'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! / One of the hottest writers in contemporary British crime fiction / McDermid won the Crime Writers' Association's prestigious Gold Dagger Award for The Mermaids Singing / Part of an exciting new repackaging of Val McDermid's backlist / McDermid's Tony Hill novels have been turned into a major ITV drama entitled The Wire in the Blood , starring Robson Green and Hermione Norris. / Competition: Sue Grafton, Janet Evanovich
Val McDermid is a No.1 bestseller whose novels have been translated into more than thirty languages, and have sold more than sixteen million copies. She has won many awards internationally, including the CWA Gold Dagger for best crime novel of the year and the LA Times Book of the Year Award. She was inducted into the ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame in 2009, was the recipient of the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger in 2010 and received the Lambda Literary Foundation Pioneer Award in 2011. In 2016, Val received the Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction Award at the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival. In 2017, she received the DIVA Literary Prize for Crime and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. She is also the patron of the Scottish Book Trust. Val writes full time and lives in Edinburgh and the East Neuk of Fife.
'Combines wit and exuberant writing with a careful and clever plot and oodles of perceptive social observation' The Times 'McDermid is at her best when describing the petty crimes and scams that flourish in her Northern city! the book has considerable charm' Mail on Sunday 'Written with fluent ease, making use of Kate Brannigan's own distinctive voice, Star Struck is a clever novel as well as an entertaining one' TLS 'Contemporary feminist crime at its finest' Good Housekeeping