Monday, December 8, 2014
Reading right now:
“The Skeleton Road” by Val McDermid. “I had always wanted to write, ever since I realized that real people actually produced all those books in the library. But everyone told me that it was impossible to make a living from writing, that I needed to have a proper job. I knew I wasn’t the sort of person who would be suited to a proper, nine to five job with a neat hierarchical career structure, so I became a journalist,” says Val McDermid on her website. Scottish mystery writer, McDermid has had tremendous success since she started writing mystery novels in the 1980s. While she writes several series, her latest is a stand-alone which starts with the discovery of a skeleton found in an apparently inaccessible Gothic pinnacle on a derelict school which is about to be torn down. Cold-case detective Karen Pirie is called in to trace who the skeleton once was which leads to decades old secrets being revealed.
“Perfect Sins” by Jo Bannister. Bannister and McDermid have much in common—both from the UK, both former journalists, and both have contributed many books to the mystery genre. “Perfect Sins” introduces a new series starring former government agent Gabriel Ash and police constable Hazel Best. While Best is dragged into a cold case, Ash finds new clues to help him discover if his family (who were taken by pirates) are still alive.