Booked for Murder (Lindsay Gordon Mystery Series) Paperback – 1 May 2000
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‘A jolly romp through the world of London publishing.’ Independent
‘Funny and scary by turns; always sharp.’ Daily Telegraph
‘The writing is tough and colourful, the scene setting excellent.’ Times Literary Supplement--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
From the Publisher
Laughing to Death
Bestselling author, Penny Varvides is dead, and Lindsay Gordons friendship with Penny means that she feels compelled to find out who did it. The bizarre method of killing replicates a murder in Pennys latest book which only a handful of people have read... Val McDermid not only writes excellent, entertaining, suspenseful crime, she adds humour to the equation in a genre where laughs are often missing.
The writing is tough and colourful, the scene setting excellent.The Times Literary Supplement
Tough, exciting, moody and unpredictable. The Times
Neatly constructed and splendidly sarcastic. The Daily Telegraph
Has the reader gripped from the first page both moody and hilarious and thoroughly unpredictable. Tribune
Compulsive reading. Herald
Plot, characterisation, pace are all first-rate. Sunday Telegraph
An ultra cunning denouement. Scotsman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
I have read a more complex and better story by McDermid called The Distant Echo - set in freezing Scotland and beginning with four drunken students, following their family lives. I had hoped for more of the same but this one didn't match up.
However, for the many people interested in publishing this will provide insights and humour behind the scenes. A bestselling prolific author of a series somewhat like Harry Potter, and about to be made into a TV series, is killed. The trigger is obviously her foray into adult works. This occurs in England and for some reason nobody will do but an ex-journalist living in America, to investigate quietly.
There are many women in this book and I could only name two or three as distinct characters. They are almost all gay women and several come across as cardboard cutouts with no issues in their lives other than coming out of the closet. That was a shame, because I would have liked more insight into these people and a more rounded set of characters. Lindsay, the protagonist, is a bright but not that bright woman who is manipulated into investigating her friend's death and seems to have no pressing work commitments or indeed need to earn a living.
Overall a decent read, but she's written better.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this book, the bonds between the women is and the plot it's self are amazing. Penny's book sounds like it would of been a great read.Published 13 days ago by Kindle Customer
Love this author she has a talent for writing a good murder mystery.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer