- Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins; New Ed edition (1 Dec. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0006498329
- ISBN-13: 978-0006498322
- Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.5 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Star Struck (PI Kate Brannigan, Book 6) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Dec 2003
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
‘Combines wit and exuberant writing with a careful and clever plot and oodles of perceptive social observation’ The Times
‘McDermid is at her best when describing the petty crimes and scams that flourish in her Northern city… the book has considerable charm’
Mail on Sunday
‘Written with fluent ease, making use of Kate Brannigan’s own distinctive voice, Star Struck is a clever novel as well as an entertaining one’
‘Contemporary feminist crime at its finest’
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Top Customer Reviews
Would recommend this as another fab McDermid.
A good read.
Intelligent, funny, street-wise P I Kate - queen of the one-liners - is employed as a bodyguard by soap star, Gloria, who has been receiving threatening letters.
The larger than life actress, like many others in this cast oF self-obsessed thespians, thrives on her regular consultations with a celebrity clairvoyant who shocks everyone when she warns of an imminent death.
Predictably, the one thing the fortuneteller fails to see in her crystal ball is her own murder.
Given this author's reputation for producing gritty, often gruesome, crime fiction, I had to keep checking the book cover to make sure this really was a Val McDermid novel. A bit different from her usual work, but it earned my four stars.
Meanwhile her friend and self-defence trainer, Dennis, finds himself under arrest after a the body is found in a shop-squat he has been running. Convinced of Dennis’s innocence, despite his long track record of organised crime across the Manchester gangland, Kate undertakes to investigate to try to clear him. And it has started snowing heavily!
As always with Val McDermid, the plot is perfectly plausible and well-constructed, and the characters are utterly believable. She uses the plot to satirise the world of soap operas, and draws on her own experiences as a journalist to expose the traffic in leaked plotlines and cast members’ secrets. Brannigan is a great character: independent and tough, yet also capable of great emotional insight. Without the gory serial murders that characterise McDermid’s later works, this is a traditional detective story – well planned and well written.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bored by the books relentless tabloid prose and frustrated by it's deliberate superficiality, I gave up on it after an hour or so.Published 9 months ago by SteveMc
Love the character Kate Brannigan. All of the books are incredibly enjoyable.Published 12 months ago by D C Craggs
Brilliant read, could not help comparing it to Coronation Street and some of the actorsPublished 14 months ago by Patmbowker Patsy
Loved it. Easy to get into, enjoyed the Manchester setting. The author obviously has great local knowledge. The descriptive writing is enjoyable and well done. Overall very good.Published 17 months ago by SKY
I have found Val McDermid's books very hit and miss. Her Lindsey Gordon books are dire and her Tony Hill ones brilliant. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Archie