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 Louise Penny in the Countdown hot seat. We’re on Twitter at: Crime Review: @CrimeReviewUK Linda Wilson: @CrimeReviewer Sharon Wheeler: @lartonmedia This week’s reviews are: THE LATE SHOW by Michael Connelly, reviewed by Linda Wilson Detective Renée Ballard works the night shift in Hollywood, starting cases then handing them on as each new day rolls around. But now there are two investigations that she wants to stay part of. Unfortunately, her bosses don’t see things the same way. THE KILLER ON THE WALL by Emma Kavanagh, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor The three villagers leaning up against Hadrian’s wall could have been asleep, but even from a distance, 15-year-old Isla Bell knew they were dead. THE EXILED by Kati Heikkapelto, reviewed by Ewa Sherman Finnish police officer Anna Fekete returns to her home town in the former Yugoslavia for a well-deserved summer holiday. But when her handbag and passport are stolen, she realises that there are other deep-rooted reasons why the Romany thief chose to target her. KITTY PECK AND THE DAUGHTER OF SORROW, by Kate Griffin, reviewed by John Cleal Kitty Peck has inherited Paradise, her grandmother’s sprawling criminal empire in the Thames docklands. But the past casts a long shadow and she must face a criminal cabal intent on her humiliation and destruction. HUNTING THE HANGMAN by Howard Linskey, reviewed by Arnold Taylor A few thousand soldiers from the defeated Czech army made their way to Britain. Now their President in exile wants two of them to return to Czechoslovakia to undertake a special mission from which they are unlikely to return. THE UNQUIET DEAD by Ausma Zehanat Khan, reviewed by Chris Roberts A man found dead at the foot of Scarborough Bluffs, a Toronto suburb, proves to have a history in Bosnia, where he played a very active role in the slaughter. ROBERT B PARKER’S SLOW BURN by Ace Atkins, reviewed by Linda Wilson Boston PI Spenser investigates a fire in a disused church that left three firefighters dead. One of their colleagues is convinced the fire was arson. SHERLOCK HOMES AND THE NINE-DRAGON SIGIL by Tim Symonds, reviewed by Chris Smart Sherlock Holmes and John Watson investigate a fiendish plot in Imperial China.
MONSTER IN THE CLOSET by Karen Rose, reviewed by Sylvia Wilson Taylor Dawson comes to Baltimore to work as an intern equine therapist, but also to find her father, from whom she has been hidden by her mother since birth. EARTHLY REMAINS by Donna Leon, reviewed by Sylvia Maughan Commissario Brunetti is under strain at work and is sent away for a rest, but then an old man he’s made friends with goes missing. THE SUMMER OF IMPOSSIBLE THINGS by Rowan Coleman, reviewed by Madeleine Marsh After their mother’s suicide, two sisters fly to Brooklyn to sell the house their grandfather left. There, impossible events offer them the opportunity to change the past and affect the present. THE SHIMMERING ROAD by Hester Young, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor Charlie Cates’ mother and sister have been murdered, leaving a legacy she cannot ignore. THE IRREGULAR by HB Lyle, reviewed by John Cleal When a friend is murdered, Wiggins, once leader of Holmes’ Baker Street Irregulars, seeks revenge and becomes involved with Britain’s emerging security services. THE GOOD DAUGHTER by Alexandra Burt, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor Dahlia came home to uncover the truth about her childhood, but wasn’t expecting to find a woman buried in the woods. WHERE SHE WENT by BE Jones, reviewed by Linda Wilson TV journalist Melanie Black wakes up in bed next to a man she doesn’t know. And that’s not the least of her problems. She then realises that she’s dead. THREE DROPS OF BLOOD AND A CLOUD OF COCAINE by Quentin Mouron, reviewed by Chris Roberts When old Jimmy Henderson is found dead in his car, mutilated with a knife, both local sheriff Paul McCarthy and Franck, a visiting private detective, take an interest. THE WOMEN OF BAKER STREET by Michelle Birkby, reviewed by John Cleal Holmes’ landlady, Mrs Hudson, is in hospital, and thinks she sees a murder, but cannot be sure. Dr Watson’s wife Mary investigates a number of missing young boys. Gradually the two inquiries are drawn together and their lives are put in danger. PILL CITY by Kevin Deutsch, reviewed by Chris Roberts The true story of two tech-savvy Baltimore 18-year-olds who created a dark web drug delivery service for legal and illegal opiates across the US. THE DEATH HOUSE by Sarah Pinborough, reviewed by Linda Wilson Toby lives in the Death House, isolated from the world, confined with others who have tested positive for a defective gene. There’s only one way out of the house, and that’s not one any of the inmates wants to take. CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber, reviewed by John Barnbrook >From a young age, Scarlett has longed to go to Caraval, a magical event run by the famous Master Legend. Scarlett wants her and her sister to escape from her cruel father. Eventually she gets her wish but things do not happen as she expects. Best wishes Sharon