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 David Baldacci in the Countdown hot seat: We’re on Twitter at: Crime Review: @CrimeReviewUK Linda Wilson: @CrimeReviewer Sharon Wheeler: @lartonmedia This week’s reviews are: HERE AND GONE by Haylen Beck, reviewed by Linda Wilson Audra and her two children have escaped an abusive husband, but her road-trip across the US turns out to be a case of out of the frying pan into the fire when Sean and Louise are abducted. EXTREME PREY by John Sandford, reviewed by Chris Roberts Lucas Davenport is called in when a presidential candidate is threatened with assassination. FRAMED by Ronnie O’Sullivan, reviewed by John Cleal Snooker hall owner Frankie James sets out to prove his wild younger brother’s innocence of a gangland murder and must face the police, gang bosses and warped killers. THE TEMPLARS’ LAST SECRET by Martin Walker, reviewed by Linda Wilson When the body of an unknown woman is found at the base of the walls of a ruined castle, Bruno, Chief of Police, is called to investigate. THE CROW GIRL by Erik Axl Sund, reviewed by Ewa Sherman A gruesome discovery leads Detective Superintendent Jeanette Kihlberg into a horrendous world of abuse of trafficked children, and also into a personal and professional relationship with a psychotherapist working with young victims of abuse. THE YORKSHIRE WITCH: THE LIFE AND TRIAL OF MARY BATEMAN, by Summer Strevens, reviewed by Kim Fleet The true story of 19th century thief, con artist and poisoner Mary Bateman, known as the Yorkshire Witch. THREE ENVELOPES by Nir Hezroni, reviewed by Chris Roberts A notebook held by a law firm for ten years before its delivery reveals a terrifying pattern of mass murders and a pitiless perpetrator who has not finished yet. WRONG PLACE by Michelle Davies, reviewed by Kate Balfour DC Maggie Neville has to juggle two roles and two cases - an attempted murder/suicide, and a serious assault on an elderly lady - until the investigations begin to intertwine, and lead to echoes of a missing person from 16 years before.
THE MARSH KING’S DAUGHTER by Karen Dionne, reviewed by John Barnbrook Helena was raised in isolation, schooled in woodcraft and knew no different until the day she and her mother escaped. Now her father has escaped from prison and she needs all her childhood skills to catch him. BEFORE THE DAWN by Jake Woodhouse, reviewed by Chris Roberts Detective Inspector Jaap Rykel heads an investigation into a series of murders of young women, a task which draws in his girlfriend Tanya and colleague Kees. BASED ON A TRUE STORY by Delphine de Vigan, reviewed by Arnold Taylor Authoress Delphine is signing autographs following the publication of a hit novel when she encounters L for the first time and is totally fascinated by her. THE TROPHY CHILD by Paula Daly, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor Karen Bloom’s family is cracking under her demands for perfection. Then her daughter Bronte goes missing, and the cracks become gaping chasms. THE CLEANER by Elizabeth Herrmann, reviewed by John Barnbrook Judith Kepler cleans up crime scenes. Called upon to clean the house of a murdered woman, she is dragged back to her unhappy past. THE MAGICIAN’S LIE by Greer Macallister, reviewed by John Cleal The Amazing Arden, the most notorious female illusionist of her day and renowned for sawing a man in half, is questioned by a small-town policeman over the apparent murder of her husband. CRIMSON LAKE by Candice Fox, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor He was in prison for 241 days, she for ten years. But which side of the law are they on? RETRIBUTION ROAD by Antonin Varenne, reviewed by John Cleal East India Company Sergeant Arthur Bowman is sent on a secret mission. Years later as a drink and drug addicted policeman, he stumbles on a vile murder and knows only someone who shared his Burmese prison could have committed the crime. FIERCE KINGDOM by Gin Phillips, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor A family trip to the zoo turns into a fight for survival – but it is not the animals Joan must fear. ELEMENTARY MURDER by AJ Wright, reviewed by John Cleal A would-be teacher is found dead inside a locked classroom. DS Michael Brennan suspects her death is not the suicide it seems. THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas, reviewed by Linda Wilson Sixteen-year-old Starr is the only witness to the shooting, by a police officer, of her friend Khalil, a killing that comes close to tearing her neighbourhood apart. THE TRAP by Alan Gibbons, reviewed by Linda Wilson With the help of an undercover agent, the security services are engaged in a desperate race to stop a terror attack. Best wishes Sharon