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Wonderfully compelling stuff (Daily Mail)
A workout for the grey cells, perfectly executed (Daily Telegraph)
This standalone from the Scottish force of nature, and creator of Robson Green's Wire In The Blood TV series, is a brutally clever story (Daily Mirror)
Keeps you guessing till the last page (Bella)
Layered with emotional and psychological complexity, this outstanding page-turner has television success written all over it (Scottish Daily Record)
An accomplished thriller, jumping from the past to the present and back with ease, taking in a range of characters and their perspectives...Trick of the Dark had me ruminating for days (Sunday Tribune)
A broad, winding murder mystery (Sunday Telegraph)
Thoughtful, tender and always entertaining (Guardian)
A fascinatingly rich and complex mystery lies at the heart of this novel - McDermid's most ambitious and best yetSee all Product Description
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The lesbian angle was no problem, though this seemed like a strange world where men are at best peripheral characters. In particular, I found it difficult to recognise the Oxford of the 1990s, which seemed about half a century -- in terms of attitudes to sexuality, gender balance, and the amount of formality between students and academic staff -- behind the Cambridge I attended in the 1970s.
In response to some of the criticism which I feel is unjust:
I'd argue that the characters are three dimensional. I'd agree some of them are not a strong as characters in her other novels, but the all still had individual and believable personalities.
In response to the criticism that there are too main lesbian characters and also that makes it unbelievable, and/or that it should not be classed as mainstream, and/or too much focus on gay issues and/or that it should contain some kind of warning - these are all ridiculous claims. There are 5 lesbian charcters (plus one historic), that's not loads, they are spread across England (so it's not even like there are 5 in one city, which would of course be completely unbelievable) and there are connections between them for a reason. There isn't a massive emphasis on gay issues, only as much as is relevant to the characters lives and to the plot. If you're gay it is not the main element of your life (and it is not for these characters) but it does significant affect your life experiences, and coming out initially and then every day experiences of homophobia is a part of life.Read more ›
Do buy it - you will enjoy it - but (message to Val) yes, you can do better, and the plot twist felt a bit amateur.
Charlie visits her old tutor at the wonderfully named St Scholastika's College, Oxford. Dr Corinna Newsam is convinced that her daughter's new partner is a serial killer, and wants Charlie to go to London to find out if it's true.
Charlie isn't convinced and thinks that maybe the Newsams don't want their daughter in a lesbian relationship, but she decides to investigate out of loyalty to her old tutor, but more probably because there's a woman living in Oxford that Charlie is attracted to, and the investigation will give her an excuse to visit her.
Charlie sets off for London to investigate the suspect and meets up with her old friend Nick, a DS with the Met, and he agrees to help her.
Charlie's investigations take her from London back to Oxford and then to the Isle of Skye and on to Sunderland...lovely to see the North East mentioned in a mainstream novel...
Nice to see fictional characters who just happen to be gay...although from the comments from previous reviewers it seems that the one lesbian actually living in Oxford is one lesbian too many....
Fantastic thriller! Buy this novel now!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I don't know where to start describing the brilliance of this book. Every time I read a book by Val McDermid I think she will never surpass it, but with this one she has. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Saorsa
This is not one of Val McDermid's best books by any means. It is okay and held my attention until the last twenty pages or so, by which time I felt like I couldn't be bothered to... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Hannah Dexter
I am a big fan of Val McDermid and this book did not disappoint. It wasn't the best book of hers I have read but it was still a page-turner with plenty of interesting characters... Read morePublished 7 months ago by louisefrank
I have just started to read this and I'm enjoying it.Published 7 months ago by Monica Clarke M.Clarke.
Title: Trick of the Dark
Author: Val McDermid
From: Amazon (on sale!)
Genre: LGBT, Crime, Thriller
Release Date: 23rd August 2011
Challenges: Winter COYER... Read more