Quite the worst book of the series by far. I love most of this author's books and in my long anticipated wait I went and dug out the old ones in the series and re-read them all and they are fantastic.This book has the thinnest of stories,there is no va va voom,no excitement,no high tech aside from the fingerprint thing,no ,great way of catching the villains-nuns or the two men.It was truly an awful read,dull,tired,boring and I am so disappointed that this outing with Carol and Tony was like this ,it seems to me that the author has run out of ideas or is very tired of this pairing.
I have followed Tony Hill and Carol Jordan from the start (including the telly series) and loved each moment spent in their company. In truth, all the books have been read several times. Thus, the latest in the series, How the Dead Speak, was eagerly awaited. This book, although very readable, just does not deliver the same impact as the others. Yes, the usual characters drift in and out of the story line, but the "must keep reading" feeling just didn't happen and the resolution of the main crime seems weak. As for Carol and Tony~~we get a very tiny glimmer of hope for their relationship. Please, Val, make the next Hill/Jordan back to its exciting pace and give us all some resolution on the tentative relationship between the two well-loved characters.
When I finished INSIDIOUS INTENT I was sure it had to be the end of Hill/Jordan. How can she continue to write about Tony and Carol when her main protagonists are forced apart and incapable of maintaining a relationship on any level. After reading this the simple answer seems to be don't. Move them to the periphery and leave well developed characters from the previous books in the series to make the several stories move along in the face of ineptitude from replacements in the team. Nice little touch to precede each chapter with a "Tony Hill book" quotation. And (SPOILER ALERT) end it all with more actual and threatened reduction in the core of the old team. Surely if she can compose a well structured story after scattering characters to the four winds it must make a confrontation between Kate Brannigan and Karen Pirie a future possibility. If only. Would buy that book certainly.
Wow! Couldn't put it down. After Tony going to prison,who would have thought that the partnerships of the previous books could carry on? In fact they are stronger than ever! Can't wait for the next instalment, get writing Val
Great book, I have always loved Val McDermid’s writing and always can’t wait Firth’s new book to come out. It was great to see Tony, Carol, Paula and team back. Even if they were all not together. The way the plot is slowly uncovered is a trademark of Val’s books. Brilliant read.
I’m afraid this didn’t grip me. The previous books I have read avidly not being able to put them down, this one is ok I did enjoy it but I wasn’t gripped. I’m hoping things pick up in the next book, but I’m certainly not going to pay this price when the next book comes out. I was prepared to pay based on the previous books and I was excited for the new one, but the price just wasn’t worth it. I think the ending of insidious intent was a mistake as it leaves the characters floundering. Sorry