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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 James Carol in the Countdown hot seat: We’re on Twitter at: Crime Review: @CrimeReviewUK Linda Wilson: @CrimeReviewer Sharon Wheeler: @lartonmedia This week’s reviews are: THE THIRD NERO by Lindsey Davis, reviewed by John Cleal Flavia Albia must expose a plotter at the heart of Rome’s government who could plunge the city and empire into civil war. THE GIRL FROM VENICE by Martin Cruz Smith, reviewed by Arnold Taylor One night, whilst fishing in the Venice lagoon, a young man, Cenzo, comes across a girl’s body. It turns out that she is still alive but in great trouble and he finds himself compelled to help her. QUIETER THAN KILLING by Sarah Hilary, reviewed by Linda Wilson While DI Marnie Rome and DS Noah Jake investigate a seemingly random series of violent attacks in London, Marnie also has to come face to face with the demons from her own past. MURDER NEVER KNOCKS by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins, reviewed by John Cleal Out-of-town killers seem to be lining up for a crack at tough PI Mike Hammer as violence follows him and his beautiful partner Velda into the poshest of all crime scenes. LIVE BY NIGHT by Dennis Lehane, reviewed by Chris Roberts When Joe Coughlin and the Bartolo brothers raid a back-room card game, they are surprised to find a party of thugs working for one of the biggest gangsters in town. Joe falls in love with the girl serving drinks. DEAD WOMAN WALKING by Sharon Bolton, reviewed by Linda Wilson The lone survivor of a hot air balloon crash has to go on the run to stay ahead of the ruthless killer responsible for the disaster. HIDDEN KILLERS by Lynda La Plante, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor Jane Tennison, newly promoted to DC, is about to earn a reputation as either a young, tenacious detective or a thorn in the Met’s side when she digs her claws in to two seemingly open-and-shut cases. THE BOOK OF LOST THINGS by John Connolly, reviewed by John Barnbrook David desperately misses his dead mother, despises his new stepmother and detests his new half-brother. These emotions attract the attention the Crooked Man who draws David into a dark and disturbing land where he must grow in strength and determination in order to survive.
THE HOUSE OF FOUR by Barbara Nadel, reviewed by Chris Roberts Inspector Cetin Ikmen investigates the death of four siblings, each living on a separate floor of a single apartment building, stabbed by the same hand. MURDERBILIA by Craig Robertson, reviewed by Linda Wilson The son of a prominent MSP is murdered and hung from a bridge in full view of a train load of commuters. Despite being officially off the case and at home on sick leave, DI Rachel Narey is determined to uncover the identity of the killer. CAST IRON by Peter May, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor Forensic expert Enzo Macleod is reviewing the murder of a 20-year old girl, another French cold case that stretches back half a lifetime. THE ROYAL GHOST by Linda Stratmann, reviewed by John Cleal A scandalous booklet attracts the attention of spiritualist Arthur Wallace Hope – and also young Mina Scarletti, a writer of horror stories and investigator of psychic phenomena, who suspects fraud. THE DROWNING CHILD by Alex Barclay, reviewed by Chris Roberts FBI Special Agent Ren Bryce is called to Tate, Portland, when 12-year-old Caleb Veir is reported missing, but the locals are reluctant to spill their secrets. BURNED AND BROKEN by Mark Hardie, reviewed by John Cleal A DI, the subject of an internal investigation, is found burned to death. A vulnerable young woman, fresh from the care system, tries to discover the truth about the death of her friend. SOMETIMES I LIE by Alice Feeney, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor She can hear every word. She knows she is in danger. There is nothing she can do. HAWKWOOD by Jack Ludlow, reviewed by John Cleal After the two great battles of the 100 Years War, newly-knighted Sir John Hawkwood, hoping to make his fortune, joins a mercenary band. FIND ME by JS Monroe, reviewed by Jim Beaman A young man is convinced that his girlfriend didn’t commit suicide and that she is still alive and in danger. A THOUSAND CUTS by Thomas Mogford, reviewed by Chris Roberts Spike Sanguinetti acts for a man accused of assault and finds links to wartime events which even now remain mysterious, with connections to people he knows well. THE TUNNEL by Carl-Johan Vallgren, reviewed by Ewa Sherman Danny Katz searches for the killer of his former drug dealer Ramón. While following the faint trail of Ramón’s missing girlfriend Jenny, Katz is pulled into the darkest corners of Stockholm’s porn industry. WITH MALICE by Eileen Cook, reviewed by Linda Wilson Jill wakes up in hospital with the last six weeks of her life missing. Something terrible has happened. She just wishes someone would tell her what it is. Best wishes Sharon
