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 thriller writer Matthew Reilly in the Countdown hot seat. We’re on Twitter at: Crime Review: @CrimeReviewUK Linda Wilson: @CrimeReviewer Sharon Wheeler: @lartonmedia This week’s reviews are: SHADOW KILL by Chris Ryan, reviewed by Linda Wilson SAS man John Porter is sent into war-torn Sierra Leone to find and bring back Ronald Soames, the regiment’s former commanding officer, the man Porter believes was responsible for trashing his career. SIRENS by Joseph Knox, reviewed by Chris Roberts DC Aidan Waites is working undercover to expose a corrupt colleague in Manchester police headquarters when the job is complicated by runaway teenager Isabelle, whose powerful father expects Waites to protect her. CORPUS by Rory Clements, reviewed by John Cleal American lecturer Tom Wilde, a specialist in Elizabethan espionage history, is dragged into political conspiracies as Communists and Nazis vie for influence over the English throne. MAIGRET’S FIRST CASE by Georges Simenon, reviewed by Arnold Taylor Maigret is informed of a possible case of murder in the early hours of the morning. When a young man knocks on the door of the house to investigate, he is beaten up by a manservant. Maigret decides to pay a visit to the house. DEEP DOWN DEAD by Steph Broadribb, reviewed by Linda Wilson Bounty hunter Lori Anderson has to bring in another fugitive who’s skipped bail. But the first problem is the person she’s after is the man who taught her all she knows about the job. The second problem is that she has to bring him in with her nine-year-old daughter in tow. BRIGHTON by Michael Harvey, reviewed by John Cleal Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Kevin Pearce learns an old friend is prime suspect in a string of murders. He heads home to protect the secret they share and face both an elusive killer and his own conscience. THE KILLING ROOM by Peter May, reviewed by Chris Roberts American pathologist Margaret Campbell returns to China, this time to Shanghai, to assist the police when they discover a mass grave containing butchered women. CUT by Mark Raabe, reviewed by Ewa Sherman Gabriel’s pregnant girlfriend is abducted. To find her and the serial killer he is forced to face the horrific past he’s been running away from for nearly three decades.
KILLING KATE by Alex Lake, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor Kate is away on holiday when the first woman is killed. But the second victim is too close for comfort, in every way. THE PROMETHEUS MAN by Scott Reardon, reviewed by John Barnbrook CIA Agent Tom Blake is on the trail of a man with enhanced physical abilities, intending to revenge himself on the people who killed his brother. THE TOURIST by Robert Dickinson, reviewed by Linda Wilson When a tourist from the future goes missing after a trip to a 21st century shopping mall, it falls to her travel rep to get her back safely. THE SIGN OF FEAR by Robert Ryan, reviewed by John Cleal As London cowers under German aerial bombardment, Doctor John Watson must solve the kidnap of leading government officials and the mystery of a lost ambulance ship. THE SATANIC MECHANIC by Sally Andrew, reviewed by Chris Roberts When a South African bushman is poisoned, an expert in sauces helps with the case, but is threatened herself before the culprit is caught. BEFORE I LET YOU IN by Jenny Blackhurst, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor Even though Karen is an experienced psychiatrist, nothing could prepare her for the day she opens her door to Jessica. THE PENNY HEART by Martine Bailey, reviewed by Sylvia Maughan Peter and Michael, two 18th century gentlemen, are duped at a Manchester public house. Michael catches the criminal, a young woman called Mary Jebb, who is subsequently deported to Botany Bay. How sweet is her revenge for this cruel punishment. SMOKE OVER MALIBU by Tim Walker, reviewed by Chris Roberts One-time screenwriter Lucky gets a call about an old friend who has gone missing, and his boss at Bart’s Olde California is assaulted during the theft of a cookie jar. QUARRY’S DEAL by Max Allan Collins, reviewed by John Cleal Quarry follows a killer from a steamy Florida singles resort back to his own territory. But this killer is a beautiful woman and the ex-Marine wonders if he may have met his match. PENDULUM by Adam Hamdy, reviewed by Jim Beaman A man wakes to find a noose around his neck. He is about to die. Why has he been targeted? LAWLESS AND THE FLOWERS OF SIN by William Sutton, reviewed by John Cleal As a reluctant Inspector of Vice, Campbell Lawless must make a reckoning of London’s houses of ill repute. His inquiries draw the attention of powerful men, merciless in defending their reputations. URBAN OUTLAWS: COUNTERSTRIKE by Peter Jay Black, reviewed by Linda Wilson The Urban Outlaws face their toughest test – breaking into a top-secret facility to steal Medusa, the ultimate weapon. Best wishes Sharon