Sign of the Day: Books
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Up in KRL this morning a review & giveaway of "Yews with Caution" by Kate Collins along with a fun guest post by Kate about yews http://kingsriverlife.com/06/24/yews-with-caution-by-kate-collins/ Also up reviews & giveaways of several mysteries for your summer reading fun-"A Just Clause": A Booktown Mystery by Lorna Barrett, "Trumpet of Death": Martha’s Vineyard Mystery by Cynthia Riggs, "Antiques Frame": A Trash ’n’ Treasures Mystery by Barbara Allan, & "Dead and Berried": Cranberry Cove series by Peg Peg Cochran http://kingsriverlife.com/06/24/summer-reading-mystery-catch-up/ And up, perfect for your 4th of July reading, a review & giveaway of "Blood Red, White and Blue" by Kathleen Delaney http://kingsriverlife.com/06/24/blood-red-white-and-blue-by-kathleen-delaney/ Also up a review & giveaway (of a signed copy) of "The Spy Across the Table" by Barry Lancet http://kingsriverlife.com/06/24/the-spy-across-the-table-by-barry-lancet/ And a review & giveaway of "Ivy Get Your Gun," another fun theatre related mystery by Cindy Brown, along with an interesting interview with Cindy http://kingsriverlife.com/06/24/ivy-get-your-gun-by-cindy-brown/ And the latest mystery Coming Attractions from Sunny Frazier http://kingsriverlife.com/06/24/coming-attractions-fun-beach-reads-ahead-for-a-great-summer/ And over on KRL Reviews & News a review & giveaway of "Too Lucky to Live" by Annie Hogsett http://krlreviews.blogspot.com/2017/06/too-lucky-to-live-by-annie-hogsett.html Happy reading, Lorie
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 Susan Wilkins in the Countdown hot seat: http://crimereview.co.uk/page.php/interview/4950 We’re on Twitter at: Crime Review: @CrimeReviewUK Linda Wilson: @CrimeReviewer Sharon Wheeler: @lartonmedia This week’s reviews are: THE LONG DROP by Denise Mina, reviewed by Arnold Taylor William Watt, a Glasgow businessman widely suspected of murdering his wife, daughter and sister-in-law, has arranged a meeting with a known criminal, Peter Manuel, who claims to have information that will establish Watt’s innocence. THE BEAUTIFUL DEAD by Belinda Bauer, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor Eve Singer, crime correspondent for iWitness News, needs murder: it pays the bills. For the killer who stabbed Layla Martin to death behind a glass door, murder is his art. Eve would say they are worlds apart. The killer wouldn’t. THE RESTLESS DEAD by Simon Beckett, reviewed by Linda Wilson Forensic anthropologist Dr David Hunter is called to give advice on a body washed up on the Essex marshes. The police seem to want an easy resolution to the case of a missing man, but Hunter isn’t convinced by the evidence and wants to delve deeper. BRIGHT SHINY THINGS by Barbara Nadel, reviewed by John Cleal Former soldier-turned-PI Lee Arnold enlists his Muslim assistant, Bangladeshi psychiatry graduate Mumtaz Hakim, in a daring deception to bring a self-confessed ISIS terrorist to the West. THE PLEDGE by Friedrich Dürrenmatt, reviewed by Chris Roberts A detective becomes fixated with a serial killer of young girls, and sacrifices his career and mental health in an attempt to bring the man to justice. FIRESIDE GOTHIC by Andrew Taylor, reviewed by John Cleal A trio of supernatural, eerie and haunting Gothic novellas. THE BURIAL HOUR by Jeffery Deaver, reviewed by Linda Wilson Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs travel to Italy on the trail of a serial kidnapper who likes to torture his victims in pursuit of some unusual goals. SWEETPEA by CJ Skuse, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor Rhiannon is an editorial assistant on a provincial newspaper, and despises her invisibility – except when her lofty morals drive her to kill.
