LoveReading

Becoming a member of the LoveReading community is free.

No catches, no fine print just unadulterated book loving, with your favourite books saved to your own digital bookshelf.

New members get entered into our monthly draw to win £100 to spend in your local bookshop Plus lots lots more…

Find out more

Val McDermid - Author

About the Author

Val McDermid is a No. 1 bestseller whose novels have been translated into more than thirty languages, and have sold over eleven million copies. She has won many aw ards internationally, including the CWA Gold Dagger for best crime novel of the year and the LA Times Book of the Year Award. She was inducted into the ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame in 2009 and w as the recipient of the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger for 2010. In 2011 she received the Lambda Literary Foundation Pioneer Award. She writes full time and divides her time between Cheshire and Edinburgh.

In 2016 Val was awarded the Theakston Old Peculier Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction Award. McDermid said: “It's an honour and a thrill to receive this award. The community of writers and readers at the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival is unlike any other in its warmth and generosity and so this means a huge amount to me. This year sees the publication of my 30th novel and I can't think of a better way to celebrate that.”

In 2010 she received the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger Award, which honours outstanding achievement in the field of crime writing. Margaret Murphy, then chair of the CWA, said: "The CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger award acknowledges the work of an author who has made an outstanding contribution to the genre. Val McDermid is a worthy winner whose work has entertained and thrilled millions of readers as well as many more who have enjoyed the TV adaptations her books have inspired."

 

Author photo © Charlie Hopkinson

Featured books by Val McDermid

Still Life

Still Life

Author: Val McDermid Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/02/2021

On a freezing winter morning, fishermen pull a body from the sea. It is quickly discovered that the dead man was the prime suspect in a decade-old investigation, when a prominent civil servant disappeared without trace. DCI Karen Pirie was the last detective to review the file and is drawn into a sinister world of betrayal and dark secrets. But Karen is already grappling with another case, one with even more questions and fewer answers. A skeleton has been discovered in an abandoned campervan and all clues point to a killer who never faced justice - a killer who is still out there. In her search for the truth, Karen uncovers a network of lies that has gone unchallenged for years. But lies and secrets can turn deadly when someone is determined to keep them hidden for good . . .

How the Dead Speak

How the Dead Speak

Author: Val McDermid Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/02/2020

The eleventh book in the Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series, from No. 1 bestselling author Val McDermid. 'We are all creatures of habit. Even murderers...' When human remains are discovered in the grounds of an old convent, it quickly becomes clear that someone has been using the site as their personal burial ground. But with the convent abandoned long ago and bodies dating back many years, could this be the work of more than one obsessive killer? The investigation throws up more questions as the evidence mounts but, after their last disastrous case, Tony Hill and Carol Jordan can only watch from afar. As they deal with the consequences, someone with a terrifying routine is biding their time - and both Tony and Carol find themselves closer to the edge than they have ever been before . . . Masterful and filled with suspense, this is the most electrifying, heart-racing thriller yet from number one bestseller and queen of crime Val McDermid.

Broken Ground

Broken Ground

Author: Val McDermid Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/02/2019

Number one bestseller and queen of crime Val McDermid returns with her most breathtakingly atmospheric and exhilarating novel yet 'Somebody has been here before us. And he's still here . . .' When a body is discovered in the remote depths of the Highlands, DCI Karen Pirie finds herself in the right place at the right time. Unearthed with someone's long-buried inheritance, the victim seems to belong to the distant past - until new evidence suggests otherwise, and Karen is called in to unravel a case where nothing is as it seems. It's not long before an overheard conversation draws Karen into the heart of a different case, however - a shocking crime she thought she'd already prevented. As she inches closer to the twisted truths at the centre of these murders, it becomes clear that she's dealing with a version of justice terrifyingly different to her own . . . 'Another stellar read from McDermid, and further evidence that her Queen of Crime status will not be challenged' Scotsman 'There is nothing more gratifying than watching a master craftswoman at work, and she is on fine form here' Observer 'A compulsively readable tale' Irish Times

