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This week’s reviews are:
METROPOLIS by Philip Kerr, reviewed by Chris Roberts
In Weimar Republic Berlin, Sergeant Bernie Gunther transfers to the murder squad and is designated to investigate a string of murders of prostitutes.
MURDER MILE by Lynda La Plante, reviewed by John Cleal
Newly promoted DS Jane Tennison has been posted to the tough South London borough of Peckham. Her arrival is greeted by the discovery of two women’s bodies in as many days, then a third, dismembered, corpse just three days later.
THE WOMAN IN THE WOODS by John Connolly, reviewed by Linda Wilson
A tree falls in the woods, exposing the body of woman who had given birth just before her death. Private investigator Charlie Parker is engaged to look into the circumstances of her death and the whereabouts of her child.
MAIGRET AND THE GHOST by Georges Simenon, reviewed by Arnold Taylor
Inspector Lognon of the 18th arrondissement is shot in the street and is in intensive care. Apparently, he had been in the habit of visiting a young woman’s apartment – something Maigret finds difficult to believe of Inspector Hard-Done-By. But he cannot interview her because she has disappeared.
THE KATHARINA CODE by Jorn Lier Horst, reviewed by Ewa Sherman
On the anniversary of Katharina Haugen’s disappearance 24 years ago, Chief Inspector William Wisting looks through the case files as he does every year. He also visits her husband Martin. This time it seems that the grieving husband has gone missing – and he might have been involved in another cold case involving a kidnapped teenager.
A SINGLE SOUCE by Peter Hanington, reviewed by John Cleal
Rogue radio reporter William Carver senses a story buried behind the events of Cairo’s Arab Spring.
MURDER ON THE LEFT BANK by Cara Black, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor
When a young man is murdered for a notebook, his uncle Eric Besson pleads with PI Aimee Leduc to investigate.
PERFECT SILENCE by Helen Fields, reviewed by John Barnbrook
A serial killer is taking girls, skinning them alive and making dolls from their skin. DCI Ava Turner and DI Luc Callanach race against time to prevent the numbers of dead girls growing.
A NECESSARY MURDER by MJ Tjia, reviewed by John Cleal
Courtesan/detective Heloise Chancey must solve a baffling series of brutal murders which appear to have their origin in events many years ago in the Far East.
A LONG NIGHT IN PARIS by Dov Alfon, reviewed by Chris Roberts
The disappearance of an Israeli man shortly after arriving at Paris Charles de Gaulle is only the first challenge for Commissaire Leger in what proves to be a very long night.
FLOWERS OVER THE INFERNO by Ilaria Tuti, reviewed by Sylvia Maughan
A disfigured body is found in the mountains near a remote village in Northern Italy, close to the Austrian border. Police superintendent Teresa Battaglia must break through the closed and secretive nature of the local villagers.
11 MISSED CALLS by Elisabeth Carpenter, reviewed by Linda Wilson
Anna’s mother Debbie disappeared 30 years ago, but Anna has never stopped looking for her in her mind, as she clings to whatever scraps of information she can glean. Then a strange note casts doubt on everything Anna has been brought up to believe.
MRS MOHR GOES MISSING by Maryla Szymiczkowa, reviewed by Ewa Sherman
Ambitious social climber Zofia Turbotynska plans to arrange a charity raffle under the patronage of elderly rich women. Instead she conducts her own investigation into a suspicious death at Helcel House where they reside in but finds that nobody wants to listen to an inquisitive woman.
TRUST NO ONE by Anthony Mosawi, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor
Sara has a handful of useless belongings and a polaroid photo of a man. She has nothing else, not even her memory.
THE ANARCHISTS’ CLUB by Alex Reeve, reviewed by Linda Wilson
When a woman’s body is found in a shallow grave with Leo Stanhope’s address in her purse, the resulting investigation threatens Leo’s carefully guarded secret.
FADE TO GREY by John Lincoln, reviewed by Chris Roberts
Gethin Grey and his Cardiff-based legal team are instructed by a film star to review the case of a black man convicted of the murder of a white girl in Bristol.
SLOW MOTION GHOSTS by Jeff Noon, reviewed by John Cleal
DI Henry Hobbes, ostracised by his colleagues for reporting a racial assault, is plunged into the obsessive world of fan worship by the ritual killing of a rock singer.
THE MONGOLIAN CONSPIRACY by Rafael Bernal, reviewed by Chris Roberts
Filiberto Garcia, a Mexico City police hitman, is assigned to investigate when rumours are heard of an assassination planned for the US president on a forthcoming visit.
UNEARTHLY THINGS (audiobook) by Michelle Gagnon, reviewed by Linda Wilson
Newly-orphaned Janie Mason is transplanted from Hawaii to San Francisco following her parents’ death, but there are strange undercurrents to life in her new family’s opulent mansion.
THREE BULLETS by RJ Ellory, reviewed by John Cleal
A conflicted freelance photojournalist investigates his ex-girlfriend’s supposed suicide, but while he battles his own demons he also uncovers the rotten core at the heart of JFK’s Camelot.