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Val’s Work in Progress…

Val’s Next Book – Cross and Burn – to be published later in 2013

Val Says: ‘I’m working on 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.’ 


‘…I’m also doing some preliminary work on my contemporary reworking of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey.’ more info


Getting Away With Murder

Chipping Norton Literary Festival

Date: Sunday 21 April 2013
Time: 17.30pm

The Theatre,

2 Spring St,

Chipping Norton,





Getting away with murder

How better to finish the 2013 festival than with a murder? Or several murders? Join ChipLitFest Patron Mark Billingham and his panel of best-selling crime-writers, Stuart MacBride, Val McDermid, and Martyn Waites, for a thrilling evening of criminally great entertainment. 

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Val on the Culture Show

Val on The Culture Show 

Date: Wednesday 13 February 2013
Time: 10.00pm

BBC 2 



Val McDermid inspects British Library’s crime-fiction

Alastair Sooke explores the work of American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein as Tate Modern prepares for a major retrospective, and Cerys Matthews visits Cardiff’s National Theatre Wales ahead of its premiere of De Gabay, a performance based on the lives of the Somali community in the Welsh capital. Writer Val McDermid inspects the British Library’s crime-fiction exhibition to learn about the history of the whodunit, and there is music by German electronic music legends Kraftwerk, who are in London to perform for the first time since 2004.

Andrew Graham-Dixon presents.

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Let’s Talk Libraries

Saving Library Event in Newcastle 

Date: Saturday 09 February 2013
Time: 10.30am

Cruddas Park library

Westmorland Road

Newcastle upon Tyne




Let’s Talk Libraries

Celebrate National Libraries Day with an hour of events across the city of Newcastle:

Ann will be at Cruddas Park library for a special crime events with fellow crime-writer Val McDermid, artist Emma Holliday and music by the Cornshed Sisters.


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Lambda Literary Review


‘The Retribution’ and ‘The Vanishing Point’ by Val McDermid

Val said. “The sort of review that makes me want to get down on my knees and thank a critic who reads with care and gets what I’m trying to do. Made my day.”

‘I can’t recall ever reading a novel by McDermid that hasn’t gripped me from the outset. McDermid knows crime, but more importantly, she knows the dark side of men and women and the havoc they can wreak on each others’ lives. A recipient of the Lambda Pioneer Award and numerous other crime writing awards, with close to 30 novels to her name she’s been churning out at least a book a year for, well, quite a while.

Her two latest–released in the U.S. back-to-back—are very different. The Retribution is the latest in her popular series involving Tony Hill and Carol Jordan.The Vanishing Point is a stand-alone and does it ever….

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The Vanishing Point – paperback

The Vanishing PointThe Vanishing Point out in paperback – 31 January 2013!


It is every parent’s worst nightmare.  Stephanie Harker is travelling through the security gates at O’Hare airport when she is taken into a perspex box having set off the metal detectors.  Made to wait outside, five-year-old Jimmy is led away, by hand, by a uniformed officer. Stephanie’s panic and shouts lead security to believe she is a threat, and she is tasered brutally to the ground amidst her screams of protest while Jimmy disappears into the distance unnoticed by anyone but her. 

 However, when Stephanie has a chance to tell her story to the FBI, it becomes clear that everything is not as it seems.  Unanswered questions surround Jimmy’s background and why someone would want to abduct him.  But it is Stephanie’s close friendship with reality TV star Scarlett Higgins that appears to lie at the bottom of a tale of death, deception and the extraordinary lengths to which a parent will go to protect their child.  

More Info: The Vanishing Point