Val McDermid has sold over 19 million books to date across the globe and is translated into more than 40 languages. Val has also published in several award-winning standalone novels, books of non-fiction, short story collections and a children’s picture book, My Granny is a Pirate. Val returned to Karen Pirie with her 2023 hardback, Past Lying, which was published in October of that year. 2024 sees the publication of Queen Macbeth, her reimagining of the story of Shakespeare’s Lady Macbeth, in May and then a brand new Karen Pirie novel in October.