Sign of the Day: Books
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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 Thomas Enger in the Countdown hot seat. We’re on Twitter at: Crime Review: @CrimeReviewUK Linda Wilson: @CrimeReviewer Sharon Wheeler: @lartonmedia This week’s reviews are: COME AND FIND ME by Sarah Hilary, reviewed by Linda Wilson A dangerous criminal is on the run after a bloody prison riot that left men dead and horribly maimed. DI Marnie Rome and her team have the job of putting him back behind bars. ONLY THE DEAD CAN TELL by Alex Gray, reviewed by John Cleal Superintendent William Lorimer and his Major Incident Team uncover links between an apparent domestic murder and a vicious team of people traffickers. A SUMMER REVENGE by Tom Callaghan, reviewed by Chris Roberts An ex-girlfriend of the Kyrgyz Minister for State Security has absconded to Dubai with a memory stick he is keen to retrieve. Akyl Borubaev is sent to bring her back. MAIGRET AND THE DEAD GIRL by Georges Simenon, reviewed by Arnold Taylor When the body of a dead girl is found on Place Vintimille, Maigret and Janvier go to investigate. AFTER I’VE GONE by Linda Green, reviewed by Kate Balfour Jess Mount lives a fairly ordinary life for a 20-something – until her Facebook page begins to show posted items about her death, 18 months in the future, which only she can see. ARTEMIS by Andy Weir, reviewed by Linda Wilson Low-level criminal Jazz Bashara is offered a job for a price she can’t afford to turn down, but it’s not without its dangers, as if life on the moon wasn’t already dangerous enough. THE COVEN by Graham Masterton, reviewed by John Cleal Widowed Beatrice Scarlet loses her son to Red Indian raiders and returns to England to help at a home for ‘fallen girls’, but finds there are as many savages in 18th century London as in the wilds of colonial America. RESTLESS COFFINS by MP Wright, reviewed by Nicola Hodges Bristol 1967. Private investigator JT Ellington receives a tragic telegram that sends him on a journey to Harlem, New Orleans and his native Barbados.CONVICTION by Julia Dahl, reviewed by Chris Roberts Journalist Rebekah Roberts looks into a murder conviction over 20 years old, when the New York crime rate was appalling and justice severely compromised. WHEN I WAKE UP by Jessica Jarlvi, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor There are only two people who know why Anna was left for dead. And one of them is in a coma. DEATH IN THE TUSCAN HILLS by Marco Vichi, reviewed by Sylvia Maughan Inspector Bordelli has been investigating a horrible crime involving a young boy. The ramifications of this are so bad that Bordelli decides to leave his job – he just walks out, and starts a new life in the countryside. BERLIN SYNDROME by Melanie Joosten, reviewed by Ewa Sherman When Australian photographer Clare meets Berliner Andi, she has no idea that she will become a prisoner in his flat and his twisted world of love and secrets. EXILE by James Swallow, reviewed by John Cleal Disgraced former MI6 man Marc Dane faces a threat to the world when a Somali warlord acquires a nuclear weapon. GREEN SUN by Kent Anderson, reviewed by Chris Roberts Hanson is new to the Oakland Police, but set apart by age, a stint as a policeman in Portland, service in Vietnam and a master’s degree in English literature. THE DEVIL’S DICE by Roz Watkins, reviewed by Linda Wilson A man is found dead near a cave system with a sinister reputation. DI Meg Dalton investigates. HADES by Candice Fox, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor Homicide detective Frank Bennet should be grateful for his new partner, but he senses she is even more dangerous than the serial killer they are trying to bring down. DESPERATION ROAD by Michael Farris Smith, reviewed by Chris Roberts Many years after an event which dramatically changed lives, the two people most affected return to the town but find they still have battles to fight. THE DEATH OF HER by Debbie Howells, reviewed by Linda Wilson A woman is attacked and left for dead in a field in Cornwall. She has no idea who she is, but she knows her young daughter is missing. SHE BE DAMED by MJ Tjia, reviewed by John Cleal Prostitutes are turning up dead, their sexual organs mutilated and removed. Courtesan and detective Heloise Chancey investigates. THE BONEYARD by Mark Sennen, reviewed by John Barnbrook A suspected murderer is returned from the US to the UK after his confession was found to be suspect. Attention turns immediately to him when similar killings start up again near where he is living. Best wishes Sharon www.crimereview.co.uk
