Val’s latest book…


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.

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Insidious Intent by Val McDermid

Val’s latest novel…

Insidious Intent

Number one bestseller Val McDermid is back with her most gripping, chilling and suspenseful novel yet.
Publication date: 25 Aug 2016

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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)

Broken Ground by Val McDermid

Val’s Upcoming novel…

Broken Ground

Val McDermid will be returning with her next intriguing and exciting novel featuring Karen Pirie.
Publication date: 23 Aug 2018

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Books by Val McDermid:

Broken Ground (Little, Brown, 2018)
Series: Karen Pirie Series

Insidious Intent (Little, Brown, 2017)
Series: Tony Hill & Carol Jordan Series

Out of Bounds (Little, Brown, 2016)
Series: Stand alone novel

Splinter the Silence (Little, Brown, 2015)
Series: Tony Hill & Carol Jordan Series

Forensics – The Anatomy of Crime (Profile Books & Wellcome Collection, 2014)
Series: Non Fiction

The Skeleton Road (Little, Brown, 2014)
Series: Stand alone novel

Northanger Abbey (The Borough Press, 2014)
Series: The Austen Project

Cross and Burn (Little, Brown, 2013)
Series: Tony Hill / Carol Jordan

The Vanishing Point (Little, Brown, 2012)
Series: Stand alone novel

My Granny is a Pirate (Orchard, 2012)
Series: Picture Book for Children

The Retribution (Little, Brown, 2011)
Series: Tony Hill / Carol Jordan

Trick of the Dark (Little, Brown, 2010)
Series: Stand alone novel

Fever of the Bone (Little, Brown, 2009)
Series: Tony Hill / Carol Jordan

A Darker Domain (HarperCollins, 2008)
Series: Stand alone novel

Beneath the Bleeding (HarperCollins, 2007)
Series: Tony Hill / Carol Jordan

The Grave Tattoo (HarperCollins, 2006)
Series: Stand alone novel

Stranded (Flambard Press, 2005)
Series: A collection of short-stories

The Torment of Others (HarperCollins, 2004)
Series: Tony Hill / Carol Jordan

Hostage to Murder (HarperCollins, 2003)
Series: Lindsay Gordon

The Distant Echo (HarperCollins, 2003)
Series: Stand alone novel

The Last Temptation (HarperCollins, 2002)
Series: Tony Hill / Carol Jordan

Killing the Shadows (HarperCollins, 2000)
Series: Stand alone novel

A Place of Execution (HarperCollins, 1999)
Series: Stand alone novel

Star Struck (HarperCollins, 1998)
Series: Kate Brannigan

The Writing on the Wall and Other Stories (Revolver Pbk, 1997)
Series: Short Stories

The Wire in the Blood (HarperCollins, 1997)
Series: Tony Hill / Carol Jordan

Booked for Murder (Women’s Press, 1996)
Series: Lindsay Gordon

Blue Genes (HarperCollins, 1996)
Series: Kate Brannigan

The Mermaids Singing (HarperCollins, 1995)
Series: Tony Hill / Carol Jordan

Clean Break (HarperCollins, 1995)
Series: Kate Brannigan

A Suitable Job for a Woman (HarperCollins Pbk, 1994)
Series: Non-fiction

Crack Down (HarperCollins, 1994)
Series: Kate Brannigan

Kick Back (Gollancz, 1993)
Series: Kate Brannigan

Union Jack, ‘Conferences Are Murder’ In US (Women’s Press, 1993)
Series: Lindsay Gordon

Dead Beat (Gollancz, 1992)
Series: Kate Brannigan

Final Edition, ‘Open And Shut’ In US (Women’s Press, 1991)
Series: Lindsay Gordon

Common Murder (Women’s Press, 1989)
Series: Lindsay Gordon

Report for Murder (Women’s Press, 1987)
Series: Lindsay Gordon


The Right Chemistry (1999)

A second hour-long adaptation of the other half of Clean Break (the novel). At first, Kate thinks she’s investigating a simple case of industrial sabotage. But nothing here is quite what it seems… Featuring Jane Hazelgrove as Kate and Kathryn Hunt reprising her roles as Shelley AND Alexis, thanks to the wonders of radio. Both Brannigans were directed by Melanie Harris.


Clean Break (1998)

I adapted Clean Break for BBC Radio Four from the Kate Brannigan novel of the same name. Brannigan gets involved in a madcap chase across Europe as she tries to unravel a series of art thefts. High points include Richard’s rendition of ‘The Lonely Goatherd’… Featuring Charlotte Coleman as Kate and Kathryn Hunt as Shelley/Alexis. But we only had an hour’s transmission time to work with, so I only adapted one half of the book, leaving the way open for…


Like A Happy Ending – a drama (Scottish Society of Playwrights, 1981)

My first published work, this was adapted from my first attempt at a novel. I wrote the novel when I was about twenty, so of course it was full of all the things that 20-year-olds know about — love, hate, angst, the meaning of life and, naturally, a suicide attempt in the penultimate chapter.

On the advice of an actor friend, I turned it into a play. It was first performed by Plymouth Theatre Company in 1978 to mixed reviews — one reviewer memorably said, “This reduces passion to the level of sucking gobstoppers.” So who’s got the last laugh now?

I adapted it for radio and it was produced for BBC Radio Scotland by Stewart Conn, reaturing Maev Alexander, Fidelis Morgan, Amanda Hillwood, Vivienne Dixon and Vari Sylvester. 90mins.

It was published by the Scottish Society of Playwrights, with a cover by Kari Furre, and since it probably sold no more than a dozen copies is doubtless incredibly valuable now.