Val McDermid’s Broken Ground

Richard Lipez recently reviewed Val McDermid’s fifth Karen Pirie cold case mystery, Broken Ground. The article in The Washington Post provided some background for the series and McDermid’s writing. The review itself is an excellent way to discover this series if you haven’t yet read it.

Of course, The Poisoned Pen carries Broken Ground and McDermid’s other works. You can order them through the Web Store.

Here’s the description of Broken Ground.

Internationally bestselling author Val McDermid is one of our finest crime writers, and her gripping, masterfully plotted novels have garnered millions of readers from around the globe. InBroken Ground, cold case detective Karen Pirie faces her hardest challenge yet.

Six feet under in a Highland peat bog lies Alice Somerville’s inheritance, buried by her grandfather at the end of World War II. But when Alice finally uncovers it, she finds an unwanted surpriseā€”a body with a bullet hole between the eyes. Meanwhile, DCI Pirie is called in to unravel a case where nothing is quite as it seems. And as she gets closer to the truth, it becomes clear that not everyone shares her desire for justice. Or even the idea of what justice is.

An engrossing, twisty thriller, Broken Ground reaffirms Val McDermid’s place as one of the best crime writers of her generation.