: A Darker Domain: A Novel (): Val McDermid: Books. When Michelle Gibson reports her father, Mick Prentice, missing at the start of McDermid’s intricate but underwhelming stand-alone psychological thriller, Det. Subject: Question about “A Darker Domain” – warning spoiler. Why at the end when Susan meets Adam, does she say “I’m your gran, I mean.
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Additionally, the novel boasts realistic dialogue peppered with colloquialisms and Scottish settings, allowing McDermid to write using what she knows best while delivering a superior product. This was spoilt, for me, by the unbelievable sink into murderous behaviour by Adam and the unrealistic death of Mike’s friend by Cat. Phil as her offsider is perfect, less emotional, equally as determined, they are a really good team.
And of course, DI Pirie who is officially assigned this case whilst unofficially working on the missing Mick Prentice affair is definitely nobody’s numpty. However, she soon becomes preoccupied with another missing persons case from about the same time.
There were some interesting settings including the Wemyss Mcsermid in Fife that actually exist and have famous Pictish wall drawings. So why didn’t I just chuck it and move on to something else?
There’s also the baffling disappearance of Mick’s mate Andy about the same time. Using several of the same characters of The Distant EchoA Darker Domain dredges up the ghosts of both the miner’s strike and a bungled abduction from the same time.
This is a perfect combination of plot, mcdermd, setting and lovely writing.
Not having previously been keen to read a Val McDermid book after my first experience, I was persuaded to pick up another; A Darker Domain being the recommended novel to start with.
The journalist in search of a story.
We know precisely what is meant. The result is that the action, the investigation, doesn’t pause for breath. I remember the time and the history of the miners strike. DI Karen Pirie is a tremendous character, with hopefullyreal possibilities for an ongoing series.
A Darker Domain
Val McDermott always provides good suspense. Dec 07, Lynn rated it liked it Shelves: It was instrumental in Maggie’s vzl destruction of the Union movement in this country.
Few British over the age of thirty will have forgotten. Worth a listen or read for those who like the Karen Pirrie series. And once you do get to the solution, it’s a bit disappointing and not as rewarding as I’d hoped it would be. My favorite thing about her books is that the stories are so intertwined there are several outcome possibilities and you never know which one she will choose usually it’s one I hadn’t even considered.
He is completely bumbling and Karen literally runs rings around him. Retrieved 22 October Using several of the same characters of The Distant EchoA Darker Domain dredges up the ghosts of both the miner’s strike and a b While McDermid doesn’t play all of her cards too early, A Darker Domain almost completely runs out of steam once everything is revealed.
I just love Karen and can’t wait to start the next in her brilliant career, which I am just about to rectify now. By the time I got to the end of the book I couldn’t stop reading it. I’ll definitely read more Val McDermid mysteries.
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To say much more would give away spoilers. For anyone into crime with a Scots setting Ian Rankin has to be the first port of call but do spare a glance also for newcomer Grace Monroe whose protagonist Brodie McLennan is absolutely certainly no relation to the Broderick Maclennan Grant of this tale Grant also asks Bel to secretly gather more information in Tuscany Alan Why should he!
Pirie learns that Mick Prentice was presumed to have left for Nottingham during the miner’s strike ofwhere he worked as a scab. Anyone who lives in the areas where it happened, or had miners in the family, will feel it still. How seemingly unrelated incidents set DI Perie against her boss and on a complicated journey involving kidnapping, murder of course mcermid, puppets, Tuscany, the miners’ strike, and a potential lov Wow!
Books by Val McDermid. Karen is also then summoned to the home of mega wealthy businessman, Sir Broderick Maclennan Grant, Oh this is good, very very good. Unfortunately Karen’s boss thinks that new evidence in vql case of the dead heiress and missing son and grandson of a wealthy and powerful man is more important.
This started out promising. No one forced me to keep reading. Part of my disappointment in this was that I was reading it for a purpose–making a list of Celtic Noir mysteries.
Chalk “A Dark Domain” up as a miss. The novel jumps back and forth between the time of the key events of both cases darkrr the miners’ strike and the current day. She discovers a large blood stain, and a silkscreened poster that is familiar. Kudos, Madam McDermid for an exciting novel.