Val McDermid
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Val McDermid

Val McDermid is a number one bestseller whose novels have been translated into more than thirty languages, and have sold over sixteen 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, was the recipient of the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger in 2010 and received the Lambda Literary Foundation Pioneer Award in 2011. In 2016, Val received the Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction Award at the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival and in 2017 received the DIVA Literary Prize for Crime, and was elected a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Val has served as a judge for the Women’s Prize for Fiction and the Man Booker Prize, and was Chair of the Wellcome Book Prize in 2017. She is the recipient of six honorary doctorates and is an Honorary Fellow of St Hilda’s College, Oxford. She writes full-time and divides her time between Edinburgh and East Neuk of Fife.

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Best Sellers

    • Dead Beat

    • PI Kate Brannigan, Book 1
    • By: Val McDermid
    • Narrated by: Chloe Massey
    • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 263
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 236
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 235

    As a favour to her rock journalist boyfriend, private detective Kate Brannigan agrees to track down a missing songwriter, Moira Pollock - a search that takes her into some of the seediest parts of Leeds and Bradford. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Found Myself A New Heroine

    • By EmGem22 on 05-06-19

    Regular price: £16.99

    • Mermaids Singing

    • By: Val McDermid
    • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
    • Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,033
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 940
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 940

    Up until now the only serial killers Tony Hill had encountered were safely behind bars. This one’s different - this one’s on the loose....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good ( if a little too gory) book but terrible narration

    • By S. Christie on 09-08-16

    Regular price: £20.89

    • Kick Back

    • PI Kate Brannigan, Book 2
    • By: Val McDermid
    • Narrated by: Chloe Massey
    • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 69
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64

    Kate Brannigan, feisty Manchester-based PI, is back, investigating the bizarre case of the missing conservatories.... 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Funny down to earth PI

    • By Freckles on 27-05-19

    Regular price: £16.99

    • The Distant Echo

    • By: Val McDermid
    • Narrated by: Tom Cotcher
    • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,272
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,093
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,090

    On a freezing morning four drunken students stumble upon the body of a woman in the snow. Rosie has been raped, stabbed and left for dead in a cemetery....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Absorbing story with good characters

    • By Janet on 07-03-17

    Regular price: £20.89

    • Trick of the Dark

    • By: Val McDermid
    • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon, Gerri Halligar
    • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 387
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 156
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 157

    The brand new thriller from the award-winning crimewriter....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Just So Disappointing

    • By John on 16-04-11

    Regular price: £19.99

    • A Darker Domain

    • By: Val McDermid
    • Narrated by: Eilidh Fraser
    • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 782
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 697
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 698

    On the 14th of December, five miners break ranks to travel to Nottingham and work. For those who stay behind, this is an unforgivable betrayal....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Very enjoyable

    • By MRS on 30-06-13

    Regular price: £19.99

    • The Torment of Others

    • By: Val McDermid
    • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
    • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 586
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 531
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 528

    A dead girl lies on a blood-soaked mattress, her limbs spread in a parody of ecstasy....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyed this one

    • By S. Christie on 17-08-16

    Regular price: £25.99

    • Crack Down

    • PI Kate Brannigan, Book 3
    • By: Val McDermid
    • Narrated by: Chloe Massey
    • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 68
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 61
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61

    There was only one reason Manchester-based private eye Kate Brannigan was prepared to let her boyfriend help out with the investigation into a car sales fraud - nothing bad could happen. But by now Kate should know that with Richard you have to expect the unexpected....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A good listen

    • By Richard Taylor on 28-04-19

    Regular price: £16.99

    • Out Of Bounds

    • By: Val McDermid
    • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
    • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,369
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,238
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,236

    When a teenage joyrider crashes a stolen car and ends up in a coma, a routine DNA test reveals a connection to a twisted unsolved murder from 22 years before....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great book - brought to life by the narrator

    • By Sam Jones on 31-08-16

    Regular price: £20.89

    • The Wire in the Blood

    • By: Val McDermid
    • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
    • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 890
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 825
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 820

    Young girls are disappearing around the country, and there is nothing to connect them to one another....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wire in the Blood

    • By Rachel on 03-11-15

    Regular price: £25.99

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