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This week’s reviews are:
STORMBREAKER by Anthony Horowitz, reviewed by Linda
Reluctant 14-year-old spy Alex Rider is sent to
Cornwall to investigate rich philanthropist Herod Sayle and his plan to install
a new generation of computer in every school in the UK. Alex soon realises that
there’s a lot more to the Stormbreakers than Sayle is letting on, and with that
knowledge comes extreme danger.
MAIGRET AND MONSIEUR CHARLES by Georges Simenon,
reviewed by Chris Roberts
In his last appearance, Maigret investigates the
disappearance of Monsieur Charles, a wealthy lawyer well-known in Paris
POINT BLANC by Anthony Horowitz, reviewed by Linda
Reluctant teenage spy Alex Rider is sent undercover in
an exclusive school for the rebellious offspring of some of the world’s richest
people to find out what links two unexplained deaths to Point Blanc academy in
THE MAN IN THE WOODS by Ilaria Tuti, reviewed by Viv
There is a creepy man in the woods; a bad man with the
face of a skull. And if you don't watch out he's coming to get you …
THE CABIN by Jørn Lier Horst, reviewed by Ewa Sherman
Chief Inspector William Wisting is assigned to lead a
top-secret investigation into the life of a recently deceased controversial politician.
When he finds boxes full of foreign currency in his cabin, he also manages to
unearth possible links to two 15-year-old cold cases, one of them of a missing
HITLER’S PEACE by Philip Kerr, reviewer by Chris
In autumn 1943 the tide of war has turned and Germany
is putting out peace feelers. But the response of the allies will be settled in
THE STRANGER by Simon Conway, review by John Cleal
MI6 agent Jude Lyon must deal with past events which
threaten the credibility of his agency – and a terrifying new threat to the
whole of the British establishment.
FORGET ME by Andrew Ewart, reviewed by Kati
Hannah wants to know the secret her husband can’t
remember, whatever the cost.
THE NIGHT OF SHOOTING STARS by Ben Pastor, reviewed by
Lieutenant-Colonel Martin von Bora is in Berlin in
July 1944, directed to investigate the murder of a prominent clairvoyant, but
the rumours of political conspiracy suggest that Bora himself is at risk.
KISS THE GIRLS AND MAKE THEM CRY by Mary Higgins
Clark, reviewed by John
Investigative journalist Gina Kane receives an email
describing the abuse of a woman by a well-known figure at a television news
network that’s on the verge of a multi-billion dollar stock market flotation.
FAIR WARNING by Michael Connelly reviewed by Linda
When journalist Jack McEvoy finds himself a person of
interest in the murder of a woman he dated once, he’s determined to clear his
own name, as the police don’t seem to be making any moves in that direction.
WILD DOG by Serge Joncour, reviewed by John Cleal
Retired actress Lise persuades her producer husband to
holiday in the wild hills of the Causse de Limogne. He must come to terms with
his fear of nature and rediscover the basic instincts common to both man and
THE STRANGER GAME by Peter Gadol, reviewed by Kati
Rebecca’s boyfriend is missing. But she is unsure if
he is licking his wounds, or if has he become another victim of an increasingly
dangerous game sweeping Los Angeles and beyond.
HAMMER TO FALL by John Lawton, reviewed by Chris
Joe Wilderness spies for Britain in 1960s Finland and
Prague and runs into several people with whom he shares a history.
BONE CHINA by Laura Purcell, reviewed by John Cleal
Nurse-companion Hester Why flees London for a position
at the lonely Morvoren House on a desolate Cornish clifftop where she finds
herself faced with a dark and dangerous situation linked to events of 40 years
THE LAST WIFE by Karen Hamilton, reviewed by Linda
After Nina’s death, her best friend Marie steps in to
help her grieving husband with two children and a large house, gradually taking
over more and more of her friend’s former life. But not everyone thinks that’s
a good thing.
THE AOSAWA MURDERS by Riku Onda, reviewed by Chris
The poisoning of celebrants at a Japanese family
birthday party is a mystery, even when the culprit admits responsibility. The
true story takes years to emerge.
HAVEN’T THEY GROWN by Sophie Hannah, reviewed by
Beth Leeson sees an old friend whom she has not seen
for 12 years. Her friend has aged appropriately, but her children appear not to
have aged at all. Is Beth mistaken about what she saw?
LAKE CHILD by Isabel Ashdown, reviewed by John
Eva Olsen cannot remember much about the last year of
her life and is horrified that her parents are keeping her locked in an attic
room with no contact with her old friends. And her parents are behaving oddly.
CORRUPT BODIES by Peter Everett, reviewed by John
When the author becomes superintendent of Southwark
mortuary, he walks into a corrupt world of sales of body parts, theft, bribery
Sharon and Linda