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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 Chris Ryan in the Countdown hot seat. We’re on Twitter at: Crime Review: @CrimeReviewUK Linda Wilson: @CrimeReviewer Sharon Wheeler: @lartonmedia This week’s reviews are: THE SEAGULL by Ann Cleeves, reviewed by Arnold Taylor DI Vera Stanhope has been persuaded to give a talk to inmates at Warkworth Prison. At the end she is approached by a prisoner in a wheelchair whom she recognises. He says he has information that she would be interested in hearing. Reluctantly she agrees to listen to what he has to say. SECRETS OF DEATH by Stephen Booth, reviewed by Linda Wilson The Peak District is home to tourists of all types, but a rash of suicides is not what it wants to play host to. BLUEBIRD, BLUEBIRD by Attica Locke, reviewed by Chris Roberts Texas Ranger Darren Mathews is suspended from duty but makes his own way to a small East Texas town where a double murder shows signs of being racially inspired. SO SAY THE FALLEN by Stuart Neville, reviewed by John Cleal DCI Serena Flanagan follows her instincts as she investigates the apparent suicide of a wealthy disabled man. SWEET LITTLE LIES by Caz Frear, reviewed by Linda Wilson DC Cat Kinsella stopped trusting her father at the age of eight, so she’s certainly not surprised when a connection emerges between him and her latest murder investigations. It’s as if she’s been waiting her whole life for this moment. AN ACT OF SILENCE by Colette McBeth, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor All Gabriel has ever wanted is for his mum to believe him, but now he’s accused of murder and Linda is unable to help. Meanwhile, a young woman wants the world to know her terrible story. DAYS WITHOUT END by Sebastian Barry, reviewed by John Barnbrook Two young men meet after they sign up for the US Army in the 1850s. Together they go through the Indian Wars and the Civil War, experiencing the horrors of battle, imprisonment and loss. WHEN IT GROWS DARK by Jørn Lier Horst, reviewed by Ewa Sherman Stavern 1983. As Christmas is approaching the young policeman and a father of baby twins William Wisting becomes engrossed in an old mystery of an abandoned classic car. He’s determined to uncover 60-year-old secrets. THE DEVIL WINS by Reed Farrel Coleman, reviewed by Chris Roberts A storm exposes a body, and the remains of two more killed years ago. Police Chief Jesse Stone investigates an event nobody in Paradise is keen to talk about. NONE SO BLIND by Alis Hawkins, reviewed by John Cleal The remains of a young woman are found buried beneath tree roots. Harry Probert-Lloyd, a barrister forced home from London by encroaching blindness, has been dreading this. He knows whose bones they are and working with his clerk, John Davies, is determined to expose the guilty THE NINTH GRAVE by Stefan Ahnhem, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor Two countries, two predators, too many victims, and winter is closing in. Fabian Risk is called on to undertake a secret investigation. THE INNOCENTS by Ace Atkins, reviewed by Chris Roberts Quinn Colson returns home and helps out his friend Sheriff Lillie Virgil investigate when a young girl is found walking down a highway engulfed in flames. THE ASSET by Shane Kuhn, reviewed by Arnold Taylor Kennedy’s younger sister Belle had been one of the victims of 9/11 and he never forgot that the last words he spoke to her were in anger. In an attempt to make amends, he abandons his studies and joins the Transport Security Administration as an aviation security specialist. RAVENHILL by John Steele, reviewed by John Cleal Former UDA tearaway Jackie Shaw, who disappeared during the Troubles, returns to Belfast after 20 years for his father’s funeral and finds his past coming back to haunt him. THE KILLER by Susan Wilkins, reviewed by Kate Balfour Two women, Kaz Phelps and Nicci Armstrong – one the scion of a notable family of Essex gangsters, the other retired from the Metropolitan Police Force on medical grounds – are under threat and must cooperate to survive. TRIPLE CROWN by Felix Frances, reviewed by Linda Wilson Something is rotten at the heart of American horse racing, and British Horse Racing Authority investigator Jeff Hinkley goes undercover to help his US colleagues. THE VENETIAN GAME by Philip Gwynne Jones, reviewed by Arnold Taylor Nathan Sutherland is the English Honorary Consul in Venice, a post that pays nothing but allows him to be of assistance to tourists in trouble. A rather dull life suddenly becomes exciting when he is offered a considerable amount of money to look after a small package. THE ANGEL by Katerina Diamond, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor The body in the burnt-out signal box is just the beginning, but it could be the end for a lonely young man. YOU COULD DO SOMETHING AMAZING WITH YOUR LIFE [YOU ARE RAOUL MOAT] by Andrew Hankinson, reviewed by Kim Fleet An account of the last days of multiple murderer Raoul Moat, told from inside his mind. INDIGO DONUT by Patrice Lawrence, reviewed by Linda Wilson Indigo’s mother was murdered when she was a small child, but the past has a nasty habit of coming back to haunt her. Best wishes Sharon
