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www.crimereview.co.uk), together with a top industry interview. This time
it’s Kristen Lepionka in the Countdown hot seat:
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This week’s reviews are:
THE DARK ANGEL by Elly Griffiths, reviewed by Sharon Wheeler
University lecturer and forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway is asked to
lend her expertise to the discovery of bones in an Italian hilltop village.
But the past and present collide when there’s a present-day murder.
ROBICHEAUX: YOU KNOW MY NAME by James Lee Burke, reviewed by John Cleal
Sheriff’s Detective Dave Robicheaux hits the bottle after his wife Molly is
killed in a road crash and wakes from a ‘lost’ night to find his hands cut
and bruised and the man who killed her beaten to death.
ANGEL IN THE SHADOWS by Walter Lucius, reviewed by Chris Roberts
Journalist Farah Hafez is falsely accused of being a terrorist to undermine
her attempts to expose an international web of crime and corruption.
ALL THE BEAUTIFUL LIES by Peter Swanson, reviewed by John Cleal
Harry Ackerson, on the verge of graduation, is called home to Maine after
the death of his father in a mystery fall. As he learns more about his
father’s life – and the various women involved – he becomes convinced the
death was no accident.
THE GIRL IN THE WOODS by Camilla Lackberg, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor
Thirty years after they confessed to killing Stella, Marie and Helen are
yet again under suspicion when Nea disappears.
THE LADY KILLER by Masako Togawa, reviewed by Chris Roberts
Ichiro Honda spends his weekday evenings cruising the bars for lonely women
who can fulfil his fantasies. Then his pick-ups start dying.
SILVER-TONGUED by David Barrie, reviewed by Linda Wilson
The murder of a celebrity photographer sparks another investigation for
Captain Franck Guerin of Paris’ Brigade Criminelle.
LOOK FOR ME by Lisa Gardner, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor
Out of the family of five, four are dead. The hunt is on for the survivor
and two blind dogs, but no one knows if the girl is a victim or a murderer.
FIRE IN THE THATCH by ECR Lorac, reviewed by John Cleal
When a man’s body is found in the burned-out shell of a cottage, it is
assumed it is that of ex-navy officer Nicholas Vaughan and that his death
was due to an accident. His former CO refuses to believe the verdict and
Inspector Macdonald is sent to re-examine the case.
A DARKER STATE by David Young, reviewed by Chris Roberts
Newly-promoted Major Karin Muller is assigned for action when the body of a
young man emerges from a river between East Germany and the Polish border.
A VOICE IN THE NIGHT by Andrea Camilleri, reviewed by Sylvia Maughan
Inspector Montalbano’s birthday starts badly and then gets a whole lot
worse when a number of deaths occur on his patch.
AGATHA RAISIN AND THE WITCHES’ TREE by MC Beaton, reviewed by John Cleal
A vicar and his wife driving home from a dinner party find the body of a
wealthy spinster hanging from a lightning-blasted ‘Witches Tree.’ When more
deaths follow, it’s another case for former PR expert-turned detective
BEAU BLACKSTONE by Richard Falkirk, reviewed by Linda Wilson
Bow Street Runner Edmund Blackstone has gone undercover to prevent the
opening of the Stockton and Darlington railway being sabotaged, but he’s up
against stiff opposition.
WHITEOUT by Ragnar Jónasson, reviewed by Ewa Sherman
Two days before Christmas, a young woman is found dead beneath the cliffs
of a deserted village. Siglufjörður’s detective Ari Thór and his former
boss Tómas investigate whether she jumped, or whether something more
sinister or supernatural happened to her.
VENGEANCE IN VENICE by Philip Gwynne Jones, reviewed by Chris Roberts
Honorary consul Nathan Sutherland is enjoying a preview at the Venetian
Biennale when a critic is decapitated falling from a defective balcony on
to glass artwork.
THE GALLERY OF THE DEAD by Chris Carter, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor
The man caught by accident in her selfie is last thing Linda Parker sees.
The first thing Detective Hunter sees is the man’s horrific mutilation of
TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN (audiobook) by John Green, reviewed by Linda Wilson
American billionaire. Russell Pickett has disappeared and there’s a reward
for any information that leads to him being found ñ alive or dead.
Sixteen-year-old Aza and her friend Daisy need the money, so some sleuthing
is in order.
WHEN TIME RUNS OUT by Elina Hirvonen, reviewed by Ewa Sherman
As a young man fires shots from a rooftop in downtown Helsinki, his mother
and sister are confronted with a horrifying truth, and the realisation of
what has been happening to their loved one.
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.
BLACK LIGHT EXPRESS (audiobook) by Philip Reeve, reviewed by Linda Wilson
Empress Threnody Noon has been deposed. She needs the help of a thief and a
psychotic war train to get her to safety, but she soon realises nowhere is
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