The Distant Echo (Inspector Karen Pirie #1)
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
The Distant Echo is the first in the Karen Pirie series. The later books in th ...more
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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
From the book jacket, you know that the story starts on a cold December night in 1978, when four college friends stumble upon the body of a dying 19-year-old bar maid named Rosie. She's been raped, s ...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
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.
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