Search Results: "Val McDermid"


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CROSS AND BURN by Val McDermid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"McDermid earns her customary high marks for planting clues, mastering procedural detail and maintaining suspense as the net closes. As usual, however, the endlessly fraught relationships among the continuing characters are the real draw."
The abrupt departure of DCI Carol Jordan leaves the Bradfield Metropolitan Police ill-equipped to deal with a killer whose targets bear a truly unsettling similarity to one another. 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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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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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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OPEN AND SHUT by Val McDermid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 30, 1991

"A flat follow-up to McDermid's more engaging Report for Murder."
Who killed blackmailing, bisexual Alison Maxwell? 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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INSIDIOUS INTENT by Val McDermid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"McDermid keeps all three of these pots simmering, raising the heat in agonizingly tiny increments, until she's ready for a finale guaranteed to leave you reeling."
Back on the job as head of the newly formed regional Major Incident Team, DCI Carol Jordan (Splinter the Silence, 2015, etc.) is tested to the max by the Wedding Killer. 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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REPORT FOR MURDER by Val McDermid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1998

"Clumsy plotting, relentlessly verbose characters, and a sluggish pace don't help Lindsay's overextended debut outing—one of the author's lesser efforts."
The first US publication of a novel that appeared in 1987 in England. Read full book review >