Broken Ground
by McDermid, Val

When a would-be heiress uncovers a murdered body, rather than her hidden inheritance, in a Highland peat bog, DCI Pirie unravels a case where nothing is what it seems. By the award-winning author of Out of Bounds.

Val McDermid's best-selling novels have won the Los Angeles Times Book of the Year Award, and the Crime Writers' Association's Gold Dagger and Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for outstanding achievement. She is also a multiple finalist for the Edgar Award and author of the Edgar Nominee for Fact Crime Forensics.

*Starred Review* What is left to be said in praise of Val McDermid? After 32 novels, she is a master of her craft and has earned her place in the exclusive group of crime writers who have been awarded the UK's Cartier Diamond Dagger for lifetime achievement. Her style has been described as "muscular," her characters as "brawny," and her dialect "beefy." These qualities abound in this fourth entry in the DI Karen Pirie series (after Out of Bounds, 2016). Pirie, who heads the cold-cases unit in urban Fife, Scotland, finds plenty of use for the wellies and cagoule (raincoat) that she keeps in the boot of her car when she ends up on a Highland peat bog, where a body wearing 1995 Nikes has been unearthed by treasure hunters looking for WWII loot. While fending off her superior's attempts to sabotage her work, she is also investigating a series of vicious rapes that occurred in the late eighties and has been drawn into a peculiar domestic stabbing. McDermid moves the reader deftly back and forth in time as her dab hand allows the indomitable Pirie to "bring the dead home." Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

The accidental discovery of a body is the starting point for the latest mystery featuring the Scottish cold-case detective Karen Pirie. Karen is still working in the historical crimes unit and recovering from the death of her lover. Her burden is made heavier because her boss, using Karen's tendency to flout the rules as an excuse, wants to get rid of her. To that end, she's made an addition to Karen's unit, an arrogant cop meant to function as a snitch. When a woman decides to unearth the two vintage American motorcycles her grandfather buried near the end of World War II, she gets a surprise when she finds a body (preserved by the surrounding peat bog) where the second bike should be. Karen's investigation predictably leads her to trouble when clues point to a well-regarded property developer out to benefit those on the lower economic rung. The novel is laced with details about the difficulties—and the price—of life in Edinburgh, and this feeds nicely into the p art of the plot that deals with the developer who becomes a suspect. A subplot about domestic violence, though it involves settings introduced earlier in the series, takes over the book just as the plot about the body buried in the bog is gearing up. One of the best things about this series is the details of Karen's working life, the obstacles as well as the satisfactions, and the small pleasures of her off hours. The mystery itself has a stop-start rhythm, but as a novel about the too-consuming work life many of us lead, it's timely and recognizable. Copyright Kirkus 2018 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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