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Saturday, September 25, 2021
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This week’s reviews are:
A COMEDY OF TERRORS by Lindsey Davis, reviewed by John Cleal
While Roman detective Flavia Albia tries to come to terms with a new role, her magistrate husband becomes involved in a case which threatens not only the family but also the future of the empire itself.
THE SENTINEL by Lee Child and Andrew Child, reviewed by Sylvia Maughan
Jack Reacher arrives by chance at a small town near Tennessee, where there appears to be a power cut. Also, by chance, he manages to avert a kidnapping. By which time he is too involved not to let it all go.
GALWAY EPIPHANY by Ken Bruen, reviewed by Sharon Wheeler
Maverick PI Jack Taylor is finally hoping for a quiet retirement. But when he emerges from a coma after being hit by a truck, the incident is being hailed as a miracle and the children who tended him as saints. But he isn’t the only one looking for the kids, who have gone missing …
PASSENGER 23 by Sebastian Fitzek, reviewed by Linda Wilson
Police psychologist Martin Schwartz lost his wife and son five years ago on a cruise. When someone tells him there was more to their disappearance than a tragic accident, he has to find out more.
THE MIST by Ragnar Jónasson, reviewed by Ewa Sherman
Erla and Einar live in an isolated farmhouse in the eastern part of Iceland. Their daily toil remains unchanged for years until a strange visitor arrives during a snowstorm just before Christmas. As the telephone stops working and electricity dies, the unsettling atmosphere intensifies.
THE WHOLE TRUTH by Cara Hunter, reviewed by Viv Beeby
DI Fawley and his wife Alex are expecting a much longed-for child and everything in the garden looks lovely – until the release from prison of a vicious and vengeful rapist and murderer threatens to blight their happiness.
SAVAGE ROAD by Chris Hauty, reviewed by John Verpeleti
The President of the United States is a Russian mole and it is for his handler and covert agent, Hayley Chill, to keep him in line and ensure that a current series of cyber-attacks does not escalate into war.
THE MOON TUNNEL by Jim Kelly, reviewed by Kerry Hood
A body is found in one of the escape tunnels dug by POWs held in a World War Two camp in Cambridgeshire’s fenlands. Journalist Philip Dryden is drawn inescapably to the case when it is revealed that the man discovered in the collapsed tunnel was on the way into, not out of, the compound.
BLACKWOOD by Michael Farris Smith, reviewed by Chris Roberts
The dying rural backwater of Red Bluff, Mississippi, is briefly awoken from its slumber when new arrivals appear in town and locals go missing in the sinister nearby blackwood.
THE HOUSE OF WHISPERS by Anna Kent, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor
Grace is back in Abi’s life, dripping toxins into an already fragile status quo.
BREAK OUT by Paul Herron, reviewed by Linda Wilson
With two hurricanes on collision course, the staff of Ravenhill maximum security prison decide to evacuate, leaving the inmates to fend for themselves. But in the middle of a riot and a superstorm, all ex-cop Jack Constantine wants is revenge.
CITY OF SPIES by Mara Timon, reviewed by Chris Roberts
SOE agent Elizabeth de Mornay flees Paris in 1943 for neutral Lisbon, where she finds plenty of enemy intrigue to keep her occupied.
FUTURE PERFECT by Felicia Yap, reviewed by John Barnbrook
In the near future, software has been devised that predicts the future with surprising accuracy. The only problem is that being given the probability that you will die the next day is not necessarily what you want to hear. Nor do you want to discover that analytic software identifies you as a potential murderer.
MURDER ON THE MOORLAND by Helen Cox, reviewed by John Cleal
Librarian-turned-detective Kitt Hartley heads for the moorland village where her boyfriend’s ex-wife was murdered five years before to solve what looks like a copycat killing – right down to the runic symbols carved into the victim’s hand!
EIGHT PIECES OF SILVA by Patrice Lawrence, reviewed by Linda Wilson
Eighteen-year-old Silva is meant to be looking after her 16-year-old stepsister Becks while their parents are on a belated honeymoon to Japan, but when Silva doesn’t come home, Becks decides to check out her bedroom and then her worries really kick off.
HOTEL CARTAGENA by Simone Buchholz, reviewed by Chris Roberts
A top-floor Hamburg hotel bar with a party of police amongst the guests is invaded by a dozen men with weapons who take everyone hostage.
THE OTHER YOU by JS Monroe, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor
Kate may have lost her outstanding memory for faces, but she is certain the man in front of her is not the man she loves.
RUN FOR COVER by Michael Ledwidge, reviewed by Linda Wilson
Ex-Navy Seal Michael Gannon insists on helping a friend and former colleague to investigate the murder of his brother by a sniper in a national park.
THE GLASS KINGDOM by Lawrence Osborne, reviewed by Chris Roberts
After defrauding her New York employer, Sarah takes refuge in a crumbling tower complex in Bangkok. The people she meets seem friendly, but she has the impression that someone is watching her.
LAST SURVIVOR by Tony Park, reviewed by John Cleal
A group of ageing enthusiasts set out to recover the only example of the world’s rarest plant stolen from the private game reserve of a Kuwaiti prince
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