REVIEW Karen Pirie (S1 E1/3)

Critics are making a lot of the fact that unlike most of the current crop of TV detectives – Professor T, Van Der Valk, Ridley, for instance – DS Karen Pirie is, wow, a female. But is there more to Val McDermid’s character than her chromosomes? Written in 2003, the first of six Karen Pirie…

REVIEW Bloodlands (S2 E2/6)

Consider Bloodlands: it’s about a cop who just happened to be an assassin, and who, whenever a case is linked to his alter ego, gets right to it and tries to throw the police – ie his team – off the scent. Yes, there’s a central mystery to solve, but really this is a cat-and-mouse…