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Broken Ground

(The fifth book in the Karen Pirie series)
A novel by

2019 McIlvanney Prize (nominee)
2019 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year (shortlist)

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'A compulsively readable tale'Irish Times

'Another stellar read from McDermid, and further evidence thather "Queen of Crime" status will not be challenged'Scotsman

'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 . . .

Number one bestseller Val McDermid returns with a breathtakingly atmospheric and exhilarating novel.


Praise for Val McDermid:

grabs the reader by the throat and never lets go' Daily Mail

As good a psychological thriller as it is possible to get'Sunday Express

'One of today's most
accomplished crime writers' Literary Review

'McDermid remains

queen of crime is still at the top of her game' Independent

This is the fifth book in the bestselling Karen Pirie series.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Val McDermid seamlessly weaves multiple mysteries, modern forensics, and old grudges into one story that practically trembles from the narrative tension. Broken Ground is another smart procedural from an expert of the form." - Kristen Lepionka

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