Friday, October 27, 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 Peter James in the Countdown hot seat:

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This week’s reviews are:

THE EMPTY GRAVE by Jonathan Stroud, reviewed by Linda Wilson
Lockwood and Co are up against enemies old and new as the series reaches a
shattering climax.

THE INNOCENT MAN by John Grisham, reviewed by Kim Fleet
A true account of how an innocent man was convicted of rape and murder, and
ended up on death row.

A GRAVE CONCERN by Susanna Gregory, reviewed by John Cleal
With passions over the election of a replacement for its murdered
chancellor running high and a killer at large, physician/detective Matt
Bartholomew and Brother Michael fear for the future of Cambridge University.

MAIGRET IS AFRAID by Georges Simenon, reviewed by Arnold Taylor
Maigret is on a train returning from an international police conference
when an expensively-dressed man recognises him and begins to engage him in
conversation. He seems to know why Maigret is on the train.

THE FURTHEST STATION by Ben Aaronovitch, reviewed by Linda Wilson
When things that normally go bump in the night start disturbing commuters
on the tube, PC Peter Grant gets dispatched to sort out the problem.

WOLVES IN THE DARK by Gunnar Staalesen, reviewed by Ewa Sherman
Bergen’s most famous private investigator Varg Veum is accused of being
part of a paedophile ring and thrown into jail. Desperate to clear his
name, he must unravel his own hazy memories of failed jobs and
uncomfortable assignments.

THE SOLDIER’S CURSE by Meg and Tom Keneally, reviewed by John Cleal
Gentleman convict Hugh Monserrat must solve the murder of the young wife of
his penal colony’s commandant to save the life of his friend, falsely
accused of the killing.

NIGHT MARKET by Daniel Pembrey, reviewed by Chris Roberts
Detective Henk van der Pol is enmeshed in a conspiracy that incorporates
senior figures in the justice system, but is unsure in which direction to
point the finger.

LOW HEIGHTS by Pascal Garnier, reviewed by Arnold Taylor
Edouard Lavenant is retired and in his 70s. He lives alone in a country
town apart from Thérèse, his long-suffering housekeeper, and believes he is
being watched.

EVERY DARK CORNER by Karen Rose, reviewed by Kati Barr Taylor
There is a predator in Cincinnati, hunting teenage children for the
internet sex trade. FBI special agents Kate Coppola and Decker Davenport
are on the trail.

WATCH HER DISAPPEAR by Eva Dolan, reviewed by Linda Wilson
DI Zigic and DS Ferreira of the Peterborough Hate Crimes unit are on the
hunt for the killer of a transgender woman.

CITY OF MASKS by SD Sykes, reviewed by John Cleal
Oswald de Lacy, Lord Somershill, is in Venice on a pilgrimage to the Holy
Land. On a night of carnival, he finds a dead man and is plunged into the
secrets and intrigues of the City on the Sea.

RIGHT BEHIND YOU by Lisa Gardner, reviewed by Sylvia Wilson
At nine years old, Telly Ray Nash killed his abusive father to save his own
and his sister’s lives. Now eight years later, it seems that he has gone on
a killing spree.

WYCHWOOD by George Mann, reviewed by Linda Wilson
The sleepy Oxfordshire countryside is darkened by a series of macabre
murders re-enacting an ancient legend.

DR KNOX by Peter Spiegelman, reviewed by Chris Roberts
A young boy suffering an allergic reaction is brought to Dr Adam Knox’s
clinic. His mother, a beaten Romanian woman, takes off, leaving Knox with a
big problem.

PLAYING WITH DEATH by Simon Scarrow and Lee Francis , reviewed by Kati
The more FBI Special Agent Rose Blake investigates, the more she realises
that a twisted video game has only one outcome – murder.

A GAME OF GHOSTS by John Connolly, reviewed by John Barnbrook
Mysterious ghost-like figures appear to certain people, and then those
people are killed. They are the Brethren and they and their descendants
will do anything to protect themselves from the consequences of their
dreadful past.

THE MAYFLY by James Hazel, reviewed by Chris Roberts
Lawyer Charlie Priest is approached by tycoon Ellinder to investigate the
death of his son Miles, shortly after Charlie escapes an attack from Miles

DEPOSED by David Barbaree, reviewed by John Cleal
Blinded and imprisoned Nero, god and Emperor of Rome, is helped to escape
by a frightened little slave boy and plots his revenge.

TERROR 404 by Rosie Claverton, reviewed by Linda Wilson
Disgraced hacker Amy Lane is in a private psychiatric hospital, and has to
use all her ingenuity to stay safe and solve a crime.

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