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However, this not a “cozy”. Inthe tiny hamlet of Scardale in Derbyshire resembles a feudal town. A noun meaning killing. The author had an uncanny ability to describe non-dramatic scenes at length while skipping the ones that would have had some excitement. And what a twist it is which of course I will not reveal here. Just read this again. Yet that doesn’t end the story, as the third section presents a twist to everything read to that point. The plot has many twists and turns, and an unexpected outcome.

I execition just finished my second reading. Martin’s Press first published June 7th These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers. This is a police and judicial procedural novel. Second, reviewers will write sometimes about locations being characters in books. This is achieved partly through details of behaviour for example, pretty much every character smokes! This is the first book I have read by Val McDermid.


It is sometimes better to let sleeping dogs lie, and take some knowledge to the grave. Hawkin pursues and marries an attractive local widow, Ruth Carter, who has a pretty teenage daughter named Alison. It takes you right into the English villages and homes. As a result, we also see Detective Inspector George Bennett in a different light than series detectives.

A Place of Execution

She writes full time and divides her time between Cheshire and Edinburgh. I also found Catherine Heathcote to be bright and likable This bo I get why this book took away so many awards!

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These unfortunate murders were dubbed the Moors Murders and the world, for a brief time, became enthralled and at the same time horrified. The policeman is shown as an intelligent and conscientious man determined to bring the murderer to justice, whether or not the body of the missing girl is found. But when a book was reread, the reader could concentrate on the smaller things and nuances of the writer.

On a freezing day in December, another child goes missing: I found the characters intriguing and enjoyed reading their personal plotlines as much as I enjoyed the overall mystery, which includes many twists and turns.


The story takes place in an isolated and insulated village where a young girl has gone missing. Buy the selected items together This item: But none even come close to this masterpiece.

A Place of Execution by Val McDermid

He has new information that he will not divulge, and that threatens the very foundation of his existence. This is one such; a novel you can fully invest yourself in as a reader, and it is with a sense of loss that you turn the final pages. I consider it one of my top five favorite crime novels along with Peter Robinson’s “In a Dry Season”.

I so enjoyed their working side by side that I am not too happy about this being a stand alone novel. Some of the slang and wording slowed me down from time to time.

Published September 17th by St. It nearly killed him. I found her viewpoint less compelling and felt the story slowed a bit with the shift, but it picked up again. Learn more about Amazon Prime.

Despite its sensitive subject and chilling undertones, it lacked a more powerful punch. Don’t have a Kindle?