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Trick of the Dark by Val McDermid
  

Trick of the Dark

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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.

If you like Val McDermid you might also like to read books by Jane Casey, Jonathan Holt and Mark Billingham.

Synopsis

Trick of the Dark by Val McDermid

When Charlie Flint is sent a mysterious package of cuttings about a brutal murder, it instantly grabs her attention. The murder occurred in the grounds of her old Oxford college, a groom battered to death just hours after his wedding. As his bride and wedding guests sipped champagne, his alleged killers were slipping his bloodstained body into the river. Charlie doesn't know who sent the package, or why, yet she can't get the crime out of her head. But as she delves deeper, and steps back into the mysterious world of Oxford colleges, she realises that there is much more to this crime than meets the eye...

Reviews

'Wonderfully compelling stuff'
Daily Mail

'A workout for the grey cells, perfectly executed'
Daily Telegraph

'This standalone from the Scottish force of nature, and creator of Robson Green's Wire In The Blood TV series, is a brutally clever story'
Daily Mirror

'Keeps you guessing till the last page'
Bella

'Plenty of surprises in store...A touching portrait of a group of young women on the verge of coming out about their sexuality in the hothouse atmosphere of an Oxford college'
Sunday Times

'McDermid, as usual, plots and writes with a commanding elegance'
The Times

'Sensitive and insightful'
Guardian

'McDermid writes a fluid, compelling novel of manners underpinned by a believable plot, and Charlie Flint is a fascinating addition to the canon of female investigators'
Irish Times

'An accomplished thriller, jumping from the past to the present and back with ease, taking in a range of characters and their perspectives. For me, the sign of a good thriller is that it leaves you pondering not whodunit within the pages but howdunit - how did the writer craft such a tricky tale - afterwards. Trick of the Dark had me ruminating for days'
Independent

About the Author

Val McDermid

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

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Book Info

Publication date

17th February 2011

Author

Val McDermid

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Publisher

Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Paperback
544 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
Thriller / Suspense
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ISBN

9780751543223

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