Saturday, May 27, 2017

Crime Review Update: New Issue

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

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This week’s reviews are:

PRUSSIAN BLUE by Philip Kerr, reviewed by Chris Roberts
Bernie Gunther takes flight from a Stasi apparatchik in 1956, putting him
in mind of his 1939 investigation into a murder at the Berchtesgaden.

MASK OF SHADOWS by Oscar de Muriel, reviewed by John Cleal
London’s top luvvies bring the Scottish Play – and its curse – north of the
border and create a scene of chaos and corpses for paranormal investigators
Inspectors Frey and ‘Nine Nails’ McGray.

MAIGRET AND THE TALL WOMAN by Georges Simenon, reviewed by Arnold Taylor
Maigret receives a surprise visit from a former prostitute he had arrested
many years before. She tells a strange story and asks for his help.

FROST AT MIDNIGHT by James Henry, reviewed by Linda Wilson
DI Jack Frost has a wedding and a murder to contend with in Denton during
the hot summer of 1983. And then a woman goes missing.

THE CITY IN DARKNESS by Michael Russell, reviewed by Chris Roberts
In 1939, neutrality distances Ireland from the struggle in Europe, but the
Irish Special Branch have plenty of concerns about what is happening at

WRITTEN IN BONES by James Oswald, reviewed by Linda Wilson
DI Tony Maclean is given the unenviable job of discovering why a former
bent copper has ended up impaled on top of a tree in an Edinburgh park.

ROGUES’ HOLIDAY by Margery Allingham writing as Maxwell March, reviewed by
John Cleal
Inspector David Blest, unhappy when his superiors curtail his investigation
into the apparent suicide of a young man-about-town, takes a break at a
posh seaside hotel, where the distinguished lawyer, whose account of events
leaves him dissatisfied, is also staying

UNDER THE HARROW by Flynn Berry, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor
Nora is expecting a home-cooked dinner with her sister. That will never
happen again. 
MISTRESS OF THE JUST LAND by David Ashton, reviewed by John Cleal
Jean Brash, a child of the streets, now madam of Edinburgh’s finest
brothel, sets out to discover who killed an unpopular judge and left his
body in her cellar.

DOG FIGHT by Michael J Malone, reviewed by Linda Wilson
An underground fight ring is sucking in former soldiers living on the
streets with promises of big money. But the risks are high and there’s no
easy way out.

DEATH GOING DOWN by María Angélica Bosco, reviewed by Chris Roberts
A beautiful young woman is found dead in the lift of a luxury Buenos Aires
apartment block. Inspector Ericort and his assistant Blasi try to find out

ARROWOOD by Mick Finlay, reviewed by John Cleal
A missing-person case for down-at-heel private eye William Arrowood and his
friend Norman Barnett spirals into an investigation of sexual exploitation,
perversion, murder and terrorism.

CHAMELEON PEOPLE by Hans Olav Lahlum, reviewed by Ewa Sherman
Inspector Kolbjørn Kristiansen’s quiet evening is shattered when a young
cyclist turns up at his apartment. He has run away from a crime scene but
proclaims his innocence, even though he’s in possession of a bloodied knife
used to kill a prominent politician.

BLACKOUT by Marc Elsberg, reviewed by Jim Beaman
Someone is wiping out electrical power all over Europe. Can Piero Manzano
stop the blackout before it’s too late?

BLACK NIGHT FALLING by Rod Reynolds, reviewed by John Cleal
Reporter Charlie Yates answers a plea from a former colleague and is
plunged into a stew of small town corruption and murder.

SIREN by Annemarie Neary, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor
Roisin Burns has spent the last 25 years hiding out in New York, living,
breathing and creating memories of herself as Sheen. But it is all a lie.

THE WATERS OF ETERNAL YOUTH BY Donna Leon, reviewed by Sylvia Maughan
Commissario Brunetti is asked to investigate the case of a young girl who
nearly drowned 15 years ago. Brain damage has left her trapped in the
mindset of the young girl. He must find out how she came to be in the
water, and whether she fell or was pushed.

THE BLACK PANTHER by Gordon Lowe, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor
January 1975. A girl is missing. But this is no teenage prank, as her
mother and the whole of Britain is about to find out.

THE MISSING HOURS by Emma Kavanagh, reviewed by John Barnbrook
Selena Cole disappears leaving her two young daughters alone in a
playground. Meanwhile, on an isolated mountain road, the body of a young
man is found. Against a background of commercial kidnap and rescue work,
the police investigation leads to some surprising connections.

THE CRUELTY by Scott Bergstrom, reviewed by Linda Wilson
When Gwen Bloom’s diplomat father goes missing, she’s forced to take
matters into her own hands if she ever wants to see him again.

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