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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 1,685
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,552
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,536

    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 1,685 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 273
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 252
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 248

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • All but Two were worth the read

    • By Tim on 12-31-17

    Regular price: $27.99

    • The Mermaids Singing

    • By: Val McDermid
    • Narrated by: Graham Roberts
    • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 769
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 686
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 688

    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

    • Insidious Intent

    • By: Val McDermid
    • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
    • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 150
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 146
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 145

    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

    • Report for Murder

    • Lindsay Gordon Crime Series, Book 1
    • By: Val McDermid
    • Narrated by: Caroline Guthrie
    • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
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    Freelance journalist Lindsay Gordon is strapped for cash. Why else would she agree to cover a fund-raising gala at a girls' public school? But when the star attraction is found garrotted with her own cello string minutes before she is due on stage, Lindsay finds herself investigating a vicious murder. Who would have wanted Lorna Smith Cooper dead? And who could have slipped out of the hall at just the right time to commit this cold-blooded crime?

    Regular price: $18.54

    • A Place of Execution

    • By: Val McDermid
    • Narrated by: Paddy Glynn
    • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 447
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 371
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 369

    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: $21.00

    • 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 452
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 402
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 398

    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

    • Cross and Burn

    • By: Val McDermid
    • Narrated by: Gerald Doyle
    • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 229
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 211
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 205

    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

    • Final Edition

    • By: Val McDermid
    • Narrated by: Caroline Guthrie
    • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Lindsay Gordon finds herself dragged into a sordid world of blackmail, prostitution, lies, and murder when she investigates the case of a former colleague jailed for killing a notorious Glaswegian journalist.  

    Regular price: $20.99

    • A Darker Domain

    • By: Val McDermid
    • Narrated by: Eilidh Fraser
    • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 150
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 109
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 109

    Karen Pirie is the newly appointed Deputy Inspector of the Cold Case Unit, and her first investigation takes her 25 years into the past to the national miners’ strike. At the time, a kidnapping gone wrong left a small boy missing, but new evidence suggests he might still be alive. As Pirie delves deeper, she realizes the boy’s disapperance may be linked to another cold case involving a missing miner.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Bone Dry Cold Case Storytelling

    • By Sara on 08-29-15

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Report for Murder

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

    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

    • The Skeleton Road

    • By: Val McDermid
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 291
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 252
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 256

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not the Val McDermid I know and love

    • By Gary Regan on 02-18-15

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Common Murder

    • By: Val McDermid
    • Narrated by: Caroline Guthrie
    • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    A protest group hits the headlines when unrest at a women's peace camp explodes into murder. Already on the scene, journalist Lindsay Gordon desperately tries to strike a balance between personal and professional responsibilities. As she peels back the layers of deception surrounding the protest and its opponents, she finds that no one - ratepayer or reporter, policeman or peace woman - seems wholly above suspicion. Then Lindsay uncovers a truth that even she can scarcely believe.

    Regular price: $20.99

    • The Distant Echo

    • By: Val McDermid
    • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
    • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 152
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 81
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 80

    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 Vanishing Point

    • By: Val McDermid
    • Narrated by: Antonia Beamish
    • Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 257
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 231
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 231

    thriller with a nightmare scenario: a parent who loses her child in a bustling international airport. Young Jimmy Higgins is snatched from an airport security checkpoint while his guardian watches helplessly from the glass inspection box. But this is no ordinary abduction, as Jimmy is no ordinary child. His mother was Scarlett, a reality TV star who, dying of cancer and alienated from her unreliable family, entrusted the boy to the person she believed best able to give him a happy, stable life: her ghost writer, Stephanie Harker.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • So close to being great

    • By Brock on 03-19-13

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Beneath the Bleeding

    • By: Val McDermid
    • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
    • Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 373
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 271
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 275

    Winner of the Gold Dagger Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Val McDermid pens mysteries heralded on both sides of the Atlantic. In Beneath the Bleeding, Dr. Tony Hill must make sense of the perplexing death of a soccer star—but the footballer’s demise is only a prelude to greater violence.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not as gruesome as some in series

    • By Mark on 06-27-14

    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 18
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    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

    • The Retribution

    • By: Val McDermid
    • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
    • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 242
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 216
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 221

    World-class crime writer Val McDermid has sold millions of copies of her books worldwide. In The Retribution, clinical psychologist Tony Hill and detective Carol Jordan face a terrifying reality: Serial killer Jacko Vance has escaped imprisonment - and appears hell-bent on revenge against those who put him behind bars.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An Excellent Installment in the Series

    • By Nancy J on 04-11-13

    Regular price: $27.99

    • 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 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 6

    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

    • 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 212
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 199
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 198

    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

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