Insidious Intent

Insidious Intent

Author: Val McDermid Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/02/2018

'Murdered people don't kill themselves . . .' A quiet night on a country road. The stillness shattered by a car engulfed in flames, and a burned body discovered in the driver's seat. As the investigation unfolds, DCI Carol Jordan and psychological profiler Tony Hill quickly realise that this is more than just a tragic accident. And so begins the hunt for a truly terrifying killer, someone who believes he is invisible, untraceable and untouchable. As other victims are found to have met the same terrible fate, and with more women at risk, Tony and Carol are drawn into a dark and twisted web of fear and revenge that will force them to question their own ideas of justice . . .

Out of Bounds

Out of Bounds

Author: Val McDermid Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/01/2017

The latest spine-chilling thriller from the queen of crime, Val McDermid. 'There are lots of things that ran in families, but murder wasn't one of them ...' When a teenage joyrider crashes a stolen car and ends up in a coma, a routine DNA test could be the key to unlocking the mystery of a twenty-year-old murder inquiry. Detective Chief Inspector Karen Pirie is an expert at solving the unsolvable. With each cold case closed, justice is served. So, finding the answer should be straightforward, but it's as twisted as the DNA helix itself. Meanwhile Karen finds herself irresistibly drawn to another case, one that she has no business investigating. And as she pieces together decades-old evidence, Karen discovers the most dangerous kinds of secrets. Secrets that someone is willing to kill for ...Number one bestseller, Val McDermid returns with her most atmospheric, gripping novel to date. 'The queen of crime is still at the top of her game' Independent 'It grabs the reader by the throat and never lets go' Daily Mail 'Incredibly suspenseful' Sunday Mirror

eBooks of the Month
Splinter the Silence

Splinter the Silence

Author: Val McDermid Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/04/2016

Reader favourites Tony Hill and Carol Jordan return in another impeccable, major thriller with all the McDermid trademarks of breathless tension, unsettling graphic criminal details and a plot engineered inch by inch to grip and never let go. Forget their erstwhile small screen portrayals and get involved with the so much more complex psychology of characters familiar but always a tad unpredictable, and thefeore eminently human. The grizzled psychological profiler and the former DCI with a troubled past team up once more to track and hunt down a particularly imaginative and cruel serial killer whose murderous deeds remain hidden behind the surface as apparent suicides provoked by malicious online stalking, shielding him from the law. As ever, the matter becomes highly personal and a race against time is set in motion. If you like to squirm in your armchair unable to close the pages until the sometimes bitter end, McDermid's your dame! ~ Maxim Jakubowski

eBooks of the Month
The Skeleton Road

The Skeleton Road

Author: Val McDermid Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/03/2015

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. As Karen's investigation gathers momentum, she is drawn deeper into a world of intrigue and betrayal, spanning the dark days of the Balkan Wars. Karen's search for answers brings her to a small village in Croatia, a place scarred by fear, where people have endured unspeakable acts of violence. Meanwhile, someone is taking the law into their own hands in the name of justice and revenge -- but when present resentment collides with secrets of the past, the truth is more shocking than anyone could have imagined ...

eBooks of the Month
Forensics The Anatomy of Crime

Forensics The Anatomy of Crime

Author: Val McDermid Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/02/2015

February 2015 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Forensics is the ultimate detective work and has a surprisingly long history with a Chinese textbook detailing forensic cases from as far back as the Thirteenth Century. Val McDermid turns from the fictional forensics to investigate the real thing, giving us a history of the science and the people who make the dead reveal their secrets.   Like for Like Reading Forensic Casebook: The Science of Crime Scene Investigation, N E Genge The Mammoth Book of New CSI Forensic Science in over 30 Crime Scene Investigations, Nigel Cawthorne   Click here to see Val McDermid talk about insect informants.   Click here to see Val McDermid talk about genetic fingerpints and Dr Crippen   Click here to see Val McDermid talk about the importance of humanity

eBooks of the Month
Forensics The Anatomy of Crime

Forensics The Anatomy of Crime

Author: Val McDermid Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/02/2015

