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This week’s reviews are:
THE LONG CALL by Ann Cleeves, reviewed by Linda Wilson
A man is found stabbed to death on the bleak North Devon coast. Detective Inspector Matthew Venn leads the hunt for the killer.
ACCIDENTAL AGENT by Alan Judd, reviewed by Arnold Taylor
Brexit negotiations are taking place and are proving troublesome. When Charles Thoroughgood, Head of MI6, learns from his Director of Operations that somebody working for the EU Commission has offered to provide information to the British Government, he has decide what to do in order to test its trustworthiness.
AMERICAN HEROIN by Melissa Scrivener Love, reviewed by Chris Roberts
Lola Vasquez has become a woman of substance in her South LA suburb through the retailing of narcotics, but her continued survival depends upon meeting challenges with some very tough decisions.
TO CATCH A KILLER by Emma Kavanagh, reviewed by John Cleal
Detective Sergeant Alice Parr is first attender at the attempted murder of an unidentified woman in a London park. As the case expands, she discovers she is chasing a killer, always one step ahead, with her own life in danger.
HEY SHERLOCK! by Simon Mason, reviewed by Linda Wilson
The disappearance of a girl from home late one night puzzles the police. Teenage sleuth Garvie Smith has his own ideas about Amy Roecastle’s disappearance, but no one is particularly interested in his take on things, at least not until their own ideas start to run out.
THE GLASS WOMAN by Caroline Lea, reviewed by Ewa Sherman
A young woman, Rósa, is suddenly married off to Jón Eiríksson, a brooding widower and a wealthy chieftain of an isolated settlement in 17th century Iceland. As she joins him at his croft, she becomes aware of many secrets surrounding her husband, especially the suspicion that he has murdered his previous wife.
SLEEP by CL Taylor, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor
One of the seven hotel guests is a murderer, and he or she is watching Anna.
THE COPY CAT by Jake Woodhouse, reviewed by Chris Roberts
Inspector Jaap Rykel returns, on leave with PTSD but unable to resist involvement when a murder is reported with features corresponding precisely to a previous homicide for which a man has already been imprisoned.
FIGHT JACK by Anna Smith, reviewed by John Cleal
Former corporate lawyer Kerry Casey is slowly steering her father’s gangland empire towards legitimacy, but faces a deadly threat from a vicious Columbian drugs cartel.
HEADLONG by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles, reviewed by Sharon Wheeler
A leading literary agent has been found dead – and DCI Bill Slider and his team are under pressure from the powers-that-be to confirm that the death was accidental. Slider’s not so sure, though.
THE HAUNTING OF HENDERSON CLOSE by Catherine Cavendish, reviewed by Linda
Hannah has landed her dream job as a tour guide, playing the part of a woman living in 1830s Edinburgh, but when things start to go bump in the daytime as well as the night, she starts to wonder if she’s bitten off more than she can chew.
SURFEIT OF SUSPECTS by George Bellairs, reviewed by Chris Roberts
When an explosion at a Surrey joinery kills three of the directors, Superintendent Tom Littlejohn of Scotland Yard is called in to investigate.
A DEATH IN CHELSEA by Lynn Brittney, reviewed by John Cleal
A society gossip writer is found hanged. She was hated by many and her family are convinced she was murdered. A small crime-fighting team are tasked to find the truth.
55 by James Delargy, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor
Heath and Gabriel are telling the same story about their abduction. But one of them is lying.
FIXED ODDS by William McIntyre, reviewed by Chris Roberts
Lawyer Robbie Munro returns to represent George ‘Genghis’ McCann, a drug addict on legal aid, and Oscar ‘The Showman’ Bowman, a rich snooker champion.
HUDSON’S KILL by Paddy Hirsch, reviewed by John Cleal
As New York City expands, black and Irish gangs fight for control and speculators gamble fortunes. When a young girl is found butchered, Marshal Justy Flanagan and his friend Kerry O’Toole, penetrate a shadowy community and must fight to save the city – and their own lives.
FOUND by Erin Kinsley, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor
Claire and Matt are about to learn that abduction brings more than fear, hopelessness and impotence – it brings an impenetrable silence.
DEEP BLUE TROUBLE by Steph Broadribb, reviewed by Linda Wilson
Gibson ‘The Fish’ Fletcher has broken out of prison, killing several guards in the process. Bounty hunter Lori Anderson has the job of bringing him back.
ROGUE KILLER by Leigh Russell, reviewed by John Cleal
Only Detective Sergeant Geraldine Steel thinks a murder is the work of a more deliberate killer. When two more victims die in similarly indiscriminate attacks, the spectre of a serial killer stalks York.
A PLACE TO LIE by Rebecca Griffiths, reviewed by John Barnbrook
Joanna’s sister is stabbed in a London convenience store. Her death appears linked to a summer spent in the countryside when they were children, a time when sinister events happened.