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This week’s reviews are:
Galway Girl by Ken Bruen, reviewed by John Cleal
Former cop-turned-PI Jack Taylor is pitted against a trio of young assassins who all have reasons to hate him and who are targeting Gardai as a means to destroy him.
Bury Them Deep by James Oswald, reviewed by Linda Wilson
DCI Tony McLean must cope with a missing member of staff, a multi-agency operation with a silly name and bodies galore.
Heaven My Home by Attica Locke, reviewed by Chris Roberts
Texas Ranger Darren Matthews is sent to Caddo Lake where a nine-year-old boy is missing, the son of an imprisoned white supremacist.
The Lantern Men by Elly Griffiths, reviewed by Sharon Wheeler
Dr Ruth Galloway has a new job and a new life in Cambridge. But a murderer’s confession drags her back to north Norfolk to work again with DCI Harry Nelson, the father of her young aughter.
A Grave for Two by Anne Holt, reviewed by Ewa Sherman
High-flying lawyer Selma Falck has lost everything because of her former client Jan Morell, and her own recklessness. Now Morell wants her to clear the name of his daughter Hege, an elite cross-country skier accused of doping. Selma has no choice but to search for the truth.
The Accomplice by Joseph Kanon, reviewed by Chris Roberts
Aaron Wiley visits Argentina to track down a Nazi in hiding who bears responsibility for the death of many in his family.
Black Summer by MW Craven, reviewed by Linda Wilson
When a supposedly dead woman turns up at a police station, an old case comes back to haunt Washington Poe.
The Measure of Malice edited by Martin Edwards, reviewed by John Cleal
A collection of 14 short stories illustrating how crime fiction reflected – and in some cases predicted – the use of science in crime detection.
Slay by Brittney Morris, reviewed by Linda Wilson
By day, 17-year-old Keira Johnson is one of only three black students at Jefferson Academy. By night, Keira is Emerald, queen of the universe she has created in the online multi-play game SLAY. When a boy is killed in a dispute originating in the game, Keira must fight to preserve the world she has created from those who want to see it taken down.
The Silent War by Andreas Norman, reviewed by Chris Roberts
Bente Jensen, head of Swedish Intelligence in Brussels, is passed information by a whistle-blower from the local MI6 office. The threat of serious embarrassment generates a determined effort at retrieval.
Come a Little Closer by Karen Perry, reviewed by Viv Beeby
Is Anton a callous murderer or was he wrongly convicted? And is his friendship with his young neighbour Leah genuine or something altogether more sinister?
Wild Harbour by Ian Macpherson, reviewed by John Cleal
Pacifist couple Terry and Hugh flee to the Grampian wilderness to avoid Hugh being called up for a war with which they do not agree.
Leave No Trace by Mindy Mejia, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor
The reappearance of Lucas Blackthorn, who has been missing for ten years, could be the death of speech therapist Maya Stark.
Firewatching by Russ Thomas, reviewed by Linda Wilson
When a body is found bricked up in the basement of a dilapidated old house, DS Adam Tyler gets involved in a cold case that suddenly starts to get very hot to handle.
The Boy in the Headlights by Samuel Bjørk, reviewed by Ewa Sherman
Detectives Holger Munch and Mia Krüger are in search of a serial killer who targets random ordinary people. The pair struggle to predicts his next move but must deal with their own demons to stop the murders.
Say You’re Sorry by Karen Rose, reviewed by Sylvia Maughan
Daisy, a young woman, is attacked in the street, but fights the attacker off. Others are not so lucky.
A Death in the Medina by James von Leyden, reviewed by Chris Roberts
During a hot Ramadan in Marrakech, the body of a Moroccan girl is found dead, dumped in a handcart. Despite distractions, local detective Belkacem persists with an investigation.
Under Occupation by Alan Furst, reviewed by John Cleal
Spying and subterfuge in occupied Paris inspired by the true story of Polish prisoners in Nazi Germany, who smuggled intelligence to Britain through the French resistance.
The Nowhere Child by Christian White, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor
The stranger is just about to rewrite history – Kim’s history. And her entire life.
The Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective by Susannah Stapleton, reviewed
by John Cleal
Maud West ran a detective agency for more than 30 years. Her exploits grabbed headlines, but did she tell the truth?
Sharon and Linda