Books in Order
Name: Valerie McDermid
Born: 4 June, 1955
Place of birth: Fife, Scotland
Resides: Edinburgh, Scotland
First book: Report for Murder
Previous employment: journalist
Fun fact #1: Val established the Harrogate Crime Writing Festival.
Fun fact #2: An agent she had when she first started writing refused to continue representing her because she wasn’t profitable enough.
Awards (not an exhaustive list):
- Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2009
- Dead Good Reader Awards 2015
- CWA Gold Dagger
Val McDermid Book List & Suggested Book Order
Val McDermid Biography
Val McDermid was born on the 4th of June in 1955, which was a Saturday. For those readers interested in all things astrological, that makes her a Gemini, which is one of the Air signs.
Val was born in Kirkcaldy in Fife, an area in Eastern Scotland. Val’s home town has a population of around 50,000 people and is on the coast of the North Sea. Unfortunately, it was quite a while before Val saw her home – both her parents had tuberculosis, so the moment Val was born she was transferred to an isolation unit in case she had it too. She spent the first three months of her life in hospital. Unfortunately her parents were quite poor and didn’t have a car, so because there was no bus service to the hospital, which was 30 miles from their home, she only saw her parents once in all that time. Lucky, she was too young to realize.
Though Val says she never had the kind of close relationship with her mother that she’d have liked, her mother did understand the value of education and used to take tiny Val to the library and read her stories from picture books. As for Val’s father, Jim? He was a talent scout and turnstile manager for a football team called Raith Rovers. When Val was a tiny girl, he’d take her to watch matches with him. Hence, the nonfiction book Val wrote later in life – Unthinkable: Raith Rovers’ Improbable Journey from the Bottom to the Top of Scottish football. In later years, Val would make a significant…
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If you love Val McDermid’s books you need the most comprehensive book list available, which includes a check list, alternative titles, page counts, movie adaptations, co-authors, star ratings, and a host of other features, plus:
- Tony Hill and Carol Jordan books in order
- Lindsay Gordon books in order
- Kate Brannigan books in order
- Karen Pirie books in order
- a complete list of short stories, standalone novels & nonfiction
Val McDermid Interview
Crime writer Val McDermid talks about her 30 year career as a writer and about her sexuality and people’s attitudes toward it. Plus, she talks about why she believes women writers can write violence better than men.
Why Read the Val McDermid Tony Hill Series in Order?
Having had her most popular series turned into a British TV show, author Val McDermid still forges ahead with her Scottish crime series - the Tony Hill and Carol Jordan books. In the series, Val pits a psychologist and a police officer against some of Britain's most despicable villains.
Val's Karen Pirie series, Kate Brannigan series and Lindsay Gordon series all enjoy a huge fan base, displaying Val's skill for turning gory murders into thrilling tales you don't want to put down.
This Val McDermid book list not only gives all the Val McDermid books in chronological order, but will let you see the characters develop and witness events at the correct time, just as Val intended.
So, if you have a taste for grisly crimes, or female Scottish crime writers, check out the Val McDermid book order, and especially look over the list of the Carol Jordan and Tony Hill books in order. You will not be sorry!