Thursday, August 30, 2018

Crime Review Update

We feature new 20 reviews in each issue of Crime Review (, together with a top industry interview. This time it’s author Rod Reynolds in the Countdown hot seat:

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This week’s reviews are:

BROKEN GROUND by Val McDermid, reviewed by Linda Wilson

The case of a body found in a peat bog is investigated by DCI Karen Pirie of Edinburgh’s Historic Cases Unit.

A TREACHERY OF SPIES by Manda Scott, reviewed by Chris Roberts

A series of murders in modern-day Orleans appears to be linked to events over 70 years old - the struggles of French resistance fighters battling the Nazis.

SMOKE AND ASHES by Abir Mukherjee, reviewed by John Cleal

Drug addict war veteran Captain Sam Wyndham, now a senior officer in the British-India police, is surprised in an opium den by a vice squad raid. During his escape he finds a mutilated body and then stumbles into a plot to disrupt a royal visit.

ALL THE PIECES MATTER by Jonathan Abrams, reviewed by Sharon Wheeler

Actors, writers, directors and others involved with The Wire contribute to an oral history of the influential TV drama.

FORCE OF NATURE by Jane Harper, reviewed by Linda Wilson

Five women trek into the bush on a company awayday. Only four of them make it out.

THE MIDNIGHT LINE by Lee Child, reviewed by Sylvia Maughan

Jack Reacher finds a small ring in a pawn shop that must have belonged to a marine. As an ex-military man himself, he sets off to track the owner down.

GOLDSTEIN by Volker Kutscher, reviewed by Chris Roberts

In Weimar Berlin, police detective Gereon Rath is assigned to shadow Abraham Goldstein, a New York hit man who has recently arrived in town.

MAIGRET TRAVELS by Georges Simenon, reviewed by Arnold Taylor

Maigret investigates the death of a very wealthy Englishman.

MONEY IN THE MORGUE by Ngaio Marsh and Stella Duffy, reviewed by John Cleal

A government paymaster is trapped overnight at an isolated hospital. With the telephones out and the nearby river about to burst its banks in a storm, the payroll disappears from a locked safe. When bodies follow, Scotland Yard Inspector Alleyn must investigate.

TIME IS A KILLER by Michel Bussi, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor

Twenty-seven years after the accident that killed her parents and brother, Clotilde is back on the island of Corsica where they died. But her past is about to rise and threaten her and her family.

WRONG WAY HOME by Isabelle Grey, reviewed by John Cleal

DI Grace Fisher of the Essex Major Investigation Team re-opens a 25-year-old cold case in which a girl was raped and killed. The possible involvement of a local hero and a young true-crime podcaster hampers her investigation.

PERFECT DEATH by Helen Fields, reviewed by John Barnbrook

A naked girl is found dead on Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh in midwinter in mysterious circumstances. DI Callanach and newly promoted DCI Ava Turner investigate.

THE FIRE PIT by Chris Ould, reviewed by Ewa Sherman

On the Faroe Islands local detective Hjalti Hentze investigates the suicide of an old drunk. In Denmark the British DI Jan Reyna searches for answers to his past. Both men realise that both stories might be connected.

BOX OF BONES by Peter Morfoot, reviewed by John Cleal

A man suffers a fatal fall at the Nice carnival, the first in a series of suspicious deaths. Captain Paul Darac of the Brigade Criminelle investigates.

GIRL ON THE LINE by Alice Vinten, reviewed by Linda Wilson

An account of Alice Hearn’s life as a female officer in the Met from idealistic beginnings to a soul-wearing ending.

STRANGE FASCINATION by Syd Moore, reviewed by Anthea Hawdon

A stone with an old legend is about to cause major problems for the locals in the village of Adders Fork.

SONG OF THE DAMNED by Sarah Rayne, reviewed by Sharon Wheeler

Music researcher Phineas Fox finds himself embroiled in a school’s sinister legends when he’s asked to investigate the possible plagiarism of an opera.

TRUTH STONE by Michael O’Byrne, reviewed by John Cleal

DCI Rachel Stone puts her job on the line when she allows a child killer to lead her to a second body.

BLACK VIOLET by Alex Hyland, reviewed by Chris Roberts

Michael Violet is a skilled pickpocket who uses his talent to lift top-end cars. When his journalist brother is murdered, Violet ends up in a team tracking the killers.

THE BOOK CASE: AN EMILY LIME MYSTERY by Dave Shelton, reviewed by Linda Wilson

After an unfortunate incident at her old school, Daphne is offered a scholarship to St Rita’s School for Spirited Girls where she’s soon plunged into the mystery of a missing schoolgirl and a robbery at the local bank.

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