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 Lynda La Plante in the Countdown hot seat: http://crimereview.co.uk/page.php/interview/5506 We’re on Twitter at: Crime Review: @CrimeReviewUK Linda Wilson: @CrimeReviewer Sharon Wheeler: @lartonmedia This week’s reviews are: THE BALTIMORE BOYS by Joel Dicker, reviewed by John Cleal Three brilliant young men from different branches of a Jewish family all have dazzling futures until their close world collapses amid lies, jealousy and betrayal. WARLORD by Chris Ryan, reviewed by Linda Wilson SAS trooper Danny Black leads a covert team with orders to take down a Mexican drug lord. PARADISE VALLEY by CJ Box, reviewed by Chris Roberts Cassie Dewell has spent years tracking a serial killer known as the Lizard King. An attempt at a trap goes spectacularly awry so Cassie must find another route to finally bring him down. THE CONSTANT SOLDIER by William Ryan, reviewed by Arnold Taylor It is 1944 and Paul Brandt, a German soldier, is returning home from the Russian front, disfigured and having lost an arm. He has no idea what his future will be once he has recovered from his injuries. RESISTANCE by Val McDermid, reviewed by Linda Wilson When festival goers start falling sick, journalist Zoe Beck sets out to clear the name of the man whose sausage sandwiches are being blamed for the outbreak of the mystery disease. BUTTERFLY ON THE STORM by Walter Lucius, reviewed by Ewa Sherman A young Afghan boy is found in the woods outside Amsterdam, apparently a victim of a hit-and-run. Journalist Farah Hafez realises that he speaks her native language and decides to investigate the events that led to the accident. CAMBRIDGE BLACK by Alison Bruce, reviewed by John Cleal A young woman sets out to prove her father’s innocence of an arson blaze in which two people died and her inquiries lead DC Gary Goodhew to two more connected crimes, including the death of his own grandfather. EYES LIKE MINE by Sheena Kamal, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor A girl is missing. And it’s Nora Watts’ daughter – the one she gave up at birth. THREE DAYS AND A LIFE by Pierre Lemaitre, reviewed by Arnold Taylor Antoine Courtin is 12 years old and lives alone with his divorced mother. Something of a loner, he has developed a deep love for the neighbours’ dog and when it is hit by a car and has to be put down he is devastated. BUFFALO JUMP BLUES by Keith McCafferty, reviewed by Chris Roberts PI Sean Stranahan is hired by the beautiful Ida Evening Star to find an old flame who knows something about a small herd of bison that went over a cliff. HOFFER by Tim Glencross, reviewed by John Cleal Suave William Hoffer is a fixer for the super-rich. When a girl is found murdered in his flat, his past seems to be catching up with him – and he must revive old instincts to survive. EXQUISITE by Sarah Stovell, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor What could be wrong with a spark of chemistry between a mentee and her mentor – other than everything … THE LEGACY OF THE BONES by Dolores Redondo, reviewed by Chris Roberts Inspector Amaia Salazar returns to the valley of her birth in Spain to tackle a chain of murders linked by the severed arms of the victims and the one-eyed mythical tarttalo. THE LONG ARM OF THE LAW edited by Martin Edwards, reviewed by John Cleal CWA chairman Martin Edwards introduces 15 short stories by some of the great novelists from the golden age of crime writing. THE BEST KIND OF PEOPLE by Zoe Whittall, reviewed by John Barnbrook George Woodbury is a respected and much-loved teacher who saved his school from the attack of a gunman. He is a pillar of the small community of Avalon until the day he is arrested and accused of inappropriate sexual behaviour with several of his students. NEW GUARD by Robert Muchamore, reviewed by Linda Wilson In one last highly dangerous and highly deniable operation, CHERUB mission controller James Adams has to plan and execute the rescue of two kidnapped oil industry workers from war-torn Syria. THE FORTUNATE BROTHER by Donna Morrissey, reviewed by Chris Roberts The Now family are crushed by the loss of the eldest son and thrown into confusion when a local man is killed, a man who nobody had reason to like. FALSE HEARTS by Laura Lam, reviewed by John Barnbrook Tila and Taema are sisters who used to be conjoined twins. They moved from an isolated cult to live in San Francisco, and here they were separated and given new artificial hearts. Tila is in serious trouble and Taema agrees to go undercover to save her. LIGHT TOUCH by Stephen Leather, reviewed by Linda Wilson Spider Shepherd is sent undercover to report on whether another operative from a different agency, also working undercover, has gone rogue. In addition, he’s dragged into the hunt for a possible rogue SAS soldier. CONTINENTAL CRIMES edited by Martin Edwards, reviewed by Sylvia Wilson A collection of stories from the golden age of detective fiction, all set in continental Europe.
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