Broken Ground opening line: The slap of spades in dense peat was an unmistakable sounds.
DCI Karen Pirie has a new boss. One who is determined to thwart her efforts in the Historical Crimes Unit. Karen is dealing with an old case of violent rape that put a victim into a wheelchair. She has now died and Karen feels she can make a case of death for the fiscal. Then a body turns up in a peat bog buried with two motorbikes from World War Two. Another case for Karen that is coupled with a possible new love interest. Can Karen solve all the cases she is dealing with and prevent a crime she overhears being played out?
‘Somebody has been here before us. And he’s still here…’
When a body is discovered in the remote depths of the Highlands, DCI Karen Pirie finds herself in the right place at the right time. Unearthed with someone’s long-buried inheritance, the victim seems to belong to the distant past – until new evidence suggests otherwise, and Karen is called in to unravel a case where nothing is as it seems.
It’s not long before an overheard conversation draws Karen into the heart of a different case, however – a shocking crime she thought she’d already prevented. As she inches closer to the twisted truths at the centre of these murders, it becomes clear that she’s dealing with a version of justice terrifyingly different to her own…
I love Scotland and this meant I really enjoyed the book. It is so much easier to read a novel when you can picture where it takes place. A great, easy read.
Disclosure: I was sent the book to review by Jonathan Ball Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. This post is in line with my blogging policy.
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8 thoughts on “Broken Ground, Val McDermid”
A fabulous review, Tandy.
Thank you Robbie
An interesting book.. love crime..
This was a good read.
Tandy, as a good crime mystery is hard to put down and we also traveled Scotland makes thiss a must read. Just checked online and our Bokus (Swedish online book seller) and they have it in paperback in stock. Thanks for the review.
Enjoy. If you’ve been to Scotland you will really be able to relate.
I’ve started two books but have trouble finishing them. When do you tend to read Tandy? I can never find the time. When I start reading before bed I fall asleep.
I read before bedtime with the same result 😂 but I try and finish a book on a Sunday if possible as I can read during the day.