Fever Of The Bone (Tony Hill & Carol Jordan, #6)
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Fever Of The Bone (Tony Hill & Carol Jordan #6)

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Crime Writers' Association Cartier Diamond Dagger Award-winning author Val McDermid pens thrilling mysteries eagerly devoured by fans. In the sixth novel in her Tony Hill series - the inspiration for the hit British television show Wire in the Blood - psychologist Tony Hill and Detective Carol Jordan's investigation of a teenage girl's murder leads them to an Internet pred...more
Kindle Edition, 514 pages
Published (first published 2009)
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trishtrash
I’m a fan of McDermid’s Tony Hill / Carol Jordan books (and the tv series, Wire in the Blood); she’s a smart writer who keeps her stories compelling and excellently-paced. One of the classiest psychological thriller writers I’ve encountered.

That said, for a McDermind book, Fever of the Bone starts a little staidly and never seems to achieve anything remarkable (beyond the author’s very entertaining base-line which I’m more than willing to read her books for) – there’s more departmental problems...more
Helen
There are common elements to Val McDermid's Tony Hill books: a series of murders (of course) committed by an unknown assailant, some kind of doubt about Tony's usefulness as a profiler, and the ever present will-they-won't-they tension between Tony and Carol Jordan.

Yet, despite all this, every time I read the newest installment of this series I find myself more drawn into the story than ever before.

As always, the whydunnit is a bigger question than the whodunnit, and the great thing is that once...more
Matt
Shaping her sixth novel, McDermid seeks to take the reader into the depths of social media and the role it plays in the lives of youths around the world. When adolescents with no apparent connection begin disappearing, DCI Jordan is ready to bring the MIT into the case with all her resources. However, with a new commanding officer bent on cutting corners, the MIT will no longer require the services of Dr. Hill and his pricey profiling. When all the adolescents are found to have been using the sa...more
Lu Lopez
If you are a fan of the Tony Hill/Carol Jordan series, this installment is not to be missed. While not as dark as the previous books in this series it is every bit as intriguing as McDermid takes this opportunity to invest in the deeper development in the characters’ backstories using the crime as a means to highlight their personality traits, habits and idiosyncrasies. This book will answer questions that fans of the series have been pondering from the beginning.

Like the volumes before it, thi...more
Anna
I really enjoyed this book...but it turns out there are at least five other books in this series (i.e. also featuring Tony Hill and Carol Jordan and many of the other characters) and I really should have started with an earlier one. The characters were well drawn and believable, but it was obvious that a lot has gone on in previous books that have made them the characters that they are now. The book jumped around a lot to tell the story from different points of view and to tell different parts o...more
Judie Holliday
My shameful pleasure is murder mysteries and police procedurals and Val McDermid is one of the best.

Having said that, this wasn't her best book. I was on to her quickly and found the last chunk where the police had to catch up with me tortuous. Also, she seemed distracted from her usually great tension and thrill building and more interested in exploring the psychology of one of the main characters. The sub plot (the 'other' murder) was unrelated to the whole and the ending fizzled instead of p...more
Gae-Lynn Woods
I’ve long been a fan of Val McDermid’s books, and FEVER OF THE BONE certainly lives up to my expectations. Carol Jordan and Tony Hill are back, only this time, their professional partnership is in jeopardy thanks to the arrival of a new boss at Bradfield CID.

The murders and mysteries in FEVER OF THE BONE will keep you turning the pages, as will the look into Tony Hill’s background. For the first time, Tony gets to know a little about his father, and what he learns changes him. McDermid has a nic...more
Sunsy
Ein super Team, die beiden. Auch wenn Carol Jordan bei diesem Fall gar nicht mit Tony Hill zusammen arbeiten soll. Und wieder spannend und interessant. So sehr, dass ich mich auch noch in meinem Unterbewusstsein mit dem Fall befasst habe... Da ist doch fast ein Profiler an mir verloren gegangen ;)

Ein wenig zu langsam gelesen und zu langen Pausen für mich. Sonst hat Stefan Wilkening sich sehr gut eingefühlt und betont.

