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1979

1979

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

The unmissable first thriller in an electrifying, brand-new series from the Queen of Crime. 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.

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Christmas is Murder

Christmas is Murder

Author: Val McDermid Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/11/2021

'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

1979

1979

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

THE FIRST IN A THRILLING NEW SERIES FROM THE QUEEN OF CRIME, AND AN INSTANT SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 'McDermid is at her considerable best' GUARDIAN 'An irresistible and palpable journey' PATRICIA CORNWELL 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. __________ 'A brilliant novel by a supremo of the genre at the height of her powers. A cast of engaging new characters promise to make this an unmissable new series' PETER JAMES 'Remarkable and compelling . . . the Queen of Crime has delivered another masterpiece' DAVID BALDACCI 'Val McDermid is the absolute QUEEN. Allie is a fabulous character, I'll go wherever she takes me and I'm dying to see what she does next' MARIAN KEYES 'Packed full of Val McDermid's trademark brilliance, 1979 is a thrilling snapshot of a fascinating era' JANE HARPER 'Unrivalled. Unmissable. Unforgettable. 1979 is Val McDermid at her nail-biting, heart-rending best' CHRIS WHITAKER 'McDermid was a newshound at the time and it shows . . . Her best book in years' THE TIMES, BOOK OF THE MONTH 'Allie Burns is off to a flying start, and well worth following down the decades' THE SCOTSMAN 'A brilliant thriller, as well as a perfect snapshot of the social and political issues of the time' LINWOOD BARCLAY 'A new series from Val McDermid promises to be an event - and 1979 delivers. Full of wit, thrills and incisive social observation and features a marvellous new character to follow through the years to come' MICK HERRON 'Absolutely fantastic. I have been reading Val McDermid for twenty-five years, so I am really saying something when I tell you I enjoyed this novel the most' CHRIS BROOKMYRE 'The good news is that this excellent novel marks the start of a new series' GUARDIAN 'Brilliant characters, masterful plotting and a pitch-perfect evocation of the heyday of newspapers. I loved it' CHRIS HAMMER 'McDermid can do edge-of-seat suspense better than most novelists . . . An excellent opener to what promises to be an outstanding series' SPECTATOR 'A gratifyingly multi-faceted character' FINANCIAL TIMES 'The work of a writer at the peak of her powers' HERALD 'The fast-paced storytelling flows irresistibly' IRISH TIMES 'Riveting' DAILY EXPRESS 'A sensational novel. A surefire bestseller from one of Britain's most accomplished writers' SUNDAY EXPRESS 'A nail-biting new series' OBSERVER

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.

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.

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.

Clean Break

Clean Break

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

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.

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.

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

Crack Down

Crack Down

Author: Val McDermid Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 28/03/2019

Crack Down by Val McDermid

Kick Back

Kick Back

Author: Val McDermid Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 14/03/2019

Kick Back by Val McDermid

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