Friday, February 21, 2020

Crime Review Update: 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 author Helen Sedgwick in the Countdown hot seat:

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This week’s reviews are:

HITLER’S SECRET by Rory Clements, reviewed by John Cleal

Cambridge-based American history professor Tom Wilde is asked to smuggle a mysterious package out of wartime Nazi Germany – something so secret, even Hitler doesn’t know what it is!

KNIFE by Jo Nesbo, reviewed by Viv Beeby

Detective Harry Hole's life is in chaos and when a deranged and vengeful enemy strikes at the very heart of it then Harry must face his darkest hour.

ACTION AT A DISTANCE by Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel, reviewed by
Linda Wilson

The death of an old friend takes both Nightingale and Peter Grant on a trip down memory lane.

THE GIRL WITHOUT SKIN by Mads Peder Nordbo, reviewed by Ewa Sherman

The discovery of a mummified body on the edge of an ice sheet in Greenland leads to the re-opening of an unsolved case from 1970s. Danish journalist Matthew Cave and a young woman released from prison after serving a sentence for killing her family delve into the shocking and brutal past.

GI CONFIDENTIAL by Martin Limon, reviewed by Chris Roberts

The US Army CID agents Sueno and Bascom investigate a South Korean bank robbery which has all the hallmarks of military involvement.

STONE MOTHERS by Erin Kelly, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor

Marianne’s husband has bought a convenient pied-à-terre. But it’s the key to a dark past that should have remained buried.

MAIGRET HESITATES by Georges Simenon, reviewed by John Cleal

Chief Inspector Maigret receives a series of anonymous letters threatening murder in the household of an eminent lawyer.

BETWEEN TWO EVILS by Eva Dolan, reviewed by Linda Wilson

When a doctor at an women’s detention centre is murdered, there are no immediate suspects but plenty of people who seem to be putting roadblocks in the way of the latest investigation for Peterborough cops DI Zigic and DS Ferreira.

THE LAST WOMAN IN THE FOREST by Diane Les Becquets, reviewed by Ewa Sherman

Marian is offered an opportunity to work with rescue dogs on environmental projects and falls under the spell of her mentor Tate. Several months later after Tate’s tragic death she realises that he might have been responsible for the unsolved murders of at least four women.

NO PLACES OF REFUGE by Ausma Zehanat Khan, reviewed by Chris Roberts

Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty travel to a Greek island where a friend working to aid refugees has disappeared.

THE VANISHED BRIDE by Bella Ellis, reviewed by John Cleal

When the three Brontë sisters hear that a young women has gone missing from her home leaving no clue but a pool of blood, they decide to investigate.

THE WHISPER MAN by Alex North, reviewed by Linda Wilson

Tom Kennedy and his young son Jake are making a fresh start away from the grief associated with the house where Tom’s wife died. Tom doesn’t expect to be plunged into another nightmare when Featherbank proves not to be the safe haven he’s expected for a boy of Jake’s age.

AT YOUR DOOR by JP Carter, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor

When DCI Anna Tate looks down on the body of the brutally murdered girl, she cannot know people on high will soon be looking down on her every move.

MR NOBODY by Catherine Steadman, reviewed by Chris Roberts

A man is washed up on a Norfolk beach with only vestiges of memory. Neuropsychiatrist Emma Lewis is asked to help, but returning to Norfolk will bring her face-to-face with a past she is keen to forget.

TIGHT LIES by Ted Denton, reviewed by John Cleal

Daniel Ratchet, a rookie golf agent, discovers that the Russian gas company sponsoring the tournament and fixing results is also on the verge of tying up a mega deal with the British government. Lone wolf ex-SAS man Tom Hunter must save him.

WIDOW’S WELCOME by DK Fields, reviewed by John Barnbrook

In the United Realms there are no elections, instead each year the leading group is chosen by picking which of them tells the most compelling story. This year, one of the storytellers is murdered and fear /and suspicion grows.

TROUBLE IN NEW YORK by Sylvia Bishop, reviewed by Linda Wilson

Jamie Creedon doesn’t just want to deliver the news, he wants to write about it, and not just in his school newspaper. When he gets the chance to visit the offices of the Morning Yorker, he doesn’t realise quite how dangerous his life is about to become.

BLOOD ON THE LAW by William A Graham, reviewed by John Cleal

PI Allan Linton is hired by his former wife, a top lawyer, to help prove the innocence of his boyhood friend – now the city’s major drugs dealer – found with £2 million worth of cocaine in his car.

HOLLYWOOD GODFATHER by Gianni Russo with Patrick Picciarelli, reviewed by
Chris Roberts

The autobiography of Gianni Russo, who lived as a gangster both in real life and in the movies, and rubbed shoulders with the cream of Hollywood.

SOMEBODY’S MOTHER, SOMEBODY’S DAUGHTER by Carol Ann Lee, reviewed by Kati

True stories from victims and survivors of the Yorkshire Ripper.

Best wishes

Sharon and Linda

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