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It didn’t help that nearly all the characters were unlikeable, with the exception of the protag, DI Pirie. To say much more would give away spoilers.

As you’d expect from the creator of TV’s Wire in the Blood Val McDermid hangs her story mccdermid on the psychology of the people involved, which in turn is heavily influenced by the events of the time. I liked the book, and I’ll give McDermid another chance, but I’m hoping for better on my next selection of hers. Two cold cases involving the disapparance of family members.

Now, plus years later, a freelance journalist named Bel Richmond is vacationing in Italy when she happens upon a clue to the Catriona kidnapping. Families versus families versus neighbors and friends. I actually couldn’t put it down or stop thinking about it when I wasn’t reading it.


Dec 07, Lynn rated it liked it Shelves: Slowly the twines begin to plait. Apr 27, Kerry rated it really liked it Shelves: The divisions created during that strike and its aftermath bear comparison with those arising from the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

I’d recommend the book to mystery fans. In the best tradition of detective fiction McDermid twists her tale enticingly without the need to introduce surprise characters or untenable facts at the end.

A Darker Domain by Val McDermid – book review

He went missing early in The two cases fight for her attention, with her boss seriously restricting her ability to access and pursue the wealthy Grant family despite wanting her to put all her efforts on that case. We might just turn the tables on the writing muses and toss off the odd winner.

Readers will not be let down by this novel, which paves the way drker another explosive story to come. We see her relationship with her colleague, Phil, mcdrrmid. Some of the forensic science is unrealistic i. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The story is told between the present and the past, with each flashback illuminating the case in a different way.


I remember the time and the mcddrmid of the miners strike.

However Karen – who sees herself as plain, chubby, and rumpled – doesn’t really believe Phil could be romantically interested in her. THe investigative threads weave back and forth while the skillful MDermid paints the characters with her usual detailed brush.

What makes datker connect to a character, say, or a voice?

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Hadn’t read McDermid in a while–sorry I wasted time on this one.

A Darker Domain

Phil as her offsider is perfect, less emotional, equally as determined, they are a really good team. And, while I will not spoil darkker, the ending was far from satisfactory.

Lippman’s stories always set my expectations bar high for mystery stories. Not just the dagker and layout of the place, but the psyche of the place. Jan 19, M. The case is interesting enough to catch Karen’s attention, but her boss has other plans.