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The Skeleton Road | [Val McDermid]

The Skeleton Road

In the center of historic Edinburgh, builders are preparing to convert a disused Victorian Gothic building into luxury flats. They are understandably surprised to find skeletal remains hidden in a high pinnacle that hasn't been touched by maintenance for years. But who do the bones belong to, and how did they get there? Could the eccentric British pastime of free climbing the outside of buildings play a role? Enter cold case detective Karen Pirie, who gets to work trying to establish the corpse's identity.
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Publisher's Summary

International best-selling crime writer Val McDermid is one of the most dependable professionals in the mystery and thriller business, whose acutely suspenseful, seamlessly plotted novels have riveted millions of readers worldwide. In her latest, The Skeleton Road, she delivers a gripping standalone novel about a cold case that links to the Balkan Wars of the 1990s.

In the center of historic Edinburgh, builders are preparing to convert a disused Victorian Gothic building into luxury flats. They are understandably surprised to find skeletal remains hidden in a high pinnacle that hasn't been touched by maintenance for years. But who do the bones belong to, and how did they get there? Could the eccentric British pastime of free climbing the outside of buildings play a role? Enter cold case detective Karen Pirie, who gets to work trying to establish the corpse's identity. And when it turns out the bones may be from as far away as the former Yugoslavia, Karen will need to dig deeper than she ever imagined into the tragic history of the Balkans: to war crimes and their consequences, and ultimately to the notion of what justice is and who serves it. The Skeleton Road is an edge-of-your-seat, unforgettable read from one of our finest crime writers.

©2014 Val McDermid (P)2014 Recorded Books

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    What did you love best about The Skeleton Road?

    The background subject was unique.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Skeleton Road?

    Several, but spoilers


    Did Davina Porter do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Fair enough. I usually enjoy the speech patterns from "across the pond" but this was a little thick for me.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Too much analysis may punch gaps in the logic, but I enjoyed the story. I found the background of Yugoslavia fresh. Val McD always gives a good ride.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Regan New York 02-18-15
    Gary Regan New York 02-18-15 Member Since 2014

    With Lotsa Love from gaz regn

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    "Not the Val McDermid I know and love"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I tried to listen to this book twice, but just couldn't get through it. It seems out-of-style compared to all the other fabulous books I've listened to by this author, and I found there was no central character that I was rooting for, and the storyline was different (and boring as far as I'm concerned) from any of her previous work.


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    What did you like best about The Skeleton Road? What did you like least?

    Overall I liked the book. Seemed to have a slow start. It took me several chapters to get used to the narrator's style and a few more to buy in to the story. It did pick up and I did enjoy the characters and the build up of events. However, it became a little predictable. The parts of the story I wanted more of were glossed over for things that I had figured out in earlier chapters.


    Was The Skeleton Road worth the listening time?

    Yes. I still enjoyed the read.


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    Different. Not as captivating or horrifying as Echo of a Distant Past or The Place of Execution.

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