Category Archives: Val McDermid

Books of the month: October 2017

Pick of the month October delivered more real-life shenanigans (this time on the health front), making 2017 an interesting year if nothing else. But here I prefer to focus on books rather than shenanigans, especially when I’ve read a book … Continue reading

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Review: INSIDIOUS INTENT by Val McDermid

I stopped reading this series a while back. I can’t remember which book it was now but I just found it too violent for my taste at the time. However I’ve come to really love McDermid’s writing via her standalone … Continue reading

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Books of the month: September 2016

Pick of the month With my reading get back to something like normal during September the choice for book of the month was very difficult. Half of the 10 books I finished this month are worthy of the title but … Continue reading

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Review: OUT OF BOUNDS by Val McDermid

I realise this isn’t the most pertinent thing I can tell you about OUT OF BOUNDS but as it occupied a lot of my thinking time with respect to the book I do have to report that if you think … Continue reading

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Review: THE VANISHING POINT by Val McDermid

Val McDermid’s THE VANISHING POINT opens with scenes that draw the reader in by their familiarity. I’m sure we’ve all stood in those interminable airport queues that are the staple of modern travelling and we’ve all been at our wit’s end arguing … Continue reading

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Book vs Adaptation: A Place of Execution

The book Val McDermid’s A PLACE OF EXECUTION was the author’s first standalone novel after books in several series. A book of distinct parts it sets its scene with a foreword by by one of its key characters, author Catherine … Continue reading

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Review: A DARKER DOMAIN by Val McDermid

If the world could be ordered to my specific tastes all books would be available in audio format and all of those would be read by people with Scottish accents, even the ones set in outback Australia. I blame my … Continue reading

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Review: Trick of the Dark by Val McDermid

Having complained often and at length about authors who write the same book over and over again I chose to TRICK OF THE DARK up precisely because it was clear from the disparity of opinion about it that, if nothing … Continue reading

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Review: The Torment of Others by Val McDermid

The fourth book in Val McDermid’s successful series featuring psychologist and profiler Tony Jordan and DCI Carol Jordan opens with Jordan on extended leave following the events that took place in the previous book. She is approached to head up … Continue reading

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