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 Michael J Malone in the Countdown hot seat: http://crimereview.co.uk/page.php/interview/5220 This is our 100th edition! Many thanks to you all for your support of the site. We hope you’ll stay with us for the next 100 editions, and many more! We’re on Twitter at: Crime Review: @CrimeReviewUK Linda Wilson: @CrimeReviewer Sharon Wheeler: @lartonmedia 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 history. 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 police. 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 revolver.
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 survival. 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 Maughan 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. Best wishes Sharon