The Distant Echo
It was a winter morning in 1978, that the body of a young barmaid was discovered in the snow banks of a Scottish cemetery. The only suspects in her brutal murder were the four young men who found her: Alex Gilbe...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
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
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
It's very much a game of two halves, the first following four close friends in their student years as they cope with the pressure of being unjustl...more
25 Jahre später: Ziggy kommt bei einer Brandstiftu...more
Why I read It
Was watching Masterpiece Mysteries Contemporary on PBS and saw it was based on a book by Val McDernid. I did a little research and ended up selecting this standalone mystery (as she also has 3 different series as well).
Excellent analysis of how any involvement in a crime (in this case just finding the body) can wreck havoc on your life. It also shows how false accusations and beliefs can have endless repercussion...more
One a cold night in a small town where nothing ever happens, four friends discover the body of a young barmaid in a ditch...more
The author takes the time to build an intricate tale with plot twists and turns. You never know if one of the four male students could have perpetrated the crimes and you feel fo...more
Her first book, Report for Murder was published in 1987 and since then she has gone on to have 25 more books published.
She lives in Manchester and Northumberland with 3 cats.