STRANGE TIDE by Christopher Fowler, reviewed by Jim Beaman Bryant and May of the Peculiar Crimes Unit investigate when the body of a woman is found chained to a post in the River Thames. PURITAN by David Hingley, reviewed by John Cleal Mercia Blakewood hopes her search for Charles II’s missing paintings, which has taken her to America, has gained enough leverage to reclaim her family home. But when a new friend is murdered, she will not leave until the killer is found. THE BINDING SONG by Elodie Harper, reviewed by Linda Wilson Newly-appointed lead psychologist Janet Palmer is faced with a spate of suicides amongst the prisoners and a worrying climate of secrecy amongst the staff at Halvergate Prison. HERETICS by Leonardo Padura, reviewed by Chris Roberts Retired Cuban detective Mario Conde helps to trace the chain of possession of a Rembrandt portrait that was stolen and disappeared for 70 years. THE LAST DAYS OF NIGHT by Graham Moore, reviewed by John Cleal Brilliant novice lawyer Paul Cravath must help his first client withstand a $1 billion dollar patent suit – with the very future of electric light itself at stake. THE ROAD TO ITHACA by Ben Pastor, reviewed by Chris Roberts Wehrmacht officer Martin Von Bora lands in Crete immediately after the 1941 German invasion and is handed the investigation into a possible war crime. ROOTED IN DISHONOUR by Christina James, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor When an 18-year old girl disappears days after she meets her husband-to-be, DI Tim Yates is convinced this is his first encounter with an honour killing. THE NIGHT VISITOR by Lucy Atkins, reviewed by John Barnbrook Professor Olivia Sweetman, a noted historian, has used a Victorian diary to write the biography of one of the earliest women to become a doctor. But in the background is the ominous presence of the woman who gave her the diary, who could destroy her hard-earned reputation. GOOD GIRLS DON’T TELL by Liselotte Roll, reviewed by Ewa Sherman A tortured body of a man is found in an allotment shed. Inspector Magnus Kalo and his team are mystified, especially due to the lack of information about the victim. Eventually they find a connection to a past event in Argentina. LITTLE BONES by Sam Blake, reviewed by John Barnbrook Zoë Grant is an aspiring artist on the verge of a breakthrough with a local gallery. Garda Detective Cathy Connolly is called to investigate a break-in at Zoë’s home and discovers an old wedding dress, ripped open, with baby’s bones hidden in the hem. A NECESSARY EVIL by Abir Mukherjee, reviewed by Chris Roberts India 1920: Captain Wyndham and Sergeant Banerjee of the Calcutta police force visit the native state of Sambalpore to investigate the assassination of a Maharajah’s son. URBAN OUTLAWS: SHOCKWAVE by Peter Jay Black, reviewed by Linda Wilson The Urban Outlaws have been infected with a deadly virus and now their arch-enemy Hector Del Sarto is threatening to infect the whole of London – and the rest of the country – as well. He also has the antidote, and the Outlaws need it, fast. Best wishes Sharon
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 Brad Parks in the Countdown hot seat: http://crimereview.co.uk/page.php/interview/4894 We’re on Twitter at: Crime Review: @CrimeReviewUK Linda Wilson: @CrimeReviewer Sharon Wheeler: @lartonmedia This week’s reviews are: THE NATURE OF THE BEAST by Louise Penny, reviewed by Chris Roberts Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has retired to the small village of Three Pines. He goes back to work when a nine-year-old boy disappears, and discovers something in the woods that represents a threat to world safety. MISSISSIPPI BLOOD by Greg Iles, reviewed by John Cleal Dr Tom Cage is on trial for the murder of his former black nurse and lover, but refuses help from his lawyer son Penn. Meanwhile the whole Cage family is under threat from the Double Eagles, a savage KKK splinter group. LOVE LIKE BLOOD by Mark Billingham, reviewed by Linda Wilson The usually straitlaced DI Nicola Tanner teams up with archetypal maverick DI Tom Thorne to investigate a series of killings. THE LEGACY by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, reviewed by Ewa Sherman Out of his depth detective Huldar and the child