The Skeleton Road : Karen Pirie

  • by Val McDermid
  • Narrated by Cathleen McCarron
  • Series: Karen Pirie
  • 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When a skeleton is discovered hidden at the top of a gothic Victorian building in Edinburgh, which is scheduled for renovation, Cold Case Squad detective Karen Pirie is given the task of identifying the decades-old bones. Her investigation leads her back to past conflicts, false identities and buried secrets...


What the Critics Say

"McDermid remains unrivalled… Brilliant" ( Observer on Cross and Burn)


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Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I love Val McDermid's books but, although intelligently written, I found it a boring story with too many surplus to requirements characters

Half way through, I was longing for it to end. I failed to find a character I could like and follow with interest.

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- pam

Disappointing as a crime thriller but interesting

The discovery of a skeleton on the roof top of a high building in Edinburgh leads to an investigation which soon takes us back to the Balkans War of the nineties. This was the most interesting part of the book as a retrospective of the War and the crimes committed during that period inevitably lead the reader to question how and why such atrocities occur and no doubt will occur until the end of time. On the one hand we are faced with that part of human nature which we think civilisation can shield us from. The institution of Justice is perhaps the highest human achievement to counter balance our more savage instincts. The story argues against taking the law into one's own hands no matter how badly a criminal has behaved. The plot is weak as a thriller and quite frankly it was easy to guess the connections between the protagonists very early on unlike other works by Val McDermid. I would recommend this book if you are interested in the Balkans and want to understand more about the complications of the different cultural problems of the region.
The narrator is excellent apart from a very weak characterisation of a Welshman whose accent was very strange to my ears.
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- iris

Book Details

  • Release Date: 20-11-2014
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks