Sunday, July 23, 2017

Crime Review Update

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

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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.

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

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.

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