Friday, May 12, 2017

New Issue of Crime Review

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

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This week’s reviews are:

STRIKE LIGHTNING by Steve Cole, reviewed by Linda Wilson

Young James Bond and his friend Perry Mandeville team up with the
indomitable Kitty Drift to foil a plot that threatens the security of their

BOAR ISLAND by Nevada Barr, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor

National Park Service Ranger Anna Pigeon must solve a crime that’s too
close to home when her friend’s daughter becomes victim to a

HOSTAGE by Jamie Doward, reviewed by Arnold Taylor

A man has been kidnapped, though there is no question of a ransom. He is
locked in a car and succumbs to carbon monoxide poisoning. Soon others will
be killed, but nobody knows why.

CONSPIRACY by SJ Parris, reviewed by John Cleal

Renegade monk, philosopher and heretic Giordano Bruno is caught in the
middle of political and religious strife when he investigates the murder of
a friend.

ROAD KILL by Hanna Jameson, reviewed by Chris Roberts

Club owner Ronnie goes on a road trip across the US with his friend Eli to
search for an enemy, while UK employee Daisy tries to hold the club

THE MINE by Antti Tuomainen, reviewed by Ewa Sherman

Investigative reporter Janne Vuori travels to the north of Finland to
uncover the truth about an industrial corruption threatening lives and
environment in the area by a nickel mine.

THE CONTRACT by JM Gulvin, reviewed by Chris Roberts

It’s 1967 and Texas Ranger John Quarrie finds evidence of a murder. He
follows the trail to New Orleans, where he comes up against a conspiracy at
the top levels of society.

AN EMPTY COAST by Tony Park, reviewed by John Cleal

Semi-retired mercenary Sonja Kurtz is on a mission of personal revenge,
when her daughter in Namibia sends a call for help. The student
archaeologist has discovered a body which sparks a hunt for the location of
a treasure that people will kill for. 
THE SPECIAL GIRLS by Isabelle Grey, reviewed by John Barnbrook

DI Grace Fisher is called in to investigate a violent death in a camp for
anorexic girls, only to then find herself investigating historical
allegations of child abuse by the man running the programme.

MEDEA’S CURSE by Anne Buist, reviewed by Kati-Barr-Taylor

When Natalie receives the first note, she drops it in the bin. But with
each new increasingly threatening message, she starts to fear for her

THE BLOOD CARD by Ell Griffiths, reviewed by John Cleal

On the eve of the Coronation, DI Edgar Stephens and magician Max Mephisto
uncover an anarchist plot while they attempt to find the killer of their
wartime commander.

NOTHING SHORT OF DYING by Erik Storey, reviewed by Chris Roberts

Clyde Barr is back in the USA after 16 years fighting abroad, the last two
in a Mexican jail. When he finds his sister is in trouble he sets out to
track her down.

THE RULE OF FEAR by Luke Delaney, reviewed by Linda Wilson

Sergeant Jack King is destined for higher things but, for now, his job is
to bring some much-needed law and order to the notorious Grove Wood estate.

MURDER ON THE SERPENTINE by Anne Perry, reviewed by John Cleal

An ageing Queen Victoria asks Special Branch Commander Thomas Pitt to look
into the strange death of one of her closest confidantes who, on her
behalf, had been investigating the influence of a wealthy playboy on the
Prince of Wales.

TRUTH WILL OUT by AD Garrett, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor

Professor Nick Fennimore will need more than just his forensic gifts when a
mother and daughter are abducted in circumstances shockingly similar to his
own wife and daughter’s kidnap.

MODESTY BLAISE: CHILDREN OF LUCIFER by Peter O’Donnell (illustrated by
Enric Badia Romero), reviewed by Linda Wilson

Three new stories see Modesty Blaise and Willie Garvin go up against
seemingly impossible odds in their own, inimitable way.

DEFENDER by GX Todd, reviewed by Jim Beaman

In a post-apocalyptic world Pilgrim listens to the Voice in his head as he
travels. Voice has a purpose, but Pilgrim doesn’t know what it is yet.

THE PICTURES by Guy Bolton, reviewed by Chris Roberts

LAPD detective Jonathan Craine has spent a career keeping the stars of
Hollywood out of trouble, but finds there are limits to his willingness to
look the other way.

ONLY DAUGHTER by Anna Snoekstra, reviewed by Sylvia Maughan

A young woman decides to impersonate Rebecca who went missing some years
ago. She resembles her in looks and would have been the same age. Not until
she moves in with Rebecca’s family and begins to lead her life does she
have any qualms about this course of action. Just how much danger is she in?

TAKEDOWN by Stephen Leather, reviewed by Linda Wilson

Hitman Lex Harper is contracted by former MI5 operative Charlotte Button to
take out a former special forces soldier who has thrown his lot in with
Islamic terrorists and is intending a high-profile attack on British soil.

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