Karen Pirie
Books in series4
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  • 1
    The Distant Echo | Val McDermid

    The Distant Echo

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Val McDermid
    • Narrated By Tom Cotcher
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    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....

    Wonderful novel which is so well narrated

    Loved this novel, like most I have read by this very talented author. This one was superbly narrated by Tom Cotcher. I loved the fact that the book, s..Show More »

    Reviewed on 28 July 2016 by S. Christie (UK)
  • 2
    A Darker Domain | Val McDermid

    A Darker Domain

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Val McDermid
    • Narrated By Eilidh Fraser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (454)
    Performance
    (396)
    Story
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    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.

    Cleverly constructed story

    I'd sometimes shied away from Val McDermid's books, despite my admiration from her excellent writing, as I found her viscerally explicit descriptions ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 17 October 2012 by Kirstine (Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom)
  • 3
    The Skeleton Road | Val McDermid

    The Skeleton Road

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Val McDermid
    • Narrated By Cathleen McCarron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (360)
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    (337)
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    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...

    disappointed

    I love Val McDermid's books but, although intelligently written, I found it a boring story with too many surplus to requirements characters

    H..Show More »

    Reviewed on 11 December 2014 by pam ()
  • 4
    Out Of Bounds | Val McDermid

    Out Of Bounds

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Val McDermid
    • Narrated By Cathleen McCarron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (959)
    Performance
    (866)
    Story
    (864)

    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....

    Slow to start but ultimately satisfying

    I like Val McDermid’s books as she write so well, but sometimes shrink from her graphic details of murders. Thankfully this book is devoid of any gru..Show More »

    Reviewed on 15 October 2016 by Kirstine (Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom)