At a Glance
Val McDermid is the well known Scottish crime mystery author of the popular Tony Hill & Carol Jordan series, which includes currently 10 books. The last book in the series is Insidious Intent. She has 3 additional series, all in the crime mystery series genre.
If you love the works of Ian Rankin, Ruth Rendel, James Lee Burke and Reginald Hill, reading the Val McDermid books in order for each series is a must for any crime mystery enthusiast.
The author was born in Fife, Scotland in 1955, where she spent most of her childhood. At the age of 17, she moved to Oxford where she was accepted at the St Hilda’s College, which was quite the culture shock for both sides, due to the common language barrier.
She always wanted to write and after college, she pursued her goal first by training for two years in Devon, after which working for 14 years as a journalist in Glasgow and Manchester. While working in Devon she wrote her first novel which was soon turned into a playscript for the BBC radio.
In 1987 her first official book, Report For Murder (which would be the first book in the Lindsay Gordon series) was published, and this was her launching pad to a successful career of crime mystery writer, a career she is still faithful to until today. With over 30 books under her belt ranging from 4 different crime mystery series to standalone novels to short stories, children stories, and even non-fiction books, the author is one of the most popular British contemporary mystery authors today.
Her Tony Hill series has been adapted to a TV show called Wire In The Blood with Robson Green playing the main character.
In her books Tony Hill is a clinical psychologist, Lindsay Gordon is a journalist, Kate Brannigan is a private investigator and Karen Pirie is a detective chief inspector. Val McDermid classifies her books in the Tartan Noir crime fiction from Scotland.
In addition to writing books, Val McDermid also contributes columns to various British newspapers. Over the years she has received several awards for her writing, including the CWA Gold Dagger, the LA Times Book Award, the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger, as well as the Pioneer Award by the Lambda Literary Foundation. In 2009 she has added to the Hall of Fame of the ITV3 Crime Thriller authors. Her books have been translated into over 30 languages and have been sold in more than 11 million copies all over the world.
Here are all the books for the various series, standalone novels and other writings of Val McDermid listed for each in order of publication and reading order.
Lindsay Gordon Series In Order Of Publication
- Report for Murder (Lindsay Gordon #1), 1987
- Common Murder (Lindsay Gordon #2), 1989
- Final Edition (Lindsay Gordon #3), 1991
- Union Jack (Lindsay Gordon #4), 1993
- Booked for Murder (Lindsay Gordon #5), 1996
- Hostage to Murder (Lindsay Gordon #6), 2003
Kate Brannigan Series In Order Of Publication
- Dead Beat (Kate Brannigan #1), 1992
- Kick Back (Kate Brannigan #2), 1993
- Crack Down (Kate Brannigan #3), 1994
- Clean Break (Kate Brannigan #4), 1995
- Blue Genes (Kate Brannigan #5), 1996
- Star Struck (Kate Brannigan #6), 1998
Tony Hill ⁄ Carol Jordan Series In Order Of Publication
- The Mermaids Singing (Tony Hill/Carol Jordan #1), 1995
- The Wire in the Blood (Tony Hill/Carol Jordan #2), 1997
- The Last Temptation (Tony Hill/Carol Jordan #3), 2002
- The Torment of Others (Tony Hill/Carol Jordan #4), 2004
- Beneath the Bleeding (Tony Hill/Carol Jordan #5), 2007
- Fever Of The Bone (Tony Hill/Carol Jordan #6), 2009
- The Retribution (Tony Hill/Carol Jordan #7), 2011
- Cross and Burn (Tony Hill/Carol Jordan #8), 2013
- Splinter the Silence (Tony Hill/Carol Jordan #9), 2015
- Insidious Intent (Tony Hill/Carol Jordan #10), 2017
Karen Pirie Series In Order Of Publication
- The Distant Echo (Karen Pirie #1), 2003
- A Darker Domain (Karen Pirie #2), 2008
- The Skeleton Road (Karen Pirie #3), 2014
- Out of Bounds (Karen Pirie #4), 2016
- Broken Ground (Karen Pirie #5), 2018
Standalone Val McDermid Books
- A Place of Execution, 1999
- Killing the Shadows, 2000
- Naked Came the Phoenix, 2001
- The Grave Tattoo, 2006
- Trick Of The Dark, 2011
- The Vanishing Point, 2012
- Northanger Abbey, 2014
Other Works by Val McDermid
A Suitable Job For a Woman: The World of Female Private Investigators, 1995 (non-fiction)
The Writing on the Wall and Other Stories, 1997 (short story collection)
Magnetic North: New Work from North East Writers, 2005 (short story collection)
Stranded, 2005 (short story collection)
Cleanskin, 2006 (short story)
My Granny is a Pirate, 2012 (picture book for kids)
Forensics: An Anatomy of Crime, 2014 (non-fiction)