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Booked for murder : the fifth Lindsay Gordon mystery
McDermid, Val.
Personal Author:
Second edition.
Publication Information:
Duluth, Minn. : Spinsters Ink, 2000.

Physical Description:
260 pages ; 22 cm
General Note:
"Grave issues"--P. [4] of cover.
Format :


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X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense
X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense

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Fiction. Gay/Lesbian Studies. A new Lindsay Gordon murder mystery set in the world of London publishing, BOOKED FOR MURDER tracks the freak killing of bestselling author Penny Varnavides and the clues left behind in her literary circle. The writing is tough and colourful, the scene setting excellent - The Times Literary Supplement. Fifth in the series, BOOKED FOR MURDER follows REPORT FOR MURDER, also available from SPD.

Author Notes

Val McDermid was born in Scotland on June 4, 1955. She was the first student from a state school in Scotland accepted to read English at St Hilda's College, Oxford. She graduated in 1975 and became a journalist. She wrote her first novel at the age of 21. It didn't get published, but she turned it into a play entitled Like a Happy Ending. It was performed by the Plymouth Theatre Company and was later adapted for BBC radio. Her first book, Report for Murder, was published in 1987. She is the author of the Lindsay Gordon Mystery series, the Kate Brannigan Mystery series, and the Dr. Tony Hill and Carol Jordan Mysteries series as well as several stand alone books including The Distant Echo, A Darker Domain, Trick of the Dark and Out of Bounds. The Mermaids Singing won the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel of the Year.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

McDermid's latest in her successful Lindsay Gordon series is another winner, providing plenty of plot turn and puzzlement as Lindsay is dragged away from her California home to England to help prove an old friend innocent of killing her ex, best-selling author Penny Varnavides. Her death is not the freak accident it was first thought to be, but a reenactment of a devilishly clever method used in her forthcoming book. Only three living people--her literary agent, her editor, and ex-girlfriend Meredith--saw the manuscript, which curiously turns up missing as Lindsay delves deeper into the glitzy world of London publishing in search of a killer. She uncovers a love triangle responsible for the break-up of Penny and Meredith, and some business details that just don't add up as her safety becomes increasingly imperiled. When lover Sophie arrives from the States (just in time to stitch up Lindsay's gashed face), complications multiply, making for one of the best women's mysteries in a long time. --Whitney Scott

Library Journal Review

In order to clear her friend of suspicion, lesbian-feminist journalist Lindsay Gordon investigates the murder of a best-selling novelist. Apparently, the novelist's death followed a murder scenario in her as-yet-unpublished new book, so Lindsay winds up in the dog-eat-dog world of London publishing. For series fans. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.