Saturday, August 01, 2020

Crime Review Update

We feature new 20 reviews in each issue of Crime Review (, together with a top industry interview. This time it’s author Lottie Moggach in the Countdown hot seat:

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This week’s reviews are:

TROUBLE IS WHAT I DO by Walter Mosley, reviewed by Chris Roberts

New York-based PI Leonid McGill accepts a job delivering a document to a woman establishing her black ancestry, something her corrupt father is unwilling to accept.

MACHINES LIKE ME by Ian McEwan, reviewed by John Barnbrook

Charlie spends his large inheritance on Adam, a newly developed synthetic human, one of only 25 made. Adam integrates himself into the life of Charlie and his new girlfriend Miranda. But Miranda has secrets and Adam is limitlessly curious and well-equipped to solve problems.

JUST WATCH ME by Jeff Lindsay, reviewed by Linda Wilson

Master thief Riley Wolfe has his sights set on a prize beyond price, the centrepiece of the Iranian crown jewels, but FBI agent Frank Delgado is determined to stop him.

FIND THEM DEAD by Peter James, reviewed by Sharon Wheeler

A seemingly pillar of the community solicitor is up in court on a drug-dealing charge, but he will stop at nothing to ensure he’s found not guilty.

THE POWER GAME by Meg and Tom Keneally, reviewed by John Cleal

Ticket-of-leave gentleman convict Hugh Llewelyn Monsarrat and his fiery Irish housekeeper Hannah Mulrooney are sent to the penal colony of Maria Island to investigate the killing of the local boatman and blackmailer – and are offered a politically convenient suspect.

THE PERFECT WIFE by JP Delaney, reviewed by Viv Beeby

When Abbie Cullen disappears from her Californian beach house and is never seen again, her husband Tim is cleared of any involvement. But when, five years later, he brings her back to life in robotic form the old doubts soon resurface.

DEEP AS DEATH by Katja Ivar, reviewed by Ewa Sherman

Detective Hella Mauzer, fired from the police and trying to survive as a private investigator, searches for a serial killer who might have been responsible for several deaths, including those of local prostitutes.

BURIED by Lynda La Plante, reviewed by John Cleal

DC Jack Warr discovers the truth of his own birth through links between a charred body in a burnt Victorian cottage and a series of major historical crimes.

FORGET MY NAME by JS Monroe, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor

She has no name, no memory, just a train ticket to a Wiltshire village and a need to go home.

MAN AT THE WINDOW by Robert Jeffreys, reviewed by Chris Roberts

Detective Sergeant Cardilini is assigned the case when a schoolteacher is killed by a bullet. Everyone but Cardilini is sure that the shooting was an accident.

KILLING FLOOR by Lee Child, reviewed by Sylvia Maughan

Jack Reacher gets off a long-distance bus near to the small town of Margrave. His subsequent arrest is the beginning of a mystery that he needs to solve. Exactly who can he believe? This is a new Folio Society illustrated edition.

TIME FOR THE DEAD by Lin Anderson, reviewed by Linda Wilson

Forensic scientist Rhona MacLeod takes a much-needed break on Skye, but soon finds herself caught up in an unexpected investigation.

GRAVE'S END by William Shaw, reviewed by John Cleal

When an unidentified naked body is found in a freezer, the case is handed to DS Alexandra Cupidi. Then a second body turns up and the case gets even more complicated.

THIS IS GOMORRAH by Tom Chatfield, reviewed by Chris Roberts

Azi Bello spends his life in a shed with his computers, so a real-life plea for help is unexpected and calls for skills in unfamiliar areas.

CUT TO THE BONE by Roz Watkins, reviewed by Linda Wilson

Unlikely social media personality Violet Armstrong, famed for barbecuing in a bikini to extol the virtues of eating meat, has disappeared, and feelings are running high amongst a group of animal activists. DI Meg Dalton has the unenviable job of investigating the local abattoir where the missing woman worked.

THE BODY IN THE DUMB RIVER by George Bellairs, reviewed by John Cleal

The body of Jim Lane is found in a Cambridgeshire river with a knife wound in his back. Scotland Yard Superintendent Tom Littlejohn, in the area on another case, is asked to assist by local police and quickly discovers popular showman Lane is not who he seems to be.

CEMETERY ROAD by Greg Iles, reviewed by Chris Roberts

Journalist Marshall McEwan returns to Bienville, Mississippi, where he fights local corruption while revisiting the scenes of his youth which impelled him to move away.

SHED NO TEARS by Caz Frear, reviewed by Linda Wilson

When an old murder case is reopened, Cat Kinsella soon develops doubts about the key witness, but when she delves into the past, she’s unprepared for the hornets’ nest she’s just stirred up.

THE SCORCHED EARTH by Rachael Blok, reviewed by John Cleal

A body, possibly connected to a killing for which a man is already in prison for his brother’s murder, is found in a churchyard. DCI Maarten Jansen, head of St Albans CID, sets out to solve the mystery – and so does the imprisoned man’s girlfriend.

DARK BLUE RISING by Teri Terry, reviewed by Linda Wilson

When an unexpected accident brings Tabby to the attention of the authorities for the first time in her life, she loses everything she’s ever known and has to face the unwanted truth that her whole life has been built on a lie.

Best wishes

Sharon and Linda

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