In Glasgow, aspiring actress Jasmine Sharp is reluctantly - and incompetently - earning a crust working for her Uncle Jim's private investigation business. When Jim goes missing, Jasmine has to take on the investigator mantle for real. Soon she stumbles into a web of corruption and decades-hidden secrets that could tear apart an entire police force - if she can stay alive long enough to tell the tale...
©2011 Christopher Brookmyre (P)2011 WF Howes Ltd
I'm a BIG fan of Brookmyre and was excited to see that this title was on Audio just in time for the mid-year holidays.
Jasmine Sharp is the fragile herione of this novel and her character is brilliantly written. Insecure and more than a little bewildered with the world, Jasmine carries half of the plot with her through the fast paced action, piecing together a cold-case mystery as she escapes bullets and double-dealing thugs alike. The other half is carried by a top female cop in the Glasgow poe-liss who, with her family problems and hostile male counterparts, has her own set of problems. The depth of these two leading ladies' characters is enriched by contrast with a bunch of Glasgow underworld drug dealers and bent cops.
The plot moves along at a rattling pace and resolves neatly, if a little sweetly, and is excellently narrated by Sarah Barron. A wide range of accents, tones and pitches keeps the Glasgow voice alive, perfectly portraying youth & age, regret and joy, fear and peace. Though I am not Scottish and am therefore possibly not qualified to judge, all the characters accents sounded genuine and brought the location of the action alive.
Excellent stuff, Chris Brookmyre! Keep it up!
Instantly listen-able, draws you in and postpones your sleep.
Great contemporary story that manages to capture Glasgow and all its idiosyncrasies. A city where a short walk can take you from the fattest cats to the scrawniest rats of modern life.
Sarah's reading shows great characterisation and range in a story that uses most of Britain's social ladder, her performance is excellent.
All of the Brookmyre novels i've read/heard have been slightly surreal - flying bodyparts, schoolkids helping capture terrorists, clowns robbing banks, etc etc. This is more of a 'straight' crime novel,, but is just as good as everything else he's written, and just as good as the other stuff I read - heartily recommended
I like Brookmyre's style of writing which often combines wit with a cracking good story. This does not have the funny interludes of his Parlabane series but the story more than makes up for it in sheer quality. This is a book that should be made into a two or three part TV mini series with star actors - it is that good. BBC take note and get cracking. A "stoater" of a tale.
The author, first, pedestrian, predictable, cliché-ridden.......sounds a bit harsh, how about fails to hold the reader/listener's attention?
Sarah Baron, well, some narrators have the uncanny knack of a different voice for each main character, I can be 5 minutes into a new chapter before I realise Jasmine is back and the female DCI has debated the existential possibilities of the villains possible reactions or non-reactions.
The book drags, some well written insights mired in verbal diahorrea.
I've listened to a fair few Brookmyre books on the bounce, and they're all good. This is no exception. I tend to listen to his books twice, and then his call backs, false leads and little clues all come into focus.
Sorry I don't think I properly understand this question. Too much ambiguity for me so I won't try.
Sarah Barron's rendition of the leading male character's voice was for me, truly dreadful. I almost gave up listening but this was a very interesting storyline (well it is a Chris Brookmyre novel) and her other 'voices' were pretty good BUT not this particular one. So laughably monotone and expressionless it became absurd.
The Biggest Gang In Glasgow?
Good, original storyline and clearly there's a follow-on from this which I will sadly not be buying because I can see that the same male character appears and Sarah Barron narrates-so not for me. For sure I'll be buying the paperback next time.
The story starts slowly, but picks up pace in the second half when it became more interesting. Too much navel gazing by the police woman about her domestic and sex life which was tedious. The narrators voice was quite monotone and although she did try to put on some different voices it didn't quite work for me.
this was entertaining enough but something in me gets despondent when I have to deal with yet another vaguely incompetent and ditsy female character who saves the day despite her shortcomings.
could we have a vaguely stupid and bumbling man for a change?
"Brookmyre for beginners"
The central mystery is really clever and the various story lines weave together nicely. The characters are well imagined. Jasmine Sharp, the wannabe private investigator around whom the story unfolds, is sure to be with us for a while. Having said that, everything is a little too contrived. Brookmyre (who claims to have moved into a more serious, less anarchistic mode - he now writes as "Chris" as opposed to "Christopher") seems to be trying too hard to be conventional. "Where the Bodies are Buried" lacks some of the irreverence and exuberance of earlier works like Quite Ugly One Morning and the Unsinkable Rubber Duckies, but is still well worth the effort.
A little too predictable.
The book is really well read with Sarah Barron's Scottish lilt adding a level of atmosphere and intensity that a reading of the book would lack.
Brookmyre has long been a favourite author and I have both read and listened to all his books. Here's hoping he finds the groove he is looking for.
Great story! I don't know why mr. brookmyre lost the topher to his chris, but i was delighted to find a new book by him, as i`ve read and hugely enjoyed his previous ones. The characters are, as usual, very rich and the storyline comes together nicely. the narrator did, in my humble opinion, an excellent job of giving life to the story, with a nice bit of scottish inflection, not so thick that non-native-speakers like me don't get it, but adding a nice bit of authenticity to a story set in glasgow. an extra bonus to this recording is its length. with a little more than 11 hours, it isn`t over too fast and gives the plot enough time to tighten to the end. and the ending is great, by the way. it ends on a sentence that isn't there....
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