Friday, September 01, 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 Michael J Malone in the Countdown hot seat:

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This week’s reviews are:

WANT YOU GONE by Chris Brookmyre, reviewed by Madeleine Marsh

No sooner has reporter Jack Parlabane landed his dream job than he finds
himself blackmailed into helping a hacker steal a mysterious prototype from
the research and development lab of a company with an equally mysterious

GOOD FRIDAY by Lynda La Plante, reviewed by John Cleal

Detective Constable Jane Tennison is a key witness to the IRA bombing of a
tube station. As she fights to forget the dreadful scenes, a chance
sighting exposes a terrorist plot to strike a deadly blow at London’s

TWO NIGHTS by Kathy Reichs, reviewed by Linda Wilson

PI Sunnie Night is asked to investigate a bomb blast from a year ago and to
hunt for a teenager missing since then.

BLACKWATER by James Henry, reviewed by John Cleal

A shipment of amphetamines lands on the Essex coast and sparks a series of
killings. An unproven team of detectives must solve the problem – while
they also learn how to work and get on with each other

FAITHLESS by Kjell Ola Dahl, reviewed by Ewa Sherman

When a scalded body of a woman wrapped in plastic is found in a dumpster,
Inspector Frank Frølich has to search for the killer – and also to face his
private nearly-forgotten demons.

DON’T LET GO by Michel Bussi, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor

Martial Bellion’s wife is missing and even his daughter thinks he has
killed her.

THE JUDGE AND HIS HANGMAN by Friedrich Dürrenmatt, reviewed by Chris Roberts

The murder of a policeman turns out to be the final act in a life-long
struggle between Inspector Berlach and his nemesis, a criminal mastermind.

MAIGRET’S REVOLVER by Georges Simenon, reviewed by Arnold Taylor

Maigret receives a call from his wife telling him that a young man wants to
see him. When he arrives the young man has left, taking with him Maigret’s
VICIOUS CIRCLE by CJ Box, reviewed by Chris Roberts

Game Warden Joe Pickett’s history with the Cates clan has given rise to a
vicious circle of hatred which pitches his family into a fight for their

A HIGH MORTALITY OF DOVES, by Kate Ellis, reviewed by John Cleal

Scotland Yard Inspector Albert Lincoln, a scarred survivor of the war on
the Western Front, is sent to a remote Derbyshire village to solve a series
of bizarre killings.

ELLE by Philippe Djian, reviewed by Arnold Taylor

Michelle has been raped and knows that the incident should have upset her
more than it did, but she has other problems, both personal and
work-related, and has to find a way to cope with them.

COLD KILLERS by Lee Weeks, reviewed by Chris Smart

An East End feud has the potential to lead to murder.

FAMILY MATTERS by Anthony Rolls, reviewed by Sylvia Wilson

Robert Arthur Kewdingham is an eccentric failure of a middle-aged man with
an attractive, exotic wife. When both a local doctor and a bohemian
bachelor from London are attracted to her, murder ensues.

THE SECOND DAY OF THE RENAISSANCE by Timothy Williams, reviewed by Sylvia

Just as Piero Trotti is getting used to retirement from the police, he is
made aware of a threat from the past. It becomes all too real on a trip he
makes to Rome for his god-daughter’s wedding.

TREACHEROUS STRAND by Andrea Carter, reviewed by Linda Wilson

When solicitor Ben O’Keefe is told that one of her clients has apparently
committed suicide, she isn’t convinced, and is determined to do some
investigating of her own.

LOST GIRLS by Angela Marsons, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor

Two young girls are missing. And a depraved auction is about to begin – one
which will destroy two families.

DARK DAWN OVER STEEP HOUSE by MRC Kasasian, reviewed by John Cleal

After the daughter of a respected naval captain, is ‘outraged’ on the dirty
and dangerous streets of Limehouse and her attacker vanishes, a chance
encounter in a cafe brings a new victim to light, and sets March and Grice
on the trail of a serial offender.

CHAOS by Patricia Cornwell, reviewed by John Barnbrook

Kay Scarpetta is called to investigate the death of a young woman during an
intolerable heatwave. The data appears to be inexplicable and yet she feels
that it may have consequences beyond what is apparent.

FATEFUL MORNINGS by Tom Bouman, reviewed by Chris Roberts

Carpenter Kevin O’Keefe reports his girlfriend Penny missing and admits to
a shooting. County policeman Henry Farrell tries to find out what has been
going on.

THE GUGGENHEIM MYSTERY by Robin Stevens, reviewed by Linda Wilson

Twelve-year-old Ted Stark, his sister and cousin investigate the theft of a
priceless work of art.

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