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 Mark Sennen in the Countdown hot seat: We’re on Twitter at: Crime Review: @CrimeReviewUK Linda Wilson: @CrimeReviewer Sharon Wheeler: @lartonmedia This week’s reviews are: HOME by Harlan Coben, reviewed by Linda Wilson Ten years ago, two six-year-old boys were kidnapped. Now one of them has been found and reunited with his family. But the search for the second boy continues. THE LYING GAME by Ruth Ware, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor Four women are reunited after 17 years in hiding. And if they don’t get their stories straight, it is the end of the lying game – and maybe even their lives. THE BOY WHO SAW by Simon Toyne, reviewed by John Cleal An old Jewish tailor, a survivor of the Nazi death camps, is tortured and killed. He leaves a cryptic message for his granddaughter who is forced to flee with her young son in the company of the mysterious Solomon Creed who believes he must save the boy in order to save himself. MAIGRET, LOGNON AND THE GANGSTERS by Georges Simenon, reviewed by Arnold Taylor Maigret receives a call from the wife of the lugubrious Inspector Lognon to say that her husband has disappeared and that men have broken into her house. He decides that he needs to visit her to see what is happening. NEVER ALONE by Elizabeth Haynes, reviewed by Chris Roberts Sarah Carpenter lives alone in an isolated farmhouse, so when an old friend needs somewhere to stay, she’s happy to help. But not everything is as it seems. DEATH TRAP by Anna Smith, reviewed by John Cleal Reporter Rosie Gilmour, investigating a white slavery ring, is hunted by a sadistic killer. CURSED by Thomas Enger, reviewed by Ewa Sherman Crime reporter Henning Juul, scarred emotionally and physically, becomes involved in his ex-wife Nora Klemetsen’s search for a missing woman. The investigation leads them into the sinister past of a very wealthy Norwegian family. LOVE ME NOT by MJ Arlidge, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor Invisible killers, a legacy of suspicion, and time running out will all help to push DI Helen Grace and those around her beyond the limits.
APPRENTICE IN DEATH by JD Robb, reviewed by John Barnbrook A sniper targets skaters at the ice ring in Central Park. And it is likely that more deaths will follow. TRESPASS by Anthony J Quinn, reviewed by John Cleal Inspector Celcius Daly investigates the abduction of a boy by a group of travellers suspected of smuggling and organised crime and uncovers a link to an unsolved ‘disappearance’ during the Troubles. THE PEARL THIEF by Elizabeth Wein, reviewed by Linda Wilson Julie Beaufort-Stuart’s ancestral home has been sold and is being turned into a school. Her family’s treasures are being catalogued ready for auction, but then the archivist disappears and Julie is attacked. THE LIGHTERMAN by Simon Michael, reviewed by Chris Roberts Barrister Charles Holborne takes on the defence of his cousin Izzy, a river lighterman accused of murder, but finds the job complicated by the enmity of Ronnie Kray. THE DEAD WOMAN OF DEPTFORD by Ann Granger, reviewed by John Cleal Scotland Yard Inspector Ben Ross is summoned to the battered body of a moneylender in south London’s old naval dockyard. He soon discovers the last person to see the dead woman alive was a feckless young doctor – who is almost a part of his own family! THE BOOK OF MIRRORS by EO Chirovici, reviewed by Chris Roberts In Princeton, 1987, a renowned psychologist is bludgeoned to death. It takes 30 years and several attempts at investigation before the culprit is finally identified. DEATH MESSAGE by Kate London, reviewed by Linda Wilson The last time DS Sarah Collins came across DC Lizzie Griffiths, she was investigating her for possible professional misconduct. Now the two women have to find out if they can work together. SACRIFICE by Hanna Winter, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor When Lena Peters is called in to profile a serial killer in Berlin, the resentment is palpable – both from the police on the team and the killer. PURGED by Peter Laws, reviewed by Jim Beaman Ex-Christian minister Matt Hunter is on the trail of a killer who is determined to save the souls of his victims. MAD OR BAD: CRIME AND INSANITY IN VICTORIAN BRITAIN by David J Vaughan, reviewed by Kim Fleet A history of the insanity plea and how ‘mad doctors’, judges and the public reacted to claims some criminals weren’t bad, just mad. GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS by WHS McIntyre, reviewed by Chris Roberts Criminal defence lawyer Robbie Munro has a new crop of clients, including a junior lawyer on a drugs charge and a dying woman with a lottery win seeking an errant husband. BEWARE THAT GIRL by Teresa Toten, reviewed by Linda Wilson Olivia is rich, well-connected and lives a life of luxury. She has everything that Kate aspires to. To meet her goals, Kate needs to get close to Olivia. But can Kate be trusted? Best wishes Sharon