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How the Dead Speak: A Tony Hill and Carol Jordan Novel

(Tony Hill & Carol Jordan #11)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  513 ratings  ·  69 reviews
Val McDermid is an award-winning, crime-writing powerhouse, and now she returns to her explosive, thrilling series featuring psychological profiler Tony Hill and ex-DCI Carol Jordan in her latest How The Dead Speak

With Tony behind bars and Carol finally out of road as a cop, he's finding unexpected outlets for his talents in jail and she's joined forces with a small inform
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Hardcover, 416 pages
Expected publication: December 3rd 2019 by Atlantic Monthly Press (first published August 22nd 2019)
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Mandy White
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
How The Dead Speak is book 11 in the Carol Jordan and Tony Hill series. It has been a while since I read one of these books which is something I need to immediately rectify. I forgot how brilliant Val McDermid is and I am so looking forward to seeing her at BAD Writers Festival in Sydney in September. I received this book from Grove Atlantic with a publication date on 3rd December but it has already been released here in Australia and the UK - and I could not wait to read it. Fans of this series ...more
Ceecee
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was very pleased to receive this as I have read all the previous books in the series. However, it is perfectly possible to read this as a stand-alone. As you would expect there are several strains to the story as Tony Hill is in prison and Carol Jordan has left the police force. The scenes with Tony in prison are very vivid and the fear is tangible. Typically Tony puts his skills to good use and helps his fellow prisoners in various ways and I like this aspect. The story is interspersed with s ...more
Jen
The first books in this brilliant series were so very imaginative, gruesome and brutal that they are hard to live up to. Truly, Tony Hill and Carol Jordan were a force to be reckoned with – in all of their messy realities, from Carol’s growing alcoholism to Tony’s impotence. Their relationship has gone through every tragedy that you could dream up, and more besides. So the question is now: can these books survive Tony being in prison for murder, and Carol out of the police force?

In many ways, Ho
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Kasa Cotugno
Full disclosure -- my experience with Tony Hill and Carol Jordan is entirely based on the excellent BBC series of a few years back, and it wasn't until I read this, #11 in the series, that I encountered them or their team in Val McDermid's printed work. I have read others of her series, but this is my first Hill/Jordan. Val McDermid is one of those rarities -- a writer of thrillers who looks beyond the more sensational aspects of her characters' actions and/or motivations and delves deep. She al ...more
Elaine Tomasso
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank Netgalley and Grove Atlantic for an advance copy of How the Dead Speak, the eleventh novel to feature former detective Carol Jordan and forensic profiler Tony Hill.

When a developer discovers old bones in the garden of a former convent, DCI Rutherford, the head of the reformed ReMIT (regional major investigation team), is desperate to investigate and takes over the enquiry. In the meantime Carol Jordan and Tony Hill, former stalwarts of the team, are pursuing their post poli
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Craig Sisterson
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, british
There are longstanding authors whose series plateau or dip after so long; one of many impressive things about Val McDermid’s crime writing is the way she continues to push herself and her characters, finding fresh stories to tell, issues to explore, and never leaving things static.

How The Dead Speak is a great example of that. The eleventh novel starring profiler Tony Hill and detective Carol Jordan sees the duo separated, and both struggling with new situations after the cataclysmic ending to
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Mary
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
Oh,the joy and expectation one experiences when revisiting old,but not forgotten,friends!

Yes,they are now in a much different situation, deciding how to play the cards life has dealt them,one grappling with PTSD and the potential to do what she does best,but for different reasons,
the other,fudging a life behind bars,finding an inner strength to mirror the myriad changes that have befallen him.

Both undergoing a metamorphosis of a kind,they will emerge stronger,still hesitant,but willing to forge
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Deborah
I try hard not to write reviews with spoilers. Or ones that give away too much of the plot. Of course it also means I sometimes re-read a review of a book before starting the next book of the series and - unless it's ingrained into my mind for some reason - I rarely remember the detail.

