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As a favour to her rock journalist boyfriend, private detective Kate Brannigan agrees to track down a missing songwriter, Moira Pollock - a search that takes her into some of the seediest parts of Leeds and Bradford. But little does she realise that finding Moira is only a prelude to murder. 

Juggling her other cases, including a search to uncover the source of counterfeit luxury goods, Brannigan finds herself for the first time on the trail of a killer.

©1992 Val McDermid (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

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First time l have read anything from this author

I enjoyed this story, with the pedigree of the author l expected something deeper but as this is the first in the line perhaps depth comes in stages. This for me was a light read, but enjoyable, nice pace and not boring. The narration was very good - its a holiday read and yep good enough to buy the next in the series. The main character is a Private investigator and the storyline on what is uncovered (which is more than one thing) comes across as highly credible. Good stuff

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Not up to her normal exceptional standard.

An easy read. Very light but lacking some character depth and story depth. If this was the first Val McDermid is picked up is probably not read any more of hers which is a shame as she’s a brilliant author. I’m hoping that this series develops. I’ll give one more a try and if it doesn’t then just leave it. I didn’t like her series with the journalist either but from memory that was a better written book than this.

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  • EmGem22
  • 05-06-2019

Found Myself A New Heroine

I love the Karen Pirie books by Val and thought I'd try some of her older work. I listened to the whole book in less than 24 hours. Good story, plus lots of reminiscing from my 20s and my Manchester days.

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  • Freckles
  • 22-03-2019

Fun detective story

Fun and entertaining. A very likeable main character and I enjoyed the fact that she didn’t have the stereotypical miserable home life. It’s very different from some of Val’s other books. I’ll certainly get the next one in the series.

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  • andrew moore
  • 11-06-2019

good but not as Vals best

enjoyed this new charachter and the regional narration was a good fit with the setting. pace was good but the story had less twists and turns than I expected. it was a bit predictable. i

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  • Crafter
  • 28-02-2019

Val McDermod does it again

wonderful accect. love the story. Val has a twisted mind,which makes for thw best stories.

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  • K
  • 17-05-2019

Cliched and dated

Bad reviews seem anathema to other readers and this site, especially if they deviate from the conventional 'great read' response. But, I doubt my unfavourable opinion of this novel will trouble Val McDermid's bank account. I therefore have no hesitation in stating that getting to the end of this book was a trial. I could have stopped and returned it, granted, but as McDermid is such a popular writer I really wanted to give her a chance to redeem herself. My aim was not completely altruistic; I do love to find a prolific writer with engaging work so that I can stack my virtual shelves with their stuff. I've realised that's not going to happen this time. Firstly, the attempts to challenge gender stereotyping is clunky, her characters just as contrived. The protagonist Kate seems only to gain/retain her status in a male dominated profession by being as masculine as the men: kick-boxing, bullying, the lack of interest in marriage - suggesting the only way to gain equality is to homogenise your personality to the dominant gender. A tired concept. Oh, the cliches! Kates lover calls her Brannigan like she's in some 80s TV police drama; the straight women are all parasitic bitches; the lesbians are bitter and unhappy; the men sleazy or devious. Much of this novel, right down to the 'gather everyone together' scene at then end, is so derivative that it becomes exasperating quite early on and only become progressively more annoying. The narrator's whining monotone can't have helped either.

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  • cristina
  • 29-06-2019

s Surprisingly boring

I normally enjoy Val McDermit books. I like the structure of her novels and the well depicted characters but I found this one very boring. I can see the main plan but the story doesn't do anything for me. The reading actress, Chloe Massey, is very pleasant though and I liked her interpretation.

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  • Mike T.
  • 02-02-2020

Borderline cosy, but not bad.

In spite of PI Kate Brannigan being a hard badass of a sleuth (well, not that hard...), this is borderline cosy. Enjoyable, yes. But not something I'd reread. Even the Christie-esque ending was light fair. A likable protagonist and a GREAT narration made it a good listen. I may well try another book in the series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-11-2020

Disappointed

I found this difficult to listen to as little inflection or differentiation between voices and did not finish it.

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  • Chris
  • 06-11-2020

Bland narration

I think I may have enjoyed the story more with a different narrator. Her blasé approach made it seem like she was to cool to read properly. no proper modulation, poor sense stress and anbsoluteoy no charisma, and the constanr pronouncing of 'Tamar' as 'Ta-MAH' didnt help one iota. Maybe the story was too shallow and predictable , either way it was a Tedious slog.

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  • Anne
  • 06-11-2020

Sorry not for me.

I have listened to all the Tony Hill/Carol Jordan books, and loved them, also the Karen Pirrie. This Kate Brannigan is not for me, the narrator is fine, but I find the story boring, and find my mind wandering away. Have had to give up.

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