October 2014 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Forensics is the ultimate detective work and has a surprisingly long history with a Chinese textbook detailing forensic cases from as far back as the Thirteenth Century. Val McDermid turns from the fictional forensics to investigate the real thing, giving us a history of the science and the people who make the dead reveal their secrets   Like for Like Reading Forensic Casebook: The Science of Crime Scene Investigation, N E Genge The Mammoth Book of New CSI Forensic Science in over 30 Crime Scene Investigations, Nigel Cawthorne   Click here to see Val McDermid talk about insect informants.   Click here to see Val McDermid talk about genetic fingerpints and Dr Crippen   Click here to see Val McDermid talk about the importance of humanity

eBooks of the Month
Forensics The Anatomy of Crime

Forensics The Anatomy of Crime

Author: Val McDermid Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/10/2014

February 2015 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Forensics is the ultimate detective work and has a surprisingly long history with a Chinese textbook detailing forensic cases from as far back as the Thirteenth Century. Val McDermid turns from the fictional forensics to investigate the real thing, giving us a history of the science and the people who make the dead reveal their secrets.   Like for Like Reading Forensic Casebook: The Science of Crime Scene Investigation, N E Genge The Mammoth Book of New CSI Forensic Science in over 30 Crime Scene Investigations, Nigel Cawthorne   Click here to see Val McDermid talk about insect informants.   Click here to see Val McDermid talk about genetic fingerpints and Dr Crippen   Click here to see Val McDermid talk about the importance of humanity

eBooks of the Month
Forensics The Anatomy of Crime

Forensics The Anatomy of Crime

Author: Val McDermid Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/10/2014

October 2014 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Forensics is the ultimate detective work and has a surprisingly long history with a Chinese textbook detailing forensic cases from as far back as the Thirteenth Century. Val McDermid turns from the fictional forensics to investigate the real thing, giving us a history of the science and the people who make the dead reveal their secrets   Like for Like Reading Forensic Casebook: The Science of Crime Scene Investigation, N E Genge The Mammoth Book of New CSI Forensic Science in over 30 Crime Scene Investigations, Nigel Cawthorne   Click here to see Val McDermid talk about insect informants.   Click here to see Val McDermid talk about genetic fingerpints and Dr Crippen   Click here to see Val McDermid talk about the importance of humanity

eBooks of the Month
Northanger Abbey

Northanger Abbey

Author: Val McDermid Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/09/2014

In Val's trademark style of great storytelling and suspense meet modern day Cat whose world is turned upside down and her innocence lost as she is taken from rural Dorset to experience the bright lights of Edinburgh and the festival. Seamless prose complementing dialogue that's speckled with wit, it is clear that Val McDermid clearly relished the writing of this contemporary and page-turning take on Northanger Abbey. October 2014 Book of the Month. The titles in the Austen Project series are: Sense & Sensibility by Joanna TrollopeNorthanger Abbey by Val McDermidEmma by Alexander McCall SmithEligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

eBooks of the Month
Cross and Burn

Cross and Burn

Author: Val McDermid Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/02/2014

Guilt and grief have driven a wedge between long time crime-fighting partners psychologist Tony Hill and ex-DCI Carol Jordan. But just because they're not talking doesn't mean the killing stops. Someone is killing women. Women who bear a disturbing resemblance to Carol Jordan. And when the evidence begins to point in a disturbing direction, thinking the unthinkable seems the only possible answer. Cornered by events, Tony and Carol are forced to fight for themselves and each other as never before...

eBooks of the Month
The Vanishing Point

The Vanishing Point

Author: Val McDermid Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/01/2013

