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Freelance journalist Lindsay Gordon is strapped for cash. Why else would she agree to cover a fund-raising gala at a girls' public school? But when the star attraction is found garrotted with her own cello string minutes before she is due on stage, Lindsay finds herself investigating a vicious murder. 

Who would have wanted Lorna Smith Cooper dead? And who could have slipped out of the hall at just the right time to commit this cold-blooded crime?

©1987 Val McDermid (P)2018 W.F. Howes Ltd

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Interesting first book

I wasn't sure how a journalist could centre in a murder mystery series but the first book has at least convinced me to give the second a go. The book certainly builds from a fairly unsure footing to end convincingly. I'm a big fan of Val McDermid and so any other author I would possibly have a different opinion. This isn't her best work in my opinion but it onky for a genius like Val McDermid that this otherwise good work could be classed as OK.

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Back to the start :)

A real pleasure to go back to Val McDermid's literary genesis. Before smart phones, internet and the level of inclusivity we take for granted. Thank you Val, thank you Caroline.

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Couldn’t really warm to Lindsay

Characters lacked any warmth hard to get involved with the story. While I love the Scottish accent after 7 hours I found the narration dull and flat.

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  • Dilligaf1964
  • 08-06-2018

Narration is woeful

i lasted 4 chapters and the story was getting into its stride ... however the narration is woeful ... i just couldn't carry on and returned book. I will buy hard copy as want to know how Lindsay gets on !!

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  • MARK WOOD
  • 08-11-2018

Awful narrative

Really love Val McDermid books, but the narration of this was so awful I didn’t bother listening to the end.

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  • NIKKI AUSTIN
  • 15-09-2019

What happened?

Terrible choice of narrator -accents all over the place when doing characters I got bored. Skipped half This isn’t what I expect from a great story teller. But maybe a different narrator would have helped I normally rate her books at 4/5

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  • S HUMFREY
  • 20-06-2019

First and last

Difficult to believe that this written by Val McDermid. More adolescent fiction than crime -thriller. Narrator is unconvincing. Thankfully I have read other book by this talented author, otherwise this would have been a first and last for me.

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  • Chris01
  • 09-04-2019

Can’t believe McDermid wrote this

Sorry Val gave up half way through and returned this book, it was a bit too St Trinians meets Mr Hercule Poitot, just didn’t get it, especially compared to the brilliant Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series.

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  • Mrs. E. M. Paterson
  • 23-03-2019

Not up to Val Mc Dermid’s usual standard

Love Val McDermid’s writing, her use of language, intelligently constructed plots and in-depth research. Clearly a fan. I found this book light weight and was disappointed on so many levels. More ‘chick-lit’ than gritty crime writing. Sorry Ms McD but not one of your best.

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  • Carôle
  • 15-03-2019

Totally unbelievable

This is my first (& probably my last) foray into a Val McDermid novel. Lindsay Gordan is portrayed as a thoughtless, heedless, impetuous woman. I find it totally incredible that someone would do even one of the exploits she went on to do. I do not find the characters entertaining or endearing, so am not tempted to read anymore in this series. The Narrator is fabulous and deserves 5 stars. The story is not.

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  • Lynda
  • 10-09-2019

a good listen

after reading all the not so complimentary reviews on this book I almost returned it unread, I am so glad I didnt. although it wasn't as gritty as some of he authors other books it was an enjoyable listen

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  • Red Kitty
  • 18-08-2019

Not the best

I was really looking forward to listening to this as its a new series for me. However I was rather disappointed, just not the standard we have come to expect from Val.

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  • K. Colleran
  • 12-08-2019

Dreadful

Awful predictable story with dull characters narrated by a simpering voice. Will not be having any more in that series

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