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Summary

The third novel in the Lindsay Gordon series. 

When Alison Maxwell, a well-known Glaswegian journalist with an irresistible sexual attraction to both sexes, is found murdered the police look no further than the owner of the scarf used to strangle her. 

Lindsay Gordon, however, has other ideas. Maxwell was a serial seductress who kept a secret record of her encounters – including one with Lindsay herself. Recalling the threats that followed the end of the relationship, Lindsay knows all too well the feelings of rage, fear and passion that Alison Maxwell could invoke. Soon Lindsay is embroiled in an investigation involving blackmail, stolen government documents and the vested interests of a group of people determined to keep her from finding the truth.  

©1991 Val McDermid (P)2018 W. F. Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

“The real mistress of psychological gripping thrillers; no one can plot or tell a story like she can.” (Daily Express

“The Queen of Crime reigns.” (Independent)   

“McDermid remains unrivalled...Brilliant.” (Observer

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Disappointing

I have read the previous books in this series and they were great. Well up to Val McDermid's usual fine writing and plotting.

BUT the narrator of this is so terrible I'm not able to enjoy the book at all. I am Scottish so when I tell you her whiny Scot's voice grates on every nerve in my body you'll understand how awful it is. She cannot alter her tone. The narration says someone used an angry tone, a sharp voice, sad, happy - there's no change to the monotonous grind of the narrator's girning.

Read this but for pity's sake avoid the audio book.

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Shame about the narrator

The book was ok but would’ve been so much better with a different narrator! Her voice is very harsh and makes listening difficult

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Ditch this narrator!

I have never found a Val McDermid such a struggle - nothing against the Scots accent - that was lovely but as for all the other attempted accents ... well it ranged from dreadful to sheer laughable!

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Not up to usual high standard

Bit disappointed, underwhelming story and poor choice of narrator. Word count appears to have been bumped up by the title of the book which underpins the story being mentioned a trillion times.

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Really disappointing for Val McDermid

I'm guessing this was an early VMcD novel as it was all a bit predictable and Agatha Christie for me. HATED the narration. It was like listening to my 15yr old self reading aloud in class. No vocal variation and accents awful (I'm Scottish and found her voice incredibly irritating)

Had to force myself to listen at times.

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great as Usual really enjoyed it

great as usual really enjoyed it looking forward to the next one nice twist ed bunt