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 Robin Stevens in the Countdown hot seat: http://crimereview.co.uk/page.php/interview/4629 We’re on Twitter at: Crime Review: @CrimeReviewUK Linda Wilson: @CrimeReviewer Sharon Wheeler: @lartonmedia This week’s reviews are: THE MAN WHO WASN’T THERE by Michael Hjorth and Hans Rosenfeldt, reviewed by Ewa Sherman The long-buried bodies of six people are found in a mountain grave. The Criminal Investigation Department from Stockholm, including brilliant but arrogant profiler Sebastian Bergman, is called to the scene. WAR HAWK by James Rollins and Grant Blackwood, reviewed by John Cleal Ex-Ranger Tucker Wayne helps a former army colleague on the run from assassins hunting her and her son and enters a hi-tech world of conspiracy, obsession and murder. THE HISTORY OF BLOOD by Paul Mendelson, reviewed by Chris Roberts The daughter of an assassinated politician is found dead in a Cape Town motel, her stomach full of cocaine. Police establish a link to an extended web of crime. THE ACID TEST by Elmer Mendoza, reviewed by Chris Roberts Detective ‘Lefty’ Mendieta is determined to find the killer of an exotic dancer, while around him the conflict of two rival gangs of narcotics traffickers comes to a head. STRIKING MURDER by AJ Wright, reviewed by John Cleal An unpopular mine owner is murdered at the height of a strike. Detective Sergeant Michael Brennan discovers that with a town full of suspects there are more questions than answers. SPOOK STREET by Mick Herron, reviewed by Arnold Taylor Jackson Lamb, head of Slough House, is called to identify a body discovered in the residence of a former senior spy, now suffering from dementia. He confirms that the dead man was one of his agents. SAND by Wolfgang Herrndorf, reviewed by Chris Roberts Following the murder of four westerners in an oasis town in the North African desert, a man without memory appears, trying to make sense of his location and the various groups pursuing him. MURDER BY GHOSTLIGHT by JC Briggs, reviewed by John Cleal Journalist, social reformer, novelist and actor Charles Dickens returns to the theatre where he has been appearing to find a member of the cast shot dead and a weapon on the stage – and is arrested as prime suspect with a smoking gun in his hand.
LIQUIDATOR by Andy Mulligan, reviewed by Linda Wilson A disparate bunch of teenagers take on the might of a global corporation in a race to save the life of a boy they’ve never even met. LET THE DEAD SPEAK by Jane Casey, reviewed by Linda Wilson A young woman returns home to find her mother missing and the house covered in her blood. Newly-promoted DS Maeve Kerrigan has to deal with both a murder inquiry without a body and abrasive DI Josh Derwent. KILLER LOOK by Linda Fairstein, reviewed by Chris Roberts Fashion icon Wolf Savage is found dead in a hotel room, an apparent suicide. Assistant DA Alex Cooper and her NYPD boyfriend Mike Chapman investigate. FOREIGN AGENT, by Brad Thor, reviewed by Arnold Taylor The CIA is looking to find an agent with the necessary skills to deal with increasing numbers of terrorist outrages in Europe. It finds him in the person of Scott Horvath, but Moscow already has its own operative working under very deep cover. EVIL GAMES by Angela Marsons, reviewed by Jim Beaman Detective Inspector Kim Stone’s latest adversary is a sociopath who manipulates the most vulnerable into killing. CLOSE YOUR EYES by Michael Robotham, reviewed by John Barnbrook Clinical psychologist Joe O’Loughlin is drawn unwillingly to help solve a double murder - a mother and daughter found in odd circumstances in a remote farmhouse. This involvement leads to Joe’s family becoming endangered by the attention of the damaged murderer. BURNING by Danielle Rollins, reviewed by Linda Wilson Life at Brunesfield Correctional Facility is grim at the best of times, but then when a new inmate arrives, strange and dangerous things start to happen. BLOOD TORMENT by TF Muir, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor DCI Andy Gilchrist and his team are on the case of a missing three-year-old girl. But is this abduction a kidnapping or murder? And how involved is the girl’s mother? BLOOD SYMMETRY by Kate Rhodes, reviewed by John Cleal A woman and her son are abducted. The boy is found wandering and, soon after, a pack of the woman’s blood is left on a doorstep. Forensic psychologist Alice Quentin must help the traumatised child uncover his memories. BETWEEN ENEMIES by Andrew Molesini, reviewed by Sylvia Maughan During the first world war an elderly family and their grandson are living in their villa in the Italian countryside close to the front line. The family must cope when the villa is requisitioned by enemy armies. BABY DOLL by Hollie Overton, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor Lily escapes with her daughter after eight years in captivity, to find her fight for survival has only just begun. ALL THINGS CEASE TO APPEAR by Elizabeth Brundage, reviewed by John Cleal A college professor discovers his wife as the victim of an axe killer in their farmhouse near Albany and his three-year-old daughter alone – the second tragedy in an apparently cursed house. Best wishes Sharon