The Skeleton Road

A thrilling new novel from one of the world s most celebrated crime writers proves that the past can never stay buried Val McDermid is the queen of psychological suspense and the 1 bestselling author of The Retribution, Cross and Burn and The Vanishing Point, among many others Her newest masterpiece of suspense begins in Edinburgh with the discovery of a skeleton InvestA thrilling new novel from one of the world s most celebrated crime writers proves that the past can never stay buried Val McDermid is the queen of psychological suspense and the 1 bestselling author of The Retribution, Cross and Burn and The Vanishing Point, among many others Her newest masterpiece of suspense begins in Edinburgh with the discovery of a skeleton Investigators are shocked to find this is not the result of a recent crime but in fact a death that has remained hidden and unknown for several decades The stakes rise when unexpected connections to the Croatian military are uncovered When evil has no borders and the past refuses to stay in the past, everyone involved is placed into new and unforeseen danger.Told with Val McDermid s signature brilliance and panache, The Skeleton Road is sure to have readers on the edge of their seats and glued to the pages long into the night.Praise for Val McDermid She s the best we ve got New York Times Val McDermid has become our leading pathologist of everyday evil The subtle orchestration of terror is masterful The Guardian One of the world s leading mystery writers Thomas Harris crossed with Agatha Christie, if you will a great read Observer
The Skeleton Road A thrilling new novel from one of the world s most celebrated crime writers proves that the past can never stay buried Val McDermid is the queen of psychological suspense and the bestselling author

  • Title: The Skeleton Road
  • Author: Val McDermid
  • ISBN: 9781408704578
  • Page: 248
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “The Skeleton Road”

    1. McDermid continues to impress with another novel, adding an historic twist to keep readers enthralled. A skeleton is lodged high in a Victorian-era building in the heart of Edinburgh. The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTFY) have a number of war criminals from the Balkan wars in their crosshairs and seek one at the top of their list, a ruthless Croatian. Such begins the latest Karen Pirie novel and pulls the reader deep into the narrative. Now a Detective Chief Inspe [...]

    2. I've been reading Val McDermid's novels for a long time. Many of them of them I've liked a lot, others not so much. This is one in the not so much category, although a bit more than I liked her last effort, The Vanishing Point. Set in Edinburgh, Oxford and Croatia, the plot deals with two investigations: one conducted by Scottish police into the murder of a man whose skeletonised remains are found on the roof of a condemned building and the other conducted by two hapless International Criminal T [...]

    3. 4.5★sThe old Victorian John Drummond School in historic Edinburgh had been abandoned for the last twenty years – it had had its share of squatters and the like, but now the building was being checked for stability; the old battlements, turrets and pinnacles needed to be assessed before it could be converted into flats. The unexpected shock of finding skeletal remains in one of the turrets would haunt the young man forever, he just knew it.Cold case detective Karen Pirie was called in to star [...]

    4. SWEDISH REVIEWJag hade helt glömt bort att jag hade läst en tidigare bok i denna serie. Och, jag är tacksam över det då det inte var en bok som jag fann speciellt intressant. Jag är en stor fan av Val McDermids Tony Hill och Carol Jordan serie men jag har inte direkt utforskat hennes andra böcker så det var intressant att läsa denna bok och till viss del tyckte jag det var riktigt bra, dock så var det rätt så lätt att lista ut vem som låg bakom mordet på mannen som hittades skjute [...]

    5. This is probably going to turn out to be one of my favourite reads of the year – it is one of those reads that makes me wish I was good at gushing. I loved it. DCI Karen Pirie is called in to investigate when a skeleton is discovered on the rooftop of an abandoned building – a skeleton with a bullet hole in the head. The investigation takes the reader from Scotland to Oxford, to Greece and Croatia as a story unfolds that literally took my breath away. I loved reading about each setting and t [...]

    6. I forgot to add this book, which I finished last week. I am reading this series out of order as I started with the fourth. In this novel Karen Pirie is called in after a skeleton is found on the roof of an abandoned building. Pirie works in the "historic cases" unit, or what is more commonly called the cold case unit. Her inquiries lead her to the former Yugoslavia after she links a missing persons case from several years back to this case.The Balkan Wars of the recent century are mostly forgott [...]

    7. I have read quite a few of McDermid's books, and though I often felt the ending was a bit dissatisfying, her writing is such that you feel instantly engaged.'A Place of Execution' is probably her best, so if you want to start with a McDermid book, I would recommend you start there. Now to 'The Skeleton Road'. I was very intrigued by the premise of this mystery, as it focuses on the Balkan conflict, about which I knew, certainly, but had never read any novel about. Apparently this is part of a se [...]

