Val McDermid is a Scottish novelist of crime fiction, best known for her suspense novels featuring Tony Hill and Carol Jordan. Her other characters include lesbian journalist Lindsay Gordon and private investigator Kate Brannigan. McDermid considers her books to fall under the Tartan Noir crime fiction genre.

McDermid’s first novel was Report for Murder in 1987, part of the Lindsay Gordon series. Since ’87, she has written several different novels in all three of her series. Below is a list of Val McDermid’s published works in order of when they were originally released and in chronological order:

Publication Order of Lindsay Gordon Books


Report for Murder(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Common Murder(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Final Edition(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Union Jack(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Booked for Murder(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hostage to Murder(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Kate Brannigan Books


Dead Beat(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Kick Back(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Crack Down(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Clean Break(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Blue Genes(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Star Struck(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Tony Hill/Carol Jordan Books


The Mermaids Singing(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Wire in the Blood(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Last Temptation(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Torment of Others(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Beneath the Bleeding(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Fever of the Bone(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Retribution(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cross and Burn(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Austen Project Books


Northanger Abbey(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels


A Place of Execution(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Killing the Shadows(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Naked Came the Phoenix(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Distant Echo(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Grave Tattoo(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Darker Domain(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Trick of the Dark(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Vanishing Point(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Skeleton Road(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Stories


Cleanskin(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Story Collections


The Writing on the Wall and Other Stories(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Magnetic North: New Work from North East Writers(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Stranded(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Picture Books


My Granny is a Pirate(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books


A Suitable Job For a Woman: The World of Female Private Investigators(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Forensics: An Anatomy of Crime(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Notes: Final Edition was published as both Open and Shut and Deadline for Murder in the United States. Union Jack was published as Conferences are Murder in the United States. Naked Came the Phoenix is a collaborative novel with contributions by Nevada Barr, Mary Jane Clark, Diana Gabaldon, J.A. Jance, Faye Kellerman, Laurie R. King, Perri O’Shaughnessy, Anne Perry, Nancy Pickard, J.D. Robb, Lisa Scottoline and Marcia Talley. Magnetic North also contains contributions by Neil Astley, Andrew Crumey, Julia Darling, Sean O’Brien and Jacob Polley.

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  • John Overend

    Read my first Val McDermid novel (Beneath the Bleeding) – will certainly be reading more of her work – first class!

  • John Overend

    I have now read five of her novels and have another four at the ready. I am hooked on her stories.