Im ganzen vergebe ich 09/10 Punkte. Hier gehts zu meiner Rezension: http://suns...more
Jim
A standard bearer of crime fiction. Three dimensional characters in a superbly crafted story. McDermid not only creates an intriguing tale for the reader but deftly presents information to the readers ahead of the characters to bring the gleeful frustration to a pitch. This is the first of this series I have read and I will be sure to dive into other volumes.
aimee
I'm strongly predisposed to love any book featuring Tony Hill and Carol Jordan; and this was no exception.

Loved getting a bit of info about Tony's background, although it was a bit twee how it all worked out.

Nonetheless, bring on the next one Val McDermid!
Jo
This is a really great series which just keeps getting better. We find out a lot more about Tony's background, and are introduced to some new characters that I hope will reappear in future books.
Lizzy
A geeat story that moved on quickly and held my interest till the last page where there was a twist in the tail.
Tess Mertens-Johnson
This is the firest in the series I have read, but I will read more!
Jennifer Maidment is murdered and mutilated, Tony Hill, criminal profiler is called to Worcester to help with the case. It is revealed that Jennifer and her friends are fans of the social network Rigmarole. Jennifer left her friend to meet with someone she had connected with on Rigmarole and was not seen again alive. The person Jennifer went to meet is known as ZZ. Jennifer is the first teenager to disappear but she will not be t...more
Gail Cooke


“It all comes down to blood in the end. Some wrongs you can get past....But certain kinds of betrayal need to be answered. And sometimes only blood will do.”

Those are just a few of the chilling words we read in Val McDermid's introduction to what this reader considers to be her best work to date. With FEVER OF THE BONE, the sixth Tony Hill novel, we meet a new chief constable, James Blake, who is evidently little impressed with Hill's contributions. Of course, this leaves Carol Jordan right in...more
Caroline Barker
Absolutely brilliant. I think this book is one of the best in the series, although this is partly due to the growing relationship between the characters and therefore it's best to read the whole series in order to empathise with the depth of the relationship and to see how far it has come.

However, that aside, this book in itself is still fantastically put together. Val McDermid clearly demonstrates that she has done her research and the cases involved seem very realistic and believable. This is...more
Gail
As usual Val McDermid does not disappoint with her latest Carol Jordan and Tony Hill story. This time its all about Tony, almost all. And of course the series of murders being commited that they are determined to solve. I did have a problem with a couple of points of the story involving Tony's dad and mom. First, Vanessa convinces Arthur Blythe to sign a will naming her the sole beneficiary then stabs him when he refuses to sale his business, he almost dies as a result but he refuses to tell any...more
Lynn
Dr Tony Hill and Detective Chief Inspector Carol Jordan are back in one of Val McDermid's best books. The novel starts out with the vicious murder of a 14 year old girl in Worcester. With time ticking away and no clues in sight, Tony Hill is called in to see if he can construct a profile of the murderer.

Meanwhile back in Bradfield, a 14 year old boy is found murdered and disfigured. Carol Jordan cannot call Hill in on this as the new Detective Chief Constable has deemed the profiler's services...more
Patricia
When teenager Jennifer Maidment is murdered and mutilated, Tony Hill, criminal profiler is called to Worcester to help with the case. It is revealed that Jennifer and her friends are fans of the social network Rigmarole. Jennifer left her friend to meet with someone she had connected with on Rigmarole and was not seen again alive. The person Jennifer went to meet is known as ZZ. Jennifer is the first teenager to disappear but she will not be the last.

Meanwhile back in Bradfield, Detective Chief...more
Ellen Keim
One thing I like about the Carol Jordan/Tony Hill books is that the characters are always evolving. In this one, Dr. Hill is given the opportunity to learn more about his father, who he never knew and Carol Jordan faces a professional crisis. A lot is left hanging at the end of the book, but it is still a satisfying ending. I am glad, however, that I have the next book in my possession so I can get on with the story.

The murders in this book are heart-wrenching and McDermid doesn't spare our feel...more
Kulpreet Yadav
Multiple setting, slow pace, far too many characters. These were some of the reasons that kept me short of appreciating the story to the extent I would have liked. Dexterous though, as it came by when I dug deeper into the book, the narrative was lucid enough for me not to lose track of the things entirely. I am not sure if it requires getting used to reading Val’s work, but I certainly had to will myself through this one – my first – at least half a dozen times. It’s rated over 4 by readers and...more
Hans
Another solid entry in a strong series. This one offers enough entry points for a new reader, but offers a lot more to those who read the previous books. It's nicely done in that it doesn't bog down those who traveled down the road, but does provide enough details to show that there was a fair piece of miles behind all our characters.