Stephanie Harker is travelling through security at O'Hare airport with five-year-old Jimmy. But in a moment, everything changes. In disbelief, Stephanie watches as a uniformed agent leads her boy away - and she's stuck the other side of the gates, hysterical with worry. The authorities, unaware of Jimmy's existence, just see a woman behaving erratically; Stephanie is wrestled to the ground and blasted with a taser gun. By the time she can tell them what has happened, Jimmy is long gone. But as Stephanie tells her story to the FBI, it becomes clear that everything is not as it seems. There are many potential suspects for this abduction. With time rapidly running out, how can Stephanie get him back? 

eBooks of the Month
Trick of the Dark

Trick of the Dark

Author: Val McDermid Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/02/2011

Shortlisted for the Galaxy Thriller & Crime Novel of the Year Award 2011. A fascinatingly rich and complex mystery lies at the heart of this novel - McDermid's most ambitious and best yet.   Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 4 November 2010.   October 2010 Good Housekeeping selection.   Fans of a good thriller will enjoy Trick Of The Dark by crime writer Val McDermid, in which a shamed psychiatrist find herself drawn into a murder case that has taken place at her old Oxford college.

eBooks of the Month
Trick of the Dark

Trick of the Dark

Author: Val McDermid Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/02/2011

Shortlisted for the Galaxy Crime & Thriller of the Year Award 2011.   Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 4 November 2010.   October 2010 Good Housekeeping selection. Fans of a good thriller will enjoy Trick Of The Dark by crime writer Val McDermid, in which a shamed psychiatrist find herself drawn into a murder case that has taken place at her old Oxford college.

eBooks of the Month
Trick of the Dark

Trick of the Dark

Author: Val McDermid Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/02/2011

Shortlisted for the Galaxy Thriller & Crime Novel of the Year Award 2011. A fascinatingly rich and complex mystery lies at the heart of this novel - McDermid's most ambitious and best yet.   Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 4 November 2010.   October 2010 Good Housekeeping selection.   Fans of a good thriller will enjoy Trick Of The Dark by crime writer Val McDermid, in which a shamed psychiatrist find herself drawn into a murder case that has taken place at her old Oxford college.

eBooks of the Month
Trick of the Dark

Trick of the Dark

Author: Val McDermid Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/02/2011

Shortlisted for the Galaxy Crime & Thriller of the Year Award 2011.   Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 4 November 2010.   October 2010 Good Housekeeping selection. Fans of a good thriller will enjoy Trick Of The Dark by crime writer Val McDermid, in which a shamed psychiatrist find herself drawn into a murder case that has taken place at her old Oxford college.

eBooks of the Month
The Grave Tattoo

The Grave Tattoo

Author: Val McDermid Format: Paperback (a Format) Release Date: 04/03/2010

  Val McDermid is the winner of the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger Award 2010, which honours outstanding achievement in the field of crime writing.   Shortlisted for the Crime Thriller of the Year Award at the Galaxy British Book Awards 2008.Val McDermid's latest riveting crime thriller, The Grave Tattoo  is very different to much of her previous work; it is no less riveting but it has a truly huge breadth and depth of canvas, which she has pulled off with great aplomb. Fletcher Christian was the man responsible for seizing command of the Bounty from Bligh in 1789 and his death on Pitcairn island has never been truly confirmed and did he in fact die in his beloved Lake District?   Christian was distantly related to William Wordsworth, and was an old school friend of the poet and this forms the basis for a superb psychological thriller in which a present-day murder and a Wordsworth manuscript have their routes in the eighteenth century and the mutiny.  When a tattooed body is found half-preserved in the brackish water of a peat bog local Wordsworth scholar Jane Gresham jumps at the chance to investigate. We feel The Grave Tattoo  will be thoroughly enjoyed by her existing fan base but also be enjoyed equally by those who thrive on finding clues as well weaving historical investigative work with the present.

eBooks of the Month
The Fever of the Bone

The Fever of the Bone

Author: Val McDermid Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/02/2010

Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 5 June 2010.   Val McDermid is the winner of the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger Award 2010, which honours outstanding achievement in the field of crime writing.   CWA Hall of Fame Dagger 2009.   This award winning author thrills us again with the story of a serial killer stalking his victims through a social networking site. Chilling and nail biting stuff.  

