Saturday, March 18, 2017

Crime Review Update for 3/18/17

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

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This week’s reviews are:

THE BONE FIELD by Simon Kernick, reviewed by Linda Wilson

The discovery of the bodies of two murdered women, one of whom went missing
in Thailand in 1990, opens two cold cases that soon become very hot to

WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW by JoAnn Chaney, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor

Denver, 2008. Two detectives discover the bodies of 33 murder victims.
Seven years later, their killer is on death row, but the body count is just
about to go up.

UNDER A WATCHFUL EYE by Adam Nevill, reviewed by Jim Beaman

Horror story writer Seb Logan is being watched. He doesn’t know by whom and
nobody else can see the dark figure stalking him.

THE WHISTLER by John Grisham, reviewed by Chris Roberts

Lacy Stoltz, lawyer at Florida’s Board on Judicial Conduct, meets a man
representing a whistleblower who claims a judge is in deep with organised
crime - the Gulf Mafia.

THE SECRET by Katerina Diamond, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor

The hunt is on for DS Bridget Reid, who has been working as an undercover
prostitute in Exeter.

THE METHOD by Shannon Kirk, reviewed by Linda Wilson

Pregnant teenagers are going missing, and it’s Special Agent Roger Liu’s
job to find them.

THE ICE BENEATH HER by Camilla Grebe, reviewed by Ewa Sherman

A beheaded body of a young woman is found in an upmarket home of a
controversial retail king. Stockholm’s homicide detectives and a criminal
profiler are shocked when they realise that the murder resembles an
unsolved case from years ago

THE DEATH OF KINGS by Rennie Airth, reviewed by John Cleal

Retired Chief Inspector John Madden re-examines a ten-year-old murder amid
fears that the wrong man was hanged for the crime.
 THE CHALK PIT by Elly Griffiths, reviewed by Linda Wilson

The disappearance of one rough sleeper and the deaths of two others all
seem to have a connection to the mysterious network of old tunnels under
the city of Norwich.

SUMMARY JUSTICE by John Fairfax, reviewed by Chris Roberts

Barrister William Benson defends his first client from an accusation of
murder, the crime for which he himself was convicted.

THE ASHES OF BERLIN by Luke McCallin, reviewed by John Cleal

Inspector Gregor Reinhardt, back in Berlin after the war ends, must track
down a serial killer, but his investigation is interfered with by the
political interests of the occupying powers and a group of ex-Nazis.

REVENGE IN A COLD RIVER by Anne Perry, reviewed by Sylvia Maughan

Commander Monk is called to look at a corpse that has been fished out of
the Thames. Not only was the man drowned but he had also been shot in the
back. Why is it so important for Monk to investigate?

HIGHBRIDGE by Phil Redmond, reviewed by John Cleal

Janey Carlton has been killed by her own car, stolen by a junkie mugger.
When her murder remains unsolved after three years, her brothers and her
widower set out to gain revenge.

HEADS YOU DIE by Steve Cole, reviewed by Linda Wilson

James Bond and his friend Hugo have to go up against Scolopendra Industries
to save the life of a family friend.

YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE by Jonathan Ames, reviewed by John Cleal

Joe, a former FBI agent and Marine, is a gun for hire. He’s employed to
rescue a senator’s daughter from a Manhattan brothel, and stumbles into a
deadly web of conspiracy.

DEVASTATION ROAD by Jason Hewitt, reviewed by Chris Roberts

A man awakens bereft of memory, and wanders across a Germany devastated by
conflict in the company of two others, both also struggling with the
upheavals of wartime.

DEEP BLUE by Alan Judd, reviewed by Arnold Taylor

Charles Thoroughgood, Head of MI6, agrees to an informal request from MI5
to look into a case involving a group of political activists calling
themselves Action Against Authority. Legal reasons prevent MI5 itself from
pursuing the case because the group is linked to a political party – the

BROTHERHOOD IN DEATH by JD Robb, reviewed by John Barnbrook

Lieutenant Eve Dallas has a dear friend, Dennis, who is injured when he
walks in on the abduction of his cousin, Senator Edward Mira. Investigation
uncovers dark sordid secrets that involve not only the senator but also a
circle of his friends, a group bonded by ritual and cruelty.

GUILTY MINDS by Joseph Finder, reviewed by Chris Roberts

An on-line scandal sheet threatens to publish a story about a Supreme Court
justice and a prostitute. PI Nick Heller has to show the judge has been
framed before the story goes live

OPERATION GOODWOOD by Sara Sheridan, reviewed by John Cleal

Mirabelle Bevan escapes a fire in her block of flats, but her racing driver
neighbour is found hanged. When it is established he was murdered,
Mirabelle investigates – and meets a wall of lies and evasion.

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