So, given two years has passed since Val McDermid's last Tony Hill / Carol Jordan novel 'Insidious Intent' was published (and I can't believe it's that long!), I'd completely forgotten Tony had gone to jail. I can
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Alex
Aug 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime, arc, scottish
Carol Jordan and Tony Hill have been through a lot in their eleven books together, and they each know that they wilt outside of each other’s presence. In this latest instalment, Val McDermid finally allows Carol to process the extreme PTSD that has cropped up over two and a half decades worth of adventures and, as these things go, How The Dead Speak is a progress novel in what has become an increasingly stop-start pattern for these characters.

After more than thirty skeletons are uncovered at the
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Dolf Patijn
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I actually bought this book as an e-book on Kobo. I saw the new Carol Jordan and Tony Hill thriller was out, couldn't wait, bought it and read it. For a while I was afraid that this series would go the way that Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta series was going: starting off great and ending in a depressing litany of how bad life was and not bringing any interesting developments in the books anymore. Luckily enough Val McDermid didn't let that happen and, although I liked some of the books in th ...more
Heather Fineisen
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid entry in the series. McDermid does not disappoint, always staying on the cusp of new technology and current events. Everyone is moving on in a new direction with Paula being showcased. Character development is moving right along as Tony and Carol' s relationship evolves. A favorite series.

Copy provided by the Publisher and NetGalley
Rachel Hall
3.5 stars

The eleventh book to feature former DCI Carol Jordan and clinical psychologist Tony Hill and the thirty-third novel by author Val McDermid and after the car crash that was Insidious Intent and separated the duo, How The Dead Speaks catches up with the old team, albeit on their separate journeys. Like Insidious Intent this novel isn’t a fantastic police procedural at all but it is a decent enough read with four disparate strands eventually merging into a coherent entity and some positive
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Lisa
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: august-2019
This is one of my favourite book series and I was lucky to read it through Netgalley and I ordered a copy through Book Depositary right away. This for me is peak police procedural because this is book 11 in the Tony Hill and Carol Jordon series and they still surprise me as characters. They continue to grow, they have real life problems as well, and the end of the last one was a cliffhanger.
How The Dead Speak is one I won’t elaborate on too much because of spoilers but I love how it continued
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Mary Picken
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After the explosive ending of the 10th Tony Hill and Carol Jordan novel, Insidious Intent, I could not wait for this book. I adore this series and all of these characters. I feel personally invested in them and need them to succeed.

So for me, finding that at the start of the book, Tony is in prison serving a four year jail sentence and Carol is no longer a cop, is a real shake up to the series.

For not only is Carol no longer a cop, the Major Incident Team she headed has been revamped under the a
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Lorraine
My most grateful thanks to NetGalley for an advance copy of this very much anticipated book.

When we last saw Tony and Carol, their lives had changed forever. Tony was going to prison and Carol had resigned from the police. Now over a year has passed, and Tony has forbidden Carol to visit him until she gets treatment for PTSD. This she reluctantly does. Then she is approached by Tony's lawyer to join her new group which hopes to find new evidence to release innocent convicts from prison. Also, To
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Helen
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In a word, disappointing. The plot was transparent as well as being totally implausible. Most books in this genre are, but this author usually takes the time to set up some characterisation that isn’t caricature and/or one dimensional. Not this time. It’s almost as though she wasn’t given enough time/hadn’t taken enough time to flesh the story out properly. Maybe her publisher was pressing her for the next book. This one ends with some issues unresolved, so we can expect another. I won’t be so q ...more
Jane Edwards
I have read every book in the Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series and I was so looking forward to this one. I was quite disappointed. Firstly, the two main protagonists mix very little with other characters in the book. The new team leader who replaced Carol is such a cartoon character and the mystery within a mystery is lukewarm at best.
What I also detested was the absolute distaste that Ms. McDermid has for the Catholic Church. Total hatred and continued bias was hard to read. I think that my lo
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David Highton
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not quite 5 stars but a decent police procedural without Hill and Jordan, with their progress as characters moving forward in parallel plots
Jane Myers
Sep 01, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Boring. Disappointing. Never thought I'd write those words for a Val McDermid book but...absolutely no tension..Tony and Carol not even working together..weak silly ending.
Sharon Sample
Jul 30, 2019 rated it liked it
I haven’t read any of the previous Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series and was disappointed with this book.

Forty female bodies are found in unmarked graves in a former convent school. What happened and why? But, then the plot gets muddled with the discovery of eight male bodies. The elite ReMIT team takes on the challenge. A couple of subplots scramble the story even more and felt like they were added just to include Tony and Carol.