I understand why the short hand for the series is Tony Hill/Carol Jordan. It is often unfairly shortened to Tony Hill--though Carol hasn't been doing herself that m...more
F.R.
Sometimes picking up the latest book in a series without ever reading one before can be like tuning into a soap opera for the first time. I recall that sage of the twenties Bertram Wooster tying himself in knots trying to work out the best way to summarize before a new adventure. Val McDermid clearly takes the approach that no summary is necessary, and so the new reader is thrown in to either swim or drop like a stone to the ocean floor. To be fair there are a lot of hints to the back story as y...more
Karen
Relationships (personal, business, familial, friendship) are complicated things, as the 6th Tony Hill and Carol Jordan book FEVER IN THE BONE explores.

The central investigation centres around the brutal deaths of a number of apparently unconnected teenage victims. Starting out with a look at the victims themselves, and therefore into their family relationships, McDermid simultaneously weaves in a closer look at the families of her main characters. Tony's hitherto unknown father, and his non-rela...more
Magda
Actually I would give this book 3,5 because Th first half in my opinion deserves 3 stars but the second half is much better and it is 4 star material . For me the book was quite good as a whole. At the beginning the plot was unfolding a little too slowly, the fact that the crimes and investigation start at the beginning doesn't help much because I really wanted the pace of action to be fast but it turn out to be of medium speed. When we pass to the second half of the book the pace becomes faster...more
aPriL meows 'n growls TLDR
As usual, Dr. Tony Hill and DCI Carol Jordan are up to their knees in the blood of innocents! This time, someone is killing 14-year-old children. If that isn't awful enough, Jordan has a new boss, too. Blake, the new chief, doesn't want Hill called in when a boy's body is discovered, horrifically mutilated. He thinks he needs to save money by using a department profiler, instead of calling in an outside consultant like Hill. When the department man proves to be a fool, Jordan and her team defy B...more
Ukgardenfiend
A long time since I read a Tony Hill/ Carol Jordan book and found it good to read McDermid again. She tells a good story. However, I had guessed the connection between the children several chapters before the end from one clue so perhaps the clue was too obvious?
That said, it was good to see Tony less disturbed and for him to find some peace with the true story of his father emerging.
As always the killer is seriously disturbed and commits murder for what seems to them to be a rational reason, bu...more
Janebbooks
The sixth installment of Val McDermid's Tony Hill/Carol Jordan police procedural series FEVER OF THE BONE is a very exciting and page-turning hunt for the serial killer of fourteen-year olds who've been tortured and sexually mutiliated in northern England. All the victims are enticed through emails on RIGmarole, a British social network. Tony Hill is a famous psychologist and criminal profiler. Carol Jordan is, at the time of this story, DCI of the Murder Squad at the Bradfield Metropolitan Poli...more
Steve
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Rosalind Mitchell
Another enjoyable if routine romp in the world of Tony Hill the emotionally-damaged psychologist and feisty detective Carol Jordan. Somebody is picking off apparently random teenagers by grooming them on a social networking group and then luring them to a messy demise. DCI Jordan is forbidden from consulting Dr Hill by her new Chief Constable and in any case Tony has been summoned to another part of the the country on an apparently unrelated case. But will they be able to work their magic togeth...more
Dana
This is the sixth book in the Tony Hills series. The premise of each is somewhat the same, Tony Hill is vulnerable in his life and his job, Carol Jordan and her team have to prove themselves and the dynamics between the two are complex and in turmoil. Does this make a ho-hum read. Definitely not!!!! McDermid has out-done herself with the best in the series.

Jennifer Maidment, a Worcester teen has been found murdered and sexually mutiliated. Tony is brought in as the profiler. Meanwhile, Carol and...more
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Val McDermid was born and schooled on the east coast of Scotland and then Oxford University after which she became a journalist.

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.
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