How the Dead Speak (Tony Hill & Carol Jordan, #11) by Val McDermid

How the Dead Speak (Tony Hill & Carol Jordan, #11)

Synopsis'The queen of crime is still at the top of her game' Independent 'No one can tell a story like she can' Daily Express 'One of today's most accomplished crime writers' Literary Review 'We are all creatures of habit. Even murderers . . .' When human remains are discovered in the grounds of an old convent, it quickly becomes clear that someone has been using the site as their personal burial ground. But with the convent abandoned long ago an...

Details How the Dead Speak (Tony Hill & Carol Jordan, #11)

TitleHow the Dead Speak (Tony Hill & Carol Jordan, #11)
Release DateAug 22nd, 2019
PublisherLittle, Brown
GenreMystery, Crime, Fiction, Audiobook

Reviews How the Dead Speak (Tony Hill & Carol Jordan, #11)

  • Mandy White
    How The Dead Speak is book 11 in the Carol Jordan and Tony Hill series. It has been a while since I read one of these books which is something I need to immediately rectify. I forgot how brilliant Val McDermid is and I am so looking forward to seeing her at BAD Writers Festival in Sydney in September. I received this book from Grove Atlantic with a publication date on 3rd December but it has already been released here in Australia and the UK - an...
  • Ceecee
    I was very pleased to receive this as I have read all the previous books in the series. However, it is perfectly possible to read this as a stand-alone. As you would expect there are several strains to the story as Tony Hill is in prison and Carol Jordan has left the police force. The scenes with Tony in prison are very vivid and the fear is tangible. Typically Tony puts his skills to good use and helps his fellow prisoners in various ways and I ...
  • Jen
    The first books in this brilliant series were so very imaginative, gruesome and brutal that they are hard to live up to. Truly, Tony Hill and Carol Jordan were a force to be reckoned with – in all of their messy realities, from Carol’s growing alcoholism to Tony’s impotence. Their relationship has gone through every tragedy that you could dream up, and more besides. So the question is now: can these books survive Tony being in prison for mu...
  • Elaine Tomasso
    I would like to thank Netgalley and Grove Atlantic for an advance copy of How the Dead Speak, the eleventh novel to feature former detective Carol Jordan and forensic profiler Tony Hill.When a developer discovers old bones in the garden of a former convent, DCI Rutherford, the head of the reformed ReMIT (regional major investigation team), is desperate to investigate and takes over the enquiry. In the meantime Carol Jordan and Tony Hill, former s...
  • Craig Sisterson
    There are longstanding authors whose series plateau or dip after so long; one of many impressive things about Val McDermid’s crime writing is the way she continues to push herself and her characters, finding fresh stories to tell, issues to explore, and never leaving things static. How The Dead Speak is a great example of that. The eleventh novel starring profiler Tony Hill and detective Carol Jordan sees the duo separated, and both struggling ...
  • Mary
    Oh,the joy and expectation one experiences when revisiting old,but not forgotten,friends!Yes,they are now in a much different situation, deciding how to play the cards life has dealt them,one grappling with PTSD and the potential to do what she does best,but for different reasons,the other,fudging a life behind bars,finding an inner strength to mirror the myriad changes that have befallen him. Both undergoing a metamorphosis of a kind,they will e...
  • Kasa Cotugno
    Full disclosure -- my experience with Tony Hill and Carol Jordan is entirely based on the excellent BBC series of a few years back, and it wasn't until I read this, #11 in the series, that I encountered them or their team in Val McDermid's printed work. I have read others of her series, but this is my first Hill/Jordan. Val McDermid is one of those rarities -- a writer of thrillers who looks beyond the more sensational aspects of her characters' ...
  • Alex
    Carol Jordan and Tony Hill have been through a lot in their eleven books together, and they each know that they wilt outside of each other’s presence. In this latest instalment, Val McDermid finally allows Carol to process the extreme PTSD that has cropped up over two and a half decades worth of adventures and, as these things go, How The Dead Speak is a progress novel in what has become an increasingly stop-start pattern for these characters.A...
  • Dolf Patijn
    I actually bought this book as an e-book on Kobo. I saw the new Carol Jordan and Tony Hill thriller was out, couldn't wait, bought it and read it. For a while I was afraid that this series would go the way that Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta series was going: starting off great and ending in a depressing litany of how bad life was and not bringing any interesting developments in the books anymore. Luckily enough Val McDermid didn't let that ha...
  • Heather Fineisen
    A solid entry in the series. McDermid does not disappoint, always staying on the cusp of new technology and current events. Everyone is moving on in a new direction with Paula being showcased. Character development is moving right along as Tony and Carol' s relationship evolves. A favorite series.Copy provided by the Publisher and NetGalley
  • Rachel Hall
    3.5 starsThe eleventh book to feature former DCI Carol Jordan and clinical psychologist Tony Hill and the thirty-third novel by author Val McDermid and after the car crash that was Insidious Intent and separated the duo, How The Dead Speaks catches up with the old team, albeit on their separate journeys. Like Insidious Intent this novel isn’t a fantastic police procedural at all but it is a decent enough read with four disparate strands eventua...
  • Lisa
    This is one of my favourite book series and I was lucky to read it through Netgalley and I ordered a copy through Book Depositary right away. This for me is peak police procedural because this is book 11 in the Tony Hill and Carol Jordon series and they still surprise me as characters. They continue to grow, they have real life problems as well, and the end of the last one was a cliffhanger. How The Dead Speak is one I won’t elaborate on too mu...
  • Mary Picken
    After the explosive ending of the 10th Tony Hill and Carol Jordan novel, Insidious Intent, I could not wait for this book. I adore this series and all of these characters. I feel personally invested in them and need them to succeed.So for me, finding that at the start of the book, Tony is in prison serving a four year jail sentence and Carol is no longer a cop, is a real shake up to the series.For not only is Carol no longer a cop, the Major Inci...
  • Lorraine
