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"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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The Goddess of Tartan Noir

It was my great pleasure to interview the “Goddess of Tartan Noir” (we all agreed “Queen” was just too, well, royalist) Val McDermid during her recent visit to Melbourne at an event hosted by… 333 more words

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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