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Star Struck by Val McDermid

Star Struck (original 1998; edition 1999)

by Val McDermid

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Title:Star Struck
Authors:Val McDermid
Info:Harper (1999), Edition: New edition, Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
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Tags:Crime, Kate Brannigan, TBR

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Star Struck by Val McDermid (1998)



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This is the sixth (and so far the final) novel featuring Val McDermid’s appealing private investigator Kate Brannigan. In the run up to Christmas Kate has been retained to protect Gloria Kendal, one of the leading stars in ‘Northerners’, a hugely popular long-running soap opera set in the Manchester area (I wonder what that could be modelled upon!), who has been plagued with threatening poison pen letters.

Meanwhile her friend and self-defence trainer, Dennis, finds himself under arrest after a the body is found in a shop-squat he has been running. Convinced of Dennis’s innocence, despite his long track record of organised crime across the Manchester gangland, Kate undertakes to investigate to try to clear him. And it has started snowing heavily!

As always with Val McDermid, the plot is perfectly plausible and well-constructed, and the characters are utterly believable. She uses the plot to satirise the world of soap operas, and draws on her own experiences as a journalist to expose the traffic in leaked plotlines and cast members’ secrets. Brannigan is a great character: independent and tough, yet also capable of great emotional insight. Without the gory serial murders that characterise McDermid’s later works, this is a traditional detective story – well planned and well written. ( )
  Eyejaybee | Jun 12, 2016 |
Readable and quite fun; love the Mancunian background and the very obvious references to Coronation Street. Not as good as her Tony Hill books. ( )
  mlfhlibrarian | Nov 9, 2015 |
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For Tessa and Peps, the Scylebert Twins
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'This is crime writing of the very highest order ! Kate Brannigan has turned into the most interesting sleuthess around' The Times Bodyguarding had never made it to Manchester PI Kate Brannigan's wish list. But somebody's got to pay the bills at Brannigan & Co, and if the only earner on offer is playing nursemaid to a paranoid soap star, the fast-talking computer-loving white collar crime expert has to swallow her pride and slip into something more glam than her Thai boxing kit. Then offstage dramas threaten to overshadow the fictional storylines till the unscripted murder of the self-styled 'Seer to the Stars' stops the show, leaving Kate with more questions than answers. And you just can't get the help these days. Her process server keeps getting arrested; her tame hacker has found virtual love; her best friend is besotted with baby; and the normally reliable Dennis has had the temerity to get himself arrested for murder as a result of his latest dodgy business venture. Nobody told her there'd be days like these!

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Kate Brannigan, the fast-talking computer-loving white collar crime expert has to swallow her pride to nursemaid a paranoid soap star. The star's unscripted murder leaves more questions than answers, and none of Kate's friends can help her.

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