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Star Struck [Kindle Edition]

Val McDermid
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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All series thrillers have an element of the soap opera about them, and so it is logical that Val McDermid's sixth novel about Manchester private eye Kate Brannigan should take her into the world of television soaps. Tough computer-literate Brannigan is hired as bodyguard to the star of Northerners, which bears an uncanny resemblance to another soap filmed in Manchester. Brassy Gloria has been warned by her clairvoyant that death is in the offing, but it is the clairvoyant who gets her skull smashed with a crystal ball. Meanwhile, someone is leaking plot lines, Kate's burglar chum is accused of murder when he takes up honest work, and her staff find themselves in sexual predicaments.

There is a charm to all of this, and some intelligent puzzles competently worked through; McDermid knows, or competently invents, the social milieux she describes. The book is particularly good on the feel of the Northwest on a raw winter day--McDermid's writing gets better and better. This book, though, lacks some of the vigour of the earlier Brannigan books and their note of social protest. Her fans will have no complaints, but this is not the best of her books. --Roz Kaveney

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‘Stunningly exciting, horrifyingly good’
Ruth Rendell

‘This book has a sense of gravitas and intelligence utterly beyond lesser writers in the field’
Ian Rankin

‘Terrific chiller from Manchester’s answer to Thomas Harris’
Guardian

‘A clever and exciting thriller’
Sunday Telegraph

‘A compelling combination of sexual-political mischief and Jacobean psychological intensity’
Sunday Times (of The Wire in the Blood)


