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 Kate Griffin in the Countdown hot seat. We’re on Twitter at: Crime Review: @CrimeReviewUK Linda Wilson: @CrimeReviewer Sharon Wheeler: @lartonmedia This week’s reviews are: I Know a Secret by Tess Gerritsen, reviewed by Sylvia Wilson Two bodies are found days apart in Boston, both drugged and both mutilated after death, but otherwise seemingly unrelated. The Dark Isle by Clare Carson, reviewed by John Cleal Sam returns to the island of Hoy, scene of her childhood holidays, to uncover the facts surrounding the death of her undercover policeman father. Shadows and Sun by Dominique Sylvain, reviewed by Chris Roberts Retired Paris policewoman Lola Jost and her friend Ingrid Diesel return in a tale of murky political goings-on which threaten valued ex-colleagues. Block 46 by Johana Gustawsson, reviewed by Arnold Taylor Emily Roy, a Quantico-trained officer in the Canadian Royal Mounted Police, currently working with Scotland Yard, becomes involved in a frantic search for a serial killer operating in both England and Sweden. The Last Place You Look by Kristen Lepionka, reviewed by Linda Wilson PI Roxane Weary is hired to find a woman who went missing 15 years ago and who may well hold the key to saving a man from Death Row. Sweet After Death by Valentina Giambanco, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor Detective Alice Madison is out of her comfort zone investigating a murder in an isolated town in midwinter. Quicksand by Malin Persson Giolito, reviewed by Ewa Sherman Rich teenager Maja Norberg is accused of killing four students and a teacher at school. As the trial starts, the prosecutor and the defender battle to prove their points. You Belong To Me by Colin Harrison, reviewed by Chris Roberts New York immigration lawyer and map enthusiast Paul Reeves gets involved in his neighbours’ marital friction, which generates a deadly struggle and an opportunity.
The Breakdown by BA Paris, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor Cass Anderson didn’t want to get out of her car that night in the storm. Now the woman she saw is dead. The Damselfly by SJI Holliday, reviewed by John Barnbrook In a small town in Scotland, a gifted girl is found murdered. And the townspeople are determined to take matters into their own hands. You Can Run by Steve Mosby, reviewed by Linda Wilson A stolen car crashes into a house, revealing an unexpected depth of horror. Safe by Ryan Gattis, reviewed by Chris Roberts Ricky ‘Ghost’ Mendoza cracks safes for the DEA, and when he opens a safe full of cash decides to take it. Not for himself, but for others, in a last chance for redemption. Yesterday by Felicia Yap, reviewed by John Barnbrook There are two types of people in an alternative reality: Monos, who can only remember yesterday, and Duos, who can remember the last two days. In a taboo marriage, Mono Claire marries the famous Duo author, Mark. When a body is discovered in the River Cam, their life is torn apart by the ensuing investigation. Dark Asylum by ES Thomson, reviewed by John Cleal The principal physician at Angel Meadow asylum is found brutally murdered. The police concentrate on the inmates, but apothecary Jem Flockhart and Will Quartermain believe it an act of vengeance. Ruined Stones by Eric Reed, reviewed by Chris Roberts Grace Baxter arrives in Newcastle in 1941 as a junior policewoman and is immediately put to work investigating the death of a woman amongst the remains of a Roman temple. The Night Stalker by Clare Donoghue, reviewed by Linda Wilson Met detectives Lockyer and Bennett are sent to Somerset to investigate a suspicious fatal car accident and find themselves working in the shadow of a 200-year-old murder. The Coroner’s Daughter by Andrew Hughes, reviewed by John Cleal A nursemaid conceals her pregnancy then murders her newborn, but before an inquest can be held, she is found dead. Abigail Lawless, daughter of Dublin’s coroner, investigates and is drawn into a world of zealotry and danger. The Warehouse by SS Mausoof, reviewed by Chris Roberts A Pakistani insurance surveyor is tempted into a lucrative job in a very dangerous part of the country, and is launched into a series of harrowing adventures. The Room by the Lake by Emma Dibdin, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor Caitlin leaves behind her life in London and heads for New York in search of a new start. Instead of a job in a coffee shop and a cheap apartment, she finds herself drawn to the simplicity of life in a cult. Genuine Fraud by E Lockhart, reviewed by Linda Wilson Imogen has everything that Jule wants in life: she’s rich, spoilt and gets everything she wants. Jule is determined to have a slice of Imogen’s cake. Maybe even the whole cake … Best wishes Sharon