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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: July 2012 ISBN: 9781464029691
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa H. | 1/19/2014

    " Should have seen the ending coming, and might have if I'd been more caught up in the book. Recycles a LOT of the aspects of Killing the Shadows, which I found disappointing - McDermid is usually better about making her plot devices fresh. May have to go back and re-read A Place of Execution and rediscover what I originally loved about her writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane Felci | 1/12/2014

    " Great story. Lots of intrigue. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Becky Loader | 1/6/2014

    " I got seriously bogged down in this book. Too much about the main character's angst and relationship dither and not enough about the mystery. I love reading about Oxford, so those details were great, but they got lost in all the inner exploring Charlie did. Not the best read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry Clayton | 1/5/2014

    " If you pay attention really closely you can almost guess who dunnit. Delightful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Drachen | 12/30/2013

    " A very good Val McDermid. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patty | 4/29/2013

    " Certainly generated a lot of discussion. The twists and turns kept me guessing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anne Brunton | 2/28/2013

    " It's a terrible book really just terrible. However it's one redeeming feature is the descriptions if academic life - the emailed conversations are contrived and trite and that kept me reading. But the story line is dull and ever so predictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen wadey | 2/27/2013

    " Another good read by Val McDermid, bit confusing at the start but lots of twists and turns and good build up to the ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hazel Wilson | 12/14/2012

    " This was the first Val McDermid book I read, and I love it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn Kearney | 10/6/2012

    " I preferred her Tony Hill books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fatma | 8/23/2012

    " It is great book ( it is more mystery solving than killing people ) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Annette | 5/9/2012

    " Lame plot and unconvincing characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abigail | 5/8/2012

    " A typically enjoyable and addictive read from Val McDermid. For me, though, the mystery (while compelling) wasn't as interesting as the reflections on the difficulty of coming out and roles within family dynamics. "

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About the Author
Author Val McDermid

Val McDermid is the author of the popular Kate Brannigan series, the Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series, and the Lindsay Gordon series. She has also written a number of other standalone works, including A Place of Execution, Killing the Shadows, The Distant Echo, and Stranded, a collection of short stories. Before becoming a writer full-time, McDermid worked at the Manchester Evening News as a crime reviewer, and she still writes regularly for a number of national newspapers. She currently divides her time between Manchester and Northumberland, England.

About the Narrators

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.

Juanita McMahon is a professionally trained actress with experience in theater, television, and film productions, including the critically acclaimed Control, which won the BIFA Best British Film Award. She is also the winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award.