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The Skeleton Road: A chilling, nail-biting psychological thriller that will have you hooked (Karen Pirie)

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At the outset of Scottish author McDermid’s engaging if at times overstuffed third Karen Pirie novel (after 2014’s The Skeleton Road), 17-year-old Ross Garvie and three mates steal a Land Continue reading »

Returning to Glasgow from a self-imposed exile to avoid the political flap set off by events in Common Murder (1995), freelance journalist Lindsay Gordon discovers her world melodramatically upended. Continue reading » Plans for Novellas in November #NovNov23 #NovellasInNovember #Fictionophile#novellas October 28, 2023 Author Val McDermid melds the political thriller with the police procedural for an intense novel that gives equal attention to each genre. McDermid pulls together a complicated tale of war and its aftermath for a plot that feels both intensely personal and global. “The Skeleton Road” moves at a brisk pace, giving attention to each of its myriad characters as the action moves from Scotland to England to Croatia.” – Associated Wire PressWhen Val McDermid is on form she is one of the best current crime writers, and I’m pleased to say that she’s on form in this one.” – FictionFan Blog

Terrifyingly fun! Max Brallier's The Last Kids on Earth delivers big thrills and even bigger laughs.' Jeff Kinney, author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid. The Skeleton Road’ does an excellent job of wrangling with these big ideas inside a tightly paced mystery with wonderful depictions of place, characters we come to care about and an ending that contains at least one unhappy surprise.” – Latimes.com Meanwhile, two members of an international war crimes tribunal also are seeking Petrovic as they try to find out who is meting out "rough justice" by killing people accused of war atrocities before they can be indicted.This superb novel should make Gold Dagger-nominee McDermid's reputation and bring her new readers in droves. It's December 1963 and teenage girls all over Britain are swooning to the Beatles' ""I Continue reading » Pirie and her team link the skeleton to Dimitar "Mitja" Petrovic, a general in the Croatian army who emigrated to England following the Balkan conflict. This intriguing second novel by the author of Report for Murder again casts lesbian Scottish journalist Lindsay Gordon. Lindsay is living temporarily in Italy when fellow writer Alison Maxwell is Continue reading »

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