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    • Forensics

    • What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA, and More Tell Us About Crime
    • By: Val McDermid
    • Narrated by: Sarah Barron
    • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,994
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,834
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,820

    The dead talk - to the right listener. They can tell us all about themselves: where they came from, how they lived, how they died, and, of course, who killed them. Forensic scientists can unlock the mysteries of the past and help serve justice using the messages left by a corpse, a crime scene, or the faintest of human traces.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Crime Seen

    • By Mark on 09-02-16
    • What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA, and More Tell Us About Crime
    • By: Val McDermid
    • Narrated by: Sarah Barron
    • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
    • Release date: 07-07-15
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 1,994 ratings

    Regular price: $27.99

    • MatchUp

    • By: Lee Child - editor, Val McDermid, Charlaine Harris, and others
    • Narrated by: Laura Benanti, Dennis Boutsikaris, Gerard Doyle, and others
    • Length: 15 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 337
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 314
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 310

    In this incredible follow-up to the New York Times and USA Today best seller FaceOff, 22 of the world's most popular thriller writers come together for an unforgettable anthology. MatchUp takes the never-before-seen best seller pairings of FaceOff and adds a delicious new twist: gender. Eleven of the world's best female thriller writers, from Diana Gabaldon to Charlaine Harris, are paired with 11 of the world's best male thriller writers.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • They're all good stories!

    • By Amazon Customer on 06-27-17

    Regular price: $27.99

    • A Place of Execution

    • By: Val McDermid
    • Narrated by: Paddy Glynn
    • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 496
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 417
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 415

    A Greek tragedy in modern England, A Place of Execution is a taut psychological thriller that explores, exposes and explodes the border between reality and illusion in a multi-layered narrative that turns expectations on their head and reminds us that what we know is what we do not know.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Truly amazing

    • By KismetKat11 on 11-17-09

    Regular price: $29.99

    • Dead Beat

    • By: Val McDermid
    • Narrated by: Chloe Massey
    • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 13

    As a favor to her rock journalist boyfriend, Thai-boxing, rock-and-roll private detective Kate Brannigan agrees to track down a missing song-writer Moira Pollock, a search that takes her into some of the seediest parts of Leeds and Bradford. But little does she realize that finding Moira is only a prelude to murder. Juggling her other cases, including a search to uncover the source of counterfeit luxury goods, Brannigan finds herself for the first time on the trail of a killer.

    Regular price: $24.49

    • The Wire in the Blood

    • A Tony Hill & Carol Jordan Mystery, Book 2
    • By: Val McDermid
    • Narrated by: Michael Tudor Barnes
    • Length: 15 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 485
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 433
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 428

    Across the country, dozens of teenage girls have vanished. It's the job of criminal profilers Dr. Tony Hill and Carol Jordan to look for a pattern. They've spent years exploring the psyches of madmen. But sane men kill, too. And when they hide in plain sight, they can be difficult to find. He's handsome and talented, rich and famous - a notorious charmer with the power to seduce...and the will to destroy. No one can fathom what he's about to do next.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Nice to go back

    • By Phil on 07-29-12

    Regular price: $34.99

    • Northanger Abbey

    • By: Val McDermid
    • Narrated by: Liz Pearce
    • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 35

    Cat Morland is ready to grow up. A homeschooled minister's daughter in the quaint, sheltered Piddle Valley in Dorset, she loses herself in novels and is sure there is a glamorous adventure awaiting her beyond the valley's narrow horizon. So imagine her delight when the Allens, neighbors and friends of her parents, invite her to attend the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh as their guest.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Painful.

    • By Cinnamon Bark on 06-18-14

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    • The Mermaids Singing

    • By: Val McDermid
    • Narrated by: Graham Roberts
    • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 816
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 731
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 733

    The bodies of four men have been discovered in the town of Bradfield. Enlisted to investigate is criminal psychologist Tony Hill. Even for a seasoned professional, the series of mutilation sex murders is unlike anything he's encountered before. But profiling the psychopath is not beyond him. Hill's own past has made him the perfect man to comprehend the killer's motives. It's also made him the perfect victim. A game has begun for the hunter and the hunted.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The First of a Superior Series

    • By Nancy J on 04-08-13

    Regular price: $34.99

    • The Grave Tattoo

    • By: Val McDermid
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 13 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 169
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 95

    After summer rains uncover a tattooed body on a Lake District hillside, an old wives' tale takes on new plausibility. For centuries, Lakelanders have whispered that Fletcher Christian staged the massacre on Pitcairn so that he could return home. And once there, what if he told his story to William Wordsworth, who turned it into a narrative poem? Jane Gresham feels compelled to discover whether the manuscript ever existed or still does. But as she pursues each new lead, death follows hard on her heels.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Sort of like AS Byatt's Possession,

    • By salamander on 06-01-10

    Regular price: $35.93

    • Insidious Intent

    • By: Val McDermid
    • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
    • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 187
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 179
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 178

    In the north of England, single women are beginning to disappear from weddings. A pattern soon becomes clear: Someone is crashing the festivities and luring the women away - only to leave the victims' bodies in their own burned-out cars in remote locations. Tony and Carol are called upon to investigate - but this may be the toughest case they've ever had to face. Meanwhile, Detective Sergeant Paula McIntyre and her partner Elinor must deal with a cruel cyber-blackmailer targeting their teenage ward, Torin.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another stellar mystery. Unfortunate narration.

    • By motleysu on 12-09-17

    Regular price: $31.49

    • The Last Temptation

    • By: Val McDermid
    • Narrated by: Guerin Barry
    • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 100
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 81
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 84

    Mapping the minds of murderers is what Dr. Tony Hill does better than anyone. So when a twisted killer starts targeting psychologists across Northern Europe, he's the obvious choice to track the executioner's mental and physical journey.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • The Last Temptation - Wrong voice

    • By Jannice on 04-08-04

    Regular price: $21.27

    • Broken Ground

    • By: Val McDermid
    • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
    • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 80
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 76
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 76

    In Broken Ground, cold-case Detective Karen Pirie faces her hardest challenge yet. Six feet under in a Highland peat bog lies Alice Somerville’s inheritance, buried by her grandfather at the end of World War II. But when Alice finally uncovers it, she finds an unwanted surprise - a body with a bullet hole between the eyes. Meanwhile, DCI Pirie is called in to unravel a case where nothing is quite as it seems. And as she gets closer to the truth, it becomes clear that not everyone shares her desire for justice. Or even the idea of what justice is.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Cannot understand narrator.

    • By Bob Henderson on 01-05-19

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Cross and Burn

    • By: Val McDermid
    • Narrated by: Gerald Doyle
    • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 245
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 224
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 218

    Internationally best-selling crime writer Val McDermid' s work speaks for itself: her books have sold millions of copies worldwide, won numerous accolades, and attracted a devoted following of readers around the globe.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Don't start the series here

    • By Mark on 05-19-15

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Out of Bounds

    • A Karen Pirie Novel
    • By: Val McDermid
    • Narrated by: Kathleen McCarron
    • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 254
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 233
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 232

    When a teenage joyrider crashes a stolen car and ends up in a coma, a routine DNA test reveals a connection to an unsolved murder from 22 years before. Finding the answer to the cold case should be straightforward. But it's as twisted as the DNA helix itself. Meanwhile, Karen finds herself irresistibly drawn to another mystery that she has no business investigating - a mystery that has its roots in a terrorist bombing two decades ago. And again, she finds that nothing is as it seems.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Karen Pirie Is Terrific Detective and Scottish!!

    • By Linda on 01-01-17

    Regular price: $27.99

    • The Distant Echo

    • By: Val McDermid
    • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
    • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 184
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 110
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 109

    Four in the morning, mid-December, snow blankets St. Andrews School. Student Alex Gilbery and his three best friends are staggering home from a party when they stumble upon the body of a young woman.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Engrossing plot with excellent narration

    • By Marian on 03-20-04

    Regular price: $21.27

    • The Skeleton Road

    • By: Val McDermid
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 316
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 276
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 279

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Didn't Change My Mind

    • By Lulu on 11-02-16

    Regular price: $27.99

    • The Distant Echo

    • By: Val McDermid
    • Narrated by: Tom Cotcher
    • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32

    On a freezing morning four drunken students stumble upon the body of a woman in the snow. Rosie has been raped, stabbed and left for dead in a cemetery. The only suspects are the four young men now stained with her blood. Twenty-five years later the police mount a cold-case review of Rosie’s unsolved murder, and the four are still suspects. But when two of them die in suspicious circumstances, it seems that someone is pursuing their own brand of justice....

    Regular price: $22.27

    • Fever of the Bone

    • By: Val McDermid
    • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
    • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    Meet Tony Hill's most twisted adversary - a killer with a shopping list of victims, driven by the most perverted of desires. The murder and mutilation of teenager Jennifer Maidment is horrific enough on its own. But it's not long before Tony realises it's just the start of a brutal and ruthless campaign that's targeting an apparently unconnected group of young people. Tony battles to find the answers that will give him personal and professional satisfaction in his most testing investigation yet.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • My first Val McDermid

    • By Andy Cleaver on 08-03-18

    Regular price: $27.71

    • Splinter the Silence

    • A Tony Hill and Carol Jordan Novel
    • By: Val McDermid
    • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
    • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 310
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 285
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 287

    Is it violence if it's virtual? The outspoken women targeted by the increasingly cruel Internet trolls and bullies would probably say so. For some of them, the torrents of bile and vicious threats prove too much. They begin to silence themselves in a series of high-profile suicides. Or do they? Tony Hill isn't convinced. But he's the only one.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Vintage Tony Hill Novel!

    • By kestergayle on 12-03-15

    Regular price: $27.99

    • A Darker Domain

    • By: Val McDermid
    • Narrated by: Eilidh Fraser
    • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 17

    It's 1984. The miners' strike is dividing the country. In a struggling coal-mining town, the miners and their families are living at the edge of their resources. On the 14th of December, five miners break ranks to travel to Nottingham and work. For those who stay behind, this is an unforgivable betrayal. Twenty-three years later, a young woman is asking the police to trace her missing father. Miner Mick Prentice vanished, never to be seen again.

    Regular price: $21.31

    • Report for Murder

    • By: Val McDermid
    • Narrated by: Caroline Guthrie
    • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 13

    Lindsay Gordon, self-proclaimed cynical socialist lesbian feminist journalist, is less than overjoyed at the prospect of spending a weekend at a posh girls' boarding school. Tensions are running high over the school's financial problems; the fact that school alumna and renowned musician Lorna Smith-Couper will return to the school to perform at a benefit concert only exacerbates anxieties. When Smith-Couper is found strangled with her own cello string right before the concert, Lindsay and Cordelia find their new relationship tested in unique ways as they seek to find the murderer among a long list of suspects.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not what I expected

    • By jacqueline crawford on 04-04-18

    Regular price: $20.99

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