Val McDermid revisited

One of the luxuries I indulge in occasionally (or quite often, to be honest) is to reread favourite novels.

This time I picked Val McDermid’s A Place of Execution. As my memory is completely unreliable, I often enjoy a mystery just as much the second time – because I have no idea who did it.

But in this case, I remembered exactly how and why Alison Carter disappeared. I reread each of the 500 pages – just because it is such a masterpice!

Ms McDermid, I stand in awe. This is exactly the kind of mystery I would write if I could.

Here is a link to the review I wrote in 2010.

About Dorte Hummelshøj Jakobsen

I am a Danish teacher. In my spare time I read, write and review crime fiction.
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6 Responses to Val McDermid revisited

  1. I re-read excellent books, too, Dorte. And every time I do I learn something new.

  2. Kelly says:

    I don’t re-read books, but I know many people who do. As I so often will forget a plot or even “who dunnit”, it’s always the mark of an excellent book when I do remember!

  3. Val McDermid is one of those authors I shy away from because I’m squeamish and didn’t like The Wire in the Blood! I’ve just read your previous post and am glad that you reassure me this is not one of those graphic, gory stories. I’ll look out for A Place of Execution.

    I do re-read books, but only occasionally, although sometimes when I finish a book I go back to the beginning and read it again – there’s usually something that I missed the first time in my eagerness to find out what happens.

  4. Seana says:

    I wish I reread books like this. It’s not because I remember the whole story, that’s for sure. I do watch mysteries over on television and I usually enjoy them just as much. I haven’t read A Place of Execution, but I did see a television representation. It was good, and not gory.

  5. kathy d. says:

    The PBS dramatization of this book with Juliet Stevenson was excellent, one of TV’s best.

    I might read the book, but want to read others by Val McDermid, and A Darker Domain has been recommended as a nongory book. I really want to read this book.

  6. Margaret, I read a couple of The Wire in the Blood series and thought it was too gory so I didn’t read McDermid for years. Then I realized she had written some series and standalones which were very different – and found some of the very best crime stories I have ever read🙂

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