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Published by Severn
House Publishers Ltd, 1 December 2017. ISBN: 978-072788739-9 (PB)
Dr. Kate Hanson is a forensic psychologist who lectures at a
Birmingham university and also collaborates with the city’s police service as a
member of their Unsolved Crime Unit (UCU).Hanson shares her home with Charlie, her de facto, if not
biological, father, and her talented, but typically tormented, teenage daughter
Maisie.Hanson’s responsibilities, as
she juggles these demanding roles, create interest and tension within the
When a community police
officer witnesses two burglars running away from St. Bartholomew’s Church, he
retraces their steps and discovers that they have broken into its dank, dreary
crypt, which comes complete with tomb and mutilated body.UTU officers, Lieutenant Joseph Corrigan and
his partner Detective Sergeant Bernard Watts, attend the scene, where they find
police pathologist, Dr
Connie Chong, is already examining the
corpse.The well-preserved cadaver, it
transpires, is likely to be that of Matthew Flynn, a young man who disappeared
just over a year before.Having
established that this is indeed a cold case, Professor Hanson is called in to
assist with the investigation as the team begin to focus on why he was murdered
and who killed him.
Father Delaney the
priest in charge at St. Bartholomew’s, Flynn’s dysfunctional family, and
Matthew's former roommates, are all possible suspects, but the investigators
struggle to discover a motive that will provide a plausible link between any of
them and the grisly murder.The need to
find out why Matthew died, becomes more urgent when a suspicious suicide and
another murder transform past evil into a very present threat.Whilst the detectives pursue their enquiries,
Hanson’s professional observations and instincts steer her perilously close to
the killer.The narrative accelerates as
the accuracy of her findings puts her life in danger.
Something Evil Comes is infused with the professional expertise which A.J. Cross,
herself a forensic psychologist, brings to the tale.The author uses her knowledge and combines it
with impeccable storytelling, to weave a plot that teases, excites and
thrills.The book is entertaining and
compelling, it keeps the reader guessing from beginning to unexpected end.
This is the fourth novel
in the Kate Hanson series, it can be read as the latest in the series, or on
Reviewer: Dot Marshall-Gent
A J Cross is a Forensic Psychologist and frequent
court-appointed expert witness. She obtained her Masters Degree and PhD at the University of Birmingham, the latter relating to
children as witnesses within the criminal court system. Anne's
professional experience has included consultancy work for the Probation Service
in her home city. Anne currently lives in Birmingham
with her jazz-musician husband.
Dot Marshall-Gentworked in the
emergency services for twenty years first as a police officer, then as a
paramedic and finally as a fire control officer before graduating from King’s
College, London as a teacher of English in her mid-forties. She completed
a M.A. in Special and Inclusive Education at the Institute of Education, London
and now teaches part-time and writes mainly about educational issues. Dot
sings jazz and country music and plays guitar, banjo and piano as well as being
addicted to reading mystery and crime fiction.
by Mantle, 28 September 2017. ISBN
The Golden Age merges with Scandinavian Crime to
produce this book. It is set in 1972 in Oslo and starts with Inspector
K2 investigating the strangulation of a young, attractive, female theology
student. She was killed when she was walking a short distance to her
home at night. The Inspector finds it a difficult case since it
seems to be a random event. Interviews with friends, relatives and
acquaintances of the girl suggest that she has a fundamentally cold personality
- she was very good looking and seemed to enjoy leading men on then rejecting
The title The Anthill Murders refers to the discovery of a small drawing
of an ant in the victim’s handbag. A second murder soon follows - this
time of a different sort of woman - a promiscuous, heavy drinking jazz singer.
The ant motif re-occurs in this and further murders. We are
privy to the murderer’s thoughts, conveyed to the reader in short sections
written in italics. Tension builds up as the murderer works to
carry out his plans.
Inspector K2 discusses this case
with Patricia, his friend and ally in previous cases. She is another
attractive young woman but has a disability that forces her to use a
wheelchair. They find it difficult to proceed, especially as their own
relationship develops some problems.
The Agatha Christie similarity
suggested by one of the policemen proves interesting in reaching final onclusions.
This is a cleverly crafted mystery with several unexpected twists.
Jennifer S. Palmer
Hans Olaf Lahlum has written 4
previous crime novels featuring K2 and Patricia.
Hans Olav Lahlum born 12 September 1973, is a Norwegian
historian, crime author, chess player and organizer, and politician. He has
written biographies on Oscar Torp and Haakon Lie, and a history book about all
the Presidents of the United States.
my reading life crime fiction has been a constant interest; I really enjoyed my
15 years as an expatriate in the Far East, the Netherlands
& the USA
but occasionally the solace of closing my door to the outside world and sitting
reading was highly therapeutic. I now lecture to adults on historical topics
including Famous Historical Mysteries.
Published by Matador, 28 May 2017. ISBN: 978-1-78803553-8
This story is the third in this series which features Detective
Sergeant Jaswinder (‘Jazz’) Singh who is stationed in an East London police
station serving Barking and Dagenham. Jazz is only just hanging on to his job
since, in the previous story, although he and his team – Detective Sergeant
Boomer and Detective Constable Ashiv Kumar along with his tame informer Mad
Pete – had solved the crime in question, it seems to also have created absolute
mayhem. So, Jazz has been downgraded to dealing with feuds between local old
ladies and the occasional outbreak of gang violence. It is an episode of the
latter that leads him to Dionne Osei, aunt of one of the boys involved. But
what concerns Jazz is that Dionne’s ‘gentleman friend’, Peter Grimshaw, is
suspiciously attentive to Nekisha, Dionne’s six-year-old daughter. Jazz begins
to look into Peter Grimshaw, what his background is, who are his associates,
and what are they up to. That turns out to be a paedophile ring with some very
establishment figures involved and Jazz and his team find themselves in a very
book is written in a very lively style with entertaining characters and a
considerable knowledge of detailed police procedure.
Reviewer: Radmila May
M C Dutton
has come across criminality through her career and her voluntary work as a
Witness Care Officer for the CPS and as a Youth Offending Referral Panel Member, and mentored young people through the Probation
Office. Through her work she has met many people, from the awesomely heroic to
the sad, mad and seriously bad. She is the author of the 'Singhing Detective'
born in the U.S. but has lived in the U.K. since she was seven apart from seven
years in The Hague. She read law at university but did not go into practice.
Instead she worked for many years for a firm of law publishers and still does occasional
work for them including taking part in a substantial revision and updating of
her late husband’s legal practitioners’ work on Criminal Evidence published
late 2015. She has also contributed short stories with a distinctly criminal
flavour to two of the Oxford Stories anthologies published by Oxpens Press – a
third story is to be published shortly in another Oxford Stories anthology –
and is now concentrating on her own writing.