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Val McDermid Books In Order

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Publication Order of Allie Burns Books

Publication Order of Inspector Karen Pirie Books

Publication Order of Kate Brannigan Books

Publication Order of Lindsay Gordon Books

Report For Murder (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Common Murder (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Final Edition / Open and Shut / Deadline for Murder (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Union Jack / Conferences Are Murder (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Booked For Murder (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Final Edition (With: V.L. McDermid) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hostage To Murder (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Tony Hill/Carol Jordan Books

The Mermaids Singing (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wire In The Blood (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Temptation (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Torment of Others (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beneath the Bleeding (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fever of the Bone (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Retribution (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cross and Burn (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Splinter the Silence (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Insidious Intent (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Footloose (With: Peter James) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
How the Dead Speak (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

A Place of Execution (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Killing the Shadows (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Grave Tattoo (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Trick of the Dark (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Vanishing Point (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Writing on the Wall and Other Stories (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stranded (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Christmas is Murder (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Graphic Novels

Publication Order of Picture Books

My Granny Is a Pirate (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

A Suitable Job for a Woman (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA and More Tell Us About Crime (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Scotland (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Austen Project Books

Sense & Sensibility (By: Joanna Trollope) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Northanger Abbey (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Emma (By: Alexander McCall Smith) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Eligible (By: Curtis Sittenfeld) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The MatchUp Collection Books

Honor & ... (By: C.J. Box,Sandra Brown) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Deserves to Be Dead (By: John Sandford,Lisa Jackson) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Getaway (By: Lisa Scottoline,Nelson DeMille) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Midnight Flame (By: Christopher Rice,Lara Adrian) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Short Story (By: Karin Slaughter,Michael Koryta) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Past Prologue (By: Diana Gabaldon,Steve Berry) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Faking a Murderer (By: Lee Child,Kathy Reichs) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dig Here (By: Charlaine Harris,Andrew Gross) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Taking the Veil (By: J.A. Jance,Eric Van Lustbader) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rambo on Their Minds (By: Gayle Lynds,David Morrell) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Footloose (With: Peter James) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Murderous Christmas Stories Books

Murder under the Christmas Tree: Ten Classic Crime Stories for the Festive Season (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder on Christmas Eve (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Very Murderous Christmas: Ten Classic Crime Stories for the Festive Season (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Anthology series.

Publication Order of Anthologies

12 Days: A Modern Twist on The Twelve Days of Christmas(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Naked Came the Phoenix(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 3(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tart Noir(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Like a Charm(2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Adventure of the Missing Detective and 19 of the Year's Finest Crime and Mystery Stories(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Magnetic North(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crime Scenes Revisited: Scottish Popular Fiction(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Merry Band of Murderers(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Criminal Tendencies(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sounds Of Crime(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Library Book(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Killer Cookbook(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Inherit the Dead(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
OxCrimes: 27 Killer Stories from the Cream of Crimewriters(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Out There: An Anthology of Scottish LGBT writing(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crime Writers: A Decade of Crime(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crime Plus Music(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
MatchUp(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Exit Wounds(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bloody Scotland(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Imagine A Country(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Marple: Twelve New Mysteries(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Val McDermid is a popular Scottish author who was born on June 04, 1955 in Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom. She is particularly famous for writing all her novels in the Mystery, crime and Thriller genres. She has written 4 different mystery novel series based on the lives of 4 main protagonists. Almost all the novels written by McDermid are widely popular all over the world because of her unique characterization of the characters of the novels and suspenseful plots.

She has said in many interviews that she received a great motivation from the great writing works of the famous authors at the time when she started her writing career. These famous authors include Ian Rankin, James Lee Burke, Reginald Hill and Ruth Rendell. The novels written by McDermid have been translated into more than 30 foreign languages all over the world. She has been able to sell more than 11 million copies of her novels in different parts of the world. This success helped McDermid to become the No. 1 bestselling author of her time. McDermid has won many international awards for her successful novels, such as the CWA Gold Dagger and the LA Times Book Award.

She has also been inducted into the Hall of Fame of the ITV3 Crime Thriller authors in the year 2009. Later on. McDermid also won the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger and the Pioneer Award by the Lambda Literary Foundation. McDermid has been writing as a full time author since the success of her initial novels and she spends equal amounts of time in her homes in Edinburgh and Cheshire. She hails from the Kirkcaldy town of Fife in Scotland and completed her college studies from the St. Hilda’s College in Oxford.

