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5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Page Turner, 17 Oct. 2010
This review is from: A Place of Execution (Paperback)
Originally published in 2002, this is one of the best thrillers that I have read. Val McDermid spins a truly riveting tale of murder and suspense that is compelling and very unusual.

The basis of the story is the recounting of a 1960's murder case by modern day author Catherine Heathcote. The investigating policeman, George Bennett has always refused to speak about the case but Catherine befriends George's son and eventually he agrees to talk about it. The case was unusual in that a man was found guilty of murder and hanged, yet no body was ever found. This was George's first serious case, he was newly-married, his wife pregnant and the case shaped the rest of his life.

The 1960's story is excellently written - set in a strange, insular, out-of-the-way village in Derbyshire, the sense of place is amazing. The way that the villagers work together to ensure that George's job is made as difficult is possible is very well written. Eventually the case is solved, and a murderer is charged .............. but is that the end?

Back to modern-day and George suddenly refuses to co-operative further and asks Catherine not to publish the book. The remainder of the story centres on Catherine's further investigations into the case, and discovering the amazing truth behind a murder that most people have long forgotten.

I believe that this is McDermid's first stand-alone novel, she is the author of the 'Wire In The Blood' series. I enjoyed every twisting, turning page of this book. It kept me guessing right to the very end.
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Initial post: 22 Apr 2011 22:21:50 BDT
C. K. Holden says:
Dear Lincs Reader

Loved your review on Amazon about A Place of Execution by Val McDermid! We're making a BBC World Service World Book Club programme with her on 4th May at Bush House in London. Would you like to come along and put a question to her about the book, or if not perhaps send a question in to me, the producer, at karen.holden@bbc.co.uk? Programme to be broadcast on 4th June.
We'd love to hear from you...
Best wishes and thanks!

Karen Holden
Producer, BBC World Book Club

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Apr 2011 22:43:14 BDT
Lincs Reader says:
Thank you Karen, so sorry that I can't attend, but I would have loved to be there - I'm in Lincolnshire, so just a little too far to travel.
I'll email a question to your inbox.
So pleased that you enjoyed the review.
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