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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."

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If you like Val McDermid you might also like to read books by Jane Casey, Fred Vargas and Stuart MacBride.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Val McDermid

Out of Bounds by Val McDermid
Out of Bounds
Val McDermid
Number one bestseller Val McDermid is back with her most gripping, chilling and suspenseful novel yet.
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/01/2017
Splinter the Silence by Val McDermid
Splinter the Silence
Val McDermid
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...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/04/2016
Splinter the Silence by Val McDermid
Splinter the Silence
Val McDermid
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. 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...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/08/2015
The Skeleton Road by Val McDermid
The Skeleton Road
Val McDermid
One of the Top 10 Lovereading Reader Review Panel Summer Read selections. McDermid fans may well be surprised with this ‘crime mystery’ for it is more a history of the recent Balkan War and the siege of Dubrovnik than it...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
Forensics The Anatomy of Crime by Val McDermid
Forensics The Anatomy of Crime
Val McDermid
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...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/02/2015
Forensics The Anatomy of Crime by Val McDermid
Forensics The Anatomy of Crime
Val McDermid
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...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/10/2014
Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid
Northanger Abbey
Val McDermid
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....
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/09/2014
The Skeleton Road by Val McDermid
The Skeleton Road
Val McDermid
McDermid fans may well be surprised with this ‘crime mystery’ for it is more a history of the recent Balkan War and the siege of Dubrovnik than it is a whodunit. Yes, there is a body, one Dimitar Petrovik, a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/09/2014
Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid
Northanger Abbey
Val McDermid
April 2014 Book of the Month. A modern re-imagining of the Gothic Classic Northanger Abbey by the bestselling crime author Val McDermid. The second book in The Austen Project. In Val's trademark...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/03/2014
Cross and Burn by Val McDermid
Cross and Burn
Val McDermid
Opening with the thoughts of a serial killer and then continuing with short chapters, this quickly draws the reader into the lives of the profiler Tony Hill, the victims, relatives of the victims and the other police officers (interestingly mainly...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/02/2014
Cross and Burn by Val McDermid
Cross and Burn
Val McDermid
Opening with the thoughts of a serial killer and then continuing with short chapters, this quickly draws the reader into the lives of the profiler Tony Hill, the victims, relatives of the victims and the other police officers (interestingly mainly...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/10/2013
The Vanishing Point by Val McDermid
The Vanishing Point
Val McDermid
A breathtakingly rich and gripping psychological thriller, The Vanishing Point is Val McDermid's most accomplished standalone novel to date, a work of haunting brilliance.
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2013
Trick of the Dark by Val McDermid
Trick of the Dark
Val McDermid
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...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/02/2011
Trick of the Dark by Val McDermid
Trick of the Dark
Val McDermid
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...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/02/2011
The Grave Tattoo by Val McDermid
The Grave Tattoo
Val McDermid
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...
Format: Paperback (a Format) - Released: 04/03/2010
The Fever of the Bone by Val McDermid
The Fever of the Bone
Val McDermid
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...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/02/2010
The Fever of the Bone by Val McDermid
The Fever of the Bone
Val McDermid
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...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/02/2010
A Darker Domain by Val McDermid
A Darker Domain
Val McDermid
Longlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2010. Val McDermid is the winner of the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger Award 2010, which honours outstanding achievement in the field of crime writing. Featured...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/09/2008
The Grave Tattoo by Val McDermid
The Grave Tattoo
Val McDermid
Val McDermid is the winner of the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger Award 2010, which honours outstanding achievement in the field of crime writing. A superb psychological thriller in which a present-day murder has its roots in the eighteenth...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/02/2006
The Torment of Others by Val McDermid
The Torment of Others
Val McDermid
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...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/03/2005

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