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The Wire in the Blood by Val McDermid

First, an apology to Val McDermid. When I wrote my line for the Coming Up post, I described her book as “gory”. I have since learned, via… 606 more words

Fiction: 20th Century

Psychology and Crime: Val McDermid in conversation with Michael Rowbotham

Last night I went to the Eternity Theatre in Darlinghurst to hear Val McDermid speak with Michael Rowbotham about writing crime novels. I like crime fiction but don’t seem to reach much of it these days but I love Dr Tony Hill, Val McDermid’s fictional clinical psychologist from Wire in the Blood. 419 more words

Sydney Writers Festival

The Whydunnit - Making Thrillers Thrilling

I have a thriller novel growing in my head. It’s at the very early stages, and I don’t know as yet exactly which direction it’s going to go in. 673 more words

Writing Women's Fiction

Demon rules and the Glasgow underground

Did you know there are rules for summoning demons? And that crime writers all refer to the same rules?

I trust I didn’t imagine this. Michael J Malone chaired the Bloody Scotland Sunday afternoon supernatural event, talking to Alexandra Sokoloff, Gordon Brown (the other one) and James Oswald. 652 more words


The Skeleton Road ~ Val McDermid

One of the most horrific features of the war that raged across the lands previously know as Yugoslavia during the 1990s was the scant attention paid to it in the rest of Europe.   796 more words

Book Reviews

Val Down Under: Talking with the Queen of Tartan Noir

Media release from the Sisters in Crime Australia website

Tartan Noir Queen Val McDermid will be in wild and wonderful conversation with Australian crime author, Angela Savage, about her latest psychological thriller, … 409 more words

Angela Savage

The Skeleton Road - Val McDermid

Published September 2014

The Queen of the psychological thriller returns with her latest chilling novel.

When a skeleton is discovered hidden at the top of a crumbling, gothic building in Edinburgh, Detective Chief Inspector Karen Pirie is faced with the unenviable task of identifying the bones. 309 more words