Karen Pirie

5 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 5,183 ratings

The Distant Echo Summary

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. The only suspects are the four young men now stained with her blood.

Twenty-five years later the police mount a cold-case review of Rosie’s unsolved murder, and the four are still suspects. But when two of them die in suspicious circumstances, it seems that someone is pursuing their own brand of justice....

©2003 Val McDermid (P)2004 Recorded Books Inc
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  • Book 1

    • The Distant Echo

    • By: Val McDermid
    • Narrated by: Tom Cotcher
    • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,323
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,141
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,138

    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. The only suspects are the four young men now stained with her blood. Twenty-five years later the police mount a cold-case review of Rosie’s unsolved murder, and the four are still suspects. But when two of them die in suspicious circumstances, it seems that someone is pursuing their own brand of justice....

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

    • By Janet on 07-03-17

    Regular price: £20.89

  • Book 2

    • A Darker Domain

    • By: Val McDermid
    • Narrated by: Eilidh Fraser
    • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 793
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 708
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 709

    It's 1984. The miners' strike is dividing the country. In a struggling coal-mining town, the miners and their families are living at the edge of their resources. 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. Twenty-three years later, a young woman is asking the police to trace her missing father. Miner Mick Prentice vanished, never to be seen again.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Very enjoyable

    • By MRS on 30-06-13

    Regular price: £19.99

  • Book 3

    • The Skeleton Road

    • By: Val McDermid
    • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
    • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 675
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 630
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 630

    When a skeleton is discovered hidden at the top of a gothic Victorian building in Edinburgh, which is scheduled for renovation, Cold Case Squad detective Karen Pirie is given the task of identifying the decades-old bones. Her investigation leads her back to past conflicts, false identities and buried secrets...

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointing as a crime thriller but interesting

    • By iris on 01-03-15

    Regular price: £20.89

  • Book 4

    • Out Of Bounds

    • By: Val McDermid
    • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
    • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,392
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,260
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,258

    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. Meanwhile, Karen Pirie finds herself irresistibly drawn into another mystery that she has no business investigating; a mystery that has its roots in a terrorist bombing two decades ago. And again, she finds that nothing is as it seems....

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

    • By Sam Jones on 31-08-16

    Regular price: £20.89

  • Book 5

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