Saturday, August 19, 2017

New Issue of Crime Review

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

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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

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

Sherlock Holmes and John Watson investigate a fiendish plot in Imperial
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

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

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.

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