For the second time in her career Dame Beatrice Lestrange Bradley is called upon to solve the mystery of murder in a convent. After a series of anonymous letters have been received by the Sisters and also by members of the staff at a school run by the nuns, the supposed writer of the letters is found drowned in the school pond, together with her own Family Bible.
At the inquest a verdict of accidental death is returned, but Dame Beatrice regards this as unsatisfactory for reasons which she passes on to the local Inspector of Police. With some help from him and some evidence supplied by two of the schoolchildren, she unmasks a heartless and cowardly murderer.
Val McDermid's OUT OF BOUNDS a finalist in the McIlvanney Prize 2017
We're delighted to announce that Val McDermid's OUT OF BOUNDS is a finalist for the McIlvanney Prize 2017. The judges had this to say about it: 'The Queen of Scottish crime adds yet more jewels to her crown with Out of Bounds and shows us why she's writing at the very top of her game...Karen Pirie is one of the most engaging and charismatic of all the fictional Scottish Detectives'. The winner will be announced on Friday 8th September as part of Bloody Scotland. read more.