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The Skeleton Road
The Skeleton Road | Val McDermid
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Internationally best-selling crime writer Val McDermid is one of the most dependable professionals in the mystery and thriller business, whose acutely suspenseful, seamlessly plotted novels have riveted millions of readers worldwide. In The Skeleton Road, she delivers a gripping standalone novel about a cold case that links back to the Balkan Wars of the 1990s. In the center of historic Edinburgh, builders are preparing to demolish a disused Victorian Gothic building. They are understandably surprised to find skeletal remains hidden in a high pinnacle that hasnt been touched by maintenance for years. Who do the bones belong to, and how did they get there? Could the eccentric British pastime of free climbing the outside of buildings play a role? Enter cold case detective Karen Pirie, who gets to work trying to establish the corpses identity. And when it turns out the bones may be from as far away as former Yugoslavia, Karen will need to dig deeper than she ever imagined into the tragic history of the Balkans: to war crimes and their consequences, and ultimately to the notion of what justice is and who serves it. The Skeleton Road is an edge-of-your-seat, unforgettable read from one of our finest crime writers.
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Magslhalliday
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Got this in a haze in a charity yard sale last week, read it and redonated it to another charity before I thought to take a photo. It was a tough week. Hence the stock photo!

I liked this over the Tony Hill series (aka Wire in the Blood). It felt more grounded, and the protagonist was more my kind of person. I‘ll be looking up the others.

(You do that “buy, read, redonate” thing too, right? Right?)

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bookandcat
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Panpan

#backpackeurope travelogue*fictional*
Country 29: Croatia has some very pretty sites! I spent most of my time in Dubrovnik *LANDMARK ALERT*, touring the walled city and the coastline. I also went on another GoT filming tour (King's Landing)!
This book was meh. It made me sad to read about the atrocities of the Balkan Wars, and it also made me sad to read a boring book about a cold case in the style of many CBS shows I don't care to watch. 2/5 🤷

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bookandcat
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Landmark approval request (Dubrovnik, Croatia) for #backpackeurope @jenp @BookwormM

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Andrew65
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This is the first book that came to mind when I thought of #Croatia. It is book 3 in the Karen Pirie series, and events in Edinburgh in the mystery relate back to events in the Balkan War in the 1990s.

#AugustIsATrip

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Minervasbutler
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Number 3 in the Karen Pirie series of cold cases. This one starts off with a skeleton found at the top of a high building in Edinburgh with a bullet hole in its temple and the trail leads Karen back to the post-Tito conflict and the siege of Dubrovnik. Enjoyed this one a lot.

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Kaddele
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No idea why I hadn‘t picked up a Val McDermid before but if they‘re all like this, I‘m definitely up for more. Well-written strong female characters, an interesting story and I liked the “book in book” and the change of tone that brought. Yay!

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Kirsty2
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Next to read: love the the tony hill books so hoping I'll love this too!

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Cpb
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This book started a little slow for me but really picked up at the end. I didn't see the resolution of the crime coming. Several strong female characters with complex characteristics. I haven't read the others in the series, but the book gives enough of a back story that I didn't find I was missing anything. I'm sure I'll read more of McDermid. (This was a find on Bookbub for $1.99. Love it!)

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Cpb
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One audio, The Woman in Cabin 10, and one kindle book to choose from for the final hours of #24in48. I seem to be going back and forth between the two. I like a good mystery.