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