Thursday, January 24, 2019

New Issue of Crime Review

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

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This week’s reviews are:

SHELL GAME by Sara Paretsky, reviewed by Chris Roberts

VI Warshawski is run ragged when the nephew of her closest friend is linked to a murder, and the niece of her ex-husband shows up desperate about a missing sister.

COLD BONES by David Mark, reviewed by John Cleal

DS Aector McAvoy follows a report that an elderly woman has not been seen for days and finds her frozen in her bath, the start of a trail that reaches far into the past and uncovers a series of grisly murders.

POISONED GROUND by Barbara Nadel, reviewed by Linda Wilson

London PI Lee Arnold is still struggling to make ends meet. He’s been called in to track down a missing fraudster and Mumtaz Hakim has gone undercover at a psychiatric unit in an attempt to clear a former employee accused of terrorist activity.

THE RUIN by Dervla McTiernan, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor

Jack Blake’s suicide rings increasingly loud alarm bells in Garda Cormac Reilly’s ears – ones he should have listened to long ago.

CAPTIVE by Tony Park, reviewed by John Cleal

Australian lawyer Kerry Maxwell, in Africa to volunteer alongside vet Dr Graham Baird at a wildlife rehabilitation centre, finds herself a captive in a bloody feud on the frontline of the war on poaching.

RESIN by Ane Riel, reviewed by Ewa Sherman

Liv lives on an isolated farm with her hoarder-carpenter father Jens, bed-ridden obese mother Maria, dead twin brother Carl and mummified baby sister. She’s happy but a bit worried, especially when she witnesses her dad killing her granny. Life goes on but a newcomer to the area wants to find out more about the strange family.

NIGHT SHIFT by Robin Triggs, reviewed by Linda Wilson

The new head of security at a mining base in Antarctica is told there’ll be nothing for him to do, but that prediction is soon proved wrong in spectacular fashion.

THE SYNDICATE by Guy Bolton, reviewed by Arnold Taylor

1947. A notorious New York mobster is murdered in Hollywood. Jonathan Craine, a retired Los Angeles policeman, is blackmailed into taking on the task of finding his killer.

A SNAPSHOT OF MURDER by Frances Brody, reviewed by John Cleal

Kate Shackleton organises a photographic society outing to Haworth, the heart of Brontë country. But when the most obnoxious member of the party is murdered, her planned break from detection comes to an abrupt end.

SLUGGER by Martin Holmén, reviewed by Chris Roberts

When a priest is killed in what is made to look like a Jewish atrocity, Harry Kvist has his suspicions. An opportunity for payback is difficult to refuse.

RUIN BEACH by Kate Rhodes, reviewed by Linda Wilson

A march by Mosley and his Blackshirts is held in Leeds. There is considerable violence throughout the march and when it is over the body of a man is discovered. He has been strangled.

BLOOD & SUGAR by Laura Shepherd-Robinson, reviewed by John Cleal

A body hanging on a hook at Deptford Dock, horribly tortured and branded with a slaver’s mark, propels American war hero Captain Harry Corsham into a dark secret at the very core of British society.

PHANTOM by Leo Hunt, reviewed by Linda Wilson

Talented hacker Nova is given the task of infiltrating one of the most powerful corporations on the planet.

MOTHERLAND by GD Abson, reviewed by Chris Roberts

Captain Natalya Ivanova of the St Petersburg police makes preliminary enquiries when a Swedish girl goes missing, but the case has many complications.

IN FOR THE KILL by Ed James, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor

The murder of a student at the University of Southwark may prove too close to home for DI Simon Fenchurch.

STITCH UP by William McIntyre, reviewed by Chris Roberts

Lawyer Robbie Munro is asked by an old flame to investigate a death, while doing his best to protect his ex-copper father who’s accused of stitching up a child-killer.

THE CHANGELING MURDERS by CS Quinn, reviewed by John Cleal

As London rebuilds after the Great Fire, thief-taker Charlie Tuesday’s former flame is kidnapped on the way to her own wedding and an actress, wearing her clothes, is found hanging from theatre scenery.

THE BURNING HILL by AD Flint, reviewed by Chris Roberts

An encounter between a young British soldier and a couple of street kids on Brazil’s Copacabana beach has fateful consequences.

THE DEAD ON LEAVE by Chris Nickson, reviewed by Arnold Taylor

A march by Mosley and his Blackshirts is held in Leeds. There is considerable violence throughout the march and when it is over the body of a man is discovered. He has been strangled.

TALL ORDER by Stephen Leather, reviewed by Linda Wilson

Dan ‘Spider’ Shepherd puts his extraordinary memory to the test when he’s tasked with the search for the terrorists behind a suicide bombing at a football stadium.

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