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www.crimereview.co.uk), together with a top industry interview. This time
it’s author Cay Rademacher in the Countdown hot seat:
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This week’s reviews are:
GREEKS BEARING GIFTS by Philip Kerr, reviewed by Chris Roberts
Bernie Gunther starts a new career as an insurance investigator, but a trip
to Greece to investigate a claim for a lost ship has a none-too-comfortable
connection with wartime events.
A TASTE FOR VENGEANCE by Martin Walker, reviewed by Linda Wilson
Bruno Courrèges, Chief of Police in St Denis, has been promoted and now
must deal with a far wider area. His first case in his new role is a
possible murder-suicide with links to a terrorist organisation.
MAIGRET SETS A TRAP by Georges Simenon, reviewed by Arnold Taylor
The investigation into a series of five identical murders, all women and
all in the Montmartre arrondissement, has stalled. But Maigret now has a
plan that he hopes will move the investigation forward.
HOLY CEREMONY by Harri Nykanen, reviewed by Ewa Sherman
Lieutenant Ariel Kafka from the Violent Crime Unit in Helsinki investigates
a bizarre case of a woman’s body stolen from a morgue. He’s been chosen by
someone who wants to exact revenge and who might be a perpetrator or a
severely damaged soul.
A TALENT FOR MURDER by Andrew Wilson, reviewed by John Cleal
Successful murder mystery author Agatha Christie is blackmailed into
committing a murder on behalf of a controlling madman.
UNQUIET SPIRITS by Bonnie MacBird, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor
Sherlock Holmes does not believe in ghosts. It seems he does not believe in
the beautiful Scotswoman Isla McLaren either. These are two dangerous
GOLDEN PREY by John Sandford, reviewed by Chris Roberts
Lucas Davenport is now working as a US Marshal, and sets out to find a
ruthless killer who recently robbed a drug cartel. Unsurprisingly he is not
the only one in the chase.
A BRUSH WITH DEATH by Ali Carter, reviewed by John Cleal
Artist Susie Mahl is a guest at the country seat of the Earl of Greengrass
when her host is murdered in the parish churchyard. With the local police
baffled, she applies her eye for detail and her natural inquisitiveness to
uncover the killer.
HELLFIRE by Karin Fossum, reviewed by Ewa Sherman
A mother and her five-year-old child are found murdered in an abandoned
caravan. Chief Inspector Konrad Sejer believes that the killing has been
planned but the initial investigation leads nowhere.
RUN by Mandasue Heller, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor
Life couldn’t get much worse for Leanne Riley – she’s out of work and
barely surviving life in a grotty bed-sit. Jake could be her escape route
or her road to hell.
SOUTH ATLANTIC REQUIEM BY Edward Wilson, reviewed by John Cleal
War is building in the South Atlantic as Argentina prepares an invasion of
the British Falkland islands. Conflicted MI6 man William Catesby is loyal
to his country but will do anything he can to stop hostilities breaking out.
HELL BAY by Kate Rhodes, reviewed by Chris Roberts
A London detective returns to his childhood home overlooking Hell Bay in
the Isles of Scilly, and when a girl is found murdered on the beach agrees
to spearhead the investigation.
THE ONES THAT DISAPPEARED by Zana Fraillon, reviewed by Linda Wilson
Three children live and work as modern slaves, in thrall to a drug gang.
When freedom comes, it is both unexpected and terrifying.
IT ALL FALLS DOWN by Sheena Kamal, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor
Nora is looking for answers to her broken past. She doesn’t realise
Detroit, where the questions take her, is a desperate city that will break
her even more.
AFRAID TO DEATH by Marc Behm, reviewed by John Cleal
Joe Egan has been on the run since childhood from a mysterious blonde
vision who appears to him whenever someone close to him dies.
THE HOUSE ON HALF MOON STREET by Alex Reeve, reviewed by Linda Wilson
Leo Stanhope, a coroner’s assistant in Victorian London, is searching for
the murderer of Maria, the woman he loved. But Leo’s investigations will
endanger both his life and the secret he has to keep at all costs for Leo
was born Charlotte.
SHADOWS by Paul Finch, reviewed by John Barnbrook
DC Lucy Clayburn’s father is a key figure in organised crime in the North
West. Her career will be in trouble if this gets out.
THE GIRL IN THE FOG by Donato Carrisi, reviewed by Sylvia Maughan
A psychiatrist is called in to a police station to interview a man after a
car accident. Meanwhile, a young girl is missing from her family who live
PERFECT PREY by Helen Fields, reviewed by Kate Balfour
DIs Luc Callanach and Ava Turner are investigating a series of murders in
Edinburgh and they are struggling to find any leads – until they realise
that graffiti about each victim appears before the murder takes place.
BOY MEETS HAMSTER by Birdie Milano, reviewed by Linda Wilson
Dylan Kershaw is having to put up with the Holiday From Hell, with added
hamsters. But the hot boy in the caravan next door is some consolation. Now
all Dylan has to do is get Jayden-Lee to take notice of him.