Val’s latest NEW novel OUT 22 August 2019 …

How the Dead Speak

How the Dead Speak by Val McDermid

The next eagerly anticipated, electrifying thriller from number one bestseller and queen of crime, Val McDermid, featuring the unforgettable Tony Hill and Carol Jordan.


After an explosive case that forced Tony Hill and Carol Jordan to reassess everything they thought they knew about right and wrong, both are dealing with the fallout in their own separate ways. While Tony must pay the price for his actions, Carol is conducting investigations into suspected miscarriages of justice.

But when a shocking discovery is made on a construction site, and skeletal remains are found to belong to a killer who is supposedly alive and in prison, suddenly, Tony and Carol are brought into each other’s orbit once again . . .

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Publisher: Little, Brown
Literary agent: Gregory & Company
Publishing date UK: August 22nd 2019
Publishing date US: December 3rd 2019

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Order of books in series:

Books featuring Tony Hill/Carol Jordan

Book 1 –The Mermaids Singing (HarperCollins, 1995)

Book 2 –The Wire in the Blood (HarperCollins, 1997)

Book 3 –The Last Temptation (HarperCollins, 2002)

Book 4 –The Torment of Others (HarperCollins, 2004)

Book 5 –Beneath the Bleeding (HarperCollins, 2007)

Book 6 –Fever of the Bone (HarperCollins, 2009)

Book 7 –The Retribution (HarperCollins, 2011)

Book 8 –Cross and Burn (HarperCollins, 2013)

Book 9 –Splinter The Silence (Little, Brown Book Group, 2015)

Book 10–Insidious Intent (Little, Brown Book Group, 2017)

Book 11–How The Dead Speak (Little, Brown Book Group, 2019)

Books featuring Kate Brannigan

Book 1 –Dead Beat (Gollancz, 1992)

Book 2 –Kick Back (Gollancz, 1993)

Book 3 –Crack Down (HarperCollins, 1994)

Book 4 –Clean Break (HarperCollins, 1995)

Book 5 –Blue Genes (HarperCollins, 1996)

Book 6 –Star Struck (HarperCollins, 1998)

Books featuring Lindsay Gordon

Book 1 –Report for Murder (Womens Press 1987)

Book 2 –Common Murder (Women’s Press, 1989)

Book 3 –Final Edition (Women’s Press, 1991)

Book 4 –Union Jack/Conferences are Murder (US) (Women’s Press, 1993)

Book 5 –Booked for Murder  (Women’s Press, 1996)

Book 6 –Hostage to Murder (Harper Collins, 2003)

Books featuring Karen Pirie

Book 1 –The Distant Echo (HarperCollins, 2003)

Book 2 –A Darker Domain (HarperCollins, 2008)

Book 3 –The Skeleton Road (Little, Brown, 2014)

Book 4 –Out of Bounds (Little, Brown, 2016)

Book 5 –Broken Ground (Little, Brown, 2018)

My Granny is a Pirate

Val’s 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.

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Publisher: OrchardLiterary agent: Gregory & Company

Publishing date UK: 05 January 2012