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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (780 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Val McDermid Narrator: Gerri Halligan, Juanita McMahon Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Washington Post calls CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger Award winner Val McDermid “one of the bright lights of the mystery field.” Trick of the Dark is another riveting read.

Forensic psychiatrist Charlotte Flint is in desperate need of a distraction after her testimony in a high-profile case comes under fire, threatening her career and throwing her into disgrace. Enter Dr. Corinna Newsam—an old professor of Charlotte’s—who’s convinced her son-in-law was murdered by her daughter’s new lover. As Charlie delves deeper into the case and steps back into the arcane world of Oxford colleges, she realizes that there is much more to this crime than meets the eye.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Val McDermid is one of the bright lights of the mystery field.”

    Washington Post

  • “Wonderfully compelling stuff.”

    Daily Mail

  • “She's the best we've got.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “McDermid’s stand-alone is an absorbing character study. Her sleuth grapples with unbidden desire and disgrace while trying to redeem herself by catching a murderer. There’s a twist near the end that will seem slightly forced, but you’ll enjoy the rest of the book so much it will hardly matter.”

    Romantic Times

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Anie | 2/15/2014

    " Might be a good book, but 1/3 of the way through I just didn't give a tinkers. No point wasting time on a book that's a struggle. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Maryellen Woodside | 2/3/2014

    " McDermid is the winner of numerous awards for her crime fiction. In "Trick of the Dark", Charlie Flint receives a package of newspaper clippings about a groom who was murdered on his wedding day. She is intrigued and soons finds herself trying to find the real killer. A real page-turner! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by David | 1/29/2014

    " This was more a book on lesbianism than a good murder mystery. I have nothing against any gay person but this was not my type of book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Joyce | 1/23/2014

    " I try not to miss a Val McDermid book, and I especially like these dark, psychological stand-alones. I had missed this one, but a review, now lost, of some other book led me here. I don't like books with no characters to care about, so I shouldn't like this one, as they're all flawed, but I find McDermid's storytelling so addictive, that I get caught up in it all. I also like her turn of phrase--Charlie Flint, our heroine, is a clinical psychologist, a "detective of the interior state." Something very satisfying about that idea and where it leads here. So Charlie's career is on hold (see numerous summaries below) and she's investigating on behalf of her mentor: did another former student (Jennifer/Jay), who is now having an affair with mentor's daughter, actually kill daughter's husband, and her former partner, and a business adversary. That would be 3 murders. I hate talking about plot. So it's investigative, step by step, but filled with emotional land mines. Uneasy, unsettling tone; measured pace that builds in intensity; vividly drawn, flawed, interior characters; satisfying plot twist at the end; smart writing, compelling, polished, and persuasive. Interestingly two narrators with very similar voices, both dark, husky, smoky, and sensuous, but the book doesn't lend itself as well as some to 2 narrators. Basically one reads sections that are Charlie's point of view, and the other reads Jay's. Worth a listen. "

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About the Narrator

Gerri Halligan is the narrator of a number of audiobooks, including many by Lucinda Riley, Marian Keyes, and others, and was awarded an AudioFile Earphones Award for her reading of The Bird Table by Jonathan Davies.