psychologist Freyja must work together to get any information from seven-year-old Margrét, the only witness to her mother’s horrific murder. SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL by William Shaw, reviewed by John Cleal A prostitute with an influential client list is murdered. DS Cathal Breen finds himself blocked as the case assumes international importance. Meanwhile, his pregnant girlfriend, former WDC Helen Tozer, brings her intuition to the investigation – wanted or not! DEADLY GAME by Matt Johnson, reviewed by Linda Wilson Special Forces soldier-turned-police officer Robert Finlay is seconded to a unit investigating the trafficking of young women from Eastern Europe into sex slavery in the UK. THE WOLF CHILDREN by Cay Rademacher, reviewed by Arnold Taylor It’s 1947 and the long, freezing winter is over. The discovery of the body of a young boy, lying across an unexploded bomb in the ruins of Hamburg shipyard, sparks off an investigation which turns up further young victims. TATTLETALE by Sara J Naughton, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor Mags Mackenzie hasn’t spoken to her brother Abe for years, but she flies to his bedside after he falls down four flights of stairs. It looks like suicide, but something doesn’t ring true.
STASI WOLF by David Young, reviewed by Chris Roberts Oberleutnant Karin Muller is drafted south to assist in the recovery of two infant twins who have been abducted, a search that eventually becomes very personal. RECONCILIATION FOR THE DEAD by Paul Hardisty, reviewed by John Cleal Former SADF paratrooper Claymore Straker returns to South Africa to testify before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and seek absolution for his unwitting part in a horrifying act of inhumanity. THE WHITE ROAD by Sarah Lotz, reviewed by Linda Wilson Simon Newman has a bad reputation to live down. When he made a clandestine trip into a Welsh cave with another man, only Simon came out alive. Now he intends to make an attempt on Everest, the world’s highest mountain. THE STRANGE DISAPPEARANCE OF A BOLLYWOOD STAR by Vaseem Khan, reviewed by Chris Roberts The Baby Ganesh Detective Agency is called into action once again when an actor vanishes, disrupting the filming of a big-budget Bollywood spectacular. THE STOLEN CHILD by Sanjida Kay, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor Evie is the stolen child, the little girl artist Zoe Morley and her husband Ollie adopted. The little girl whose father wants her back. THE SALT MARSH by Clare Carson, reviewed by John Cleal Sam Coyle’s father lived and died in the shadows of undercover policing among the criminals, spies and radicals of Cold War London. He left nothing to his daughter but tradecraft, paranoia and enemies. THE HIT by Nadia Dalbuono, reviewed by Sylvia Maughan A television executive and his family are involved in a car accident. But things are not necessarily what they seem. DARKNESS by Karen Robards, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor Gina watches in horror as a plane explodes and debris crashes into the icy water around her. But her nightmare has only just begun. HER DARKEST NIGHTMARE by Brenda Novak, reviewed by John Barnbrook As a teenager, Evelyn Talbot was abducted, tortured and left for dead by her psychopathic boyfriend. Now, as an adult she has established a mental health facility in Alaska, specifically to research psychopaths. When the murders start suspicions and fear grow in the isolated community. THE KEEPER by Alastair Gunn, reviewed by Jim Beaman DCI Antonia Hawkins believes that the victims of a serial killer have all been kidnapped and then hunted down in a twisted game. AMNESIA by Michael Ridpath, reviewed by John Barnbrook Clémence is asked by her aged great aunt to look after an old friend, an octogenarian, who has lost his memory in a fall and is living in an isolated cottage in the Scottish Highlands. Helping him find his lost memories opens many unwelcome doors. THE AMATEURS by Sara Shepard, reviewed by Linda Wilson Case Not Closed is a website devoted to solving cold cases. When Aerin Kelly posts there about her sister’s disappearance and murder, several members decide to help. Best wishes Sharon
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