Val McDermid

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Val McDermid (born June 4,1955) is a Scottish lesbian crime writer.

McDermid comes from Kirkcaldy and was educated at St Hilda's College, Oxford, where she was the first ever student from a state school in Scotland, and became President of the Junior Common Room. After graduation, she became a journalist, and had some success as a dramatist. However, her first success as a novelist, with Report for Murder: The First Lindsay Gordon Mystery, was not until 1987.

McDermid's most notable characters are a lesbian journalist, Lindsey Gordan, and a PI, Kate Brannigan. Her books mainly fall into three series: first came the Lindsay Gordon series and then the Kate Brannigan series. 1997 saw the start of the Tony Hill & Carol Jordan series with The Wire in the Blood.

Publications

Lindsay Gordon mysteries:

  • Report for Murder: The First Lindsay Gordon Mystery
  • Common Murder: The Second Lindsay Gordon Mystery
  • Deadline for Murder: The Third Lindsay Gordon Mystery
  • Conferences are Murder:The Fourth Lindsay Gordon Mystery
  • Booked for Murder: The Fifth Lindsay Gordon Mystery
  • Hostage to Murder: The Sixth Lindsay Gordon Mystery
<p>Kate Brannigan mysteries:
  • Dead Beat (1992)
  • Kick Back (1993)
  • Crack Down (1994)
  • Clean Break (1995)
  • Blue Genes (1996)
  • Star Struck (1998)
<p>Tony Hill & Carol Jordan novels:
  • The Mermaids Singing (1995)
  • The Wire in the Blood (1997)
  • The Last Temptation (2002)
  • The Torment of Others (2004)
<p>Standalone novels:
  • A Place of Execution
  • Killing The Shadows
  • The Distant Echo
  • Stranded: a collection of short fiction

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