    8. When you pick up any novel by Val McDermid you know you are in the hands of a true pro, who can craft characters and stories that will transport you and make you care. This one is a very fine stand-alone. It didn't matter to me that I picked certain elements - I was enthralled by the journey.

    9. Firstly let me say that I am a big fan of previous books by the talented Val McDermid. Sadly, I did not love this book quite as much as some of her others. Don't get me wrong, the book itself is written extremely well but I just couldn't get particularly excited about the plot.What's the book about?When a skeleton is discovered hidden at the top of a crumbling, gothic building in Edinburgh, Detective Chief Inspector Karen Pirie is faced with the unenviable task of identifying the bones. As Karen [...]

    10. What did I think of this book? Well, first off, it's written by Val McDermid and yes, I am terribly biased. I love her writing. Second, I love her writing because she can write for adults who want to read an adult mystery/thriller story and she writes at an educated level that shows respect to her readers. And third, author McDermid can bring together the storylines of a skeleton found on the roof of a building, involving Police Scotland and DCI Karen Pirie; an Oxford professor of geopolitical s [...]

    11. Great characters and great plot timing. The Skeleton Road is smartly written with historical tie-ins, multiple love interests, and a hard-edged unsentimental finish. A great book that I couldn't put down until I was done.

    12. Style and LanguageIn this crime novel comes a war into the game, which left many scars and even more dead. Val McDermid uses a clear but powerful language, her writing is simple but effective and she has a brilliant way to get the reader into the pages. This crime novel is very haunting, full of great dialogues and scenes and shows a psychological finesse which is extraordinary. There is now word wrong placed, now line to much or something missing at all. From the first till the last line your c [...]

    13. A welcome return to formWhen a long-dead body is found on the roof of a derelict Edinburgh school, the case is handed to Detective Chief Inspector Karen Pirie of the Historic Cases Unit. Calling on her friend and colleague, forensic anthropologist Dr River Wilde, for help in identifying the body, Karen soon finds that the victim is of Eastern European origin. So begins a case that is as much about the history of the Serbo-Croatian war of the 1990s as it is about a murder investigation.When Val M [...]

    14. Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for my review copy.I’m a big fan of Val McDermid and her Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series. ‘The Skeleton Road’ is a standalone novel and is McDermid at her very best. The story follows Karen Pirie, in charge of cold cases in Scotland Police. A skeleton is found in Edinburgh on a roof top and this leads Pirie to Oxford and Croatia, in search of answers.The book takes the reader on a journey to the dark days of the 1990s, when the former Yugoslavia was [...]

    15. This book works best when the focus is on Maggie. While I enjoy the fact that Karen is not the sterotypical good looking women as well as the fact that she has friends. I even liked the Mint, her less than sharp sidekick. But the book truly sings when the focus is on Maggie because Karen's plot points are slightly been there, done that.The book is good and riveting, however. It is a good read and ride.

    16. Brilliant novel as a skeleton is found atop an abandoned school in Edinburgh, and leads Pirie back into the Balkans conflicts. Several strands moving along in parallel allow a complex plot to maintain good momentum. And Pirie has a major shock in her personal life just as she closes in on the answer to the puzzling plot.

    17. Publication Date: Available Now.Source: Publisher Review CopyWhen a skeleton is discovered hidden at the top of a crumbling, gothic building in Edinburgh, Detective Chief Inspector Karen Pirie is faced with the unenviable task of identifying the bones. As Karen’s investigation gathers momentum, she is drawn deeper into a world of intrigue and betrayal, spanning the dark days of the Balkan Wars.So a standalone book this time, (Not Tony Hill) an excellent and very involving read showing once aga [...]

    18. A stonking story interwoven with a lesson in modern European history that pulls no punches."When a skeleton is discovered hidden at the top of a crumbling, gothic building in Edinburgh, Detective Chief Inspector Karen Pirie is faced with the unenviable task of identifying the bones. As Karen's investigation gathers momentum, she is drawn deeper into a world of intrigue and betrayal, spanning the dark days of the Balkan Wars."My overriding feeling on finishing was guilt. The events described took [...]

    19. Depressing. I find the trend for some of the current popular writers to relate 'realism' with 'nobody ends up with a happy ever after'. I read for entertainment and at 70-something I've had all of the grim, bleak real-life experience I want. I do not find it entertaining when all of the main characters in a book end up dead, injured, losing friends and family. I know many of the current authors that write in this style, but every so often am motivated to try again. It rarely works and this one d [...]

