Book review: How The Dead Speak by Val McDermid

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 Permalink

I try hard not to write reviews with spoilers. Or ones that give away too much of the plot. Of course it also means I sometimes re-read a review of a book before starting the next book of the series and – unless it’s ingrained into my mind for some reason – I rarely remember the detail.

So, given two years has passed since Val McDermid’s last Tony Hill / Carol Jordan novel Insidious Intent was published (and I can’t believe it’s that long!), I’d completely forgotten Tony had gone to jail. I can’t remember any of the specifics, but that’s kind-of a good thing as newcomers to the series won’t be lost, suddenly introduced to characters – many of whom have been around now for 11 novels (and 24 years).

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four-stars

Book review: Broken Ground by Val McDermid

Monday, August 27, 2018 Permalink

I have to say I don’t really mind whether Val McDermid offers we readers a standalone book or something featuring Tony Hill / Carol Jordan or DCI Karen Pirie. They’re always enjoyable and those centred around the latter are (of course) always a little different because Pirie heads up a cold case team (the Historic Case Unit). 

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four-stars

Book review: Insidious Intent by Val McDermid

Saturday, August 26, 2017 Permalink

My reunion with psychologist Tony Hill and detective Carol Jordan in Val McDermid’s 2015 book, Splinter the Silence was a happy one. It felt like it’d been a while since we’d caught up and I wasn’t sure if there’d been a lull or I’d been a little confused (put-off) by changes in the TV show based on the books, Wire in the Blood.

Anyhoo, I rejoined Tony and Carol two years ago, when a no-longer-working Carol became embroiled in a drink driving conviction and was manipulated into returning to work as a result. Strings were pulled to get the charges dismissed and that action (not Carol’s doing) comes back to bite her and her colleagues on the butt this time around. 

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four-stars

Book review: Out of Bounds by Val McDermid

Thursday, September 22, 2016 Permalink

I’m a fan of Val McDermid and was delighted last year with the return of her Tony Hill / Carol Jordan series via the impressive Splinter the Silence.

Her latest, Out of Bounds, features Detective Chief Inspector Karen Pirie who I vaguely remembered from previous novels. I was slightly concerned that – as I wasn’t a devotee – I might struggle to work out who was who or suffer from backstory ignorance. But it wasn’t the case and I really loved this book.

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four-stars

Book review: Splinter the Silence by Val McDermid

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 Permalink
by Val McDermid

It’d been a while between Tony Hill / Carol Jordan drinks for me on the book front when Val McDermid’s 9th novel in the series arrived in my letterbox.

I’m a huge fan of the series and was a lover of the TV show based on the series (though vaguely recall losing interest for some reason which now alludes me. Was there a change of characters? Or perhaps it just finished?). Anyhoo… I excitedly tuned in for the latest instalment and was (again) forced to change dinner plans so I could read the book in a night!

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