This mystery, part of the popular Lindsay Gordon series, is set in Glasgow, Scotland. Author Val McDermid, who grew up in a Scottish mining community, captures the sharp, colorful dialects of characters who live in newly renovated yuppie flats, low rent dives, and everything in between. On her way to solve the mystery of one friend's murder and another's conviction for the same, scrappy, soft-hearted journalist Lindsay Gordon learns a thing or two she didn't expect--or want-- to learn about the complications of lesbian love.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful: Don't miss this deadline, February 29, 2000 Reviewer: kathrynlively from VA Veteran mystery writer Val McDermid, in this third installment of the Lindsay Gordon series, presents with care an intense potboiler where, regardless of the outcome, emotions are bound to explode. If Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone has a lesbian alter ego, Lindsay is it; her ability to keep her cool and her focus, especially during instances of innuendo when alone with her ex-love, is especially admirable. Fans of the traditional "whodunit" will enjoy this tale of passion and deception--in more ways than one--and Lindsay's search to find the truth, even at the cost of a friendship. A smooth pace in action and dialogue moves the reader quickly through the 200-plus pages of Deadline for Murder, and keeps one entralled until Lindsay does meet that deadline.