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This week’s reviews are:
IN THE GALWAY SILENCE by Ken Bruen, reviewed by John Cleal
Former cop-turned-PI Jack Taylor is pitted against a vigilante assassin who uses the name ‘Silence’ – and the clash quickly becomes personal.
THE LADY IN THE CAR WITH GLASSES AND A GUN by Sebastien Japrisot, reviewed
by Chris Roberts
Dany Longo borrows her boss’s Thunderbird to leave Paris for a trip south, but a liberating trip to the coast becomes a nightmare when strangers along her route assure her that they have already met.
MAIGRET’S PATIENCE by Georges Simenon, reviewed by Arnold Taylor
A series of daring robberies bring Maigret together with an old adversary.
HUNTED by Arne Dahl, reviewed by Ewa Sherman
Private investigators Sam Berger and Molly Bloom are on the run from the authorities, burned from previous investigation, and hiding in the depths of snowy north Sweden. But soon they are asked to follow up on the letter from a distressed and seemingly paranoid woman who knows secret details of a murder case from long ago.
LIFE RUINS by Danuta Kot, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor
Becca is certain she knows the girl who was attacked so brutally that no one can identify her. But at best, the police think she is an unreliable witness.
THE LISTENERS by Anthony J Quinn, reviewed by John Cleal
Newly appointed Detective Sergeant Carla Herron is called to a psychiatric hospital after a patient confesses to murdering of one of the psychotherapists. His confession is detailed, but impossible, as he was in a secure ward under 24-hour surveillance.
GRAB A SNAKE BY THE TAIL by Leonardo Padura, reviewed by Chris Roberts
Havana detective Mario Conde is persuaded to take the case when an elderly Chinese man is found hanged, marked with arcane symbols and missing a finger.
LOST YOU by Haylen Beck, reviewed by Linda Wilson
It only took an inattentive moment to plunge Libby into every parent’s worst nightmare when her three-year-old son Ethan goes missing on holiday. And from some nightmares, there’s no waking up.
SINS OF THE DEAD by Lin Anderson, reviewed by John Barnbrook
In Glasgow a murderer is killing people in subtle ways and leaving the signs of a sin eater. It appears that this killer is well informed in the ways of forensic science, probably attending a course part run by forensic scientist Dr Rhona MacLeod.
THE FRIEND by Joakim Zander, reviewed by Chris Roberts
Jacob Seger, a new recruit to the Swedish diplomatic service in Beirut, meets Yassim at a party and falls under his spell. But is Yassim the photographer he claims to be, or is he mixed up in something far more sinister?
INBORN by Thomas Enger, reviewed by Ewa Sherman
The high school in a small Norwegian village becomes a double-murder scene. Immediately everyone points at 17-year-old Even who has been recently dumped by Mari Lindgren, a girl found dead after the school concert.
A DANGER TO HERSELF AND OTHERS by Alyssa Sheinmel, reviewed by Linda Wilson
Hannah Gold doesn’t understand why she’s been consigned to a secure mental facility. After all, it wasn’t her fault that her roommate fell from a window and ended up in hospital in a coma.
DATE WITH POISON by Julia Chapman, reviewed by John Cleal
PI Samson O’Brien is in deep trouble, framed by a gang out to destroy him. When his godson goes missing, accused of dealing drugs, can he persuade his estranged partner Delilah Metcalfe to help him find the boy?
THE CINDERELLA PLAN by Abi Silver, reviewed by Chris Roberts
James Salisbury heads a company pioneering autonomous vehicles in UK. When his car is involved in a horrific crash, lawyers Burton and Lamb come to his defence.
CITY OF WINDOWS by Robert Pobi, reviewed by Linda Wilson
A sniper is terrorising New York, preying on law enforcement officers. The FBI call in Dr Lucas Page, a man who sees the world in a different way. Unlike anyone else, he has a chance of working out where the killing shots came from.
GONE BY MIDNIGHT by Candice Fox, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor
A boy has gone missing from the hotel. But with the clock ticking, former detective Ted Conkaffey doesn’t know if he’s looking for a child or a body.
DEAD POPULAR by Sue Wallman, reviewed by Linda Wilson
An illicit party at an elite boarding school ends in a death. Did the dead girl fall or was she pushed?
A KILLER HARVEST by Paul Cleave, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor
Joshua will soon be seeing life through the eyes of his adoptive father – things that he will never be able to un-see.
30-SECOND FORENSIC SCIENCE by Sue Black and Niamh Nic Daeid, reviewed by
A quick-fire look at the fascinating and varied world of forensic science by two of the leading experts in the field.
CROSSING THE LINE OF DUTY by Neil Root, reviewed by John Cleal
An account of how senior CID officers fraternised with underworld figures, paid off witnesses and struck dodgy deals to imprison innocent men.