    My most grateful thanks to NetGalley for an advance copy of this very much anticipated book.When we last saw Tony and Carol, their lives had changed forever. Tony was going to prison and Carol had resigned from the police. Now over a year has passed, and Tony has forbidden Carol to visit him until she gets treatment for PTSD. This she reluctantly does. Then she is approached by Tony's lawyer to join her new group which hopes to find new evidence ...
  • Helen
    In a word, disappointing. The plot was transparent as well as being totally implausible. Most books in this genre are, but this author usually takes the time to set up some characterisation that isn’t caricature and/or one dimensional. Not this time. It’s almost as though she wasn’t given enough time/hadn’t taken enough time to flesh the story out properly. Maybe her publisher was pressing her for the next book. This one ends with some is...
  • Jane Edwards
    I have read every book in the Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series and I was so looking forward to this one. I was quite disappointed. Firstly, the two main protagonists mix very little with other characters in the book. The new team leader who replaced Carol is such a cartoon character and the mystery within a mystery is lukewarm at best.What I also detested was the absolute distaste that Ms. McDermid has for the Catholic Church. Total hatred and c...
  • David Highton
    Not quite 5 stars but a decent police procedural without Hill and Jordan, with their progress as characters moving forward in parallel plots
  • Jane Myers
    Boring. Disappointing. Never thought I'd write those words for a Val McDermid book but...absolutely no tension..Tony and Carol not even working together..weak silly ending.
  • Sharon Sample
    I haven’t read any of the previous Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series and was disappointed with this book. Forty female bodies are found in unmarked graves in a former convent school. What happened and why? But, then the plot gets muddled with the discovery of eight male bodies. The elite ReMIT team takes on the challenge. A couple of subplots scramble the story even more and felt like they were added just to include Tony and Carol. Why do exper...
  • Sandy
    3.5 starsThis is a hugely popular series & like most of its kind, you probably enjoy some instalments more than others. I’ve read them all & this was not one of my favourites but that may be down to the format of the story more than content which I’ll try to explain.If you read the last one, no doubt you remember the ending. It was a corker. The old cast of regulars was broken up & here we get to see where everyone landed. First, the elite po...
  • Naomi
    How The Dead Speak by Val McDermind is a Carol Jordan and Tony Hill novel. This sees a radical change for the ReMIT team which has been disbanded following Tony’s incarceration and Carol’s exit from the force. The book follows the course of an investigation with the new-look team headed by DCI Ian Rutherford (a bit of a tosser in my opinion) into the discovery of bodies of children buried at the site of a former Catholic convent. Secondary pl...
  • Tracy Wood
    When what you did to your two main characters previously means they can no longer be right in the middle of the action what can you have them do without shoving both to the sidelines?  You get one to write a book, sections of which become a fascinating insight into the way new cases he no longer has any influence over are dealt with while the other becomes a reluctant private investigator in all but name.The ReMIT squad room is a different place...
  • Tracy Wood
    When what you did to your two main characters previously means they can no longer be right in the middle of the action what can you have them do without shoving both to the sidelines?  You get one to write a book, sections of which become a fascinating insight into the way new cases he no longer has any influence over are dealt with while the other becomes a reluctant private investigator in all but name.The ReMIT squad room is a different place...
  • Cheryl M-M
    This is book 11 in the Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series, and after reading this one I absolutely will have to go back and re-read previous one. Tony is sat in jail for killing someone and Carol has retired from the police force. What the heck happened?Breathing fresh air and new ideas into a long-term series isn't easy when you have a huge solid fan-base. Readers don't always like drastic changes. Kudos to McDermid for giving readers what they n...
  • Vicki
    How the Dead Speak is book number 11 in the Tony Hill/Carol Jordan series. Though it is the first book in the series that I have read, I personally had no trouble following the story. There are a few things that would help to explain the characters a bit better had I read the previous books but it in no way took away from this particular book.The main characters in the story are complex and flawed but nonetheless it helps make them more real. Eac...
  • J Earl
    How the Dead Speak is the eleventh Tony Hill/Carol Jordan book from Val McDermid and, while having a different feel still manages to satisfy.If you're a reader of the series, you might wonder how there could be another volume without essentially erasing the results of the previous one. Well, McDermid managed to write a compelling novel while not disrupting the fictional world we inhabit in these novels. So, yes, Tony is in jail and Carol is no lo...
  • Lisa
    My thanks to Grove Atlantic/Atlantic Press, the author Val McDermid and Netgalley.I've always suspected I would like this author. Truth is that I've never read her books because she had so many books already published. Dang, I do hate starting from the beginning! Well, turns out that I liked these characters! So, I'm going to have to start from the get go anyhow. This was a good story. Not great, because it still felt unfinished. I want to see th...
  • Helen
    Not quite what I was expecting, somehow - perhaps because some of the jacket blurb is a bit misleading. Anyway, this is life for Tony Hill and Carol Jordan after the end of their careers, with a whole lot of issues to resolve, not least their future relationship. The team features some new members as they take on a new case involving two sets of bodies found at a former convent. One of these strands is rather left dangling and the other, potentia...
  • Julie Garner
    I received an ARC of this book.Another fine addition to the Hill and Jordan collection. I feel like we are delving deeper into the team with each book. This time, Hill is in prison, Jordan is out of the police force and the team are trying to find their way within the new structures. We get two mysteries to play with in this book and it is about each person striving to achieve the best they can in the new worlds they find themselves with. It feel...