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Publisher's Summary

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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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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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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  • 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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