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 Vaseem Khan in the Countdown hot seat: http://crimereview.co.uk/page.php/interview/4791 We’re on Twitter at: Crime Review: @CrimeReviewUK Linda Wilson: @CrimeReviewer Sharon Wheeler: @lartonmedia 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 country. 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 cyberbully-turned-stalker. 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 together. 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 safety. 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. Best wishes Sharon