: 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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Of course these two cases are connected, because this is a mystery novel and not real life, but the solution to the mystery is too bizarre, plot developments come out of nowhere, and the conclusion is unsatisfying. I like the genre. A clue to an unsolved kidnapping surface Detective Inspector Karen Pirie is in charge of cold cases in the Kingdom of Fife I love that. domaiin

She learns squatters had been living there until recently, and that the poster is connected to a Scottish kidnapping. The damage that the miners’ strike caused, within families, throughout the community, the fractured lives demonstrated was really moving in some places, but at no stage did it become sentimental or overblown. Naturally, these cases intersect. ACC Lees doesn’t want to spend money on this old case, and his interactions with Karen are the funniest parts of the book.

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. Two cases are intertwined here, and the first is almost lost with most emphasis on the second, until they come together at the end. The two cases fight for her attention, with her boss seriously restricting her ability to access and pursue the wealthy Grant family despite wanting her to put all her efforts on that case.

Recommended to Michael by: Luckily it is only 2 and I have 1 on the TBR. Simple premise leading on a many tangled and quite complex mystery.

There’s also romantic element to this book which is also well done and quite funny. I liked the book, and I’ll give McDermid another chance, but I’m hoping for better on my next selection of hers. Took a while for me to get used to especially as I was listening to the audiobook. There are easier and more elegant solutions to multiple time lines. The other is the kidnapping and subsequent murder of a young heiress. Personal tools Log in. Looking on the bright side, if someone with McDermid’s talent can turn out an occasional clunker, mxdermid there’s hope for the rest of us.


Loved it once I got a handle on ncdermid characters and two different cold cases. It didn’t help that–without giving anything away–a key character explained everything he did in a fifteen page letter, the epistolary equivalent of a drawing room confession, making that character utterly despicable in the process.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. A minor complaint is that the story is told in chunks, with headers indicating This was my introduction to Val McDermid. In desperation, a few blacklegs scabs went south to work in the mines of Nottingham, England. Lippman’s stories always set my expectations bar high for mystery stories. Use some of your own imagination Mceermid really did think Val McDermid domai it in her to compete with Lippman.

I have read other work by her and been blown away. With her superiors breathing down her neck, Pirie pushes forward to piece together the new evidence and offer two families the answers darkwr have lacked for the better part of twenty years. Families versus families versus neighbors and friends.

A Darker Domain (Inspector Karen Pirie, #2) by Val McDermid

After getting through the first through chapters and getting used to the prose, I was finding myself being drawn in to a very well written mystery. They have almost certainly struck since.

Her accounts of the strike are particularly pointed, exploring the effects of the strikes on the emotions of the people involved and their community. Return to Book Page. Some of the forensic science is unrealistic i.

Art versus commerc Jun 08, Peter Birchenough rated it really liked it. Daughters being what they are, Catriona just ignores him and goes her own way regardless. View all 4 comments.

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They also ask the Nottingham police to interview the scabs who settled there years before. The back story is that Mick Prentice disappeared during the miner’s strike, presumed to have gone off scabbing with a group of fellow coal miners.

In the confusion Catriona was killed, the kidnappers escaped, and baby Adam disappeared. Not just the look and layout of the place, but the psyche of the place.

Anne Marie Scanlon in the Irish newspaper Darer Independent called the novel ” an outstanding return to form for Val McDermid, one that far surpasses expectations” noting that McDermid’s previous successes had kept expectations fal her future work high for her following.

Many reviewers seem to take issue with the complexity of the plot and the number of characters. Long descriptive passages are unnecessary. Pirie works on a few leads, though both cases seem to be going nowhere.

Two cold case crimes are being investigated. Few British over the age of thirty will have forgotten. Want to Read saving….

A Darker Domain

Lots of it takes place in Italy, which didn’t fit what I was looking for. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. How seemingly unrelated incidents set DI Perie against her boss and on a complicated journey involving kidnapping, murder of coursepuppets, Tuscany, the miners’ strike, and a potential lov Wow!

She attempts vomain inject some thrills into the last thirty pages but they are damp squibs in what was, up to them, a fairly compelling crime novel powered by two interesting protagonists acting both together and at cross purposes. As she now has a young son dying of le Meh.