eBooks of the Month
The Fever of the Bone

The Fever of the Bone

Author: Val McDermid Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/02/2010

  Val McDermid is the winner of the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger Award 2010, which honours outstanding achievement in the field of crime writing.   CWA Hall of Fame Dagger 2009.   This award winning author thrills us again with the story of a serial killer stalking his victims through a social networking site. Chilling and nail biting stuff.

eBooks of the Month
The Fever of the Bone

The Fever of the Bone

Author: Val McDermid Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/02/2010

Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 5 June 2010.   Val McDermid is the winner of the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger Award 2010, which honours outstanding achievement in the field of crime writing.   CWA Hall of Fame Dagger 2009.   This award winning author thrills us again with the story of a serial killer stalking his victims through a social networking site. Chilling and nail biting stuff.  

eBooks of the Month
The Fever of the Bone

The Fever of the Bone

Author: Val McDermid Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/02/2010

  Val McDermid is the winner of the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger Award 2010, which honours outstanding achievement in the field of crime writing.   CWA Hall of Fame Dagger 2009.   This award winning author thrills us again with the story of a serial killer stalking his victims through a social networking site. Chilling and nail biting stuff.

eBooks of the Month
The Torment of Others

The Torment of Others

Author: Val McDermid Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/03/2005

  Val McDermid is the winner of the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger Award 2010, which honours outstanding achievement in the field of crime writing.   If you have not read Val McDermid you may have caught the ITV series of The Wire in the Blood, starring Dr Tony Hill.  This features him too in another complex, baffling psychological thriller which is far better than the TV.  It’s unexpected twists, its growing suspense, its intelligence and dark compulsion can never truly be captured on the small screen.  You’ve got to read it.Comparisons: Karin Slaughter, Mo Hayder, Tess Gerritsen.Similar this month: Hilary Bonner, Kathy Reichs.

eBooks of the Month
A Darker Domain

A Darker Domain

Author: Val McDermid Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/04/2009

The second riveting crime novel in the Karen Pirie series, from No.1 Sunday Times bestseller Val McDermid. 'A superb mystery' The Times Twenty-five years ago, a woman and her baby son were kidnapped and held to ransom. Catriona Grant ended up dead and little Adam's fate has remained a mystery ever since. When a new clue is discovered in a deserted Tuscan villa - along with grisly evidence of a recent murder - cold case expert DI Karen Pirie is assigned to follow the trail. She's already working a case from the same year. During the Miners' Strike of 1984, pit worker Mick Prentice vanished. Where did he really go? And is there a link to the Grant mystery? The truth is stranger - and far darker - than fiction.

eBooks of the Month

Other books by Val McDermid

1979

1979

Author: Val McDermid Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/08/2021

The shadows hide a deadly story . . . 1979. It is the winter of discontent, and reporter Allie Burns is chasing her first big scoop. There are few women in the newsroom and she needs something explosive for the boys' club to take her seriously. Soon Allie and fellow journalist Danny Sullivan are exposing the criminal underbelly of respectable Scotland. They risk making powerful enemies - and Allie won't stop there. When she discovers a home-grown terrorist threat, Allie comes up with a plan to infiltrate the group and make her name. But she's a woman in a man's world . . . and putting a foot wrong could be fatal. This is the atmospheric, heart-pounding first novel in a gripping new series by the Queen of Crime Val McDermid. __________ Praise for Val McDermid: 'Brilliant . . . Sensational . . . Unforgettable' Guardian 'No one can plot or tell a story like she can' Daily Express 'Compulsively readable' Irish Times 'One of today's most accomplished crime writers' Literary Review 'As good a psychological thriller as it is possible to get' Sunday Express 'It grabs the reader by the throat and never lets go' Daily Mail

Resistance

Resistance

Author: Val McDermid Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/05/2021

