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