Five strangers witness a brutal murder in broad daylight — but can they truly believe what they saw?
With its grassy hills and breathtaking city views, London's Hampstead Heath is the perfect place to spend an afternoon with friends and loved ones—and on an unseasonably warm Valentine's Day, the lawns are especially full. So when an aggressive lovers' quarrel breaks out, there's an audience of park goers nearby...
3) Kick Back
“Kate Brannigan’s . . . a whirling dervish of tough toes and fine prose.”—The Washington Post
Kate Brannigan is investigating the bizarre case of the missing conservatories. Before long, she’s up to her neck in crooked land deals, mortgage scams, financial chicanery—and murder. Then a favor for a friend puts Kate’s own life in danger.
4) Blue Genes
5) Crack Down
“Plot, characterization, pace are all first-rate, and the bouncy Brannigan is one of the most likeable of all today’s PIs.”—The Sunday Telegraph (London)
Kate Brannigan finds herself dragged into a world of drug traffickers, child pornographers, and violent gangland enforcers, bringing her face to face with death in the most terrifying investigation of her career.
6) Dead Beat
Dead Beat introduces Kate Brannigan, who does for Manchester what VI Warshawski has done for Chicago.
When Kate Brannigan agrees to track down a missing songwriter, a search that takes her into the seediest parts of Leeds, little does she realize that finding her is a prelude to murder.
7) Star Struck
"There is no one in contemporary crime fiction who has managed to combine the visceral and the humane as well as Val McDermid. . . . She's the best."—The New York Times Book Review
"McDermid has a sharp ear for the dialogue and intrinsic humor of the Manchester dialect. . . . She manages, as always, to combine her wit and exuberant writing with a careful and clever plot and oodles of perceptive social observation."—The
8) Clean Break
“A cleanly written, fast-paced escapade. Cut from the same cloth as Kinsey Millhone . . . this tale jumps out of the gate at top speed.”—Publishers Weekly
Kate Brannigan goes head to head with organized crime when a routine industrial case starts leaving a trail of bodies across the northwest, forcing Kate to confront hard truths in her own life.