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This week’s reviews are:
THE ROOT OF EVIL by Hakan Nesser, reviewed by Ewa Sherman
Detective Inspector Gunnar Barbarotti receives a letter informing him that a murder will take place in his small Swedish town. And indeed, a man is soon found dead. When more letters arrive, he and his team must try to prevent more deaths.
THE CUTTING EDGE by Jeffery Deaver, reviewed by Linda Wilson
A serial killer with a strange affinity for diamonds is at work in New York targeting couples seeking the perfect engagement ring. Criminalist Lincoln Rhyme is drafted in to help make sense of the brutal murders.
THE MOBSTER’S LAMENT by Ray Celestin, reviewed by John Cleal
Investigator Ida Davis is called to New York by her old partner, Michael Talbot, to investigate the brutal slaying of four people in a Harlem flophouse for which his son faces the electric chair. As they delve into the case, Ida and Michael realise the killings are part of a far larger conspiracy.
THE RECKONING by John Grisham, reviewed by Chris Roberts
After returning to the rural Mississippi town of Clanton, World War II hero Pete Banning drives to his local Methodist church and shot the Reverend Dexter Bell. He has never said why.
FEBRUARY’S SON by Alan Parks, reviewed by Arnold Taylor
Detective Harry McCoy of the Glasgow police is not long returned to duty when he is called out by his chief inspector, Murray, to view a body found on the roof of a 14-storey tower block. The body, showing obvious signs of torture, turns out to be that of a well-known Celtic footballer.
WE CAN SEE YOU by Simon Kernick, reviewed by Linda Wilson
Brook Connor seems to have it all. But her life comes crashing down in ruins when her daughter is kidnapped. She can’t go to the police, as the kidnappers say they can see everything she does. The trouble is, Brook doesn’t even know if she can trust her own husband.
THE COLOUR OF MURDER by Julian Symons, reviewed by John Cleal
An unhappy young man trapped in a loveless marriage faces the death penalty for a crime he claims not to remember, the brutal beating to death of a girl with whom he had become obsessed.
THE PSYCHOLOGY OF TIME TRAVEL by Kate Mascarenhas, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor
When Odette finds a body, discovering the identity of the woman murdered in impossible circumstances becomes an obsession that will drive her into the clutches of the Conclave.
THE THIN BLUE LINE by Christoffer Carlsson, reviewed by Ewa Sherman
Detective Leo Junker has crossed many professional lines. But when John Grimberg, his oldest friend/enemy and a hardened criminal on the run, asks him to investigate a five-year-old case of a murdered prostitute, Junker has to face own demons from the past and corruption at the heart of the Swedish police force.
THE SELECTED ADVENTURES AND MEMOIRS OF SHERLOCK HOLMES by Arthur Conan Doyle, reviewed by John Cleal
Ten of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s best short stories featuring the world’s first consulting detective.
A FRIEND IS A GIFT YOU GIVE YOURSELF by William Boyle, reviewed by Chris
An aging porn star, a mob widow and her granddaughter meet as strangers, face some problems and find they are stronger together.
ALL THE HIDDEN TRUTHS by Claire Askew, reviewed by Arnold Taylor
Ryan Summers, a young student equipped with three guns, enters Three Rivers College and immediately begins shooting girls. He kills 13 of them and then himself. Everybody wants to know why but there appears to be no answer to the question.
I STOP SOMEWHERE by TE Carter, reviewed by Linda Wilson
Ellie Frias is over the moon when rich, good-looking Caleb Breward takes an interest in her, but the fairytale romance soon turns to horror.
ONE LAW FOR THE REST OF US by Peter Murphy, reviewed by Chris Roberts
A revelation of sexual abuse by a child blows open her mother’s repressed memories of the same treatment she suffered – but will the legal system offer her redress?
SEVEN SKINS by John Steele, reviewed by John Cleal
Jackie Shaw, former soldier, policeman and one-time RUC undercover officer, is coerced by the security services into investigating a hit-list of retired security operatives.
STALKER by Lisa Stone, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor
When DC Beth Mayes begins seeing a link between a series of crimes in the area, instinct tells her security expert Derek Flint is involved.
THE CHAOS OF NOW by Erin Large, reviewed by Linda Wilson
Teenager hacker Eli Bennett is asked by two schoolmates to join them in an attempt to win a prestigious coding competition ñ and they aren’t prepared to take no for an answer.
RETRIBUTION by Richard Anderson, reviewed by Chris Roberts
In a small farming town in Australia, a few discontented people are drawn together and tempted into taking retribution for wrongs done, real or imaginary.
SHAKESPEARE’S SWORD by Alan Judd, reviewed by John Cleal
Antiques dealer Simon Gold discovers an ancient sword which may have belonged to William Shakespeare and becomes obsessed with owning it. But how far is he prepared to go to get it?
JAR OF HEARTS by Jennifer Hillier, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor
Geo kept a secret for 14 years – one that destroyed her childhood and eventually sent her to prison. She has served her time, but the destruction is far from over.