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Booked for Murder [Hardcover]

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; ePub e. edition
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007301839
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007301836
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

More About the Author

Val McDermid grew up in a Scottish mining community then read English at Oxford. She was a journalist for sixteen years, spending the last three as Northern Bureau Chief of a national Sunday tabloid. She divides her time between Northumberland and Cheshire

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5th in the series 21 July 2006
Definitely worth reading if you are already a fan of the series. Fans of Ms McDermid's Tony Hill series may not enjoy this as much because the Lindsay Gordon books manage to be more lighthearted even though it also deals with murder.

The characters are all witty and there are several 'laugh out aloud' moments in this book.

It's been a while since the mess Lindsay got into over the murder of Tom Jack in 'Union Jack' and she is now back in the States with Sophie.

Unfortunately a good friend from Frisco gets murdered while in London and her former lover (also a friend of Sophie and Lindsay's) is the prime suspect. Lindsay flies to England in the hopes of finding the 'real' killer but as usual gets caught up in a more deadly game than she expected.

The book is well written with lots of hair raising moments to compliment the more jovial ones. The dialog and descriptions are, as always, spot on.

This is a very enjoyable read and i sincerely hope Ms McDermid doesn't call it quits with the series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the usual standard 23 Jun 2010
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A fairly interesting read but not up to McDermid's usual standard. Intricate, but not quite believeable, plot. Some interesting characters but not enough information about them or their relationships with each other. Having read other books by this author, and finding them superb reading, this book left me a little disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Jane Baker VINE VOICE
This was my first and last foray into Val McDermid. A friend told me her early books were very good but that the author seems to have given in to her lesbian obsession. Nothing wrong with that and I'm all for social issues playing their part in stories, it makes them more life-like, but let's have some variety and a few men in the plot. This did not stir me at all. I found it mediocre and tedious and I certainly did not chuckle at the funny bits. I didn't find anything in this book even slightly amusing. It could have been good - the plot was unusual but lost its way amongst all these annoying women who all seemed to have had relationships with each other in previous times. I found it exasperating to follow. For the most part the characters were like cardboard cut-out figures, lacking any grit or substance. Oh dear this feels harsh but that's how I found it. Totally forgettable.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I normally love Val McDermid 19 Aug 2013
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But this is not one of her best. It's a bit too jaunty and unengaging, and I found I wasn't particularly interested in finding out the denoument.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Pedestrian and predictable 2 May 2013
After reading the author's "The Mermaids Singing" (the first Tony Hill book) and enjoying it tremendously I had high expectations for this book. I was however disappointed by the flimsy writing style, and the lack of depth and credibility of the characters. After enjoying the incredible detail and complexity of the plot of The Mermaids Singing, this novel seemed trivial and lack-lustre. A great disappointment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Val McDermid 20 Mar 2013
By Fred
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Another excellent read by Val. Have all of her current books now and none of them disappoint. Fantastic read by all murder mystery addicts.
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