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Booked For Murder (Lindsay Gordon #5)

3.48  ·  Rating Details ·  338 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
Lindsay Gordon, Scottish journalist and amateur sleuth, was the first creation of international bestseller Val McDermid. Report for Murder introduced the United Kingdom’s first lesbian detective, and the series has been perennially popular ever since. Lindsay is tenacious to the point of stubbornness, intrepid to the point of stupidity, and loyal to the point of laying her ...more
Paperback, 230 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Bywater Books (first published November 1st 1996)
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Feb 18, 2011 Kelly rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
Lesbians with hardships (my favorite film genre) who solve mysteries (my favorite tv & book genre)-- Love it!
Jun 06, 2010 Sharonm rated it liked it
A mystery set in publishing world with main characters lesbians. Really, all the characters were lesbians, which seemed unrealistic to me. The plotting was jumped around and some things didn’t really make sense. The intro, especially, was meant to mislead. In the end, an underlying plot that just surfaced out of nowhere led to the killer…this was too pat of an ending for me.
Apr 02, 2010 KarenC rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to KarenC by: series
Yeaa! The true murderer is identified & headed for prison! The first story in the series in which this happens. Hard to believe one person could have so many friends involved in murders. Interesting characters that feel real.
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May 23, 2009 Bywater Books rated it it was amazing
"One of my favorite authors, Val McDermid is an important writer - witty, never sentimental, taking us through mean streets with the dexterity of a Chandler." -Sara Paretsky
Jan 29, 2012 Enrica rated it it was ok
I really loved reading books from the Tony Hill & Carol Jordan Series, and was very disappointed with the characters in this series. I found it very difficult to keep up my interest. The plot was soooooooo slow! It was almost as if Val McDermid decided to use this series to normalise lesbianism. Frankly, I don't have any problem at all with homosexuality, but does EVERY character have to be a lesbian? I don't think it is a true indicator of the cross-section of society. Bottom line.....the ...more
Jul 24, 2014 Catherine rated it it was ok
A 2.5 stars read for me. I get the distinct sense that this was not the McDermid to start with and will try one of her other books. This one isn't terrible, but it does take a while to get going (problematic in a short book) and there are enough editing misses (one character changes surnames multiple times in several pages, some words are very overused by way of characterization, etc.) that it was some effort to get through the first 30 pages or so. After that. things picked up enough that I ...more
Apr 16, 2012 Ed rated it liked it
The continued adventures of Lindsay Gordon, the Scots Lesbian former reporter turned journalism professor and crime solver. One expects well drawn (if not always easily likeable) characters, solid scene setting and a plot that keeps the reader guessing but provides enough clues for the dedicated armchair detective to solve the mystery or at least come close before the very end. Once more she delivers.
Mar 19, 2015 Laura rated it liked it
Quite a mixed bag here. Poor editing, slow to take off, rather made-for-tv writing style. It was refreshing to read about lesbian sleuths but I was hoping for a bit more depth. The relationships between the women are about as warm as a "couple" in a James Patterson thriller--place markers at most. McDermid has certainly improved as a writer since 1996. Read something more recent by her.
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Jul 15, 2014 Megan Denby rated it it was amazing
Lindsay Gordon, Val's fearless investigator, is my hero. This is a brilliantly executed thriller/mystery. All the ingredients of a fantastic read: tough, gripping plot, wise-cracking humour, passionate characters and a true journey through the relationships of women who love each other. I am hooked!
Dec 26, 2012 Ingo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Started this one December 24th, 2012. Back2back reading of the whole Lindsay Gordon series by Val McDermid.
Great! A few loose ends I would have liked to be answered, but sometimes less is more - the solutions would have added nothing to the story.
Aug 11, 2010 Naomi rated it liked it
Although I am a huge fan of Val McDermid and recommend her Wire in the Blood series and stand alone novels every chance I get, I was not a fan of the Lindsay Gordon series..I feel they were probably written at the beginning of VM's career, as you can see improvement with each novel.
Jun 19, 2014 Nicola rated it really liked it
This series is really getting better and better. First one read a little bit like a grown up Enid Blyton mystery at St Clares book (still enjoyable, don't get me wrong) but these are becoming as compulsive reading as the Tony Hill/Carol Jordan series. Nice work @valmcdermid
Jun 21, 2011 Debra rated it liked it
An OK mystery set in the cut throat publishing world, but not up to the high standard that I have come to expect from Val McDermid.
Erika Nerdypants
Fifth Lidsay Gordon. Possibly not quite as enjoyable as the first four, but even so, still a good read
May 31, 2015 Mkotch rated it did not like it
Could not finish this - the plot was confusing, lack of proofreading was distracting, and just plain boring!
Nov 30, 2012 David rated it liked it
I enjoy these books and have only one small comment, if these books are to be believed then 80% of women are gay. Of all the female characters there are very few straight.
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Dec 25, 2014 Jackie G rated it really liked it
Thought the plot was intriguing - am looking forward to finishing the series to see whether the characters develop more fully.
Not a bad book. I like the "new" Lindsay Gordon, she's much more subdued that in the first few books. Quick and easy read, entertaining enough
Eh, I'm not so interested in this series by McDermid any more, though the first few were nostalgic for me. This one is set in the publishing world, and is just not all that interesting.
Jan 16, 2009 Bettynz rated it liked it
Got this one out cos it was Val McDermid, and I've enjoyed her stuff. This was good too, just probably shows I'd rather read heterosexual romance.
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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)
  • Common Murder (Lindsay Gordon, #2)
  • Deadline For Murder (Lindsay Gordon, #3)
  • Conferences Are Murder (Lindsay Gordon, #4)
  • Hostage To Murder (Lindsay Gordon, #6)

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