The Distant Echo (Inspector Karen Pirie #1)
Twenty-five yea ...more
-- mild spoilers ahead! --
Wow. I really needed reading this one.
First things first, I grade McDermid against herself and against other crime writers I like a lot. If I graded her against the average romance (m/m or else), I'd need dozens of stars to find a just balance.
There's thick plot, an era and a place portrayed so perfectly as to put you right there, and I never guessed at the murderer, even though the red herring was more than just that. But then, I rarely ever guess cor ...more
I tried to 'connect' with 'the lads' that the author created as the characters we were to be interested in, since they were the victims of prejudice and nefarious plots, but I found myself ...more
This is my first read by The Wire in the Blood author Val McDermid. Don’t look at me like that! I only got back into crime recently and I tend toward the noirish end of crime (AKA everything goes wrong, you know who did it just not what’s going to happen to them because of it, but it’s bound to be bad) rather than the puzzles-to-solve whodunit end of the spectrum. This mostly has to do with how phenomenally lazy I am. Plotting a good detective novel ...more
St. Andrews, Fife, Escócia
”Um Eco Distante” (2003) é mais um excelente livro da escritora escocesa Val McDermid (n. 1955).
Em 1978, numa madrugada fria de Dezembro a neve cobre a lindíssima cidade universitária de St. Andrews (também conhecida pela “Casa do Golfe”), na área de Fife, na zona Este da Escócia, onde quatro amigos, estudantes – Alex Gilbey (Gilly), David Kerr (Mondo), Tom Mackie (Weird) e Sigmund Malkiewicz (Ziggy) – regressam a casa depois de uma noite de festa e muito álcool e se de ...more
A really good story, I was hooked from the first pages as always with Val McDermid's books. But I do not think I will read again although it will stay on my book shelves so you never know.
A murder/rape is committed and the body dropped in a pictish grave yard. The dead girl is the bar maid from one of the local pubs. Then 4 students were wending their way home after a long night drinking and in some cases taking any of the drugs on offer, fall on top of her as the ...more
There are definite echoes of A Place of Execution here: a two part story of the investigation into the death of Rosie Duff, a nineteen year old found stabbed to death just before Christmas 1978 in St Andrews. Four students drunk on their way home from a party find her in the snow and become the chief suspects. Nothing can ever be proved and twenty five years later, 2003, the cold case is reopened.
I like books like this a lot; seeing people in two different ages and seeing how they change in the...more
On a cold snowy morning in St Andrews, Scotland in 1978, four drunk university boys returning home from a party, stumbled on a young barmaid fatally stabbed in the local cemetery. She died before help could arrive and the witnesses themselves became the prime suspects. Lack of evidence resulted in no one being charged.
Twenty-five years later, the case is reopened as part of a special review of unsolved crimes, in light of new forensic and technological advances. Alex Gilbey and his th ...more
It is another well-plotted mystery by McDermid. A few thoughts:
--Great portrait of friendships in two different stages of life.
--There are a couple lines that st ...more
Some of the terminology is a little bit confusing since the book takes place in Scotland but it was an enjoyable read.
It's a must read book.
This book tells the story of four students stumbling home drunkenly in a blizzard and discovering the body of a barmaid who has been raped and stabbed. The ensuing police investigation fails to determine her murderer, but it does impact the rest of the lives of the four Laddies fi' Kirkcaldy. Their squirming under the the weight of negative publicity and public opinion is the most engrossing part of the tale.
We meet the four men again twenty-five years later, about th ...more
Outstanding plot development; outstanding character development; and the voice actor was excellent. I was so caught up that I found myself driving for miles, just to keep listening.
The author was surprisingly skilled at keeping the identity of the killer a secret until the very end. When the murderer was finally revealed, it was clear that the author had laid the clue from the very beginning, and like the police and the community in the story, the reader completely mi ...more
She has won many awards 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 was the recipient of the CWA Cart ...more