A fascinatingly rich and complex mystery lies at the heart of this novel - McDermid s most ambitious and best yet.
When Charlie Flint is sent a mysterious package of cuttings about a brutal murder, it instantly grabs her attention. The murder occurred in the grounds of her old Oxford college a groom battered to death just hours after his wedding. As his bride and wedding guests sipped champagne, his alleged killers were slipping his bloodstained body into the river.
Charlie doesn t know who sent the package, or why, yet she can t get the crime out of her head. But as she delves deeper, and steps back into the mysterious world of Oxford colleges, she realises that there is much more to this crime than meets the eye...
Wonderfully compelling stuff. - Daily Mail
A workout for the grey cells, perfectly executed. - Daily Telegraph
This standalone from the Scottish force of nature, and creator of Robson Green's Wire In The Blood TV series, is a brutally clever story. - Daily Mirror
Keeps you guessing till the last page. - Bella
Plenty of surprises in store... A touching portrait of a group of young women on the verge of coming out about their sexuality in the hothouse atmosphere of an Oxford college. - Sunday Times
McDermid, as usual, plots and writes with a commanding elegance. - The Times
Sensitive and insightful. - Guardian
McDermid writes a fluid, compelling novel of manners underpinned by a believable plot, and Charlie Flint is a fascinating addition to the canon of female investigators. - Irish Times
Val McDermid is a number one bestseller whose novels have been translated into more than thirty languages, and have sold over seventeen million copies. She has won many awards internationally, including the CWA Gold Dagger for best crime novel of the year and the LA Times Book of the Year Award. She was inducted into the ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame in 2009, was the recipient of the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger in 2010 and received the Lambda Literary Foundation Pioneer Award in 2011.
In 2016, Val received the Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction Award at the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival and in 2017 received the DIVA Literary Prize for Crime, and was elected a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Val has served as a judge for the Women's Prize for Fiction and the Man Booker Prize, and was Chair of the Wellcome Book Prize in 2017. She is the recipient of six honorary doctorates, is an Honorary Fellow of St Hilda's College, Oxford and a Visiting Professor at the University of Otago in New Zealand. She writes full time and divides her time between Edinburgh and East Neuk of Fife.