Only days left to win a copy of "Raspberry Danish Murder" by Joanne Fluke along with a recipe from Joanne perfect for your Easter morning breakfast http://kingsriverlife.com/03/24/raspberry-danish-murder-by-joanne-fluke/ And to win a copy of "Tart of Darkness" by Denise Swanson, & while there check out an Easter guest post by Denise which includes an Easter recipe http://kingsriverlife.com/03/24/tart-of-darkness-by-denise-swanson/ Also to win a copy of "Death al Fresco" by Leslie Karst, & while there check out an interesting interview with Leslie and she shares an Easter recipe http://kingsriverlife.com/03/24/death-al-fresco-by-leslie-karst/ And to win copies of of some more fun food mysteries-"Death by Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake": A Death by Chocolate Mystery by Sarah Graves, "Hummus and Homicide": Kebab Kitchen Mystery By Tina Kashian, "Plum Tea Crazy": A Tea Shop Mystery by Laura Childs, and "Marinating in Murder": A Dinner Club Mystery by Linda Sundman Wiken http://kingsriverlife.com/03/24/even-more-food-mysteries-for-your-reading-fun/ On KRL News & Reviews, only days left to win a copy of "Down the River Unto the Sea" by Walter Mosley http://www.krlnews.com/2018/03/down-river-unto-sea-by-walter-mosley.html And to win a copy of "The Marshal and the Moonshiner" by C.M. Wendelboe http://www.krlnews.com/2018/03/the-marshal-and-moonshiner-by-c-m-wendelboe.html Happy Easter! Lorie
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 Quintin Jardine in the Countdown hot seat. We’re on Twitter at: Crime Review: @CrimeReviewUK Linda Wilson: @CrimeReviewer Sharon Wheeler: @lartonmedia This week’s reviews are: RIGHTEOUS by Joe Ide, reviewed by Chris Roberts Neighbourhood sleuth Isaiah Quintabe is getting closer to explaining his brother’s death, and is asked to help when a couple of gamblers get into trouble with Chinese triads. THE GIRL IN THE GREEN DRESS by Cath Staincliffe, reviewed by John Cleal Transgender teenager Allie Kennaway is brutally murdered at her school’s prom night. As Manchester police face the most vicious of hate crimes, two parents must decide how far they will go to protect their own child. WATCHING YOU by Arne Dahl, reviewed by Ewa Sherman Detective Sam Berger is convinced that a third missing 15-year-old girl is in fact another victim of a serial killer. He’s forced to deal with his long-buried personal demons to understand and catch the murderer. THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW by AJ Finn, reviewed by Nicola Hodges Dr Anna Fox is severely agoraphobic and watches her New York neighbours all day. She witnesses a serious crime in the house opposite and fights to prove it. NIGHT SCHOOL by Lee Child, reviewed by Sylvia Maughan Major Jack Reacher and two others are given a special project concerning a mystery American in Germany. First they have to find out who he is and why he is mysterious. A WANTED MAN by Robert Parker, reviewed by Linda Wilson Ex-soldier Ben Bracken is out of prison, but not through the normal channels. He’s a man on a mission, and the mission is revenge. But the murder of an old friend’s father derails his plans. ONE DAMN THINGS AFTER ANOTHER by Dan Latus, reviewed Arnold Taylor Being a Good Samaritan is not without its dangers, as private investigator Frank Doy discovers to his cost. IN THE DARK by Andreas Pflüger, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor Five years ago, tracking down a ruthless serial killer would have been all in a day’s work. But five years ago, Jenny Aaron wasn’t blind.
