Search Results: "Val McDermid"


BOOK REVIEW

KILLING THE SHADOWS by Val McDermid
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"McDermid has handled the duel between serial killers and profilers better in The Mermaids Singing (1996)."
As Francis Blake leaves the Old Bailey, gleefully celebrating the dismissal of the charges against him for raping and murdering a young mother on Hampstead Heath while her two toddlers watched, neither Steve Preston of the Met nor his good friend, psychological profiler Fiona Cameron, is supposed to still be working the case. Read full book review >

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DEAD BEAT by Val McDermid
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 26, 1993

"Lacks pep, sizzle, not to mention good work ethics."
McDermid (Open and Shut, Report for Murder) introduces tough- minded Manchester, England, p.i. Read full book review >

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CLEAN BREAK by Val McDermid
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"The Kerrchem quagmire, though, is a mess even when she gets done mopping up."
What does the theft of Lord Henry Naismith's prize Monetthe latest of a well-oiled series of art robberies from some of England's finest homeshave to do with a lethal spate of industrial extortion over at Kerrchem, Trevor Kerr's cleaning- chemical company? Read full book review >

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FEVER OF THE BONE by Val McDermid
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 7, 2010

"As usual in McDermid, there's so much going on—including an ancient, unsolved triple homicide and Tony's stumbling attempts to come to terms with the late father who never acknowledged him—that fans of the British procedural will find their cup running over."
Under pressure from every side, DCI Carol Jordan, who heads Bradfield CID's major incident team, and profiler Dr. Tony Hill are forced to work out a new series of relationships with each other. Read full book review >

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OUT OF BOUNDS by Val McDermid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"This wayward and entertaining mystery has the grace of a heroine on the verge of coming into her own as a character whom readers will want to spend time with."
A fatal car crash leads to information about a cold murder case in the fourth DCI Karen Pirie mystery. Read full book review >

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THE TORMENT OF OTHERS by Val McDermid
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2005

"Hypnotic mind-control, sexual trauma overcome by a roll in bed with a good-looking hunk, and dead ends jump-started by fortuitous computer photos make McDermid's latest exercise in serial murder (The Distant Echo, 2003, etc.) less than compelling."
A serial killer and a pedophile overtax the Bradfield Metropolitan Police. Read full book review >

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KICKBACK by Val McDermid
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 9, 1993

"Minor appearances by Deadbeat regulars Bill, Kate's computer-whiz partner, and rock-critic lover Richard."
Earnest, honest, likable contractor Ted Barlow is about to go bust; the bank is cutting off his credit, thanks to the high rate of defaults on mortgages taken out to purchase one of his conservatories (a sunroom attached to the back of a standing house). Read full book review >

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THE LAST TEMPTATION by Val McDermid
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"A successor to The Mermaids Singing (1996) so densely packed that the poor serial killer almost gets dropped between the cracks."
Whoever he is, Geronimo—the code name psychological profiler Dr. Tony Hill uses for the latest serial killer in his sights—doesn't have much use for psychologists. Read full book review >

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BLUE GENES by Val McDermid
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Busy with comings and goings, but a bit mechanical and homogeneous, too, with a tangle of cases that tend to tap the same reliable emotions, a highly unsatisfactory climax, and not a trace of the dark brilliance of McDermid's The Mermaids Singing (p. 1498)."
Kate Brannigan's partner-in-crime-solving, Bill Mortensen, has been snared by a marriage-minded Australian siren and wants to sell his share of their inquiry agency to Kate. Read full book review >