Val McDermid Books

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Val McDermid is a Scottish author born in 1955. Born in Kirkcaldy, Fife, Val attended Kirkcaldy High School and St. Hilda’s College in Oxford. She eventually graduated and became a journalist. She pursued the career for sixteen years before choosing to focus her efforts on her novels and finally becoming a full-time writer. Val has cited her interview with Jimmy Savile as an inspiration for one of her ideas.

Order of Allie Burns Series

11979 2021Description / Buy

Order of Austen Project Series

1Sense & Sensibility ( By: Joanna Trollope) 2013Description / Buy
2Northanger Abbey 2014Description / Buy
3Emma ( By: Alexander McCall Smith) 2014Description / Buy
4Eligible ( By: Curtis Sittenfeld) 2016Description / Buy

Order of Inspector Karen Pirie Series

1The Distant Echo 2003Description / Buy
2A Darker Domain 2008Description / Buy
3The Skeleton Road 2014Description / Buy
4Out of Bounds 2016Description / Buy
5Broken Ground 2018Description / Buy
6Still Life 2020Description / Buy

Order of Kate Brannigan Series

1Dead Beat 1992Description / Buy
2Kick Back 1993Description / Buy
3Crack Down 1994Description / Buy
4Clean Break 1995Description / Buy
5Blue Genes 1996Description / Buy
6Star Struck 1998Description / Buy

Order of Lindsay Gordon Series

1Report For Murder 1987Description / Buy
2Common Murder 1989Description / Buy
3Final Edition / Open and Shut / Deadline for Murder 1991Description / Buy
4Union Jack / Conferences Are Murder 1993Description / Buy
5Booked For Murder 1996Description / Buy
6Hostage To Murder 2003Description / Buy

Order of Tony Hill/Carol Jordan Series

1The Mermaids Singing 1995Description / Buy
2The Wire In The Blood 1997Description / Buy
3The Last Temptation 2002Description / Buy
4The Torment of Others 2004Description / Buy
5Beneath the Bleeding 2007Description / Buy
6Fever of the Bone 2009Description / Buy
7The Retribution 2011Description / Buy
8Cross and Burn 2013Description / Buy
9Splinter the Silence 2015Description / Buy
10Insidious Intent 2017Description / Buy
11Footloose (Short Story) ( With: Peter James) 2019Description / Buy
12How the Dead Speak 2019Description / Buy

Order of World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories Series

1The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 1 2000Description / Buy
2The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 2 2000Description / Buy
3The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 3 2002Description / Buy
4The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 4 2003Description / Buy
5The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 5 2004Description / Buy

Order of Murderous Christmas Stories Series

1Murder under the Christmas Tree: Ten Classic Crime Stories for the Festive Season 2016Description / Buy
2Murder on Christmas Eve 2017Description / Buy
3A Very Murderous Christmas: Ten Classic Crime Stories for the Festive Season 2018Description / Buy

Order of Val McDermid Standalone Novels

1A Place of Execution 1999Description / Buy
2Killing The Shadows 2000Description / Buy
3The Grave Tattoo 2006Description / Buy
4Trick of the Dark 2010Description / Buy
5The Vanishing Point 2012Description / Buy

Order of Val McDermid Short Stories/Novellas

1Cleanskin (Short Story) 2006Description / Buy
2Life's Too Short 2010Description / Buy

Order of Val McDermid Graphic Novels

1Resistance 2021Description / Buy

Order of Val McDermid Picture Books

1My Granny Is a Pirate 2012Description / Buy

Order of Val McDermid Non-Fiction Books

1A Suitable Job for a Woman 1994Description / Buy
2Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA and More Tell Us About Crime 2014Description / Buy
3My Scotland 2019Description / Buy

Order of Val McDermid Short Story Collections

1Writing on the Wall and Other Stories (Short Story) 1997Description / Buy
2Stranded 2004Description / Buy
3Christmas is Murder 2020Description / Buy

