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Val’s Latest Book – Forensics – The Anatomy of Crime

UK Hardback published 02 October 2014

Forensics- The Anatomy Of Crime – released: 02 October 2014

Forensics - The Anatomy of Crime

Forensics – The Anatomy of Crime
Val McDermid Picks Up The Scalpel To Uncover The Secrets Of Forensic Medicine, From The Crime Scene To The Courtroom. The dead talk. To the right listener, they tell us all about themselves: where they came from, how they lived, how they died – and who killed them. Forensic scientists can unlock the mysteries of the past and help justice to be done using the messages left by a corpse, a crime scene or the faintest of human traces. Forensicsdraws on interviews with top-level professionals, ground-breaking research and Val McDermid’s own experience to lay bare the secrets of this fascinating science. And, along the way, she wonders at how maggots collected from a corpse can help determine time of death, how a DNA trace a millionth the size of a grain of salt can be used to convict a killer and how a team of young Argentine scientists led by a maverick American anthropologist uncovered the victims of a genocide.

UK Publisher: Profile Books & Wellcome Collection

The Skeleton Road – released: 11 September 2014

The Skeleton RoadThe Skeleton Road
Set in McDermid’s hometown of Edinburgh, The Skeleton Road centres on a Cold Case investigation. A skeleton is discovered, hidden at the top of a soon-to-be renovated Gothic building. Detective Karen Pirie is tasked with identifying the decades-old bones and soon finds herself unearthing a series of past conflicts, false identities and secrets that have long been buried.

UK Publisher: Little, Brown

Northanger Abbey – released: 27 March 2014

Northanger Abbey book jacketThe Austen Project
The Austen Project is a major new series of six novels teaming up authors of global literary significance with Jane Austen’s six complete works. – See more at: http://theaustenproject.com

Publisher: The Borough Press

Val’s Latest Tony Hill and Carol Jordan Book – Cross and Burn – 16 October 2013 

Cross and BurnTony Hill and Carol Jordan series

Val Says: ‘The new Tony & Carol book, Cross and Burn — the title comes from the saying, ‘the problem with bridges is knowing which ones to cross and which ones to burn.’ A killer is on the loose, a killer who threatens both Tony and Carol but in very different ways.”

UK Publisher: Little, Brown


Val’s first picture book for children

My Granny is a Pirate


When a family secret about Granny is revealed, we discover all about her fiercesome pirate reputation and her swashbuckling ways – from making other rogueish pirates walk the plank to singing sea shanties to her dog, Jolly Roger.

Order of books in series:   Tony Hill / Carol JordanKate BranniganLindsay Gordon

Books by Val McDermid


Northanger Abbey book jacket2014
Cross and Burn2013
The Vanishing Point2012
The Retribution book jacket2011
Trick of the Dark book jacket2011 paperback


Trick of the Dark book jacket2010
Fever of the Bone - paperback2009
A Darker Domain book jacket2009
Beneath the Bleeding book jacket2007
The Grave Tattoo book jacket2006


Stranded book jacket2005
The Torment of Others2004
Hostage to Murder book jacket2003
The Distant Echo2003
The Last Temptation book jacket2002


Killing the Shadows book jacket2000
A Place of Execution1998
Star Struck book jacket1998
The Writing on the Wall1997


Blue Genes - UK cover1996
The Mermaids Singing book jacket1995
Clean Break book jacket1995
A Suitable Job for a Woman1995


Crack Down book jacket1994
Kick Back book jacket1993
Union Jack book jacket1993
Dead Beat book jacket1992
Final Edition book jacket1991


Common Murder book jacket1989
Report for Murder1987