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Common Murder

Common Murder [Kindle Edition]

V. L. McDermid
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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'Val McDermid is an inspiration.' Herald

'A well-pitched and topical mystery.' Sunday Times

'McDermid's snappy, often comic, prose keeps the story humming.' Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly

McDermid's snappy, often comic prose keeps the story humming.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 363 KB
  • Print Length: 227 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1932859071
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (4 Sep 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002SDRTK6
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #42,490 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Geddorff moy laaand ! 28 May 2007
By Craobh Rua VINE VOICE
Val McDermid grew up in Kirkcaldy, a small mining community on the east coast of Scotland and studied English at Oxford University. The books she has written featuring Tony Hill and Carol Jordan have provided the basis for the popular "Wire on the Blood" television series, while her novels have won a number of awards, including the Macavity award, the Anthony Award and Grand Prix des Romans d'Aventure. "Common Murder" is her second novel and - like her first - features journalist, Lindsay Gordon. The book was first published in 1989.

Lindsay is now living in London with her girlfriend Cordelia and working for the Daily Clarion. She's assigned a story centred around the women's peace camp at Brownlow Common - which was set up to protest about the of nuclear weapons sited at the American airbase. Lindsay, as it turns out, is a supporter of and a regular visitor to the camp. (Cordelia, a noted and successful playwright, also supports the camps aims. However, since Cordelia's more stereotypically middle-class than stereotypically lesbian, she prefers not to get her wellies muddy. Instead, she sends letters to the Guardian and makes cash available to buy lentils for the camp). The differences with regards to the camp are, indeed, a sign that things aren't going terribly well in the relationship.

The problem for the women's camp is a local action group called Ratepayers Against Brownlow's Destruction, headed up by a local solicitor called Rupert Crabtree. RABD wants the camp removed from the Common since, they believe, it's being destoyed by the women living there. (You'd be amazed how much damage candlelight vigils and singsongs can cause). Of course, the damage to the common isn't entirely down to the women : the camp is regularly attacked by a vicious gang of mad, bullying bikers.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Synopsis - 2nd Lindsay Gordon mystery 25 Nov 2009
By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER
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A protest group hits the headlines when unrest at a women's peace camp explodes into murder. Already on the scene, journalist Lindsay Gordon desperately tries to strike a balance between personal and professional responsibilities. As she peels back the layers of deception surrounding the protest and its opponents, she finds that no one -- ratepayer or reporter, policeman or peace woman -- seems wholly above suspicion. Then Lindsay uncovers a truth that even she can scarcely believe.

Entertaining, well-written, likeable and realistic protagonist, but I'm still expecting more from this series.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me 3 Oct 2013
By Dwjs
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Just found it boring. Clunky and peopled with people I just did not feel a thing about. After Iain Rankin this does not hold up.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hard work 22 Jun 2013
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This book was ok - she does go on a lot about her sexuality in all of these Lindsay Gordon books and it gets a bit tiresome - the reader can read between the lines!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Tepid thriller 12 April 2013
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Val McDermid likes to push her lesbian lifestyle using only female characters. Otherwise a reasonable story line for early books
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a great mystery of unusual circumstances and getting to know all the characters own lives and loves and guilty secrets
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not impressed 27 Feb 2013
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Too much Lesbianism I don`t mind a bit of it but I don`t like it shoved down my throat (no pun intended)
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