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 Steve Burrows in the Countdown hot seat. We’re on Twitter at: Crime Review: @CrimeReviewUK Linda Wilson: @CrimeReviewer Sharon Wheeler: @lartonmedia This week’s reviews are: WILD FIRE by Ann Cleeves, reviewed by Fiona Spence In the final Shetland novel, Jimmy Perez is facing the most disturbing investigation of his career. THE SHADOW KILLER by Arnaldur Indriðason, reviewed by Ewa Sherman When a travelling salesman is found shot in a basement flat, the police initially suspect a member of the Allied forces as it’s 1941 and British and American soldiers are stationed in Iceland. But the investigation takes a turn into the past and uncovers evidence of dubious experiments carried out on Icelandic boys. DON’T EAT ME by Colin Cotterill, reviewed by Chris Roberts Police Inspector Phosy Vongvichai investigates a body apparently gnawed by small animals, while Dr Siri Paiboun organises a Lao film version of War and Peace. OUR FRIENDS IN BERLIN by Anthony Quinn, reviewed by Arnold Taylor 1941. Jack Hoste is associated with a group of Nazi sympathisers intent on gathering secret information to help the German cause. His specific aim is to locate the most dangerous Nazi agent in Britain. THE MARTIAN GIRL by Andrew Martin, reviewed by John Cleal Failing journalist Jean becomes obsessed with the mystery disappearance of a rising Victorian music hall star. As she pursues her investigation, the lives of the two women begin to blur together and plunge her into danger. NIGHTFALL BERLIN by Jack Grimwood, reviewed by Chris Roberts British intelligence agent Tom Fox travels to Berlin to nursemaid a British defector seeking to return to the UK. Things do not go according to plan. BRIGHT SHINY THINGS by Barbara Nadel (audio narrated by Charles Armstrong), reviewed by Linda Wilson East London PI Lee Arnold and his friend and assistant Mumtaz Hakin set out to track down a young radicalised Muslim man in the hope that he’s decided to turn his back on ISIS. EDGAR ALLAN POE AND THE JEWEL OF PERU by Karen Lee Street, reviewed by John Cleal Edgar Allan Poe believes his family may again be under threat from the past as an influx of immigrants disrupts traditional city life. When a young heiress he is reluctantly helping disappears, he is forced to call for help from his French detective friend the Chevalier C Auguste Dupin.
KILLED by Thomas Enger, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor Henning is determined to discover who killed his son. But his determination will cost him dearly. CAN YOU HEAR ME? by Elena Varvello, reviewed by Sylvia Maughan Elia Furenti is a teenage boy living with his parents in a remote village in Northern Italy. When a young boy is kidnapped and murdered in the village and a young girl goes missing, Elia suspects his father. THE PRICE YOU PAY by Aidan Truhen, reviewed by Chris Roberts When Jack Price asks around about the murder of a near neighbour he gets a very serious beating. Jack’s thirst for recompense knows no bounds. ALL THESE BEAUTIFUL STRANGERS by Elizabeth Klefoth, reviewed by Linda Wilson Charlie Calloway’s mother disappeared ten years ago. Rumour has it that her rich, powerful father was responsible. Charlie never believed the rumours, but she still wants to know the truth. LIAR’S CANDLE by August Thomas, reviewed by John Cleal Penny Kessler becomes an international symbol when she survives a terrorist bombing, then is forced to go on the run to stay alive OUR HOUSE by Louise Candlish, reviewed by Linda Wilson Finding strangers moving into her house who claim to have bought it is only the start of Fi Barton’s nightmare … I, WITNESS by Niki Mackay, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor Six years ago Kate Reynolds pleaded guilty to the murder of her best friend. Now she wants to clear her name. KIN by Snorri Kristjansson, reviewed by John Cleal When the adult sons and daughter of Viking chieftain Unnthor Reginsonn are drawn back to the isolated family farm in search of his fabled wealth, murder follows. Adoptive daughter Helga Finnsdottir must find the killer. THE COLLECTOR by Fiona Cummins, reviewed by John Barnbrook The Bone Collector is a disturbed and sinister figure who abducted people with bone deformities to strip and display their skeletons. He had been caught by the police but escaped and now his earlier victims, together with new specimens, are at serious risk. THE SECRETS OF VESALIUS by Jordi Llobregat, reviewed by John Cleal Daniel Amat returns to Barcelona after the death of his father and is plunged into dark mystery of murder and scientific experimentation. MY BOX-SHAPED HEART by Rachael Lucas, reviewed by Linda Wilson Girl meets boy, but they both have secrets, some darker than others. THE TRIAL OF ADOLF HITLER by David King, reviewed by Chris Roberts The true story of the 1923 ‘beer hall putsch’ and subsequent trial, which provided Adolf Hitler with a great opportunity for publicity, kick-starting his rise to power. Best wishes Sharon