Val McDermid Anthologies

1 Naked Came the Phoenix2001Description / Buy
2 The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 32002Description / Buy
3 Tart Noir2003Description / Buy
4 Like a Charm2004Description / Buy
5 Magnetic North2005Description / Buy
6 Criminal Tendencies2009Description / Buy
7 The Library Book2012Description / Buy
8 The Killer Cookbook2012Description / Buy
9 Inherit the Dead2013Description / Buy
10 Crime Writers: A Decade of Crime2016Description / Buy
11 MatchUp2017Description / Buy
12 Bloody Scotland2019Description / Buy
13 Imagine A Country2020Description / Buy
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An author of suspense novels, success for Val came after she published Report for Murder: The First Lindsay Gordon Mystery in 1987. She went on to gain recognition for her work, winning numerous awards and even receiving an honorary doctorate from the University of Sutherland.

Val McDermid’s work revolves around five primary characters, namely: Kate Brannigan, Karen Pirie, Lindsay Gordon, Carol Jordan and Tony Hill. Each of these characters is a lead in their own series, though Tony Hill and Carol Jordan share a series.

A writer of suspense and mystery novels, Val is most commonly known for Doctor Tony Hill, a character that first appeared in The Mermaids Singing, the first novel in the Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series, released in 1995.

Val and her partner Jo Sharp, a knitwear designer, were married in 2016.

Val McDermid Awards

The quality of Val’s work is such that she was been nominated for Dagger Awards, an Edgar Award and a BCA Crime Thriller of the Year Award. She has also had the pleasure of winning an actual Dagger Award, a Barry Award, an Anthony Award, a Dilys award and a Macavity Award.

Val McDermid Books into movies

Of all the adaptations that Val has seen of her work, the most prominent has to be Wire in the Blood. Broadcast between 2002 and 2008 on the ITV network, the show followed Doctor Anthony Hill, a psychologist played by Robson Green who had the uncanny ability to see into the minds of killers.

The show won Royal Television Society and Edgar Allen Poe Awards before its high production budget led to cancellation.

A lesser known adaptation is A Place of Execution, a three-part Television drama that was broadcast on ITV in 2008. The drama won a TV Dagger Award in 2009.

Best Val McDermid Books

Anyone looking to gain a better understanding of Val’s approach to storytelling will appreciate these books, some of the best she has written:

The Last Temptation: Chief Inspector Carol Jordan has finally come to terms with the fracturing of her relationship with Doctor Tony Hill. She soon immerses herself in an undercover sting that sees her try to gain the confidence of a European Drug Trafficker.

Her plans are complicated by the serial killer who is tracking her. While trying to escape the trauma of his past, Tony Hill’s quiet isolation is shattered when the criminal profiler is pulled into a difficult case.

A serial killer has been driven by psychosexual madness to hunt a sometimes lover of Tony. It doesn’t take long for Carol and Tony’s paths to cross as they face off against the twisted dreams of a killer.

Val McDermid makes this book every bit as tense and harrowing as any other Tony Hill novel. She is also able to keep readers engaged by delving into the police procedural elements that surrounding law enforcement in Europe, especially the jurisdiction aspects.

There are quite a few threads playing out in this story, all of which Val weaves together even while drawing engaging and well-developed characters.

A Place of Execution: George Bennett was just a young and newly promoted inspector when Myra Hindley and Ian Brady began their murderous careers. Following the disappearance of two children off the streets of Manchester, Bennett didn’t know what to expect when 13-year-old Alison Carter also vanished.

Without a body or any clues of note, Bennett’s investigation faced numerous dead ends. The final outcome of Bennett’s work would continue to haunt the community.

Having decided to finally tell his story several years later, journalist Catherine Heathcote is confused when Bennett tries to pull the plug on the book that might tell it all just when it is poised for publication.

Bennett suggests that he might have new information that could change everything, though he will not share it. Catherine gets down into the mud and begins to re-investigate the past, determined to find that secret that might turn the world upside down.

This is a standalone book. Val tells a story set in modern times and during the 1960s as her characters delve into a murder mystery with more angles than anyone had previously realized.

When Does The Next Val McDermid book come out?

Val McDermid doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is 1979 and was released on August, 19th 2021. It is the newest book in the Allie Burns Series.

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