Karen Pirie

5 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 380 ratings

The Distant Echo Publisher's Summary

On a freezing morning four drunken students stumble upon the body of a woman in the snow. Rosie has been raped, stabbed and left for dead in a cemetery. The only suspects are the four young men now stained with her blood.

Twenty-five years later the police mount a cold-case review of Rosie’s unsolved murder, and the four are still suspects. But when two of them die in suspicious circumstances, it seems that someone is pursuing their own brand of justice....

©2003 Val McDermid (P)2004 Recorded Books Inc
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  • Book 1

    • The Distant Echo

    • By: Val McDermid
    • Narrated by: Tom Cotcher
    • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 81
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 79
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 78

    On a freezing morning four drunken students stumble upon the body of a woman in the snow. Rosie has been raped, stabbed and left for dead in a cemetery. The only suspects are the four young men now stained with her blood. Twenty-five years later the police mount a cold-case review of Rosie’s unsolved murder, and the four are still suspects. But when two of them die in suspicious circumstances, it seems that someone is pursuing their own brand of justice....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Keeps you guessing ...

    • By Mimosa on 11-01-2019

    Non-member price: $32.62

  • Book 2

    • A Darker Domain

    • By: Val McDermid
    • Narrated by: Eilidh Fraser
    • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49

    It's 1984. The miners' strike is dividing the country. In a struggling coal-mining town, the miners and their families are living at the edge of their resources. On the 14th of December, five miners break ranks to travel to Nottingham and work. For those who stay behind, this is an unforgivable betrayal. Twenty-three years later, a young woman is asking the police to trace her missing father. Miner Mick Prentice vanished, never to be seen again.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful book, worst Italian accent ever!

    • By finnea on 11-03-2019

    Non-member price: $31.21

  • Book 3

    • The Skeleton Road

    • By: Val McDermid
    • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
    • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 56
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 52

    When a skeleton is discovered hidden at the top of a gothic Victorian building in Edinburgh, which is scheduled for renovation, Cold Case Squad detective Karen Pirie is given the task of identifying the decades-old bones. Her investigation leads her back to past conflicts, false identities and buried secrets...

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • my first auto book ever,

    • By Steve on 25-07-2015

    Non-member price: $32.62

  • Book 4

    • Out Of Bounds

    • By: Val McDermid
    • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
    • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 185
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 172
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 172

    When a teenage joyrider crashes a stolen car and ends up in a coma, a routine DNA test reveals a connection to a twisted unsolved murder from 22 years before. Meanwhile, Karen Pirie finds herself irresistibly drawn into another mystery that she has no business investigating; a mystery that has its roots in a terrorist bombing two decades ago. And again, she finds that nothing is as it seems....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great voice.

    • By Jan A on 28-09-2016

    Non-member price: $32.62

  • Book 5

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