Holy moly, how did I ever miss this book until now?! Even more so since the Karen Pirie series is actually my favorite series by Val McDermid … OK, Pirie herself has little more than a walk-on role here; we’re talking absolute beginning of her career, and the focus is decidedly not on her but on her boss and on a quartet of suspects involved in a 25-year-old murder case — in fact, the whole first half of the book is set 25 years in the past, too, describing the immediate aftermath of the murder and its consequences for the four main suspects, chiefly from their perspective. But still! Well, I sure am glad I finally caught up with it at last … definitely one of the best things McDermid ever wrote.
Val McDermid: The Distant Echo
Note: This was my summer 2022 project — but while I posted the associated project pages here at the time (Middle-earth and its sub-project pages concerning the people and peoples, timeline, geography, etc. of Arda and Middle-earth, see enumeration under the Boromir meme, below), I never got around to also copying this introductory post from […]Read More
The Riyria Revelations are the fantasy series that brought Michael J. Sullivan instant recognition back in the late 2000s. Originally published as a series of six installments, they are now available as a set of three books, with each of the three books comprising two volumes of the original format. As he did with almost […]Read More
Michael J. Sullivan’s Riyria books have been on my TBR for a while, but until I’d read two short stories from the cycle — The Jester and Professional Integrity — I hadn’t been sure whether his writing would be for me. Then I found out that (much like Tolkien’s Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales, and The History […]Read More