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...

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What the Critics Say

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

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I started thinking with a Scottish accent

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

I love Val McDermid's books and have been a fan for a long time. This did not feel like her other books, it seemed to take a very different direction. I would recommend it to people but would manage their expectations that it is not typical of her other work.


What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I loved it. I admit I was hoping for a happier ending but the story didn't build to an "and they lived happily ever after" scenario. That said, it didn't have a sad ending - it ended the best way it could.


What three words best describe Cathleen McCarron’s performance?

Amazing at accents


Was The Skeleton Road worth the listening time?

Yes it was. It was depressing at times and I felt so much compassion for the protagonist, I kept hoping things would look up for her. The story was very intriguing and had some interesting surprises along the way.


Any additional comments?

Val is a master at her art. I did find Cathleen's Scottish accent quite heavy and not always easy to follow. After a few hours, I started thinking with a Scottish accent. :-) I almost fell over when she read dialogue of American, European or English characters because her accent changed dramatically. She is very good at that. She gave an excellent performance.

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- Bronwyn

Book Details

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