In her college, she was the first student coming from a state school in Scotland as she did her schooling from the Kirkcaldy High School. Because of her sincerity in the studies, she was made the President of the common room for the juniors. McDermid went on to complete her graduation and began working as a journalist.

She even worked as a dramatist for a short period of time. It was in the year 1987 that she received the first success in her writing career when her novel Report for Murder was published. Since then, she has never turned back and has been enjoying her successful career as a novelist. In the year 2011, the Sunderland University awarded McDermid with an honorary doctorate.

McDermid went on to establish the Harrogate Crime Writing Festival and a Crime Novel of the Year Award in the name Theakston old Peculier, which were co-founded by one of her fellow authors. Author Val McDermid has successfully developed three main characters of her series, Kate Brannigan, Tony Hill and Lindsay Gordon. She has described Lindsay Gordon as a journalist, Tony Hill as a clinical psychologist and Kate Brannigan as a private investigator.

The three characters feature in three different novel series. The series, Tony Hill and Carol Jordan, written by McDermid has been adapted into a television series titled ‘Wire in the Blood’ and features actor Robson Green, playing the role of the main protagonist. McDermid has said that she did the description of the character Jacko Vance as a TV celebrity and having the lust for torturing, murdering and having relationships with under-age girls, is based on her personal experience after she interviewed Jimmy Savile.

She believes that the novels written by her belong to the Tartan Noir crime fiction genre of Scotland. Other than writing novels, McDermid writes columns in the British newspapers and also contributes in many broadcasting channels of Europe. McDermid sponsors a stand in her name at the Raith Rovers ground in her hometown. She does this to honor her father who was a great inspiration for her. She has now become a board member of the club after sponsoring the stand for more than a year.

McDermid lives along with three cats in Northumberland and Stockport and supports the Raith Rovers team. She also has a border terrier dog and considers the Northumberland coast as one of the relaxing places in the world.

The Inspector Karen Pirie series written by McDermid consists of a total of 3 novels published between the years 2003 and 2014. The first novel of the series was published by St. Martin’s Press in the year 2003 and was titled ‘The Distant Echo’. The plot of the novel is set in Scotland and features Inspector Karen Pirie as the main protagonist. In the opening sequence of the plot, a dead body of a young barmaid is discovered near the Scottish cemetery on a winter morning in the year 1978.

The 4 men who found her dead body become the prime suspects in her murder. However, Alex Gilbey and his 3 best friends were never charged with the murder case as there was no other evidence except the blood on their hands. The case gets reopened 25 years later and Alex Gilbey and his friends are once again tried for the murder of Rosie Duff. A stranger has emerged who plans of delivering the justice by taking revenge in his own style and brings back the haunting memories of the case in the lives of Alex and his friends. Soon, 2 of Alex’s friends die in suspicious conditions.

Alex believes that he and his family are going to be the next targets of the killer and so he thinks of saving himself and his innocent family by returning to the haunting past and uncovering the truth about the death of Rosie Duff. The second novel of the Inspector Karen Pirie series was published in the year 2008 by the HarperCollins Publishers.

It was titled ‘A Darker Domain’ and revolved around the happenings in the lives of the main characters, Sgt. Phil Parhetka, Inspector Karen Pirie, Mick Prentice, Bel Richmond, Logan Laidlow and Sir Broderick Grant. The plot of the novel is set in Fife and Glenrothes in Scotland and in Tuscany in Italy. The plot of the second novel opens up during a time of the year 1984 in Fife. An Heiress named Catriona Maclennan Grant and her very young son get kidnapped by some criminals.

The kidnappers demand a huge ransom for the lives of the lady and her son. However, the delivery of the ransom money goes horribly wrong and Heiress Catriona Maclennan gets killed while running away from the kidnappers and her son goes missing without any trace. After that, the plot of the novel shifts to the time of the year 2008 in Tuscany, when a jogger gets stumbled upon an evidence related to the kidnapping case of Catriona Maclennan.

As a result, the old case gets reopened once again. Detective Sergeant Karen Pirie is hired to carry out the investigation of the evidence, who sees the case as an opportunity to make a name for herself by solving the murder case of Catriona Maclennan and serving justice.

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2 Responses to “Val McDermid”

  1. Carol: 2 years ago

    Thank you for this site. Very helpful information.

    • Graeme: 2 years ago

      You’re welcome Carol 🙂


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