Sunday, August 22, 2021

Crime Review Update for 8/22/2021

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

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This week’s reviews are:

WIN by Harlan Coben, reviewed by Linda Wilson
The death of a reclusive hoarder triggers a reappraisal of an FBI cold case involving the abduction of an heiress and the theft of two valuable paintings. Fresh evidence leads the investigators to the door of the rich, violent, amoral Win Lockwood III.

3 HOURS by Anders Roslund and Börge Hellström, reviewed by Ewa Sherman
DCI Ewert Grens starts investigating a strange case of one corpse too many in a morgue. This leads him to a Stockholm’s harbour where he makes a horrendous discovery of 73 refugees suffocated in a cargo container.

BLUNT FORCE by Lynda la Plante, reviewed by John Cleal
DS Jane Tennison feels she has been left to rot in a quiet central London station until the horrific murder of a top agent plunges her into a showbiz world of exploitation, drugs and dodgy deals.

FATAL ISLES by Maria Adolfsson, reviewed by Viv Beeby
In the middle of the North Sea, between the UK and Denmark, lies the island nation of Doggerland. Not much happens there in the way of crime, until one day Police Chief Jounas Smeed's ex-wife is found brutally murdered.

DON’T TURN AROUND by Jessica Barry, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor
Cait and Rebecca are strangers. But within hours, they realise they must trust one another to survive.

RIGHT TO KILL by John Barlow, reviewed by Kerry Hood
DS Joe Romano is back in Leeds after an unsuccessful spell in France with Interpol. Now working in Missing Persons, and feeling dulled by life, he is given a case that will test his humanity as well as his detective powers – and his heart.

THE SICILIAN METHOD by Andrea Camilleri, reviewed by Sylvia Maughan
Mimi Augello stumbles across a dead body whilst making a hasty escape from his married lover’s apartment. And then another identical dead body turns up elsewhere.

THE CUTTING PLACE by Jane Casey, reviewed by Linda Wilson
A dismembered body found in the mud of the Thames foreshore leads DS Maeve Kerrigan into the more rarefied air of the exclusive and expensive Chiron Club in her search for a killer.

THE MURDER BOX by Olivia Kiernan, reviewed by John Verpeleti
A police chief receives a murder mystery game, seemingly as a birthday present, but it soon becomes clear that the game is live and involves current day crimes.

THE PERFECT LIE by Jo Spain, reviewed by John Cleal
Detective Danny Ryan jumps to his death rather than face arrest by his own colleagues. Less than two years later, his wife Erin is put on trial for her husband’s murder.

THE NOT QUITE PERFECT MURDERER by Margaret Duffy, reviewed by Sharon Wheeler
The death of a small boy and a violent raid on a city jeweller’s pulls former spook Patrick Gillard and his author wife Ingrid Langley back into action to help out Bath police.

THE THERAPIST by Helene Flood, reviewed by Ewa Sherman
A voicemail from her husband Sigurd tells Sara he's arrived at the holiday cabin. Later a call from his friend confirms he never did. And then the search for a missing man turns into something much more sinister.

THE HEIGHTS by Parker Bilal, reviewed by Chris Roberts
When a severed head falls out of a bag on the Tube, Cal Drake makes a connection to the case that led him to leave the police and become a private detective.

FATAL SOLUTION by Leslie Scase, reviewed by John Cleal
Inspector Thomas Chard puts his own life at risk as he attempts to solve two apparently unrelated in a bustling South Wales valleys town.

HEAT STROKE by Hazel Barkworth, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor
Lily didn’t get home after the girls’ sleepover. She didn’t even get there. She’s gone, and only three people know where.

NEMESIS by Anthony Riches, reviewed by Linda Wilson
Metropolitan police close protection officer Mickey Bale is out for revenge on the gang boss ultimately responsible for his sister’s death from a drug overdose.

ISLAND REICH by Jack Grimwood, reviewed by Chris Roberts
With the Nazis victorious in France, Hitler is preparing for the invasion of Britain from the Channel Islands with the Duke of Windsor at his side. Agents from Britain and from the USA are working to prevent it.

ONE NIGHT, NEW YORK by Lara Thompson, reviewed by John Barnbrook
Frances arrives in 1930s New York to join her brother, leaving her abusive father in rural Kansas. She quickly becomes embroiled in a world beyond her experience with glamorous people, corrupt politicians and violent mobsters.

HOW TO BETRAY YOUR COUNTRY by James Wolff, reviewed by Chris Roberts
August Drummond’s service as a spy has been terminated, but he remains in the game as a distraction from his grief over the death of his wife.

FOREVER ENDS ON FRIDAY by Justin A Reynolds, reviewed by Linda Wilson
Jamal and Q used to be best friends until something came between them. When Q dies, an experimental procedure gives Jamal gives an unexpected chance to put things right between them. But how can he tell his friend that not only is he dead, but that he will also soon die again?

Best wishes

Sharon and Linda

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