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Common Murder

Common Murder (original 1989; edition 1989)

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Title:Common Murder
Info:Harper Collins (1989)

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Common Murder by Val McDermid (1989)



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Started December 19th, 2012.
Good read, murder, mystery, and ... no, I won't spoil anything, but the real nature of the story surfaced (for me) around half through the book.
Nice change of pace. And computers! Mid-80s just going to be used commonly.
Better than the first one, nearly 4.5 stars, but not real 5.
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  Ingo.Lembcke | Oct 27, 2015 |
Set in the 80's this is about a newspaper reporter and is a nice observational story of how it was done before the connected age of the internet and mobile devices. There is even talk of getting a mobile, whatever the cost, to save the time spent looking for a working public phonebox. I enjoyed the story of murder, spies and conspiracies and the frustration of trying to reveal the truth. This is the first of the Lindsay Gordon series I've read, but the second book in the series. I'm sure to read more. ( )
  Balthazar-Lawson | Mar 29, 2013 |
Second book in the Lindsay Gordon investigative journalist series and once again she has a friend to help out of a spot of bother. It seems that the head of teh opposition to the peace camp at Brownlow (read Greenham) Common has gone and got himself murdered and one of the women at the camp is chief suspect having broken his nose a few days earlier. The suspect also happens to be one of Lindsay's former lovers whom she is now back in contact with since her move to London to live with Cordelia (love interest from the 1st book). Lindsay has been trying to get positive articles printed about the peace camp and has also been trying to help out occasionally as well and so reluctantly agrees to act as a kind of intermediary between the camp and the police investigating the murder. A deal is struck with the local Inspector and Lindsay sets about trying to find the real killer.

The book was written and set in the late 80's and has quickly become quite dated. It's quite easy to accustom yourself to the technology (or more specifically the lack thereof) of the time but the social mores not quite so much when the author rams the lesbian angle down the reader's throat every other chapter or so it seemed to me. The mystery element of the story was okay but seemed to be uncovered a little too easily by the protagonist with almost all suspects being too chatty for their own good. Not a bad book but not that great either but it is a quick and easy read. ( )
  AHS-Wolfy | Sep 9, 2011 |
COMMON MURDER came out in 1989, and is the second in the Lindsay Gordon series.

Val McDermid long ago smashed any taboos surrounding gay characters in the world of mainstream crime writing with Lindsay Gordon, the lesbian journalist who first appeared in 1987’s REPORT FOR MURDER.

I hadn't realized that 15 years could date a book so much.

McDermid repeatedly and, IMHO, unnecessarily draws attention to the fact that the majority of characters in this series are gay. In this day and age, the sexual leanings of protagonists would not be worthy of more than a passing mention – and then only if specifically relevant to a plot element.

Also, the technology is really out-dated. Gordon is constantly racing off to find phone boxes to call in stories to her editor at the Clarion. There is a key story thread based on a computer tape generated on an Amstrad or an Apricot computer (can’t remember which). It is hard to remember it is only 20 years that this was considered relatively high-tech!

On the whole, I'd describe "Common Murder" as a very quick and easy Sunday afternoon read. There's nothing special or memorable about the storyline and there's nothing particularly engaging about the characters. Lindsay 'solves' the whole thing far too easily - especially bearing in mind where the ending takes her - with the key people in the investigation giving her all the answers for no reason whatsoever.

In fact, I found most of the characters irritating and much of the back story at best marginally relevant and at worst incredible. Having now read several of this series, I certainly don’t feel a need to meet with them again.

McDermid has done much better than this. ( )
  Jawin | Dec 30, 2010 |
Lindsay seems unable to keep out of trouble. Good story. ( )
  kaylol | Dec 9, 2010 |
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Lesbian reporter Lindsay Gordon goes to cover the long protest of a cruise missile base by a British women's peace encampment and finds there an attractive ex-lover who is accused of murder, not to mention routine assaults and an official cover-up.
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A demonstration by a women's peace movement against a nuclear missile base in England ends in a death and a woman is falsely accused of murder. Lesbian reporter Lindsay Gordon sets out to clear the woman's name. By the author of Clean Break.

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