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Greater Minds: Mysteries

I’m starting the Wednesday pontifications with a subseries I’ll call Greater Minds. I’ll be taking various articles, podcasts or anything else that looks relevant to writing, and discussing what I’ve learned from them. 1,377 more words

Crime Fiction

Val McDermid - The Skeleton Road

Complex history and investigations, successfully explained; not completely successfully a novel.

I had mixed reactions to Val McDermid’s cleverly titled novel, a murder investigation which leads to exploring the deep issues within global conflict, and how love, in its widest reaches, and revenge, are not by any means in opposition to each other, but bedfellows. 727 more words

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Endemol, ABC Studios to Produce 'Wire In the Blood' for ABC Network

Endemol Studios and ABC Studios will co-produce “Wire In the Blood,” a drama series based on the British psychological crime series, for the ABC Television Network. 191 more words


"A Place of Execution," Val McDermid

As the world got swept of its feet with the booming Scandinavian crime novel and TV, I did, too. Not that I’ve seen/read too many of their creations, but I was so impressed with “ 348 more words


Books Read in 2014 - 53. The Distant Echo - Val McDermid

Genre: Detective
Narrative Style: Third person from a variety of viewpoints
Rating: 5/5
Published: 2003
Format: paperback
Synopsis: Four students find a girl, bleeding and almost dead, in a park on the way home from a party.
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What else have I been up to when I’ve not been allocating pieces of my mind to the reeducation of young whippersnappers? Spot of reading, believe it or not… Since I last posted about books, I’ve read THREE books. 912 more words


The Skeleton Road by Val McDermid

A welcome return to form…

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When a long-dead body is found on the roof of a derelict Edinburgh school, the case is handed to Detective Chief Inspector Karen Pirie of the Historic Cases Unit. 718 more words

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