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 397 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1932859241
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (22 May 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9PZY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #43,430 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read 28 Sep 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
More often than not books and films with humorous undertones tend to get less critical acclaim. Unfairly, this also seems to be the case with Val McDermid's Lindsay Gordon and Kate Brannigan books. However, after reading the superb but very dark The Mermaids Singing, and the almost more gruelling The Wire in the Blood, fans must delighted in being able to return to the light relief of Star Struck. In Star Struck, having bought out her partner in the detective agency, Kate Brannigan has gone solo. Against her better judgement Kate agrees to become the bodyguard to Gloria Kendal, star of a television drama that has disturbing similarities to Coronation Street. Once on board, the Manchester PI gets to experience the day-to-day goings on of a television star, and also manages to clear up a spot of blackmail as well as apprehend a murderer. With Star Struck Val McDermid and Kate Brannigan have come along way. The author, having now tackled various genres of crime writing, has honed her ability to give a greater depth to the heroine she created in Dead Beat in 1992. The plotting is taught, the one-liners are funny and come fast and furious, and all the characters are three dimensional and believable. Regardless of which McDermid books you prefer, they inevitably are a great read.
Adrian Muller.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Star Struck is a must for anyone who has ever watched a soap opera. McDermid takes us inside the world behind the scenes and is not at all star-struck at the antics of the cast of her ficitonal soap opera. The dialogue is, as always, very realistic and often very funny indeed. And there's a clever murder mystery worked out as well when the Seer to the Stars gets bumped off without seeing it coming.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great read 4 Oct 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
More often than not books and films with humorous undertones tend to get less critical acclaim. Unfairly, this also seems to be the case with Val McDermid's Lindsay Gordon and Kate Brannigan books. However, after reading the superb but very dark The Mermaids Singing, and the almost more gruelling The Wire in the Blood, fans must delighted in being able to return to the light relief of Star Struck. In Star Struck, having bought out her partner in the detective agency, Kate Brannigan has gone solo. Against her better judgement Kate agrees to become the bodyguard to Gloria Kendal, star of a television drama that has disturbing similarities to Coronation Street. Once on board, the Manchester PI gets to experience the day-to-day goings on of a television star, and also manages to clear up a spot of blackmail as well as apprehend a murderer. With Star Struck Val McDermid and Kate Brannigan have come along way. The author, having now tackled various genres of crime writing, has honed her ability to give a greater depth to the heroine she created in Dead Beat in 1992. The plotting is taught, the one-liners are funny and come fast and furious, and all the characters are three dimensional and believable. Regardless of which McDermid books you prefer, they inevitably are a great read.
Adrian Muller.
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Format:Hardcover
Gloria Kendal alias Brenda Barrowclough larger than life star of the much loved soap opera 'Northerners' hires Kate Brannigan when she starts receiving threatening letters.
The sixth Kate Brannigan escapade takes into the fascinating world of soap opera both on and off the set. Body guarding is not high on Kate's list of priority jobs, but times aren't what they were.
Kate finds herself in the midst of temperamental stars, who set great store by an astrologer Dorothea Dawson, seer to the stars. With Dorothea turning up dead, her process server getting arrested, and her tame hacker finding 'virtual love' Kate has her hands full. For those of you long term fans of Kate Brannigan, if I tell you that her process server, is Shelley's son you probably get the picture.
This is a great fast moving, fun Kate Brannigan adventure, meeting old friends and making new ones. As always with Val's books, I devoured it in one sitting, and eagerly await the next. Please keep them coming Val, they just get better and better.
Lizzie Hayes 9th July 1999
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4.0 out of 5 stars More great Kate Brannigan action 25 Jan 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I love Val McDermid but would have to agree with one of the other reviewers who said this isn't her best. I love the plots - the use of a 'Coronation Street' type character set in Manchester is perfect - but get a little tired with her pre-occupation with her wardrobe. Long suffering boyfriend seems as unbelievable as ever but the characterisation no doubt suffers from Val's lack of interest in boyfriends. I like him but he's never been real. If you live or have lived in Manchester and like crime fiction, this and all her books are an absolute MUST BUY. After living up there for 11 years, Kate Brannigan books are an instant trip down memory lane. If you don't know the city, you can miss a lot of the subtleties of her writing
I bought from a bookshop first day out and didn't regret it but I'd echo other reviewers who've commented that her more psychological mysteries - the Mermaids Singing and Blood in the Wire - are 5 star works and its quite hard to believe they are written by the same person
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff as always
Great book as always , good story another one of those you don't want to put down , really enjoy this authors work
Published 6 months ago by nicola strachan-gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it!!
The twists and turns the writer takes you through adds suspense -I couldn't put it down. I will be looking for the next book
Published 7 months ago by Chris Jeffery
5.0 out of 5 stars Soap Fans, Crime Fans and even Black Comedy Fans will love this.
A real 'whodunnit' set in Manchester and solving mysterious threats and murder with a famous local soap star at the centre of the puzzle. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Kay
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good McDermid.
Shame its the last KB novel. I realy like the charactor. We can only hope VMc ressurects KB and treats us to another good read. Full of well described characters that come to life. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Short Story
Hadn't realised this was a short story and not to my taste. Wouldn't read a Val McDermid on the strength of this book.
Published 22 months ago by jorja
4.0 out of 5 stars Well plotted
A good. tidy plot in which Kate Brannigan reluctantly takes on the role of bodyguard to a neurotic soap star. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Stephanie Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Val McDermid in more gentle form before the Bradfield series. Her private detective, Kate, is believable with her real life issues adding to an intriguing plot. Read more
Published on 3 Nov 2012 by Chloedog
5.0 out of 5 stars val review
The product came as advertised..brand new and in record time. I will continue to use Amazon and read Val Mcdermid books. Read more
Published on 17 Jun 2009 by Ian Illingworth
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling! Couldn't put the book Down!
This was my second Val McDermid book, when I started to read it I was on a lovely holiday in Ireland! Exciting is an understatement really ! What can you say about her? Read more
Published on 7 Nov 2001
3.0 out of 5 stars Great story but a little too PC for some tastes
This Kate Branigan adventure rolls along at a fair old pace and is a great read from start to finish. Val McDermid may not be the greatest writer in the world. Read more
Published on 17 Oct 2001
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