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How the Dead Speak (Tony Hill and Carol Jordan) Paperback – February 20, 2020
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This book has Tony serving a term in prison, and the team that was once Carol's is now under an unimaginative, territorial, competitive Rutherford. At first, the graves of young girls are dug up at a former convent. Now the nuns are mostly dispersed, the Mother Superior in Ireland, others with dementia. But that's only the initial crime. They also discover the graves of eight obvious murder victims on the grounds. And that's not even the entire, complex story!
I'm very much looking forward to reading the next book in the series. Brava, Ms. McDermid!
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After the dramatic end of the previous novel things were never going to get back to the status quo and with Tony in prison, Carol "retired" and remit under new management it takes a lot to get used to. This is unfortunately both the novels best and worst attributes, best for true fans of the series, as its a chance to discover new depths to old friends as they tackle different situations, but worst for newcomers, in fact, they would likely struggle at this point so could knock an extra star off the rating if you have never read any in the series previously.
At its heart this is a story about the complex relationships of its central characters but like all previous has a serial killer to contend with.
This however is a mixed bag.the idea is fantastic, a serial killer using the same ground as another undiscovered crime, but this isn't developed enough. There is no tension as its stated from the start who their identity is, but sadly doesn't go into their emotions and reasoning enough, (understandable as Tony is out if action when it comes to cases) ultimately this side of things doesn't really go anywhere either as just as it seems to be ramping up it ends rather abruptly.
This is also to the detriment of the newer members of remit as we reach the end knowing very little of them, and wouldn't really miss them if they were amiss in any possible sequal (this doesn't feel as much as a definite end as the last did but likewise would struggle where to go next, Tony and Carol at least appear to have reached their conclusion).
Ultimately as a fan I loved it, but mainly for fan service and familiarity with the characters I have grown to love. As such I can't give it any more than 4 stars and that becomes 3 if you are coming to this afresh. If you are new to this series then I would recommend either the mermaids singing (which is the first after all) or even wire in the blood (personal favourite along with retribution). If you are a fan then you've likely read this anyway but if not then add this to the list.
What a disappointment. I kept waiting and waiting for something to happen, for the plot to catch fire, for some excitement and genuinely gripping reading. Sadly this is a plodding, rather boring trudge through 'police procedure', with none of the heart in mouth suspense and sometimes even horror that normally make Val's books such a not to be missed read. We get none of the usual insight into the killer's mind and thought processes, the plot is very weak and thin and not really explained, and although we are reunited with most of the characters we know so well, they all seem to be half asleep, and like the author, merely going through the motions.
If the series is to carry on and be believable, there is probably no going back to Carol and Tony being their previous selves. Will they develop in some other way, or is this book a 'bridge' to prepare for a spin off series with Paula as the central character? Who knows, but surely an author of Ms McDemid's talent can find a way to keep the old gang 'connected' while bringing back the excitement, the well developed characters, compelling plotlines and readability of the previous books in this well loved series?
If not, please let them rest in peace, and no more of this tedious and plodding dreariness. It is very sad and disappointing when we know the author is capable of so much better.
How can she continue to write about Tony and Carol when her main protagonists are forced apart and incapable of maintaining a relationship on any level.
After reading this the simple answer seems to be don't. Move them to the periphery and leave well developed characters from the previous books in the series to make the several stories move along in the face of ineptitude from replacements in the team.
Nice little touch to precede each chapter with a "Tony Hill book" quotation.
And (SPOILER ALERT) end it all with more actual and threatened reduction in the core of the old team.
Surely if she can compose a well structured story after scattering characters to the four winds it must make a confrontation between Kate Brannigan and Karen Pirie a future possibility. If only. Would buy that book certainly.
On the one hand, it was an easy enough read, short chapters made it easy to dip in and out of and had it been a standalone book, I would have quite enjoyed it.
But it isn't a standalone. And the two main elements of previous Hill books (in my opinion) were missing.
The first one being the lack of detail surrounding our victims who, for the most part, by one, remain nameless. No methodology, no lead up to a murder, no gory details. Also, not enough details about the perpetrator. His character is merely skimmed over and we just don't get to know enough about him and why, really why, he does what he does.
Secondly of course, is the lack of interaction between Tony and Carol, which I won't say too much about, as I don't want to spoil the plot for anyone.
But what I will say, is that they are a team. The books are about them as a duo and how they bounce off each other and for me, this book suffered without it.
Having said that, I wouldn't be disappointed if this was the final book, as the ending shone a light into the future of the characters. There's never been much light for Carol Jordan, so I'll take that glimmer and run.
The story continues with Tony and Carol's separation, neither involved in their previous roles. Remit continues to investigate crimes under it's new boss. Carol and Tony adapt to their new environments in different ways with some success.
There is, however, a link between Carol's investigation and Remits investigation.
Tony's role is reflected by his attempts to improve the lives of the people around him. However, there is an incident which leads to the pair coming together.
The storyline is not the most compelling of Val Mcdermid's novels.
I do recommend starting the first book in the series and reading in order. The TV series - Wire in the Blood - was (in my opinion) perfectly cast but does vary and not convey all the quality of the books. I have read the previous books at least twice each.
In How The Dead Speak , Tony Hill is serving a prison term and Carol Jordan has left the police and that might have been the finale for the duo. Here is a form of resurrection and, hopefully, is a bridge from one career to a new one for them both. I would usually award 5 stars but when I finished the book (it ended too soon as I wanted to go on reading) and I did feel it was open ended (a bridge) that I dropped one star because I don't know how long I have to wait for the follow up, or even if there will be one.
I usually read books fairly quickly but with this book I rationed my reading and took a whole week to finish this book. Very rare for me.I am not giving any thing away story wise . What happens next I wonder?Oh well will have to be patient till next year. sigh sigh.