A gritty, dark tale of infectious disease gone wrong - the timely graphic novel from Sunday Times bestselling author Val McDermid, stunningly illustrated by Kathryn Briggs 'A brilliant and timely story, told with McDermid's verve, style and passion. I couldn't stop turning the pages, even when I could barely take the tension. Wonderful.' Denise Mina It's the summer solstice weekend, and 150,000 people descend on a farm in the northeast of England for an open-air music festival. At first, a spot of rain seems to be the only thing dampening the fun - until a mystery bug appears. Before long, the illness is spreading at an electrifying speed and seems resistant to all antibiotics. Can journalist Zoe Meadows track the outbreak to its source, and will a cure be found before the disease becomes a pandemic? A heart-racing thriller, Resistance imagines a nightmare pandemic that seems only too credible in the wake of COVID-19. Number one bestseller and queen of crime Val McDermid has teamed up with illustrator Kathryn Briggs to create a masterful graphic novel. 'One of today's most accomplished crime writers' Literary Review 'A powerful, unique look at the benign origins of catastrophe' Kirkus Reviews

Women Hold Up Half the Sky

Women Hold Up Half the Sky

Author: Val McDermid Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/05/2021

The first woman to be elected First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon's impact on the future of Scotland and the United Kingdom makes her words essential reading. Independently selected by editor Robert Davidson, this collection of speeches from her time as First Minister addresses such crucial matters as the climate crisis, education, human rights and the European Union. Women Hold Up Half the Sky depicts a leader tackling not only immediate, pressing concerns but also mapping out a progressive agenda for the future.

Clean Break

Clean Break

Author: Val McDermid Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/05/2021

The fourth riveting thriller in the Kate Brannigan series, from No.1 Sunday Times bestseller Val McDermid. 'The Queen of Crime is still at the top of her game' Independent When a Monet is stolen from a stately home, Manchester-based private eye Kate Brannigan goes head to head with organized crime as she hunts the thieves through Europe. Meanwhile, someone is leaving a trail of bodies across the Northwest. As Kate confronts some harsh truths in her own life, the case stretches her love and loyalty to its limits.

Christmas is Murder

Christmas is Murder

Author: Val McDermid Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/11/2020

'No one can plot or tell a story like she can' Daily Express __________ The Queen of Crime Val McDermid is a master of the dark and sinister story, and these powers are demonstrated in full force in Christmas is Murder, a festive collection of chilling tales. From an irresponsible baron whose body is discovered beneath a silver birch tree, to an author who is haunted by the spiteful presence of a jealous writing partner, the characters McDermid conjures are enigmatic and dangerous, never above suspicion. Follow Tony Hill and Carol Jordan as they track a deadly killer who is preparing to strike on Christmas Day, and lose yourself in a festive exclusive - a recently unearthed case for a classic detective duo, set as the lights are going out across Europe. These evocative, atmospheric tales will shock and delight. This is the perfect book to curl up with as the frosty winter draws in and each night gets darker than the last, written by one of our greatest living crime writers. __________ Praise for the Queen of Crime Val McDermid: 'Brilliant . . . Sensational . . . Unforgettable' Guardian 'Compulsively readable' Irish Times 'One of today's most accomplished crime writers' Literary Review 'As good a psychological thriller as it is possible to get' Sunday Express 'It grabs the reader by the throat and never lets go' Daily Mail

Still Life

Still Life

Author: Val McDermid Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/08/2020

'No one can tell a story like she can' Daily Express 'One of today's most accomplished crime writers' Literary Review 'The queen of psychological thrillers' Irish Independent ____________ 'The bodies never stay buried forever . . .' On a freezing winter morning, fishermen pull a body from the sea. It is quickly discovered that the dead man was the prime suspect in a decade-old investigation, when a prominent civil servant disappeared without trace. DCI Karen Pirie was the last detective to review the file and is drawn into a sinister world of betrayal and dark secrets. But Karen is already grappling with another case, one with even more questions and fewer answers. A skeleton has been discovered in an abandoned campervan and all clues point to a killer who never faced justice - a killer who is still out there. In her search for the truth, Karen uncovers a network of lies that has gone unchallenged for years. But lies and secrets can turn deadly when someone is determined to keep them hidden for good . . . The number one bestseller and unrivalled queen of crime Val McDermid is back with her most exhilarating, breath-taking thriller yet. ____________ Praise for Val McDermid, the queen of crime: 'Brilliant . . . Sensational . . . Unforgettable' Guardian 'Compulsively readable' Irish Times 'As good a psychological thriller as it is possible to get' Sunday Express 'It grabs the reader by the throat and never lets go' Daily Mail

