Sign of the Day: Books
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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 Nadia Dalbuono in the Countdown hot seat: We’re on Twitter at: Crime Review: @CrimeReviewUK Linda Wilson: @CrimeReviewer Sharon Wheeler: @lartonmedia This week’s reviews are: INSIDIOUS INTENT by Val McDermid, reviewed by Linda Wilson DCI Carol Hill and psychological profiler Tony Hill are up against a forensically aware killer who is determined to stay one step ahead of them, and is succeeding all too well. SINCE WE FELL by Dennis Lehane, reviewed by Chris Roberts Rachel has only a vague memory of a father who left home when she was three, a desertion at the root of her vulnerability. She finds a man prepared to accept her problems, only to discover he is not what he purports to be. CONFLICTS OF INTERST by Terry Stiastny, reviewed by Arnold Taylor Former journalist Lawrence Leith’s life in a French village is disrupted when an old friend comes to visit. THE SECRETS SHE KEEPS by Michael Robotham, reviewed by Kati BarrTaylor When Meghan’s seemingly perfect life is revealed to be a tissue of lies, the results are devastating. THE ZEALOT’S BONES by David Mark, reviewed by John Cleal A Canadian academic, seeking the bones of the apostle Simon the Zealot, hires a discredited and psychologically damaged Afghan war hero as his bodyguard. When a woman who briefly brought peace to the soldier’s troubled mind is murdered, he sets out to bring her vengeance. IQ by Joe Ede, reviewed by Chris Roberts Asiah Quintabe, known as IQ, is presented with a testing puzzle when he is asked to find out who is threatening rapper Calvin Wright, better known as Black the Knife. RHYMING RINGS by David Gemmell, reviewed by Linda Wilson A serial killer is at work in west London. Young journalist Jeremy Miller desperately wants to cover the story, and soon finds an unusual angle: a woman who claims to be able to experience the victims’ dying moments. THE STRANGER by Saskia Sarginson, reviewed by Sue Kelso Ryan Ellie hasn’t been completely honest with her beloved husband Ed and now it’s too late. Suddenly her past choices threaten to destroy her chances of happiness. THE LAST NIGHT AT TREMORE BEACH by Mikel Santiago, reviewed by Kate Balfour A successful musician, wounded by a recent divorce, seeks inspiration and renewal on the wild north west coast of Ireland. He is, literally, struck by lightning and starts to have nightmare visions which foretell horror for him, his friends and his family. THE HOURS BEFORE DAWN by Celia Fremlin, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor Stressed suburban wife and mother Louise is grateful that their new lodger is quiet and educated, seemingly the perfect houseguest. But appearances can be deceptive. SOULS OF AIR by Mons Kallentoft, reviewed by Ewa Sherman Malin Fors, Linköping’s top detective, deals with a matter too close for comfort – her daughter Tove has discovered the dead body of one of the residents at the care home where she works. FATAL CROSSING by Lone Theils, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor Journalist Nora Sand discovers that a decades-old cold case concerning two missing girls is about to become too hot to handle. DYING TO LIVE by Michael Stanley, reviewed by Chris Roberts A dead bushman is only the first of a series of deaths brought to the attention of Assistant Superintendent ‘Kubu’ Bengu and Detective Samantha Khama. COPYCAT by Alex Lake, reviewed by Sharon Wheeler Sarah Havenant has a good job and a family – but this starts to crumble when a friend points out that there are two Facebook pages out there with her name on. TIME TO WIN by Harry Brett, reviewed by John Cleal When local crime boss Rich Goodwin is pulled from the river, it looks like suicide. But Goodwin had many enemies and as his widow Tatiana struggles to take over his business, she quickly learns that power comes at a price. THE RIVIERA EXPRESS by TP Fielden, reviewed by Anthea Hawdon The death of one person in a small Devonshire seaside town could be misfortune. Two the same day convinces reporter Judy Dimont that something is going on. STRANGE MAGIC by Syd Moore, reviewed by John Barnbrook Rosie Strange has inherited the Essex Witch Museum from her estranged grandfather. She doesn't want it and is determined to sell it, but her first visit catapults her into the hunt for the bones of a buried witch, a crusade to save the life of a young boy and the uncovering of satanic worship. THE WYCHFORD POISONING CASE by Anthony Berkeley, reviewed by John Cleal French-born Mrs Jacqueline Bentley is to hang for the poisoning of her husband. Novelist, amateur criminologist and psychological detective Roger Sheringham sets out to prove even her own lawyers wrong and unmask the real killer. I AM TRAITOR by Sif Sigmarsdottir, reviewed by Linda Wilson The alien invaders have already taken Amy Sullivan’s brother and her best friend. Now they’re coming for her. CONTAGION by Teri Terry, reviewed by Linda Wilson Eleven-year-old Callie Tanzer disappeared a year ago. Shay is the last person to have seen her alive. While a mysterious flu epidemic sweeps across Scotland, Shay and Callie’s older brother Kai continue the search for the missing girl. Best wishes Sharon
Up this morning in KRL a review & giveaway of "Dead to Begin With" by Bill Crider along with an interesting interview with Bill http://kingsriverlife.com/09/23/dead-to-begin-by-bill-crider/ Also a review & giveaway of "Familiar Trouble" the first in a new cat mystery series by Carolyn Haines & an interesting guest post by Carolyn about how this series came to be http://kingsriverlife.com/09/23/familiar-trouble-by-carolyn-haines/ And a review & giveaway of "Dressed to Confess" by Diane Vallere http://kingsriverlife.com/09/23/dressed-to-confess-by-diane-vallere/ And a mystery short story by Cathi Stoler http://kingsriverlife.com/09/23/fatal-flaw-mystery-short-story/ We also have a review & giveaway of "The Last Place You Look" a debut mystery novel by Kristen Lepionka & an interesting interview with Kristen http://kingsriverlife.com/09/23/the-last-place-you-look-by-kristen-lepionka/ And a review of the Leafy Hollow Mystery series by Rickie Blair, a giveaway, & an interesting interview with Rickie http://kingsriverlife.com/09/23/the-leafy-hollow-mysteries-series-by-rickie-blair/ Over on KRL News & Reviews we have a review & giveaway of "Student Body" by Susan Rogers Cooper http://www.krlnews.com/2017/09/student-body-ej-pugh-mystery-by-susan.html Happy reading, Lorie
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