THE PRINCE AND THE WHITECHAPEL MURDERS by Saul David, reviewed by John Cleal Jack the Ripper is murdering and mutilating prostitutes. Zulu Hart is called back to England by the Duke of Cambridge, his natural father, to investigate evidence which seems to point to Prince Edward as the killer. BLACKSTONE by Richard Falkirk, reviewed by Linda Wilson Bow Street Runner Edmund Blackstone is assigned to look after the young Princess Alexandrina Victoria, but things don’t quite go according to plan. DISTRICT VIII by Adam Lebor, reviewed by Chris Roberts Romany cop Balthazar Kovacs receives a text showing a dead man, one of the hundreds of refugees crowded into Budapest hoping for a new life in the West. SCARED TO DEATH by Kate Medina, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor A baby is found abandoned in an A&E unit. The police believe there is a possible link to a young man’s suicide a year before. GRINGA by Joe Thomas, reviewed by Chris Roberts Detective Leme has gringa Ellie under observation – she enters a building but doesn’t come out. When he follows, he finds a man dead and Ellie gone. THE LAVENDER LADY CASEFILE by Jessie Daniels, reviewed by Linda Wilson Recently widowed Effie James does a favour for a friend and joins a local ghost-hunting group. To her surprise, it’s all a lot more interesting than she expected. SOOT by Andrew Martin, reviewed by John Cleal Fletcher Rigge, languishing in a debtor’s prison, receives a bizarre proposition. Find the killer of a prominent silhouette artist in one month and have his debts paid off, or return to jail possibly for the rest of his life. HOLLYWOOD HANG TEN by Eve Goldberg, reviewed by Chris Roberts Surfer dude and private investigator Ryan Zorn takes his first independent job, locating a missing boy, but finds a connection to the blackmail of Hollywood stars. A MAP OF THE DARK by Karen Ellis, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor Special Agent Elsa Myer is emotionally torn, hunting for a missing 17-year-old girl, whilst her father lies in a hospital bed, dying of cancer. GIRL IN SNOW by Danya Kukafka, reviewed by John Cleal Golden girl Lucinda Hayes is found murdered. Three small town misfits record their reactions as the hunt for the killer continues. SHATTERED MINDS by Laura Lam, reviewed by John Barnbrook In a future world, virtual reality is used to modify experience but a company plans a new program to control the emotions of the whole population. The Trust, a group of like-minded individuals, are determined to stop them. ALL THE RAGE (audiobook) by Courtney Summers, reviewed by Linda Wilson The sheriff’s son assaulted Romy Grey, but no one believed her. Then when Romy goes missing after a school party, she gets little sympathy then, either. And soon another girl is missing. Best wishes Sharon www.crimereview.co.uk
This week, I'm giving away cozy mysteries involving weddings - Maggie McConnon's Bel, Book and Scandal & Diane Kelly's Death, Taxes and a Shot Gun Wedding. Details on my blog at http://www.lesasbookcritiques.blogspot.com. Entries from the U.S. only, please.-- Lesa Holstine email@example.com
Only days left to win a copy of "The Darling Dahlias and the Unlucky Clover" by Susan Wittig Albert, Author http://kingsriverlife.com/03/10/the-darling-dahlias-and-the-unlucky-clover-by-susan-wittig-albert/ Only days left to win a copy of "Murder in an Irish Churchyard" by Carlene O'Connor, & while there check out a fun St. Patrick's Day guest post by Carlene http://kingsriverlife.com/03/10/murder-in-an-irish-churchyard-by-carlene-oconnor/ Only days left to win a copy of "Killing in C Sharp" by Alexia Gordon, & while there check out a fun interview with Alexia http://kingsriverlife.com/03/10/killing-in-c-sharp-by-alexia-gordon/ Only days left to win a copy of "Little Girl Gone" by Gerry Schmitt aka Laura Childs http://kingsriverlife.com/03/10/little-girl-gone-by-gerry-schmitt/ Only days left to win a copy of "The Pajama Frame" by Diane Vallere http://www.krlnews.com/2018/03/the-pajama-frame-by-diane-vallere.html Only days left to win a copy of "Deja Moo" by Kirsten Weiss, http://www.krlnews.com/2018/03/deja-moo-by-kirsten-weiss.html Happy reading! Lorie
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