A Place of Execution

A Place of Execution

Author: Val McDermid Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/06/2020

A riveting psychological thriller from the Number One bestselling Queen of crime fiction - Val McDermid. In the Peak District village of Scardale, thirteen-year-old girls didn't just run away. So when Alison Carter vanished in the winter of '63, everyone knew it was a murder. Catherine Heathcote remembers the case well. A child herself when Alison vanished, decades on she still recalls the sense of fear as parents kept their children close, terrified of strangers. Now a journalist, she persuades DI George Bennett to speak of the hunt for Alison, the tantalizing leads and harrowing dead ends. But when a fresh lead emerges, Bennett tries to stop the story - plunging Catherine into a world of buried secrets and revelations. 'One of the all-time greats - special in every way' Lee Child 'This book changed everything I thought I knew about crime fiction' Belinda Bauer, bestselling author of Snap 'Every now and then, a writer transforms the landscape of the literary canon: Val McDermid is one such writer' Fiona Cummins, bestselling author of Rattle 'Just mesmerizing' Joseph Knox, bestselling author of Sirens 'A brilliant book' Holly Watt, award winning author of To the Lions 'From the first pages, we know we're in the hands of a master ' Jeffrey Deaver 'Beautifully written' Daily Telegraph 'One of the best detective stories I've read' Ruth Rendell 'Possibly the best McDermid has written' Sunday Telegraph Perfect for fans of Ann Cleeves, Elly Griffiths and Lynda La Plante.

Imagine A Country

Imagine A Country

Author: Val McDermid Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/03/2020

The first step on the road to change is to imagine possibility. Imagine A Country offers visions of a new future from an astonishing array of Scottish voices, from comedians to economists, writers to musicians. Edited, curated and introduced by bestselling author Val McDermid and geographer Jo Sharp, it is a collection of ideas, dreams and ambitions, aiming to inspire change, hope and imagination. Featuring: ALI SMITH, PHILL JUPITUS, A.L. KENNEDY, ALAN CUMMING, KERRY HUDSON, GREG HEMPHILL, CAROL ANN DUFFY, CHRIS BROOKMYRE, ALISON WATT, ALASDAIR GRAY, LEILA ABOULELA, IAN RANKIN, SELINA HALES, SANJEEV KOHLI, JACKIE KAY, DAMIAN BARR, ELAINE C. SMITH, ABIR MUKHERJEE, ANNE GLOVER, ALAN BISSETT, LOUISE WELSH, JO CLIFFORD, RICKY ROSS, TRISHNA SINGH, CAMERON McNEISH, ALEXANDER McCALL SMITH, CARLA JENKINS, DON PATERSON, AND MANY MORE . . .

Star Struck

Star Struck

Author: Val McDermid Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/11/2019

A gripping Kate Brannigan thriller, from No.1 Sunday Times bestseller Val McDermid. 'Val McDermid remains unrivalled' Observer Manchester PI Kate Brannigan finds herself with no choice but to take the only case on offer: bodyguarding a paranoid soap star. But the glitzy world of showbusiness has a darker side. And as Kate scratches the surface, she uncovers dramas, threats and bitter rivalries. And when a self-styled 'Seer to the Stars' is murdered, Kate is left with more questions than answers.