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 Oscar de Muriel in the Countdown hot seat: http://crimereview.co.uk/page.php/interview/4687 We’re on Twitter at: Crime Review: @CrimeReviewUK Linda Wilson: @CrimeReviewer Sharon Wheeler: @lartonmedia This week’s reviews are: A HANDFUL OF ASHES by Rob McCarthy, reviewed by Linda Wilson When a notorious whistleblower is found dead, she appears to have taken her own life, but force medical examiner Dr Harry Kent isn’t convinced things are as straightforward as that. THE WICKED GO TO HELL by Frédéric Dard, reviewed by Chris Roberts A secret service agent is imprisoned with a spy, and instructed to engineer an escape for the pair in the expectation that the spy’s boss will then make contact and be revealed. THE PERILS OF COMMAND by David Donachie, reviewed by John Cleal Pressed man John Pearce, now a Lieutenant, faces scheming and possible death as he continues his feuds with senior officers and pursues his pregnant lover across Italy. THE ONE MEMORY OF FLORA BANKS by Emily Barr, reviewed by Linda Wilson Flora Banks has been unable to make new memories since she had an operation at the age of ten. Her life is lived through the pages of a notebook that remind her who she is and where she lives. But all that changes when Flora kisses a boy. THE VERDICT OF TWELVE by Raymond Postgate, reviewed by Chris Roberts Twelve members of the jury exercise their highly subjective judgement on a woman accused of poisoning her nephew. THE ICE LANDS by Steinar Bragi, reviewed by Ewa Sherman Four friends embark on a road trip to escape reality and to heal their professional and personal lives. But their adventure takes a macabre turn when they crash in the fog into a strange farmhouse, fortified and barricaded, and surrounded by butchered animals. THE FOURTEENTH LETTER by Claire Evans, reviewed by John Cleal A girl is murdered at her engagement party. William Lamb must keep a deadly secret and deliver a cryptic message, but finds a morass of madness, crime and murder. THE FIFTH GOSPEL by Ian Caldwell, reviewed by John Barnbrook When Father Alex Andreou, a Greek Orthodox priest, finds the body of Ugolina Nogara in the gardens of Castel Gandolfo, the retreat of the Pope, he becomes party to machinations within the Vatican that will rock the whole establishment of the Catholic Church.
THE DRY by Jane Harper, reviewed by Chris Roberts Policeman Aaron Falk returns to his rural hometown for the funeral of a childhood friend and family. But Falk’s investigation into the recent killings is complicated by another death long ago. THE DEAD SHALL BE RAISED and MURDER OF A QUACK by George Bellairs, reviewed by John Cleal Two stories featuring Scotland Yard Inspector Littlejohn, the first a very cold case which springs to life with the discovery of a body on a lonely moor, and the other the killing of a homeopathic practitioner in a Norfolk village. MODERN CRIME by Chris Nickson, reviewed by John Cleal WPC Lottie Armstrong, one of Leeds’ first women officers, battles prejudice and ignorance as she struggles to find a missing girl and solve a murder. MAIGRET TAKES A ROOM by Georges Simenon, reviewed by Arnold Taylor Janvier, one of Maigret’s inspectors, is shot and wounded whilst keeping watch on a boarding house as part of an investigation into a night club robbery. Madame Maigret is away visiting her sister in hospital and so Maigret takes a room there. KILL THE FATHER by Sandrone Dazieri, reviewed by Jim Beaman A kidnapper appears to be back in action in Rome after being dormant for decades. Two of Italy’s top analytical minds investigate. JERICHO’S WAR by Gerald Seymour, reviewed by Arnold Taylor Corrie Franklin has escaped Jihadist capture following a failed mission in Syria, and is recruited for another dangerous operation in Yemen. THE WRONG CASE by James Crumley, reviewed by Chris Roberts PI Milton Milodragovitch reluctantly accepts a request from Helen Duffy to find her brother Raymond. The investigation is revealing, if only about Milo. LIVING DEATH by Graham Masterton, reviewed by John Cleal Detective Superintendent Katie Maguire and her team are stretched to their limit. Illegal drugs in Cork are at an all-time high. A gang of dog-nappers is terrorising kennel owners. A girl leaves a nightclub – and disappears. Katie realises the three crimes may be connected. FELLSIDE by MR Carey, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor Jess doesn’t know who she is or why she is in hospital until she hears the word murder. DON’T TURN OUT THE LIGHTS by Bernard Minier, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor When Christine Steinmeyer finds a suicide note in her mailbox, her busy life begins to unravel. BEHIND HER EYES by Sarah Pinbrough, reviewed by Sylvia Maughan David and Adele seem like the perfect couple. Louise befriends both of them and soon finds that things are not what they seem. SPEAKING IN BONES by Kathy Reichs, reviewed by Linda Wilson Some bones found near a remote mountain beauty spot lead forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan into an investigation into a young woman’s disappearance. Best wishes Sharon www.crimereview.co.uk
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