Why do experienced writers use so many different points of view
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Sandy
3.5 stars

This is a hugely popular series & like most of its kind, you probably enjoy some instalments more than others. I’ve read them all & this was not one of my favourites but that may be down to the format of the story more than content which I’ll try to explain.

If you read the last one, no doubt you remember the ending. It was a corker. The old cast of regulars was broken up & here we get to see where everyone landed.

First, the elite police unit known as ReMIT has been reformed
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Susan Francis
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Most recently, I read another book. One I won't identify. Another book, written by a favourite crime writer of mine. A crime writer whose book I'd been anticipating for a couple of years. And I was mightily disappointed. The tension, the sense of empathy and camaraderie with the main protagonist, the becoming lost in the pages - which is my personal indicator of a good story - all sadly absent.

But Val McDermid's new book, How the Dead Speak, was not this. Her writing is so very consistent, I wa
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Naomi
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
How The Dead Speak by Val McDermind is a Carol Jordan and Tony Hill novel. This sees a radical change for the ReMIT team which has been disbanded following Tony’s incarceration and Carol’s exit from the force. The book follows the course of an investigation with the new-look team headed by DCI Ian Rutherford (a bit of a tosser in my opinion) into the discovery of bodies of children buried at the site of a former Catholic convent. Secondary plots revolve around Tony and Carol and their individual ...more
Tracy Wood
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
When what you did to your two main characters previously means they can no longer be right in the middle of the action what can you have them do without shoving both to the sidelines?  You get one to write a book, sections of which become a fascinating insight into the way new cases he no longer has any influence over are dealt with while the other becomes a reluctant private investigator in all but name.

The ReMIT squad room is a different place now a new lead detective has taken over and those
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Tracy Wood
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
When what you did to your two main characters previously means they can no longer be right in the middle of the action what can you have them do without shoving both to the sidelines?  You get one to write a book, sections of which become a fascinating insight into the way new cases he no longer has any influence over are dealt with while the other becomes a reluctant private investigator in all but name.

The ReMIT squad room is a different place now a new lead detective has taken over and those
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Cheryl M-M
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is book 11 in the Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series, and after reading this one I absolutely will have to go back and re-read previous one. Tony is sat in jail for killing someone and Carol has retired from the police force. What the heck happened?

Breathing fresh air and new ideas into a long-term series isn't easy when you have a huge solid fan-base. Readers don't always like drastic changes. Kudos to McDermid for giving readers what they need without them being aware that they need it.

Put
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Vicki
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How the Dead Speak is book number 11 in the Tony Hill/Carol Jordan series. Though it is the first book in the series that I have read, I personally had no trouble following the story. There are a few things that would help to explain the characters a bit better had I read the previous books but it in no way took away from this particular book.

The main characters in the story are complex and flawed but nonetheless it helps make them more real. Each chapter goes from one persons situation to the n
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J Earl
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
How the Dead Speak is the eleventh Tony Hill/Carol Jordan book from Val McDermid and, while having a different feel still manages to satisfy.

If you're a reader of the series, you might wonder how there could be another volume without essentially erasing the results of the previous one. Well, McDermid managed to write a compelling novel while not disrupting the fictional world we inhabit in these novels. So, yes, Tony is in jail and Carol is no longer a cop. Yet this works here. I'll admit some p
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C. Bear
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-thriller
I was really disappointed by this. The dialogue felt laden with clunky exposition; characters often thought about or remarked upon the unusual brilliance/perceptiveness of both Tony and Carol, but we didn't really get to see this convincingly demonstrated; the central crime felt rather unengaging, without any of the twists, misdirections or suspense that usually make for great crime novels; there's little exploration of the killer's motivation, after one or two early sections from his perspectiv ...more
Lisa
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
My thanks to Grove Atlantic/Atlantic Press, the author Val McDermid and Netgalley.
I've always suspected I would like this author. Truth is that I've never read her books because she had so many books already published. Dang, I do hate starting from the beginning! Well, turns out that I liked these characters! So, I'm going to have to start from the get go anyhow. This was a good story. Not great, because it still felt unfinished. I want to see those nuns get the justice that I think they deserve
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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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