Blue Genes

Blue Genes

Author: Val McDermid Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/11/2019

A riveting Kate Brannigan thriller, from No.1 Sunday Times bestseller Val McDermid. 'Val McDermid remains unrivalled' Observer Kate Brannigan's having a bad week. Her boyfriend's death notice is in the paper and her plan to catch a team of fraudsters is in disarray. Kate can't even cry on her best friend's shoulder, for Alexis has worries of her own. Her girlfriend's pregnant, and when the doctor responsible for the fertility treatment is murdered, Alexis needs Kate like she's never done before. Delving into the alien world of medical experimentation, Kate confronts betrayal and cold-blooded greed as she fights to save not only her livelihood, but her life as well...

Dead Beat

Dead Beat

Author: Val McDermid Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/11/2019

The stunning first novel in the Kate Brannigan series, from No.1 Sunday Times bestseller Val McDermid. 'This is crime writing of the very highest order' The Times Introducing Kate Brannigan, Manchester's most-loved private detective - a woman who won't take no for an answer. As a favour, Kate agrees to track down a missing songwriter, Moria Pollock. It was supposed to be a nice simple case, but the search soon leads Kate into the dark underworld of Leeds, Manchester and Bradford - and finally to a shocking confrontation with a killer...

Kick Back

Kick Back

Author: Val McDermid Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/11/2019

The second gripping thriller in the Kate Brannigan series, from No.1 Sunday Times bestseller Val McDermid. 'No one can plot or tell a story like McDermid' Express PI Kate Brannigan is hired to investigate a series of strange financial scams across Manchester. At first it looks like a discrepancy with the paperwork, but the deeper Kate digs, the murkier the case becomes. Before long she's up to her neck in crooked land deals - and murder - and her own life is on the line...

Crack Down

Crack Down

Author: Val McDermid Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/11/2019

The third stunning thriller in the Kate Brannigan series, from No.1 Sunday Times bestseller Val McDermid. 'This is crime writing of the very highest order' The Times Manchester-based private eye Kate Brannigan thought it would be safe to let her boyfriend help out with her investigation. But now he's behind bars and she's been left caring for his eight-year-old son. Soon Kate finds herself drawn into the world of drug traffickers, child pornographers, and violent gangland enforcers - bringing her face to face with death in the most terrifying investigation of her career.

How the Dead Speak

How the Dead Speak

Author: Val McDermid Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/08/2019

Don't miss the electrifying new Karen Pirie thriller - STILL LIFE is out now ___________________ 'The queen of crime is still at the top of her game' Independent 'No one can tell a story like she can' Daily Express 'One of today's most accomplished crime writers' Literary Review 'We are all creatures of habit. Even murderers . . .' When human remains are discovered in the grounds of an old convent, it quickly becomes clear that someone has been using the site as their personal burial ground. But with the convent abandoned long ago and the remains dating back many years, could this be the work of more than one obsessive killer? It's an investigation that throws up more questions as the evidence mounts, and after their last case ended catastrophically, Tony Hill and Carol Jordan can only watch from afar. As they deal with the consequences of previous actions, someone with a terrifying routine is biding their time - and both Tony and Carol find themselves closer to the edge than they have ever been before . . . Electrifying and filled with masterful suspense, this is the most eagerly anticipated thriller yet from number one bestseller and queen of crime Val McDermid.

My Scotland

My Scotland

Author: Val McDermid Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/06/2019

'I love stories. My life has been book-ended and bookmarked by hearing them, reading them and telling them. In my mind's eye, I can see where each of these stories unfolds . . .' __________ In MY SCOTLAND, Sunday Times bestselling author Val McDermid takes readers to the landscapes she has known all her life, and the places where her stories and characters reside. Accompanied by over 100 stunning photographs, this remarkable book uncovers Val's own Scotland in all its glory - from the iconic Isle of Skye to the majestic streets of Edinburgh; from the undiscovered hideaways of the Highlands to the wild and untamed Jura. __________ Featuring excerpts from Val McDermid's bestselling novels and charting Karen Pirie's Fife to Lindsay Gordon's Glasgow, MY SCOTLAND is an unforgettable and uniquely personal journey.

Star Struck

Star Struck

Author: Val McDermid Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 02/05/2019

Star Struck by Val McDermid