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Common Murder (Lindsay Gordon #2)

3.45  ·  Rating Details ·  400 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
Second novel in the series featuring reporter Lindsay Gordon. When her former lover is accused of murder in a women's peace camp, Lindsay must bring all of her expertise as an investigative reporter into play.
Paperback, 311 pages
Published November 1st 2004 by HarperCollins (first published 1989)
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Wayne Spiceland
Dec 14, 2012 Wayne Spiceland rated it really liked it
Shelves: lesbian-mystery
I enjoyed this just as much as the first of the series, Report for Murder. It's a fun, easy read, again featuring Lindsay Gordon, self-proclaimed cynical socialist lesbian feminist journalist. It has the same sharp wit and sarcasm as previously, and despite its Cold War era datedness, the plot is still pretty interesting. I enjoy mysteries that have some sort of historical context, and I remember being called some of the same names the women at the peace camp were. Personally, I found the glimps ...more
May 14, 2016 Ana rated it liked it
Already this book shows some improvement over the first in the series. The protagonist is flawed in believable and consistent ways, and I liked that her actions have clear negative consequences and that the story isn't all coming up roses by the end. The plot was also pretty refreshing, and Giacomo Rigano reminded me pleasantly of Jack from Miss Fisher's murder mysteries! Lindsay's relationship with cordelia, while still kind of wooden and consisting of too much telling rather than showing, show ...more
May 21, 2016 Kay rated it liked it
An enjoyable and engrossing read, but the solution was a bit beyond reality for me. I would have preferred a more domestic crime. However, the background was interesting, reviving memories of the Greenham Common women and the characters were well portrayed.
Dec 24, 2012 JodiP rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
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Sandra Helen
Aug 10, 2016 Sandra Helen rated it liked it
Good lesbian detective story set at Brownlow Commons in the 90s.
Kay Robinson
Aug 09, 2012 Kay Robinson rated it it was amazing
In this second Lindsay Gordon book from Val McDermid our intrepid reporter is onto another story, one that involves struggle between the establishment and the fighters for peace in our land, and, as we know she will, she triumphs in a spectacular fashion. Another great story that I'm sure all those that lived through the 'Greenham Common' days will find fascinating. It can be difficult for a reader that has read so many later books to try and put themselves in that frame of mind that can forget ...more
Balthazar Lawson
Set in the 80's this is about a newspaper reporter and is a nice observational story of how it was done before the connected age of the internet and mobile devices. There is even talk of getting a mobile, whatever the cost, to save the time spent looking for a working public phonebox. I enjoyed the story of murder, spies and conspiracies and the frustration of trying to reveal the truth. This is the first of the Lindsay Gordon series I've read, but the second book in the series. I'm sure to read ...more
Philip Reiter
Always liked McDermid's writing. Found this early series about a lesbian newspaper investigator and read the first two in the seriles. If the lesbian characters are negatively in your head this is not a read for you. For all others this early writing is filled with evolving characters, and good investigative stories. Some good stuff. A rather short series which I look forward to finishing this year.
Sep 09, 2012 Erin rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, ebook
This one started out as a very formulaic mystery, but it's got a great twist! Twist to the overarching story of the characters and the conclusion of the mystery rather than the solution of the mystery, really though. Ended on a bit of a cliff-hanger in terms of the implications to the characters. Great that I've been reading these in ebook so I could get my hands on the next one right away!
Dec 20, 2012 Ingo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Started December 19th, 2012.
Good read, murder, mystery, and ... no, I won't spoil anything, but the real nature of the story surfaced (for me) around half through the book.
Nice change of pace. And computers! Mid-80s just going to be used commonly.
Better than the first one, nearly 4.5 stars, but not real 5.
Toni Kania
Jan 01, 2016 Toni Kania added it
Shelves: 2015
Last book I read in 2015! For a grand total of 82. Will never beat that record. Val McDermid is a prolific British mystery writer, but I have only been reading her Lindsay Gordon series of which this was the second going back to the early 90's. I'm always playing catch up!
Jun 15, 2011 Naomi rated it did not like it
I am thinking that this is the series that I am not liking versus the work of Val...this book's character is really coming off as dry and boring versus Tony Hill..There is none of the twistedness which I think makes Val's work stand out!
Aug 03, 2012 Eduardo rated it liked it
An oldie from the(yet) VL McDermid, before becaming Val.
Fnac had paperbacks on sale, and I had to buy more books in english (right now I have aprox. 40 to read, 4 of them in portuguese...).
Good book, but I prefer more recent ones.
Bywater Books
May 23, 2009 Bywater Books rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"With a heroine like Lindsay Gordon - who's got a heart of gold, and a nose for trouble - Val McDermid's Common Murder is a plot-driven story that leaves you wanting more." -Randye Lordon
Apr 27, 2009 Sketchycat8 rated it liked it
was pretty "ok". story moved along, but plot was a little weak. Characters not dynamic - I felt as though it was a little underdeveloped, but was a quick read and a decent story.
Oct 23, 2011 Lorna rated it it was ok
I chomped my way through this one quite happily but she has written much better since. I was a bit harsh in marking but need to differentiate from the better later ones!
Jan 01, 2011 Ngaio rated it liked it
It's a good book, though dated now given that it was written during the Cold War and has a lot of the politics of the time in the plot.
Jun 06, 2008 Leslie rated it it was ok
Decent mystery/thriller but I didn't enjoy it as much as her Tony Hill novels. Think I might have to try her third detective!
Jul 21, 2016 Natalie rated it really liked it
3/7!! sorta keeping up with this marathon and im really happy bc I didnt think I'd be able to do it at all lol
Jul 09, 2011 David rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this but thought how progressive this must have been in 1989 to write about a lesbian journalist.
It wasn't bad. Sort of slow at the beginning, but with a nice twist at the end, even if not too believable
Liked this as well as the first LG. Interesting characters & situations.
Jan 17, 2010 Leigh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Common murder : the second Lindsay Gordon mystery / by Val McDermid (1995)
Aug 14, 2016 Joyce rated it liked it
Older book, so it seemed kind of dated. Not one of author's best.
Dec 09, 2010 Kaylol rated it liked it
Shelves: crime, mystery
Lindsay seems unable to keep out of trouble. Good story.
Kevin Luck
Dec 21, 2012 Kevin Luck rated it liked it
Kept my interest but not McDermid at her best.
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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 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
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Other Books in the Series

Lindsay Gordon (6 books)
  • Report For Murder (Lindsay Gordon, #1)
  • Deadline For Murder (Lindsay Gordon, #3)
  • Conferences Are Murder (Lindsay Gordon, #4)
  • Booked For Murder (Lindsay Gordon, #5)
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