    20. When a skeleton with a bullet hole in its skull is found at the top of a long-abandoned building in Edinburgh, Karen Pirie of Police Scotland's Historic Cases Unit doesn't realize that she's about to be drawn into a case that will see her enmeshed in the complexities of the bloody civil war over a decade earlier in the countries of what was once Yugoslavia, joined as they were in a common bond of mutual hatred . . .That's a fair (albeit overly brief) description of this novel, but it's really qu [...]

    21. Books can transport us to some wonderful places. Books can transport us to some terrible places. Often, the place is the same with the perspective different. The place can be a vast geographical landscape, or it can be the confines of a mind. Reading allows us to see the beauty and the ugliness of that same place so that making a black and white judgment becomes obstructed by the full disclosure of knowledge. We are forced to be less judgmental and more understanding. Val McDermid is the master [...]

    22. I’ve read a lot of Val McDermid’s books, and I am usually a fan. In The Skeleton Road, I realised who the killer was on page 40 of the 400-page book. Given that the book is about the mystery of who did it, I thought McDermid was introducing a red herring. Sadly, she was not.A skeleton is found on the roof of an abandoned building in Scotland. It is estimated to have been there for more than five years. Cold Case detective, Karen Pirie has to discover who it is and how he ended up there with [...]

    23. Started reading this and thought that it sounded familiar, so I checked around and found that I had downloaded this from Audible in December 2014. I must have listened to it and never recorded it. This is one of the reasons I use so I don't read the same books over and over. Marking this read and not writing a review.

    24. This is the third of the three books by this author that I picked up cheaply in charity shops or library discard sales recently, and of the three was the one I enjoyed the most until the ending rather undercut that. It is one of a series about Detective Chief Inspector Karen Pirie, but I found it worked as a standalone novel. Unusually, it takes the Balkans conflicts as its background, which I haven't encountered as a setting for fiction previously. Early on in the story, skeletal remains are fo [...]

    25. The Balkan Wars of the 1990's --- also labeled the Yugoslav Wars --- took place over a period of 8 years and featured a battle for the ethnic identity of the territory formally known as Yugoslavia. It involved specific battle between Serbs and Albanians. Like all wars, there were moments of deep horror and war crimes that left scars not easily healed over time.This conflict is at the heart of Val McDermid's latest novel, THE SKELETON ROAD. A stand-alone novel that starts out as a simple cold cas [...]

    26. For some reason I have only read one other Val McDermid book, so I made sure to put this on my to read list. I actually picked this up a couple of months ago but after the first couple of chapters put it back down. Sometimes, I know I’m not in the mood for a book so I go back to it and in this case I’m glad that I did. The story features an introduction where a skeleton is found hidden iside an Edinburgh building. Detective Chief Inspector Karen Pirie is called to the scene and takes the cas [...]

    27. I have read several books by Val McDermid over the years and I have enjoyed them. The Torment of Others and Fever of the Bone are reviewed on this site: bookreviewstodayfo/2013/05, bookreviewstodayfo/2015/03. She is a noted Scottish crime writer, whose writing has won many awards. McDermid is best known for a series of suspense novels featuring Dr. Tony Hill. However, Tony Hill did not appear in The Skeleton Road. The chief protagonist is a police detective, Karen Pirie.The story in The Skeleton [...]

    28. What a book!This is a literary crime thriller, equal to anything written by PD James or Ruth Rendell. Filled with psychological insight and historical reality, yet still a mystery from first page to last. One of the best of its kind I've read, and I've read a few.Karen Piries, a sort of ordinary-in-appearance Scottish investigator works on cold cases, so when the skeleton of a man is found in the pinnacle of an old Gothic-style school, it's on her watch. At first she goes about the investigation [...]

    29. For me, reading this book was like trying to start a car whose engine just didn't want to cooperate. It had a lot of promise, but for me it just didn't do it. There were scattered parts in the novel where I got excited about turning the next page, but they were separated by chapters which, frankly, I felt like skipping half the time. Lots of tedious information, lots of long-winded character descriptions at convenient timing. Lots of allusions that I didn't understand (but that is probably my fa [...]

    30. I really expected to like this book, but I didn't. The characterisation was "off". I couldn't warm to the characters, and that is a big part to the enjoyment of reading for me. I found I wanted to slap DCI Karen Pirie and the majority of men were portrayed as completely dim.For a crime thriller, where the plot is usually fast and unexpected, in this case it plodded and I'm afraid I didn't finish the book

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