The Mermaids Singing

The Mermaids Singing

by Val McDermid
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The Mermaids Singing (Tony Hill and Carol Jordan Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
sandiek More than 1 year ago
England is faced with a serial killer. He targets gay men and tortures them with medieval tactics and painstakingly recreated devices before killing them. Baffled, the police bring in a new resource. Dr. Tony Hill has been the head of the criminally insane hospital unit that houses England's existing serial killers for several years. As such, he has more insight into the minds and motivations of such men than the average policeman. Detective Inspector Carol Jordan is intent on making her way to the top. She realises that as a woman detective, she will have to work twice as hard, and she is fine with that. Carol is selected to work with Dr. Hill, and she finds his methods fascinating. His work, especially the psychological profile he prepares, shows her different ways of bringing investigations to a successful close. But the killings go on. More men are killed and shockingly, one is a member of the police force. The killer is obviously thumbing his nose at the police, defying them to discover his identity and end his murderous spree. Will Dr. Hill and Dectective Jordan, along with the task force dedicated to the case manage to end his reign of terror? The Mermaids Singing is Val McDermid's introductory volume in the Hill/Jordan series. She has since written six others. The books are very popular and have also been dramatized into a miniseries. McDermid's forte is strong characterization and the relationships formed between members of a police force and between the law-breakers and the law-enforcers. This book is enthusiastically recommended for all mystery or thriller fans.
Coggy More than 1 year ago
The thing that made me read this was a Character in another book mentioned it. Then I saw the awards and figure what they heck. The book was a good read and would recommend it if you had a strong stomach for the stuff. The problem I had with it is that the ending came way to fast with out a lot of explanation. All of a sudden it was over which was a bummer. Decent read though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book after seeing the British tv show based on the Tony Hill and Carol Jordan characters, which I loved. The book only added to my love of the characters and my understanding of them. I would recommend it to any mystery reader.
miss_dobie More than 1 year ago
This lady writes with Super Glue. It's just impossible to put her stories down. Yeah, they're that brilliant, captivating and so very wonderfully written.
MysteryReaderLB More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down. Very descriptive and mind blowing so I just ordered #2 and #3 as don't want to wait.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This British mystery/thriller was a great read. I was definately on the edge of my seat wanting more. Couldn't wait to start the other books in the series. GREAT READ!
Goose5587 More than 1 year ago
This was the second book by this author that I have read and I must say I was not let down!!! Do not read if you have a weak stomach. It is very gruesome. The torture devices are describe it great detail along with the damage they inflict. Otherwise I would highly recommend this book. The plot and characters are very well written.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is one of the top 10 favorite books of mine that I have read in 10 years... it is fast-paced, scary, thrilling, and spectacular... it demonstrates fully how depraved some humans can be, and how dangerous, and how close to us... don't miss it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book, I must say, was really good. This is the first book that I've read by this author. I'll definately be buying more from her.
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Brodk More than 1 year ago
A good book that should have been better. The too-sensitive profiler and a female partner that both adores and is repelled by him. Standard mystery, intelligent serial killer who taunts the police with bizarre crimes. While I liked the book, I feel that the serial killer tropes are standard stuff; maybe the subsequent titles in the series are better. I half-heartedly recommend it.
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Yankees_1_Fan More than 1 year ago
On the edge of my seat.
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Carlin More than 1 year ago
Truly sick and twisted. But she writes well. Had she not, I would not have finished.
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GinaK More than 1 year ago
I was having difficulties with McDermid's newest book The Retribution (with the same villain Jacko Vance who has escaped prison and is out for revenge on Carol Jordan and Tony Hill) and decided to go back via Nookbook to a novel that I had read in the past and for which McDermid justly received much praise and several awards. Mermaids Singing is definitely worth reading (or re-reading) because it concentrates on one story line and one villain and works much better than the later novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brilliant!
jewelsWA More than 1 year ago
Not for the faint of heart.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Re-read this a couple of weeks ago. Still a deeply disturbing book and very graphic. Some may find it a bit mundane these days, we are somewhat numbed by the amount of violence in our media. But when this first came out it was groundbreaking, it is a classic great read. But, not on "dark and stormy night" on your own.
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