Common Murder (Lindsay Gordon Crime Series, Book 2)


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Lindsay Gordon investigates the murder of a bestselling author and discovers that, beneath the glittering facade, the London publishing world is a hotbed of seething rivalries, soured relationships and desperate power plays. Fifth in the series. Why would anyone want to kill Penny Varnavides, bestselling author of the 'Teen Dreams' series? Her demise can't be the freak accident it first appeared — it's an exact replica of the murder method in her forthcoming book.

Only three people knew the plot of Penny's unpublished novel: her literary agent, her editor and her ex-girlfriend Meredith. In an effort to clear Meredith, Lindsay Gordon delves beneath the glittering facade of the seemingly glamorous world of London publishing in search of a murderer. While hobnobbing with industry notables, Lindsay encounters an unsavoury mix of soured relationships, desperate power plays, underhanded fraud, and seething rivalries.

Who, amongst this sordid group, wanted Penny Varnavides dead?


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I enjoyed this just as much as the first of the series, Report for Murder. It's a fun, easy read, again featuring Lindsay Gordon, self-proclaimed cynical socialist lesbian feminist journalist. It has the same sharp wit and sarcasm as previously, and despite its Cold War era datedness, the plot is still pretty interesting. I enjoy mysteries that have some sort of historical context, and I remember being called some of the same names the women at the peace camp were.

Personally, I found the glimpse into I enjoyed this just as much as the first of the series, Report for Murder. Personally, I found the glimpse into that bit of history absorbing; I had to look up the history of the Greenham women, and I like books that make me research something. I find Lindsay an interesting character, and fun to read about. Wry, smart, compassionate, intensely loyal to her friends. Her impetuosity occasionally lands her in hot water, here, as the nation's intelligence?

She's plucky, but willing to admit to being afraid when she realizes she's quite out of her depth. All in all, a strong,very realistic, very human protagonist. A couple of quibbles: First, there's at least as much "telling" as there is "showing," but this was only McDermid's second novel, so a little of that is to be expected, and it isn't really that much of an issue.

More serious is that the ending just seems a little too far-fetched.

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Even Britain's intelligence community should easily have been able to block Lindsay's attempt to outfox them by having her story published in Germany. In spite of these shortcomings, Common Murder was still an very pleasant read, and well worth the couple of hours spent. Feb 25, Rebecca rated it liked it. I liked the book but the ending seemed a bit contrived. It still was an enjoyable read. This was written early in her career and she has just gotten better and better. A solid Cold War mystery and a vivid snapshot of its time, especially regarding activism and women's sexuality.

Dec 16, Joy rated it it was ok. Well this was written in and it shows! No only does the technology of the time seem really quaint and awkward no mobile phones, let alone internet, so much of the book seems to be taken up with our reporter protagonist looking for phone boxes to phone in her stories to the newsdesk.. I was listening to the audiobook, and even that rated poorly compared with more modern recordings - there w Well this was written in and it shows! I was listening to the audiobook, and even that rated poorly compared with more modern recordings - there wasn't even an announcement at the start and end of each disc to say what it was 'end of CD 1' etc and the narrator was far from the best I've heard.

I know McDermid is an excellent novelist NOW, up there with the best, but back then it seems she was mediocre. At the time I guess it must have seemed very positive for the LGBT community to have a book heavily featuring lesbians, but nowadays that almost feels like campaigning, - its just part of the texture of ordinary life. So I guess I am trying to say I was rather underwhelmed. But I feel I may have judged it more harshly because I know of what she is capable of now Jun 27, Cho rated it did not like it Shelves: university.

Her self-righteousness, her rudeness, as well as her baseness conviction that she knows everything better than everybody else including people who actually do the job she doing in her free time are utterly irritating. I'm quite disappointed because I love McDermid's more recent works. Considering that these books are several decades old, it shows how much McDermid has grown as a writer since these cases are much more I usually love Val McDermid mysteries but I just cannot stand Lindsay Gordon. Considering that these books are several decades old, it shows how much McDermid has grown as a writer since these cases are much more simplistic compared to the Karen Pirie and Hill and Jordan series.

Of course, this is only natural, and it will not lower my excitement for any future publication of her but I think I'm not finishing this series. Apr 19, Debby Hallett rated it liked it. This was slightly better. Lindsay the character is softening a bit around the edges. I cannot imagine any police working with her as they do in these novels.

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Second in the Lindsay Gordon series. Gordon is a reporter in Scotland, working for the Daily Clarion tabloid. She decides to seek out the story about a group of peace women protesting the building of some missile silos; her ex-lover Deborah is a member of the group. Deborah is arrested for possibly assaulting a local lawyer objecting to the presence of the peace women in their small community. The lawyer is later killed and Lindsay decides to prove that her ex-lover is not the murderer. Occasion Second in the Lindsay Gordon series. Occasionally the story drags some but overall is a very enjoyable read.


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  7. Jan 29, Rebecca rated it liked it Shelves: mysteries-and-thrillers , bookriot Based on the acknowledgments, it appears MacDermid was there herself. It's too bad she wasn't as polished a writer then as she is now, because the setting and characters in the camp are not as vivid or captivating as those in her more recent fiction.

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    Nov 13, Mary Crawford rated it liked it. Lindsay Gordon is enjoying life in London if a little bored when she is contacted by a previous lover to come to Brownlow Common, a live in protest against American missiles aka Greenham Common. The novel is a great read of the time, late 80s, no mobiles or internet and socialist politics from a lesbian point of view. The relationships between the state and Lindsay are too far fetched, however the ending is quite believable.

    Sep 11, Sonya Underdahl rated it liked it. Not the best novel by McDermid. Jun 29, Donna rated it it was amazing.

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    Val McDermid mystery, Lindsay Gordon is a lesbian detective. Jul 06, Maggie Kiely rated it liked it. An ok middle of the road read with Lindsay Gordon.

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    I thought the plot was interesting. I would recommend as an easy read. It was okay. A quick read. Story moved along at a good pace. Jul 14, Nancy Newton rated it it was ok. Maybe it was because I knew a bit more about the main character. In any case it was a good story and I felt the author developed the characters much more. I think if you enjoyed the first book then you should enjoy this. Oct 28, Kate rated it really liked it. It's hard to believe, even with all the cigarettes smokes, and the searches for a phone booth or box , this isn't a contemporary novel.

    There's a missile site set up and protesters -- all women and their young children -- have set up camp outside the site in protest. Of course the town and the missile site doesn't like them and tries all they can to get them to leave, or worse, look bad. Lindsay Gordon, journalist, who has been friends and lovers with one of the women, investigates and finds It's hard to believe, even with all the cigarettes smokes, and the searches for a phone booth or box , this isn't a contemporary novel.

    Lindsay Gordon, journalist, who has been friends and lovers with one of the women, investigates and finds out there's more than just a anti-nuclear protest. If you believe Edward Snowden is a traitor, then you probably won't like this story. Too bad. It's a good story that has a lot going for it.

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