Broken Ground by Val McDermidBroken Ground


As Karen gets closer to the several truths, it becomes clear that not everyone shares her desire for justice. Or even the idea of what justice is.

Alice Somerville’s inheritance lies six feet under in a Highland peat bog – a pair of valuable vintage motorbikes buried by her grandfather at the end of World War II. But when Alice finally organises their recovery, she finds an unwelcome surprise -a body with a pair of bullet holes . . . and Nike trainers. DCI Karen Pirie of Police Scotland’s Historic Cases Unit is called in to unravel a case where nothing is quite as it seems.

Series: Karen Pirie book 5
UK Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Literary agent: David Higham Associates
Publication date UK: 23 August 2018
US publication:  December 2018 by Atlantic Monthly Press

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Number one bestseller, Val McDermid – ‘The queen of crime is still at the top of her game’ Independent

Broken Ground – Reviews:

‘Another stellar read from McDermid, and further evidence that her “Queen of Crime” status is not likely to be challenged anytime soon’ – The Scotsman

‘The masterly handling of the pace and, plot, blended with brilliant characterisation, show why best-selling writer Val McDermid retains her title of new Queen of Crime’ – The People

‘Her trademark combination of macabre suspense and a light touch keep you reading gratefully’ – Sunday Express

‘Another masterly handling of pace and plot, blended with brilliant characterisation, from the Queen of Crime’ – Sunday Mirror


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