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We feature new 20 reviews in each issue of Crime Review ( www.crimereview.co.uk), together with a top industry interview. This time it’s Christopher Wakling in the Countdown hot seat: We’re on Twitter at: Crime Review: @CrimeReviewUK Linda Wilson: @CrimeReviewer Sharon Wheeler: @lartonmedia This week’s reviews are: DEAD IF YOU DON’T by Peter James, reviewed by Sharon Wheeler A missing teenager sets Detective Superintendent Roy Grace and his team of Brighton cops in a race against the clock. A BRUSH WITH DEATH by Quintin Jardine, reviewed by Linda Wilson Bob Skinner is asked by the Security Service to look into the death of a multi-millionaire boxer. MURDER AT THE GRAND RAJ PALACE by Vaseem Khan, reviewed by Chris Roberts Retired police inspector Ashwin Chopra takes on the case of a man found dead in the Grand Raj Palace hotel, while his wife Poppy is kept busy seeking a reluctant bride. ZEN AND THE ART OF MURDER by Oliver Bottini, reviewed by John Cleal An injured Japanese monk appears in a small Black Forest village. Tracking the man leads Chief Inspector Louise Boni to an international child sex and smuggling ring. THE WOMAN BEFORE ME by Ruth Dugdall, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor Ruth Wilks lives inside a prison inside a prison for the manslaughter of a baby she loved like her own. Cate holds the key to open one door, but only Rose has the key for the other. EARTH STORM by Mons Kallentoft, reviewed by Ewa Sherman Detective Malin Fors investigates cases of two opposing voices – the murder of a right-wing extremist and a missing left-wing teenage activist. FRIENDS AND TRAITORS by John Lawton, reviewed by Arnold Taylor Frederick Troy, a member of the Metropolitan Police, forms an unlikely friendship with Guy Burgess, even though he is aware that he is probably a spy. Burgess's reappearance after his defection to the Soviet Union, puts Troy in danger. THE ORPHANS by Annemarie Neary, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor Two small children on a beach in North Goa wait for their parents to return. That was 25 year ago. They are still waiting.
CERTAIN SIGNS THAT YOU ARE DEAD by Torkil Damhaug, reviewed by Ewa Sherman A badly injured patient vanishes at Akershus University Hospital. The Iranian porter Arash is blamed as he later finds the body in the basement. But as the retired pathologist Jenny Plåterud gets involved, things get messier and more complicated. THE DEVIL’S CLAW by Lara Dearman, reviewed by Chris Roberts A young journalist returns home to Guernsey, and when a drowned woman is found on the beach finds links to other such deaths stretching back over 50 years. MISS KOPP’S MIDNIGHT CONFESSION by Amy Stewart, reviewed by John Cleal Constance Kopp, New Jersey’s only female deputy sheriff, faces new challenges as America prepares to enter the first world war. THE COST OF LIVING by Rachel Ward, reviewed by Linda Wilson When a colleague is attacked on her way home, Bea, who works in the same supermarket, takes an interest in the case. BLIND DEFENCE by John Fairfax, reviewed by Chris Roberts Barrister William Benson defends a man accused of the murder of his partner and finds the case extends beyond simple domestic strife to organised criminal activity. SWEETFREAK by Sophie McKenzie, reviewed by Linda Wilson Carey’s best friend is receiving nasty messages from someone calling themselves SweetFreak. When Carey is accused of being the perpetrator, she’s determined to prove her innocence, but the evidence is against her. WE WERE THE SALT OF THE SEA by Roxanne Bouchard, reviewed by Chris Roberts Detective Sergeant Joaquin Morales, relocating from Montreal to a seaside village, is assigned the death of a local woman who sailed home after years away. A LESSON IN VIOLENCE By Jordan Harper, reviewed by John Cleal An 11-year-old girl is unexpectedly reunited with her father, but this is only the beginning for them. POTTER’S BOY by Tony Mitton, reviewed by Linda Wilson The son of the village potter wants to grow up to become a fighter, not a potter. This is Ryo’s story. A STRANGER IN THE HOUSE by Shari Lapena, reviewed by John Barnbrook Karen drives her car into a lamppost, late at night, in a seedy part of town, but she cannot remember why she was there. The police are suspicious, her husband disbelieving, and her best friend is behaving oddly. STAR OF THE NORTH by DB John, reviewed by John Cleal A young black Korean-American woman disappears without trace from a South Korean island. Her twin sister refuses to believe she may be dead and is herself later recruited by the CIA to find the truth and go undercover into the world’s most secretive state. DANGEROUS TO KNOW by Anne Buist, reviewed by Kate Balfour Natalie, a bipolar clinical psychiatrist who moves to the country for a quiet life, finds it anything but. She starts to counsel her new boss, Frank, whose family’s history is very far from normal. Natalie must try to stop herself from being drawn into their dangerous web. Best wishes Sharon www.crimereview.co.uk
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This week, I'm giving away mysteries set in the 1920s - Abir Mukherjee's A Necessary Evil & Barbara Cleverly's Fallen Angels. Details on my blog, https://www.lesasbookcritiques.blogspot.com. Entries from the U.S. only, please.
Today would have been Sandi's 58th birthday.
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