind them and treat this like any
other crime.

Maigret at the Coroner’s by Georges Simenon, reviewed by Arnold Taylor
Maigret, visiting the United States to familiarise himself with American
police methods, finds himself a spectator at a coroner’s inquest into the
death of a young woman.

Daisy in Chains by Sharon Bolton, reviewed by Linda Wilson
Hamish Wolfe is in prison for the murder of three women. Lawyer and true
crime writer Maggie Rose has succeeded in having convictions quashed in the
past, but she has no intention of taking Wolfe on as a client, despite
entreaties from his fan club.

Crush by Frederic Dard, reviewed by Chris Roberts
In a dull grey town outside Paris, a teenage girl becomes obsessed with a
glamorous American who offers the dream of a more exciting future.

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